The managers of the apartment complex have graciously allowed very limited access to their property for organized groups of birders to look for the parula. Ryan Winkleman will be sending out more details on that shortly. One of the conditions of this access is that the specific location/address of the apartment complex not be publicized. To that end, we encourage observers of the bird (past and future) to use the following guidelines when sharing photos or entering eBird checklists.
1. If you post photos on photo-sharing or social media websites (Flickr, Facebook, etc.), ensure that you remove any location metadata before posting photos on these sites. Many cameras today record the exact lat/long where the photo was taken and embed that information in the image file. If you're not sure if your camera does that, or you don't know how to remove the location metadata, please refrain from sharing photos on these sites.
2. If you enter a checklist for eBird, do not enter it using the mobile app and do not use a personal location. Wait until you get home, enter it on your computer, and use the "stakeout Tropical Parula--Huntington Beach 2018" hotspot. It is located near the intersection of Goldenwest and Yorktown (it was just created, so may not show up until tomorrow; please be patient). Since eBird strips the metadata from image files before displaying them on checklists or the Macaulay Library, it is not necessary to remove location metadata before uploading photos to eBird.
Thank you for your cooperation.
San Bernardino, CA
(and eBird reviewer for Orange County)