Date: 3/13/17 6:53 pm From: 'Dan Stringer' via Colorado Birds <cobirds...> Subject: [cobirds] Re: MOB, mob, m. ob. or mobs?
That's hilarious Joe. Reminds me of me. I left my house today at 6:30 a.m. to take an early lunch, returning at 6 p.m. (all counties). Most memorable bird was Blue-winged Teal at 130-something-th and and Buckley (Adams Co). SOB (some other birders). Returned some voice-mails, replied to some e-mails on my phone. And I never stopped to eat.
Dan Stringer Larkspur, CO
On Monday, March 13, 2017 at 12:32:10 PM UTC-6, Joe Roller wrote:
> 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 > mega > 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 > TMTOMH > (too much time on my hands) > >