Date: 11/8/18 9:49 am From: William Diffin <okiebirder...> Subject: Surf and Black Scoters, Hefner
For those of you who do not get eBird rare bird reports, yesterday and this morning a Black Scoter and two Surf Scoters have been present at Lake Hefner. The Black Scoter has been in the Prairie Dog Point area. Yesterday when seen it was in the western cove between the cattails and the dam. This morning it was seen resting near the east end of Prairie Dog Point about 40 yards north. The Surf Scoters were present yesterday at the far southeast end of the dam. This morning they were along the middle of the dam at the big bend where it turns from northeast to straight east. They were close to shore with coots.
Last night I worked through the Bird Essentials free online course. It took about 30 minutes and was well worth the time. I learned about half a dozen useful new things even though I have decent experience with eBird mobile, around 1100 checklists. If every eBirder in Oklahoma went through it, the data from our state would be improved by a worthwhile margin, and effort would be saved at the same time through more efficient data input. The course includes among other things a couple of spectacular demonstrations of the power of citizen science data gathering. The annual occurrence and movement of Greater Yellowlegs and Wood Thrush are shown in time lapse form based on eBird sightings.