If you currently own a smart phone and it’s an Android, there’s a useful feature that seems to be rarely used in submitted eBird Logs. Some of us like to review others’ sightings at eBird.org. not only to view what birds were seen but perhaps other information such as Male, Female and exact GPS location coordinates as additional examples. In order for this to work you must have a Mobile Plan with your smart phone and the GPS / Location option enabled. (Please consult with your mobile operator or phone manufacturer if unsure – there are far too many cell phone models to provide exact instruction). Side note: this feature below does not appear to be available yet for the iPhone version of BirdLog to the best of my knowledge.
If you have an Android try these steps;
- In BirdLog NA, create a new log by selecting Submit Sightings (you can cancel of course afterward – this is just for demonstrating the GPS feature)
- Then Choose Recent Location, Location from a Map or Offline checklist
- Once you’ve made your selection and chosen your birding location with date and time, click OK
- Choose any bird. Again this is simply to illustrate a useful feature
- Once you’ve chosen the species, choose the Quantity then Don, the following screen will appear
Note the button “Add Current Location”
- Click this and your actual GPS location will be inserted for this bird into the report
- Now click “Save”
the GPS tag has now been added for this bird at your exact location.
- If the bird reappears on your walk again you can continue to increase the quantity of course and add more GPS markings for this species such as my report for Varied Thrushes on March 10, 2015 at Wilderness Glen Park which was entered as such. Note the two GPS Markers
Varied Thrush Ixoreus naevius
33.6402, -117.6591 at this GPS location at 4:10 p.m. 1 adult male. This location is different from all previously seen at wilderness Glen park. Another one seen at this location 33.6466, -117.6558
This can be most useful for others as you can share the GPS points with a simple Highlight, Copy and Paste to any of your birding associates via Email, Text, etc.
- Once your associate has the GPS marker, all they need to do is open the Google Maps icon on their Smart Phone or the Google Maps web page (http://maps.google.com) if on a PC or MAC or other non Smart Phone that offers internet capabilities, and then paste your GPS coordinates in the Google Search Bar. This should take them right to the exact location for you specific bird sighting.
- Additionally, why not share the GPS marker in our Orange County Yahoo Bird Group or other Bird Group for all to utilize using the same procedure as outlined in Step 10 above. This takes all the guess work out of “where was that bird seen?”
Hoping this makes your birding and your friends experiences more useful.