Date: 11/9/17 6:12 pm
From: George W Gove <gwgove...>
Subject: [MASSBIRD] ebird reports
Are people really IDing birds to subspecies? For example in ebird reports:

Red-tailed Hawk (borealis)

American Coot (Red-shielded)

Song Sparrow (melodia/atlantica)

Pretty good if the observer can discern subspecies in the field!

Another question. Glen D reported Western Willets and in the same checklist, there were 4 Marbled Godwits but only the Willets showed up as alerts. Do the Godwits not rate an alert? I spent a long time in the fog and fightin’ an extreme hi tide lookin for them stinkin birds; seems like they rate an alert to me.

Geprge Gove

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