Sunday, 26 January 2014

Blinkin', flippin', hard work...

Nine hours and 18 miles in the field this weekend and bugger all to show for it apart from an aching thigh. Unable to [zero-carbon] self-find Golden Plover, Barn Owl and Crossbill and I can't find a Pochard within walking distance...which, realistically, are the easier species I have left to go for this month. Anything else would be a bonus/ surprise/ stroke of luck.

And we still have February to come, which in birding terms isn't so much a month as a state of mind.

How are we treating Cetti's Warbler at 'known/ traditional sites?' Contentious...

I have passed three BirdTrack milestones this week however: 40,000 total records, 1,000 total lists and 1,000 records for 2014. Not a bad dataset is developing, although I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it.

DOM


5 comments:

  1. Congrats on the birdtrack milestones. With regard to cetti, it is not easy but I think the starting point is the separation between an individual and a population. Also maybe if you are going to a place just to find a population rather than as part of normal birding etc. Could debate the same points about firecrest in lowes wood area for example or mandarin at the three regular sites.

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  2. Congrats on the birdtrack milestones. With regard to cetti, it is not easy but I think the starting point is the separation between an individual and a population. Also maybe if you are going to a place just to find a population rather than as part of normal birding etc. Could debate the same points about firecrest in lowes wood area for example or mandarin at the three regular sites.

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    1. Thanks Andy, an interesting - and to a point - logical justification, although the terms 'individual' and 'population' are not mutually exclusive. One can, for example, have a population of one individual. Perhaps as pertinent is whether the species is a sedentary, resident/ localised breeder, a la Mandarin, Marsh Tit, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Firecrest etc. Subjectively, we may also need to consider whether 'it is reasonable to expect to find x species away from traditional sites.'

      I think we need some guidelines on this. What do others think. This competition/ blog is a 'democracy moderated by benevolent dictators' so I think we should go with majority rule. ;-)

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  3. Cetti's is either all in or all out. We've covered this subject before;
    If we can only count individuals recorded at new sites in the county, (which would exclude New Road, Marston Vale and Willington etc.) the species becomes 'unfindable' in a very short space of time. I say, go to traditional sites and count it! In the same way that SFYL competitors count Little Ringed Plover.............

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    1. Sorry Matt, if this has been covered before, I missed that particular conversation...

      So far then, that is two ayes and one abstention...

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