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Ebird top 100

I just saw that there is a new feature on eBird. It is the top 100. It ranks birders by number of species seen or by number of checklists submitted. I am currently ranked number 1 in my home state of MD for the 2514 MD checklists I've submitted (and 6th by species though I've only gotten to the first 332 of the 363 species I've actually seen in the state). My ranking by species of 98th in the ABA area is misrepresented too.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

As a budding nature photographer, this story hit home. I guess you can never be too careful. This poor guy fell into a jetty while trying to photograph a Common Eider. The link below has the whole story, some decent photos, and a poem to go with all of it. Thanks to June Tveekrem for posting this to the best Birding List out there (MDOSPREY).

Maryland Christmas Bird Count Circles in Google Earth

I created a Google Earth / Google Maps file of all the Christmas Bird Count Circles in Maryland (those whose centers occur in the state). I hosted the file on my website

I downloaded all the circle centroids from The National Audubon Society and imported them into ESRI's ArcMap software to create a shapefile. Then I created a second shapefile that was a buffer of those points with a buffer distance of 7.5 miles. Then I exported the second shapefile into KML using KMLER.

Conan on Birding


Search and Replace Bird List Humor

This may not make as much sense to those who aren't birders but I enter all my birding data into an Access database (and later to a MySQL database - jb-bird) using the 4 letter alpha codes that bird banders use. Lately I've also been uploading all my data to eBird which is a website that makes good use of all that kind of birding data and makes everyones data available to anyone interested.


Looking for an SMS to e-mail gateway

I'm getting a little frustrated. I'm trying to figure out a way to send SMS from my phone to a service that will forward my message to my gmail address. Then I would theoretically set up a filter in gmail to forward the message to a LISTSERV.

New Species Groups Block on my Photography Website

I had been trying to figure out the simplest and easiest way to start categorizing birds into taxonomic groups (families or other natural groupings) instead of the chronological photo albums that I have been creating all along.

Hashtags on Twitter

I just checked out this short Article from Digital Photography School that talks about using hashtags for discussions on photography, links to photos, discussions about photographers etc.

Give Amazon Gift Cards for Christmas this year !

I got a lovely gift card from my brother and his family for my birthday recently. I love buying from Amazon. I'm not sure yet if I'll get some books, mp3's or maybe put it towards a piece of photographic gear I've been wanting.


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