How is My Birding organized

In My Birding, bird recordings are organized as bird sightings that are grouped into Birdlists, and Birdlists can be grouped into Trips. Here is how to create Birdlists, bird sightings and Trips.

Birdlists
To start introducing bird sightings, first you have to create a Birdlist. To create a Birdlist, in the Header Menu place the cursor over “My Birding” and click on “My Birdlists”, then click on “Add a birdlist”, in the upper right-hand corner, and a new page will open.

When creating a new Birdlist you have to specify:

Place/title: Enter the place you made the sightings or any other title you want to give the Birdlist. Most users provide a short description of where they went birding. For example: "Roadside birding along Pipeline Road", "En route from Quito to Papallacta" or "4 days at Pantiacolla Lodge". You can be as specific as you like and you can always go back and edit any of the fields.

Date: Choose a date for the Birdlist, and if you want you can specify the hour. In case you want to add the hour you finished birding in that Birdlist, click on “Show End Date”. To make the most of the My Birding features, it is important to set a date since all sightings that you create will later take the Birdlist date by default (if you don't set it manually).

Country/Territory: Choose the country/territory where you were birding to generate the corresponding species list.

Map: You can place the marker on the map where you went birding. This is optional, but recommended as many statistics we will offer are based upon these coordinates. Soon you will be able to produce a map with all the localities where you have seen a species, all of your First Sightings and much more.

Birdlist comments: You can use these comments for whatever purpose you see fit. The most typical comments include where you went birding, the route you followed, who accompanied you, objectives of that day of birding, etc. This is optional, but particularly interesting for birding trips as soon it will be possible to generate automatic reports of a Trip.

You can also choose a Trip to group together various Birdlists (see below). We suggest you create a Trip for all of the Birdlists from the same birding expedition, holiday or trip that you go on. For example, you could have a Trip for "New Zealand May 2012" it would include Birdlists for each site or area visited. Here you can select a Trip that you have already created or create a new one.

In the Link box you can copy-and-paste a link related to that Birdlist.

Zoo or similar: Tick this box if you want all of the sightings on the Birdlist to be marked as captive because they were made in a zoo, private collection, etc. This option is only of interest for users who have recorded material (e.g. photographs) taken in captivity. If this is not your case, don't tick this as none of these records will be counted as sightings.

Once you have filled in the fields, click on “Create birdlist” and a new page will open confirming that you have created the Birdlist successfully.

Bird Sightings
Once you have created a Birdlist, you can start adding bird sightings to it. Click on “Add sightings to this birdlist” in the lower right-hand corner and a new page will open with a list of the bird families present in the territory you selected.

At the top of the page there are four check boxes:

Show figures: Click to see one figure for each species.

Include vagrant species: Click if you want vagrant species to appear on the list.

Expand all: Click to expand all the families, which will give you a list of all the regular species of the territory you selected.

Show families worldwide: Click to see all of the bird families of the world.

Once you have customized your preferences, you can start adding species to your Birdlist! For each species you can decide if you want to include details and/or notes or not with these two options:

1.- Click on the species name to expand the field and add notes.
2.- Click directly on Save if you do not want to include notes.


1.- Click on the species name to expand the field and add notes.
To add a species to your Birdlist, click on the family to which the species belongs. All the species of that family that are regular in the territory will be shown. If you click on the World icon, the rest of the species of that family will also be available.

Once you have found the species you are looking for (to search for a species within the list, type CTRL+F or ⌘-F (Mac) to open the inline search of your browser), click on the species name. A box will appear with fields where you can specify information about the sighting; all fields are optional.

- Number of individual birds seen/heard.

Date - By default the start date of the Birdlist will appear. You can change this manually if needed. Optionally, you can also include the time of the sighting. Remember that the “First Sighting” cannot be calculated without a date.

Notes - Any relevant information about the observation.

First Sighting - This is automatically calculated by the system as you add sightings with dates to your Birdlists. In some cases, you may prefer that a bird observation does not count as a First Sighting or you may want to force an observation to be counted as the First Sighting. To the right of “First Sighting” there is a drop-down list with three options:
o    Auto: Default option in which the system calculates the First Sighting from the dates entered in the Birdlist.
o    Force as First Sighting: You force the system to consider that sighting as the First Sighting, without considering the date of the sighting.
o    Exclude: You force the system to exclude the sighting as the First Sighting, without considering the date of the sighting. This is useful for birds seen at ringing stations, birds seen by someone else, etc.

Tick boxes -
These conditions can affect what sightings are counted for your statistics, so it is important to think before you tick.

Heard only: Tick to indicate you only heard (did not see) the species. This can have important consequences when calculating your statistics depending on the preferences you choose. Read more about "Heard only" species in the manual, under My Birding Preferences.

Captive: Tick to indicate you saw a captive bird. Captive sightings are not counted in the World Birdlist or National Lists, only in the Birdlist statistics.

