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How to Fill Out the Field Form




Survey Point ID: Choose a six character identification code for the Study Site you are surveying and write it here. This is not your personal lab identification number, but rather a unique code for the site.
Name of person who received materials: Write the name of the person who signed up for BFL on this line.

Field observers:
Write the names of the people who are participating in the visit you are conducting at the time you fill out the form. The Field observers may or may not include the person who received the BFL materials.
ID Number: Put the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Identification Number of the person who received BFL materials on this line. This is also the number you will use when registering to enter BFL data online.
Location of site: Give a general description of the site's location, i.e. a street address, nearby landmarks, the name of the forest or park.
County, State/Province: Write the county and state or province where the site is located.
Visit 1, Visit 2: If this is your first visit, put an x in the box after "Visit 1." If this is your second visit, put an x in the box after "Visit 2."
Date, Start Time, End Time: Write the date of your visit, including year. Write the exact start and end times of your visit, making sure to indicate AM or PM. Please do not to estimate or round off times.



Species Name: Each column in the grid is designed to hold your observations for a single species. In the area at the top, write the name of the species you are observing. If it is too long to fit in the blank, you can abbreviate or use the species' AOU code.
Not Seen or Heard:
If you do not see or hear any individuals of a species during the entire visit, put an x in this box.
Playback Used:
If you use the BFL CD to do playback (play species' songs, calls, or drums and the mobbing track in the field), put an x in this box.
Observation, Playback and Behavior Watch Period Boxes:
In the columns marked O (Observation Period), P (Playback Period), and B (Behavior Watch Period), use an x to note any of the breeding status indicators (Adult Seen, Male Seen, Call Heard, etc.) you observed during each period. Make sure to treat each period as a new start and mark everything that you see and hear during that period, even if you detected the same thing in an earlier period. If your observation is during the playback of a different study species, put an x in the playback period box for the species that you observed and write in the comments section that it was recorded during the playback of a different study species.



Cowbirds: Put an x in all the boxes that apply. If you do not see or hear any cowbirds, put an x in the first box and leave the others blank. Only fill out this section during the 10-minute Observation Period. If you observe cowbirds during the other periods, please record this information in the comments section.
Competitors/Predators:
In the first column, write the total number of individuals detected of each species. If you only heard individuals of a species but did not see them, put an x in the "Heard Only" box. If you saw some individuals and only heard others, leave the "Heard only" box blank. Only fill out this section during the 10-minute Observation Period. If you observe competitors/predators during the other periods, please record this information in the comments section.



Comments: The comments section can be used for any extra information you'd like to impart about the visit. It's also the place where you can write down any birds that responded to the playback of another species or to the mobbing track. Finally, if you list a nonspecific predator, such as Mammal, Domestic pet or Other, you can use this section to give more details about it.

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