David Wade — January 27, 04:17AM
When I use the spuh, blackbird sp, are European Starling included?
I frequently come across large mixed flocks of a blackbirds numbering in the hundreds or even thousands. In my neck of the woods - or should I say marshes, they can be made up of any combination of Common Grackle, Red-wing Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brown-headed Cowbird or European Starlings. It is often difficult to precisely count and identify individuals in those flocks so I sometimes just lump them into the non-specific blackbird sp. (Icteridae) However, the starlings are in a different family. My question becomes are the starlings being counted or otherwise recorded in ebird's data? Should I report the flocks as blackbird sp. and also enter the starlings separately?
Filmore — January 28, 08:47PM
As you say, starlings are not icterids, so I'd estimate the starlings separately.