Date: 4/2/17 5:23 pm
From: Ted Floyd <tedfloyd57...>
Subject: Re: [cobirds] Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange coincidences, and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird
Or "sandpiper sp." or "sapsucker sp." But it's alphabetical. sa*G*e...sand
*H*ill...

--Ted Floyd
Lafayette, Boulder County




On Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 6:05:00 PM UTC-6, Karl Stecher Jr. wrote:
>
> I would have thought that Say's phoebe would have come up first.
>
> Karl Stecher
> Centennial/Arapahoe
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> *From*: "Ted Floyd" <tedfl......> <javascript:>>
> *Sent*: Saturday, April 01, 2017 6:00 PM
> *To*: "Colorado Birds" <cob......> <javascript:>>
> *Subject*: [cobirds] Of sage thrashers, sandhill cranes, strange
> coincidences, and the inevitable arbitrariness of eBird
>
> Okay, that sounds like the beginning of a really lame April Fools joke,
> but, actually, it's a true story. Here goes...
>
> Yesterday, Friday, March 31, Andrew Floyd and I had an errand to run, and
> we just happened to be in the vicinity of Prince Lake No. 2, eastern
> Boulder County, where we saw a drive-by *sage thrasher
> <http://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/52946471>.* It was raining, and I was
> lazy, so we just snapped a few photos from the car. I sort of brought the
> car to a stop. Then, this Saturday morning, Apr. 1, Hannah Floyd and I had
> an errand to run in the exact same vicinity of eastern Boulder County, so
> we stopped by--you guessed it--Prince Lake No. 2, where we saw a drive-by *sandhill
> crane <http://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/53036331>.* Same deal as the day
> before: rainy, lazy, sort of stopped the car, snapped a few photos from the
> car, and continued on our way.
>
> Now here's where the story gets weird.
>
> When I went to eBird the 3/31 sage thrasher, the smart search
> ("S"..."A"...) took me to s-a-n-d-h-i-l-l, but not to s-a-g-e, because sage
> thrasher trips the Boulder County filter in March, but sandhill crane does
> not. As to the 4/1, sandhill crane, it was déja vu all over again: The
> eBird smart search ("S"..."A"...) returned s-a-g-e, but not
> s-a-n-d-h-i-l-l, because sandhill crane trips the Boulder County filter in
> April, but sage thrasher does not. Is that freaky or what? And it reprises
> a recent thread at the CFO Facebook site, wherein (certain) folks were
> grousing about the (allegedly) too-tight filters for Colorado. I, for one,
> consider the Colorado eBird filters to be set at just the right tension,
> especially along the well-birded I-25 corridor. And, well, you have to draw
> boundaries somewhere (3/31 for *SA*ge thrasher, 4/1 for *SA*ndhill crane,
> etc.), and I coincidentally got burned twice: Same place, same car, same
> situation, *SA*me first two letters. Even Bill Kaempfer couldn't have
> devised such a scheme.
>
> Over at the nearby Greenlee Preserve–Waneka Lake–Thomas Open Space–Hecla
> Pond ecological complex, eastern Boulder County, things were decently birdy
> this dreary Saturday morning, Apr. 1: among 40 species, a pair of *wood
> ducks,* a drake *hooded merganser,* molting *horned grebes,* a hybrid *northern
> flicker,* a *prairie merlin,* *American bushtit *pairs, a singing *Rubicon
> kinglet,* a latish *dark-eyed junco,* *white-crowned sparrows* on the
> move, a *spotted towhee* that couldn't quite commit to singing a full
> song, and *common grackles* out the wazoo. Photos, audio, and eBird
> checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35609657
>
> Ted Floyd
> Lafayette, Boulder County
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