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I have to agree. Not all who read the reports are long time birders so having the "common" species listed would be of great interest to a beginner or someone from a different region of the country.

Sue Wetmore

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On Aug 13, 2010, at 4:12 PM, Kyle Rosenblad <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Hi VTBirders,
> 
> Just writing to second the motion in favor of non-rarity reports. I'm often
> eager to find certain non-rare species just because I enjoy seeing them, and
> the detailed reports of VTBirders facilitate birding for these target
> species in a way that, in my opinion, even eBird (a wonderful resource
> itself) can't.
> 
> With many thanks to Ernie Buford,
> Kyle
> Shelburne
> 
> On Fri, Aug 13, 2010 at 3:16 PM, Miriam Lawrence
> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> 
>> On Aug 13, 2010, at 2:52 PM, astrong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> 
>>> I think it is also helpful to maintain perspective...while sifting
>> through email the delete key is only inches away.
>>> 
>>> Allan
>> 
>> I'm with Allan. It's called the delete key.  If we all label our posts
>> accurately in the subject line--which I find people do very well on
>> this list--then it isn't that difficult to simply delete the posts
>> that are not of interest.
>> 
>> Personally, I would be very sad to see some of the "mundane" reports
>> go away. To me, they aren't mundane -- they speak to why I am a
>> birder.  For me, this activity is not all about the newest bird on my
>> list, though I love adding to my life list as much as the next person.
>> I already figure I'll have to leave the state to see many new birds
>> at this point.  For me, this hobby is about the beauty and elegance
>> and fascination these creatures bring to our lives.
>> 
>> I love how much VT Birders notice and post those types of
>> observations; in fact, I find it wonderfully refreshing to read.  If
>> this list were only rare bird reports, I would find it much less
>> interesting and valuable.
>> 
>> I also don't mind the types of announcements that have been discussed
>> here, nor the sharing of photo links or info about events of interest.
>> Again, for me, these things keep the birding community vibrant and
>> rich.
>> 
>> Perhaps what's really needed is a second listserv, VTRAREBIRDS. That
>> way, the folks who are really just looking for that info could leave
>> this list and subscribe there.
>> 
>> Of course, there is already the ABA Rare Bird alert listserv (to which
>> I belong) but you have to sift through national listings.  And isn't
>> there some way that those folks can use eBird to find rare birds in
>> Vermont?
>> 
>> I'll also point out that for iPhone users, there is the BirdsEye app
>> from Cornell/eBird, which is designed to help you find birds in your
>> area using real-time eBird info.
>> 
>> And no, I have no affiliation with Apple and this does not constitute an
>> ad. ;)
>> 
>> Ernie, in case no one else has said it, THANK YOU for all of your work
>> running this list, and for caring enough to solicit feedback from its
>> members!!
>> 
>> 
>> Miriam Lawrence
>> Monkton
>> 
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> Kyle Rosenblad
> Brown University 2010
> 133 Bacon Drive
> Shelburne, VT 05482