Date: 6/28/17 9:04 am
From: Steve Jones <sjlarue1...>
Subject: Re: [Ohio-birds] use of bird songs/calls during nesting season
While I do not belong to the ABA...I do like a lot of their guidelines.:

"1(b) To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise
restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or
filming.

Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and
never use such methods in heavily birded areas or for attracting any
species that is Threatened, Endangered, of Special Concern, or is rare in
your local area.

Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and
important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for
extended observation, photography, filming, or recording, try to use a
blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover."

I use them sparingly, more to determine if a species is present than to
attract. And only in areas where few ever go....like when I'm kayaking
alone, or back country roads. More of a "Hey are you here?" Once nesting
season is in full swing, the recordings stay off.

A couple times a year, I will use them to help someone else get a life
bird, but again only in the early part of spring, and only if we are in low
pressure areas.

What is a low pressure area? Magee, no. Big Island yes in certain areas.
Lawrence Woods...maybe...depends on the species.

Pishing...I'm a little more liberal on that. Year round, not in heavy
areas...and since you are mimicking birds of prey, once or twice is
enough, no need to sound like a leaky tire going 50 miles an hour for ten
minutes.

If against a given park's rules...duh!

Anyhew

Happy birding and God bless,

Steve J


On Jun 27, 2017 10:27 PM, "John Herman" <herman.jp1257...> wrote:

Most birders are very ethical, conscientious individuals. However, there is
a small number of birders that have no problems playing calls/songs during
the nesting season. If a person thinks they have to use a recording to get
their lifers or photographs, especially during the nesting season, they are
not much of a person. We all love birding, but shouldn't there be some
common sense barriers to what civilized birders do?
John Herman

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