Date: 12/31/18 10:09 am
From: 'James Tyler Bell' via Maryland & DC Birding <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Varied Thrush visitation rules
Many people are coming to St. Mary's and have been successful in seeing the elusive Varied Thrush found by young Zach Stickney more than a week ago. However, many people are also not posting the visitation rules in their emails or eBird checklists. As with the Calliope Hummingbird in Cape St. Claire, if you don't have the rules in your checklist, it's being invalidated, per the homeowners request. It's a simple copy and paste and saves the eBird reviewers a lot of unnecessary time contacting observers when they could simply validate the checklist otherwise. Here are the rules, in bold, again:
"Access guidelines: The bird has mostly been seen in the woods on the left (north) side of 22070 Philip Drive in greater Leonardtown MD. The homeowners are extremely welcoming. Birders may visit between 8am and 4pm. Visitors may walk on the driveway but please stay on the asphalt, do not go onto the deck, and do not wander around the yard. Please park along the left side of the road between the first house on Philip and this house (both houses are on the left side). If that space is full, please try to avoid parking directly in front of another house.
New guidance from the neighborhood: Please don't troll the streets in your car looking for the bird. Please park and walk. It looks very suspicious!"
And for anyone who has not come, but are planning to, observers might want to include a more specific location in their notes as the bird does wander around the neighborhood.

Tyler Bell
California, Maryland

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