Date: 12/6/18 2:54 pm From: Peter Gent <gent...> Subject: [cobirds] Cobirds and the RBA
I have been in England for the past week and will be here for the next 10 days. I halted receiving Cobirds messages while I'm away, so I haven't seen them all, and am speaking without full knowledge of all that has happened over the past week.
First, let me say that Andy Bankert is a tremendous asset to Colorado birding, and his documentation of nesting Baird's Sparrow north of Fort Collins is the most important contribution to our knowledge over the past few years. He is a regular contributor to Cobirds, the CFO and to leading trips at the Convention. Therefore, in my opinon, we should all respect the choices and decisions he made over posting about the Gyrfalcon. He clearly thought hard about what was the best to do in what was not straightforward circumstances. Andy, please continue your contributions to Colorado ornithology in all possible ways.
Second, when I'm in Boulder, I look at Cobirds and the RBA every morning because I'm interested in what has been seen. I would hate the RBA to go away, and am relieved to hear from Joe that it will continue in 2019. I would suggest that it can be relatively short, and the reports I've seen over the past couple of days look fine: Thanks Cheryl. This would make it less of an onerous task to compile on a daily basis. Allison,I think there are many birders out there who really appreciate the RBA; not many alerts get updated daily !!
Third, I think there are still many birders who do send messages to Cobirds about the rare birds they find; I can think of many from Fort Collins all down the Front Range to Pueblo, and the other parts of Colorado. That is still the way I, and many others, let people know about rare birds I see, even if not everyone now does it that way. I would encourage all birders who communicate this way to continue sending messages to Cobirds, even if they now communicate information through Facebook, ebird or any other method as well.