New and Improved!

Starting today, you will find that posts in the Bird Focus category are now tagged with the birds’ North American population trend status over the past 30 years: Increasing, Stable, and/or Decreasing.  Those posts featuring more than one bird with differing population trends will be tagged for each trend, and the first mention of each bird in the post will carry its population trend in parentheses. This additional tagging will enable you to select posts on the basis of population trends.

Note that all categories and tags, along with any related articles, appear at the bottom of each post. By clicking on any one you will be able to select that group of posts.

Winners, Losers, and Draws

I’m way behind on my posts; this is partly due to my being out shooting in the field. I plan to post more soon! Some of these posts will discuss bird populations. My “How the Bird Photos Were Collected” page highlights not only how I collected my bird photos, but also my rationale for providing the population trend of each bird during the past 30 years or so. I’m in the process of sorting the bird photos by whether their populations are increasing, decreasing, or remaining stable to see what common characteristics each category might have.

Artificial intelligence and bird identification

Sharpen Your Skills and Help Train Merlin™.

A project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this site shows you a bird and asks you questions for identification.  By so doing, Merlin begins to “learn” what people need to know. To build Merlin, Cornell Lab needs to know how thousands of people remember and describe birds.