Date: 1/12/18 11:12 am
From: Jason A. Crotty <jasonacrotty...>
Subject: [obol] Re: ebird throws out the baby with the bath water...
A Great Gay Owl would be a very Oregon bird.

The New York Times actually has a relevant piece on owling ethics today:

Jason Crotty

On Fri, Jan 12, 2018 at 11:08 AM, David Irons <llsdirons...> wrote:

> Unless there is some other mystery bird in Corvallis, the bird in question
> was a very out of place Great Gay Owl. I learned of it via Facebook
> postings.
> Had the bird been a Pine Warbler I suspect its presence would have been
> more widely broadcast.
> Dave Irons
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jan 12, 2018, at 10:53 AM, Steve Kornfeld <sbkornfeld...> wrote:
> As suggested I checked on Macaulay. Possibly a Pine Warbler?
> Sent from Mail <> for
> Windows 10
> ------------------------------
> *From:* <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> on behalf
> of Robert O'Brien <baro...>
> *Sent:* Friday, January 12, 2018 10:42:24 AM
> *To:* <joel.geier...>
> *Cc:* Oregon Birders OnLine
> *Subject:* [obol] Re: ebird throws out the baby with the bath water...
> I guess we can now try to guess what the bird species is. Sort of like
> guessing the next state bird in Oregon. Maybe it is the next state bird.
> Bob O'Brien
> On Thursday, January 11, 2018, Joel Geier <joel.geier...> wrote:
> > As luck might have it, another species that comes under this recent
> "protection" for sensitive species by eBird was found in Corvallis a few
> days ago, after a local resident tipped off a local birder who shared it
> with their own personal network of friends.
> >
> > Sightings of the bird were masked but if you looked at the list of
> "recent visits" in Benton County, you'd see that there was suddenly an
> awful lot of activity in a neighborhood that seldom gets much attention.
> >
> > The bird was excluded from all of those ebird lists but still, by my
> count, at least 14 birders who were in the loop thanks to personal
> connections went to that location to twitch the bird, within the space of 3
> or 4 hours.
> >
> > A long-time local birder who lives on the same street as where this bird
> was seen saw another birder walking by, who didn't stop to share this
> information, but later posted a photo of the bird on the Macaulay library
> (which turns out to be a bit of a loophole in the system).
> >
> > The bird apparently has not been seen since around 4 pm that afternoon.
> Hard to say if the sudden attention by 14+ birders with binoculars and
> cameras was the cause, or if it was something else. But if the purpose of
> the new ebird "protections" for sensitive species is to protect these
> species from excessive attention, apparently that purpose was defeated by
> word-of-mouth in this case.
> >
> > The system might need some work.
> >
> > --
> > Joel Geier
> > Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
> >
> >

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