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Last Post 03/13/2018 12:21 PM by Jeff Jones. 15 Replies.
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Alex Borodayko
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03/07/2018 1:48 PM

    Jeff,

    This is a reminder that you have not addressed the anomalies I found with BD for the ABA, AOS and Clements programs. In case others don't have the same phobia as I in making my own changes to BD, I listed the items for those who have no fear to make their own corrections.

     

    Regards, Al Borodayko

    Cypress, CA
     

    BD ABA-2017, AOS-2017, and Clements 2017 Anomalies

     

    RECOMMENDATIONS DERIVED FROM OFFICIAL CHECKLISTS

     

    NOTE: I DON’T KNOW WHICH THINGS IN THE AMBIGUOUS THING WINDOW ARE ACTIVE OR APPLICABLE TO WHICH TAXONOMY LIST SO I REPORTED CHANGES FOR ALL THE THINGS IN THE WINDOW

     

    1. For BD ABA 2017 Taxonomy ONLY

     

    Change the Family for the Wrentit from Paradoxornithidae to Sylviidae and positioned below the Lesser Whitethroat. It was the only specie in the Paradoxornithidae Family in BD ABA 2017 so I assume the family name will drop off automatically.

     

    The family for the Wrentit was changed in the official ABA and AOS Taxonomies. BD failed to make the change in the BD ABA 2017 Taxonomy but did make the change in the BD AOS 2017 Taxonomy.

     

    NOTE: BD AOS 2017 is correct so no change there is required. Clements 2017 still maintains the Wrentit in the Paradoxornithidae Family so no change to BD Clements 2017 either.

     

    2. Great-winged Petrel Issues

     

    1. Checklist Editor Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    Great-winged Petrel

    Pterodroma macroptera

     

    Add California to list of Locations

     

    For the Following:

     

    Great-winged Petrel (gouldi)

    Great-winged Petrel (gouldi) gouldi

    Great-winged Petrel (Gray-faced)

    Great-winged Petrel gouldi

    Pterodroma gouldi

     

    Remove California from list of Locations

     

    For Gray-faced Petrel

     

    1. Ambiguous Thing Window

     

    Clements 2017                       Gray-faced Petrel Petyrodroma gouldi

     

    Remove California from list of Locations

     

    NOTE: The Great-winged Petrel was split into Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera) and Gray-faced Petrel (Pterodroma gouldi). The specie that was accepted in California was the Great-winged Petrel (Pterodroma macroptera)

     

    3. Gray Nightjar Issues

     

    For Gray Nightjar

     

    1. Ambiguous Thing Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    Clements 2017                       Jungle Nightjar     Caprimulgus indicus

    AOS 2017                              Gray Nightjar        Caprimulgus indicus

    ABA 2017                              Gray Nightjar        Caprimulgus indicus

     

    Add  Alaska to List of Locations

     

    For the Following:

     

    Clements 2017                       Gray Nightjar        Caprimulgus jotaka

     

    Remove Alaska from List of Locations

     

    1. Checklist Editor Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    Gray Nightjar (Jungle) indicus

    Gray Nightjar indicus

    Caprimulgus indicus

    Caprimulgus indicus indicus

     

    Add Alaska to list of Locations

     

    For the Following:

     

    Gray Nightjar (Gray) jotaka

    Gray Nightjar jotaka

    Caprimulgus jotaka

    Caprimulgus jotaka jotaka

     

    Remove Alaska from list of Locations

     

    NOTE: The Gray Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus) was split into Jungle Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus) and Gray Nightjar (Caprimulgus jotaka). Clements accepted the change. The ABA and AOS did not, leaving the Latin name the same. This results in the Gray Nightjar having two English names (Gray Nightjar ABA and AOS and Jungle Nightjar Clements) using one Latin name (Caprimulgus indicus).

