3:00 pm Thursday. Lark Bunting foraging in the open, mulched area by the corner of Baker and Centennial Olympic Park drive. Northeast corner of Centennial Park.
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> On Mar 7, 2018, at 4:04 PM, Vinod Babu <pavinodbabu...> wrote:
> Hello all,
> 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 (
> 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.
> Vinod Babu
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