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  1. Interesting point about Java/Flash. There is an option to use Java there, but I don't think many use it. I don't know what is used in the option I choose. You are right. I did not use the proper terminology here. I meant privacy and not security. To get back to the point, there are a lot of variables, apparently, when it comes to being able to use a site. I think everything on the new eBird works for me, though I didn't see the 'Manage Media' button until I went back to a list where I had included media. Logical, but had me confused for a minute or two. To me, it's appropriate to use the latest version of whatever software you prefer, and figure out what's going wrong from there.
  2. All this brings to mind a problem I had a while ago. I site I visit daily (it's a puzzle I do) stopped working. The form that is drawn to do the puzzle simply failed to draw. I was using Chrome on my laptop at the time. I switched to Microsoft Edge, where it worked fine. Eventually the laptop died, as they do eventually, and I bought one of a different brand. On a lark, I tried Chrome on the new laptop, and it worked well. Each browser drew the form a little differently, but each was usable in it's own way.Since then I have read a couple of articles that suggested that most browsers (and specifically Chrome) were not particularly secure, and that the most secure was Firefox (apparently they store less data about you that is in turn sold to companies that want to sell you stuff based on your browsing history - don't know if this is true, but I read it on the internet, so it must be true, right?). But I digress. My point is that different browsers handled the same page differently, and that the same browser handled the same page differently on different vendor's computers. BTW, I use Windows 10, and keep it updated, and I wouldn't be surprised to find that those of you on different OS versions would have different results.
  3. To add to what Charlie just said, I have had problems in the past using ad blockers and pop-up blocker. Seems like my problem was with check-list sharing, but still, something to consider.
  4. I reported these as 1) Semipalmated Sandpiper, and 2) Wood Duck, and just want to know if I'm right or wrong. August 30, mid-Vermont in the Champlain Valley.
  5. Could be a non-breeding Spotted Sandpiper.
  6. Sounds something like an American Goldfinch. Otherwise, no ideas.
  7. Unencumbered by top-notch hearing, I'd suggest Eastern Towhee. I heard one that sounded like that once, and I was a little confused until I spotted it. Since then I've noticed quite a variety in their songs.
  8. Doesn't really sound quite like either, but a couple of possibilities are Dark-eyed Junco and Pine Warbler. The Juncos especially would be likely to be at high elevations this time of year.
  9. Interesting suggestion, thanks! I think that should have occurred to me before, having myself been surprised by their songs, also. Anyway, it appears it was most likely some common bird vocalizing in an uncommon way. Thanks for the reply.
  10. Thanks for the reply. We did a little research, and we're pretty familiar with the normal birds around here, but we just couldn't come up with anything that fit. I was hoping it would trigger something for someone here. It was calling from the canopy, if that makes a difference. I suppose it could be something domestic, which would be outside my experience.
  11. I'm not an expert, but I think you may be referring to the fact that ebird listings are reviewed by what is normally a local expert. I suspect that only the rarities and unusual (for the area being reported from) ones are looked at. I know the local reviewer where I normally bird. He has caught me in mistakes (usually fat fingers while entering lists), and I have convinced him that I was right in other cases. If the reviewer questions you, you would get an email, and be asked to explain your sighting. If you can't come to agreement, the sighting will remain on your lists, but not be visible to others. As I typed that, I realized that there is another factor. As you're entering your lists, a small flag should appear next to any unusual sighting. If it is really rare, you might not be able to enter it at all without providing some descriptive information. The whole thing can be frustrating, especially if you are really doing this (reporting on ebird) primarily for your own enjoyment, but the data is collected into a larger heap for scientific purposes, and the extra exercise helps keep the dataset more accurate and realistic. I hope this was in the way of an appropriate answer to the question you asked.
  12. I heard this in the woods in northern Vermont. I don't recall hearing anything like it before, but it occurred to me later that it could be a Northern Cardinal. There are residences not too far away (road noise in the background).
  13. Sounds like this is true. The hummingbird.net site says this: Google has stopped offering free, anonymous use of its map API, which partially automated the location of sightings by zip/postal code using a utility a smart fellow wrote for me (and which I do not understand). I am not interested in fundraising, learning API programming, or opening a Google developer account. As a result, producing this map is no longer practical, and I'm not looking for alternatives. Thanks to all of you for your participation and support over 23 migration seasons, and my apologies for any inconvenience. If you want to know when migrants will reach your location, the historical maps are still available for reference. I encourage you to follow the migration and report your sightings at the Journey North website.
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