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[Solved] Splits become Purple Gallinule
I have recently discovered that at least some past splits in Birder's Diary become Purple Gallinules. I have uncovered two specific examples of this happening. First is the the split of Magnificent Hummingbird to become Rivoli's and Admirable Hummingbird. When I list sightings using the Clements 2019 list, all my Arizona sightings of Magnificent/Rivoli's Hummingbirds and Costa Rica sightings of Magnificent/Admirable Hummingbirds are now missing, but bogus 'sightings' of Purple Gallinule have appeared at the same dates and places. Apparently the information on the correct taxon is somewhere in the program. If I list sightings using the Clements 2015 list, I have the correct Magnificent Hummingbird sightings. However, there are still bogus Purple Gallinules at the same dates and places.
Similarly, the split of Common Moorhen sometime back has turned all my Moorhens into Purple Gallinules.
Given the large number of Purple Gallinules that have appeared in World wide lists this is just the tip of the iceberg.
This is really bad - please help.
This was reported back in 2017-2018 time frame.
With the BD Reconcile Wizard, prior to NOV-2018, v5.0, there was an issue wherein if you hit the wrong key and did not realize it, you assigned some sightings to Purple Gallinule. This issue has since been corrected. In looking at my notes, this is all the info I have been able to find on this. A couple emails and some comments in code. Very sorry for this.
The solution is pretty easy depending on how many real/fake PUGA sightings you have: Review all of your Purple Gallinule sightings and make appropriate corrections.
So sorry for this. My best memory is that if the user hit Enter without selecting a species to assign, it got auto-assigned to PUGA. But this has been fixed since Nov-2018, so not an issue anymore.
Let me know if I can assist further.