Monday, August 20, 2012

Warbler Guy: Now that "fall" southbound migration has begun, where's a GREAT web site to check rare bird sightings in the area where I live? Where I plan to bird soon on my upcoming birding vacation?

Stacey, great question, and here's a new web site where you can read rare bird reports corresponding to any USA state (to which you might travel for birding and wish to know which "cool" bird species
are potential "hot" draws for you and other birders to sleuth out:

Jeff Gordon, the American Birding Association's (ABA) Executive Director, noted the importance of this new web site in the following linked article that goes to the ABA's web site:

In this article, Jeff mentions the new web site goes beyond serving as a posting site for rarities.

It also capitalizes upon social media sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, etc.) to allow birders to share together breaking news, sightings, and other bird-related information. Users might, hence, wish to utilize Facebook and Twitter to share their insights/sightings, etc.

I'm "all in" on this kind of media. I use them.

But not too much. Cause "I'd Rather Be Birding," as the bumper sticker proclaims.

You can talk to me about birds via a VM (voice mail) or tweet or Facebook update.

Or blog me another cool question ala Stacy's above one. Regards, Daniel


Anonymous said...


Anonymous said... other words, no, there is no single place on the internet to learn about unusual and out-of-range warblers turning up in the country. All you can do is check local birding listservs to see if anything interesting has been reported in your area. A small consolation prize, for what that's worth.

Anonymous said...

WARBLER GUY replies to Anonymous comment from 8/25, above:

Good point. Excellent idea. I wonder who might be enterprising enough to have the time to 1) read myriad rare bird reports; 2) copy and paste the vagrant warbler sightings; 3) synthesize them into one document; and 4) post it on a blog site or web site devoted to this topic. Whoooo...Makes me tired just to think about the devotion to warblers such a person would need to possess.

Anyone else have an opinion/comment related to this idea posed by the commenter, please?

Anonymous said...

Warbler Guy:

You are correct. It would be a daunting, tiresome task for any one person to constantly monitor the numerous state listserves for warbler reports, weed out the duds, and to compile the good ones into a single unified report for the entire country. I wouldn't want to do that myself, and I don't expect anyone else would want to either.

My frustration is that there *are* listserves and forum sub-lists for hawks, hummingbirds, swallows, hawks, shorebirds, and did I mention hawks?

What do we have for warblers? Nothing. The interest level in warblers among experienced birders just isn't there, which is unfortunate. Most experienced birders would rather pull out their scopes and spend their time scanning through mobs of gulls (most will be of the same species) in hopes of finding one rarity in the group. Not for me, thanks. Confusing fall warblers? How could they be more "confusing" than gulls of different ages and hawks in alternate plumage? I'll take the warblers, thank you.

Daniel said...

Comment on the comments above: What's tiring about warblers? Seems energizing to me, as what could be more exciting than reading about warbler vagrant sightings?

Anonymous said...

Good thread....interesting.....

Anonymous said...

Warblers: more fun than gulls and flycatchers......

Anonymous said...

Good post....thanks a bunch

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