[va-bird] Re: Birding Ethics + Purple Finches

You guys are doing this deliberately, right? ....having a "public" spat in an attempt to generate some life into us?


----- Original Message ----- From: "Thumtak" <ict_earth@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "VA Birds" <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, March 05, 2006 10:32 AM
Subject: [va-bird] Re: Birding Ethics + Purple Finches



Val, when exactly were you deputized?

 I once saw you chase a little old man away from the area outside your
fancy water feature at Fort Smith Park - he was quietly collecting
fallen leaves that he planned to press, but you thought his presence
might be disruptive to the birds coming to drink (even though you had
just taken a break from weeding the very same garden). Why??????

 Now regarding you're response to Mr. Parkins post from Rectortown -
whether or not it was wrong for Mr. Parkin to wander a few feet on to
private property to satisfy his harmless curiosity of the pavillion, is
NOT the issue with me. You pointing it out IS.
 If you have a gripe WITH HIM, take it up WITH HIM, and spare the rest
of us your self-righteous ramblings. Most of us VA-birders are quite
capable of doing the right thing without you constantly reminding us
what it is.

 All you're missing is a toy badge from an old Cracker Jack box...

 Oh, almost forgot. I've had a flock of 60+ Purple Finches at my
feeders for the past few weeks.


Very sincerely, Ian C. Topolsky Ruth, VA

--- VBKitchens@xxxxxxx wrote:

VA Birders,

    In a recent posting on the Short-eared Owls at Rectortown in
Fauquier
Co., the writer said he "wandered back to the pavilion to look at
it."  From my
visit to this site, I believe the pavilion to which the writer refers
is on
private property in the field behind  the driveway entrance where you
can pull
off the road to look for the owls.

    Principle #2 of the ABA (American Birding Association) Code of
Birding
Ethics states "Respect the law and the rights of others. . . .  Do
not enter
private property without the owner's explicit permission."

    Unfortunately, birders are sometimes viewed with suspicion (think
CBBT),
and incidents like this can lead to birders not being welcome in a
neighborhood where an unusual bird has shown up.  So please, folks,
when we give
directions to good birds on the Listserv, be considerate of private
property owners as
well as other birders  when you go to look for these birds.  Thanks.

Good birding,
Val Kitchens
Arlington, VA
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