[CT Birds] Paul Carrier
kmueller at ntplx.net
kmueller at ntplx.net
Sun Aug 21 18:02:57 EDT 2016
Well, I agree with Mark (again)! Just what is the reason to report a
"notable" bird on/in a private area where the public isn't invited, or
encouraged to enjoy that bird? Not sure what that really accomplishes.
Yes, we all should respect the privacy of the landowner(s), but with
that in mind why report it?
If its to make the CT birding community aware that an uncommon or rare
bird has been sighted and to start watching other public areas, that's
notable. Hopefully its not to show off and solicit public approval for
having such keen birding prowess. Certainly it's important to have the
bird noted with the records committee and it should be with images,
notes, location, etc. That should be the end of it; mission
accomplished, job well done!
Although I have been watching and studying birds for over 40 years, I
am relatively new to organized birding in the CT birding community. I
joined the CT Birds list 6 years ago. Looking back, current bird
sighting reports were appearing on the listserv as fast as you could
read them. Now, 6 years later: crickets......and day old crickets!
This is not an ebird/listserv conversation, its about what the hell
happened to the listerv updates in "real time". As I mentioned, I am
really a newbie to this community, yet I receive phone calls (and make
calls myself) from many of the well-known birders when a Shorebird,
Gull or whatever is being seen. Its like the old days, word gets out
immediately down the grapevine. Honestly, its seems to be the only
means to receive current sightings and updates without waiting to hear
the iphone ding of relatively current alerts or text messages!
Watching birds use to be so much fun....now its all a big computer game!
I for one, will not EVER report a bird on the listserv on private
property that will not allow the general birding community to enjoy it
as well. Really, what does it serve? Do I really need the accolades
that much? No! Its just not that important to me!
Quoting Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>:
> If a rare bird is on private property and it is certain that no
> access will be allowed to the general birding public, after many
> sincere attempts, what is the use of reporting it publicly?
> Write up your report, put it in Ebird with the location disguised
> if you must, send your report to the ARCC, a note to the Field Notes
> editor of the Warbler, and that is it. Public accolades and
> super-birder glory will have to wait till you see something that
> others can also see.
> It still gets in the scientific record and that is all that matters
> What is more frustrating than someone reporting, say a mexican
> violetear at a feeder in Chaplin and then saying that no birders can
> go see it and shouldn't harass the neighbors by searching the
> neighborhood for it.... ( you did not hear about this bird from me).
> Just see it if you are lucky enough, document DOCUMENT DOCUMENT it,
> write the report, send it to the ARCC and the field notes editor,
> and go on your merry way.
> And again, if you do see something that there is access to, rapid,
> timely, and accurate reporting to all media possible, including
> TELEPHONE, preferably while the bird is still present, would
> certainly be appreciated.
> Broken record signing off.
> Mark Szantyr
>> On Aug 21, 2016, at 12:35 PM, Ralph Amodei via CTBirds
>> <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
>> Paul, I fully accept, recommend and agree with your comment about a
>> rare bird sighting and property owners privacy. I think this brings
>> lovers all across the state of CT and elsewhere. It also touches
>> upon the believe ability of the sighting reported. A hard call and
>> description are encouraged and throughout there are those who may
>> not believe in the report. Privacy is essential.
>> Ralph Amodei
>> East Haven, CT
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