FYI, As a birder with moderate skills, I did not feel much supported by others on this list. Thus, I stopped asking questions when my identifications were questionable.
I enjoy reading the postings of others and post FOY sightings or some novel photo; however, this has not generally been a "supportive" place for me to ask questions (with the exception of a helpful reply from Ted Murin about one photograph). Mostly I've gotten no response or something marginally civil.
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From: UVM <[log in to unmask]>
To: VTBIRD <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Mon, Mar 19, 2012 8:51 pm
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] mistaken identifications
If climate change is changing bird migration patterns, then we have to keep very
areful records and be very careful about our identifications in order to
ocument the changes. That's why experienced birders have an obligation to
rovide careful documentation of out of range or out of season sightings.
ikewise we have an obligation, when a novice birder posts an unusual or rare
ighting, to point out to them why this might be an exceptional occurrence, and
o respectfully question them about their sighting, and to request further
ocumentation. In my experience, the discussions this approach can stimulate
ften lead to better bird identifications by both experienced and novice
irders. Just my two cents!
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On Mar 19, 2012, at 6:46 PM, Bonita <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear all,
I cringed this morning when I read Jane's E-mail, meant for the list or not.
In my opinion, it is important to maintain civility toward everyone,
xperienced or not. We all can and do make errors. And, hopefully, we learn from
hem. It doesn't help to jump all over someone and make them feel badly. Worse,
his kind of behavior can make one stop adding to the list, which is a loss for
ll of us.
We do have the Vermont checklist which provides us with parameters, but it is
ot the end-all. Bird behavior changes all the time. We are in the midst of a
lobal warming which will change behaviors even more. Red-winged Blackbirds
pent the winter here. Tree Swallows are back earlier than I have ever seen them
38 years of bird watching in Bennington). Southern birds have moved north and
ave stayed here.
Have you noticed that birds have wings? They can fly wherever and whenever
hey wish. They don't read the guidelines we use.