[CT Birds] A different point of view

Sharon Abner sharonorganist at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 11 03:08:34 EST 2013

very well reasoned and stated!

> From: Mntncougar at aol.com
> Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:49:24 -0500
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Subject: [CT Birds] A different point of view
> I know I'll incur the wrath of some of our icons, but I'm going  to 
> disagree with Mark, Patrick and others, to a point at least. 
> First a point of agreement: I do NOT think we should interfere  with nature 
> with regard to an out of place bird so long as the bird appears  healthy and
>  seems to be doing well. And as far as I know that is currently the  status 
> of the FT Flycatcher. However, when either the bird's condition or  
> impending weather makes it obvious that it will soon die without intervention I  
> think that suggests that some action COULD be taken if someone is willing to  
> take the  responsibility. And especially with regard to birds such as the  
> flycatcher or the Simsbury Calliope of a few years ago I personally feel that 
>  perhaps we "owe" them something for the pleasure they afforded so many. 
> This is  not to in any way suggest any individual was wrong in their actions, 
> but I have  always felt that it was wrong to let the Calliope die "alone in 
> the cold" when  something could have been done.
> And I will feel the same if a like situation arises with the  flycatcher. 
> Currently I am still hopeful that there will be another outcome,  since I 
> feel a flycatcher is far better equipped to endure, at least  temporarily, very 
> harsh conditions. And I believe it is also more likely able to  actually 
> escape to the south if somehow it determines that is what it should do.  
> Unfortunately I think the Calliope may have been trapped by human kindness,  
> encouraged to stay by abundant food until it was too late  to escape. 
> But I wonder what will happen if someone arrives one  morning and finds the 
> flycatcher weakly fluttering on the ground in the  middle of the parking 
> lot.
> Aside from this immediate situation, I believe that what  most people on 
> this list would do is try and gently capture the bird and take it  to a 
> rehabber post haste, even if it was a bird they had never seen or heard of  
> previously. So why pre-ordain that if our famous flycatcher ultimately can't  make 
> it on its own it should die?  
> Don  Morgan
> Coventry
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