[CT Birds] Question Regarding Nesting Birds

jaybrd49 at aol.com jaybrd49 at aol.com
Sat Apr 21 18:04:46 EDT 2007

  Both Roy and Dave Provencher have provided valuable information concerning behavior around nesting birds. Let me weigh in on this topic with a few brief comments. Most birders will use good judgment with respect to their activities so as not to stress out breeding birds, especially those nesting in close proximity to the ground. Unfortunately, there are times when the desire to build a year list sometimes gets the better of a birder, especially on a "big day." Playing songs and/or calls in close proximity to a nest site is probably not a great idea, even if there are few studies that document abandonment of the nest from playing tapes, etc. Too many birders around a nest site can lead nest predators to the nest or to fledglings that have already vacated the nest and may be in the vicinity on the ground. Unfortunately, feral cats, in particular, will often follow the scent of humans to a nest and the result is never good. Even large trees with nesting raptors or water birds like herons should not be approached for a closer view or for photography. Young birds may jump from the nest before they are ready to leave, and their prospects are not good on the ground. In short, as exciting as it may be to share your discovery of a rare nester with your friends and on this site, the more birders that walk up that powerline corridor or creep through that marsh, the less likely that species will be in successfully fledgling its young or returning in subsequent years.
 Jay Kaplan
 -----Original Message-----
 From: rmharvey at snet.net
 To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
 Sent: Fri, 20 Apr 2007 10:12 PM
 Subject: Re: [CT Birds] Question Regarding Nesting Birds
  Good questions, Jan.  I hope it generates some discussion.

This list is new and we haven't gone through a nesting season yet, so
we are still working out where to draw the lines.  Lets try some
examples and see where it takes us.  The guiding rule has to be the
question of whether the birds are placed in jeopardy.  Starting with

Owl nests are out.

Peregrine nests on bridges and skyscrapers are so widely known that
they are not a problem.  A Peregrine nest in a natural location
(cliff face) should not be reported as there are known to be people
who will raid Peregrine nests.

The Bald Eagle nest across from the Connecticut River from the Essex
dock is so widely known that it is no problem.  Other Bald Eagle
nests should generally be kept quiet.

Osprey nests are not a problem.  They are all pretty obvious, mostly
unreachable, and there is no market for Osprey eggs.

Kestrels are more complicated.  Information is very much needed about
Kestrel nesting but I'm not sure how much concern there is about
people learning details.  I would welcome feedback from those with
more background in this one.

Other nesting birds that should probably not be reported in detail
include uncommon marsh birds (bitterns, rails, moorhens).

Rare or uncommon nesting songbirds can generate birding traffic that
can be a problem, so should be avoided.  Otherwise songbirds are
probably not an issue, though details of nest locations is probably
not a good idea.

I'm sure I am missing things.

Thoughts, anyone?

Roy Harvey
Beacon Falls, CT

--- Jan Collins <jgcollins at cox.net> wrote:

> I am relatively new when it comes to reporting bird sitings and I
> would like 
> a clarification regarding appropriateness of reporting nesting
> birds.  I 
> checked the rules and regulations for reporting and didn't see
> anything 
> specific about nesting birds.  I have noticed several postings
> regarding 
> locations of eagle nests, osprey nests, piping plover nesting
> areas, and 
> peregrine falcon nests, some of these even with webcam internet 
> availability.
> Since nesting season should be in full swing shortly, what is the
> exact 
> protocol for reporting, ie: if a bird is nesting don't report it at
> all or 
> just report it was seen but not that it was nesting?
> Thanks,
> Jan 

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