Rick's Site in case any of you out there actually find it as interesting as myself and I'm guessing I'm in small company but hell I created all of these neat queries using the eBird taxonomic lookup tables which allows me to group any species of bird by Latin or common name and with one push of a button, I can get instant data and think it's so cool, I figured I'd share it with my small blog audience, especially the locals. So with that long sentence said, I have the chart above that shows data for Loons and Grebes for the last two weeks in October (using totals and data from 1998 to 2011) and once again Wachusett Reservoir is the place to be if you need any of the above for your 2012 list with Horned Grebe being a good bet sometime between now and the end of the month which all of you know, but you have to admit I did chose pretty colors for my chart table!
But I wouldn't stop at just that of course and one of the biggest things I wanted to do with the data from eBird, HawkCount, Rick's Site, CBC's..etc...etc-was to map it to historical weather data and that's exactly what I did by grabbing CSV files from The Weather Underground. I'd pull it for Worcester Airport and know weather conditions differ up Northern and down Southern Worcester County, but it will still give you an idea of what conditions were like overall.
Another thing to note on the Scoters is my weather table is mapping data by date to the data from Rick's site and the Scoters usually migrate the evening prior so there's some noise there I can fix with a query when I get around to it.
Take care all.