Lou’s Bird Data
a database on ornithological observations in Romania  (under construction)
QUICKSEARCH (substrings allowed):
species Scientific, English, German or Romanian name
location  
country  

Current database records:

Total locations: 336
Total species: 308
Total observations: 10200

Search tips:
- Entering nothing returns all (species / locations / countries)
- Substrings are allowed: "Timis" returns "Timis" but also "Timisoara"
- Wildcards are set automatically at the start and the end of the search string. You can however enter wildcards within the search string: "%" for any substring, "_" for any single character.
- Search is case-insensitive ("Sibiu" gives the same result as "sibiu")
- Species can by searched by their scientific (latin) or their English, German or Romanian name.


method

The data is basically being collected during my journeys to Romania. They are based on UTM 10 x 10 km square separation, the locations actually are named after the most important/biggest/central placed towns or villages of the corresponding UTM square.

It is written in Romanian language in order to make it easy accessible to all romanian ornithologists. This might be changed into English for further excursions. See translations & abbreviations of the most common used romanian terms.

I have always tried to make complete day lists with details on time, weather-condition, biotope, surface of the examined location, breeding criteria and the way a bird has been seen, counting (if possible) the number of individuals/pairs/males/females/adults and juveniles or immatures. Notes give additional information. However, most data lack of all details.

finding a location

At the very moment you can find a location best by checking the county-map of Romania. Under “region” usually you find the name of the county. Then you have to search for the town/village in that particular county, named in “location”. Unfortunately I had no GPS with me, yet. Another 4 maps show the trips’ routes each year, so you can find the hotspots I was birding in.

some explanation to the criteria

observation time: usually a medium since obs. are usually made within a period of hours.

surface: usually an approximation (in ha); in breeding time the amont of the particular biotop in which the bird has been observed/breeds/displays is given by this in order to a try a density

approximation: on autumn migration the total examined teritory in that place is given

wind strength: according to the Beaufort-skala (1-12), but many are probably below the actual strength

biotope: see translations & abbreviations; this is often problematic and hence leftout since a lot of obs. are gathering birds seen at different places in the same UTM/location; it is of interest in breeding time though, or in case it is an unusual biotop for that species

count prefix (in red):

+ means this is the minimum of recorded individuals

~" means “circa” (more or less accurate approximation)

~~” means vague approximation

"?“ means : unsecure count/ lost data etc.
breeding criteria: 1-15, used by the EBCC (1-2 = possible breeding, 3-9 = probable breeding, 10-15 = proved breeding)

behaviour: in order of priority – displaying (teritorial behaviour), singing, feeding, resting, migrating + resting, migrating, flying, heard. None means that the bird was just seen. In case that many
different birds were seen in that location (most cases) it refers to the majority, or, when a minority is e.g. singing/displaying this is mentioned in “notes”.

notes: a “+” means that within the examined area surface there were probably more individuals, or, with a “++” probably much more individuals can be expected. See also translations & abbreviations .



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