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My eBird Lists

When you first reach the My eBird page, you are confronted with tables and large bold font telling you about your various lists. These lists are automatically kept in the eBird database, and are updated very frequently – within several seconds of submitting a checklist you should have up-to-date lists. Since each location that you submit data from is tied to specific location information such as county, state/province, and country, the lists are easily populated using this information. This is one of the many reasons why it is exceedingly important to plot your observations as precisely as possible – if you are near a political border and don't put the marker in the correct location – it could affect your lists. Of course, the most important reason for precisely plotting the location you went birding is to maximize the quality of the data you're submitting to eBird, but this is a valid secondary motivation for many people. Even if you aren't a person who cares about your lists, this resource is always here in case you're ever curious.

The listing part of My eBird is broken up into your "Life List", displayed at the top; "Your Stats", showing total species, total checklists, and ABA Area Total Ticks (applicable to North American eBirders); and Your Lists, the most varied and personalized section. We'll go through each of these individually. 

Your Life List
Front and center when you log in, this is the total number of birds that you've ever reported to eBird! We hope that this number reflects your real-life life list, and if you have old sightings with no specific date that you have yet to submit to eBird, check out this article for information on how to do so. If you do have specific dates, times, and locations, then please submit the data in that more detailed format, but we understand that this isn't always the case. If you click on the physical number listed in your life list, 3411 in the case above, it will take you to a summary of all the species you've ever seen, listed by default in taxonomic order. Sometimes this can take a while to load, since it is looking up all the data you've ever submitted. Once on this page, clicking on any of the headers (Alphabetic/Taxonomic, Location, S/P, and Date) will sort by that field.

This life list summary has a lot of really cool things that you can do, providing a great place to go back and look at your past observations. If you click on any of the species names (shown as hyperlinks in blue), it will take you to a new page that shows you every record of that species that you have in eBird. This is an easy way to find all your sightings of one species. Also, if you click on either the Location name of where you birded, or the state/province that the bird was seen in, it will open a page showing your life list for that specific location or state/province. Clicking on any of the links in the far right Date column will take you to the checklist that the bird was recorded on. In the upper right corner there is the option to download your data – this will give you a spreadsheet of your life list to store offline if you want.

Your Stats
Just below your life list, there is the small summary of Your Stats, where there are just three lists being addressed, each of them giving you your lifetime, annual, and monthly totals for that specific list. The Total Species row starts off with your world life list, followed by total species seen worldwide this year and month. Total Checklists, the next row, is a number that we encourage maximizing, and one that is only displayed here across My eBird. In general, breaking your days of birding up into as many checklists as possible is preferred, see this article for details on how to make your eBirding most valuable. The final field, ABA Area Total Ticks, is determined by adding one's list for each state, province and territory within the ABA Area. For instance, if you have seen 25 birds in Arizona, 100 in California and 150 in British Columbia your ABA Total Area Ticks would = 275.

Your Lists
This last listing category is also the most customized and detailed. There are four tabs in Your Lists: Major Regions; Country; State/Province; and County. The first tab, Major Regions, contains the same fields for everyone – your life, year, and month lists for every major region from the World to the Pacific Ocean. The other three tabs are all individualized for your account – they populate the lists of geographic regions based on where you have submitted lists. As a result of this, they can be very short or very long – all depending on whether you range widely in your birding or tend to stick local. All of the numbers in these lists are similar to the Life List number in that if you click on them, you will receive a summary of the list. Also like in the life list, clicking any of the values in the columns in this summary (e.g. Species, Location, S/P) will take you to a different list based on that selection.

Both the Country and County tabs have the same structure as the Major Regions one shown here, but the State/Province tab is slightly different. As you can see, the Life and Year lists are there, but there is no Month option. This is replaced by Total County Ticks, which functions similarly to the ABA Total Ticks mentioned earlier – the number consists of all of your county lists in that state/province, added together. It is possible to create a month list, but currently not from this tab. If you go into either your Country or County tabs, find a location with a month list, and click the appropriate value in the S/P (State/Province) column, it will generate a month list for that state or province. 

For more on My eBird, check out the All About: My eBird article.
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