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  1. raymie

    The monster that is Palm oil

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, habitat loss in its many forms is more of a threat to biodiversity than climate change.
  2. raymie

    Panamania! May 23-June 3 2021: My first visit to the Neotropics

    Another zoo enthusiast! Have you heard of zoochat.com?
  3. raymie

    Bird with smallest range

    Millerbird is found on two islands - Laysan and Nihoa.
  4. raymie

    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    Scott's Oriole is one of the few honorifics I would be in favor of changing. Mass genocide just isn't something I want connected to a bird.
  5. raymie

    Avian misnomers

    How has no one mentioned the Olive Warbler? Not olive and not a warbler! Although one cold argue that "warbler" is not a taxonomic classification. What about Arizona Woodpecker, only a tiny portion of its range is in Arizona. Pinyon Jay is named after the plant it feeds on, but its name is...
  6. raymie

    No Clements Updates This Year

    The update intended for 2020 was supposed to release in early 2021 - where is it? Or are they just going to wait until August and implement two years worth of updates at once?
  7. raymie

    Gull ID USA - Central Wisconsin

    I agree on Herring Gull.
  8. raymie

    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    I'm interested to know what you are talking about, as well.
  9. raymie

    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    You make the "field guide problem" seem like much bigger than it actually is. I doubt North American field guides will ever include Hawaii, as it isn't really a part of North America and the avifauna is quite different. The harrier, shrike, and scoter splits are essentially just scientific name...
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    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    Maybe a form could be sent in the mail to all of the ABA members, and a vote could be conducted for any potential new name to be accepted onto the ABA checklist. I would be a lot more willing to accept any new names if I knew the majority of birders actually wanted them.
  11. raymie

    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    I don't think there's much of a chance of existing birders quitting - but I know if I was beginning birding right now and saw that none of the names in my field guide matched eBird I would strongly consider quitting, or at the very least "scale back" my birding. Me quitting eBird over this is an...
  12. raymie

    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    Birders don’t seem to understand how amazing it is that we have official common names for every species. It allows new birders (or even long time birders who don’t want to learn about scientific names) to be able to talk about any bird species and have any other birder know what they are talking...
  13. raymie

    Keeping Away Camp Robbers

    The name "Camp Robber" usually refers to Gray Jays.
  14. raymie

    iNaturalist

    iNaturalist has this and it (can) work with any organism. It also sometimes doesn't.
  15. raymie

    AOS community forum on English Bird Names

    What I don't understand is why my first thread was deleted. Aren't debates like this kind of the point of forums like this? They can get out of hand sometimes obviously, but the first thread I created never did and I think as long as we don't call anyone names discussions like this can be...
  16. raymie

    Sacred Ibis or Wood stork in Florida?

    Wood Stork, there are no more sacred ibises in Florida anymore.
  17. raymie

    Brace Yourself for all new common names?

    A recent "Common Names Meeting" was held by the AOS Diversity and Inclusion department on the topic of changing bird common names. I don't know much about what was discussed (does anyone who does care to share?), but I heard that some members of Team eBird said they were open to changing lots of...
  18. raymie

    ALBINO NUTHATCH? Southern Central Indiana

    It's definitely a White-breasted Nuthatch.
  19. raymie

    ID of possible Swan Goose and Graylag x Swan Goose hybrid (both domestics) near Montreal, Canada

    Wild-type Swan Goose has never been observed in North America.
  20. raymie

    ID of possible Swan Goose and Graylag x Swan Goose hybrid (both domestics) near Montreal, Canada

    Your IDs are correct, Swan Goose on the left, Greylag x Swan Goose on the right.
  21. raymie

    Los Angeles lake ducks and a cormorant

    I agree on the ducks and the cormorant is Double-crested.
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