VT eBird community,
No doubt, the VT eBird program is a great tool and a great addition to
birding in VT. I wonder about one thing, however. In reviewing
eBird sightings, I see a check mark which indicates "Sighting confirmed
by an eBird reviewer." My question is: 'what does this mean?' How
does eBird _confirm_ a sighting? Do they contact the reporter and
verify basic information? Do they go out to the site and confirm the
bird is there? Is there some other method for confirming the sighting?
Is there an automatic 'confirmation' if the bird is seen within safe
dates? If anyone can shed some light on this question, I'd be
grateful. Of course, I am not trying to second-guess anyone, but I am
just curious about the 'confirmation' process and what it adds to the
credibility of a particular sighting.