[Tweeters] RFI: confusing EBird posts

Doug Schurman doug at bodyresults.com
Mon Mar 3 10:23:00 PST 2014


For Ann Marie and other interested,

Here is a link where ebird goes over this topic:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1006732-the-trouble-with-x---
why-you-should-always-estimate-numbers-

Doug Schurman
Seattle




-----Original Message-----
From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ann Wood
Sent: Monday, March 3, 2014 10:13 AM
To: Tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] RFI: confusing EBird posts

I confess to being a county lister and am grateful to all of you who share
your sightings.

My question is about Ebird reports with an x entered for the number of
species seen.

What does it mean? Is it a missed target of an uncertain id?

It appears that listers use it in a variety of ways, e.g., for introduced
species or huge flocks; for everything but the target sp., etc.

I'd be interested in hearing how and when you use the x in lieu of a number
count.

Thanks ,
Ann Marie Wood
annmariewood at comcast.net




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