Birdwatcher's Diary User Manual

The Output Screen

In addition to saving and recalling sightings in single-day files using the Archive screen, Birdwatcher's Diary also allows you to export data from one or more days of sightings in other formats, by selecting Output from the Options Menu.

There are four different types of output selected by the Output Type pop-up menu:

For all types of output, there are some other features in common:

Producing a Google Map

  1. Go to the Google Maps website (
  2. If you have never done so, establish a free Google Maps account (basically entering an email address, which does not have to be a GMail account, a password, and other information).
  3. On the upper-left of the screen, click on "My Maps" (in the latest version, you access this in the search bar)
  4. Click on "Create"
  5. Click on "Import"
  6. Click on "Select a file from your computer" and find the sighting map file that you uploaded from Birdwatcher's Diary.
  7. Click "Upload" and there's your map. Using the "Link" button you can copy a link to the map to send to your friends.

Using Google Earth (which is a separate standalone application from Google, not accessed via your web browser) is even easier. There is only one constraint, which is that the file you upload (the Upload Filename) must end in ".kml" With this file on your desktop, and assuming you have downloaded and installed the Google Earth application, you'll simply double-click on the file to "fly in" to a 3-dimensional map of your sightings.

Creating New Master Lists

You can download master lists for dozens of countries, all 50 states, and even some counties directly into Birdwatcher's Diary from the Stevens Creek Software web site from the Master Lists screen. However, there are a number of reasons why you might want to modify these lists or create your own. First of all, there are constant changes (splits, lumps, renames) to the "complete" list of all species, and there are also periodic changes to country and state lists as species change territories, become extirpated, or are simply spotted in a particular area for the first time. We try to keep up, but it's impossible to do so fast enough. After all, you might be the first one to see a Shy Albatross in California only to discover that it's not on our California list! From the main screen, you can select Add Species in the Options Menu to add it so you can record it, but then you'll want to update the California list so you don't have to do that again. That's one example of why you might want to modify an existing list. Then there are reasons to create your own lists, like a list of "target species" for your big day effort, or a short list of birds for your country or state or county that will include 99% of the species you'll see on your typical outings, but which is much shorter than the full list of species which might contain species you can only see on pelagic trips, or species that have only been seen once in ten years, etc.

In Master List mode, you'll see two choices: All Species and Checked Only. The former is appropriate when you have added (or deleted) a few species from an existing master list, and simply want to update it. The latter is more appropriate for creating your own lists. So you can start with your state list, say, and then quickly go through it and tap all the species you have a chance to see on your big day (these aren't "real" sightings, and you'll delete them later). Nowhaving done that, select Checked Only and save the new short list with an appropriate name.

Of course, you can also create your own lists on a computer and then download them into Birdwatcher's Diary. How to do that is described in the Master Lists chapter.

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