Are we birders, twitchers etc a rare species or what

Subject: Are we birders, twitchers etc a rare species or what
From: "Michael Ramsey" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2001 12:06:49 +1000

Hi all,

I must agree with most people on this issue, I hardly ever come across any other birdos in my local stomping area around North East Victoria. Even when I lived in Melbourne for 5 years I rarely found anyone who was birding as well.

In general I found others birdos I have come across to be quite co-operative, sharing notes etc. Some people however have been outright rude, perhaps they feel as though I may be intruding in their space. One lady a few years back in Birrarung Park in eastern melbourne made a determined effort to ignore me when I approached her and then stormed off after I tried to tell her there was a Song Thrush nearby. Maybe some birdos dont like to be helped and prefer to find species themselves. Others may agree that by sharing information you can learn and perhaps see more birds in the area you are observing.

Occasionally non-birdos come up to me when observing and ask what I am seeing. I am quite happy to share info with them.

Michael Ramsey  Wangaratta Vic



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