[Tweeters] Neah Bay trip report and rare bird alert

Penny L Koyama plkoyama at comcast.net
Thu Sep 8 08:45:13 PDT 2022

I’m wondering if Alex is aware of county birders, many of whom rely on Tweeters. He is correct in commenting that Neah Bay is remote, but many of us do rush to areas for a bird we “need,” and those who live closer to Neah Bay may very we’ll head there for, say, a Nashville Warbler, a bird that
likely wouldn’t appear on an eBird alert.

Then, of course, there was the 2016 Eurasian Hobby—scores (hundreds?) of birders rushed there for that that treasure. We were in Southern Oregon at the time, and where did we get the news? On “real time” Tweeters! Speeding to Sequim that day and to Neah Bay the next, we scored the hobby, one of the state’s best rarities!

Yeah, Tweeters,
Penny Koyama, Bothell

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 8, 2022, at 4:25 AM, Carol Riddell <cariddellwa at gmail.com> wrote:


> People who sign up for Tweeters or any other birding listserv do not get spammed. Of course there are many different birding interests among the Tweeters users. I don’t read every post because not every post is of interest to me. But I don’t consider those to be spam. Many listserv users subscribe to daily digests if they don’t want a lot of listserv posts directly coming into their mail in boxes. The point of my first post was just to make sure that Neah Bay rarities continue to get posted to Tweeters.


> Carol Riddell

> Edmonds, WA


>> On Sep 7, 2022, at 2:19 PM, Alex Sowers <sowersalexander1 at gmail.com> wrote:


>> The problem with continuing to post updates and notable birds on Tweeters, is that about 90% of those on the listserv don’t care about an update on the new location of a wintering Nashville Warbler or maybe a Western Kingbird that is rare for the area. Those that are in Neah Bay would care, but those who just signed up for WA Tweeters, likely couldn’t care less about constant updates for a regional rarity that’s in one of the most inconveniently located towns in the state. If you’ve ever been on a county RBA or group chat, you’d know that every time a bird moves there’s a text sent out about the new location. Every time a bird interesting for the area (but not necessarily for the state) shows up, there’s a notification. Every time someone sees a probable rarity for the region, there’s a notification. I don’t think most people would appreciate getting spammed with all those notifications.


>> Also, there’s an extremely wide range of interests within the Tweeters community, so why subject the vast majority of people who don’t care, to constant notifications about Neah Bay? Some people are part of Tweeters for the interesting articles that are posted, some people like hearing about when the first Rufous Hummingbird shows up in spring, and some people just like commenting on the seasonal changes they’re seeing. I’d say that those who’re interested in regionally rare birds of Neah Bay are certainly in the minority. Does a backyard birder in Walla Walla really care if that Swamp Sparrow behind Butler’s moved or not? What makes a Neah Bay WhatsApp RBA great, is that you choose to join it based on your actual interest in the rare birds showing up in Neah Bay. I think WhatsApp is a great idea, but if you are anti-facebook i’m sure someone can create a spin off imessage group or something similar.


>> If something that’s really interesting happens to show up in Neah Bay, there’s no doubt that such bird will be reported on Tweeters sooner or later. If missing out on a WA state Cassin’s Sparrow is a concern, I don’t think one would have to worry about it not being on Tweeters. Word will get out.


>> Good birding, Alex Sowers


>>> 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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