Aussie Backyard Bird Count data noisy

Subject: Aussie Backyard Bird Count data noisy
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:56:56 +1000
Looking at the list of suggested birds, I can see there are no location smarts 
when you enter observations.  For example, Baudin’s Cockatoo should only come 
up in SW WA, yet it appeared when I was entering a Brisbane list.

Another limitation is that you can’t provide details of breeding activity - I 
had a couple of breeding observations today.

Regards, Laurie.

On 20 Oct 2014, at 8:17 am, Andrew Taylor <> wrote:

> Browsing Aussie Backyard Bird Count list for inner Sydney at
> you find a significant fraction
> of lists contain obvious mis-identifications.
> Most like Barn Swallow, Forty-spotted Pardalote, Black Currawong,
> Black-tailed Native-hen & Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo are easy to
> understand. And perhaps the reporter of Abbott's Booby from
> Newtown was making a political point.  Others IDs are just mysterious
> like Black Grasswren.
> In one way its good news that a wider demographic has been attracted,
> although there is clearly challenges ahead to educate observers &
> improve the observations and make the data useful.
> The mis-ID could be useful, to estimate observer accuracy, someone
> reporting (say) Black Currawong shouldn't be relied to have correctly
> ID'ed Little Wattlebird & White-faced Honyeater they've also reported.
> Andrew
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