Date: 1/10/20 3:01 pm
From: James Speicher <jugornought...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Re: MD-DC Breeding Bird Atlas Portal

I'm curious about the safe dates for Bald Eagle:

START 4 / 15; END 8 / 5

the start date seems awfully late...

Jim S

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 2:04:26 PM UTC-5, Gabriel Foley wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I have had a number of people ask me when to use the Atlas eBird portal (
> as opposed to general eBird ( and how
> 'safe dates' fit into this Atlas, so I thought I would send out a message
> here.
> If you haven't read the Atlas Handbook yet, I would encourage you to do
> so. There is a lot of useful information in there.
> You should submit checklists to the Atlas when you have a breeding code in
> a checklist, or when you are submitting a nocturnal checklist. You can find
> instructions for using the portal (on the website and on the app) at
> Safe dates are a date range for each species that indicate when migrants
> are likely to be absent from Maryland and DC. Within these date ranges, you
> can use 'Possible status' codes, including Habitat (code H) and Singing
> (code S). The further outside of a species' safe dates you are, the more
> cautious you should be using codes that are relatively weak evidence of
> breeding. For example, Hooded Mergansers are displaying to each other right
> now. This could be classified as a Display (code C), but many of these
> individuals will migrate further north to breed. Using that code in
> January, well before they intend to nest, would create a misleading map of
> their breeding in Maryland and DC. You can find safe dates at
> Hope this helps clear things up!
> Best,
> Gabriel Foley
> North Bethesda, MD
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