Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Pennington Flash Bird Sightings Map

I've created a collaborative map in Google Maps for everyone to record their sightings at Pennington Flash this year.  I've put in a few sightings from previous years to get it started, but these may be deleted if it (hopefully) starts to fill up. I've also included places to take photographs of specific birds. Please feel free to add to any of these lists.

Although you can use this small version of the map to some extent, it is far better to click on the title link below and go to the full size map where you can add your sightings or just look what's been seen there:

It's easy to add your sighting to the map, but you do need a free Google account:
  1. Click on the title link above the map or here to go to the full size map page
  2. Sign in to your Google account - you may need to register first, but it's free.
  3. Click the orange Edit button to the left of the map
  4. Zoom the map to the best size for an accurate position
  5. Right click on the map location of your sighting
  6. Choose 'Add a Placemark' from the pop up menu
  7. Put the bird name and date in the title and select a symbol (key below)
  8. Add a description and any comments as you wish
  9. Use 'Rich text' to add a web link to a picture if you have one
  10. Click on OK to complete the sighting record
  11. Repeat steps 3 to 8 for any further sightings
  12. Click on 'Done' to the left of the map to finish

The instructions (but not the key) are also on the actual map page, to the left of the map.

Please edit the map responsibly and do not disclose the whereabouts of breeding or nesting birds.  If you have any questions or comments, please write in the comments below this post or e-mail me at


  1. The general feedback that I've had so far about this idea is not very positive. It seems that many birders either think I'm just duplicating what is already available or that the information provided could be open to misuse.

    However, I don't see it that way yet - I'm trying to bring together a number of things into one site which will make it easy to find the birds for which sitings are openly recorded. So I'll persevere for now and see what happens.

  2. Well, I've given in and decided to change the focus of my 'Where-2-See Birds' website. It will now be used to show the map locations, suggested parking places and waking routes around the areas I write about in this blog.

    The collaborative aspects of contributing your own sightings to the maps is still present, but largely the website will focus on what can generally be seen in these locations and how to get there.


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