Date: 12/22/18 10:47 pm
From: Robert O'Brien <baro...>
Subject: [obol] Re: eBird vs. Raptor Routes
Well, I see it did get published in spite of the online statement that it
would not be.
One giant step for me. One little step (backward) for ornithology.

Yes, I like the zero entry. I didn't include it in the total number of
birds, but zero would be
so much better.

I was inspired for the owl entry by a recent OBOL report whose author must
remain anonymous.
But, you know who you are!

As we were driving down this lane, my son at the wheel (a non birder in
spite of my best efforts)
said. *We just passed an owl.* *Go back *I blurted out. *It will be
there when we come back* he said.
(it was a one way and return segment). How can he know that I thought.

On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 10:08 PM Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote:

> I can see several issues that are likely to arise here:
> 1. The raptor route map probably should not be attached to a species
> using a MacCaulay photo library interface. even when specifically
> identified as a dummy. The better solution would be to embed a photo in
> the comments line using something like photobucket (I usually use my
> flickr account).
> 2. The "owl" should be entered with a zero not a one, though purest
> will probably tell you it should not be entered at all at least
> using MacCaulay Library (again embedded with flickr or photobucket
> would be better). I use zero when I submit dead stuff or want to
> comment on missed birds that others might be looking to find.
> 3. When I am faced with a regular route that is technically too
> large, I break it up into manageable pre-defined sub-units and use
> area rather than distance. This is problematic with the eBird app
> because area entries are not an option (they are, however via browser),
> but predefined distances of whatever the eBird mileage maximum is would
> work, too. Label them HR_RR01, HR_RR02, etc, or be more creative like
> the 2020 folks were.
> An example from my regular Brownsmead route:
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
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