It is really up to you Pieter. You can enter all three if you'd like as
they show spatial data too. If an analysis was done, the user would have
ways of filtering the data for their specific question. The only "wrong"
way to enter this data would be to lump them all into one checklist and say
you saw three of them, when you really don't know if there were 3. Adding
them as 3 different checklists with exact locations and times allows for
spatial data to be of interest perhaps.
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On Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 7:32 AM, Pieter van Loon <[log in to unmask]>
> I checked ebird help for an answer to this question, but couldn't find
> one, so am looking to you all for help. Yesterday I was driving around
> Addison and saw three harriers. Or did I see one? The first time I saw one
> was on Gage Rd. It was a female headed NW across the open fields, beating
> into a fairly stiff north wind. About 10 minutes later, I was parked at the
> Brilyea access and another one popped up. Since it was only a little over a
> mile from where I saw the first one, was also a female and was NW of my
> first sighting, I assumed it was the same bird. About 40 minutes later, I
> was headed south on 125 when another female swooped over the road in front
> of me. I pulled over and watched it for a minute while it headed NE. This
> time I was about 5 miles south of the second sighting.
> So my question is, do I enter this as one sighting, two sightings, or 3?
> Thanks for your help.