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Adding Tags to Photos and Audio

Quick Tips for Faster Tagging:

  • Use the View icons in the top left to filter down to all media, only photos, or only audio.
  • To select a range of media, Click, then Shift + Click the asset at the end of the range.
  • To select/deselect individual media, use Ctrl or Command + Click. 
  • To select all media, use Ctrl or Command + A. 
Age/Sex: use the Age/Sex grid to enter counts for the age and sex of all individuals visible or audible in the selected media. Accurately ageing and sexing birds is often hard, so if unsure, use the “Unknown” fields (be conservative!). If you’re unsure of the number of individuals, use “X” or “+” to indicate presence.

Male and female Carola’s Parotia by Tim Laman/Macaulay Library (ML48068971)

Additional Species: add additional or background species present in the selected media using the search field. Additional Species can only be added if they’re listed on the checklist, so if you forgot to add a species to your checklist, you’ll need to go back and edit the checklist before adding as an “Additional species”.

Parasitic Jaeger (and Black-legged Kittiwake) by Doug Gochfeld/Macaulay Library (ML167803841

Behaviors: tag any applicable behavior(s) displayed by the subject(s) in the selected media (audio and photos).
  • Foraging or eating: any bird actively seeking, catching, or eating food items.
  • Vocalizing (photos only): any bird that is actively making noise with its voice.
  • Carrying Food: any bird carrying food in its bill or talons.

Atlantic Puffin by Simon Boivin/Macaulay Library (ML169295221)

  • Nest Building: any bird actively carrying nesting material or building a nest.
  • Flying: any bird that is flying, including taking off and landing.
  • Feeding Young: when young are actively being provisioned by another bird.
  • Molting (photos only): any bird showing signs of active molt, such as dropped feathers or molt limits.
  • Courtship, Display, or Copulation: any bird engaging in courtship or copulation behavior. 

Photo Tags (photos only): tag any applicable characteristic(s) shown in the selected photo. 

  • Habitat: any photo that nicely represents or highlights the habitat where the bird was found. It is not required that a bird is visible in the photo, but it should be the habitat where the bird was seen.

Upland Goose (Bar-breasted) by Dominic Garcia-Hall/Macaulay Library (ML53600391)

  • Egg(s): any photo that includes a clearly visible egg or eggs.
  • Nest: any photo with a clearly visible nest (bird can be present or absent on the nest).
  • Field notes/sketch: any photo of a sketch, field notes, or other supporting documentation.
  • In-hand: any photo of a live bird in hand.
Sounds (audio recordings only): tag any applicable type(s) of the vocalization(s) captured on the selected recording(s). Only tag vocalizations when you know the type of sound being made (err on the side of caution!).
  • Song: Vocalization used for territorial advertisement or mate attraction. Typically but not always more complex than call. Applies to more than just songbirds.

  • Flight Song: Specific song type given in flight, often more complex and rapid than typical song. Not necessarily any song given in flight. If unsure, use only Song.
  • Non-vocal: Audible sounds not made vocally. Examples include non-vocal advertising sounds like drumming of a woodpecker or wing snaps from a manakin, plus incidental sounds like wing noise or foraging sounds.
  • Duet: Two or more birds singing collaboratively, usually a pair or family group. Counter-singing territorial birds or vocal flocks of birds should not receive this tag. If unsure, use only Song.
  • Call: Any vocalization that doesn’t qualify as song. Often but not always less complex than song. May include contact calls, alarm calls, and other vocalizations given in various contexts.
  • Flight Call: Specific call type, most often given in flight. Not necessarily any call given in flight. Should be used with all nocturnal flight calls. If unsure, use only Call.
  • Dawn Song: Specific song type, usually given at dawn or dusk. Not necessarily any song given at dawn. If unsure, use only Song.

Playback (audio recordings only): if playback was used before or during the recording to influence the subject(s), select “Used.” If no playback was used, select “Not Used.” Playback includes vocal imitations; the use of mobbing tapes, pishing, or any other activity designed to draw out a vocalization from a bird should be listed as “Not Used” but noted in the comments.

Equipment: enter the information for the type of recorder and microphone used to make the selected recording, along with any accessories like a parabola. Enter your equipment once for each checklist and click the “Apply equipment to all recordings on this checklist.” Secondary equipment like shock mounts, windscreens, and recording apps do not need to be listed here.
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