The data entry page on eBird is has a search box. When you first open that
page the cursor should be in the box. Start typing a species name and you
get a drop-down list to select from, with one entry highlighted. If that's
the on you want hit enter, or select another from the list. That takes you
to the species on the taxonomic list. Enter the count in the checkbox, add
notes if you wish, then hit J to jump back to the search box.
From: Paul Coddington
Sent: Saturday, June 06, 2015 6:09 PM
To: Peter Shute
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
>>> 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.
>>>> On 4 Jun 2015, at 2:54 pm, Adam Bruins <>
>>>> 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!
>>>> Adam Bruins
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