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  1. https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000627935-account-and-login-troubleshooting Per above, it sounds like there's not much you can do except start from scratch.
  2. that is totally "real" bird watching. Any time you take notice of birds is bird watching! BTW you can tell a female from a male swan when they are incubating eggs -- only females incubate the eggs. Once the birds hatch, it's more difficult because both males and females mind the cygnets.
  3. Despite the above suffering, I saw a ton of birds in only two hours yesterday. I was low-key leading a birding group of mostly brand-new birders and there were just ridiculous numbers of birds out. Like 9 warbler species in a single tree, Baltimore Orioles all over the place, and we saw both cuckoo species regularly found in New York state -- these are actually difficult to find, and to find both of them within 10 minutes of each other is *chef's kiss*
  4. Warbler neck** is real. I mean, I knew that, but I haven't actually had to deal with it for years. But after not birding or weightlifting for more than a year, this spring migration is doing brutal things to my shoulders and neck. So all you neophyte birders out there: warbler neck will go away once migration is done, and I can post some exercises and other tips on how to avoid it in the future. **neck and shoulder pain you get when you spend hours staring directly above you into the tops of trees to see warblers during migration, because many of them like the tree canopy and they are small and move quickly.
  5. @Fury Resurrected I'm sorry things are rough right now. @Mlle. Zabzie said pretty much everything I would have, so I won't rehash any of that. Just sending some major love and I hope you get use of your coffee table back.
  6. I mean, full disclosure I say "LOL fuck Staten Island" at least once every day, but that's because my friend lives there and they're usually complaining about it, too.
  7. That can happen too, especially during breeding season. Although sometimes it's actually a mockingbird mimicking a robin! You can tell the difference if the bird repeats the same sets of notes three times in a row. If it sounds like it's stuck in a time loop, it's actually a mockingbird.
  8. Copied from the other thread: @Lily Valley thread is already closed but I'm going to respond anyway because I enjoy recklessly wielding mod power. My recs to read from the list (from what I remember of your tastes, so please forgive if I fuck up something): Harrow the Ninth -- but for the love of god read Gideon the Ninth first because you'll be lost otherwise. anyway, mega-queer sword lesbians and the necromancers they love/hate. the second book is mindfuck territory, which means people have either loved or hated it.Network Effect(?) -- I haven't read it but from the other Martha Wells work I've read I think this might be up your alley?Upright Women Wanted -- same author and vibe as River of Teeth. Come along, hoppers!Also recommended but not sure if it's your cup of tea:Cemetery Boys -- It's trans and queer and wholesome as hellRing Shout -- a horror-laden take on Jim Crow-era injustice (written by a Black man, so it's not cringe)Finna -- It's IKEA but full of interdimensional wormholesThe City We Became -- LOL fuck Staten Island
  9. @Lily Valley thread is already closed but I'm going to respond anyway because I enjoy recklessly wielding mod power. My recs to read from the list (from what I remember of your tastes, so please forgive if I fuck up something): Harrow the Ninth -- but for the love of god read Gideon the Ninth first because you'll be lost otherwise. anyway, mega-queer sword lesbians and the necromancers they love/hate. the second book is mindfuck territory, which means people have either loved or hated it. Network Effect(?) -- I haven't read it but from the other Martha Wells work I've read I think this might be up your alley? Upright Women Wanted -- same author and vibe as River of Teeth. Come along, hoppers! Also recommended but not sure if it's your cup of tea: Cemetery Boys -- It's trans and queer and wholesome as hell Ring Shout -- a horror-laden take on Jim Crow-era injustice (written by a Black man, so it's not cringe) Finna -- It's IKEA but full of interdimensional wormholes The City We Became -- LOL fuck Staten Island
  10. Good to see that some people can't be bothered to figure out which authors are trans or non-binary on the overall list before beefing about "too many women." (hint: at least four, including two in novella, one in short story, and one in the Lodestar.) Re: that essay in Best Related Works: I've read better, more incisive twitter threads about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by people high as balls, so it's an embarrassment that it was nominated. And I say this as someone who generally agrees with many of the criticisms lodged against the ceremony and its creators. (Edit: I want to be clear here that I think CoNZealand should shoulder more of the blame than it has. It was their show and they should have been more engaged with GRRM and his team during the entire process, including enforcing time limits on segments and reviewing material to make sure that people's names weren't being butchered. And yeah, making editorial decisions like "these segments should not include jokes about genitals or lamenting the cancellation of noted racist shitbag John W. Campbell." This is basic, basic shit that was apparently beyond the capabilities of anyone involved in the production of that show.) Future con comms are going to need to do some serious introspection and revamping of how they do business IMO. This half-ass shaggy-dog bullshit might have been OK in the 70s, but clearly the newer generations require a more polished and savvy approach. That includes getting a toastmaster who can perform all the duties of the job, including being careful about name pronunciations (GRRM has admitted in public for years that he has problems pronouncing names), rather than have the role being doled out as an honor to prominent authors.
  11. Probably a Northern Mockingbird. They are well-known night-singers, especially during breeding season.
  12. just friendly FYI to be careful what kind of traps you use. Do not use anticoagulent rodenticide because it kills many many birds of prey. And do not use glue traps because birds get stuck in them all the time. my friend works for a bird rehabber and they regularly get owls, hawks, and smaller birds in who needlessly suffer and die due to these two rodent-control methods.
  13. I have definitely gotten a couple of those emails. FWIW, I almost never use leg color as a field mark because it's unreliable in most species and depends on age of the bird, lighting conditions, all kinds of things. For those in the thread who are newer to birding, here's how I would differentiate between those two birds -- and this is a difficult ID! I know lots of people who get stumped by these two birds all the time! I have personally been stumped by these two birds! Things that I would look at to distinguish between HV and RCK: First thing I'd look at is patterning on the wing coverts -- with HV, you only really see the white wing bars; with RCK, it looks like "dark, white, black." It's that bottom black bar that to me really stands out in the field. Second thing I'd look at is shape and placement of the white around the eyes. In HV, it's concentrated on the bottom of eye and toward the back. In the RCK, it's in the front and back of the eye, but nothing at all along the bottom. Third thing, bill shape. Notice HV has thicker, shorter bill, while RCK has a longer, thinner one. I'd ask myself "is the bill about as thick as the diameter of the bird's eye, or is it thinner than the diameter of the bird's eye?"
  14. Let us know if you need some good boilerplate language to explain why. My org ended up developing some of this since we got this query from both colleagues and external partners (and random people).
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