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  1. In Vermont there are often events called 'monitoring walks', which go back to the same location every month and seek out birds. The first of these that I was involved with was a group of local birders, not directly involved with Audubon. As part of the group I was able to get involved with other trips and projects. Two others I have been involved with are sponsored by the local county Audubon Society. You might end up with 30 or more birders, but may not get many at all. One time on a very cold and inhospitable day I was the leader of the walk and ended up being the only one there. These two groups generally end the walk with snacks (provided) and group chitchat. All 3 of the above are free. Another nearby county sponsors occasional walks at different locations, and asks for donations from people who attend (commonly $10 in my experience) to raise funds like Charlie mentioned. Other places I've made contact with other birders are at local hotspots, especially if there is a rarity hanging about, but I guess everybody does that. Obviously I'm not a 'young birder', but everyone is always enthusiastically welcomed at these events.
  2. True. I wasn't paying enough attention to that part of the description.
  3. Hooded Merganser seemingly would be possible there.
  4. At the risk of getting off topic, I'm going to kick myself (again) for not being specific. I just did an internet search tour of dogwoods, and realize how many types there are. I was referring to what I think is a grey dogwood shrub. which appears to have white berries. I actually have a few of these on a corner of my yard, and have occasionally seen birds eating those fruits.
  5. Don't know much about plants, but is that a dogwood? Theoretically a big favorite among birds here in VT.
  6. We only put out feeders in the winter (bear territory), and get Carolina Wrens off and on while the feeders are out. I suspect your wrens are getting what they need somewhere nearby, and will return to you with time. Keep your fingers crossed and keep watching (and listening).
  7. I don't think you can see the wings well enough in these photos. A Black Vulture doesn't normally show that much di-hedral, and has a shorter tail.
  8. Because of where my house and yard are located, I wait to put out my feeders until after the bears are likely to have headed for the hills. I do occasionally see migrants moving through the woods out back, but I don't try to entice them to feeders. I think there is plenty of food for them elsewhere, but I have to seek them out if I want to see them. For a somewhat different perspective, this was posted on our local listserve, I'm not trying to start an argument here, but is is something to think about. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/aug/25/feeding-birds-garden-boost-dominant-species
  9. I haven't had that problem, except that some of the birds just plain sing out of my range of hearing. For instance, I was once helping my son lead a bird walk for a group of beginning birders. He was trying to describe for them the song of a Cedar Waxwing, and I said "actually they're silent". Some of the older people in the group understood.
  10. Perhaps something like a Prairie Warbler might fit.
  11. NEK is Northeast Kingdom to us here in Vermont. As one would expect it covers the whole northeast corner of the state. VT is only lightly populated in general, but the NEK is considered to be the least populated of all.
  12. I'm not sure what you're trying to do here. I don't think iBird is meant for any kind of listing (at least I don't use it for that). Perhaps 'Favorites'. Otherwise, I'd need more information about your expectations.
  13. OK, thanks. I just hadn't heard anything quite like it before, nor had a few other experienced local birders.
  14. Has anyone ever heard a Wood Thrush making this vocalization? At about 11-12 seconds in. Recorded last week in Vermont, a little south of Burlington. It was doing the same thing when we were there this morning. thrush.wav
  15. I'm not aware of any way to expand the 'similar' list on iBird Pro. I just spent a few minutes poking around in the app and any documentation I could find, and didn't see any reference to anything like that. I doubt it exists.
  16. You can enter it. Somewhere there's a 'Show Rarities' box to click in the right-hand column. Because it's eBird this will open you up to a bit of bother, as it needs to get through the local reviewer. I know the reviewer for Addison and Chittenden counties, but I don't know who does it in other counties (probably know them too, just not who they are). They may or may not approve the sighting (photos or a recording helps), but it will stay on your personal list regardless, just won't show where others can see it (Isuspect not a big deal for you).
  17. I'm interested to know something about iBird Journal, and how you use it. I just spent a few minutes reading a little about it. I suspect most people use eBird for the functions you're looking for. I didn't see anything in my research that looked like more than what we all get from eBird.
  18. To me it is more of an attempt to define the birds within a particular region, sometimes with an attempt to narrow the field with a specific trait. Here in Vermont we have the Vermont Breeding Bird Atlas. Nice book, if you're into that sort of thing. This link gives some examples. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=bird+atlas&t=newext&atb=v255-1&iax=images&iai=https%3A%2F%2Fcdn2.penguin.com.au%2Fcovers%2Foriginal%2F9780241412794.jpg&ia=images
  19. Having been in the business of software creation and maintenance, I can see where there is a growing likelihood that changes to one program might require maintenance to another that is being linked. Might never happen, but eventually it probably would. Removing the link keeps them from having to worry about that.
  20. If you look at the Update History for iBird, it states that they removed the link to iBird Journal in version 12.6.2. It doesn't say why the change was made, but to me it sounds as though this is a permanent change.
  21. When you click on the 'Countries' tab, what do you see? Have you done something with 'Search' that would limit the selections?
  22. Am I the only one here that likes iBird?
  23. Charlie, I'm older than you (barely young enough to be called Boomer), and if I'm remembering correctly, spent my career in a similar profession. In general, I agree with what you've said here. E-guides are not ready to replace paper guides. I have several (one for the car, one for the truck, one for the coffee table, and several other books and guides, including Crossley. However, there are things that iBird does for me that my paper guides don't or can't. For instance: I can change the presentation from a sort of first or last name, or to family (either alphabetic or taxonomic sequence) I can change the view mode to compact (just a list of the birds), or icon, or thumbnail (like icon except that there is a description of the bird right in the list), or gallery (either head shot or full body). Once I've chosen a bird to look at, I can see drawings (is different life stages, with or without field marks), or look at photos. If I happen to have internet access I can look at pictures on Flickr. I can call up a page of sounds and listen to song variations, flight calls, alarm calls, and call notes. I can call up a page of similar birds, and switch over to another choice if that looks better or I want to compare, and switch back if I want. There are pages for everything that my paper guides have, usually more extensive. These include range maps, behavior information, identity info, various facts, ecology info, full family information, nesting facts, an encyclopedia page. I can even add my own photos and make notes (I don't do these things. I realize that some of these things don't mean much without seeing them, but you get the general idea. If I'm going to sit around in my recliner and casually read about birds, it wouldn't likely be with this app, but for research, this is better for me.
  24. When I first started using this site shortly after it was re-incarnated, it was primarily a bird identification site, plus people posting in the photo section (this was nice, because it doubled as a learning experience for me). I tried to read every post. As it shifted toward social networking I started being selective, and now read primarily the bird ID questions and being choosy about the rest. It's really a matter of what is interesting to me personally, and frankly much of the content here does not interest me. I hope there's no arrogance to that. And I wish everyone could have my local reviewer. Avery and The Bird Nuts will know who I mean, here on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain.
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