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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 00:51   #1
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Talking High speed birding

This morning I had to take a trip to a small city 100 miles south of us for a Doc's appt. From the car, there and back, I saw:

Red-tailed hawk
Bald eagle
Osprey
Magpie
Heaps of lbj's
Pair of mourning doves
Vulture
Dozens of canada geese.

I live in great country.
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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 02:03   #2
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Isn't it nice, you can see birds everywhere, no matter what you're up to. Is a bit more true in the US though than where I am currently, so it's good to appreciate it!
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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 03:00   #3
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Tnx for the huzzah Gretchen, as you say, one can do a lot of birding without "going birding." Hope your numbers of avian fauna pick up for you soon over there. Have seen pics of some pretty spectacular birds carrying the red flag, over in the gallery.
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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 07:03   #4
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Heaps of lbj's
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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 08:17   #5
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Yeah, oral (not book) English

heaps= lots
LBJ = little brown jobs = unidentified small brown birds
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Old Wednesday 28th April 2010, 08:56   #6
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I'd say that unless you're good at jizz then identifying LBJs from a moving car would not be that easy for the most part.

Pretty cool set of birds to see longbow.
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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 00:52   #7
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Sorry stonechat, I'll try to be more careful about using colloquial English in future. And thanks for the translation, Gretchen.

I was on a discussion board a few years ago frequented by a lot of non-native English speakers and wrote a long post using Appalachian-style vernacular. Some got it and found it amusing, others not so much. A couple got absolutely irate. I had forgotten about that. Will try to do better here henceforth.
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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 05:10   #8
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I think forums are much better for the use of colloquialisms really, I like hearing how other people describe things and if you don't understand a term it's easy enough just to ask what it means. I wouldn't worry over-much about it, internet forums are full of people not understanding each other anyway.

How many lbjs did you see?

heaps, oodles, gobs, bags, masses, tons, a bunch, scads...

much more expressive than 'a lot'.
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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 06:43   #9
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Yeah, oral (not book) English

heaps= lots
LBJ = little brown jobs = unidentified small brown birds
Oh, thanks. I remember that I asked this question once.....
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I like hearing how other people describe things and if you don't understand a term it's easy enough just to ask what it means.
Yeah, I've learned so much language since joining here! I think I can understand (if not speak) heaps more "British" (for example: grip, snap, gen, suss, dodgy and many more)
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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 09:30   #11
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Sorry stonechat, I'll try to be more careful about using colloquial English in future. And thanks for the translation, Gretchen.
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Don´t worry, longbow!
It´s allways some help around in the forums who translate abbreviations for me
As non native english speaker it´s somtetimes hard to know what one means, guys also use to shorten bird names and so I didn´t knew is lbj a bird name or something else.
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Old Thursday 29th April 2010, 10:09   #12
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one thing I love about Birdforum is how international it really is - and I'm glad to see non-native speakers of English participating. I remember when I moved to France, some of the abbreviations for the birds are just confusing - MLQ, RQN, FTN. (Mésange à longue queue, rougequeue noir, fauvette à tête noire) (Long-tailed Tit, Black Redstart, Blackcap).

I'm glad to see that people also ask if they're not sure, plenty of people who are willing to help.
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Old Friday 30th April 2010, 00:10   #13
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Okeedokee then, further confabulations shall remain colorful and unedited.
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Old Friday 30th April 2010, 14:17   #14
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yuins (pittsburgh for a collection of people) made me laugh this morning. nice thread.
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