[Tweeters] Some Birding Resources

Jane Hadley hadleyj1725 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 11 14:49:28 PDT 2017

Welcome, Peggy Mundy, to Tweeters! Peggy mentioned that she looks
forward to learning about birding resources from Tweeters.

A year or two ago, I put together a list of birding resources for
another project and thought I would update the list and share it here
for those who might be interested.

1. eBird – A major database where birders enter their sightings and
photos. The data is available to be used by scientists and other
birders. This Cornell University Lab of Ornithology database provides a
wealth of information about sightings, seasonal occurrence and
geographical distribution of species.

Go to:

There is a Pacific Northwest version of eBird with Northwest-specific
articles and other content, including opportunities to participate in
citizen science projects.

Go to: http://ebird.org/content/nw/

2. Birder's Dashboard - This is a non-commercial, user-friendly website
(with desktop and mobile or cell phone versions) that shows recent
sightings reported to eBird. You can see notable sightings in a state,
sightings by county, sightings near any spot you click on on a map,
sightings of a particular species you select, or sightings at designated
hotspots in the state or province you select. There is a Washington
State and a US/Canada version.

The Washington State version allows you to get sightings for the whole
state or for any of the 39 counties you select.

Go to: http://birdingwashington.info/dashboard/wa/

For the United States and Canada version, select a state or a province
to look for recent sightings.

Go to: http://birdingwashington.info/dashboard/

Click on the “Mobile” button to see the mobile or cell phone version.

3. A Birder's Guide to Washington, Second Edition - This is a 613-page
guide to the best birding sites throughout the state with information
about how to get there (including maps), the habitat, the climate, the
birds, etc. The guide also includes bar graphs for all annually
occurring birds, showing their seasonal abundance in both Eastern and
Western Washington, as well as an annotated checklist of the 510 species
seen in Washington as of 2015.

The content of this book was placed online this year so that it can be
updated with current information. You can either buy the book (Seattle
Audubon's Nature Store, Buteo Books, Amazon.com, Powell Books, etc.) or
you can view it online at http://wabirdguide.org

This website is a good place to check for current information before you
head out to a birding spot.

4. Seattle Audubon's BirdWeb - This is a fount of information about bird
species found in the state. It gives a description of each species that
helps with ID, range map for that species, song recordings, and
information about habitat, behavior, diet, conservation, and occurrence
in Washington by location and season.

Go to: http://birdweb.org

5. The official state checklist - The checklist (515 species as of
October 2016) of all the species ever seen in the state is available on
the WOS website in either Excel format or as a one-page printable document.

Go to: http://wos.org/records/checklist/

6. Washington Ornithological Society (WOS) - WOS was chartered in 1988
to increase knowledge of the birds of Washington and to enhance
communication among all persons interested in those birds.

WOS provides a forum for birders from throughout the state to meet and
share information on bird identification, biology, population status,
and birding sites. Over 400 enthusiastic birders— from backyard feeder
watchers to professional ornithologists—belong to WOS. Membership is
open to all persons interested in birds and birding.

The WOS website offers a variety of resources, including official
checklists, an online form for reporting rare sightings, announcement of
field trips and speakers for monthly meetings, descriptions of some key
birding sites around the state, a listing of Christmas Bird Counts
around the state, descriptions of bird research projects, downloadable
copies of articles in WOS's scholarly journal (Washington Birds), and
ability to search 27 years of newsletters (which includes Washington
Field Notes).

Go to: http://wos.org

7. Audubon Washington's Great Washington State Birding Trail maps -
Available either as glossy color brochures, which can be purchased for
$4.95 from Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, as a free downloadable .pdf, or
as a phone app for $9.99. These maps show the location of key birding
spots in seven different regions of the state.

Go to: http://wa.audubon.org/birds/great-washington-state-birding-trail

Scroll down and find the region you're interested in and then click on
the "Read more" link. When you get to that page, click on the blue link
at the beginning of the text, giving the name of the region. It will
take you to a downloadable .pdf of the map.

8. County checklists - Available at the Washington Birder website,
headquarters for birders who list sightings by county. The one-page,
printable checklists show abundance codes (the parentheses after the
species name) for each species found in that county. Code 1 is the most
common, while Code 5 is a bird that has fewer than five sightings in the

Go to http://www.wabirder.com/county_map_pages.html

9. Local Audubon chapters - Many chapters offer regular field trips for
beginners and intermediate birders and classes. Seattle Audubon offers
the advanced Master Birder class.

To find a chapter near you, go to
http://wa.audubon.org/chapters-centers, click on the + sign in the upper
left corner of the map to blow up the map and find a red dot near you.
Click on the red dot to get the name and more information of the chapter.

10. Other links:

+ Magnuson Park Geography https://goo.gl/SJIWy1

+ Montlake Fill map (possibly not current because of SR-520
"mitigation") http://goo.gl/fRXGMm

+ Gull Identification (look at right-side column for links)

+ Dennis Paulson's Wing Photos Page http://goo.gl/tniWoa

+ Birdsongs http://www.xeno-canto.org/

+ SORA (Searchable Ornithological Research Archive) https://sora.unm.edu/

+ All about bird anatomy https://goo.gl/exzh2q

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