Darleen — October 07, 08:06PM
When submitting a count for a bird that was heard and not seen.
Many times I only hear Sandhill cranes, Crows, Blue Jays and Killdeer. I have trouble discerning if it's 1 bird or more. Any tips?
krista kaptein — October 07, 05:45PM
Darleen, you can always put an 'x' to just indicate presence of the species.
Zhel — October 08, 01:51PM
It is better to put 1 than x, as x are omitted in some analyses and in others may be given any number. The person using the data does not know whether there were 5 birds or 100. The best way is to try to determine the number at least provisionally.
Darleen — October 08, 05:52PM
Yes, I understand that. I always put a 1, when I can't see them. But what do you do? Is there some way that people can tell if it's more than 1 bird calling/singing? Thanks so much
Ian Hearn — October 10, 11:22AM
Just estimate your best. Obviously a flock of 50 Sandhill Cranes is going to sound different then just two of them. You can also leave a comment, which might be helpful to the local reviewer.