The ability to import individual cheklists from eBird in desktop
The current ability to import data from eBird into Bird Journal relies on the download of one's complete eBird data set. When birding with others who use the eBird app they share their list (obtained by concensus) with the party. These individual lists cannot be imported without a lot of reformatting to the point that it is easier to input these lists by hand.
This is now available via an update to the desktop/web apps, and an associated library item update.
This hasn't been released yet. It'll probably be about a week or so.
Bob Hunter commented
When I try to import an eBird checklist I get a load of error messages
'30 minute(s)' is an invalid value for Duration. Should be decimal, and greater than zero.
Row: 14, Column: G (Duration)
A record is missing a Species Name. Either a scientific or local name must be specified.
A record is missing a Date. A date must be specified for each record.
A record is missing a Location. A location must be specified for each record.
I have the ebird download installed. Uploading to eBird from you was perfect but it is a lot of work to keep the two in sync.
Any news on the import improvements would be appreciated.
PLEASE configure a way to add each checklist from eBird as they are created. It would make your program mush more popular!
Bob Black commented
I have 72 such list from a single trip to Costa Rica. That's a lot of keying. Now that eBird allows export of individual lists, surely Bird Journal could provide import.
I agree with the suggestion to add a start date or date range. If that can't be done, duplicate recognition is a must
David Badke commented
Or add a start date (or date range) field to the import - then it could import from a complete dataset download, but only actually load entries for that date (or range), not the whole thing.
Or detect entries in a complete dataset download that have already been imported (using the eBird Submission ID field), and only import the new ones.
Great suggestion, thanks!