To: Peter Shute <>, Sonja Ross <>
Subject: EBird
From: Roger Giller <>
Date: Mon, 8 Jun 2015 00:59:56 +0000
Peter et al,

eBird have brought the Birdlog App "in-house" and modified it to iron out 
these problems. It will look and feel more like the on-line data entry, and 
is already being beta tested by reviewers.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Peter Shute
Sent: Sunday, June 07, 2015 8:28 PM
To: Sonja Ross
Cc: Paul Coddington ; 
Subject: Ebird

I've just sent them all my complaints. Do they act on suggestions they 

Peter Shute

Sent from my iPad

> On 7 Jun 2015, at 7:19 pm, Sonja Ross <> wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> It is annoying!   Have you tried to contact them about it?
> Sonja
>> On 7 Jun 2015, at 6:00 pm, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>> The only way I've found to select a location not near me in Birdlog is to 
>> select the Search Hotspots By City option, then enter the postcode of 
>> that area. Then it lists all the hotspots in that area, which you can 
>> search by entering a few letters. I don't know what you can do if you 
>> need to enter data where there's no existing hotspot. Or if you don't 
>> know the postcode.
>> Seems like a strange shortcoming of the app.
>> Peter Shute
>> Sent from my iPad
>>> On 6 Jun 2015, at 6:09 pm, Paul Coddington 
>>> <> wrote:
>>> I usually just use the standard search function on the computer to jump 
>>> to the species I want in the web interface, using the keyboard shortcuts 
>>> so it’s faster (i.e. command F to search on my Mac), type in a few 
>>> letters of the name (e.g “whist”), and then command G if it doesn’t go 
>>> to the species I want (Whistling Kite instead of Golden Whistler) and I 
>>> need to jump to the next one that matches what I typed in. It’s a bit 
>>> slow but not too bad.
>>> Using the Birdlog app is really quick for entering data since you just 
>>> type in a few letters and it autocompletes and then you just pick the 
>>> species from the matches it presents. But I can’t figure out how to 
>>> select locations that aren’t near you when you’re using the app, so you’d 
>>> need to pick a bogus location (e.g. a personal location for your house) 
>>> and then change the location to the actual place through the web 
>>> interface once the list is uploaded from BirdLog.
>>>> On 6 Jun 2015, at 4:57 pm, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>>>> I don't mind entering lists for new trips as I do them, but I wish 
>>>> there was a faster way to enter the backlog. Does anyone have any tips 
>>>> for doing it quicker?
>>>> The main trouble is that my notes list species as I encountered them, 
>>>> which means trawling up and down the web page to find them to mark them 
>>>> off. It would help if I knew the species list order off by heart, but 
>>>> I've only got a rough idea where any species is in the list, so I have 
>>>> to search for a lot of them. I've tried going through my notes doing 
>>>> all the pigeons, then the parrots, etc, but that means I've got to go 
>>>> through them multiple times, so it wastes as much time as it saves.
>>>> Peter Shute
>>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>>> On 6 Jun 2015, at 2:53 pm, Paul Coddington 
>>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>> I did the same as Mona, and agree that it’s rather mindless and 
>>>>> laborious but very satisfying, and a good way to trigger nostalgic 
>>>>> memories by reviewing all those old trips. I started with Australian 
>>>>> trips where I saw lifers, and it only took me a couple of months or 
>>>>> working on it now and then to get the Australian life list sorted, 
>>>>> then I worked on trips that built my state list, then overseas trips, 
>>>>> then everything else. Overall it took about a year but now it’s all 
>>>>> done and it’s easy to enter new lists.
>>>>> eBird is a great resource, and the the more people use it, and the 
>>>>> more information is added to it, the more useful it becomes.
>>>>>> Date: Thu, 4 Jun 2015 22:31:37 +1000
>>>>>> From: Mona Loofs Samorzewski <>
>>>>>> To: Adam Bruins <>
>>>>>> Cc: "" <>
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Ebird
>>>>>> Message-ID:
>>>>>> <>
>>>>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
>>>>>> Hi Adam
>>>>>> eBird does specifically cater to this very issue, check out the ?How 
>>>>>> to Upload Your Lifelist? help topic at 
>>>>>> If you have the time and the inclination, all those lists in your 
>>>>>> 20-odd notebooks would add fabulous data to eBird. I?ve spent about a 
>>>>>> year uploading all of mine - kind of satisfying in a mindless, 
>>>>>> laborious sort of way.
>>>>>> Good luck with it.
>>>>>> Mona
>>>>>>> On 4 Jun 2015, at 2:54 pm, Adam Bruins <> 
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>> Hey everyone
>>>>>>> Are there any savvy ebird users out there that could help me out? My 
>>>>>>> son and I have would like to upload our life list to ebird but can't 
>>>>>>> seem to find a way to do it without entering the exact date and 
>>>>>>> other details. All we have is a all time list and about twenty 
>>>>>>> little notebooks that would take years to sort through and upload. 
>>>>>>> Any shortcuts please!
>>>>>>> Respectfully,
>>>>>>> Adam Bruins
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