Date: 3/13/17 11:32 am
From: Joe Roller <jroller9...>
Subject: [cobirds] MOB, mob, m. ob. or mobs?
It's common to report that a bird was seen by many observers. Even if one
makes a list of all the birders in the group, why mention those
names when "m. ob." will suffice? Who wants their names in the Big Database
that documents that the bird was seen during your "lunch hour,"
as so many rarities are. In fact, for birders, the "lunch hour" is the
interval between 9 AM and 3:30 PM, but that is expandable depending on how
a megararity is. I know a birder who drove to New Mexico and back over
"the lunch hour."

The useful shorthand for a "whole bunch of birders" is some variation of
"m. ob." Or is it "M. Ob."

Also frequently seen are "mob" or "Mob" which seems to mean many, many
observers, a mob, which is larger than a gaggle or an ogle of birders.

As long as the letters "M," "O," and "B" are included, every reader knows
what is meant. Sadly, it is extra sad when a bird is seen nine times daily
by a "mob" or by "m. ob." but you were not there to be part of the mob. Can
you spell "dip?" How sad is that?

Joe Roller, Denver
(too much time on my hands)

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