Location, Location, Location

New Hampshire Bird Records editors review the sightings from a given season to look for patterns of occurrence, signs of migration, arrivals and departures, unusual sightings, and other interesting bird reports. They use the data to give them a picture of what happened that season and to choose which records to publish.

Please name your locations so that someone else can tell where you were. For example, “my backyard” will not mean much to someone who doesn’t know you, but “my backyard, Silk Farm Rd., Concord” will give them a good idea where you saw the bird. Local names can also be improved by adding more details. “Morrill’s Farm” will be better as “Morrill’s Farm, Merrimack River, Penacook.”

A good location name is helpful in many ways, whether it’s birders looking up sightings in eBird or New Hampshire Bird Records editors looking at sightings to publish. Adding the town is also be helpful (the New Hampshire Atlas and Gazetteer by DeLorme is a helpful resource for determining town boundaries), although this won’t be as necessary for well-known locations such as Odiorne Point State Park (already in the list of Hot Spots), the summit of Cannon Mountain, or Hampton Harbor. If you want to report a sighting from a town but not a specific location within the town, please use the option to “Select an entire city, county or state” under “Where did you bird?” and you can add notes on the location in the comments.

County-level sightings – Although you can enter sightings at the county level, it is not as useful to the editors or other researchers who might be looking at the data. If you have an interesting sighting and report it using just the county, please put information on the town and location in the Notes field. That will help the editors, and if we publish the sighting, we will be able to include that information for other interested birders.