     

     

    4. For Location Maintenance

     

    Add Greenland to AOU Locations in Locations Window

     

    The AOS has included Greenland in its Geographical Coverage. When location is added, the following will appear in the AOS Checklist because they are already in the BD AOS Taxonomy List

     

    Ruddy Shelduck

    Western Water-Rail

    Oriental Plover

    Rook

    Hooded Crow

    Eurasian Blackcap

    White’s Thrush

    Meadow Pipit

    Lesser Redpoll

     

    NOTE: These are birds listed in the Greenland Checklist and currently Greenland is a child of Atlantic Ocean Locations. Need to have Greenland in the AOU Locations as well.

     

    5. For BD AOS Taxonomy and Checklist ONLY

     

    Add Azure Gallinule to BD AOS Taxonomy

    Add New York to List of Locations

     

    NOTE: The ABA delisted it because of dubious origin, but the AOS continues to maintain it accepting the New York bird as wild. Currently BD does not have the Azure Gallinule in its AOS Taxonomy list nor New York as a Location.

     

    6. Budgerigar Issues

     

    For Budgerigar

     

    Remove Budgerigar from BD ABA Taxonomy

    Remove Florida from List of Locations

     

    NOTE: Florida and the ABA delisted it because it is disestablished (no longer in sustainable numbers) in Florida, the only ABA location where it was listed. No change required to AOS or Clements.

     

     

    7. Common Snipe Issues

     

    For Common Snipe

     

    1. Ambiguous Thing Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    Clements 2017       Common Snipe     Gallinago gallinago

    AOS 2017              Common Snipe     Gallinago gallinago

    ABA 2017              Common Snipe     Gallinago gallinago

     

    Add California to List of Locations

     

    1. Checklist Editor Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    Common European Snipe

    Common Snipe faeroeensis

    Common Snipe gallinago

    Gallinago gallinago

    Gallinago gallinago faeroeensis

    Gallinago Gallinago gallinago

     

    Add California to List of Locations

     

    NOTE: It has been on the Official California Checklist since 2012

     

      

    8. Clapper Rail Issues

     

    1. Checklist Editor Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    Clapper Rail

    Rallus crepitans

     

    Remove Alaska, Arizona, California from List of Locations

     

    For the Following:

     

    Clapper Rail (Atlantic Coast) crepitans

    Clapper Rail (Atlantic Coast) waynei

    Clapper Rail (Caribbean) caribaeus

    Clapper Rail (Caribbean) coryi

    Clapper Rail (Caribbean) insularum

    Clapper Rail (Central American) pallidus

    Clapper Rail (Gulf Coast) saturatus

    Clapper Rail (Gulf Coast) scottii

    Clapper Rail (Yacatan) pallidus

    Clapper Rail caribaeus

    Clapper Rail coryi

    Clapper Rail crepitans

    Clapper Rail insularum

    Clapper Rail pallidus

    Clapper Rail waynei

    Rallus crepitans caribaeus

    Rallus crepitans coryi

    Rallus crepitans saturates

    Rallus crepitans scotti

    Rllus crepitans crepitans

    Rallus crepitans insularum

    Rallus crepitans pallidus

    Rallus crepitans waynei

     

    Remove Arizona, California from List of Locations

     

    Note: Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans) was split into Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans), Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus, and Mangrove Rail (Rallus longirostris). The Ridgway’s Rail is the only rail that is accepted by the Bird Record Committees of Arizona, California and Nevada. Alaska never had a Clapper Rail. The Mangrove Rail is only found in Central and South America.

     

      

    9. Stonechat Issues

     

    For Stonechat

     

    1. Ambiguous Thing Window

     

    For the Following:

     

    AOS 2017              Stonechat              Saxicola torquatus

    ABA 2017              Stonechat              Saxicola torquatus

     

     

    Add Alaska, California, New Brunswick to List of Locations

     

     

    10. Checklist issues

     

    For the Following:

     

    Taiga Bean-Goose (Not accepted by the CBRC)

    Mute Swan (Not established)

    Egyptian Goose (Not established)

    Gray Partridge (Never here)

    Clapper Rail (Replaced by Ridgway’s Rail due to split)

    Black Guillimot (Never Here)

    Monk Parakeet (Not established)

    Nanday Parakeet (Not established)

    White-winged Parakeet (Never here)

