BBS Methodology - Point Counts [page
a Point Count (continued)
Although most birds will
be detected aurally, visual detections are also important.
- Visually scan the entire point count area (360 degrees) while
listening for vocalizations.
- Keep eyes up and moving.
- Avoid looking at your data sheets for extended periods.
Familiarize yourself with the data sheets prior to conducting
a point count to minimize time spent searching for species
- Use binoculars to scan landscape especially in open habitats.
Birds 200 - 400 meters distant are easily overlooked without
the aid of binoculars.
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