Twitchers heaven!

Subject: Twitchers heaven!
From: Katarina Stenman <>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2007 19:30:30 +0100
Hi again all out there

Just to clarify a few things about the site. It does not try to become
a scientific atlas tool or a trip report archive.
For me and many others it is a way to keep
records about what I have seen and where I saw
them.  It can be used just for you personal
fun!!! ;-) I doubt that any serious scientist
would put too much trust in a mishmash of
sightings published on the web without any
rarities committee check-up. However I did check
out the ones you listed (Eremaea, Birdpedia and
Birdata) and I doubt that they can be of any use
at the moment. Not many reports or maybe I failed
while searching. For example the mapping tool is
great but not useful if someone want to keep a record of their lifer lists.
Taxonomy and spelling of names is always a
problem. However as long as the scientific names
are following a published list - who really needs
the common names? And I am not trying to be
snobbish but it is true. Always thought that
botanists can do it so why not birders?

Keep on twitching despite the fact that the
discussed site not is proudly Australian made..................................


At 00:53 2007-01-15, you wrote:
Just had a look at the site - I am all in favour of people publishing their
lists online so that other birders can build up a picture of what is really
being seen in various places. But we already have three online services in
Australia (Eremaea, Birdpedia and Birdata) which is probably two too many,
so adding another one seems to only make matters worse. Of course all
birders are free to do what they like and use what they like and I don't
want to knock any service, but I would certainly hope that anyone seeking to
publish their sightings would do it in one of the three Aussie services,
which are more likely to be referred to by anyone doing research.

I checked the site out and it had some fairly strange names - such as
Spotted Emu.

On 12/01/07, Katarina Stenman <> wrote:

Hi all

This is a short promotional email for all of you
out there that like to keep track of your birding
adventures. Worldtwitcher is a new
web site that gives you FREE access to bird and
mammal lists for almost all countries in the
world. Even subspecies are in most cases listed.
You can also add personal lists for the backyard,
latest Tassie holiday or year 2006. Pictures can
be added too. There are also features that can
give you the list of your "unseen" birds in a
country or the combined Asian list if you have
been to several countries and would like to know
the total. Of course you see a lifer list when
you have added all your sightings. Printouts are
possible. Ranking lists of totals and countries
are available to compare with your friends. Of
course you can choose to hide all your lists and just keep it privately.

Worldtwitcher is run by a Swedish guy, Nicklas
Strömberg with some support from the Swedish
Club300 and the Ornithological Society. When
talking about bird lists there are always
problems about what to put on the lists as there
are always new splits and lumps and different
opinions about names. This web site follows
"Clements" and to some this might be strange but
that is the authority that most European birders
follow. No other options are available. It is
still under construction (version 2 just
released) and of course there are errors and
bugs. But if you find anything faulty just send
Nicklas an email and he will try to sort it out.

Hope that you join this great system and start
twitching. See you on the Aussie list........

Katarina Stenman

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