Date: 3/7/18 1:05 pm From: Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> Subject: [GABO-L] LARK BUNTING, Centennial Olympic Park- present; and a note on ethical birding
Gus Kaufman and I visited COP around 1:15 pm and were looking for the lark bunting. As we approached the spot where it was seen last (in the mulch below the lone holly tree to the east of the visitor center), we observed a birder who seemed to be looking at it. Just as I caught a glimpse of the bird, he deliberately stepped forward, well within the mulched area, causing the bird to fly around to the back of the tree. He then observed the bird not 10 feet away. The bird eventually returned to foraging in the mulch when he left.
It appeared that this birder may not have had binoculars on him and needed to get closer to the bird, but it is unethical, not to mention unkind to cause a bird to flush in this manner. This is in fact the first guideline in Audubon's list for ethical birding ( http://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubons-guide-ethical-bird-photography). I thought a reminder would be appropriate. Just the other day I was speaking to a birder from elsewhere in the world where they don't report rarities immediately for fear that the bird would be harassed or harmed.