BirdData: some problems?

To: James O'Connor <>
Subject: BirdData: some problems?
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 10:27:59 +1000
Hi James,

Thanks for the explanation. Gremlins get in all systems. Hope the sorting out 
is not too problematical.

Carl Clifford

> On 8 May 2015, at 8:22 am, James O'Connor <> 
> wrote:
> Hi all, thanks for raising this. Turns out it's a technical problem with the 
> postcodes function, rather than spurious sightings. It wouldn't show up on a 
> data extraction so the researchers are safe. We're looking into it, and might 
> need to take this function down for a while.
> All the best,
> James
> James O'Connor
> Head of Research
> BirdLife Australia
>> On 8 May 2015, at 7:16 am, Carl Clifford <> wrote:
>> Not really. Even by taking in of the whole 111Km x 111Km square, there is no 
>> way that some of the species could be sighted there. Obviously, there are 
>> well meaning, but ornithologically deficient people out there who post to 
>> BirdData, sightings that are furphys. Pity, because the database is used for 
>> researchers, and junk data gives junk results, as we know from the first law 
>> of computing, GIGO.
>> Carl Clifford
>>> On 7 May 2015, at 5:58 pm, Peter Shute <> wrote:
>>> According to, it's displaying data for 
>>> the entire 1 degree x 1 degree grid cell that postcode falls within. How 
>>> far is that where you live? Does that explain the anomalies?
>>> Peter Shute
>>> Sent from my iPad
>>>> On 7 May 2015, at 4:56 pm, Carl Clifford <> wrote:
>>>> Out of idle curiosity, I typed my postcode (2263, on NSW Central Coast) 
>>>> into BirData, just to see what it would throw up. I am going to have to 
>>>> start looking a bit harder around my patch, as I have obviously been 
>>>> missing a few cracking birds. Some I have missed are; Red Junglefowl, 
>>>> Cotton Pygmy Goose, Baudin's Black Cockatoo, and Common Greenfinch, to 
>>>> name a few. Has anyone else on the list looked up their postcode in 
>>>> BirdData to see if there are any "ghost" species lurking?
>>>> Carl Clifford
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