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[Solved] Entering Sightings for SPUHs  


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I have noted that Traill's Flycatcher occurs in the ABA checklist when entering sightings.  I assume this works for undecided Willow/Alder sightings.  Is there a way to cite "Empidonax species" that has not been further identified? Thank you.

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Hi Jim,

Yes. See this topic on creating SPUHs in your taxonomic list. These sightings carry over to new versions of the taxonomic list.

FYI - Traill's Flycatcher is only a synonym for Alder Flycatcher (E. alnorum). It has not been officially split.

Jeff

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Thanks Jeff.  Is an SPUH the same thing as a "thing?"  I added Trailii Spieces under the add thing button to my ABA and Clements tax list, and that seemed to work.  What does SPUH stand for?

Jim

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Posted by: @jgoehrin

Thanks Jeff.  Is an SPUH the same thing as a "thing?"  I added Trailii Spieces under the add thing button to my ABA and Clements tax list, and that seemed to work.  What does SPUH stand for?

Jim

Hi Jim,

SPUH became popular some time ago when referring to something like "empid sp.", with "sp." being pronounced as SPUH. 

I think this became popular in eBird nomenclature. 

In Birder's Diary, a SPUH is a Thing, but not all Things are SPUHs. A Thing in BD can be a hybrid, intergrade, form, etc. as well as a SPUH. Any Thing.

I was answering your question about how to add a sighting for an Empid that was not identified to species. That would be the SPUH (or Empid sp.) that we are talking about.

If you added Trailii as a species, I am not sure that is the correct thing. There is a E. traillii with common name of Willow Flycatcher and there is the E. alnorum with common name of Alder Flycather. Not sure how you classified this new Thing you added, but perhaps the right thing to do 

  1. Create the SPUH for "Empid sp." as per the instructions above.
  2. Reassign your sighting for Traill's Flycatcher to this new SPUH in your taxonomy.
  3. Remove the new Thing you created in your taxonomy for Traill's Flycatcher.

Let me know if I can assist further,

Jeff

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Ok that makes sense. So the ending sp. makes a thing a spuh.  Is that correct.  I can ad Empid sp., but I was aiming at narrowing it down to being either a Willow or Adler. Hence my thought at Traillii sp.  picking up the pre-split nomenclature.  Might Adler/Wilson sp. work?

Thanks again.

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Hi Jim,

Yes, in the instructions referenced above, that would be a SLASH. All these terms you never knew you were missing out on! 🙂 

Yes, ending in "sp." makes it a SPUH. 

Jeff

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I thought I had it. But when I try to add Alder/willow Sp. and Empid sp. as a new thing in my taxonomic lists, I get the message "This Thing is already in use in this taxonomic list with the same classification. Use the taxonomy Editor to change it."

But niether appears on the list under the Empidonax category. Sorry, but I thought I had it.

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Hi Jim,

How about I get onto your computer and show you how to do this. Send email to me at support@birdersdiary.com to set up a time please.

Thanks,

Jeff

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I got onto Jim's computer this morning and got him going. 

For documentation purposes, here is what you do to create SLASH that is a bird identified to either an Alder or a Willow Flycatcher, Empidonax alnorum or E. traillii.

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fyi

Jeff

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Oops. Important to note, that you check the box that says Not Countable so that sightings for this Thing are not counted on your life list. I left that step off in the screenshot above.

Jeff

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Thanks again for your friendly help.

Quick question.  It's working fine. When I search empid.sp. all my citings of empids come up.  Is there a way to search so I only get those that I labelled empid.sp., i.e., the unknown cases?

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Posted by: @jgoehrin

Thanks again for your friendly help.

Quick question.  It's working fine. When I search empid.sp. all my citings of empids come up.  Is there a way to search so I only get those that I labelled empid.sp., i.e., the unknown cases?

Hi Jim,

Yes, I assume you are using View Sightings Setup and entering "Empid Sp." into the Name field. 

The trick is that little checkbox to the right of the Name field. When checked, it says to include all sightings under this Thing in the taxonomic tree. So, you get all Empid sightings, including subspecies. UNcheck this checkbox, and you will only get your "Empid Sp." sightings.

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Alternatively, you can simply click on the Name column header to sort the list by Name. Then all of your "Empid Sp." sightings will appear alphabetically in the list starting with "E".

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Notice also, in the pic above, that it sorts by default in Ascending order. A 2nd click on the Name header will reverse the sort order to sort in Descending order. This is signified by the little down/up arrow on the right side of that column header.

Jeff

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Also, please note for Sort Order, you can click and drag the new SLASH Thing and drop it on traillii on the tree. This is so all sightings of this SLASH will appear right after Willow Flycatcher when sorting taxonomically.

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Jeff

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That was easy. Thank you!!

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