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Mntncougar at aol.com
Mntncougar at aol.com
Wed Jun 28 18:33:04 EDT 2017
I am waiting for thunder to roll and lightning to strike, but I totally,
and I mean TOTALLY agree with Mark S on this. (Hmmmm, nothing yet; so far so
good). King Rail does not have threatened status and is still hunted in
several southern states. It is not even way out of range; it breeds in the
northeast. Specifically, throughout New Jersey, in appropriate habitat. It
seems to me there has already been another seen in CT this season.
The first thing I saw about the bird on this list was some very pompous
and scolding comments about anyone that would dare to post about it or even
put it on Ebird.
The implication was that this bird should be hidden and guarded at all
costs for it's own safety. However the truth is, that means hidden for the
chosen few , who, of course, must see the bird to guarantee for posterity that
it really is a King Rail. There are probably 100 of those people who would
be informed under any circumstances, so it's not really that no one would
know. Of course, most of those people have already seen King Rails,
probably at least a few.
But it would be terrible if the great unwashed, i.e. the every day birder
on this list, for whom it would be a life bird and a great one, actually
had a chance to see it.
But of course, they can't be trusted. They might tell someone else. They
might actually take a picture of it with their point and shoot camera, even
though the in crowd is more likely to show up with 20 pounds of camera and
lens. By the way, I'm not necessarily knocking that either, it's just that
it certainly makes the possibility of disturbance greater.
If you or I or anyone sees a "special" bird it is, of course, personal
choice whether to tell anyone else or not. But the purpose of this list is to
inform the CT birding public of of any and all birds that might be of
interest so that they may have an opportunity to see them if they choose to go
and look. And if you read this list for that purpose and then choose not to
divulge the location when the time comes that you see one, as far as I'm
concerned you have violated the trust of all those who posted before you. I,
personally, will take offense at that.
This bird is not even particularly rare, and certainly not critically
endangered. but here's a case in point.
The rarest bird that I personally have ever seen, in terms of its
likelihood in the U.S. was the Northern Lapwing that showed up at UConn a few years
ago. It was posted as soon as it was seen and even though I (who live 5
mi. from UConn) was at Lighthouse Point in New Haven at the time, I was able
to head towards home and actually have a good look at the bird.
But the real point is, so did hundreds of CT birders, most of whom were
already there by the time I arrived. The bird seemed totally unconcerned. But
it was finally flushed ... by a jogger with a dog who was totally
oblivious to the situation and went right up to the bird. Which probably would have
happened with or without birders.
So as far as I'm concerned the argument of defending the bird is pure
hyperbole except possibly in a very few unusual cases. I think the vast
majority of birders in this state are models of decorum when it comes to birding
etiquette, and the few who either don't know or don't care are likely to be
Hmmmmm, still no lightning; guess I'll quit while I have the chance.
Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:50:35 -0400
From: Mark Szantyr <birddog55 at charter.net>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Subject: [CT Birds] King Rail thoughts
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This King Rail thing has brought me out from hermit status. It seems that
a lot of people are being incredibly judgemental about how one can look at
a bird that at other seasons(fall), can be included in a kill limit of
rails set at 10 per day by hunters...
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