Date: 6/6/19 8:13 pm
From: Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Rare bird alerts
For instance the second confirmed Lesser Black-backed Gull for Oregon was
well photographed at the Marine Science Center at Yaquina Bay in September.
It appeared on Obol a month later. This was well into the list,'s 2nd
decade. The single out of state birder was the only one to see that gull.

On Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 7:49 PM Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote:

> Here on the North Coast many, if not most of the rare stuff going to
> ebird only is coming from out-of-state birders who may not even
> be aware that OBOL exists.
>
> Many of these alerts turn out to be misidentifications, so I don't
> rebroadcast them unless they are confirmed by photo, relocated, or
> unlikely to have been mistaken for something more likely.
>
> Those of you who think your missing out need not worry too much. It's
> a modern artifact of eBird that we get to hear about these things at
> all. There was a time, back in the day, when, if we heard from
> out-of-state drive-by birders, it was WEEKS after the fact.
>
> --
> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
> Bald Eagles - a gateway bird
> http://www.surfbirds.com/community-blogs/northcoastdiaries/?p=3709
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