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    Latest IOC Diary Updates

    Yes. Updates – IOC World Bird List Keith
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    Impressed by sound I’d in Merlin app

    I tried this using recordings from xeno-canto, and it had trouble recognising a crossbill call ... having said that, I too like the app. My ear is not good, I have trouble with songs and calls, and Merlin has been very helpful indeed. Apart from the crossbill thing, it had trouble with calls of...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary master lists

    A .lst file is just a .txt file by another name. If you change the extension to .lst, it will work fine (in my experience ....). Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary iOS

    Out of the blue, Birdwatcher's Diary has returned to life. It has been updated to version 8.3, and is working just fine on my iPhone 12 mini, iOS 15.1.1. The Stevens creek webpage has been updated, but not Facebook (no updates there since 2019). I've been using it today, and enjoyed it. How long...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary iOS

    Birdwatcher's Diary is not working at all after update to iOS 14.5 (pop-up says that Developer needs to update it to work with this iOS). It has also disappeared from the App Store. Stevens Creek never did respond to problem I had with it in Dec 2019 on the Azores (which turned out to be...
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    Your most anticipated futures books

    Agree completely. I even have the HBW full set, and am still looking forward to this single volume to leaf through. Price, as mentioned, is €65, but add €10 postage (or more if you want it quicker / better tracked). Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary iOS

    Yes. As you have clearly decided it is not for you, this is for others reading this. It can be accessed as http://observation.org or http://observado.org. The iPhone app is iObs. The [bird] taxonomy is not specified as far as I can see, but it allows eBird import, so may follow that (but not...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary iOS

    I've looked at eBird, in the past and again now, but it doesn't work for me. It does not record altitude. The whole checklist / hotspot thing is complete gobbledygook - I see a bird, I identify it, I want to record its location (including altitude), behaviour, maybe other notes, and all very...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary iOS

    Birdwatcher's Diary 8.2, iOS 13.3, iphone 8 I can no longer access the 'archive' section of the app: clicking on the usual icon crashes the app. Same thing when trying to access archive from one of the pop-up menus. I have tried restarting the phone, killing the app, turning data access on and...
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    New illustrated Colombian bird book

    Excellent, thanks for the helpful links. Keith
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    New illustrated Colombian bird book

    http://selva.org.co/2018/04/compra-la-guia-ilustrada-de-la-avifauna-colombiana/ Has anyone seen this, or images of the illustrations in it? Cost is COP 100,000 (ca £25), plus postage, rates given within Colombia, enquire for international. Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    Stevens Creek have updated their Birdwatcher's Diary FB page: Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    Stevens Creek have just posted this on the Birdwatcher's Diary FB page: Keith
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    HBW and BirdLife Taxonomic Checklist v2

    'Carbonated' is an odd descriptor, but far from the only one. Not sure about 'many' dictionaries, but the only one I use (OED) defines 'carbonated' only in the sense of a fizzy drink. No mention of anything burning. 'Carbon' is an even odder descriptor - OED does not mention its use in any...
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    Birds of Bolivia - Rip off?

    One donation to Bolivia (A), two books from Bolivia (B); A/B > £100. Sebastian Herzog, Scientific Director of Asociación Armonía Keith
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    Birds of Bolivia - Rip off?

    My cost per book was substantially more than £100. However, I don't think of this transaction as a purchase, I think of it as a donation to an exceptionally worth while cause that I wanted to support, with the two copies as a bonus. I would like to see more locally produced identification books...
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    Birds of Bolivia - Rip off?

    I made a donation to the charity producing it (which can be done with UK Gift Aid, thus squeezing a bit off the govt too), and they posted me two copies. In pure monetary terms, each cost me way over the odds, but I am very pleased to have been able to support the local production of a quality...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    Birdwatcher's Diary 8.0 for iPhone/iPad now on App store. Dropbox archiving seems to work too. Android promised later. https://www.facebook.com/BirdwatchersDiary/ Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    Latest from https://www.facebook.com/StevensCreekSoftware/: "Dropbox update: We've been working hard on the problem of switching over to the new Dropbox APIs now that the original ones are no longer supported by Dropbox. It was slow going at first, there are many changes (the underlying...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    https://www.facebook.com/StevensCreekSoftware/ Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    The Dropbox upload is now not working for me. I only used this as a backup - I primarily use other output methods - so it doesn't bother me particularly. But am concerned that the matter has been left unattended until it broke, and general lack of activity from Stevens Creek. Birdwatcher's Diary...
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    My records from yesterday uploaded OK, but I did get a warning from Dropbox. Stevens Creek have just posted this on their Facebook page: "A number of our apps are temporarily without access to Dropbox because of changes in the Dropbox API. We hope to have updates for all of them available in...
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    Bertha's or Berthe's Coua ...

    Unfortunate that the original description did not name the species Coua rakotosamimananae, because then there would be no ambiguity. Keith
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    Birdwatcher's Diary RIP?

    No news. But mine does appear to be still archiving to Dropbox. And it is working fine on iOS 11, which suggests the developers anticipated the iOS 11 file format changes sometime ago (not all developers did), implying a long-term commitment. On the other hand, no Facebook activity since Feb...
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    Hoskins's (alt. Hoskins') Pygmy Owl

    You mean vioscae? Given that the guy's name ends in an a, he didn't have a lot of choice. Grammatical gender is not the same as biological gender, although they very often coincide. I know that eg obamai exists, which implies a Latinisation of Obama to Obamaus - personally I think that is right...
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