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Orange County Spring Count
April & May 2017
What is the OCSC?

The OCSC (Orange County Spring Count) is part of a nationwide migration count, similar to a Christmas Bird Count, but timed to the opposite half of the migration cycle. This year the OCSC is being expanded to try to capture more of the birds that migrate through the county. Sea and Sage is encouraging birders to participate anytime during the months of April and May. This will allow us to see and count more of the species that migrate through the county. Again, this year we will try to focus on the best areas for birds since comprehensive coverage of the entire county is not a realistic goal.

HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:

One of the objectives of Environment for the Americas (the sponsor of the hemisphere wide count) is to enter all of the data into eBird. This means that it is very simple to participate. All of the regularly scheduled bird counts in April and May will be included in the OCSC. The dates do not need to change. I will also include the checklists from all of the Sea and Sage field trips in Orange County held during April and May.

Many of you already use eBird. You can enter your Spring Count data directly into eBird for any birding that you do during April and May. You don’t have to send tally sheets to anyone. All that is needed is to share the eBird check list with the Sea and Sage Audubon eBird account. (The eBird user name is sea_sage_aud).

If you don’t currently use eBird, you can sign up. It’s free! www.ebird.org If you don’t enter the data directly into eBird then you must send each checklist to me at in Excel format.

A goal for the OCSC is to count all the Top 100 Hot Spots shown in eBird. It does not matter how many times a particular spot is covered. Users of the eBird data can sort that out.


Excel Instructions:

Many of you already use eBird. This year you can enter your Spring Count data directly into eBird so you don’t have to prepare and send tally sheets to me.  All that is needed is to share the eBird check list with the Sea and Sage Audubon eBird account (USER NAME: Sea_Sage_Aud). 

If you don’t enter the data directly into eBird, then you must send your checklists to me at in Excel format.

The Excel file can be used for all of your checklists (one per column). Enter the identification information in the first 14 rows. Row 1 is the location name. Rows 2 & 3 can be left blank. Row 4 is the Date of your count. Row 5 is the time you started your count. Rows 6 & 7 are filled in for you. Row 8 can be changed to Stationary if you do a Point Count. Row 9 is the number of people in your party. Row 10 is the number of minutes you took for your survey. Row 11 is filled in for you (we want a report of all your observations). Row 12 is the distance you traveled while doing your count. Row 13 is not used. Row 14 can be any text you would like. I typically put in the names of the people in the party.

After row 14 there is a list of all of the common birds seen in Orange County. They are listed in AOU order. If you see a species that is not listed, please add it to the end of the list. Enter the number of individual birds in the column that pertains to the location where you saw it. Please do not enter any comments or alphabetic characters in these cells. eBird does not allow that. If you need to make comments about a particular bird, please let me know by email.

 

OCSC Results (count data)
2012 OCSC Report

Results of 2012 OCSC

2013 OCSC Report

Birders who took part in the count
List of birding locations in alphabetical order and their site numbers
Spreadsheet in Excel format - showing all count data & areas covered
Spreadsheet in pdf format
- showing all count data & areas covered

2014 OCSC Report

Birders who took part in the count
List of birding locations in alphabetical order and their site numbers
Spreadsheet in Excel format - showing all count data & areas covered
Spreadsheet in pdf format - showing all count data & areas covered

2015 OCSC Report
Results of 2015 OCSC
List of Birding Locations
2016 OCSC Report
Results of eBird Input 2016 - in Excel format
 
updated March 22, 2017

 


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