    Rose-ringed Parakeet (Not established)

    Social Flycatcher (Not accepted by the CBRC)

    White-collared Seedeater (Not established)

    Indian Peafowl (Not established)

    Ainley’s Storm-Petrel (Never here)

    Mitred Parakeet (Not established)

    Lilac-crowned Parrot (Not established)

    Red-lored Parrot (Not established)

    Yellow-headed Parrot (Not established)

    Yellow-naped Parrot (Not established)

    Black-throated Magpie-Jay (Not established)

    Gray Thrasher (Not accepted by the CBRC)

    Northern Red Bishop (Not established)

    Mandarin Duck (Not established)

    Yellow-chevroned Parakeet (Not established)

    Turquoise-fronted Parrot (Not established)

    White-fronted Parrot (Not established)

    Red-masked Parakeet (Not established)

     

    Remove California from List of Locations

     

     

    NOTE: Some were never in the state (probably misidentified). Others are escapes or not established exotics and therefore should not be on the list.

     

    I highlighted those that might have had potential but did not make the cut.

     

    For Jouanin’s Petrel (CBRC accepted)

     

    Add California to list of locations

    Jeff Jones
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    03/08/2018 9:52 AM

    Hi Al,

    Thanks so much for sharing this info with everyone on the forums. And also sorry that I haven't gotten back to you personally on this update. It has been a very busy season for me and this has been lower priority. 

    My stance on this remains the same as in years past. If everyone asked me to make similar changes to their states or locations, I would never get anything else done. I am using location data obtained from AviBase website for locations. This is an automated process. I understand your phobia about changing species-to-locations on your own, but I do encourage you to do that if you want these changes. I simply cannot maintain that manually year in and year out. It has to be an automated process for me, and BD does provide the tools for changing this on your own; e.g. the Checklist Editor (F9)

    I did not realize that your list also included classification changes (e.g. Wrentit family) and Location Hierarchy changes. Sorry about that.

    I did fix the Wrentit Family in the ABA taxonomic list. Thanks. 

    I fixed the AOU LOCATIONS - add Greenland.

    I have the Azure Gallinule in the current AOS 2017 taxonomic list. That was already there.

    I don't have the Budgerigar in the ABA 2017 taxonomic list.

    Thanks again Al. Sorry it has taken me so long to get to these changes. Please let me know if I missed anything. 

    Jeff

     

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    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
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    Posts:341


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    03/08/2018 2:09 PM

    Jeff'

    I accept your position on the use of the Avibase data.

    I took a quick look at the Avibase AOS taxonomy filtered for California and found some differences with BD. I don't know how you interface Avibase with BD, so all I can do is make general statements. I noticed these differences

    Avibase does not list the following for California, however, BD does

    Taiga bean-Goose

    Mute Swan

    Clapper Rail

    Black Guillemot

    Ainley's Storm-Petrel

    Social Flycatcher

    Gray Thrasher

    Avibase does list the following for California, however, BD does not

    Common Snipe

    Great-winged Petrel

    Stonechat

    Someday, I'll have to get over my phobia, Al

    Jeff Jones
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    03/09/2018 8:27 AM

    Hi Al,

    If, while at AviBase checklist page for California, you choose the eBird 2017 taxonomic list as your reference, then these species WILL show up. Why they show up with AviBase using eBird 17 and not AOS 17 - you will have to ask the proprietor. But it may be because he lists a subspecies or eBird group or Slash for these birds on the former, and therefore it doesn't make it onto the latter taxonomic list. However, with the BD reconciliation that I do, if a subspecies or group/slash occurs in a range according to AviBase, then the species does too, so I add it.

    That is why they are there.

    Caveat, this AviBase data is in constant flux, as one might imagine; because this data is never completely 100% accurate and always changing or being corrected. BD's checklist data is based upon the date that the taxonomic list was released and therefore updated by the data then current on the AviBase site. For example, Mute Swan no longer occurs for California using either taxonomic list.

    I hope this explains. Please let me know however if you feel that I am still getting something wrong based on my explanation of how I reconcile the BD location data against AviBase's site.

