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  1. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #566: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬› I have photographed this bird, but I completely forgot about it.
  2. BRDL 683 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦ πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have photographed this bird.
  3. Using the list of 2,326 codes here, I whipped up some Python to tally up the letters. Here are the results. A - 873 B - 667 R - 639 S - 634 O - 588 W - 582 C - 581 T - 533 H - 453 E - 450 P - 448 L - 410 G - 404 U - 402 I - 339 F - 250 M - 245 N - 239 Y - 141 D - 108 K - 96 V - 93 J - 72 Q - 35 Z - 16 X - 4 So, ideally you'd want five codes that use every letter except JKQVXZ, with each code sorted by using as many letters towards the top of the list as possible. BARS (Barn Swallow) looks like the winner for best starting code if you aren't taking the other guesses or letter positions into account. Code: codes = "ABDUABFLABTOACCAACFLACGOACHH..." codecount = {} for i in codes: if i in codecount: codecount[i] += 1 else: codecount[i] = 1 for k, v in sorted(codecount.items(), key=lambda x: x[1], reverse=True): print(k + ' - ' + str(v))
  4. That's a good process. There are some spoilers here, so rather than highlight half this post in white, I'll just quote it. Unlike Wordle, where you can guess up to 25 out of 26 letters before you must make a final guess, with BRDL you can only guess 20 letters, and many of the "words" don't have any vowels or follow any language rules like English. I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to take all the codes and figure out which letters are most common; I doubt it'll be anywhere close to ETAOIN SHRDLU. Then you could make an ideal order of codes to work through.
  5. There's the Chihuahuan Meadowlark. Had that one been split a few years ago, it would've probably been named Lilian's Meadowlark.
  6. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #565: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬› I have not seen this bird.
  7. BRDL 682 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have photographed this bird before. I don't even consult my field guide because it's often not an ABA area bird. Lately, I've been punching in the same few codes at the start (not always in the same order), only changing it up when I see yellows.
  8. I think most of the place names are going to be left alone, even though a few of them are also dubious (e.g. Cape May Warbler) or overly specific. Otherwise, what about all those "American" birds?
  9. birdie πŸ¦† #564: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› I have not seen this bird.
  10. BRDL 681 πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
  11. Definitely. I've been there a few times, and it's fascinating to see all the desert flora and granite formations. Unfortunately, it was quite busy when we went, enough that some of the parking lots were overflowing. Plenty of people weren't heeding the warnings at the cholla garden: wandering off the trail, walking their dogs, picking up fallen segments with their bare hands, children running wild... As we were leaving, I heard one of the folks off the trail shout in pain. I've had multiple family members get stuck with cholla segments, and it's apparently extremely painful.
  12. birdie πŸ¦… #563: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› Β»My top target I haven't seen this year.Β« I have photographed this bird before.
  13. BRDL 680 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have photographed this bird.
  14. Got the Long-tailed Duck! Observed from the Arizona side: https://ebird.org/checklist/S155681603 (It was on the Nevada side of the river, though, so I counted it there too: https://ebird.org/checklist/S155681853)
  15. birdie πŸ¦… #562: πŸŸ₯πŸŸ₯🟨🟨🟨🟨 A family I am grossly unfamiliar with.
  16. BRDL 679 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ¦ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have actually photographed this bird.
  17. I know where someone lives who keeps alpacas if you need a few. πŸ˜‰
  18. You folks on the California coast have it easy. 😁 Anyway, between the California trip and two lifers today (see the checklist thread), I'm at 380 countable for the year (381 with both PSFL/COFL). That's already more than last year, but I can almost certainly count the remaining birds for the year on one hand. There are three other active vagrants I haven't gotten this year: Rufous-backed Robin at Corn Creek Long-tailed Duck at Willow Beach (potential lifer) White-winged Scoter at Willow Beach (potential lifer) Other uncommon birds for December that are still absent from my year list: Burrowing Owl Cackling Goose (hasn't been seen since October) Cactus Wren Sagebrush Sparrow (potential lifer) LeConte's Thrasher (potential lifer) Merlin There are plenty of other scarcities that show up from time to time. I've got tomorrow plus four more weekends. I will again state that I don't really plan to care about my year list in 2024, but we intend to get our passports soon, so perhaps an international trip might change my tune. Or perhaps not.
  19. A Greater Pewee had been reported an hour and a half away as the second state record. I knew what I had to do this weekend. It was very little trouble finding the bird with its extensive vocalizations. A photo and audio recording were a slam dunk. I played tag with several birders hitting hotspots on the way back home in an attempt to also add a Tropical Kingbird to the county list. (I failed.) I did, however, snag an additional lifer with a Ferruginous Hawk (with an awful photo). The important list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S155598695 The whole day: https://ebird.org/tripreport/175900
  20. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #561: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› I wasn't expecting to get it. I have photographed this bird before, but not in this plumage.
  21. BRDL 678 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 An incredibly lucky guess, and I haven't even seen this bird.
  22. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #560: πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› An extremely familiar bird.
  23. BRDL 677 πŸͺΆπŸͺΆπŸ₯šπŸ₯š πŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ¦πŸͺΆ 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
  24. birdie πŸ¦ƒ #559: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›β¬›β¬› I have not seen this bird. Okay, who else started with the Β»American Three-toed WoodpeckerΒ«?
  25. BRDL 676 πŸ₯šπŸ₯šπŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸ₯šπŸ₯š 🐦🐦πŸͺΆπŸ₯š 🐦🐦🐦🐦 I have not seen this bird.
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