[wisb] A comment on "repeat" birds, and a few warblers
- From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 17 May 2010 15:54:11 -0500
Hey all- Over the past few days I've picked up both Magnolia and Cape May Warblers in my yard in Madison... it's such a pleasure to have them come to you sometimes. I've also been thinking a little bit about "repeat" rarity sightings. It's important, especially at this time of year, to make sure that the rarities seen at one location are well-described to the public (not just a records committee), just in case multiple individuals show up. The two I'm thinking of at the moment are the Schumacher-Wangsness Reeve(s) and the Pheasant Branch Summer Tanager(s). Please realize I'm not in any way passing judgment on any reports and descriptions of these birds - they may well be the same individuals, and they may have even been initially very well described. I just want to get people thinking. Hey, you're thinking - you're crazy Jesse, we'd never get two Reeves in one site in Wisconsin. My response is that Ruffs have a fairly well documented pattern of vagrancy, and of all rare shorebirds to get, they'd be the one we'd get two of. As for Summer Tanagers, I personally experienced a situation where I knew of a single reported male adult Summer Tanager, at the Bass Ponds in Bloomington, MN; I managed to find a beautiful summer tanager dappled green and red - a lifer. I was thrilled. I wrote notes, and kept birding. A half hour later an adult male Summer Tanager appeared, fully red, no green... the bird previously reported. ! !!! But this sort of thing could be true for many birds - without good descriptions, or better yet banding records, we can't be sure. Why bother being sure? It's fun for understanding Wisconsin's bird life, and I hope everyone on this list is interested in it generally. Anyway, congrats all on those who've seen these birds, and happy migration to you. Jesse -- Jesse Ellis Madison, Dane Co, WI #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.
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