    Jeff

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    Alex Borodayko
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    Posts:341


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    03/09/2018 1:41 PM

    Hello Jeff,

    I managed to make most of the changes without destroying my BD Program or computer. I'm leaving the Wrentit classification and the AOS -Greenland changes in your capable hands for whenever you decide to send us an update.

    We must have minor differences in our databases because I had to add Azure Gallinule to BD AOS 2017 and remove Budgerigar from BD ABA 2017. Other than that it was just fixing locations in the Checklist Editor.

    I appreciate the hardship you have in trying to maintain sanity with the Stonechat and Gray Nightjar because the bird gurus (AOU, IOC, Clements, etc) can't agree on common and, even more importantly, scientific names of these birds. I managed to fix the locations for them that were good enough to satisfy me. I'm not going public because I'd be chastised to no end as to how it affected areas outside of my concern. A possible solution would be to create a thing unique for each taxonomy with it's own location list and a preferred alias name that is used by the applicable taxonomy.

    As far as using Avibase eBird, it has everything thrown into the database that is more than I want to sort through (slashed species, Genus SP's, subspecies). I'll let you and your reconcile program deal with that.

    Done trying to destroy the computer. Going Birding, Al

    Jeff Jones
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    03/09/2018 1:47 PM

    Hi Al,

    Build 47 of v5.0 has the Greenland AOS change.

    The updated taxonomic lists are already available on the Downloads page. You can delete your existing ABA 2017 (Taxonomy Viewer) and download and install the new one.

    Hope your birding was good.

    Jeff

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    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
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    03/09/2018 4:51 PM
    Jeff,

    I'm confused. I updated to build 47. You mention updated taxonomy lists are available on the downloads page referring to ABA 2017 (Taxonomy Viewer). I didn't see any taxonomy lists on the downloads page dated more recent than 25 Nov 2017 which I installed around 26/27 Nov 2017 and reinstalled at the end of Feb when I had the Zip problem which I mentioned on another post . You also indicated ABA 2017. I thought we were dealing with an AOS taxonomy issue.

    Right now with build 47, Greenland is a child of AOU Locations, the nine things (one is Ruddy Shelduck) from my anomaly list associated with Greenland are in the tax viewer for AOS 2017, Ruddy Shelduck and the eight others are also in the checklist editor for Greenland, but Ruddy Shelduck and the other 8 are not on the Report I generate using AOS 2017 Taxonomy and AOU Locations as the filters

    What do need to do, Al
    Jeff Jones
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    03/10/2018 8:16 AM

    Hi Al,

    Yup. Forgot to update the date on the Downloads page. Yep, meant AOS and not ABA. So go ahead and update.

    ...but Ruddy Shelduck and the other 8 are not on the Report I generate using AOS 2017 Taxonomy and AOU Locations as the filters.

    Interesting, please rebuild your Location Performance table and try the report again. I had the same problem and this fixed it. View | Options, MORE Tab, Rebuild button

    Let me know please,

    Jeff

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    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
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    03/10/2018 10:37 AM

    Jeff,

    I found the new 8 March 2018 ABA and AOS Taxonomies on the downloads page. I downloaded and installed ABA 2017 with no problems. I downloaded AOS 2017, however when I started the installation I got the error message shown below. I exited the program using Task Manager because I could not continue. The message kept popping up each time I clicked OK. I did notice the status bar moved slightly to the right each time I clicked OK as if moving on to the next item.

    Anyhow, when I reopened BD, the popup window indicates I have a taxonomy available for installation which I dismissed. I, also, found the new AOS taxonomy appearing in the taxonomy lists.

    I rebuilt the locations performance table as directed.

    When I opened my AOs Checklist for AOU locations, the 9 errant birds associated with Greenland were on the list.

    I actually tried twice to download and install the new AOS 2017 Taxonomy. I got the message each time.

    Is that a problem I will have to live with each time I try to install a new AOS taxonomy?

