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Orange County Spring Count

 

Orange County Spring Count
May 13-15, 2016
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. Every year on the weekend of International Migratory Bird Day (2nd Saturday in May), dedicated birders go out nationwide and count birds everywhere. The spring count is taking place over just a 3-day stretch, this year from May 13th through the 15th. The OCSC is not bounded by count circles; rather, we count the entire county. We try to focus on the best areas for birds since comprehensive coverage of Orange County is not a realistic goal. We've done quite well with this, the past two years, with over 100 participants birding in 60-70 locations, and tallying over 200 species each time.
 
Information about this year's OCSC and how you can participate:

Hi Everyone,

It is time to plan for the Orange County Spring Count (OCSC) that runs May 13 -15 this year.   I am writing to fill you in on details and ask for your help.

The Spring Count is held each year on the weekend around International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) which is May 14 this year. The organization sponsoring IMBD is Environment for the Americas. They have a very nice website at www.birdday.org that you may enjoy visiting.
 
Here are some important changes regarding this year’s count:

1.       The data from regularly scheduled monthly bird counts will be included in OCSC.  It will not be necessary to change the date of these counts to be included.  All that will be necessary is to enter the tally data into eBIrd.

2.       One of the objectives of IMBD is to enter all of the data into eBird. From an eBird perspective, it is very important to have checklist information for each party rather than sum several checklists into an area tally the way data is collected for Christmas Bird Count. So this year for the Spring Count we will NOT need to collate all of the party totals into an area total.  Individual party checklists must be turned in to be entered into eBird.

3.       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.  If you don’t enter the data directly into eBird, then you must send each checklist to me at in Word or Excel format.

4.       Many of you covered areas for last year’s Spring Count. I will hold those areas for you again this year but only until April 15. At that time, I will start recruiting for another leader for the area. Let me know as soon as you can if you will be able to lead your areas again.

5.       The Spring Count covers the entire county. I would like to cover as many of the Top 100 Hot Spots shown in eBird as possible. If there is a location that you know about and would like to include it in this year’s count, please let me know and I will add it to our list.

Let me know if you have questions or comments. 

Thanks,
Darrell Wilson


 
LIST of the TOP 100 HOT SPOTS shown in eBird
 
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 eBird Input 2016 - in Excel format
 

OCSC Results (count data)
2012 OCSC Report - click on this link for information & data of the 2012 count
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
 
updated May 10, 2016

 


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