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These Fowl Codes | Exterior My Window

25 Might 2023

Name me loopy. Or perhaps old school.

At any time when I’m going birding I make an inventory — on paper — of the birds I see utilizing the four-letter code for every species. Once I get dwelling I sort the paper record into eBird. The paper record above grew to become this guidelines.

Why don’t I simply enter the birds instantly into the eBird app on my cellphone? Sadly I discovered way back that if I have a look at my cellphone within the woods I begin to learn electronic mail, reply to textual content messages, verify the information … and immediately I’m not birding anymore and I’ve bought a complete new set of Issues To Try this I didn’t want to hassle with but. So to maintain myself centered I write a paper record.

The codes are straightforward to recollect (see the foundations right here) besides the place the foundations resolve to the identical factor for 2 or extra birds. The overlap codes are those I overlook:

  • Bay-breasted warbler (ought to be BBWA, I wrote BAYB)
  • Blackpoll warbler (ought to be BLPW, I wrote BLKPOLL) and
  • Blackburnian warbler (ought to be BLBW, I wrote BLKBUR).

I remembered these, although:

  • BAOR = Baltimore oriole
  • CHSP = Chipping sparrow
  • MAWA = Magnolia warbler

My record ought to have been:

Just a few of the birds seen or heard in Frick Park on 18 Might 2023

The place did the codes come from? In case you’ve learn this far you may be curious.

(picture by Kate St. John)

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