I believe it is clear not everyone uses e-bird. Which I have found frustrating 
when traveling to new areas.  Janet Akin

From: Carl Steckler 
Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 11:43 AM
Subject: Re: [cayugabirds-l] rare bird rant

OK, here is the problem I have with eBiird. I just checked for sightings in New 
York State and the only sighting listed was from Dave Nutter on Feb 22. Nothing 
since then. I get eBird alerts for Seneca and Cayuga county. What I get are 
Chipping Sparrow, no Gyrfalcon. Granted eBird is great for collecting data, but 
for alerting birders to rare birds it is, pardon the expression, for the birds.
Maybe I am doing something wrong in my eBird settings, but it is not clear to 
me, and if it not clear it is not useful.

Now if only someone could help me get on the local alert net I would be 


On 2/27/2015 10:31, Gary Kohlenberg wrote:

  The great part of using eBird as Bob does is that rare bird sightings output 
to all users that have the rare bird / needs alert notifications setup in their 
account. No extra work involved and potentially reaching more observers than 
the text alert system. I highly recommend using BirdLog NA for all your 
  The RBA system still has the advantage of immediacy reaching flip phones, but 
can detract from the personal experience just a little. I don't feel the same 
loss when using BirdLog and will advocate that others try it and judge for 
  This comes from a dedicated notebook user. 


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