I forward this to CALBIRDS since that is the forum I spouted off on. Elias is absolutely correct and I am shamed. I apologize to all the birders involved and am working hard to get my foot out leaving my teeth.
Again, I am sorry I offended.
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From: Elias Elias < call7076338833@... >
Subject: Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke
Date: March 12, 2018 at 2:54:16 AM PDT
To: Jim Lomax < sdrib@... >
Cc: Kimball Garrett < kgarrett@... >
We have had really really good observers who have found all sorts of great stuff forever shun the birding community through the attitude you just expressed. For example a Trinidad observer once reported an Arctic Loon several days after the fact. She had a flawless reputation. One local birder with less tack than most took her to task for her delay. As a result it has been years since she has reported a bird to the larger community despite several attempts to coax her into reporting again. Some people are very sensitive and donít like to be pushed into anything. They might quickly turn spiteful.
Lesson of the day is to be patient and lose your sense of entitlement.
Count your blessings for all the birds you do hear about and realize that for innumerable reasons there are circumstances beyond our individual or collective control (including the human emotion of spite) that none of us hear about many other birds.
Food for thought, as already has been mentioned, backchannel communication with known thicker-skinned entities can frequently answer your concerns with tack while not offending, alienating overly sensitive observers.
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