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    Chris, we're leaving for Washington (state)...

    Chris, we're leaving for Washington (state) tomorrow :(

    Had a great time n Sonoma, though! (Very different to Napa.)
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    I've just returned from Alaska. Bald eagles...

    I've just returned from Alaska.

    Bald eagles seem to be as common as sparrows there! At one point we could see about 15 of them in trees along a hillside. Easy to pick out the adults, because ...
  3. Thread: Birders

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    :up Or a shrike.

    :up

    Or a shrike.
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    I saw this on the feeds - thought it was amusing!...

    I saw this on the feeds - thought it was amusing!

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    :rofl

    :rofl
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    Scardust : Strangers Different. Nothing to...

    Scardust : Strangers

    Different. Nothing to write home about, but fun, and should have universal appeal to everyone in this thread.
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    Sticky: :up :up Thanks, Greg!

    :up :up

    Thanks, Greg!
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    Sticky: Greg, the system should have forwarded you an...

    Greg, the system should have forwarded you an auto-reminder on or around 7/20 :)
  9. In both cases - the karaoke was taking a break...

    In both cases - the karaoke was taking a break when we arrived, and there was no indication that karaoke was underway. So we'd already ordered, and they started up again - ruining a meal out with my...
  10. So .. it hurts the ears of the audience. If...

    So .. it hurts the ears of the audience.

    If the audience is willing, and if they're also participants, that's fine.

    If they just went out for dinner and didn't know it was karaoke night, which...
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    Quidam, with the female vocalist, was excellent....

    Quidam, with the female vocalist, was excellent.

    They lost the fem vocalist and replaced her with a guy - no idea who he was. It seemed to me that the instrumentation was better and the song...
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    I know (okay, knew) the band fairly well, and saw...

    I know (okay, knew) the band fairly well, and saw them and met them at ROSfest. At the after-party at ROSfest, they joined us at our table - we'd been liaising via email for some time, so it was...
  13. We're pullin' for ya, Greg!

    We're pullin' for ya, Greg!
  14. Thread: Birders

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    Turkey vultures can be quickly identified in...

    Turkey vultures can be quickly identified in flight:
    - Dihedral wing profile (i.e. the wings slope upward, in a shallow V-shape, while (most) other raptors' wings are straight. Turkey buzzard : ...
  15. ...or they just assume that you qualify for a...

    ...or they just assume that you qualify for a "senior discount" :geezer
  16. Or ... there's this: :D 16096 (Click to...

    Or ... there's this:

    :D

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    Kirk Hammett : Portals This EP is in danger of...

    Kirk Hammett : Portals

    This EP is in danger of being my favorite metal release of 2022.

    I never thought I'd say that about anything Metallica-related! :O
  18. I'm with ya, Wease. I just turned 65 -...

    I'm with ya, Wease.

    I just turned 65 - supposed to be the "official" retirement age. But retirement won't happen for another 5 years.

    By choice, and by significant effort, I'd like to think...
  19. I'm going on a 10-day cruise in late July. (I...

    I'm going on a 10-day cruise in late July. (I booked it in mid-2020, assuming that Covid would be over by now :| )

    I'll get my 2nd booster 2 weeks before departing on the cruise.
  20. Happy to hear that, Greg - good luck with your...

    Happy to hear that, Greg - good luck with your next-steps!
  21. Thread: Birders

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    Ah - thanks for the clarification.

    Ah - thanks for the clarification.
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    I'm not using "Merlin Sound ID" - I'm using...

    I'm not using "Merlin Sound ID" - I'm using BirdNET from the Cornell lab, which - as far as I can tell is not related to Merlin.

    It's a phone app, but here's their web site:...
  23. Thread: Birders

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    I'm definitely finding that out! :|

    I'm definitely finding that out! :|
  24. Sad to read this, Greg, but I'm happy to see that...

    Sad to read this, Greg, but I'm happy to see that other aspects of your life are still looking bright. Take strength from that, and we're looking forward to hearing how you beat the hell outta this...
  25. That cover reminds me : A former business...

    That cover reminds me : A former business colleague of mine is an avid collector of Entwhistle's (original) art work. I believe he currently has the biggest collection outside Entwhistle's family.
  26. Interesting. My Ancestry results have been...

    Interesting. My Ancestry results have been pretty consistent, with the only changes being the percentage in some sub-regions.

    I've just bought a 23 & me test, and it will be interesting to...
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    Yep - we watched it. Good race, cool result. ...

    Yep - we watched it. Good race, cool result.



    He was good enough to be mid-pack (but not bottom-of-the-pack) in F1. Although he clearly wasn't another Hamilton/Schumacher/Fangio, it still...
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    Found this pic I took of Kerry Kompost at a...

    Found this pic I took of Kerry Kompost at a ROSfest long ago:

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    :D Nicely put - I'll have to borrow that...

    :D

    Nicely put - I'll have to borrow that phrasing some time!
  30. My son-in-law and his sister both took a...

    My son-in-law and his sister both took a 23-and-me test, and you'd expect their results to be the same.

    They were essentially similar, but the report showed some specific ancestries as different...
  31. Good question. I did the Ancestry test, and I...

