Date: 5/5/18 3:26 pm From: David Provencher via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: Re: [CT Birds] field guide to nests
I agree Greg. I've owned it for so long I can't remember when I got it. But it's usually next to my bed now and I reference it constantly. Funny how you can wake up at 2am and wonder where a White-eyed Vireo prefers to place its nest. I find it invaluable during the atlas fieldwork, knowing where a species' nest should be is key to successfully detecting many nests. And as soon as I am aware of a nest I try to give it a wide berth to avoid doing any harm.
Dave Provencher Preston
On Sat, May 5, 2018, 5:06 PM 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. > > Greg Hanisek > Waterbury > _______________________________________________ > This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) > for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. > For subscription information visit > http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org > _______________________________________________ This list is provided by the Connecticut Ornithological Association (COA) for the discussion of birds and birding in Connecticut. For subscription information visit http://lists.ctbirding.org/mailman/listinfo/ctbirds_lists.ctbirding.org