Date: 7/31/20 7:46 am
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: August eBird Challenge, checklist comments
Hello PA Birders,

This month’s eBird Challenge is to submit 20 checklists containing at
least one species with observation comments. We are required to submit
comments of rare birds before submitting the checklist and you can learn
more about documenting those observations
at:https://ebird.freshdesk.com/en/support/solutions/articles/48000803130-documenting-notable-birds-how-to-describe-a-bird-sighting
<https://ebird.freshdesk.com/en/support/solutions/articles/48000803130-documenting-notable-birds-how-to-describe-a-bird-sighting>.

“But species comments aren’t just for rare birds. _Get in the practice
of adding detailed notes_ to everyday birds as well. These notes could
include whether a bird was seen or heard, interesting behaviors, or a
description of the habitat(s) the bird was in. Taking note of what you
see or hear builds important observation skills and helps you become a
better birder”.Here are some possible comments:

Habitat

*

small flock along the road edge

*

single bird working the lower branches of the tree

*

direction of bird flying over the wrong habitat

*

group of 5 (waders) feeding at…

*

one of the 7 Indigo Buntings was heard in the middle of the forest,
the rest were in more open areas

*

in appropriate habitat

*

description of habitat

*

pertinent weather information. My notes for Gray Kingbird, Chester
County 12/19/2004: Ours was the last group to find this bird ...That
night the temperature dropped to 8 degrees and presumably killed
this tropical bird.

Sounds

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heard only, or not singing

*

juvenile vocalizations

*

singing only the first part of the normal song

*

singing almost continuously

Description

*

record the number of males and females of sexually dimorphic species
(on mobile devices this has to be written in the comments)

*

molting such as missing feathers

*

unusual coloration

*

age information

*

breeding information

*

bill description

*

thedistinctive white marks in the tail were the first thing to catch
my attention

*

brief look only but saw (the diagnostic mark)

*

clearly saw the breast-band (bank swallow)

Activity

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two birds feeding or movingtogether (mockingbirds are usually loners
except during breeding)

*

warblers are described as fidgetyas opposed to more sluggish vireos

*

resting, preening, feeding, flying, aggressive, or any notable behaviors

Good birding,

Chuck, York County
 
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