Date: 2/25/17 1:59 pm
From: David Gulick <dvdgu741...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Grey
This is sad on lots of levels. Certainly not good for the owl; it will mean some great finds like this will be kept secret as in years past; and that means many fewer people will be able to experience certain very special birds. Personally I hesitated to go (and have not gone) so as not to add to the pressure on this specific bird.


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> On Feb 25, 2017, at 1:35 PM, Richard Harris Podolsky <richardpodolsky...> wrote:
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> Not any more. I was shocked by what I saw. Twenty empty cars on the road with every single person out in the interior of the exact field where the bird had been previously hunting.
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> Bird harassers showed up chased the bird out of the center of the field and into the treeline at the margin. It can no longer forage unencumbered in the entire field or use any of the perches it was previously hunting from because thoughtless people are now occupying those very parts of the field.
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> Common sense says to stay and observe from the road. Be patient. Let the bird reveal itself to you. Do not tramp over its hunting habitat and stand in the field. What are you thinking? The bird needs to feed and it relies upon the entire field for food.
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> When you put yourself in the field you are trespassing on the bird and negatively impacting it. Secondarily, responsible birders with good intention and common sense can no longer see it from the road. Rather, they are forced to join the thoughtless throng in the field - which I refuse to to do. Tragedy of the Commons.
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