Date: 6/7/19 2:05 pm
From: Jack Maynard <jmaynard...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Rare bird alerts
Mike and everyone,

I get one notice a day that covers all rare birds in my specified area. Seems like a small increase in traffic for obol.

I get the notices either way, so no real issue for me. Just thought it might be an easy way for all of obol to get one more email a day with the statewide rba list.


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 7, 2019, at 1:45 PM, Mike Patterson <celata...> wrote:
> 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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> Mike Patterson
> Astoria, OR
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