[CT Birds] A different point of view
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
> 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
> This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut.
> For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org
More information about the CTBirds