Date: 11/13/17 7:37 am
From: JOS GRZYBOWSKI <j_grzybowski...>
Subject: Participants in eBird
Hello,   I know many birders in Oklahoma also contribute to eBird.  Some observations require comments.  However, comments provided by observers are not always useful.  For example, saying that one was close, or had a good look does not indicate what was observed or how it was observed.  Even saying something like "Have photo" does not provide any real information. 
   The Colorado/Wyoming eBird reviewers have provided a link that explains what would be useful in the comments block.  For those contributing to eBird, here is the link:
eBird basics: The species comments box

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eBird basics: The species comments box
For every entry that one makes in eBird, one has the option to provide comments. You can put whatever you want... | |

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  If you have a photo, and indicate this is a comment, please provide.  Reviewers may leave a record on the review queue anticipating a photo.  There have been times when a photo taken demonstrated it to be a different species--these have come even from seasoned observers--even other eBird reviewers at times (no one bats 1000).  
  In any case, this link explains this quickly and simply.  FYI.
   Some of the filters are set up not to flag some species that are rare but regular, or close to normal arrival or departure dates.  The reason: filters can be two-edged swords in that some observers will not submit a species that is flagged as rare, and may under-report observations of a species if the filters become too conservative.  EBird reviewers may inquire about some of these in "pattern-checks" or other data-check processes.  So, it is useful to understand that IDs submitted to eBird, flagged or not, should be positive IDs rather than presumptive, or IDs assumed on a species listing in the filters. 
CHEERS,                                  JOE Grzybowski 


 
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