[TN-Bird] GBBC and eBird

  • From: Bill Pulliam <littlezz@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-birds Listserv <tn-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 23:12:49 -0600

With the Great Backyard Bird Count rapidly approaching (starts this Friday, 2/13/15), a note for regular users of eBird --

The GBBC uses the eBird system to filter reports and flag records for review. Since the GBBC attracts a large number of novices, some of the eBird filters are adjusted during the GBBC period to catch likely beginner's mistakes. This mean that you experienced eBird users may notice common species such as Purple Finches, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Winter Wrens absent from the "common" list in some parts of TN, and you will have to go to the "rare" list to report them. You might run in to this even if you enter data through the regular eBird sites and apps during the 2/12-2/21 period, not just with the GBBC portals. I realize this is an inconvenience, but it can be a great help in steering novices away from these very common mistakes (it's a wren, and it's winter... it's a woodpecker with red on its head... etc.).

Sorry for any inconvenience, and go out there and use the GBBC as a way to get some beginners more interested in birding!

Bill Pulliam
Hohenwald TN

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