Date: 6/7/19 1:45 pm
From: Mike Patterson <celata...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Rare bird alerts
If you are already getting rare bird alerts, you know the downside to
this idea...

When the Steller's Eider was in Seaside, I got 10 or 15 ebird alerts
per day over a 3 month period. Imagine an OBOL with that kind of volume

On 6/7/2019 12:06, Jeffrey Tufts wrote:
> 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
> Medford
> On Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 10:57 AM Jack Maynard <jmaynard...>
> <mailto:<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...> <mailto:<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...>
>> <mailto:<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...> <mailto:<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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