What is a good average number of observations per day?
I ask this not only as a personal question, but rather to facilitate a discussion about the experiences and perspectives of observers averaging different numbers across the spectrum.
I notice that observers average anywhere from 0-100 observations per day on this site, from the date they first joined the site. I calculated mine and I average roughly 1 observation per day. Some others average 0.5 per day, some 3 per day, some 10 per day, and some others 60-90. I understand that a lot of people averaging on the higher side are probably keen, experienced naturalists, travel extensively, manage projects, or maybe live in areas very suitable for observing wildlife. But I can’t help wondering if it’s possible to average 60-90 observations per day, every single day, over 4-5 years and still ensure a high quality of observations? Is there a trade-off between quantity and quality here? Is there a sweet spot?
I see some observers posting anywhere between 20 to 100 observations of the same species from the same locality. Is this desirable? It might help with recording frequency/seasonal variation etc. of a taxon, I understand. But what if that taxon is already very well described and studied to bits ad nauseum over the last hundred years? Is it still worth posting those many observations or are we just spamming the site because there’s no upper limit?
What do people look for in a photo taken by them, before deciding if it makes a good observation or not? What factors help you decide if you should post an observation or maybe let it remain in your camera? What improvements can one make to ensure that their observations provide best value to the community?