Date: 5/18/17 7:23 pm
From: Daniel Scheiman <birddan...>
Subject: Re: IMBD and Global Big Day -results
I agree with Sandy that her list should count towards the Big Day results,
and have written to eBird Central about this. Ordinarily, however, lists
submitted at the county level are hidden from various forms of public
output, especially species maps, which would otherwise lead to gross
mis-mapping of many species (especially unwanted for rare birds).

eBird is a spatially based program. Higher spatial specificity is preferred.
Day lists are discouraged, especially if you cross county boundaries. If you
are going to bird continuously all day long I encourage you to eBird it like
you would the Christmas Bird Count, submitting separate lists for each
hotspot, and creating accurately named personal locations for the places in
between. See points 3 and 4 in this help article I do the same thing
when birding overseas, when I want to record every species for my country
list. With the eBird app it is especially easy to start and stop one list
after another. After your Big Day you can compile a single list using the
Summarize My Observations tool, create a Week Report starting the date of
your Big Day. Then select all the relevant locations. The Species Total tab
is your final tally.

Dan Scheiman
Little Rock, AR

On 5/18/17, 3:07 PM, "The Birds of Arkansas Discussion List on behalf of
Sandy Berger" <ARBIRD-L...> on behalf of <sndbrgr...>

I had 101 in Crawford county, and it's not even on there cause I entered it
as a county and one checklist instead of a bunch of checklists. Go figure.

Sandy B.

On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 5:06 PM Dottie Boyles <ctboyles...>
> Butch and all,
> The website is:
> Scroll down to ŒExplore a Regionš, type in Arkansas or you can just type
> in a County name and hit Enter.
> On the right side of the screen, it will give you the Top eBirders for
> Arkansas and Top Counties.
> For detailed information you can click on Top 100 eBirders or All Counties
> to see where you rank.
> Currently Arkansas came in 46th out of 51 states and the District of
> Columbia, with 170 species. At least that is up from last night when I
> checked and we were ranked 47.
> Last year we were #45 with 175 species. In 2015 we were #40 with 182
> species. Apparently there has been a decline in the number of species
> reported each year.
> That information can be found by clicking on the United States (in blue)
> located right under Arkansas. Then, again, on the right hand side, search
> Top States/Provinces ­ All States/Provinces.
> Benton Co. kept their top spot with 106 species, down from 125 in 2016.
> Pulaski Co. dropped from 2nd place the past two years to 4th with 90
> species, although that's only 3 less from 2016. Not too bad considering a
> lot of Pulaski Co birders were at Mount Magazine for the weekend.
> Which brings me to Logan County which had 0 birds for 2016, they came in
> 3rd with 91 species.
> Also, at the top of the page (under Arkansas) you will see a box that says
> łGlobal Big Day May 13, 2017˛ with a drop down arrow. Change the date,
> click łSet˛ and it will give you the results of the past three years.
> You can also search other states the same way if you have friends that
> participated.
> Results are still being tallied, so rankings can still change.
> There were two counties that for some reason didnšt get their species
> counted. Miller and Crawford. I think the person who birded Miller County
> just needs to change their checklist from PM (nocturnal) to AM and that
> checklist will count. Not sure why the species for Crawford Co. didnšt
> count, Išve emailed the Birdman about it.
> Dottie
> On Wed, 17 May 2017 15:49:45 -0500, Gmail <butchchq8...> wrote:
> Actually, I never have seen any tallies from the IMBD/Big Day Challenge.
> I was able to go out on Sunday, the day after. I started at Coler Preserve
> in Bentonville, moved on to Lake Bella Vista, then to Tanyard Creek Trail.
> This produced a variety of species totaling 39. Charlie Craig Fish Hatchery
> was pretty slow due to none of ponds being down, and there was only Spotted
> Sandpiper there representing shorebirds. Then I went to Eagle Watch in
> Gentry and Chesney Prairie. Bobwhites and Dickcissel where calling
> everywhere. I finished with another stop at Charlie Craig. 69 species was
> my count. The best birds of the day were Painted Bunting, juvenile
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Loggerhead Shrike, and a pair of Western Kingbirds
> all seen with clear view. The kingbirds were an especially pleasant
> surprise, even more so that they didn't mind my skidding to a halt and
> sliding 10 feet on a gravel road and quickly backing up to get a look a
> what had to be my imagination playing tricks on me. But there they were on
> a barbed-wire fence as plain as day. Score!
> Yes, a good day of birding! I hope others enjoyed as much as I did.
> Butch Tetzlaff
> Bentonville

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