VERMONT BREEDING BIRD ATLAS POSTING
A follow-up question about "party hours"...
(An aside: I've already, predictably, received jokes about the term...it
makes us sound like such a wild group! We'll just have to live up to the
reputation. Actually, I stole the term from the Ontario Atlas).
> Any suggestions for those of us living within our territories (blocks)
>and constantly scanning? Should we do an estimate each week? ???
That's a toughie, it depends on what you mean by scanning. If you're
actively taking the time to look for breeding evidence, I'd write down your
time spent as a visit. But if you're just taking 5 minutes here and there
to listen or look for anything new from the same spot, I wouldn't count
that as a visit. If you're bouncing around to diffeent spots within your
block, keep track of the time you spend looking, because then it is more
than just a casual encounter - you're actively looking, going to new places
where you might get new species for your list.
I hope that helps - I'm sure there will be "gray area" situations.
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