Escaped: Tick to indicate you saw an escaped bird. Automatically the “First Sighting” box will change to “Exclude” and the “Do not count” box will be marked, as you can see in the image below. This means that bird sightings marked as Escaped will never count as First Sightings and they will not be counted in your statistics. Sightings of Escaped species are treated in a different way than Introduced species, as depending on how each user has established his/her My Birding preferences the sightings of Introduced species will be counted in the statistics or not. To learn more about the “Escaped” and “Do not count” boxes, read the Appendix 1: “Escaped” and “Do not count” boxes.

Photo: Tick to indicate you photographed that bird species on that Birdlist, which will give you helpful output data on photographed species.

Video: Tick to indicate you took video of that bird species on that Birdlist, which will give you helpful output data on filmed species.

Sound: Tick to indicate you took sound recordings of that bird species on that Birdlist, which will give you helpful output data on voice-recorded species.

Do not count: Tick if you want to exclude a bird sighting from your statistics. It can be used, for example, for birds seen by other people that you want to include in the Birdlist but that you do not want considered in your statistics. Other uses for this box include special purposes like birds you have seen in ringing stations, dead birds, etc. Automatically the “First Sighting” box will change to “Exclude”. To learn more about the “Escaped” and “Do not count” boxes, read the Appendix 1: “Escaped” and “Do not count” boxes.

Subspecies - Choose the subspecies from the drop-down list. Below it you will find the “Subspecies and distribution” information to see which subspecies are present in a given locality, and choose the correct one for your sighting.

You can introduce more than one subspecies per species in one Birdlist; go to Appendix 2 to learn how.

After filling in any fields you want, click on “Save with details” and the record will be saved.

If you don’t want to include any notes for a species, just click directly on “Save” and it will be counted as a seen species.

As you add species, they will appear in the “ADDED SIGHTINGS” box on the right-hand side of the page. This way it is easy to see if you have marked all the species you wanted to in a Birdlist. Once you have marked all the species, click on “Return to Birdlist page”.

A new page opens and you will see all the sighted species. Also, if you specified subspecies, the number of birds seen/heard or marked some species as Heard Only, for example, these data will also be shown.   

Scroll down and you will find a box called “Birdlist totals”, with the statistics of that Birdlist: number of species recorded, number of species seen and heard only, number of sightings and much more…

...including if you have seen any vagrant species, number of First Sightings (only shown if there is at least 1), number of species with photos…

To manually add a species not included on the list, click on “here” at the top of the “Add sightings” page of a Birdlist:  

In the page that opens you can choose from all the bird species in the World.

Now you know how to create Birdlists and bird sightings. Congratulations!


2.- Click directly on Save if you do not want to include notes.
To add a species to your Birdlist, click on the family to which the species belongs. All the species of that family that are regular in the territory will be shown. If you click on the World icon, the rest of the species of that family will also be available.

Once you have found the species you are looking for (to search for a species within the list, type CTRL+F or ⌘-F (Mac) to open the inline search of your browser), click directly on Save. Do this for all the species that you registered on that Birdlist.

As you add species, they will appear in the “ADDED SIGHTINGS” box on the right-hand side of the page. This way it is easy to see if you have marked all the species you wanted to in a Birdlist. Once you have marked all the species, click on “Return to Birdlist page”.

A new page opens and you will see all the sighted species.

Scroll down and you will find a box called “Birdlist totals”, with the statistics of that Birdlist: number of species recorded, number of species seen and heard only, number of sightings and much more…

...including if you have seen any vagrant species, number of First Sightings (only shown if there is at least 1), number of introduced species (only shown if there is at least 1).

To manually add a species not included on the list, click on “here” at the top of the “Add sightings” page of a Birdlist:  

In the page that opens you can choose from all the bird species in the World.

Now you know how to create Birdlists and bird sightings. Congratulations!


Trips
What’s next? You can join different Birdlists together by creating a Trip.
In the Header Menu place the cursor over “My Birding” and click on “My Trips”, then click on “Add a trip”, to the right of “My Trips”, and a new page will open.

Write the name of the Trip and, if you want, you can add a description. Then, add the start and end dates the trip and click on “Save”. A new page will be loaded and now you have two options:

o    Add a new birdlist to this trip
o    Regroup birdlists into this trip

Add a new birdlist to this trip - Choose this option if you need to create the different Birdlists that you want to form this Trip. All the new Birdlists you create will be joined to this Trip.

Regroup birdlists into this trip - Choose this option if you have already created or imported all the Birdlists that you want to form this Trip. A new page will be loaded with all the Birdlists you have created or imported. Select the Birdlists you want to group together, ticking the box to the left of each you want to include, and then click on “Assign a trip”. [If there are too many Birdlists and you can't find the desired ones, use the filters to reduce the number of results. For example, if you want to select the Birdlists of a Trip to Poland, type "Poland" in the Country/Territory filter and only the Birdlists from Poland will be shown.]

Select a Trip by typing a few letters to obtain a drop-down list and choosing the correct one and click “Next”.

When the process is complete you will see all the newly grouped Birdlists are marked with the name of the Trip in the right-most column of the chart.

By clicking on the Trip name (“Poland 1999” in the image above) the Trip page will open and you will see its description and the start and end dates. You will also see the Trip Totals, with the statistics of the Trip: number of species recorded, number of First Sightings and much more.

 

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