[va_co_birding] Re: Lines and rules

  • From: "Mike Stinson" <svstinm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: va_co_birding@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 15:56:12 -0400

Finally getting back to this...

>  Yes, in all likelihood these birds were BCNH,
>almost WITHOUT a doubt- but this is where listing becomes a truly
>subjective and personal pastime. It pretty much leaves it up to the
>individual to make that crucial decision regarding the addition of a
>species to whatever list (or lists) in question.

I think Ian's right in this regard, and it doesn't conflict with what I was 
saying earlier. You have to i.d. the birds for yourself, but ultimately you 
have to be the judge of when you've seen the bird well enough to truly say 
that you KNOW that's what it was. Probably all of us have had situations 
where a good birder says "there's a so-and-so" and we see...something...but 
not well enough to count it. Usually we just say "oh well," but when it's a 
life/ state/ county/ bigday tick, it's funny how that decision gets harder 
to make.



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