[wisb] Re: Thoughts on reporting rare/interesting birds

I concur with Peter Fissel's comments wholeheartedly!!

I personally took absolutely no offense to Ryan Brady's or Jesse Ellis's 
comments related to my possible Kittiwake ID because I knew their comments were 
well-intentioned and on-target, and were meant to be helpful to folks on the 
WISBIRDN list.

Guess I'm just saying that if you see something interesting, don't hesitate to 
post it to WISBIRDN...which I think is the point Peter was making! :-)

Bernie Sloan
Milwaukee

--- On Sun, 1/16/11, Peter Fissel <pfissel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Peter Fissel <pfissel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [wisb] Thoughts on reporting rare/interesting birds
> To: "Wisconsin Birding Network" <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 10:38 PM
> 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 
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