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Old Tuesday 20th December 2011, 20:44   #1
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Question Keeping records

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Is there a program I can download to keep records of my sightings. Im trying to keep a list but Im getting in a mess.
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Old Tuesday 20th December 2011, 22:38   #2
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Hi Mike
I use Jeff's program, find it HERE. It is Access based but Jeff does have a runtime version of access that you can download.
I've been using this for several years now and it does the job.
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Old Wednesday 21st December 2011, 04:58   #3
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Thanks Keith I will check it out
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Old Tuesday 3rd January 2012, 14:21   #4
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I use eBird to keep up with my sightings. It makes things much easier for me and easily keeps separate state/county/year/month lists as well.

It isn't a program you can download but it is immensely useful.
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Old Tuesday 3rd January 2012, 15:58   #5
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If you want a simple ''Ive seen'' record try 'printablebirdchecklists.homestead.com. If you download in Excel you can block in colour your sightings and add info if you want
Simple and free!
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Old Sunday 8th January 2012, 21:45   #6
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I'll add another vote for eBird. It's easy to use, and the data you enter aids our understanding of bird distribution. All you have to do is enter daily checklists, and it will automatically keep track of you life list as well as year lists, county lists, site lists, and whatever else you might be interested in.
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Old Sunday 5th February 2012, 09:54   #7
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another choise is if you have an iphone you could download the bird journal app it works great and is really easy to use
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Old Sunday 5th February 2012, 13:41   #8
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I'm sure Ebird is invaluable in America but in Britain, Birdtrack is the one. Not only does it organise your records but it makes sure they get submitted to where they will do most good (surveys etc).
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Old Sunday 5th February 2012, 13:47   #9
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completely endorse birdtrack and try Bubo for your listing needs
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Old Monday 6th February 2012, 03:39   #10
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I'm British but bird watch in Saudi Arabia. I use the "American" ebird online database. I like the maps it creates by species and time. I chose it simply because birders in near-by countries use it and there was (and still is) little data input anywhere on Saudi Arabia

I am slowing inputting all my old records for Libya on it too

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Old Tuesday 7th February 2012, 00:05   #11
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I use 'Twitcher' on my Ipod and 'WP checkist' on my Android phone.
But primarily a notepad.
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Old Wednesday 29th February 2012, 21:55   #12
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I use Bird Journal. You have to pay for it but it's so easy to use, there's different versions to, UK, Europe, World.
Gives you graphs, somewhere to put your visit photos. You can compare year to year, week to week etc.
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Old Thursday 1st March 2012, 04:35   #13
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Mike, great question. For the UK, I don't know. If you are in North America, eBird is the leader hands down. eBird is the largest single database of bird sightings in the world, gathering 3-5 million sightings per month. It is run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. All of your sightings are instantly available to you, and to scientists. eBird also keeps track of your life, year and month lists for world, country, state, county ... whatever political region you are interested in. All of the data flows into the Avian Knowledge Network, which is the authoritative worldwide database of bird sightings used by scientists.

eBird is free to use online, but is a bit clunky to use in the field on an iPhone or Android. BirdsEye Bird Log is an app that makes field data entry into eBird much easier.
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Old Sunday 4th March 2012, 19:01   #14
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Another vote for Bird Journal. It's attractive, easy software, and has an excellent "Export to eBird" facility. There is an iphone version, but so far just for GB.

A locally installed programme can give much better ability to manipulate and view your data than ebird alone.
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Another vote for Bird Journal.
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I wonder why they haven't released it in the US? What's the most important features for a mobile bird journal?
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bird recording app for Android ?

does anyone know of a decent app for Android fones to keep a record of your sightings ?
I have done quite a few searches and found plenty of I phone and I pad apps but none for Android users. I currently use a Galaxy S2 .

I'm also after a simple excel or word format list of all UK birds for my Win7 PC but I can't seem to find one of those either
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does anyone know of a decent app for Android fones to keep a record of your sightings ?
I have done quite a few searches and found plenty of I phone and I pad apps but none for Android users. I currently use a Galaxy S2 .

I'm also after a simple excel or word format list of all UK birds for my Win7 PC but I can't seem to find one of those either
try this EB
https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...aXJkdHJhY2siXQ
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thanks Roger thats very similar to the sort of thing I was looking for. what I really want though is a simple UK birdlist that I can tick off as I spot them . I want to avoid having to connect to the net on my fone for the program to work if I can
. I hate getting used to new fones
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Try birds of britain by clever matrix EB not got a link but if you google it, that might help you.
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Old Saturday 28th April 2012, 23:36   #21
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thanks Roger its clever matrix ltd . Looks like just what I need .

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...JyaXRhaW4iXQ..

well its a real pitta to download and install but hopefully it will do what i need . i'll report later thanks

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Old Sunday 29th April 2012, 10:57   #22
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Hello,
I Have tried a few of these apps and haven't really got on with them.,
But the BTO Birdtrack app on Android, could be a good one.

My review:
http://birding-diary.blogspot.co.uk/...-reviewed.html

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Hi Peter thank you for taking the time to give me your recomendation and review.
I downloaded the Birds of Britain app last night which took an unbelievable 3/4 of an hour to install.

Unfortunately they have removed the one feature that i am looking for .... the bird sighting recording feature

Looks like this is an online recorder which isn't what I want at all. I am looking for a simple UK birdlist on my cellfone that I can tick off as a year and lifer spotting list . if it includes an image and ID information all the better but it must be stand alone.

Still looking

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I've spent a bit more time with the BTO birdtrack.. It really is pretty good.
Still not convinced I have resolved the "my locations" / GPS error message I was getting initially, but if I just record everything on the phone as a new location using the phone gps position, it works fine.
Then the sightings get uploaded onto the BTO cloud for their analysis.
And best of all, I can batch download all my records back to my PC in xls format.
I can also browse other people's sightings via a map interface.

This is the first App I can see replacing my notebook and pencil!
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I've spent a bit more time with the BTO birdtrack.. It really is pretty good.
Still not convinced I have resolved the "my locations" / GPS error message I was getting initially, but if I just record everything on the phone as a new location using the phone gps position, it works fine.
Then the sightings get uploaded onto the BTO cloud for their analysis.
And best of all, I can batch download all my records back to my PC in xls format.
I can also browse other people's sightings via a map interface.

This is the first App I can see replacing my notebook and pencil!
yes but it relies on an internet connection doesn't it ?so how useful is it when you are out on an estuary somewhere ?
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