Date: 2/25/17 2:17 pm
From: Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
I went to the Searmont area on Friday, because I knew there would be 6,000
people there on Saturday. While I was there everyone was staying about 100
meters from the bird, including photographers. There's no reason to be so

I've been hesitant about reporting rare bird sightings for several decades
for this very reason. These two incidents this winter with great gray owls
have convinced me to stop doing so for good. I've seen people climb fences
and walk around someone's private back yard to see if they can find a bird
reported there earlier. When in southern Texas once I was accosted by a
local resident opposite a field often frequented by flocks of cranes. He
said in no uncertain terms that he didn't want birdwatchers here, because
every time he mowed the grass next to the crane field fence he found
discarded trash and bottles and cans. Not every birder is respectful of
the birds they are hunting for, nor the property on which said bird was

Most birders are decent folk and respect their "prey." But if you wish to
continue getting messages about the location of rare or unusual birds, I'd
suggest calling out those who violate basic birding -- and trespassing --
principles. They are ruining the activity of watching

Bruce Bartrug
Nobleboro, Maine, USA

•The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but
because of those who look on and do nothing. - Albert Einstein
•In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence
of our friends. -Martin Luther King

Maine birds mailing list
You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Maine birds" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to maine-birds+<unsubscribe...>
For more options, visit

Join us on Facebook!