Date: 3/6/18 10:07 am From: Bill McGovern via va-bird <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Thanks for the Sapsucker discussions!
I'm very grateful for all the discussion about sapsuckers, and I have learned a lot over the past few days. I now know that 1) most sapsucker species will interbreed, especially on the edges of their ranges, 2) we should be on the lookout for sapsucker hybrids, and 3) in our area, we should be on the lookout for red napes--I would never have noticed, were it not for these discussions. Thanks to all who contributed over the past few days!
I don't know if one of the purposes of VA-Bird is education, but it should be! I think we need more of this!
Bill -----Original Message----- From: va-bird <va-bird-bounces+bmcgovern=<cox.net...> On Behalf Of David Young via va-bird Sent: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 12:36 PM To: <va-bird...> Subject: [Va-bird] Discusssion threads
I have paused and hesitated about posting this comment but after seeing 16 or so posts about a bird that was last seen 2017, I feel it's perhaps needed. These discussions don't serve the intended purpose of this resource unless said the bird returns. I come here to see what birders are currently observing and hopefully to post a report about what I have seen that may be of immediate interest to other birders in Virginia and for those out of state birders looking to travel here. I know when I go to other states listing to help my travel plans and see these types of threads I would prefer not to sort through random discussions about optics, hstorical sightings, self promotion, out of state trips and photos or even extensive banter about current observations. There are record committees to decide this bird and I am certain there are social media groups where these postings could play out to those concerned. I am probably guilty of doing the same by posting this. Many of these comments would be best taken off line, but that is more difficult now since the e-mail address of the senders does not readily appear (at least on my format) as they always had in past years. Take your birding energies outdoors and report what your currently observing, that is what this Va-bird News is all about. It is a fantastic resource and one that I still enjoy In this era of so many options, I find it the most direct and personal method to report and to read others daily updates. I welcome any offline comments, perhaps I am being a curmudgeon but so be it.