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eBird Australia 2016 Annual Challenges Update #2

Rock Parrot,  Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, WA. ML 28222521, CL S29433487, Luke Seitz

Here’s the second Annual Challenge update – covering lists submitted between 1 January and 31 May 2016. If you have submitted eligible lists to eBird, you don’t need to do anything extra to be considered a participant–we’ve automatically included your lists in the tallies. Read more…

A New Name

Laughing Kookaburra, Oxley Creek Common, QLD. ML 30270781, CL S30219053. Mat Gilfedder

The Australian eBird portal name has been changed to eBird Australia, by decision of the eBird Australia Steering Committee. The previous name, Eremaea eBird, was selected to maintain continuity with Eremaea Birds, the popular global bird listing web site which ran from 2003 until it merged with eBird in February 2014. However the committee felt that the time had come to select a new name since the word Eremaea, besides being somewhat difficult to spell and pronounce, did not indicate the geographical scope of our portal. The obvious alternative, eBird Australia, clearly identifies the portal’s scope and is consistent with portal names for many other countries. Read more

Hotspot Update for Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve, QLD

Brolga, Nathan Roads Wetland Reserve, QLD. Stephen Murray  CL S26829890

After our Focus on a Hotspot report for the Nathan Road Wetlands Reserve in November 2015, interest in this site became intense. Frequent (almost daily) lists by local, interstate and even international birders were submitted for this Hotspot in the remainder of 2015. List submittal in 2016 also started well, and in January the Hotspot received a huge data boost with 47 lists entered – an amazing effort by all reporters.

As a result, the overall species list has increased since November 2015 by another 19 species and now stands at 186! Read on

Help capture sights and sounds with your smartphone

Superb Lyrebird, Rhododendron Park, Mount Pleasant, NSW, AU 24/04/16 CL S29156844
, Brian Deans

This year, with the new eBird/Macaulay Library media upload tool, birders have the opportunity to document the sights and sounds of birds in a way that has never before been possible. This exciting tool offers birders the ability to upload up to 10 pieces of rich media (photos or audio recordings) for each species observation in an eBird checklist. So, when you’re out in the field, we encourage you to capture as many images and recordings as you can, and then upload them to your eBird checklists when you get back home. Explore recordings of birds submitted by eBirders in Australia and all over the world using “Search Photos and Sounds” on the Explore Data page. Read more

June eBirder of the Month Challenge

Spotted Pardalote carrying nesting material. Breeding code: CN Confirmed.

This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, is aimed at improving our knowledge of breeding birds across the world. In Australia we are lucky to see signs of breeding at different times of the year, while in the Northern Hemisphere, June is a crucial time in the annual cycle of many birds, as they build nests, hatch chicks, and hopefully fledge young – perpetuating the existence of their species. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 20 complete checklists containing at least one breeding code during June. These checklists must be entered by the last day of the month in order to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.

Growth of eBird Australia

Lesser Frigatebird (Fregata ariel) successfully attacks a Crested Tern (Sterna bergii) forcing up its catch.  CL S8228882, ML29684431. Lady Elliot Island, QLD, AU, 12/10; Mat Gilfedder

Since our launch in February 2014, eBird Australia has been continuing to grow quickly in terms of the number of contributors, checklists and records.

In the 12 months prior to the beginning of March 2016 we received 100,414 checklists from 1,648 observers (1,787,419 records). Over two years, this represents an 83% increase in checklists, 53% increase in observers, and 67% increase in species observations. Read more

Global Big Day, 14 May 2016—Birding’s Biggest Day


On Saturday 14 May, a team of more than 15,000 birders took to fields and forests around the world, recording more species in one day than ever before. This was the second Global Big Day—a coming together of the global birding community, united by our shared passion for birds. 6263 species. 43,848 checklists. 15,953 participants. 145 countries. […]

Submit Global Big Day sightings by 17 May!


The global tally is currently at 5975—just under the magic 6k mark, and more than 57% of the world’s bird species! 38,915 checklists have been entered by 14,414 eBirders in 140 countries—all in a single day. New species are still rolling in every hour; follow along at GBD headquarters. Please submit any Global Big Day checklists by the end of May 17th—preliminary results will be released on May 18, and we want your sightings to be a part of it. If you’ve already entered your own sightings, check out the list of countries to see submissions from others—if you have a friend whose sightings aren’t represented, encourage them to get them in! Be a part of the biggest day in birding, and help us push past last year’s total of 6,158 for a new world record!

Follow Global Big Day results here.

Lots of birds, lots of lists in Global Big Day 2016

Magenta Petrel chick nearly ready to fledge (Sweetwater Conservation Covenant, Chatham Islands, NZ, Wildlife Management International Ltd., ML 28694761, CL S29626661)

Global Big Day 2016–lots of birds, lots of checklists! The day began with our New Zealand neighbours reporting the first birds of the event in the Chatham Islands at midnight: three Magenta petrel chicks emerged from their burrows, stretching their wings. In Australia, a Bush Stone-curlew was the first bird Chris Wiley saw as he set off on his Global Big Day (GBD) in Queensland where he recorded an Australia GBD record of 155 species, and a Powerful Owl was the last bird noted by Rod Gardner before the GBD drew to a close.

An extraordinary 495 species have been reported in Australia for GBD 2016. Read on for more

Global Big Day 2016!

Eyrean Grasswren, Simpson Desert, NT

How many birds can be seen in a single day? The 2015 Australia big day record is 117 (Nigel Jackett/Broome Bird Observatory). Last July in Peru, Sean Williams did a bird race on foot, traveling 18.15 km and finding 345 species! In October 2015, Dušan Brinkhuizen, Rudy Gelis, Mitch Lysinger, and Tuomas Seimola recorded 431 species in Ecuador, a new world record. On May 14th, you can be a part of the biggest day of birding the world has ever known: Global Big Day. All you have to do is submit the birds you see on May 14th to eBird, and you’ll be a part of the global team! Wherever you are, your sightings can make a difference. Read more…