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(AP News)   25-year-old law student spent early days of pandemic playing Pokemon Go, until he noticed the birds: "I thought, why don't I take up birding? It's like real-life Pokemon Go"   (apnews.com) divider line
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2020-05-02 12:54:55 PM  
He captures birds in small balls, and joins with other birders to attack and capture rare or powerful birds?
 
2020-05-02 1:23:41 PM  
He annoys his parents to drive him around to places to catch the birds?
 
2020-05-02 1:59:46 PM  
Birds are their most active - and noisy - now

They're a lot easier to hear than see, which makes getting a decent pic all the more satisfying.
 
2020-05-02 3:04:15 PM  
Maybe he can write a law review article about attempted murder.
 
2020-05-02 4:20:42 PM  
The Big Year is here!
 
2020-05-02 4:22:24 PM  
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2020-05-02 4:23:07 PM  
I've been watching birds since I was an adolescent. Oh, the sort with wings. That's different.
 
2020-05-02 4:23:30 PM  
Some people really like boobies.

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2020-05-02 4:29:44 PM  

Non Sequitur Man: Some people really like boobies.

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Some people like a pair of great tits.
 
2020-05-02 4:29:46 PM  
The dude in the picture is 25?
 
2020-05-02 4:29:58 PM  
I saw a rose-breasted grosbeak for the first time ever today.
A few days ago there was a brown thrasher, and I'd only seen one of those once before.
At present, I've seen 23 different bird species in my backyard since March 15.
 
2020-05-02 4:32:23 PM  
I'm thinking about eventually buying a hunting game on Steam even though I have absolutely no interest in actual hunting.

Is that weird?
 
2020-05-02 4:33:38 PM  
When the game first came out Forest Lawn Cemetery was a very popular place. Then they asked for the Stops and Gyms to be removed. Ironically Forest Lawn also hates the bird watchers so a bunch of the local PoGO players started watching birds.

They also hate the people looking for Casper.

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Yes, Casper is an albino deer that lives in the cemetery.
 
2020-05-02 4:35:06 PM  

Weatherkiss: Non Sequitur Man: Some people really like boobies.

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Some people like a pair of great tits.


Some people make me laugh so spontaneously that I drool.
 
2020-05-02 4:36:39 PM  
Birdemic!

Time to invest in slrpnls.
 
2020-05-02 4:40:45 PM  

waxbeans: The dude in the picture is 25?


That's what I'm wondering. That is a REALLY rough 25!
 
2020-05-02 4:44:02 PM  
" 25-year-old law student spent early days of pandemic playing Pokemon Go, until he noticed the birds "

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2020-05-02 4:45:20 PM  
This confirms more of how this has made many older hobbies, outdoor activities, and getting back to basics the thing now that you can't DO things.
 
2020-05-02 4:45:45 PM  

Kalyco Jack: waxbeans: The dude in the picture is 25?

That's what I'm wondering. That is a REALLY rough 25!


He got into a fight with a chrono-wizard and doesn't like to talk about it.
 
2020-05-02 4:46:18 PM  

Kalyco Jack: waxbeans: The dude in the picture is 25?

That's what I'm wondering. That is a REALLY rough 25!


Right? He's got the same amount of gray that I have but I'm 46 and it just started to show up 6 years ago.
 
2020-05-02 4:47:25 PM  
The guy in the picture is the 25 year old?
 
2020-05-02 4:51:53 PM  
Bird watchers are called "twitchers"

/the more you know
//DNRTFA
 
2020-05-02 4:53:48 PM  

Kalyco Jack: waxbeans: The dude in the picture is 25?

That's what I'm wondering. That is a REALLY rough 25!



The caption says it's this guy, quoted later in article:

"The birds don't know that there's a pandemic. They're migrating, building nests and laying eggs, just like they always have," said Michael Kopack Jr., who put up a birdhouse at his home in Angier, North Carolina, and is watching a pair of bluebirds hatch their eggs.
 
2020-05-02 4:54:44 PM  

Ivo Shandor: Kalyco Jack: waxbeans: The dude in the picture is 25?

That's what I'm wondering. That is a REALLY rough 25!


The caption says it's this guy, quoted later in article:

"The birds don't know that there's a pandemic. They're migrating, building nests and laying eggs, just like they always have," said Michael Kopack Jr., who put up a birdhouse at his home in Angier, North Carolina, and is watching a pair of bluebirds hatch their eggs.


Nope. Time wizard.
 
2020-05-02 4:54:59 PM  
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That is a rough 25 year old!
 
2020-05-02 4:55:52 PM  

UralMD: [storage.googleapis.com image 800x533]

That is a rough 25 year old!


Damn, I see this has already been covered.
 
2020-05-02 4:57:53 PM  

UralMD: UralMD: [storage.googleapis.com image 800x533]

That is a rough 25 year old!

Damn, I see this has already been covered.


Time wizards can be tricky.
 
2020-05-02 4:58:52 PM  

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I once had a Pidgey show up while at KFC.
 
2020-05-02 4:59:46 PM  

Dimensio: UNC_Samurai: [i.redd.it image 421x698]

I once had a Pidgey show up while at KFC.


That's how I met my wife.
 
2020-05-02 5:00:48 PM  

RodneyToady: He captures birds in small balls, and joins with other birders to attack and capture rare or powerful birds?


Well, he throws balls* at them.

* rocks, etc
 
2020-05-02 5:02:37 PM  
"I thought, 'Why don't I take up birding?' It's like real-life Pokemon Go. It's super addicting because you can start logging them and you get a little collection. It's really cool," Brown said.

Sounds like the kid has a good head on his shoulders... I like him.

He paused, then added, "They should really game-ify it."

Never mind, the stupid kicked in. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.
 
2020-05-02 5:06:26 PM  

Badafuco: The guy in the picture is the 25 year old?


If only some means existed to discern whether the subject of the article is the same person as the man in the picture.
 
2020-05-02 5:07:00 PM  
So, the opening paragraphy is about Conner Brown, but for the three-picture slide show above this paragraph the first picture is of someone else. Someone on the webteam over there effed up.
 
2020-05-02 5:07:50 PM  
At le

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Dimensio: UNC_Samurai: [i.redd.it image 421x698]

I once had a Pidgey show up while at KFC.

That's how I met my wife.


That's how I met your wife too!
 
2020-05-02 5:08:56 PM  

Mikey1969: "I thought, 'Why don't I take up birding?' It's like real-life Pokemon Go. It's super addicting because you can start logging them and you get a little collection. It's really cool," Brown said.

Sounds like the kid has a good head on his shoulders... I like him.

He paused, then added, "They should really game-ify it."

Never mind, the stupid kicked in. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.


No sure about making it a game, but it could be a pretty cool app that is similar to a coin collecting book. The app has a list of birds common to your area and an "empty" picture field.. You can then take pictures with your phone and log the bird species. It could be an effective way to track the different birds you have seen.
 
2020-05-02 5:10:48 PM  

Dimensio: Badafuco: The guy in the picture is the 25 year old?

If only some means existed to discern whether the subject of the article is the same person as the man in the picture.


Obviously question all mages in a 16 furlong radius that have dabbled in the chronological arts.
 
2020-05-02 5:12:10 PM  

UralMD: [storage.googleapis.com image 800x533]

That is a rough 25 year old!


Maybe he's a software guy and is really meant 0x25 years old

/it's still a pretty rough 0x25 years
 
2020-05-02 5:12:11 PM  

foo monkey: At leConservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Dimensio: UNC_Samurai: [i.redd.it image 421x698]

I once had a Pidgey show up while at KFC.

That's how I met my wife.

That's how I met your wife too!


Yeah, sorry about that.
 
