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  1. In Firefox and its forks, holding Shift while right-clicking the image (followed by choosing "Copy Image Link") still works, as well as dragging the image to the address bar.

    In Chrome-based browsers (including Edge and Brave), holding Shift while right-clicking does not work, but dragging the image still does.

    These were tested on Windows 10 and Linux with the Cinnamon desktop environment.

    Interestingly, a long press does not work in either Firefox or Chrome-based browsers on Android. However, I could right-click the thumbnail on a checklist, copy the image link, and change the size at the end to "2400" to get the larger size.

  2. I didn't mention it yesterday, but I hit 250 birds in my home county (Clark County, Nevada). It'll probably be a couple years before I cross 300, though. A total of 19 others on eBird have 300+ species in my county, 6 of which have 350+.

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  3. BRDL 686


    I would like to see this bird.

  4. birdie πŸ¦… #569: πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ¨πŸŸ©β¬›β¬›

    The first yellow is up on my second monitor right now. I have seen but not photographed this bird. I feel like I have very recently made this same comment about this bird. πŸ˜‰

  5. BRDL 685


    I have seen but not photographed this bird.

  6. 7 minutes ago, Charlie Spencer said:

    @Zoroark, eBird updates ever fall.Β  It was either changed in 2022 as part of the exotix species changes, or this fall as part of the normal update.Β  You could check the update announcements for details.Β 

    This one just happened, though. The last news item was in October. I updated my signature a few days ago after adding the Long-tailed Duck (bringing it to 469), which was my last change to my year count (381). I then re-analyzed that Chihuahuan Meadowlark sighting and photo from 2020, which brought the life list count to 470, and I know I saw 470 on eBird. However, it now says 471, and my year list says 382.

    Screenshot from 2023-12-08 14-30-08.png

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  7. I think this is probably the best topic for this.

    I just noticed I gained a countable lifer, so I went looking through my list and found that the Swan Goose not only is now countable, but it's not even considered exotic. Is this normal, or is eBird updating something?

  8. BRDL 684


    This bird is Β»in my signatureΒ«.

  9. BRDL 683


    I have photographed this bird.

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  10. 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.


    codecount = {}
    for i in codes:
        if i in codecount:
            codecount[i] += 1
            codecount[i] = 1
    for k, v in sorted(codecount.items(), key=lambda x: x[1], reverse=True):
        print(k + ' - ' + str(v))
  11. 3 minutes ago, lonestranger said:

    My first few guesses are intended toΒ elimitate as many groups of birds as possible.

    That's a good process. There are some spoilers here, so rather than highlight half this post in white, I'll just quote it.


    I have four codes I usually start with, and I go through them until I have enough yellows, or especially greens in weird places, to confidently start guessing.





    If I change RWBL to RSBL, I can additionally get KWQD as a fifth code without duplicating any letters:


    This leaves six letters I haven't used after five guesses: JMVXYZ. Ideally, I'd prefer getting either M or Y in before using the Q. V is fairly common as well, but typically with a vowel.

    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.

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  12. BRDL 682


    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.

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  13. 31 minutes ago, Jerry Friedman said:

    Trivia question: Which birds on the ABA list have personal names in the origin their names but are not directly named after people?Β  E.g., Carolina Wren, named after Carolina, named after King Charles I.Β  There are also ABA birds whose names include parts that originated as human nicknames (not things that sound like human nicknames).

    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?

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