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  1. Haha! I'll get my camera ready for the four-winged finches...That will definitely make the RBA!
  2. Hi Folks- I just picked up a big bag of black oil sunflower seeds, and noticed that it has "Bird-Kote", which means there have been vitamins and nutrients added. I suppose it's "safe", but I am generally hesitant to purchase modified foods, even for birds, so I was curious what everyone's thoughts are. A lot of things have been called "safe" over the decades, only to find out there are long term negative effects.... Thanks, Happy New Year! Scott
  3. Hi Folks- I just picked up a big bag of black oil sunflower seeds, and noticed that it has "Bird-Kote", which means there have been vitamins and nutrients added. I suppose it's "safe", but I am generally hesitant to purchase modified foods, even for birds, so I was curious what everyone's thoughts are. A lot of things have been called "safe" over the decades, only to find out there are long term negative effects.... Thanks, Happy New Year! Scott
  4. Boston Sparrow

    I'd vote for Chipping Sparrow.....
  5. At least two warblers from MA

    #2 - A couple pics look like a Northern Parula.
  6. eBird Confirmation Frustration

    Thanks for all the replies. Insightful and somewhat encouraging. An update: Red-Headed never confirmed, and even the Common Shelduck I saw with several others (8/28/17) not confirmed (though the sightings by others were!) Weird... Anyway, I guess I'll forget about the "contributing to science" part, and just use eBird as a digital life-list. Thanks again for the opinions! Scott
  7. Hi birders- Just what does it take to get eBird to confirm a sighting? Do you always need an A+ picture? I recently saw a Red-Headed Woodpecker out here in NH (a very exciting moment for me), and sent in a highly detailed NH Rare Bird Confirmation form and they still snubbed it. Kinda' took the wind out of my sails a bit. I've never fancied myself a wildlife photographer, and I don't enjoy carrying around a large camera whilst birding, so can I assume that a sighting sans photo will be brushed aside? Is it elitism? "They" don't recognize my name from ornithology class? Maybe it's because I don't rub elbows with the birding crowd on group trips? All of these? You might think someone would look at my past eBird lists and deduce that I'm uber-careful with id's. I only discovered eBird in 2015 (believe it or not) so maybe they don't realize I've been staring at bird books since I was in first grade. Doesn't mean that I'm some sort of "Master Birder" (not close), but I do know the difference between a RHWO and...everything else! I apologize for venting, this being my first ever post to this forum. Nothing but positivity here on out! Scott Lemire
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