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  1. Re: [CALBIRDS] Eider a steller bird or a joke? LINK
    DATE: Mar 12, 2018 @ 9:13pm, 9 day(s) ago
    I think this is a good time to point out the significant disconnect among some members regarding what the content of CALBIRDS should consist of. For many long-time users (myself included), the group's primary function is to report rare birds - species on the CBRC review list or otherwise considered rare throughout the entire state. We appreciate some of the other types of content of course (Kimball's CBRC updates, Paul's musings), but *in this space* many readers aren't very interested in reading about common birds, blog posts or photo galleries. What kept CALBIRDS going for most of its life was news about state-level rarities.
    That said, as a reminder, here is part of the CALBIRDS description from the Yahoo Groups page: "CALBIRDS is for discussion of wild birds and birdwatching in California only. Suggested topics are bird sightings, identification, status and distribution, birding locations, and non-commercial announcements from birding organizations."
    That's right, if you are one of those birders who believe that CALBIRDS should only be for posting high-level, jaw-dropping rarities, it's an unwritten rule! Rare birds aren't even mentioned! CALBBIRDS is so rarely used in recent years that it would be easy for a newer member to not pick up on the fact that many of the CALBIRDS subscribers have a totally different idea of what this group is all about - again, it isn't written anywhere.
    There are a lot of rumors going around about Yahoo Groups going down the tubes, and as you are all aware, CALBIRDS seems like it has been on its death bed for some time now. If the next generation of CALBIRDS does actually get set up at some point, maybe the stated scope of the group could be narrowed and more refined. Just a thought.
    Steve Tucker
    San Jose
    On Monday, March 12, 2018, 7:57:46 PM PDT, Eric Goodill ericgmac@... [CALBIRDS] wrote:
     Given the low level of traffic on CALBIRDS, Id encourage more rather than less posting. Post if in doubt, but, of course, use your best judgement.
    Eric Goodill
    Menlo Park
    On Mar 12, 2018, at 7:31 PM, judisierra@... [CALBIRDS] < > wrote:
     Apologies for posting the SF Bay Harlequin Duck. I'm going to follow the lead of the Trinidad birder. No more reassurances in the furture that a rarity is still here either. Guess i don't know the strict definition of rare birds to post here' BTW this is a duck that can be viewed closely not something sitting out 1/2 mile from Fort Point SF
    Judi Sierra- Oakland
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