Date: 1/3/19 9:37 am
From: Craig Tumer <craig...>
Subject: [obol] Re: timely notification: OBOL vs eBird
Paul et al.,
Reports of rarities need to be vetted by eBird reviewers before they
show up in the areas where you looked for WRSA sightings, as described
below. That can take quite some time. If the reports haven't been
confirmed by a reviewer they would not show up in the areas where you

The easiest way to see recent rarity reports submitted to eBird is to
go to the "Alerts" section, which can be reached from the "Explore"
page. Once at the "Alerts" page, enter the county, state, or country
you're interested in, and eBird will generate a list of rare birds
reported for that location within the last week, regardless of whether
the reports have been confirmed by the eBird reviewer. It's really
quite simple once you know where to look.
Fewer people are reporting sightings to OBOL than in the past, and
posts of l ong-staying rarities to OBOL die off pretty quickly after
the first few days of sightings.

Craig TumerPortland

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [obol] timely notification: OBOL vs eBird
From: "Paul Sullivan" <paultsullivan...>
Date: Thu, January 03, 2019 8:57 am
To: <obol...>

On a Wednesday last September a White-rumped Sandpiper was
reported at the north end of Necanicum estuary, at a place called
Little Beach near Gearhart. I went there on Thursday and got to
see the bird, along with several other birders. There were photos
in OBOL and eBird reports. On Friday someone hopeful for a weekend
chase asked on OBOL if the bird was still being seen. There were
no OBOL reports on Friday. Thinking there might be people who
posted to eBird and not OBOL on Friday, and wanting to be helpful,
I went to eBird to look for reports of the bird. I went to
Explore Data and tried 4 avenues:1. Species: I searched on
White—rumped Sandpiper and got a map of the WORLD with every
White-rumped Sandpiper ever reported. Zooming in on NW Oregon I
found a pin drop out on the beach from last year.2. Location; I
searched on Clatsop county Oregon. That led me to the same pin
drop from last year.3. Hot spot: I searched on hot spots and found
that Little Beach in Gearhart is not even listed as a hotspot.
Why? A lot of good birds have been found there.4. Recent
checklists: Finally I went to recent checklists in Clatsop
county. I found a pile of checklists reporting Yellow-rumped
warblers from Saddle Mt. etc, etc. Finally down in the pile I
found a couple checklist from people who had seen the White-rumped
Sandpiper and even got good photos, but who hadn’t reported to
OBOL. Just what I was looking for. However, the reports were
from late Thursday. At that point I gave up the eChase. No new
information. I presume that my first three approaches didn’t
find the sandpiper was because the eBird reviewer hadn’t vetted
the Wed – Thur reports. That’s just the structure of eBird.
So eBird has the latest rare bird sightings, but they are buried
in a blizzard of checklists of ordinary birds. It’s not simple
to search. If I were subscribed to eBird alerts for White-rumped
Sandpiper or for Clatsop county, I might have got the information
more quickly, but I don’t choose to be signed up for reports
from a wealth of places or about a wealth of species. OBOL seems
quicker and simpler to me. Paul Sullivan

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