Date: 12/27/20 4:06 pm From: David Provencher via CTBirds <ctbirds...> Subject: [CT Birds] Dovekie etc, a comment and let's move on please
It's time to move on from this discussion, but please understand that this moderator feels there has been some merit in what has been posted regarding this event. I also need to do the full disclosure thing here, and that is to say I was not aware of the Dovekie or the release plans. I have seen Dovekie in CT but I would not have gone if I hadn't, it's just not the way I want to bird. That's not meant as a criticism of others, it's just not how I choose to bird. The ABA guidelines on these things now allow birders to "count" released species and birders who choose to do so are welcome to it. However, given my understanding of how this event played out I do believe a larger part of the CT birding community could have been given an opportunity to witness this release. I also do not believe the individuals involved are all "elites" who don't care about other birders, but I am disappointed in how this went down. Many of the people who attended this release have volunteered much time and effort over many years to help other birders in our state, in many different ways. Let's hope if another such release occurs a better standard will be set in communicating to the overall community. Of course releasing a bird should not be delayed by a single moment just so someone can "count" it. The bird's welfare must always come first, if we do not ensure that then we have lost our way as birders.
Thank you to everyone who posted, but please let's move on.