The February 25 demise of this bird sightings website will leave a gap in the market, as I wrote over a year ago. Indeed, Birdstack was then the answer to a prayer and now just eBird remains, although it has gone worldwide. At least it’s accepted my last few months’ sightings from the UK, provided I bulk upload them instead of exporting from Birdstack.
All is not lost but a few species will be. eBird follows Clements, which is not as generous as the IOC with splits. This won’t affect site or even county and country lists so much but my world tally will definitely suffer. As will Hampshire and Somerset because eBird is mega-strict and up-to-date with county definitions. If you supply latitude and longitude, they override whatever you specify for county, and presumably country. (Although Blagdon Lake doesn’t seem to be right: I’ve had to shift the marker for its North Somerset portion a considerable way west to put it in the correct district.)
Many links in this blog will break, especially those to the Birdstack widgets, so I’ll have to point them elsewhere as time goes on. I haven’t played so much with eBird to see what’s available but nothing has jumped out so I’m not hopeful. And as for more specialised lists, like car-free or trips… should I go back to Wildlife Recorder?