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Travis Poitras — June 12, 04:17PM

No data issue in reports and summaries

I'm new to eBird and have embarked on the long process of entering two decades worth of data, as of this writing (2019-06-12) I have entered all of my observations for 1997, 1998, & 2018. I have since run year reports for all of those years and have found a bug that I can't find an explanation for: some of my species show no data.

I expect this for entries such as "gull spp" or for any species that have "x" instead of a count number. I also have gotten the impression that reviewable species may not show up in reports as well (but I can't find confirmation of this). Therefore it's possible my 1997 Spotted Owl observation in SE Washington State has no data because it may still be under review?

But I also have no data for common species such as my 2018 Black Oystercatchers, Western Gulls, Glaucous-winged Gulls, Rock Wren, Cactus Wren, & Merlin observations in California. All within season and range (and I was not contacted regarding these observations as well). So I'm not understanding why some species show no data when running my summaries and reports. Perhaps It's user error on my part? What are your thoughts?


meg — June 14, 01:45PM


Good of you to enter historical data. We trust that you have as many details for location and effort as possible. We are also entering old data from a variety of notes and projects over 60+ years. A slow process and as with your data, some is not immediately accepted or apparent in the public record. Fortunately we have a regional reviewer who contacted us as our old data appeared on his screen and indicated some better practices and that he would also be flexible about our entries. your efforts to locate and communicate with any local reviewer will be slow as most reviewers prefer to remain as anonymous as possible. Also review of old records is not a priority and often occurs much more slowly than review of current entries.

You are correct that reviewable species will not appear in public summaries until review is complete. However, you may be able to confirm that your data is evident by other means. For example, if you choose "Explore" on the upper task bar at eBird, and then enter a different and common species on the same list as the bird you do not see in the reports you query, when you choose your site and open the one or more lists unique to that location, there will be your species in question (we tried to find your spotted owl in SE WA in 1997 with not luck so far!). When we try this sort of confirmation of our data for unusual species or during slow review, we log out of eBird and then explore some of the paths to your own data as a visitor.

You just need to be patient with review in this situation. We watched for 7 years before one of our really good records for a breeding species appeared at edge of range. The delay was mostly because we entered historical data (from several years before eBird existed) and the reviewers finally got to the entry once the recent observations cleared. Now several birders have recently confirmed our breeding records based in part (we like to think) on our long ago observations as prompt.

Always good birding,


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