Re: Listing dilemma - Imagine this...

To: (Birding Aus)
Subject: Re: Listing dilemma - Imagine this...
From: Paul Taylor <>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 1996 22:48:22 +1100 (EST)
> > A cable TV station which has 24-hour coverage of wild places. ...

The talk about Jeff, the Crony Casino and future developments reminded
me of a song I heard waaay back in the mid '70s on a film reel back in
primary school: 

Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
"...They took all the trees and put 'em in a tree museum
    Then they charged all the people a dollar-and-a-half just to see 'em
    Don't it always seem to go
    That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone;
    They paved paradise and put up a parking lot..."
> Technology creates other dilemmas for listkeepers. A couple
> of years ago I was in the US and phoned home new years eve.  In the
> background I heard a Silvereye call.  Now some of us list heard-only
> species and surely a telephone is a birding aid not too different
> to binoculars which creates a dilemma.

A telephone is the audio equivalent of a television - a remote sensing

The audio equivalent of binoculars would be a hearing aid or other
sound-amplifying equipment.  Which begs the question:  why aren't
birdos seen running around with parabolic or "shotgun" microphones?
(And do you need to stick teddybear eyes on the furry mike covers
to avoid deafness from magpie impacts?)
> I don't have any dilemma re:geography - I would be silly to put the
> Silvereye on my US list.  However it was still December 31 1993 in the
> US but January 1st 1994 in Australia.  Does the Silvereye go on my 1993
> list or on my 1994 list?
> Fortunately I'm too lazy to keep year lists.

Since you are accepting the bird's geographical position for your list,
it would make sense to follow its time as well.  Therefore it would go
on your 1994 list (if you recorded such events). 

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