Entering your observations online

There are two ways in which you can record what you see happening at your nest boxes/sites. Both are fine, so you should use whichever you prefer.

Question route (submitting one observation for one day)

This is recommended if you are new to online surveys.

  1. Log in to the NBC Data Home page as normal.
  2. Select My observations from the Your Options menu.
  3. Select Enter my observations question route from the Observation options menu.
  4. Select the nest you want to add an observation for and select the date of the observation (only one per day per box). Then select the Continue & record observation button.
  5. Check the nest and date details you have just entered are correct. If they are not, select the arrow to return to the previous window.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to answer the questions. Depending on your responses, the questions will adapt to collect the relevant information. There is help available on the form for most questions to guide you through the process.
  7. Once you have completed the questions, click on the Submit observation details button at the bottom of the page.
  8. A confirmation page will appear. Check that all details are correct and then click the Confirm visit details button.

 Follow the instructions above each time you want to enter an observation. You don't have to enter observations the same day you see them. Remember that you may only enter one observation per box per day.

Form route

This is a much quicker way of entering information, since multiple visits can be submitted at a time (up to 20 days of observations).

  1. Log in to the NBC Data Home page as normal.
  2. Select My observations from the Your Options menu.
  3. Select Enter my observations form route from the Observation options menu.
  4. Select the nest you want to add an observation for and then click the Continue and record observation button.
  5. Select the the sort of observation you are recording. You can opt to record an observation for a species of bird you saw using the box, or you can record observations for an as-yet unidentified species or you can record that the box is so far unused.
  6. If you select a species to record, a set of tick-boxes will appear. Tick the one that best summarises the evidence for your identification of the species.
  7. Click Continue and record observation.
  8. A table will appear, with each row representing a summary of one day's observations of the box/nest. Please complete the form with as much detail as you can. To see an explanation of what is being asked for in each column, hover your mouse pointer over the column headings. When you do this, a help box will appear, explaining what the available codes mean and/or what can be recorded in the column.
  9. Once you have completed the form, click the Continue and record observation button at the bottom of the page.
  10. A confirmation page will appear. Check that all details are correct and then click the Confirm visit details button.

 

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