How to Fill Out the Field Form
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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 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.