Thursday, December 8, 2011
Rare Is All About Time and Place
As I reflect on the species of birds that I have seen recently including the Northern Mockingbird, this YRW, the Snowy Owl, I just know that there are so many special birds out there that are not found. It is pure luck, happen chance and perhaps a little serendipity that brings a birder in contact with a special bird.
It strikes me as unusual that special birds like a Pine Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Baltimore Oriole and a White-breasted Nuthatch land in the yards of birders. How many more show up in yards of people who love looking at birds but have no idea how special it is to find one of these? If a cast net could be thrown over the island and all the rare birds here right now could be collected in one spot, I think it would be astounding. In stead I think the vast majority of these rare birds will escape to warmer zones or succumb to the elements without their visit ever being recorded.
Every birder can expand this cast net by encouraging all of their contacts to watch for anything that flies and looks different to let them know.