[Tweeters] Snowy Egret Request Explained

Josh Adams xjoshx at gmail.com
Sun Jul 31 11:52:17 PDT 2016

Hello all,
The best way I'm aware of to follow eBird reports for rarities as
they're submitted is the alerts pages/emails for the areas in
question. This will show you reports, both confirmed and unconfirmed
(but not reports that have been outright rejected by the reviewers)
within a few minutes of them being submitted.

Pierce County Rare Birds:

Washington Rare Birds:

If you use the eBird site you can set up alerts for other counties or
states and get emails when something "rare" is reported. This not only
includes birds that are not expected in the area, but also out of
season birds or rare subspecies. You can also set up alerts for
species you have not specifically seen in that area before or have not
seen in the current calendar year.

Unfortunately there is not an easy way to see if birders have visited
an area and not seen the bird that's been reported. The best way I'm
aware of is to search for a common bird that you'd expect to be seen
in the area (Red-Winged Blackbird or Mallard for a wetlands perhaps)
and see if anyone has submitted a checklist for that area with those
species, but not the rare species previously reported.

Josh Adams
Cathcart, WA

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