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
> (too much time on my hands)

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