[Tweeters] Caracara in danger?

Amy Powell schillingera at hotmail.com
Sun Jul 5 20:46:27 PDT 2015




I would question why anyone thinks that this bird needs to be relocated. By all Tweeter accounts people are reporting that it's doing quite well where it is. Is the thought that this bird isn't? Or is it so that moving it away from an unhappy property owner will allow others birders to (maybe) enjoy viewing it? If the answer is the latter, this idea sounds hardly ideal for the bird. And no, I haven't been to see the bird though I'd love to add it to my life list. Cheers,Amy PowellRenton, Waschillingera at hotmail.com



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From: Eric Kowalczyk <cassidix2005 at gmail.com>
Date: 07/05/2015 2:56 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Tweeters <tweeters at u.washington.edu>
Subject: FW: [Tweeters] Caracara in danger?

Bud,



In all the years that I have known you…I have never and will never think that you have/will have a “dumb idea”.



With much respect,





Eric Kowalczyk

Seattle



From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Bud Anderson
Sent: Sunday, July 5, 2015 1:00 PM
To: tweeters
Subject: [Tweeters] Caracara in danger?



Sounds like a reasonable fear.



I think as bird people, we often forget that much of the rest of the world does not share our interest, passion and curiosity for the avian part of life. And many people out there still have a difficult time understanding that passion.



This guy is apparently one of them. But I think that we also have to respect that he probably lives out there to get away from people, perhaps strangers in particular. Like us.



So, if I may be so bold, I would advise people to be extremely respectful towards him. No one wins in a conflict like this, but there is a good chance the bird could lose.



As far as a suggested solution, here is a proposal for all Tweeterdom to consider.



I can go there, talk to the guy, attempt to capture the bird (they can be very difficult to catch), re-locate it and put a transmitter on it so it can still be followed. We could release it somewhere safer and away from potential conflict. Perhaps here on the Skagit or in a similar habitat.



Now I expect that this proposal is going to start a firestorm here on Tweeters and I can understand why. Some probably think it is really a dumb idea to put this out there at all.



We'll see.



Opportunistic? Yes, admittedly. So we can get that one out of the way right now.



I had considered doing this earlier because I am really interested to see where this bird ultimately goes once he moves on. Great opportunity for some basic raptor research. No one has ever tagged a "wandering" Caracara before. We don't know what it is going to do. Stay? Go north? Go south?



But, frankly, I didn't want to offend people and start a big controversy so I passed on it. I know that there are many people that want to see it and add it to their list.And I respect that.



However, based on the latest reports, I am re-considering. But not without some input and comment first.



So what does everyone think? Let's hear from you. What is the consensus from this group?



And, please, try to keep your responses civil and rational so we can all feel free to comment.



Pretty sure we all share an interest in the welfare of this bird.





Bud Anderson
Falcon Research Group
Box 248
Bow, WA 98232
(360) 757-1911
falconresearch at gmail.com <mailto:falconresearch at gmail.com>

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