While it natural to concentrate on the rarer species during scouting (Red-headed Woodpecker, Cattle Egret, Common Eider, Marbled Godwit, etc.) we must remember that these species have the same weight in the competition as the common species (House Sparrow, Great Egret, Brown-headed Cowbird, Common Grackle, etc)
While scouting we note locations of these common birds. That way we always have spots (dots!) for them if we find that we are missing them as the day goes forward.
- Bert Filemyr -