[CT Birds] Phoning in birds

Katharine Mills gkmills at charter.net
Sun Mar 25 17:51:25 EDT 2007

    I was going to respond as Nick did.  Many birders in MA have the 
Bird Watcher's General Store programed into our cell phones.  We call 
the store to update  hot bird sightings. Perhaps there is a bird store 
in CT who would like to be a contact point.  It's a win win situation... 
The birders get instant e-mail and the bird store gets publicity.
Kathy Mills
Holden, MA
gkmills at charter.net

PS Glad to be on the CT e-mail  :-)

Nick Bonomo wrote:
> Hi all,
> Good points Bill. When I posted the phone-in suggestion last night, I
> meant it as an option for anyone in the field who finds a bird that
> they think others might want to chase that same day. I don't think
> there should be a go-to-guy....in fact the beauty of this listserv is
> that any of the several hundred members can post. So anyone who is a
> member can be called with a rare report. Most birders probably have at
> least one birding friend that is also a member. Besides, I would guess
> that one single person would not want to be the phone-in headquarters.
> I definitely wouldn't! I don't think there's any need to do this.
> Another option, for the tech savvy of whom Bill speaks, is using the
> internet capabilities of cell phones. For instance, I can log into my
> GMail account on my phone and send a message from the field if I have
> to. This is time-consuming and costs extra money, so calling someone
> at a computer is much easier and cheaper. I've never had to do this
> because I've always been able to call people, but I've been actively
> birding in the state for a few years now and probably have more phone
> contacts than most.
> Of course there are plenty of variables that would keep people from
> doing these things. They might not consider a given bird rare enough,
> their cell phone battery might be low or dead, they might be in a
> hurry, they might think it is too late in the day for anyone to chase
> the bird, or they might just forget that the option exists. Or on a
> nice weekend day, none of their birding friends may be near a computer
> to help them out.
> Back to the go-to-guy idea....there is only one idea that I can think
> of that makes any sense. When I was going to school in MA, the
> MASSBIRD listserv was THE center for reporting and discussing birds
> (and it still is, of course). When birders would find a bird worth
> chasing and could not reach any friends at computers to post to this
> listserv, they would sometimes call a popular birding store and ask
> them to post their sighting. The store owners have constant internet
> access and are happy to post updates on rarities. Both sides benefit.
> For the birding community, they receive almost instant updates on
> rarities, and they have a publicly listed number to call when they
> need to get a report out. For the shop owners, they have become a
> center for local birding information which has probably given them
> more business along the way.
> Nick Bonomo
> Orange, CT
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