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Varied Thrush issue - Kitchener

Postby BirderGuelph1 on Mon Feb 09, 2015 3:47 pm

I thought this was worth sharing. Similar problems to this have been coming up recently (Painted Bunting and Harris's Sparrow) and have been reported to ONTBIRDS as well. ... 76787.html
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Re: Varied Thrush issue - Kitchener

Postby Peter C. on Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:20 pm

This IS very sad ...

I had read Ken's post already, but I'm glad you brought it up here; do you know what actually happened? I haven't a clue, I never went near the area ... did people track the bird to some particular yard, and start trespassing?

Whatever it was, I completely don't get it - how is it that some people's right to "get in close" (or whatever) completely trumps civility? (um... that was a rhetorical question, in case you were wondering... :? ). The completely unwarranted, selfish, self-centered sense of entitlement these people show really gets me steamed - although, not nearly as much as it does the property owners, of course!

And, as a side-effect, this behaviour just happens to ruin things for the rest of us as well. Part of the reason I gave up twitching, years ago....
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(One small anecdote on from my own experience: Years ago, when I was living down in the Doon area, a lady who lived in a house down there contacted me. It was around Christmas Bird Count time, and she a very unusual bird coming to a backyard feeder - she was pretty sure it was a young Summer Tanager. She invited me over to confirm it, and I waited around, outside her back yard, for two successive mornings - to no avail. But later she got some reasonable photos, and sent them to me and another birder in Ottawa for confirmation - we both agreed with her ID. The bird was also seen "live" on-site by an independent observer, and made it on to our CBC list (the second one in the history of the Kitchener count - which I believe is a Canadian record, interestingly enough).

Anyway, the Ottawa guy emailed her back, asking when she was going to post it to ONTBIRDS; he seemed to think this was just a matter of course. When she told me about this, I had to say, effectively, "wouldn't do that, if I were you." I've seen too many situations like that go badly awry... )
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Re: Varied Thrush issue - Kitchener

Postby BirderGuelph1 on Tue Feb 10, 2015 4:43 pm

I'm not sure about what exactly happened. I was originally thinking about going to look for the bird this week sometime but I guess I won't be able to now.

As far as I know the bird has been seen in the same yard for weeks now, visiting a feeder and hanging out in spruce trees on their property. Their backyard can be seen from Stanley Park, but by the sound of it I guess people must have been wandering onto their property for better looks or photos. Maybe someone else reading this knows more about it.
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Re: Varied Thrush issue - Kitchener

Postby Mike O on Tue Feb 10, 2015 8:09 pm

I was also going to stop in to try my luck this week, but due to the trouble have reconsidered. :x
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Re: Varied Thrush issue - Kitchener

Postby fred.urie on Tue Mar 03, 2015 1:21 pm

I saw the Varied Thrush. It was coming to a yard with a fence around it, and it would hide in the evergreens along one side.

The people probably got tired of having birders at their back fence.
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