[CT Birds] More Thoughts on nesting birds
dennisvz at optonline.net
Sat Apr 21 23:11:26 EDT 2007
Here are my thoughts on nesting birds.
First of all, I can’t think of any nesting species that you can’t get
easier during migration or winter. So, to disturb a bird to get it for
your “List” is rather selfish. If one is getting it for one’s town or
month list, and you already know it is there, what is the point of
seeing it? Put it down on your list because you could have seen it if
you really tried, and it is better for the birds.
Discovering nesting birds on your own is another matter. There are
criteria for determining nesting without actually seeing the nest.
There have been numerous times I discovered nesting birds and had a
good idea where the nest was but declined to look for it. Knowing it is
nesting is all that is necessary. As for looking for nesting birds the
easiest way is when the young have fledged. The babies are calling, the
adults are calling, they are easy to find yet they can keep their own
My concern is the opposite problem of being too secretive. The reason
given is to protect the birds. The problem is that by keeping them too
secret we may be overestimating their rarity. Also, It makes it
difficult to identify trends and patterns that may help the species.
Years ago we had an atlasing project mapping the nesting distribution
of all species. Perhaps we should set up a nesting registry for the
rarer species. This way the data could be gathered without the need for
general decemination, yet available as needed. For general interest an
end of year summary could be made.
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