Date: 3/30/18 4:52 pm From: David Barrett <miler6...> Subject: [nysbirds-l] Real-time bird alerts for Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens
Birds are back! There have been 38 Manhattan alerts already today,
including American Bittern. It's been a big day in the other boroughs, too.
And the season is just getting started.
These alerts cover both rarities AND non-rarities of interest, such as the
first few arrivals of expected migrants, like the Palm and Louisiana
Warblers we had today. Posts of birding news or general birding conditions
are fine, too.
To receive these alerts, follow the accounts on Twitter that are of
interest to you. The alerts are always publicly-viewable and searchable,
both on Twitter and on the web. Click on the links to see the stream of
You can set your phone to notify you with sound or vibration as alerts
To issue alerts yourself, first become a followed user by sending a direct
message on Twitter to one of the above accounts. Or email me and I will get
you set up.
Then to send an alert you just "tweet" using the appropriate hashtag as
above. For example, to send an alert for Queens:
Piping Plover at Rockaway Beach Edgemere #birdqu
I have written software that will see your tweet and immediately and
automatically relay it from the main account to all followers.
If you have never used Twitter before, it's easy. You can make a free
account for yourself in a few minutes on the web or by downloading the
Twitter app on your device. See my site for complete directions on getting
started with Twitter and on using these alerts: