Date: 1/28/18 8:40 pm
From: David Irons <LLSDIRONS...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Wallowa Co Gyrfalcon
The logic and wisdom of treating Oregon's wintering Gyrfalcons as a "sensitive species" escapes me. It would be like hiding Willamette Valley reports of wintering Prairie Falcons, whose frequency of appearance is not that much greater than that of the Gyrfalcon. As I stated a week or so ago, the falconers–the presumptive imaginary threat (like those we need a border wall for)–know where all the interesting falcons are long before we feeble birders find them. I would not hesitate to report the location of wintering Gyrfalcon unless the safety of the birders going to look for it was in question. I worry not about the falcon's safety. I don't recall any mysterious mid-winter disappearances of Oregon Gyrfalcons, so I seriously doubt that falconers are going after them. All Gyrs seem to show up, stay the season and then disappear when it is seasonally appropriate.

Dave Irons

Beaverton, OR

From: <obol-bounce...> <obol-bounce...> on behalf of Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Sent: Monday, January 29, 2018 3:37 AM
To: Jack Williamson
Cc: OBOL Birders Online
Subject: [obol] Re: Wallowa Co Gyrfalcon

My guilt is written on my … well, let’s just say it’s written.

But Trent asked me to post the location so I did, and I didn’t put anything on eBird. So there !

Alan Contreras

Eugene, Oregon<>

On Jan 28, 2018, at 7:13 PM, Jack Williamson <jack.williamson.jr...><mailto:<jack.williamson.jr...>> wrote:

For those unfamiliar with the roads in Wallowa County, I believe the approximate coordinates of Trent's observation are 45.52484, -117.20837.

I compiled eBird observations of GYRF in the county about this same time last winter, and now the word prescient comes to mind in the wake of eBird's recent decision to obscure location data of this and other Sensitive Species<>.

It is a policy I support in general - but (obviously) have reservations about the need and or advisability of impeding the collection of data about Gyrfalcons on wintering territories especially in areas like Wallowa county.

Please find my map of the observations of the Gyrfalcon reported since 2014 below.

The map is not public on the web - yet anyone with the link above can view it.

In other words, if this bird fails to successfully overwinter in the area due to human interference, then we are all responsible.

Actually, I take that back. Alan Contreas was the first person to make the location-specific information about Trent's observation public - so let's all take shelter behind him when allegations of contravening eBird policy begin to fly!

Happy birding,

Jack Williamson
West Linn, Oregon

On Sun, Jan 28, 2018 at 2:39 PM, Alan Contreras <acontrer56...><mailto:<acontrer56...>> wrote:
Trent Bray reports a dark GYRfalcon up Elk Mtn Rd a mile before Swamp Creek Rd.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon


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