Quiz on estimating numbers – flocks in flight

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Thanks to Martin Reid for allowing the use of his photos (and for counting the birds in each one!).

[mtouchquiz 69]

6 thoughts on “Quiz on estimating numbers – flocks in flight”

    1. Me too! I underestimated on every picture, some by as much as 100! I don’t know the method and better read up on it!

  1. It’s so much easier to estimate from a photo than a quickly disappearing flock overhead but practice (and an electronic tally counter) can help.

  2. I have thought about this quiz lately when I am in the woods and a bunch of white-throated sparrows (and others) come chirping through. I have no idea if the bunch extends out of visual and audible range, and I don’t know how many are in the bunch. They are so hard to spy, and they move around so much it is well-nigh impossible to avoid double-counting without being very conservative in the count. So, have any birding studies been run on estimating how badly birders estimate these bunches of LBBs as they move through the understory and brush, particularly during migration? When a small flock seems everywhere around oneself, what percentage of them are likely to counted by a typical birder? (And is the percentage greater than or less than a hundred?)

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