How not to behave when a vagrant species appears

To: Alan Gillanders <>
Subject: How not to behave when a vagrant species appears
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:22:40 +1100

When one "pleads guilty" to something witnesses are not required:) The behaviour I referred to is harassing the bird. If you google "rose starling dead twitchers", you will see that there are links to several sites with the same story, which is based on a item by the BBC ( from where The Sun no doubt lifted it.) The BBC item was based on a report by a member of the Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB), in whose garden the bird ultimately expired. The RSPB member claimed to have witnessed the alleged harassment. The RSPB did not investigate the matter further, after all, what action could initiate the starling was not a native and the perpetrators of the harassment were unknown, so the chances of a court case getting up would be zero.

I find the report quite believable, having witnessed similar behaviour myself.

Carl Clifford

On 19/01/2009, at 3:28 PM, Alan Gillanders wrote:

by 'behave in this manner' do you mean, writing sensational stories with unfounded conclusions attributed to unidentified informants, driving huge distances or harassing a bird to death?

I would plead guilty to one of them if you could dredge up the witnesses.

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