Date: 5/5/18 2:33 pm From: Frank Gallo via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] field guide to nests
I will second Greg's assessment of both the purpose and usefulness of the field guide to nests. It's packed with a lot of interesting information. It is less useful for old nests, but I've been able to figure out many old nests using it. It's yet another tool in the kit.
Frank Gallo, Milford
Life is short. Bird often.
On Saturday, May 5, 2018 Gregory Hanisek via CTBirds <ctbirds...> wrote: I'll have to disagree with Vanessa's assessment of the nest field guide. The way to identify nests is to watch the birds using them. For the purpose of the current CT Atlas, this guide provides a lot of helpful information about habitat, behavior and other topics in the notes section. As Chis Elphick has pointed out in blog posts and his talk at the COA Annual Meeting, finding a nest and getting close enough to look at eggs is not necessarily a good thing in most cases. The important thing is to know where to look, behaviors to look for and the actions that confirm nesting without getting too close - such as carrying food to young and carrying fecal sacs away from the nest. The Atlas at this season is documenting the key biological focus of bird life - breeding, a complex, many faceted process. I would definitely recommend the guide to anyone looking for basic nesting info. It likely won't help you ID an unused nest you find out in the field - because that's not what it's designed to do. I may be wrong, but I don;t think any book does that - comprehensively tell you how to ID nests out of context The guide will offer insights into your efforts to provide good Atlas data. I've been birding more than 50 years and have owned that book for probably more than 30. I never was much involved in pursuing nesting birds and missed the Atlases in the 2 states I've lived in, so I didn't use this guide very much. But now that I'm very involved in the current Atlas I check things out in that book almost daily - and have learned a lot.