[CT Birds] Car birding: Re: Grass-pipers at Hammonasset

Arthur Shippee ashippee at snet.net
Fri Sep 2 20:36:14 EDT 2016


I appreciate Mark's observation;  we probably all have seen this phenomenon in general.  I wonder why cars seem so unthreatening to many animals.  Do they look like cows?  Or are they unrecognized as animals?

> On Sep 2, 2016, at 8:31 PM, Mark Szantyr via CTBirds <ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org> wrote:
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> http://birddog55.zenfolio.com/p706449373
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> http://birddog55.zenfolio.com/p945379870
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> Buff-breasted and Baird's Sandpipers were very accomodating at Hammonasset today. After i got some photos, i sat back and watched how the birds reacted to birders in cars VS birders on foot. It was no surprise to find that staying in your car is far less intrusive and disturbing to these birds than approaching on foot. Both species tolerated even close approach by automobile but retreated or flushed when birders exited their vehicles and approached on foot. 
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> For what its worth. 
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> Mark Szantyr
> Storrs
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