On reporting observations

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Subject: On reporting observations
From: Paul Mahoney <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 16:42:58 +1000
Even the "I went there with Cynthia on Saturday afternoon and we saw it too" style "me too" provides useful information on the odd birds that occasionally turn up - they demonstrate the continued presence and may be the final record before departure to an unobserved site 100m down the road / further into the bush...
Keep me too-ing....
....although I am unlikely to be doing any of this activity myself at the moment as there are only 24 species common between my Australian and my Tunisian lists.  The only way that I could participate is if Common Pigeon, Common Starling, Common Blackbird or House Sparrow suddenly became worthy of a 'me too', or the cisticola reported at Kellys was of the Zitting variety.

Date: Fri, 10 Jul 2009 14:35:55 +1000
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] On reporting observations

Crocodile Dundee:    Call THAT a Me Too?!  That’s not a Me Too.  THIS is a Me Too – “I went there with Cynthia on Saturday afternoon and we saw it too.  What a great bird!”


From: Anthony Overs [
Sent: Friday, 10 July 2009 12:21 PM
To: canberrabirds
Subject: [canberrabirds] On reporting observations


I would like to second the sentiments below from Matthew's email.

Recently, a couple of people told me that they are reluctant to report their observations on the chatline through fear of being ridiculed, patronised or even abused.

I would encourage everyone to report anything that they would like to share, regardless of how common or uncommon the bird/behaviour is. If you think it's interesting, then share it! If you've got a question, then ask!!

Of course, I'd also encourage people to consider writing up their more interesting observations for inclusion in Canberra Bird Notes.


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Finally, I put forward the sentiment that encouraging posting of observations is more valuable to the group than the opposite, which could result in missing out on knowing what is being seen, especially if it is an influx - and a reminder that all such observations are ideally followed-up with the completion of an official COG observation record for the database.


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