July’s eBird challenge is to submit 31 complete checklists. We are being challenged to help overcome the deficit of bird sightings that normally occur in July and to also help document post breeding dispersal. Species that are habitat specific during the breeding season become more generalist as they move out. The indigo bunting is a good example and is described in more detail on the web site. The folks at eBird are striving to document subtle bird movements in July.
If you are attempting to meet this year’s Checklist a Day Challenge you should have submitted 181 checklists by now.
Qualified eBird checklists must have counts only and no ‘X’s. I have be reviewing the raw data from the Migration Count on May 12. Surprisingly for a count, there were at least two checklists with ‘X’s. eBird would rather have a rough estimate than record an X. Take a moment to give a best guess especially when there are under 25 birds. For larger groups try to count by a convenient group size of 10, 25, 50, 100 or more.