    Al

    Jeff Jones
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    03/10/2018 12:30 PM

    Hi Al,

    Thanks for posting and thanks for the screenshots.

    I'd be very interested in seeing what the bottom of your main BD window is saying. Where the progress bar is?

    But, in either case, I think I am going to need your database to solve this issue.

    I cannot reproduce this problem on any of my computers.

    Can you please ZIP/compress and upload your C:\Birder's Diary\data\database.mdb file and upload it to me using the Support >> File UPload page on this site?

    Thanks,

    Jeff

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    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Posts:341


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    03/10/2018 1:22 PM
    Jeff,

    The database that I am uploading to you is in this condition
    5 Mar 2018 ver of BD ABA 2017 Taxonomy - downloaded and installed (auto method) with no problems
    5 Mar 2018 ver of BD AOS 2017 Taxonomy - downloaded and aborted when Error 3021 appeared - on reopening BD 5 Mar 2018 AOS 2018 was installed
    Rebuild location performance table - successful outcome
    BD changes to Wrentit, AOU locations - successful outcome
    I made changes in the Checklist editor to add or remove locations for species that did not match the official CA, ABA, AOS checklists
    My report checklists now read
    CA BD (ABA or AOS taxonomy) - 668 conforms with official CA list
    BD ABA - 1103 - conforms with official ABA list
    BD AOS - 2143 - conforms with official AOS list

    The status bar at the bottom of the installation window was about 1/2 long when the message appeared. I did a bunch of clicking and stopped when California was identified next to the status bar.

    Look for the upload, Al


    Jeff Jones
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    03/10/2018 8:17 PM

    Hi Al,

    I see your upload. Thanks.

    I have guests arriving tomorrow and here for a week. So, I may get time this week to look at this or maybe not until after they leave. FYI

    Thanks again,

    Jeff

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    Jeff Jones
    Great Gray Owl
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    03/11/2018 10:52 AM

    Hi Al,

    Got the error immediately. First record of the Checklist import step (#2). 

    Typo on my part. I exported the Amphibians checklist data for that AOS. Corrected and uploaded the new one now. Please download that and let me know.

    So sorry for this issue.

    Jeff

    Birder's Diary Technical Support
    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Posts:341


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    03/11/2018 1:18 PM
    Hello Jeff,

    You made me lose 10 of my 100 hairs on my head because of this. I downloaded and installed the latest BD AOS 2017 with no problems. So that issue is solved. As far as the checklist data is concerned, I will only address things that are missing or in error from the overall ABA and AOS Checklists. No more local issues. So here goes:

    Gray Nightjar (Caprimulgus indicus) Add Alaska to list of locations. It is the only location within ABA and AOS so if Alaska is not in the list then the specie will not appear in the ABA nor AOS Checklist Reports.

    Great-winged Petrel (Ptyerodroma macroptera) Add California to list of locations. It is the only location within ABA and AOS so if California is not in the list then the specie will not appear in the ABA nor AOS Checklist Reports.

    Our nemesis the Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) Add Alaska, California, New Brunswick to list of locations. If at least one of the locations is not in the list then the specie will not appear in the ABA nor AOS Checklist Reports.

    I have made these changes to my database along with my local issues so you can review these recommendations and take appropriate action.

    Thanks, as usual, for excellent support. My BD live forever, Al
    Alex Borodayko
    Great Gray Owl
    Great Gray Owl
    Posts:341


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    03/11/2018 1:34 PM
    Jeff and forum,

    A reminder that updated taxonomies are not uniquely identified, so one should rename one of the taxonomies. I found it easiest to rename the old taxonomy in the taxonomy editor ( I generally add a 1 to the end of the old name) before downloading and installing the newer version. Then one knows which is the new and which is the old when reconciling and transferring from old to new on lists, reports, sighting, etc. Once all that is done and everything looks good, one can delete the older taxonomy from the taxonomy editor.

    Regards, Al
    Jeff Jones
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    03/13/2018 12:21 PM

    Hi Al,

    So sorry about the hair. 

    Updated Checklist data. 

    Thanks for sticking with me on this.

    Jeff

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