Date: 11/9/21 11:35 am
From: Doug Wisneski <dougwisneski...>
Subject: [CT Birds] Re: Rarities, crowds and behavior
Julian, we’ll said and I couldn’t agree more..
Doug Wisneski

On Tue, Nov 9, 2021 at 12:53 PM Christina Cole <gooutsidect...>
wrote:

> <3 beautiful and logical!
>
> Christina Cole
>
> > On Nov 9, 2021, at 11:11 AM, julian hough <jrhough1...> wrote:
> >
> > This topic of mindfulness in the field has become an annual one yet
> should exist year round.
> >
> > The simple lesson is one of fieldcraft and etiquette yet I often sense
> there is a lot of assumptions by people that the owl is scared, hungry,
> agitated, sick, dying, etc. This is of course often an emotional human
> aspect mapped onto the bird that often has no basis in a particular
> situation. Studies have shown many/most migrant Snowy Owls are hardy
> creatures, capable of hunting offshore for ducks and finding and
> dispatching various types of prey quite easily.
> >
> > Birders, photographers, dog-walkers, and joe-public disturb all manner
> of birds every day. This is true of any rare bird where crowds gather, and
> not just owls. The odd disturbance by over-zealous birders is unlikely to
> be detrimental to a healthy Snowy Owl and trying to impose specific
> distances and timed viewing restrictions, while well intentioned, is a
> seemingly idealistic crusade. Harassment, and stories where people have
> been seen flushing owls so there cohort can obtain flight photos is, of
> course, not what is being discussed here.
> >
> > I think what has changed post-Covid, is that there are more
> photographers and birders in CT with access to information. That many more
> people have found an enjoyable passion is great, but with that beginning of
> exploring something new, comes a learning curve of fieldcraft and
> awareness. Some photographers are not birders in the true sense of the word
> and don't carry binoculars so there will be different expectations of what
> the 'rules' are between different subsets of observers. More people will
> show up at Snowy Owls to satiate there own particular enjoyment. That seems
> an undeniable fact.
> >
> > I've seen good behavior from many people at the various Snowy Owls at
> Long Beach in recent years, as opposed to the opposite. Generally it is the
> camera phone and short lens brigade that often needs coralling who have no
> idea what 'too close is'.
> > If there is a crowd 30' from the bird, is nobody there speaking up and
> asking the collective to move a few feet further back? Is nobody taking
> charge of the situation to help guide and inform? It doesn't have to be
> confrontational. I've seen people politely suggest a different course of
> action and most people of reasonable disposition will oblige if the request
> is valid, or if it helps everyone optimize their experience. Sometimes
> itcan be educational and perhaps avoid an after-the-fact post to CT Birds.
> >
> > I think it is more a matter of common sense and people speaking up and
> working together and having some patience rather than trying to shame and
> put limits on people's enjoyment whether they are photographers or birders.
> Obviously there's no one answer that fits every scenario.
> > Good biridng
> >
> > Julian Hough
> > New Haven
> >
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