Date: 1/13/18 9:46 pm From: Paul Hurtado <paul.j.hurtado...> Subject: Re: Sage Thrasher + flagged observations in eBird
Correct -- eBird flags (1) locally rare birds that are what we usually think of as rarities, (2) out of season birds like winter observations of summer migrants (like this Sage Thrasher), and (3) unusually high counts, which is largely just a way to help catch typos.
For eBird users who are somewhat unfamiliar with the review process and documenting rarities, here's some advice and examples of what to write (and NOT write!) for the first two situations above:
For the third situation (unusually high count) I'll often include in the comments HOW I did the counting (e.g. highest of three exact counts, approximated by counting groups of roughly ten, etc) and have even included photos of large flocks to verify the observation.
Also, remember to submit documentation to the NBRC for those species on the state review list: