Here are some suggestions on things to evaluate and report when observing a species with an asterisk: time, weather conditions, accompanying observers, other birds in the area, activity and behavior of the bird (feeding, preening, flying, docile, agitated, etc.), detailed plumage description and condition, seeing conditions, difficulty or ease of identification, and whether you have seen the species before or if it is a lifer. Photographs and videos are perhaps the easiest and one of the best ways to garner a bulk of this information.
Perhaps it goes without saying that any species not on the checklist should be treated as having an asterisk, or two! Please try to report to the local listservs or Facebook pages, so other birders have a chance to benefit from your sighting.
After returning from the field, feel free to send a copy of your checklist to the RBA statistics chair, either as hardcopy or electronically. Alternately, use it in the preparation of your eBird entry or GeneseeBirds posting. Please include copies of any pictures or videos, or links to where they are posted online.