It has been a while since posting one in the series of Out the Back Window. We are blessed with a wooded acreage directly behind our house. Our bird feeders are not far away and provide a lot of fun as we watch the different species of birds come and go. We enjoy seeing the year long residents as well as the ones in transit in the spring and fall. There is a thistle feeder at the left, sunflower feeder at upper right. It spins if a squirrel jumps on it as in this brief video I was lucky to get. There is a suet feeder under the decking to the right of the wren house, out of view.
It was challenging to keep track of the different birds. We started to make a list. Our life-list got to be long and hard to manage. There is a convenient online tool to help with that tally. This post is about that tool and how to use it.
I use the online tool called eBird to help keep track of our bird counts. And, it is a way to contribute our bird observations to a bigger database. It is from Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. It is a way to contribute to a citizen science project. I am a big fan of those. Here is a post about some I like.
Follow this link to the home page and sign in window. Registration is free and simple to complete. Just follow their online directions.
For this post, I have submitted 9 different birds into the system. You can submit one observation, or many in a complete list. You can enter your home site as the location, and other sites as well if your observations were away from home. You can select the date of observations. During the week I keep a record on a piece of paper on the window sill to the backyard. I jot down the birds I see and how many, etc. Then, I enter them into eBird in a group instead of one at a time.
I clicked on My eBird to see my list and other statistics about the 9 birds I just entered. As you can see, it neatly tallies my counts in three categories. It keeps track for you as you enter more observations in the future. As your list gets longer over time, the stats report is more informative and comprehensive. The lists for individual users are compiled into a larger database of observations for study by researchers and bird enthusiasts.
Another feature I like is the reports of observations by others for your nearby area, county, state, etc. It will give some horizontal charts for each species, seen in green here. The green band varies in vertical size by the number of reports of the bird for each month. Reports can be customized several ways. You can also see a map view.
If you enjoy birds and birdwatching, start keeping track of the species you see. Sign up for eBird. Keep track and help by adding them to the database. It is a good way for to help track the populations and trends to see if our little feathered friends are doing well or showing signs of trouble. Thanks for reading.