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DOROTHY MUNFORD — February 21, 01:34AM

do you count the same bird over and over

When I am counting, the birds are flying in and out so I must
be counting the same bird more than once. Is that how it works?

Dave Spier — February 21, 11:04AM

Hi Dorothy,
Just count the highest number that appear at any one time. If different sexes appear at different times count both. Otherwise assume the same birds are coming and going and ignore repeat visits.
Dave

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Dorothy — February 21, 02:00PM

Thanks, I guess I should just list what kind of birds I see and
not count because mine are flying back and forth and chasing
each other away.

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Paul Brown — February 21, 02:08PM

All eBird is looking for is a responsible estimate. Dave's suggestion is excellent.

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Debbie — March 02, 06:16PM

Yes eBird prefers you just make your best guess. I have an issue this time of year with red-winged blackbirds flying in and out of my yard and it's hard to get an accurate count. However if I put down 40 but there were actually 36 or 43 that's really not a big deal. It's far better than not trying to count and just putting an X. Then eBird has no idea if you saw 3 or 300. :-)

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DOROTHY MUNFORD — March 02, 09:16PM

I am still counting birds, I saw 15 chipping sparrows on my roof
last week . There is a small shed beside my kitchen window
that I use for a bird feeder. I saw my first this year pine warbler
yesterday.

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