birding-aus Rarities, vagrants etc.

Subject: birding-aus Rarities, vagrants etc.
From: "Niven McCrie" <>
Date: Thu, 22 Jul 1999 12:54:07 +0930
It's rather dismissive to imply that birds (or sightings of them) are 
inconsequential unless they have 'genuine scientific importance'. 
I would suggest that the occurrence of a bird in an area is never 
'inconsequential', be it a resident, visitor or vagrant. I'd also suggest 
that the latter occurrences can tell quite a lot about a bird's biology 
and may well be a productive area of study for someone with a 
suitable approach. But science aside, birdwatchers in general love 
to see vagrants, the rarer the better. 

There was a Flock Bronzewing at the Darwin Sewage Works on 
Tuesday (20/7), rather a good record on which to base a 
discussion of the 'scientific' value of sightings of vagrants.
It may be that we're venturing into the murky waters of 'science v. 
birdwatching', which I'd rather avoid so I'll leave it at that.

Good birding
PS There was a downy Rufous Owl in the Darwin Botanic Gardens 
this morning, presumably only a day or two out of the nest. Nice 

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