We don’t create new topics very often and so are nervous about it!
We frequently enjoy identifying via these parameters: “Unknown” and “Has Sounds.” We refine location to our general region. We have found that time of year will provide patterns for what is uploaded to iNat.
The most common bird sounds uploaded with these parameters (for USA Midwest) are Blue Jay and Carolina Wren. Honorable mentions based on time of year go to Gray Catbird and Barred Owl. Northern Cardinal also has a steady upload pattern.
During non-winter, Katydids, Crickets, and Cicadas are very commonly uploaded. Frogs and Toads are popular as well. We are trying to learn to differentiate among these non-birds so as to improve and refine our IDs of Unknowns.
If you identify with these parameters, have you noticed patterns? If you do not use these parameters, do variability of sound quality, quality of your device, or ability of your hearing contribute to your decision?
When we are in doubt between Frogs and Toads (order Anura) and Grasshoppers, Crickets, and Katydids (Order Orthoptera)–or get confused or tired (especially on #identiFriday)–we identify to “Animal,” which led us to the recognition that we have not had an “Unknown” + “Has Sounds” that was anything but an animal (except for observations that are perhaps not ideal for iNat, such as rushing water sounds).
We were considering making a feature request so that uploaded sounds would automatically be ID’d as “Animals” (Kingdom Animalia), but brainstorming with another iNatter led us to consider that someone could upload non-Animal sounds, such as rustling leaves of Populus tremuloides Trembling Aspen or the sound of falling acorns or other fruits, even though we have not found such an observation in Unknowns.
What non-animal sounds have you ever uploaded?
What non-animal sounds (Humans are Animals) have you ever identified or even come across on other’s observations?
What iNat guidelines would apply to determining what would be appropriate non-Animal sounds?
What non-animal sounds that are appropriate for iNat can you conceive of?
Would you include a photo, too, if you were observing a non-Animal sound?