Patagonia picnic table effect

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The Patagonia picnic table effect (also known as the Patagonia rest area effect or Patagonia rest stop effect) is a phenomenon associated with birding in which an influx of birdwatchers following the discovery of a rare bird at a location results in the discovery of further rare birds at that location, and so on, with the end result being that the locality becomes well known for rare birds, even though in itself it may be little or no better than other similar localities.[1]

The name arises from the Patagonia Rest Stop in Arizona, where the phenomenon was first noted.[2]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Kenn (2006-04-11). Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 196–197. ISBN 9780618709403. Retrieved 23 October 2012.
  2. ^ Burns, Jim (9 May 2008). "Patagonia is perfect place for birding". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 23 October 2012.