Saturday, February 11, 2012

eBird best practices
Count the birds

Take your eBirding to the next level--count the numbers of individual birds you see.

Counts of individual birds help eBird's bar charts, abundance graphs, and frequency graphs be more accurate and, in fact, exist at all.

You don't have to be exact. 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000... If you are in the correct order of magnitude, these estimates are better than X, which is what you use when you don't count. [Please remember that X is correct when you don't count. Don't enter 1 for each species when you mean X.]

More information on this topic can be found on the eBird site, The trouble with 'X'.

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  1. Good of you to post this info! I have had so many birders ask me questions about this very subject!

  2. Here are two recent articles from eBird on counting birds.

    Bird counting 101

    Bird counting 201