How to Document Your Sightings
This section is dedicated to Claudia Wilds who taught many of us in Maryland and beyond how to look at birds. When you see an unusual bird for Maryland it’s important to report it to others and to document it so it can be more thoroughly investigated. Which species should you report? The MD/DC Records Committee compiles and updates review lists for MD and DC, which should be consulted carefully.
Several helpful articles have been written on documenting bird sighting that may be helpful to you. Here are three we like:
- On Taking a Notebook Afield by Claudia Wilds
- Emerging from the Silent Majority: Documenting Rarities by Claudia Wilds and Robert Hilton
- Greg Lasley’s Texas Bird Records Committee site.