I concur with Jesse's comments - it's definitely better to risk a mis-ID than to be afraid of reporting something potentially good. I think beginning or less-advanced birders often feel somewhat intimidated and worry about looking foolish, but as I always emphasize to newbies on my field trips, even highly-experienced birders make mistakes. It's how you learn! Never be afraid to point out something that you can't fully ID, even if you suspect it's not anything uncommon - maybe it really IS something unusual, and happens to be a very tough bird to separate from another, more common species. At the very least, even if it turns out not to be the rarity you hoped it was, you'll get some (hopefully) useful feedback and gain some knowledge. (And, if you're like me, you'll have to forget something else to make room for that new tidbit of info, but I digress...) As a corrollary, even if you're an experienced birder, something you regard as not very notable might be really exciting to someone who's seldom or never seen that species. This is particulary true if you're birding in an area far removed from your home turf. I would barely look twice at a Semi-palmated Sandpiper here in July - in Arizona, it's an RBA species. (Just as an Arizona birder would barely glance at a Western Sandpiper in Wisconsin.) Speak up, share, use the wondrous new technological tools we have. As Jesse pointed out, think about the "old days" of phone hotlines, versus iPhones with birding apps. Peter Fissel Madison 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.