[Tweeters] TEWA sighting modification, new design for stakeout

Ed Newbold ednewbold1 at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 31 21:18:50 PST 2019

Hi All,
One birder who was at the stakeout today thought they saw the bird poke it's head out of the fence and then flee back into the blackberries.
I have always been of the opinion that this bird is more aware of it's environment and way more skittish than the stakeout design allows for.  
Therefore we would like to move the stakeout, (to the extent that anyone still wants to come as this bird is now officially and most certainly a long-shot) into the Casita or outside but back on the raised part of the driveway.
The Casita is room temperature and has a good view of the creek, and will have hot water and coffee available.  The downside has always been for me that birds can see right into it, and can spook, but this is better than above the bird outside behind the house.  I believe that area is routinely scanned by any bird that is at all skittish.  The fact that the seed-eating, panhandling birds and foraging Bushtits and Chickadees aren't scared by people in the back does not mean that this bird isn't going to be. It's not foraging, it's bathing which is a very dangerous pastime for birds, and it's not used to the neighborhood, plus it's from the tropics where there are more dangers around every corner.
So anyone who is irrationally optimistic, head straight into the Casita tomorrow, or watch from the driveway!
email:  ednewbold1 at yahoo.comEd Newbold

PS.  I know the TEWA came in twice with people all over the back of the house.  But I don't think that disproves my worry, just proves how still birders can be sometimes.  But stillness is simply not possible all the time.

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