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  1. awiner

    Subspecies groups and future splits

    FYI: ages ago, Paul Coopmans (RIP) noted that the songs of White-tipped Sicklebill were very different on the opposite sides of the Andes in Ecuador. No idea if anyone investigated that further.
  2. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    You could use Manage taxonomies... to export the taxonomy as a .csv file, add a line for Dingo, and then re-import it from the .csv file. Obviously, you'd have to go through this each time you update to the next Mammal Watching taxonomy. I think the real issue is that the mammal taxonomy...
  3. awiner

    Observado datas to Ebird?

    Yeah, I'm happy to have Scythebill used purely as a conduit for data - import to Scythebill from Observado, export to eBird, and never touch Scythebill again. Let me know if you run into any problems - I'm not an Observado user myself either, but I should be able to help fix anything that goes...
  4. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    Find your .bsxm file (aka Scythebill Sightings file). You can use "Open containing folder" from Scythebill's File menu if you've forgotten where you put it. Copy that .bsxm file over - it's got everything you need. Once you've installed Scythebill on the new machine, open the .bsxm file...
  5. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    Exactly, if you enter a sighting for a country it's automatically part of your world list. You also don't even have to enter 1/1/1900 for the year - Scythebill's fine if you have no date. You can enter sightings in pretty much any way you want: "Enter sightings" if you want to enter a list...
  6. awiner

    Poll - Do you agree or disagree with the AOS's recent decision to abandon the use of eponymous bird names?

    You said a lot more than just "a cogent case needs to be made", and therefore I responded to more. If you'd left it at that, I would have just responded to that! That's an entirely legit example if you were encountering, say, someone who took offense at someone still calling it McCown's...
  7. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    Yeah, this makes sense. It could just be a clickable icon that pops up for any location that has a lat/long - I've already got an icon that I use on Browse by location to show which locations have lat/long (and that one could be made clickable as well, so you don't need to click "Edit").
  8. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    Yep, "Remember" in "Show reports" sounds like what you want for automatically counting lists.
  9. awiner

    Poll - Do you agree or disagree with the AOS's recent decision to abandon the use of eponymous bird names?

    This is over-the-top silliness. The argument here is not "don't listen to old straight white folks" (I'm one), it's "don't privilege their views over the views of a broader sample"; so yes, hear them out, but if you're only (or overwhelmingly) hearing the voices of old straight white folks...
  10. awiner

    Poll - Do you agree or disagree with the AOS's recent decision to abandon the use of eponymous bird names?

    How do you know that it was done in a kneejerk way? The text on the original proposal seemed quite the opposite; the committee began with a majority assumption that it was going to just advocate removing a subset of clearly problematic names, worked through that, and described how the...
  11. awiner

    Poll - Do you agree or disagree with the AOS's recent decision to abandon the use of eponymous bird names?

    ... and yet, they managed to come up with reasonable names for the Rufous Antpitta split or, even more recently, the really fabulous names for the Short-tailed Babbler split (Glissando, et al.). Limiting yourself to appearance gives you bad names; using geography, behavior, habitat, calls...
  12. awiner

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    That's not HBW. That's birdsoftheworld, which uses Clements/eBird taxonomy, which as stated above by recbirds didn't follow Eaton at al, 2021 correctly. I know birdsoftheworld incorporated much of HBW's content, but it is not HBW!
  13. awiner

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    A couple of "fun" differences between IOC 14.1 splits and eBird/Clements treatments. I know nothing about which is correct (nor am I even asserting that there is an obvious "correct" answer): For Short-tailed Babbler, eBird calls sordida (w/range ne Borneo) "Short-tailed Babbler (Glissando)"...
  14. awiner

    Petition to AOS Leadership on the Recent Decision to Change all Eponymous Bird Names

    I've seen slippery slope arguments, but I haven't seen anyone slide down quite as large a glacier as you've done here. No one is "rewriting history", no matter how many times that canard is repeated, but you're writing an entire dystopian work of fiction.
  15. awiner

    The next 10 ABA (North American) splits - 2022

    Sharp-shinned Hawk - yes, but also or especially the forms in the Caribbean.
  16. awiner

    Subspecies groups and future splits

    The Fiji populations of Fan-tailed Cuckoo might be distinct - see Phil Gregory's comments on XC116598 Fan-tailed Cuckoo (Cacomantis flabelliformis) .
  17. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    I've definitely got other Scotland users, but maybe they haven't tried to upload Scythebill data to eBird? I think most eBird users do it the other direction - enter data on eBird, then export it into Scythebill; after all, eBird has a phone app. But both directions are supposed to work, and...
  18. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    No, don't click the link for Mammal Watching, click "Click to download". You'll get a .btxm file that can be used directly.
  19. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    Ah, I see the issue. The short version: Scythebill is asking that the sightings be allocated to one of the counties (or, I guess, shires?) of Scotland, rather than just to somewhere in Scotland. If you move the "My Mause Feeders" location into a county (Perthshire and Kinross?), then it'll be...
  20. awiner

    A couple of Scythebill problems

    Don't know that I'd call it "beauty sleep", but thanks for your optimism! OK, so the Mammal Taxonomy first: don't go to the Mammal Watching site, go to the Scythebill site, specifically here: https://www.scythebill.com/download.html#extended Second, how to change the type of a site: go to...
  21. awiner

    Green-backed (Little Spotted) Woodpecker, Ghana

    Wait, no: Scythebill has this right, not sure where you're seeing caulautii noted for Ghana. I've attached its IOC range for C. caulautii in the latest version (and eBird has them lumped, so it's moot there). Andy, if you're seeing problems, please contact me privately so we can figure it out...
  22. awiner

    Green-backed (Little Spotted) Woodpecker, Ghana

    eBird/Clements has C. maculosa and C. caulautii lumped, so it's a non-issue there, but it looked like I missed updating the checklists for IOC when permista was transferred to maculosa. Thanks for pointing this out!
  23. awiner

    Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Ghana

    Best text I've been able to find just now is https://web.archive.org/web/20220225150227id_/https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/partpdf/309854 ("The avifauna of Ghana: additions and corrections Robert J. Dowsett , Frangoise Dowsett-Lemaire and Andrew Hester"): "One was reportedly seen at...
  24. awiner

    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    Not sure why you think so, see the "Multilingual Version" at Master Lists – IOC World Bird List, which contains 43 names for (most) species. (Admittedly, the BOU names are the one exception - the other 43 are exactly what IOC provides, not "my own names", though even in that case I'm not...
  25. awiner

    AOS to discard patronyms in English names

    I'll save you some time: it's a "poll" of a comment thread on one article. It's a garbage methodology by someone who appears to have no awareness of how internet comments work.
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