Date: 5/15/19 3:07 pm From: Barry Blust <BarryBlust...> Subject: Re: No nighthawks yet in my Pittsburgh neighborhood
Actually there is a way to note the lack of a species in eBird. You can create a list for a particular time & place (like a normal ebird list) and put in the species you observe (if any) and also put in a count of zero for Common Nighthawk. Then in the comments you can put in a statement like you had below. For an example checklist like this see https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S56322729 . Multiple lists like this over the normal time period (days or weeks) that you normally observe the nighthawks would more completely document the lack of nighthawks.
Barry Blust (from Win 10 laptop) Glenmoore, PA Chester County
On 5/15/2019 8:25 AM, Kate StJohn wrote: > Here's something that eBird can't report on except by omission... > So far I have seen/heard no common nighthawks in my City of Pittsburgh neighborhood. In the old days, before the Great Extinction, I'd hear & see my first nighthawks by May 5 and have at least 20 passing through by May 10-15. This year, zero so far. > On the other side of Schenley Park near the Squirrel Hill business district, a friend heard one nighthawk on May 2. > > Other than that my Spark Bird seems to be on its way to extinction, locally or globally. > > Kate St. John, Pittsburgh > Visit my bird/nature blog at birdsOutsideMyWindow.org