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Using ebird to find sightings

I’ve been really enjoying learning about and photographing wild life. The birding world is so diverse with so many different birds out there. We are currently in the middle of migration season when birds fly over, and sometimes stay for brief periods of time, in the oddest places. A tool like ebird can be a great way to find birds you may not have seen before, but I have to say, the web site is, to me, less than intuitive, so I thought I’d put together this page to help others. First off, ebird gets it’s data from birders, as they are walking along with their phone, so the data can be as good, or bad as the birder, but if your out and about, be sure and contribute if you can. So let’s get started.

Head over to ebird and create an account (if you don’t already have one), logon, and click explore:

Click explore

Down on the left click species maps:

Click species maps

Now change the date range to whatever you like. The narrower the less data, the broader the less relevant during migration season:

Change your date range

Now start typing the bird your looking for and then select it:

Type in the bird your looking for

Then type in where you want to find them, in this case I’m selecting Halton region. You can zoom in if you would like later to narrow where you want to look.

Add the location you want to look in

And low and behold you get a list of reported sightings:

Reported sightings

From here you can click on a reported sighting for more details. Sometimes people add comments on where it was seen or pictures, as well as anything else seen.

Details of the sighting

And with that your armed and dangerous, but be aware, some data of “sensitive birds” is withheld. There is another great app to find bird sightings in your area, Go Bird. And if you don’t know about them Merlin and iNaturalist are great apps to identify what a bird is that you have a photo of. iNaturalist can also do plants and animals. iNaturalist also submits it to other humans to confirm (or deny). There’s also another app called song sleuth that can identify a bird by it’s sound!

April 6, 2021 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment