Marked Birds Database – Adding birds (basics)

Working with birds in the Marked Birds Database starts of course with adding each bird and any Markers that it is fitted with.

My main aim has always been to make this process as easy and efficient as possible by making use of forms. Each form will only show you those options that are relevant. For example: a form for adding a metal leg ring will only show fields that are to do with these types of rings and will not show fields that are for example to do with colour rings.

In this blog post I will describe the basics of using these forms.

How it works

Currently, forms are available for 2 categories:

  1. Leg rings
  2. All other types of Markers

Leg rings

For leg rings the following forms are available:

  • Metal ring (with the code horizontally shown)
  • Medium-sized color rings
  • Oystercatcher, coded rings (Dutch project)
  • Oystercatcher, banded rings (Dutch project)

When adding a bird using any of these forms, the Markers are shown in a Visual Display:

mbdb-visual-display-1

All other Marker types

For all other types of Markers (such as wing tags, collar tags and so on), a Standard form is available.

When adding a bird using this form, the Markers are shown in List view:

mbdb-visual-display-4

Adding Birds

To add a bird, make sure that you are in the Bird Overview layout. In the bottom left corner, click ‘Add a bird with Markers’.

This opens the layout from where you can choose the form to use. Click ‘Info and examples’ for more information about the use of each form. To use a form, click Open.

mbdb-180-setup-add-bird

Important: No validation is done to see if the bird you are adding already exists. Before adding the bird therefore, first search the database to see if you have already added it.

Basic use

As you will see when using the forms, they contain many options. For the sake of simplicity, the options for including an image, adding an observation and for adding another bird are not described here. These will be covered in an upcoming blog post.


Metal ring only

Use this form for birds that are fitted with only one legring: a metal or aluminum ring on which the code is displayed horizontally.

add-bird-metal-ring-only

See these steps explained in this video:

Tip: Work from left to right and from top to bottom. So start with Bird, then go to Ring, Markers, Ringing Details, Current Marker Code, and finish by clicking Add.

Step 1. Choose the species.

Step 2. Select the type of ring, enter the code as it is shown on the ring (including hyphens or dots) and optionally choose the options ‘Code incomplete’ if you have not read the full code, or ‘Position unknown’ when you are not sure where it was fitted.

Step 3. Click on any one of the four positions on the legs. This will place the ring on that position.

Step 4. If you have them, add the ringing details.

Note that the country has been automatically set, for examply by choosing a ringing station.

Step 5. Click Add.

Various processes take place in the background. Let these finish. When completed, the Bird Overview layout is shown.


Color rings, medium size

Use this form for birds that are fitted with one or more colored leg rings of medium size. A metal/aluminum ring with a horizontal code can also be added.

add-bird-medium-color-rings

See these steps explained in this video:

Tip: Work from left to right and from top to bottom. So start with Bird, then go to Markers, Ringing Details, Current Marker Code, and finish by clicking Add.

Step 1. Choose the species.

Step 2. Click on any one of the four positions on the legs. This will open a pop-up from which you can choose the type of ring to add.

Step 3. Choose the type of ring. Fields that are only relevant for that type of ring appear. Work your way from top to bottom to enter all the available data. When done, click Close.

Tip: You can also close a pop-up by clicking outside of the pop-up, for example by clicking on the next position to which you want to add a ring, or by clicking anywhere on the layout.

Step 4. Click on any of the positions to add all of the rings.

Step 5. If you have them, add the ringing details.

Note that the country has been automatically set, for examply by choosing a ringing station for the metal ring.

Step 6. Check if the Current Marker Code is correctly set. Otherwise change it.

Step 7. Click Add.

Various processes take place in the background. Let these finish. When completed, the Bird Overview layout is shown.

Note: to add a tibia ring with double bars, use the pipe character. Example: A||V.

tibia-with-double-bar


Oystercatcher, coded leg rings

Use this form for adding Eurasian Oystercatchers that are fitted with coded leg rings as used in the Netherlands.

add-bird-dutch-oystercatcher-coded-rings

See these steps explained in this video:

Tip: Work from left to right and from top to bottom. So start with Markers, then go to Ringing Details, Current Marker Code, and finish by clicking Add.

Step 1. Make sure that ‘Eurasian Oystercatcher’ exists as a species in the database by clicking Manage MBDB > Bird Species.

Step 2. Enter the short notation code. For example: RB-CPYZ.

For more information, see Wadertrack.nl.

The rings are automatically displayed. When needed, click on a ring to open the pop-up and make any changes (or simply change the short notation code).

Step 3. If you have them, add the ringing details.

Note that the country has been automatically set, for examply by choosing a ringing station for the metal ring.

Step 4. Check if the Current Marker Code is correctly set. Otherwise change it.

Step 5. Click Add.

Various processes take place in the background. Let these finish. When completed, the Bird Overview layout is shown.


Oystercatcher, banded leg rings

Use this form for adding Eurasian Oystercatchers that are fitted with banded leg rings as used in the Netherlands.

add-bird-dutch-oystercatcher-banded-rings

See these steps explained in this video:

Tip: Work from left to right and from top to bottom. So start with Markers, then go to Ringing Details, Current Marker Code, and finish by clicking Add.

Step 1. Make sure that ‘Eurasian Oystercatcher’ exists as a species in the database by clicking Manage MBDB > Bird Species.

Step 2. Enter the short notation code. For example: OB210G1.

For more information, click ‘Show me how this project works’, or see Wadertrack.nl.

The rings are automatically displayed. When needed, click on a ring to open the pop-up and make any changes (or simply change the short notation code).

Step 3. If you have them, add the ringing details.

Note that the country has been automatically set, for examply by choosing a ringing station for the metal ring.

Step 4. Check if the Current Marker Code is correctly set. Otherwise change it.

Step 5. Click Add.

Various processes take place in the background. Let these finish. When completed, the Bird Overview layout is shown.


Standard form

standard-form

Use this form for adding birds with Markers that cannot be added by using any of the other forms, such as wing tags, neck collors, flags, or large tibia rings with a vertical code (such as those for Storks).

See these steps explained in this video:

Tip: Work from top to bottom. So start with Bird, then go to Markers, Ringing Details, Current Marker Code, and finish by clicking Add.

Step 1. Choose the species.

Step 2. Add the Markers and the way they should be displayed.

Step 3. If you have them, add the ringing details.

Note that the country has been automatically set, for examply by choosing a ringing station for the metal ring.

Step 4. Check if the Current Marker Code is correctly set. Otherwise change it.

Step 5. Click Add.

Various processes take place in the background. Let these finish. When completed, the Bird Overview layout is shown.

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