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RE: another milestone


Steve Suttill wrote:

I know that Atlas recording is not a competition, but I do think it's worth noting that our very own atlas evangelist, Bill Myerscough, practices what he preaches and has just passed a significant milestone - 10,000 individual records biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

This is a fantastic contribution. I don't know if he's kept a note of how many hours he's spent "in the field" (and on the moors, in the parks, on the housing estates and derelict industrial sites...) to achieve this, but it will all have been worthwhile.




As a regular Birdtrack user, I seem to spend almost as much time in front of the computer as in the field. I had fallen behind with my submissions for 2010, so I've also spent quite a bit of time this year getting rid of the backlog and now that I'm up to date, I've also just passed the 10K mark myself - though only around 600 relate to the Greater Manchester area, as I spend most of my time in London these days. Uploading and checking those records really does take quite a bit of time but hopefully the quality of information that comes out at the end of the process is worth all the hard work that goes into collecting quality data.

The Birdtrack upload functions for both lists and casual records have been a godsend, but I have still had quite a bit of work to do, reformatting the data from the format that I was using, to the format required for Birdtrack. However, I have to say that once you do get the hang of it, its very quick and effective. What remains a slow process is the adding of additional data - eg the activities, sexes and ages of the birds, but hopefully the BTO will make it easier to do that going forward.

When visiting a new site or a different part of the country, one of the first things I do is to check Birdtrack to get a list of possible species that I might see. I am often surprised to find that very well birded and popular sites often only have had a few lists submitted over the last 5 years.

The Birdguides app for iPad/iPhone allows subscribers to submit sightings really quickly - I'm looking forward to the BTO providing something similar, then I can spend more time outdoors and less time slaving over a hot Excel Spreadsheet! :)

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July 31 was the final date for carrying out Timed Tetrad Visits so could everyone who has done TTVs please make sure they enter their records as soon as they can - either online or by sending their paper forms to me?

As Steve Atkins has said in his recent post, under Questions & Answers, Roving Records with breeding codes can still be submitted and will be valuable if they can help us fill any remaining gaps in our atlas coverage. No need to submit records of obvious migrants though.

Many thanks to all who have contributed records over the past 4 years and particularly to those who have pulled out all the stops this breeding season, visiting less popular sites and recording every sign of breeding activity with great diligence. I won't embarrass you all by mentioning names but a hearty pat on the back is deserved!

Bill M and Steve A have been busy number crunching so expect some interesting atlas statistics on this forum soon.

Thanks again to everyone.

Steve


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Congratulations Bill. A truly amazing achievement worship.gif It would appear that your 10,000th record was a Coal Tit carrying food (FF) on 9th May in SJ89Z Clayton Vale. That's assuming the order in which the records appear in the BTO validation module is the same order in which you saw them confuse.gif

For anyone using BirdTrack it is relatively simple to add breeding codes as you input records. For guidance on how to do this see the BirdTrack section in GM Atlas Recording Guidelines

As well as including breeding codes, it is vital that you define your sites, as for the Atlas we need to know which tetrad (2km square) a bird was in. If your site extends across more than one tetrad as is the case for sites such as the Wigan Flashes and Pennington Flash then please submit a tetrad record to the Atlas as well. We only need one record per species from each tetrad with the highest breeding evidence seen during the season.

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Well done Bill, that's quite a target you've laid down to all GM atlassers. You've got me raring to get out at first light tomorrow!

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I know that Atlas recording is not a competition, but I do think it's worth noting that our very own atlas evangelist, Bill Myerscough, practices what he preaches and has just passed a significant milestone - 10,000 individual records biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

This is a fantastic contribution. I don't know if he's kept a note of how many hours he's spent "in the field" (and on the moors, in the parks, on the housing estates and derelict industrial sites...) to achieve this, but it will all have been worthwhile.

The only downside is that Mr Atkins and myself have to check and validate every single record, which will mean long hours staring at a computer screen cry.gif. We don't mind this with records like Bill's, which have breeding codes attached to all the relevant records. It does become a little irksome when we have to trawl through several thousand BirdTrack records and find that not one has any indication of breeding status furious.gif

But don't let me spoil this post by going off on a rant...

Well done Bill! Top marks for quantity AND quality clap.gifclap.gifclap.gif

Steve

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