Date: 2/26/17 4:09 am
From: David Small <docfinsdave...>
Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Great Gray Owl
Amen, Bruce.
"When is one more, too many".

On Sat, Feb 25, 2017 at 5:17 PM, Bruce Bartrug <bbartrug...> wrote:

> 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
> intrusive.
>
> 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
> located.
>
> 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
> birds.
>
> --
> Bruce Bartrug
> Nobleboro, Maine, USA
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> www.brucebartrug.com
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> •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
>
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