[CT Birds] Optimizing the list for getting to "good" birds.

Roy Harvey rmharvey at snet.net
Sun Mar 25 19:17:51 EDT 2007

I don't think you will get any formal system set up for getting phone
reports on the list.  One alternative is to call a friend who is on
the list and at home, rather than birding, and ask them to post it. 
That is all most of us can hope to do.

The other alternative.... I was asked today about sending reports
from a Blackberry - one example of a fancy cell phone that also does
email.  That will work IF the email account associated with the phone
was previously joined to the list.  Now sending all the emails going
to CTBirds to your phone would probably be a Big Mistake for most
people, so it would be prudent to set the NoMail option for such an

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

--- Boletebill <boletebill at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Hi all.
>        I know that both Nick and Roy have suggested that birders
> could really help other birders get good birds by posting what they
> see as soon as possible and I couldn't agree more.  One reality of
> weekend birding is that many people go out for the day and don't
> get back to their computers to post on the list until it's almost
> dark, or probably too late to get the bird (s) THAT day.
>      Today when I was at south cove and saw the BH Gull, Little
> Gull and Bonnies I was thinking as I left that I should post those
> birds as soon as I got home.  On my way out I saw two birders with
> a scope on the BH Gull and one birder was on the phone. It occurred
> to me that maybe this birder was phoning in a report to the
> list...what a great idea...and sure enogh when I got home there was
> the report.  This seems much improved over waiting until we get
> home to our computers (for those of us not blackberried or
> text-messaged into perpetual "on-lineness")..sooooo I'm asking the
> question...do we want to do this??? Phone in sightings??? Who's the
> "go-to" guy or gal for this?  Is there a way for the
> not-so-tech-savvy person to do this right to the list? Is there a
> phone hotline that could be proxy for the list?
>  Bill Yule
> "For those who hunger after the earthly excrescences called
> mushrooms."

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