[Tweeters] Neah Bay trip report and rare bird alert

Steve Hampton stevechampton at gmail.com
Wed Sep 7 14:28:42 PDT 2022

I suggest that both texting groups and email listservs have advantages, and
both can and should be used. Throughout the US, both are used for reporting
rare birds. Many counties or similar small regions have WhatsApp groups for
reporting rarities.

The advantage of texts is that it allows for immediate notification (most
people don't have pop-up notifications for their email) and allows for
rapid question and answer regarding the bird's location, parking, and any
other issues, in real time. The turnaround time for Q&A on a listserve like
Tweeters is typically much longer. In a remote location with limited cell
coverage like Neah Bay, I can generally text but not always access my
email. WhatsApp is generally preferred because it is better at handling
groups than SMS texting. Most of the world uses WhatsApp, not SMS, texting.
It also has a great phone feature if you have friends or family overseas.

Listservs play an important role in reaching a wider audience. I'm only on
two birding WhatsApp groups around here -- and don't really want to be on
any more -- but I do appreciate hearing about birds from Tweeters (and of
course thru eBird notifications). I highly encourage the continued use of
Tweeters for rarities, especially for major rarities that would be of broad

On Wed, Sep 7, 2022 at 1:44 PM Louise <louiserutter1000 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I agree with Carol. I want nothing to do with Meta/Facebook. Tweeters has

> been a great source for information for many years, and it can continue to

> be so.


> On Wed, Sep 7, 2022 at 12:57 PM Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com>

> wrote:


>> What’s the problem with continuing to post sightings to Tweeters? It will

>> get a better spread than a WhatsApp group. Some of us, perhaps many of us,

>> do not like to use Meta/Facebook products, due to privacy and other known

>> concerns about Facebook, and don’t want unnecessary apps on our phones.

>> Personally, the more places I have to check for information, the less

>> information I find because I won’t spend my time checking multiple apps and

>> web sites.


>> Tweeters has served us well for many years and I hope it will continue to

>> do so, including timely reports of rare or just good birds that many would

>> like to see. Just my two cents.


>> Carol Riddell

>> Edmonds, WA

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​Steve Hampton​
Port Townsend, WA (qatáy)
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