[CT Birds] eBird rarities

Greg Hanisek ghanisek at rep-am.com
Tue Feb 5 18:03:19 EST 2013

Thanks to those who posted quickly about the true identity of the "Gyrfalcon" reported in CT on eBird. I thought it would be worth noting how eBird works in regard to rarities for all of your future reference. Any bird that meets the definition of a rarity in the eBird filters (CT has 2 filters, one for the northern and one for the coastal counties), is vetted by volunteers before going into the database. This can take time because observers often have to be contacted for more information.

Because birders want to know about potential rarities immediately, birds that fit the definition go out on eBird Alerts IMMEDIATELY and UNVETTED. So a birder's response to anything on the alerts should be tempered accordingly. 

Birders are able to post photos on eBird, and in this case good photos provided the answer sought immediately.

Greg Hanisek

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