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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby H. erectus » Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:35 pm

Hey adrianp, how 'bout doing some birding
in Bara, for lunch!! What's your location???
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby leon_ » Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:00 am

Hi mites

Im relatively new to birding. I would like to know how the 'experts' record their sightings?

I have a made an excel list(took me ages...) and copied the excel list to my cellphone. I would then 'search' the bird in one of my birdbooks and then 'tick' the bird off on my list in the phone(Im using my phone because I always have it with me and I dont have to transfer my pen and paper list to an excel list). Are there maybe quicker/easier ways?

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby adrianp » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:02 am

Wow, that's super energetic of you!!! :big_eyes:

I just downloaded it from http://www.birdlife.org.za/checklists

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby DotDan » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:24 am

leon_ wrote:Hi mites

Im relatively new to birding. I would like to know how the 'experts' record their sightings?

I have a made an excel list(took me ages...) and copied the excel list to my cellphone. I would then 'search' the bird in one of my birdbooks and then 'tick' the bird off on my list in the phone(Im using my phone because I always have it with me and I dont have to transfer my pen and paper list to an excel list). Are there maybe quicker/easier ways?



Hi Leon

Depending on what phone you have there is also the Roberts software on iPhone (android version coming soon).

It is an entire birding package all in one with a proper listing service which will allow you to keep an accurate database of your lifers. It also has the exporting functionality.

It is a bit pricey though with around R600 for the package.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby leon_ » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:47 am

@adrianp - haha, I had some help from the kruger birdlist thats in a pdf from Sanparks Birdlist (I like Kruger specific info. Thanks for the link will have a look

@DotDan - Thanks. I have an android phone. R600 is a bit stiff for an advanced spreadsheet :tongue:

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby Batmad » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:21 pm

508 for me please...with Grade 11 I haven't had ANY time to get out and do birding this year, its rather depressing..
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby ndoto » Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:00 pm

leon_ wrote:Hi mites

Im relatively new to birding. I would like to know how the 'experts' record their sightings?

I have a made an excel list(took me ages...) and copied the excel list to my cellphone. I would then 'search' the bird in one of my birdbooks and then 'tick' the bird off on my list in the phone(Im using my phone because I always have it with me and I dont have to transfer my pen and paper list to an excel list). Are there maybe quicker/easier ways?


Hi Leon, a very handy application that you can download on your smart phone if you have one with an Andoid operating system, is Lynx Birdticks. You can Google it and read up on it. Hope it helps - as I have previously also struggled with paper en pens, and found this an ideal solution to maintaining my birding lists and also exporting them to Excel.
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby leon_ » Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:16 pm

Sounds good, will have a look! Thanks Ndoto

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:25 pm

adrianp wrote:
H. erectus wrote:Another lifer for me, a casuall visitor while I
was staring at the grit by a worksite. The chirp
drew my attention,.....

White-browed Sparrow-Weaver.

Location,.. in the midst of Bara Chris Hani general
hospital.


I work there and see them all the time!

That place turns up some interesting birds, including fairy fly catcher, bar throated apalis, tawny flanked prina, red headed finch, spotted fly cathcher to name just a few!


Werk julle mense nie? (Are you guys not working?) Last time I checked - if you landed up at Bara for duty - there was no time for checking out birds! :tongue: Maybe all the Wits-guys just exaggerate about how bad it is to work there... :whistle:

Well, even though you might see a lot of birds there - will rather skip that and keep on working where I am now - just in case the rumours are true! :wink:
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby SAGecko » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:41 pm

415 for me.

Not a bad total until you consider that my first spot was a Burchells Coucal at Mabalingwe Nature Reserve in 1991..... :redface:

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby SAGecko » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:57 pm

leon_ wrote:Hi mites

Im relatively new to birding. I would like to know how the 'experts' record their sightings?


I'm certainly not an expert :D but perhaps you'd like to hear from a birding pleb.

I was given a Newmans some time ago (well before cellphones, let alone Apps) and bought a Sasol about ten years later when the Newmans started to fall to bits. A spot is not official (to me) until it has been marked in "The Birdie Book".

I have the Sasol App on my iPhone though, which is really useful for recording my home list because its always close to hand.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby H. erectus » Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:57 pm

Dear Bushbud, how'bout creating a hole in the
concrete fence surrounding Centurion!!, you might
very well find another world out there!!! I had to!

Just maybe that is what Bara deserves,- a birding
weekend!!, so as to place it on the world map, for
what it might be worth???

Come join us for lunch!!
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby Bushbuddies » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:33 pm

No Boet - I prefer not to cross the Boerewors curtain... :tongue:

But here in the North of Gauteng, our hospitals also boast some birdlife. I remember seeing how some scruffy mossies (sparrows) always arrived in the wards in Kalafong at lunchtime. If you were not fast and healthy enough to defend your food, the mossies would have it! :shock: :naughty:

Anyway - saw an African Black Duck (Swarteend) in Magaliesburg - to up our total to 338
13-19 June 2015 - Lower Sabie
20-23 June 2015 - Satara
24-25 June 2015 - Olifants
26-28 June 2015 - Letaba


13 Dec 2015 - Nossob
14-15 Dec 2015 - Grootkolk
16 Dec 2015 - Nossob
17-18 Dec 2015 - Mata Mata
19 Dec 2015 - Twee Rivieren

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby H. erectus » Sun Nov 04, 2012 8:34 pm

MMmnhh, Bushbud bet your draadsitters are
more hungry than mine!!!

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Mon Nov 05, 2012 7:26 pm

Mega takes me to 492

Pel's fishing owl. A few minutes ago in the grounds of the Spanish consulate in Constantia, Cape Town. :big_eyes: :thumbs_up: :dance:

Woohoo.

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