Date: 3/17/23 5:11 am
From: Lynn Erla Beegle (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...>
Subject: Oops! And encouragement for the NC BIrd Atlas
Good morning! Yesterday I committed a faux pas and hit Reply ALL by
mistake (an evil little email option, don't use it) and inadvertently
sent a personal message to carolina birds listserv.(I will pause while
you check the listserv archive to see what I wrote.) My apologies.
I think most of us will admit to making a similar error at least once.
We often get the request to drop someone off the listserv, sometimes
with a phone number included (wrong address AND sent to everyone on
the list!) Once again, my apologies; I was tired and careless. Moving
The North Carolina Bird Atlas is back in full swing mode and we can
really use your help. This is one of several five-year Atlas projects
that have gathered valuable breeding bird data from New York,
Maryland, Virginia, and New Zealand, too! (A quick Google search will
show you info on these.) Atlases describe the distribution and
abundance of breeding birds, when/where they are nesting, and their
local life history, and the data are collected by field technicians
and volunteers like you.
Start small and work your way up. Here is a challenge. Look carefully
at the birds this spring. When you see some behavior that confirms
they are breeding, make a note, and add your code to your checklist.
You can do that when you get home: Go to, find your
checklist, click on the blue box for options, choose "species", and
each species with a number has an option to add a breeding code. After
you have updated your list, choose the Options box, scroll down to
"Change portal", and scroll down to choose North Carolina Bird Atlas.
It's that simple!
Some easy breeding codes include "CN" (carrying nesting material). CN
is one of my most common codes in March; a heron, osprey or crow
carrying a branch, a nuthatch with shredded bark in its bill, a
warbler with a pine needle all qualify. So look at their beaks this
time of year!
Another easy breeding code is "ON" (occupied nest) - look at every
lump of sticks and leaves and you might see a bird looking back at
you! And nestboxes should be watched , too. Once the leaves come out,
look for birds swooping down and then up into trees and shrubs; those
nests are easier to find, with practice.
"NB" (Nest building) is a fun one for a sharp-eyed birder who waits
and watches a robin, wren, or phoebe. Mud puddles in April often
reveal the NB code as swalllows, robins and phoebes need the mud to
finish their nest.

There are some tricky codes. Wrens and woodpeckers, for example, make
extra nests. Crows, terns, and raptors are always "carrying food". But
don't get flustered; a little research, practice, and guidance will
get you adding breeding codes. A robin with a beakful of earthworms is
definitely "CF" when she flies back to her ON. (Best code is FY --
Feeding Young")
WHen it is a confirmed code, then definitely make a note of it. But
remember: the migrants don't get breeding codes because they don't
breed in that part of the state. Most of the winter waterfowl fall
into this category. Bufflehead don't breed in most (all?) of NC, so
count, them, admire them, but don't code them as "Pair in Suitable
Habitat". And a migrating warbler moving through in May does not get
the code "Singing Bird" (NC Mts you are the exception). When in doubt,
leave it out.

For more information, read;!!OToaGQ!qxW5n2UchKnfl2CiAGRw2PKiQd0cCpsD-mfR0m5VnyNVUluNTt5SXaFtweT8zJsGXJGYoyD2sdldRY9PXdDYhg$
So, check out the NCBird Atlas. We hope you join us in this effort for
the remainder of the project! Your lists can have a useful impact for
years to come.

If you'd like any guidance, please feel free to contact me.
And watch that "Reply All" option in email!
LynnErla Beegle,
Raleigh North Carolina;!!OToaGQ!qxW5n2UchKnfl2CiAGRw2PKiQd0cCpsD-mfR0m5VnyNVUluNTt5SXaFtweT8zJsGXJGYoyD2sdldRY-8wzNj1g$
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