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Steve Murphy



Joined: 14 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 11:44 am    Post subject: Identification resource? Reply with quote

Hi everyone

Haven't posted very much lately as my own time spent birding has had to take a back seat to other things but do keep an eye open on the site fairly regularly and hope to contribute more as we see out winter - but enough of the excuses.

Looking through the albumns the other day it just struck me that there is now such a diversity of birdlife and other wildlife would it not now be possible to create a bird identification resource? This could include a thumbnail portrait of each bird, charactaristics, geographic locations etc.We could even get Karwin to give us the scientific name. - it could also be developed to allow user input as to geographic sitings and numbers?

I know we'll all have our own books and resources but building up a resource from our own site members could be really intereseting.

Just a thought really and my own technical ability amounts to turning the PC on so now idea how much hard work this would be but would be interested to know what others think

cheers Steve
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Strixaluco



Joined: 24 Mar 2005
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Location: Mayford, Sy

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are there any volunteers out there who are willing and able to do this? It could go in the Bird Identification section.

Meanwhile, in case people aren't aware of these, here are two useful resources for such things:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/index.asp

http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/

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Boo



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks EB, both of those sites are in my "fave's" but it would be nice if we didn't have to keep leaving the Forum!
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boo - perhaps your set-up is different from mine?

I can minimise BBF, go to my Favourites, open the RSPB site (or the other one) and then move between the two. If I make them both fairly small I can choose to look at them side by side in separate windows - but even on my 18" screen that is not exactly ideal.

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Steve Murphy



Joined: 14 Sep 2005
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Location: Rhymney Valley- S Wales

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If this is going to prove to be a huge task - couldn't we do it as a sort of moderated Albumn - the best picture of a particular bird perhaps with just a little narrative to get us started.

There really are some stunning photos in there and would be good to see the collection grow?

Wonder how many of the UKs 250 odd indigenous species we already have covered?

If I was any use at all I would like to help but unfortunately my computer skills are seriously lacking?
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Snowy



Joined: 16 Apr 2006
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Location: Staffordshire

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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strixaluco wrote:
Are there any volunteers out there who are willing and able to do this? It could go in the Bird Identification section.

Meanwhile, in case people aren't aware of these, here are two useful resources for such things:

http://www.rspb.org.uk/birds/guide/index.asp

http://www.garden-birds.co.uk/
Try this site covers ID, birds calls etc www.mangoverde.com/birdsound
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Mick



Joined: 14 Apr 2005
Posts: 175
Location: Ramsgate, England

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PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2006 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boo wrote:
Thanks EB, both of those sites are in my "fave's" but it would be nice if we didn't have to keep leaving the Forum!



I use Firefox as my browser (free download) and with that you can have as many sites open at once in tabs as you like and flip between them dead easy.
For example as I write this I have 7 different tabs on the go and am logged into 3 different forums, it can get confusing though.

Mick
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Tricia



Joined: 08 Apr 2005
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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like Mike I have used Firefox. Equally I now use Maxthon where again you can have several tabs open at the same time. Additionally, you can save your tabs as groups - for instance, I have a "Wildlife" group, one for finance, one for bird suppliers, garden suppliers etc. etc. You can then "load" which was is appropriate for your chosen activities.
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Mick



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Location: Ramsgate, England

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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is Maxthon a free download, I am a sucker for free downloads? Incidentally you can mimic the saved tabs function in Firefox by saving your related sites in a bookmark folder then open the folder in tabs if that makes sense.
Getting back on thread more or less, this is a good site for birdsong it's in Italian but if you scroll down there is a large list in order of scientific names of most birds, they even have Cetti's warbler if I remember right.

http://www.scricciolo.com/eurosongs/canti.htm


Mick
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Tricia



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PostPosted: Sat May 06, 2006 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mick wrote:
Is Maxthon a free download
Mick


Yes it is - http://www.maxthon.com/
(and sorry about the MIKE, Mick)

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