Date: 1/3/19 11:03 am
From: Mark Nikas <elepaio...>
Subject: [obol] Re: timely notification: OBOL vs eBird
Thanks Craig. I knew you could get email alerts but wasn't aware you could
get rarity sightings without the email alerts. I just looked up Lincoln
County alerts and saw this Dickcissel report I heard of nowhere else.

Dickcissel <>*Spiza americana*
<> 610 Lemwick Lane, Yachats,
Oregon, US (44.322, -124.106)MAP
Lincoln Oregon, United States Tyler Gholson

On Thu, Jan 3, 2019 at 9:37 AM Craig Tumer <craig...> wrote:

> 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 searched.
> 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 Tumer
> Portland
> -------- 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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