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Good morning, All--

Feb 2019 Franklin co. FL (panhandle)

Before eBird went down for maintenance, I uploaded several pics of Great & Snowy Egrets--all were flagged as "unconfirmed" by eBird.  Is this MO for these birds due to Great vs. White Heron vs. white morph Reddish and Snowy vs. Little?  Or am I misIDing?  This was not south Florida.

Great, Great (same individual), Snowy, Snowy

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Each region has a filter that determines what sightings get flagged.  The filter looks at the date, species, number of birds, etc.  For example, if I report 7 Roseate Spoonbill in Savannah in July, there's nothing there to trip the filter.  If I report 3000 of them in July, that will exceed the allowed number.  If I report one of them in January, the filter won't like my reporting any quantity of a sub-tropical bird being here in the dead of winter.

Did that make any sense?

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Each region has a filter that determines what sightings get flagged.  The filter looks at the date, species, number of birds, etc.  For example, if I report 7 Roseate Spoonbill in Savannah in July, there's nothing there to trip the filter.  If I report 3000 of them in July, that will exceed the allowed number.  If I report one of them in January, the filter won't like my reporting any quantity of a sub-tropical bird being here in the dead of winter.

Did that make any sense?

It did, @Charlie Spencer.  Thank you for the explanation.  I'm getting the idea that the filter is a bot that initially flags a sighting and then those flagged get sent to a live person for review?   I will have to wait until tomorrow to figure out what the problem is.  The suspense is killing me.  

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26 minutes ago, floraphile said:

It did, @Charlie Spencer.  Thank you for the explanation.  I'm getting the idea that the filter is a bot that initially flags a sighting and then those flagged get sent to a live person for review?   I will have to wait until tomorrow to figure out what the problem is.  The suspense is killing me.  

Regional reviewers make the filters. 

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On 11/17/2020 at 8:30 AM, Connor Cochrane said:

Was it flagged from the start, or did the reviewer purposely flag those observations. If he did, he/she will usually send you an email explaining why. 

Sometimes it's also flagged when someone sees more birds (not species) than usual even if that particular bird isn't rare.

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