[CT Birds] Survival of the Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Mark Szantyr birdinggeek at gmail.com
Tue Dec 10 18:06:17 EST 2013

It is likely that some of the hummingbirds that show up here are due tangentially to man interfering at the mexican wintering grounds. I still think its up to the birds to sort this out in a way that they can live with and that is in their nature. 


On Dec 10, 2013, at 5:21 PM, Tom de Boor <tomdb2 at aol.com> wrote:

> A question, mainly for the folks who feel "nature should take its course."
> Would you feel any differently if you knew that Fork-tailed Flycatchers
> were showing up in the US because of human impacts on the environment?  I'm
> not saying this is what's going on--there seem to be a lot more reports of
> them than there were when I was a kid, but I don't know how much of this is
> the result of greater awareness and an increase in the number and
> sophistication of birders.  But given how pervasive man's impact has
> become, to the point where many scientists have decided we've entered into
> a new age, the Anthropocene, the possibility is not easily dismissed.   And
> if we *are* the reason these birds are showing up, and we're the part of
> "nature" that's responsible for this bird being here, is it "nature's"
> course to let it die, or to rescue it?
> I also wonder about the distinction between healthy and injured birds.  In
> theory, I agree that as long as the FTF is healthy, we should let it ply
> its wares, but birds are so quicksilver..how often have we seen a bird that
> seemed to be OK literally disappear overnight (e.g. if there's a cold snap)
> before giving any indication that it needs to be rescued?
> Tom de Boor
> Northford, CT
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