If you Google "rose starling dead twitchers" you will find quite a few
links to the story on a variety of sites and not just from the UK, so
I think that there is probably a good deal of truth in the story. I
personally find it quite plausible, based on my experiences with other
birders in several countries. I have even seen what I thought were
responsible birders throw rocks into bushes to flush a recalcitrant
bird which had the hide to regard its own safety more highly than the
birders desire to see it. This sort of behaviour is why I generally
prefer to bird on my own.
On 19/01/2009, at 3:27 PM, L&L Knight wrote:
There is limited information in the article. Was the bird only
viewed by 80 twitchers over a three-day period [a rather low number
for a rarite in the UK] or were there up to 80 twitchers at a time
honing in on the bird? How close were the twitchers getting to the
bird? Were they entering people's yards to get close to it?
You might certainly get an interesting scenario where a bird with a
territorial call turned up in an area of limited visibility and
several twitchers independently visiting the site started to play
call recordings at the same time.
On 19/01/2009, at 11:40 AM, Carl Clifford wrote:
There is a down side to all-and-sundry knowing about a vagrant
species turning up.
Not that I am saying that any member of the list would behave in
this manner, would they?
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