[Tweeters] And now please: A standing OVATION for the RF Bluetail and Nancy Morrison!!!

Sammy Catiis hikersammy at msn.com
Thu Mar 31 17:55:18 PDT 2022

Fantastic and well said Ed ❤️ Thank you Nancy, you are the best. I always knew that, but now, everyone else does too.. and I'm good with that 😄 LOL Shout out to you and your wonderful way of making this work for everyone including the bird. You are the best!


From: Tweeters <tweeters-bounces at mailman11.u.washington.edu> on behalf of Ed Newbold <ednewbold1 at yahoo.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 31, 2022 4:03 PM
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Subject: [Tweeters] And now please: A standing OVATION for the RF Bluetail and Nancy Morrison!!!

Hi All,

Those of us who remember back to the first days of the Bluetail stakeout recall a skittish bird, empty-handed birders and some angry neighbors. Nancy Morrison stepped in and made changes in the stakeout design and her approach had a method: address the bird’s needs first.

As Frank Caruso wrote to me, “Nancy certainly gets as much credit as possible for being the most gracious of hostesses. She should also get credit for being an excellent problem solver. She realized that the hordes of birders roaming around the yards and neighborhood were negatively impacting the behavior of the bird and some of the neighbors. She fixed the problem by keeping birders out of the neighboring vacant lot. The bird then returned on a regular basis to her yard. When that happened, she created the area where we saw the bird yesterday. That resulted in increased reliability in seeing the bird and birders only parking by her house and going into her yard. She totally solved all of the issues.”

In the ensuing days the LFP Bluetail stakeout became arguably, in the limited memory of Delia and me, a stakeout for the ages. It didn’t hurt that this bird may actually hold the title of “World’s most adorable bird.” We know it has a ton of competition, but it’s in the hunt for sure.

Nancy has put her link to her blog which includes one movie of the Bluetail which we thought was far superior to "The Godfather" or even “Citizen Kane” and doesn’t take as much of your precious time. If anyone hasn’t gone to this link and watched this movie, it is here:


So thank you Nancy! Delia and I are standing and clapping, here in our living room.

And thanks to the enchanting little blue-tailed bird from Asia—Good Luck!!!

Ed Newbold and Delia Scholes

PS. Still unresolved is how to monetize a stakeout. We can’t in the future expect that every homeowner is going to be a brilliant, committed Nature-lover who incidentally has control over her own schedule like Nancy. If we can hold ourselves open to any ideas involving remuneration of hosts, it might be to our advantage in the future. Duck hunters have lost some of the high ground in recent times but their original idea of stepping up and making themselves pay to enjoy their sport led to them to become an extraordinarily effective group of conservationists. If we could give private landowners an incentive to have rare birds on their land, birds and birders could both be the beneficiaries in the long run.

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