Date: 1/10/19 11:41 am
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer...>
Subject: [obol] Name Hotspots after Rare Birds? Lincoln Co. eBird: Magnolia W. at Ona Beach SP on 1/6--Yes; B&W W. at Beaver Cr. on 1/5--Yes. No--Catbird at "Catbird" Hotspot.

I think it can become confusing to name a Hotspot after a rare species once
reported there.

The Lincoln Co. Rare eBird Alert page ( indicates the latest Magnolia
Warbler report is for 1/6 at Ona Beach SP (see below), and, as I posted to
OBOL & LCBNO before (see below my signature), the latest Black-and-white
Warbler was sighted on 1/5 at the "stakeout *Gray Catbird*, Beaver Creek
Rd. (2018)." There is no report of a Gray Catbird in the past week at the
eBird Alert site, and there is also no eBird report of a Gray Catbird in
Lincoln Co. since 7/18/2018 (

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 12:20 by Team Ona
- Ona Beach SP, Lincoln, Oregon
- Map:,-124.0740108&ll=44.5213563,-124.0740108
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Located with a mixed flock of chickadees and kinglets by the
footbridge. The Magnolia Warbler (continuing bird) spent most of its time
foraging in evergreen huckleberry shrubs and lower conifer branches."
eBird has a Lincoln Co. Hotspot named "stakeout *Gray Catbird*, Beaver
Creek Rd. (2018)" (,
and a search of that Hotspot's web site indicates the Gray Catbird was
first and last reported there on 7/4/2018 and 7/18/2018, respectively.

While it can be convenient at the time to name a Hotspot after a rare
species found there, it can later lead to confusion between eBird reports
of the species and reports of the name of the Hotspot. I think this
probably happened in Harry Nehls' posting to OBOL today ("RBA: Portland, OR
1-10-19): "The Ona Beach State Park *Black-and-white Warbler, *the *Magnolia
Warbler *and the nearby *Catbird *continue to be reported." The Catbird
Hotspot was recently reported, but not a Catbird.

Happy birding!

Range Bayer, Newport, Oregon.
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Range Bayer <range.bayer...>
Date: Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 8:21 PM
Subject: Lincoln Co. eBird Black-and-White Warbler at Beaver Cr. on 1/5
To: Oregon Birders OnLine <obol...>, Lincoln Co. Birding &
Nature Observing <LCBNO...>

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 09:57 by john bishop
- stakeout Gray Catbird, Beaver Creek Rd. (2018), Lincoln, Oregon
- Map:,-124.067148&ll=44.5209994,-124.067148
- Checklist:
- Comments: "Continuing. After scanning kinglet flock in tree tops for a
while, played GC kinglet calls, drawing a couple RCKIs and the BAWW. BAWW
foraging in small leafless tree at SE corner of parking lot, about 3m up
and 10m away. Black and white striped crown, back, and flanks; long bill;
very actively gleaning from twigs"

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