[CT Birds] Powerline cuts, Pine warbler

Mark Szantyr birddog55 at charter.net
Sat Apr 3 10:50:05 EDT 2010

Your list, your rules.  You are correct.  Officially, you have to see them 
after they have been deemed countable to list them.  For the State list, 
they will need to be documented after the population is determined to be 
viable, sustaining, and growing.  Sorry for this geek level response but I 
missed being difficult on Thursday.

Mark S. Szantyr
80 Bicknell Road #9
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
Birddog55 at charter.net
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Fritz and Sheila" <fritzandsheila at gmail.com>
To: <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Saturday, April 03, 2010 10:43 AM
Subject: [CT Birds] Powerline cuts, Pine warbler

> The utilities clear vegetation from powerline cuts because it is a fire 
> hazard.  During heavy usage and in the summer especially, the lines get 
> very hot and expand, causing them to droop between towers.  If the veggies 
> arent cleared the wires could touch them or have current arc into them and 
> cause a serious fire and potentially blackouts.  Remember that huge 
> blackout several summers ago?  It started near Sagamore Hills, Ohio, where 
> my friend used to live, for this very reason and I saw that burnt out 
> spot.  The local power company had already been critisized for various 
> reasons and was trying to save $ on cutting and you experienced the 
> (admittedly unusual) result.  Anyway, keep in mind that this scrubby 
> habitiat would only exist naturally if the normal forest habitat was 
> devastated by a hurricane blow-down or fire. One specie's loss is 
> another's gain.
> First pine warblers have arrived here in East Haddam woods!
> One thought on the swan list issue.  I suggest folks count them because 
> let's say in 15-20 years ornithologists decide they are "wild", will you 
> remember you saw them if you didnt write it down?  Put an asterisk next to 
> it, or something if you want to, but if you never see one again, this 
> might be your only time to list them and who knows what the future holds. 
> In any case, it's your list with your rules!
> Harold Moritz
> Sheila Gleason
> fritzandsheila at pobox.com
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