[Tweeters] Timely alerts of rare birds

Scott Downes downess at charter.net
Thu Mar 18 16:51:18 PDT 2021

Interesting discussion here. While always good to get info out, I have a couple of different views here.

1. I would disagree with Gary on one issue. He listed Tweeters as #1 and eBird as #2. eBird has by far the higher overall value here for long-term info and some of us are very busy. So ideally do both but eBird would be first.

2. It all depends on the rarity degree. Yes, if a WBRC bird is reported, of course report it on as many platforms as possible in a timely manner given the obvious interest. Beyond that though, it’s hard to tell what notable for someone and not for others and many of us barely have time to get home from birding trips before we are called back to family, work etc.. so if you are really interested in making sure you are in the loop on sightings, I’d use the various ways mentioned here. I don’t think it should be required of very busy birders to make sure they post county unusual birds. It should be noted that in addition to Tweeters there are around a dozen other listservs etc.. in the state so then again, which place to post to.

I realize this may not be a popular opinion, but just offering a different perspective.

Scott Downes
Downess at charter.net
Yakima Wa

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