Date: 5/18/17 9:32 pm
From: Sandy Berger <sndbrgr...>
Subject: Re: IMBD and Global Big Day -results
I took the time to do Crawford County for IMBD and Ebird. I'm not going
back to change what I've already recorded. I don't have time for that. I
counted birds the whole time I drove my 90 something miles. Saw some
wonderful birds, and it was a good personal challenge.

I may be done with Ebird on the grand scale. Too much of a hassle. Gotta
verify sightings, and explain high numbers. Ugh. Not anyone's fault. It's
just the way Ebird is set up. Birding has to stay fun.


On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 9:23 PM Daniel Scheiman <birddan...> wrote:

> 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...>
> wrote:
> 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...>
> wrote:
>> Butch and all,
>> The website is:
>> Scroll down to ‘Explore a Region’, 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
>> “Global Big Day May 13, 2017” with a drop down arrow. Change the date,
>> click “Set” 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 didn’t 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. didn’t
>> count, I’ve 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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