What is eBird?
eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project, with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world.
With a few minutes spent on the mobile phone app, birders can record their sightings and their data would contribute to this. Many birders spend time blogging or tweeting about their latest escapades in the field, so why not put the sightings to conservation use on eBird?
Walthamstow on eBird
eBird is a useful tool.
To give eBird a patch watching context, Walthamstow Reservoirs is the 3rd top London ‘Hotspot’ for number of species recorded and Walthamstow Marshes is the 9th.
The WaterWorks NR appears in the top 30 under the guise of ‘Leyton Marsh & WaterWorks.’ But then Leyton Marsh is part of Walthamstow Marshes, so that’s a bit messy. The WaterWorks NR itself comes in at London number 34:
Bird blogging or tweeting, at its best, informs another birder or wildlife enthusiast of wildlife news or shares where and when to view wildlife; at its worst, it is someone’s holiday photos or latest tick (somewhere in between does a bird blog or tweet lay).
With eBird, there is no question of its usefulness. An eBird report can contribute to graphs, data and trends for the patchworker or conservationist. For example:
January to December Observations of Waterfowl on Walthamstow Marshes 1900 - 2018
Northern Wheatear Observations on Walthamstow Marshes 1900 - 2018
This is a link to London's eBird data (find your patch from here):
So, why do so few birders use eBird?