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applewood  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 20, 2019

Birds and People Who Love Them

I went on a Wikimedia bird binge recently and bookmarked a ton of beauties. This is a Gray/Canada Jay and while it's nothing exotic, it's quite lovely. I wanted to share this picture in particular, because its authors are Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren and they've put a ton of content on Wikimedia. I run across their names constantly on that site and I'm really starting to appreciate the amount of work they must be putting in. It wasn't until recently though that I discovered that they also have a Youtube Channel too. At this rate, I wouldn't be too surprised to find out they have an iNaturalist account.

Speaking of iNaturalist and bird watchers and such, that site is chock full of people worth looking at. One person in particular though, Greg Lasley, I wanna bring attention to. He has over 35,000 observations in seven years. The man clearly loves doing this stuff. He impresses me raw numbers wise, but there are so many awesome people on that site from all over the world, from the occasionally curious, to hobbyists, to hardcore photographers, to researchers, to public workers. The site blows my mind and I'm so glad Dala showed it to me.

Also, I straight up love this photo. It's cute.

Early morning Hubski is best Hubski. You're all beautiful. I'm gonna get me some coffee and cuddle that dog of mine.

kingmudsy  ·  97 days ago  ·  link  ·  

applewood coming through with the most surprisingly relatable content, as usual. Let me introduce you to my favorite bird-that-I-found-through-wikipedia, the Waxwing family:

Look at that beautiful fade from rosy red to gray! Love love love.

applewood  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Waxwings are a sight. Even without the touch of color they have, the black masks and the crests still make them pretty bold and bright looking.

Dala  ·  96 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Just a heads up, iNaturalist now has a new app out called Seek - looks like a simplified and more gamified version of the original - I haven’t tried it out yet but here’s a link in case anyone is interested: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app

Another fun app for bird people is Audubon. It’s great for when you saw a bird but couldn’t get it on camera, you can filter by size and color(s) and the app will suggest birds you might have seen based on where you are. You can also track your bird sightings in the app as well if you want, and it tells you about the birds’ ranges, feeding, breeding, etc, and has calls you can listen to.