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B M Gotz — April 27, 05:25PM

e-bird complete checklists

Hi everyone, I am new to e-bird, what a great discovery! Fantastic!

I understand the importance of complete checklists, but when entering some of my older checklists I have to ask: If I am entering checklists when I had much less experience, or was visiting a new place, and was completely swamped with new species, where I would have been lucky to ID a quarter of what was there, I am still answering "yes" to a complete checklist?

many thanks, Max

John — April 27, 02:02PM

The way I feel is, you should only put 'no' if you are intentionaly leaving a bird off.

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JACK OLSON — April 27, 10:30PM

I agree with John. When I started using ebird I entered list as far back as 1982

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B M Gotz — April 28, 02:12PM

thanks for the help! That's how I will do it then! Cheers, Max

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Mark — May 01, 05:51PM

Today's beginners who are eBirding are putting in their efforts as complete checklists, so I think it makes sense for us to do the same with our old checklists IF they were complete.

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Brian Sullivan — May 03, 06:18PM eBird Staff

A checklist can be considered “complete” when you are reporting all the species you saw and heard to the best of your birding ability. As long as you are not intentionally disregarding certain species (e.g., common birds) then you should record it as a complete checklist.

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