T. Schirber — May 04, 04:37PM
How can I see other people's observations at a particular birding hotspot or location?
For example, prior to going to a local birding hotspot I would like to see what others have reported with regard to all species in the past couple of days. Is that possible?
Deanne McKinney — May 04, 01:13PM
I have found that you can see other people's checklists by doing this:
Click on the Explore Data tab at the top of the screen >
Type in a species that you're interested in (anything common for the area will pull up a map showing the locations where the bird was reported; ex. American Robin) It helps to select a year to narrow it down. Look at the top of the screen to find these selections. >
The map should now populate the locations where the bird was found.>
Hover your mouse over a location to see the checklists for that area. This will show you who submitted the report. You can then click on the checklist to see what else was reported for that person. Sometimes there are multiple lists for a single location, especially hotspots.
There may be other ways to find the information, but this is how I've been able to see other checklists. I hope this helps.
Mark Stevenson — May 04, 02:28PM
"to see what others have reported with regard to all species in the past couple of days" at a hot spot
Go to "View and Explore Data"
Look for "Summary Tables" near the bottom of the page
Click "All observations" and create a week report for the hot spot you are interested in. You can also create month or year reports.
For a longer term display of hot spot observations, use "Bar Charts".
John — May 04, 09:37PM
Go to explore data, click on bar charts. From there you can narrow the list down to county, state, or hotspot!
T. Schirber — May 05, 01:21PM
Thanks, Deanne, Mark, and John. That was exactly what I needed.
Bob White — May 06, 03:10PM
Mark & John have great recommendations, but I used Deanna's method before a recent trip to Costa Rica. I found checklists submitted by people I knew - well, sort of knew - okay, I had met them at CBCs before. I had their e-mail addresses and solicited advice.
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