Qualifying checklists for March’s eBird challenge will be only those that have attached photos and audio recordings. The birding community is encouraged to help build the Macaulay Library with our digital media. With the advent of Merlin Photo ID software our pictures can be compared to others in the library. The bigger the library the more accurate the ID and make it easier for the software to use poorer quality photos.
If you don't have a good camera, consider buying a Phone Skope adapter for your smart phone to attach to your binoculars or telescope. In good light, a fairly good photo can be obtained and identifiable pictures can be taken in lower light. Also a smart phone can obtain a fairly good audio recording. Over the past year I have had a lot of practice getting pictures and sounds added to my checklists. Now is a good time to practice before migration starts.
eBird challenges are sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optic.Those whose submit at least 15 qualifying checklists are eligible to win a pair of Zeiss Conquest HD 8x42 binoculars. Good birding!