[CT Birds] ebird and timely reporting

Frank Mantlik mantlik at sbcglobal.net
Thu Nov 27 06:30:51 EST 2014

A big part of the enjoyment of birding for me is to share a rare find with others. On those infrequent occasions I strive to get word out in all three ways: 
- make phone calls (usually at first to local friends, but if significantly rare, to Roy Harvey and others),
- post word to CTBirds, with detailed info on plumage, time, tide, directions, etc. - right from the field with my iPhone.
- post an eBird report from the field using the BirdLog app. People wanting hourly or daily reports of regional rarities should sign up for those eBird reports.

In addition, at the time of the sighting, I try to obtain documentary photos, video, or sound recordings, as well as take written field notes. 
While still dating, my future wife Linda was amazed to see me in multi-tasking action years ago after we (she) found a Franklin's Gull at Oyster River.

Good birding,
Frank Mantlik

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 26, 2014, at 11:53 PM, julian hough via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
> I think I speak for most active birders when I say ebird is not a substitute for reporting of birds that are likely to be of interest.
> Not all birders use ebird and those that do should post to CT Birds since that is the communal conduit for the great network of birders that share their information freely. I may be wrong, but I think that some reports may come in from out-of-towners who may not know the significance of a sighting, but I think most state birders are aware that CT Birds is the mill for the birding grist!
> Anything rare or unusual should also be texted/emailed to others if possible to allow interested parties to have a chance of seeing said rares.
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