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[Solved] HTML annual abundance graph

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This feature was added in build 19. The report I show is just for 2022, but it shows bars for months that have not happened yet. Why is that?

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Also, the same thing happens in the multiple species sightings graph within the program. Maybe that is getting at something I don't understand, but it seems not intuitive.

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Hi David,

Thanks for posting and sorry for the confusion.

The purpose of this is: When do I see the most species at this location throughout the year?

Others requested, for these HTML Reports, a simple basic graph showing weekly species abundance for the entire year based on the Location you specified and Taxonomies specified for the View Sightings window that generated this report. It covers all sightings for all things in your database for the specified location and taxonomic lists to produce this chart. 

So, if I share a report of a bird trip I made to a local park today with my bird group on social media via this HTML Report, I wanted those that viewed this report to get a snapshot of the abundance of species at this location throughout the year. It is not specific to the birds seen from this day.

For your example above, one can see that you usually see just above 110 species per week at location WORLD for the middle two weeks in May. 

You probably generated a report of a trip you took today/yesterday and did not specify the location of your trip in the View Sightings Setup window, but rather just specified the date range. Go back and specify the location, or an encompassing location, in the Setup window in order to get a meaningful chart for this report based on the location actually birded.

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Also, the same thing happens in the multiple species sightings graph within the program. Maybe that is getting at something I don't understand, but it seems not intuitive.

Yes, this works exactly the same. It is a complete overview of all data based on the specified location and taxonomic list.

Let me know if this generates more questions.

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As an aside, are you aware that if you have your Latest Outings side bar showing (Ctrl+A)...

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These are Sightings grouped by Day, Observer and Location.

So, an easy way to bring up a list of that Outing is to double click on the row you want. It will show the View Sightings Setup window with Location, Start/End Dates, Observer and Taxonomic lists already selected, so that all you have to do is to click the Continue button to view those sightings and build the HTML report based on those sightings.

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I mention this, because it is a quick way to pre-load/auto-set the location field, among others, for the sightings you are after.

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Yes, I am aware of the power of the last sightings sidebar. It is nice to know the intent of the graph. As it is, the report is not intuitive to my mind. Perhaps have it say "Count of Species Seen by Week for all Years (location).

By the way, it is not really "abundance" the way eBird defines it (does not incorporate time birded or even IF you birded). Instead, it is a graphical sightings summary. A while back, you changed the name of the multi-species graph in that way, at my suggestion.

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Another thought. The box counts just below the graph do not apply to the graph. But it looks like the are supposed to go together. That was part of my confusion. The box counts should go below the "Sighting Report Details" title because the box counts apply to that part of the report, not the graph above. I could have just 1 species in the box, but the graph might show many species. That does not jive in my mind.

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Posted by: @magmatic

I am aware of the power of the last sightings sidebar.

Just to be sure, there are two sidebars. One is Latest Outings (on the left by default) and the other is Latest Sightings. I am talking about the former.

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Posted by: @magmatic

Another thought. The box counts just below the graph do not apply to the graph. But it looks like the are supposed to go together. That was part of my confusion. The box counts should go below the "Sighting Report Details" title because the box counts apply to that part of the report, not the graph above. I could have just 1 species in the box, but the graph might show many species. That does not jive in my mind.

It seems that the summary data, in all its forms (abundance bar chart and counts) belong at the top of most reports. I want a quick briefing on what follows. But it needs to be clear and not add confusion as you are pointing out.

If I leave it at the top, but change the title and put a title on the box counts below it, does this help? I want to add value, not confusion for sure.

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Yes, changing the titles to be more explicit does relieve the confusion. But would rather the boxes be with the section that it applies to.

Yes, I know about the Latest Sightings sidebar, but I wasn't thinking about it because I don't use it.

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