YardBirder.net

Frequently Asked Questions

General

Working with lists

Other



General


What is YardBirder.net?

YardBirder.net is an easy way to keep track of birds you have seen. It was originally designed to only keep track of yard lists. However, thanks to feedback from users, it has expanded to be able to keep track of life lists, or whatever other bird lists you want to keep. Register to see how easy it is. Lists are accessible through a unique URL so that you can share it with others. Our goal is to make this an easy and fun site to use so please try it out and give us feedback.


Can anyone view my yard list?

Yes, you can share your yard list with anyone by sending them the URL for your page. However, only you can modify your list. A link to your yard list may also be posted on the yardlists page.



Why does this site seem to focus on North American users?

Currently, the database used for spell-checking and sorting birds in taxonomic order is only loaded with birds from the American Ornithologists Union (see this question about taxonomic order). If this is preventing you from using the site and/or you know of a free list of all the world's birds in taxonomic order, please let us know.



Working with lists


How do I save my yard list?

Your lists are automatically saved as you add or delete birds. Leave and/or sign out any time and they will be there when you come back.


I made a mistake on my list, how do I correct it?

If you are signed in, each bird on your list has a small grey "x" next to it. Click the "x" to delete the entry, then re-add the correct entry with the add bird form.


How do I change my user name, email or password?

If you are signed in, click on the "Edit your info" link in the top-right corner.


How do I change details on a list?

If you are signed in, click on the "Your lists" link in the top-right corner. Then, click on the "modify list setting" link next to the list you want to change.


Taxonomic order?

Taxonomic order is the scientific ordering. The taxonomic ordering of birds on YardBirder.net is based on the American Ornithologist's Union's checklist as of January 28, 2008. More information about this list can be found here: http://www.aou.org/checklist/index.php3.


Why does my list have some birds in parenthesis?

A bird in parenthesis (and at the end of a taxonomic list) didn't match any of those listed in our database of North American birds. This might be because:

Our database of birds and their taxonomy is based on the American Ornithologist's Union's checklist as of January 28, 2008. More information about this list can be found here: http://www.aou.org/checklist/index.php3.



How do I keep track of dates for some birds but not others?

If you have a dated list but want to enter birds for which you do know the date, make the date field completely blank when adding the bird. The bird will be listed in the "undated" section towards the bottom of your list.



Other


Who runs YardBirder.net?

YardBirder.net is developed and maintained by Christopher Eagan: a husband, father, software engineer, computer systems consultant, and novice birder in Seattle, Washington. He can be reached using the feedback feature. His yard list is here.



Why was YardBirder.net created?

Because I wanted an easy place to store my yard list. There are other places on the Internet (such as the scientifically oriented eBird) - but none of them were quite what I wanted.