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  1. Some of you may remember the bird poker game we had years, and years, ago. Well, THIS IS NOTHING LIKE THAT GAME!. The old game had rules requiring certain specifics be met for each poker hand played, this game has no rules, except the ones you set for yourself. The idea is to post photos of birds that you can relate to a poker hand and then post a better hand with your next photo. While we'll follow the standard poker hands(linked below), how we make up those poker hands and what order they're played in is up to the individual. As an example, someone could claim that a pair of goldfinches has a higher ranking than a pair of hawks, or maybe a pair of birds with black eyes has a higher ranking than a pair of birds with pink feet, or maybe three birds with white wingbars outranks three painted buntings, or maybe four house sparrows out rank four ivory-billed woodpeckers, you decide how to rank your own birds. One pair, two pair, three a kind, etc., are all pretty straightforward, you'll have to get creative with what makes a straight and a royal straight though. Maybe five black-eyed birds for the suit, and different leg lengths assigned to the A,K,Q,J,10 ranking, or maybe five birds ranked in order by the amount of a similar colour they share. It doesn't matter, post photos that you can twist into a poker hand, use your imagination and be creative, there are no rules except to have fun.


    Disclaimer: For entertainment purposes only. This is not a gambling site. :classic_laugh: 


    Poker hand rankings: https://images.app.goo.gl/fFoSqzpfzG5jUUW57

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  2. The way the edge of the shell is folded inward in such a straight line makes me think a predator opened it from the outside. Perhaps a raccoon biting off the top of the egg so it could drink/eat from a cup sort of thing. Just a wild guess that is pure speculation with no personal experience to support such speculation. Aren't imaginations wonderful?  :classic_laugh:

  3. 17 hours ago, Joani Gammill said:

    pale underneath , no stripes


    16 hours ago, Avery said:

    Probably a song sparrow. Dark chest spot seals the deal for me.

    I could be wrong here, but I always considered Song sparrows to be streaky/striped underneath. Does the bird in question look like this? https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Song_Sparrow/id

    BTW, Welcome to Whatbird @Joani Gammill.

  4. 22 hours ago, BlueJay said:

    It's a pretty heavy crop but hopefully it's still ID-able.

    Perhaps posting the original photo on a third party website like flickr, imjur, etc., will allow others to zoom in for a little better view. Uploads directly to Whatbird get compressed and don't show as much detail as photo sharing websites do. That MIGHT help determine if the potential tail spots have the potential to determine the ID.

  5. 35 minutes ago, lonesome55dove said:

    @lonestranger On the first post of this thread are two links...one is an online list the other is a Google doc.

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong the online list is an on-going record of the birds as they are added to the list. The Google doc is the ''needs'' list and as the birds are recorded /added to this thread then they are taken off of the Google doc.  ?


    I see the same list twice, @lonesome55dove, the only difference I see is the order. One shows the first bird first, the other shows the last bird first. Both lists show birds already posted.

  6. Just a thought for those involved in the listing process, I wonder if a reverse list would be easier to manage, and view. If you start with a list of all included birds(ABA or similar) and remove the birds from the list when they're added here, then instead of seeing a growing list of birds that have already been posted, the participants would see a shrinking list of birds that still need to be added to the list. My thinking is, when you look at a list, you see what's listed...for myself, it'd be easier to see a list of birds that I could safely add to the collection, instead of looking through a list of birds already added. Just my $00.002 worth. And no, that's not a typo... more like an exaggeration of the value of my ideas. :classic_laugh:

  7. 25 minutes ago, Lady Tiff said:

    so I'm wondering if people prefer I post the pictures instead of links.

    I can't speak for everyone here, but I would prefer photos loaded with the post, as opposed to links to separate websites. I like to compare comments about the photo/bird to the photo/bird and that's just easier to do if the photo is right there in front of me and not in a separate window/tab. Links to extra photos is probably a good idea if there's an abundance of photos though. Not that I can help with your IDs, but viewing the images is always nice since I usually skip past the links and obviously miss out on a lot of interesting photos.

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  8. 1 hour ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    Ah, I see!  Tony's "This..." refers to the link he posted, not to the bird in the original photo.

    Misquoting Daffy Duck, "Direct object trouble!"

    I read Tony's post last night and read it the same way as you did, Charlie. I thought Tony was disputing the Rail ID and referring to the bird in question when he stated "This is a juvenile Green Heron". 

  9. I could be wrong in my interpretation here, but it looks like the feathers on the legs stop well short of the feet. Golden Eagles are suppose to have feathers right down to their feet, even juveniles. Just tossing out a possible ID mark that I admit I might be seeing wrong.

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