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Posts posted by meghann

  1. After encountering a swallow I had trouble IDing, until Liam helped me out, I figured a thread of these guys would be cool. The mutation has always fascinated me.

    I searched for a topic like it, but didn't find one. So, if one already exists, apologies.

    My first melanistic bird, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow. (Which incidentally, Liam had a similar bird in the same location six years ago. Is it the same bird, or an offspring, or just a coincidence? We'll never know!)


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  2. Well what do you know? I was driving yesterday between two birding sites. Bird over the road, wondered what it was, it banked, and showed that classic Swallow-tailed Kite silhouette. No mistaking it. Got super excited, slowed down, pulled over, grabbed the camera, got out of the car, and. . .he was gone. Drove around for a while trying to find him again, but never did.

  3. 1 minute ago, Aveschapines said:

    I didn't realize that by "old posts" people meant hours old - I was thinking of posts from months or years back. Many people can't be on WhatBird all the time and may log in only once or twice a day; I don't see a huge issue with responding from posts within the last day...

    I think it's more. . . .bumping stuff already on the second or third page just to say "Red-tailed Hawk", or "Agreed", when 12 hours before there was already discussion settling it as a Red-tailed Hawk. Sometimes I do see newer, unsettled posts getting buried at times because there is so much of that going on.

  4. Not to add more noise, but as someone who has been around off and on for quite a long time, this discussion has been had many times before, and was the agreed upon etiquette before the Great Crash. 

    If you agree with the ID, and there has only been one or two, sure, add to the consensus. Bonus points if you add WHY. (More identifying points.) This is also as long as the thread hasn't been sitting dormant for hours/days/weeks. In the olden days of the forum, a post that is hours old being bumped just to say "Agree" was considered to be in bad taste. In fact, now that I think about it, at one point, saying just "agreed" was frowned upon, even if you were only the second person. It was encouraged to always add the why. I'm not saying you have to take it that far, but. . .it adds a lot more value than just being like "Yep."

    If you find a thread that had an id and people agreeing, and yet, you disagree, by all means state your disagreement. We're all here to learn! 

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