Date: 6/7/19 12:07 pm
From: Jeffrey Tufts <jctufts33...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Rare bird alerts
Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties in California already do that.

Here's a link to today's post from Santa Barbara County.

Jeff Tufts

On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 10:57 AM Jack Maynard <jmaynard...> wrote:

> Crazy idea: Couldn’t OBOL register as an eBird user and then set it up so
> the list gets a daily rare bird list from eBird?
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jun 7, 2019, at 9:34 AM, Brodie Cass Talbott <brodietlewis...>
> wrote:
> In response to your original question, George, I would say that one does
> not need to "use" ebird (ie submit observations) to receive their automated
> rare bird alerts ( - you will need to register).
> These reports are highly customizable, allowing you to choose to receive
> reports from specific counties, states, or countries, daily or hourly. I
> subscribe to the statewide rarity list, which I get as a once a day email
> that lists every county rarity across the state. I would estimate that less
> than 5% of the birds in that report get reported on obol.
> I would also say that I think in most cases that is a more efficient way
> to deliver that information. Many obol subscribers, I would guess, would
> prefer fewer emails about low level rarities. And, as mentioned, many
> birders simply aren't on obol, or don't feel comfortable posting here.
> eBird can never compete with the community of this forum, or the breadth
> of knowledge of it's users, but it's hard to beat for letting you know what
> is being seen where. Even if there are the pitfalls that Mike points out. I
> for one never did refind that ostrich at Audubon...
> Good birding,
> Brodie
> Portland
> On Thu, Jun 6, 2019, 20:13 Lars Norgren <larspernorgren...> wrote:
>> 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
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