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[Solved] Download eBird track file?

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I downloaded an eBird checklist. Import said there was a track file and I could import it if I manually made a trip. How can I make the trip first? I go out and make a trip. Then I discovered it did not import the sightings anyway. So I try to import again. And I get an error saying File locked. Please close the file and click OK. But I cannot click OK. I can't click on anything. I just get an error ding. All I can do is terminate the program with task manager. I do that. Come back in. And I get the same error. But then I see I have the file open in Excel! Ah ha.

I close it. Import again. But this time, it did not say I had a track file. So, I had no use for the trip I had already created. And I wonder how it would make the link with the trip anyway. Does BD import track files from eBird somehow? I didn't know that was a part of the eBird download, and I really don't think it is.

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Jeff
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Hi David,

So, you downloaded an eBird checklist CSV from ebird.org (instead of downloading an eBird checklist within the BD Mobile App) - right?

Ah- I dug into this and wrote a long paragraph explaining how I can't see any way that this could have happened. But then it dawned on me the one way that this could happen. 

You have the Import from BD Mobile radio button checked instead of the Import from eBird. And yep, that will do exactly what you described.

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I will take a look at seeing if I can't do a sanity check on the import file and the correct radio button before importing in a future release.

Take care,

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If I have Import from BD Mobile checked, and I try to import an eBird file, I get Default Files Missing. I did not see that message in the incident in question. And that message happened after the import I think. Also the Import dialog remembers what you did the last time, so I am pretty sure it was set to Import eBird.

I guess this is just one of those things. I probably did something wrong.

But it is true, it will eventually get to the Track Not Imported message.

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