Here are a few answers to Larry's musings.

The "Explore a Region" tool tells us that 199,166 complete checklists 
have been submitted to eBird for Vermont as of 11:01 this morning.

In the "Explore a Region"click on Hotspots and you will find the highest 
number of species at the Dead Creek WMA IBA hotspot (242) and many, many 
hotspots with greater than 150 species reported (and surely there are 
many non-hotspot personal locations and home lists with greater than 150 

The top ten hotspots for species reported are:
Dead Creek WMA IBA

Herrick's Cove IBA

Dead Creek WMA IBA--Brilyea Access

Delta Park IBA

Button Bay State Park

Charlotte Town Beach

Shelburne Bay

Retreat Meadows / West River Mouth

Lake Runnemede / Evarts Pond - (62 acres) - Paradise Park

Missisquoi NWR IBA

The Top 100 list (which ONLY includes eBird records) has these 
individuals with the longest species lists:
1     David Hoag     344
2     Craig Provost     319
3     Fred Pratt     318
4     Jim Mead     311

The eBird Top 100 list for eBird checklists has these folks with the 
most eBird submissions of complete checklists:
1     Ian Worley     10379
2     Craig Provost     8214
3     Susan Elliott     6479
4     Ron Payne     5624

(Note that there is not always a correlation between numbers of species 
recorded by a person and numbers of checklists submitted. Vermont 
birders have lots of different interests and thus different birding habits.)

Some of the other categories Larry mentions can be obtained with not too 
much analytical work from eBird.  And others are good projects for 
analysts with a fair amount of time on their hands.

As for other questions to add to the list of curiosities, I'll start the 
additions with these:  I'd love to see a list of individuals according 
to the numbers of years they have been birding in Vermont (we have some 
amazing folks that should be recognized!).  I'd love to discover what 
are the most common ages at which persons started birding.  What are the 
longest, continuously and regularly monitored sites?  What are the 
largest numbers of species discovered on 24 hour "big days"?


On 5/24/2016 10:50 AM, Larry and Mona Rogers wrote:
> 	 E Bird is a great success in Vermont.  I don’t know how many sightings have been reported over the years – they must run into the thousands.  I’m sure Kent could tell us.
> 	While E Bird is unsurpassed for finding information on individual species with dates, counts and locations, other data could probably be mined from its vast data base.  For instance:
> •	What are the top ten locations in Vermont for generating E Bird reports?  I might guess the West Rutland Swamp, Mount Philo, Shelburne Bay, Mount Mansfield, Pearl Street in Brandon, etc., but I really don’t know.  The list could be titled “Vermont’s Ten Most Birded Spots”.
> •	Which locations in Vermont have generated the largest number of individual species reports?  Are there places where over 150 species have been sighted?  100?  75?
> •	Which Vermont birders are the most active E Bird contributors?
> •	What are the ten rarest birds spotted in Vermont?  I think of Whooping Crane, Painted Bunting, Black-Tailed Gull, Golden-Crowned Sparrow, the currently visiting Prothonotary Warbler and several others.  Selection criteria might be single species sightings from a specific location over a relatively short time interval.
> •	At the other end of the spectrum, what are the most commonly reported species either by number of E Bird reports containing them, or by total count of individuals?  Chickadee, House Sparrow, Crow, Starling, Blue Jay?  The list might be called “The Trash Birds of Vermont”.
> Anyhow, I’m sure other folks could suggest other lists.  It might be interesting.
> Larry the Compulsive Lister
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10