Event: SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

SDFO Meeting – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 pm

San Diego County eBird Focus – Ten Troublesome Birds

Hoffman Room, The San Diego Foundation – Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by Gary Nunn.

No doubt if you are using eBird and live in San Diego County you have heard from the local eBird review team about your checklist submissions. Don’t panic! Even eBird reviewers have to carefully document their reports. In this talk I will present ten troublesome birds that we frequently see misidentified in checklists from San Diego County. I will go through the documentation best practices we recommend for these troublemakers in your checklists. Look out for photographic tips, vocalization cues, status and distribution pointers, and a step-by-step guide how best to avoid getting nagged by the review team!

Gary Nunn hails from England originally, where he grew up birding from a young age chasing rarities in the crucible of twitching – the county of Norfolk. He holds a BSc. in Biological Sciences, and PhD. in Genetics, both from the University of Nottingham, England. Gary completed research into the evolution and phylogeny of seabirds while he was a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History, and a Molecular Evolution Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution. He is now a professional scientist working in the life sciences industry in San Diego, California. He has traveled to more than thirty countries worldwide birding but also has a great interest in “patch birding”. Gary currently resides with his wife and young family in Pacific Beach, San Diego County, California which, he notes, is exactly halfway between his two favorite birding patches Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery and Point La Jolla.