2020-05-02 5:13:56 PM  

Mikey1969: "I thought, 'Why don't I take up birding?' It's like real-life Pokemon Go. It's super addicting because you can start logging them and you get a little collection. It's really cool," Brown said.

Sounds like the kid has a good head on his shoulders... I like him.

He paused, then added, "They should really game-ify it."

Never mind, the stupid kicked in. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.


They actually should.  Every year I start a new list to see how many different birds I can find, and how many I can just find in my back yard.  Are, how many I can see in a day.  There is no reason this couldn't be made interesting as a game.
 
2020-05-02 5:14:07 PM  

Dimensio: UNC_Samurai: [i.redd.it image 421x698]

I once had a Pidgey show up while at KFC.


I caught a Magikarp at the fish counter at Wegman's.
 
2020-05-02 5:16:51 PM  

RodneyToady: He captures birds in small balls, and joins with other birders to attack and capture rare or powerful birds?


I'm in!
 
2020-05-02 5:19:27 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: foo monkey: At leConservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Dimensio: UNC_Samurai: [i.redd.it image 421x698]

I once had a Pidgey show up while at KFC.

That's how I met my wife.

That's how I met your wife too!

Yeah, sorry about that.


You came up with the perfect comeback to a 'your wife' joke.

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2020-05-02 5:20:13 PM  
I'm not a birder, but a quick look in the Apple App Store shows a couple apps from Cornell and one from the Audubon society, plus one called Chirp which looks like it might be more social than the others.
 
2020-05-02 5:20:24 PM  

Abe Vigoda's Ghost: RodneyToady: He captures birds in small balls, and joins with other birders to attack and capture rare or powerful birds?

I'm in!


Some people have binders full of birds.
 
2020-05-02 5:21:00 PM  
I saw a bright red crested pileated woodpecker fly through a previously heavily trafficked intersection on my hobo meanderings.  I took it as an omen that even the birds know mankind is cooked
 
2020-05-02 5:22:16 PM  

Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Dimensio: Badafuco: The guy in the picture is the 25 year old?

If only some means existed to discern whether the subject of the article is the same person as the man in the picture.

Obviously question all mages in a 16 furlong radius that have dabbled in the chronological arts.


You're not going to let go of this chronological thing, are you?!
This is worse than what you did same time next year.
 
2020-05-02 5:23:23 PM  

Resident Muslim: Conservative Evangelical Millennial Cyclist: Dimensio: Badafuco: The guy in the picture is the 25 year old?

If only some means existed to discern whether the subject of the article is the same person as the man in the picture.

Obviously question all mages in a 16 furlong radius that have dabbled in the chronological arts.

You're not going to let go of this chronological thing, are you?!
This is worse than what you did same time next year.


I told you the year after next to quit questioning my methods...
 
2020-05-02 5:23:59 PM  

UNC_Samurai: [i.redd.it image 421x698]


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2020-05-02 5:29:40 PM  
I saw a pair of hooded orioles hanging around my house for a few weeks in March and April.  It was really cool, I'd only ever seen an oriole once or twice.  They've since moved on.

The hummingbirds have chased all the purple house finches out of the yard, only the black phoebes dare to share the yard with the asshole hummingbirds.  No mockingbirds yet, but they'll come soon enough to f*ck with my loquats.
 
2020-05-02 5:34:48 PM  

caljar: Mikey1969: "I thought, 'Why don't I take up birding?' It's like real-life Pokemon Go. It's super addicting because you can start logging them and you get a little collection. It's really cool," Brown said.

Sounds like the kid has a good head on his shoulders... I like him.

He paused, then added, "They should really game-ify it."

Never mind, the stupid kicked in. Ah well, it was nice while it lasted.

They actually should.  Every year I start a new list to see how many different birds I can find, and how many I can just find in my back yard.  Are, how many I can see in a day.  There is no reason this couldn't be made interesting as a game.


That already *is* a game, just one that you're playing solo. The potential phone app mentioned upthread would make it a game vs. others.
 
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