[Tweeters] Knot Holes

Lee Rentz lee at leerentz.com
Wed Apr 2 08:39:35 PDT 2014

I believe that the new ABA requirement in question came out on April 1.

By the way, I am once again watching Hooded Mergansers inside their nest boxes on my nest cam connected to a television. We have three boxes, and two infrared cameras. At this point one Hoodie is incubating perhaps a dozen eggs, a second has laid some eggs but is not yet incubating, and we're not sure of the status of the third box, but it may also have a female inside at this point (we have seen her go in and out many times). I will be posting videos at some point. This year the mix does not include Wood Ducks, except for an occasional visitor, which stirs up a fight inside the box.

Lee Rentz
lee at leerentz.com
Shelton, WA

On Apr 2, 2014, at 7:13 AM, Dusty <Tweet2Tweet at innerlodge.com> wrote:

> Good grief! Yet another self-aggrandizing, self-elevated, self-important alphabet-soup group that decides for the peasants what is and isn’t permitted? Who the heck cares how one finds or logs a bird? I knew a blind lady that could obviously only bird-by-ear. She could ID a bird I couldn’t even see with unfailing accuracy! So, now because she didn’t get there on an approved, sunshine-sipping, purpose-built vehicle; didn’t drive 100’s of miles to a designated, named, numbered and approved wildlife area; and didn’t have a $10,000 invested in a scope, camera, or set of binoculars with an autographed Peterson’s by her side, her calls are not valid? Give me a break!

> Maybe it’s time to give the bureaucrats the old heave-ho and bring birding back to free citizens instead…


> Dusty Bleher

> Watching my feathered buddies from atop Goebel Hill, NW of Granite Falls.


> From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Mike & MerryLynn

> Sent: 1 April, 2014 22:03

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> Subject: [Tweeters] Knot Holes


> Hello All,


> Just wanted to share with you the new ABA area requirement that will no longer allow listing of new bird species for your life list that are seen through knot holes. The ABA feels that looking at birds through knot holes is some what under handed and is not "gaming" or fair to the birds. Kind of like hearing a new species and counting it even though you have never really seen it in your life. So it was decided by the ABA committee that knot hole birding is out and that you must be outside of a cabin or clap board latrine in order to observe any new bird species for your life list. Mr. Robert L. Kliest of DimeBox, Texas is very upset as he has built himself a knot hole blind out of an abandoned cabin from across the street. Most of his "good" birds were seen from that blind through the knot holes. Mrs. J. P. Monson a long time ABA member is really sore over this new rule as she had taken the time to hammer out all the old tin can lids her late father Chester had hammered onto the house to block all those woodpecker holes in the walls of the house. So no doubt this new rule will cause some folks heart burn and also create ethical issues for some. The ABA no doubt sees this new rule as a black and white issue and really does not see the need for"outside" discussion. So I guess you could write them or call their office to let them know how you feel about the loss of knot hole birding.

> Thank-you Mike Denny

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> Mike & MerryLynn Denny

> Birding the beautiful Walla Walla Valley


> "If you haven't birded, you haven't lived"

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