[Tweeters] some say yes NOWA, but I would prefer they say no NOWA

Betty bettinab39 at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 30 12:54:27 PDT 2016

This is something that I also wish people who post on tweeters would follow. Many is the time when I have no clue to what bird they are talking about because I do not know or use the 4 letter abbreviations for the birds. Have never used them over the 60 years that I have been a birder!! And not in the different states that I have birded and lived in – California, Oregon, Colorado, Florida….the abbreviations were not used in those states when I lived there.

Something else that would be appreciated – Like Stewart Wechsler said – I don’t read everything that is posted. It would be nice if a person would state where they saw the bird…even if hey said that in a previous post. The bird interests me, and I wonder if it is in a place that I could go look for it – but the where is not said,, .. so I know that I will not go look for it…

Betty Boyd

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Chimacum, Wa

From: tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Stewart Wechsler
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2016 7:20 AM
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Subject: [Tweeters] some say yes NOWA, but I would prefer they say no NOWA

I've been birding since 1968. I know all of the birds' names (at least those that the AOU hasn't changed in 20 years), but I don't know the 4 letter codes. 4 letter codes are for field notes, they don't work so well when communicating with others. It seems like an insiders' secret code. I am also a botanist and sometimes use 4 letter codes for botany field notes, but never use them to communicate to other botanists. A high percentage, of even the most knowledgeable local botanists, wouldn't know what plant I am talking about.

Also I intermittently check in to Tweeters, I don't follow all of the dialogues. If you write as if everyone reading, had read the news from an earlier day of a bird being seen somewhere, you will lose part of your audience. I would prefer that if people start a new thread with a new subject line that they write so that those that didn't read earlier posts from earlier days would know what you are talking about. Not everyone who reads a post about a Northern Waterthrush having been seen in a given site will know that it had been seen there earlier.

-Stewart Wechsler

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