    Good question. I did the Ancestry test, and I believe it's accurate.

    But I plan to also do the 23-and-me test, to compare results. I know a lot about my family's history, and expect I'll be able...
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    Subscribed posts first then new posts. ...

    Subscribed posts first then new posts.



    That button is a MUST-USE on any forum. They all have that functionality one way or another.
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    I don't use a palm pilot :bad

    I don't use a palm pilot




    :bad
  34. My DNA is +75% Scottish +25% English. (Yes,...

    My DNA is +75% Scottish +25% English.

    (Yes, I'm part Sassenach :O God help me! LOL)

    On the Scottish side, I've traced various branches of my family back to my great-great-... (4x) grandparents,...
  35. Thread: Birders

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    They do! My "perfect pitch" ;) tells me that...

    They do!

    My "perfect pitch" ;) tells me that it was the pileated I heard.

    (BTW - hearing aids f*** up your ear for perfect pitch :( )

    Nevertheless - I'll keep watching, and hope to hear AND...
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    (Re)-listening to it now. Mine too

    (Re)-listening to it now.



    Mine too
  37. I just checked my family tree - seems I've...

    I just checked my family tree - seems I've "outlived" 3 of my 4 grandparents. But then - they all smoked.

    My dad, on the other hand, died in January - aged 93.

    On a different topic - is anyone...
  38. Thread: Birders

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    The "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon character was...

    The "Woody Woodpecker" cartoon character was based on the pileated woodpecker.

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    The pileated's call...
  39. Thread: Birders

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    This might soon become my favorite site! It...

    This might soon become my favorite site! It isn't perfect, of course, as many birds have pretty varied calls - and this site only plays 1 or 2 of them. Still - a very good resource.

    Didn't take...
  40. Thread: Birders

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    The latter. So - thanks!

    The latter. So - thanks!
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    Nice, Chris. I've been hearing an increasing...

    Nice, Chris.

    I've been hearing an increasing number of woodpeckers in the woods behind my house, but need to draw them out into the open. Perhaps I should bribe them with suet blocks.

    I'm...
  42. The Vivaldi Metal project: ...

    The Vivaldi Metal project:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25jTwJd63uw

    ...and numerous other videos.
  43. Thread: Birders

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    Used to do so regularly. But nowadays... ...

    Used to do so regularly. But nowadays...



    ^^This


    Perhaps when I retire.
  44. Thread: Birders

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    LOL

    LOL
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    ^^ Makes sense, and supports what I's suspected. ...

    ^^ Makes sense, and supports what I's suspected. Thanks for the info.

    Now send those darned Orioles back to the Baltimore area where they belong, and tell them that the Catbirds are (literally)...
  46. Thread: Birders

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    Nice pic!

    Nice pic!
  47. Sorry to hear this, Greg! I'm glad you weren't...

    Sorry to hear this, Greg!

    I'm glad you weren't alone, and your boys were there to provide support.
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    No Orioles yet, but the Gray Catbirds are loving...

    No Orioles yet, but the Gray Catbirds are loving the fruit...
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    IMO, this is very good!

    IMO, this is very good!
  50. Thread: Birders

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    :O Very cool!

    :O Very cool!
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    Along with politics and religion, I'm getting...

    Along with politics and religion, I'm getting ready to auto-close every new YES thread.


    Let's be grown-ups here, and keep it civil!


    :roll
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    <=== Gets in car to go and buy oranges and grape jelly. :)
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    Yep, a decent VPN connection will allow your...

    Yep, a decent VPN connection will allow your system to fake being in the country of your choice. But Sky will know how to detect the cheaper VPNs, so be sure to subscribe to a quality service.
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    Inly if you have a death-wish! :D But wear...

    Inly if you have a death-wish! :D

    But wear your Mercesdes head to toe outfit and they'll buy you all the bier in the garten.
  55. Very sad - he was a long, long-term member and...

    Very sad - he was a long, long-term member and contributor here.

    Although the "Off-Topic (OT) - Music And Arts" is the correct place for RIPs, I'm moving this to the main forum because of his...
  56. Bull***t !! My wife had hers done when she was...

    Bull***t !!

    My wife had hers done when she was 41.

    Get another doctor.
  57. Good luck to both of you. my wife will probably...

    Good luck to both of you. my wife will probably be getting 2 new knees later this year. One will be a knee replacement, the other will be re-replacing a 21-year-old knee replacement.



    I agree...
  58. Thread: Birders

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    Yep - that's my fear. I did something similar...

    Yep - that's my fear.

    I did something similar a long time ago - spent days preparing a rose garden, spent $$ (don't remember how much, but a lot) on carefully selected, well established roses,...
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    What's the best shrub to attract humming birds? ...

    What's the best shrub to attract humming birds?

    I'm looking for something that-

    a) Flowers for a long time,

    b) Requires minimal maintenance, and

    c) Can stand mid-Atlantic winters
  60. Forgive my ignorance - but per my understanding,...

    Forgive my ignorance - but per my understanding, "sarcoma" is a fairly general term, so I'm not sure what it means in your case.

    Either way, I wish you the best of luck! Keep us posted with your...
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