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K. Wells — October 07, 08:38PM

recording birds seen over multiple day period on vaca

Though I have some checklists for guided birding trips on a recent vacation, I also recorded the birds I saw while staying at our lodges. I didn't keep track of which birds were seen on which days - just which birds I saw during the multi-day stay and the abundances of each. How should I record the date/time/type of birding? Incidental is how I currently have them recorded, but I think I could get more specific. Thanks.

Zhel — October 08, 01:49PM

Basically, these data are not useful as ebird data and should not be entered (as birds could arrive and depart on migration on any of these days and it would skew the computer models of bird migration). Another way is to enter them as historical

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Ian — October 10, 11:29AM

"Historical" protocol is a good idea. Even if the sightings are not technically useful eBird data, you probably still want them to count toward your lists. You might want to explain the situation in your checklist comments and then the reviewer can understand what's going on, and not to approve the sightings as data.

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Andrew Core — October 10, 12:26PM

If you don't have the exact day, then you should hide the checklist regardless of which protocol you choose.


Multiple-day bird lists should not be entered into eBird for a single date. If you have a list that spans multiple days, perhaps from an old trip, enter it using our How to Upload your Life List guidelines. By ensuring that sightings are being entered from only one day, eBird data are able to inform changes in distribution and abundance throughout the year. Is one species coming back earlier in spring than it used to? Are some birds spending longer on their breeding grounds in the summer? These are some of the reasons why we require sightings to be from a specific date.

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K. Wells — October 23, 10:03PM

Thank you all. I'm using photo dates/times (locations I know) to separate my trip checklists into individual day and location checklists. Any left over I'll leave as historical data.

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