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Josh Jones — April 12, 03:50PM

How much time can pass before a rare/noteworthy sighting will be confirmed?

Example: I'm birding out of town and submit an observation with a rare/noteworthy species. I've taken photographs of the species, but I am unable to upload the photos until after I've returned home. Several days or weeks have passed before I add the photos to my observation. After this much time has passed, is there a chance my sighting will still be confirmed?

Just wondering if there is a general amount of time that passes before unconfirmed sightings are no longer reviewed. Thanks.

Greg Gillson — April 12, 08:05PM

Noteworthy or unusual birds are reviewed by a local volunteer. They stay in the review queue until acted upon with a final determination.

Life happens. It may be a couple of weeks before a reviewer can get to a record. It may also be there is no local reviewer for your area. The reviewer may have more than one county (I have 7, but had 12 or so last year). It is easy to get swamped if there are several rare birds showing up and reported by many. New eBirders sometimes enter their old lists, with many rare birds to review. I always try to keep up with new reports and work on older historic records as I have time.

I love photos attached to reports. They make the reviewer's job so much easier!

If you change your rare record, by adding a photo or changing number or location, it should automatically be placed in the review queue again.

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Brian Sullivan — May 17, 01:48PM eBird Staff

More on the review process here:

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