Thursday, 18 April 2013

Exciting Changes to the Blog!

I've changed the look of this blog, returning it to closer to its original format for entirely selfish reasons that may nevertheless be of use to local birders....

1) On the right side of the window you'll see "BirdTrax", an amazing little application that pulls all of the sightings for a given time and region from eBird and throws them up in a handy little window.  I've set it up to do a 50km circle around Calgary for the last 14 days, although I may tweak these settings depending on how it performs (feedback appreciated as always).  If you click on the "+" sign it will link out to the eBird checklist.  Similarly under the checklists tab you can directly access individual checklists by person and location. This application doesn't currently work with Internet Explorer (but why are you using Internet Explorer?)

Still with me? is a picture of a bird to maintain your interest ;)

2) Underneath the Birdtrax window is a blog list with the most recent entries to all the Alberta bird blogs that I know about, including the Albertabird listserv.  This should provide me, err, I mean, my readers with more convenient access to these key blogs, especially with Google Reader going the way of the Dodo (Passenger Pigeon, Eskimo Curlew, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Carolina Parakeet, Labrador Duck, crap that's depressing...)

3) I've widened the blog to accommodate the BirdTrax window alongside extra-large photos.  Most people are using relatively high-resolution monitors now but let me know if you find this really irritating.

4) I'm finally going to use my Twitter account.  You can follow me @CalgaryBirder 

Congratulations on making it to the bottom of this grippingly exciting post!  Here is another picture of a bird...


  1. I like the changes - BirdTrax is a pretty cool app! - Bob

  2. BirdTrax is pretty neat! I'm following you on Twitter, David!