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  1. BRDL 111 ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? I have photographed today's bird.
  2. Another visit to Corn Creek, another FOY (Summer Tanager). Nothing else too crazy today, although the Lewis's Woodpecker was quite active. https://ebird.org/checklist/S109951199 https://ebird.org/checklist/S109951351
  3. BRDL 110 ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? I have not seen today's bird.
  4. BRDL 109 ???? ???? ???? ???? I have photographed today's bird.
  5. @DLecy Very good advice. In fact, at the end of 2021, I looked at the county's top birders for the year, and it was clear that folks were separated into "tiers" due to significant gaps. You could easily see who was competitively twitching: following every rare bird/needs alert for the county as well as other groups and mailing lists and actually had the ability to go out on any day of the week, any hour of the day, in any weather, just to catch a glimpse of something unique. Below them, you could see the folks who were competitive but did not have the ability to go out on a whim, those who were noncompetitive and treated birdwatching as their biggest hobby, and those who preferred photography. Most of the folks I've met are enjoyable to engage with; very few bad apples, thankfully.
  6. That hummingbird nest I reported is unconfirmed. If you look at either of the photos, they show up like that. I wonder if that's their way of hiding the data for zeroes from various outputs?
  7. Ah, this page says you may enter zero if you have observed the presence of a bird via a current nest (with or without eggs) but have not observed the bird itself. However, it is discouraged. The mention of "feathers" on that page brings up another question: what if you witness the death of a bird, e.g. capture by a raptor? How does the individual of the predated species count? I assume it is dead and should not be included in the count of that species, but if it's the only one, perhaps 0 should be entered, especially if you have a photograph of the bird alive at some point? Is it Schrödinger's bird?
  8. According to the eBird best practices, counts of zero should never be used (because the lack of a bird on a complete checklist implies you saw zero), with a single exception: when you find an old nest, know the species that made it, and use breeding code "UN." I have done this once: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78902242
  9. BRDL 108 ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? Failed again. I haven't seen this bird.
  10. That's another good point. I've seen people submit "complete" lists of just the highlights of a trip while leaving off the really common birds. It'd be nice if you could report a checklist and describe the issue (should be incomplete, life list building checklist, day list, etc.) to the reviewer.
  11. Yeah, I've seen a few "funny" lists in the year and a half since I joined eBird. On some occasions, I feel like they just entered the wrong date and haven't invented some teleportation technology. On others, I feel they are pumping up their stats. A handful of times, I've seen non-count lists where they enter 1 for everything instead of X. Heck, on one occasion, I submitted a list to the wrong hotspot and only realized my mistake the next day. They were only a few miles apart, so nothing was flagged as rare.
  12. House Sparrow. One of the first photos I took after getting a telephoto lens.
  13. BRDL 107 ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? Fail. I have photographed this one, though.
  14. Then it definitely sounds like unconfirmed/extraordinary sightings do show up in the rankings. I actually do wonder how many unscrupulous folks on eBird fudge their reports a bit. If others have reported a species, even if they haven't seen it themselves, they'll add it just to increase their numbers. Or fake vacations to see rarities.
  15. Look up the top birders all time in Clark, Nevada. How many species have I seen on that list, from your perspective? I have two review species (AFCD and MUSW) on there right now, both with photos. If you see 223, then my two review ones aren't counted. If you see 225, then they are counted. Edit: Actually, I see 224 because it doesn't have my FRGU from today, but it does count the other two. I'm #65 right now.
  16. https://ebird.org/checklist/S109507547 I joined up with a few other birders from the northeast and saw 66 species at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve this morning. The Wilson's Warblers were still out in full swing, and various flycatchers were enjoying their namesake. One lifer (Franklin's Gull) and one additional FOY (Warbling Vireo).
  17. BRDL 106 ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? Yet another bird I haven't seen.
  18. I recently noticed that the entire BirdNET project is open source and can be self-hosted: https://github.com/kahst/BirdNET-Analyzer You can even make a Raspberry Pi appliance to continuously monitor a location and analyze the audio locally: https://birdnetpi.com/
  19. Yesterday's solution was LIST. Therefore, everyone who solved it had to have used a "list." ? Today's was tricky. It's on the ABA list, but not in Sibley's. That of course means I have not seen it. Like the last few posters, I also eliminated everything else in the family (and another group too) with the first three guesses. BRDL 105 ???? ???? ???? ???? ????
  20. BRDL 104 ???? ???? ???? ???? Anyone who didn't use a list on this one is lying. ?
  21. BRDL 103 ???? ???? ???? ???? ???? I started guessing letters on this one. Yet another bird I haven't seen.
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