2013 and beyond

It's pretty simple: the most birds seen or heard from one's yard during 2013 will be the "winner". Want in? O.k....then do it despite that.

2013 promises to be a lot less mean but still a carbon-free birding competition, even if slightly less exciting than a MEGA x EPIC hybrid.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

eBird sidenote

OK, this one is off topic, but you guys have to see this. Last night I spent countless hours transferring my AviSys bird records (22,500+) over to eBird, MANUALLY. Not a fun procedure, but the result is ass-kicking: all of my county, state, country, and relevant ABA/NA lists are fully up to date and shared with the entire birding community. I believe I submitted over 2,500 individual checklists to eBird at once.

Now to the point: Michigan is usually about 15th in "Most Checklists Submitted for Current Month" (visible on the right side of the eBird.org homepage). Since my upload, take a look at what place the good ole Wolverine state is in now. Watch out Texas!


  1. By the way, you all MUST make eBird your default personal bird data management tool. Yes, you heard me Haastage.

  2. Haastage just writes down a checkmark in his peterson guide for bird data. And Ca-put, that is intense, way to dominate. I guess when you have no bins, you have to do something like this.

  3. Caleb, will you come enter all my data too? I'll feed you and show you some cool yardbirds.

    I entered some data too last night and will be the first (?) to predict 144 species for the year in the yard.


  4. Also Caleb will you bring me your AviSys software since you wont be needing it anymore?

  5. Yosef Chaplain- I wouldn't (in all seriousness) EVER encourage any birder to use AviSys, for many reasons. Highest among them is the terrible locations/sitename utility, the complete inability to enter "sp." sightings (for example, if you record 3,500 scaup sp. you are forced to omit it from your checklist!), and finally, that the guy requires customers to pay $50 every year or two to stay current. This despite the fact that when I bought it the deal was "free updates for life".

    So anyway, take home message: make eBird your only birding software!

  6. of course excel works fine too and it doesn't involve drinking the kool-aid.

    As Benny pointed out, I just check'um off in the back of the book, though the Golden Guide has always been a fave over that hack Peterson.

  7. Caleb -- I was seriously considering plopping down some $$ for that listing software -- I'll check out eBird - thanks. My Golden Guide is getting a little dog-eared

  8. Typical backwoods backwards yoopers.


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