vickibiltz at gmail.com
Sat Oct 29 17:52:28 PDT 2022
I had the fun of receiving several gifts of sunflower seeds from those who
came to see my Evening Grosbeaks last May.
Buckley, WA vickibiltz@ Gmail. Com
On Wed, Oct 26, 2022 at 5:40 PM Nadine Drisseq <drisseq.n at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I recently noticed that in the UK, it is common when they have rare bird
> chases on private property, eg. such as a Common Nighthawk that was found
> in someone's garden last month, that the leaders & homeowners raise money
> for charity, charging a small fee for folks to see the bird.
> If I had known of this tradition, I would have charged for folks to see
> the Hooded Oriole I once had in my King County yard.
> By way of example, the Red-flanked Bluetail and the Siberian Accentor had
> SO many visitors to people's yards, that much money could have been raised
> for a local bird rehab, an honor I would have been happy to have organised
> (so please think of me if you need help doing this in the future).
> In the UK, they also raise money for medical concerns such as a spinal
> unit. Here we can raise money for research into diseases so badly needed
> (eg. such as breast/prostate cancer or ALS). I would have been so happy to
> have given $ to see that bird. I suggest sliding scale, to prevent
> excluding folks, especially young birders who can't even afford a scope,
> let alone have to have parents drive them to their chases. I know we have a
> lot of generous and very kind birders here in the state. In doing so, the
> homeowners might also feel more lenient towards having a long line of
> scopes pointed at their homes, if they felt some good they could empathise
> with was coming from it. (Although some homeowners may be beyond reach
> with regard to that, I admit.)
> Thank you so much for hearing me on this subject. I am sure it's not new
> here, and must have been done before here, but just not in my experience. I
> would love to hear of times when it has been done.
> Excellent Owloweening to all!
> N Drisseq
> Ps. Ok OK. I also admit to being the birder who brought her cat to the
> Snow Bunting. His life list is growing, currently only at 89, since he's
> only two years old and 'indoors only'. Luckily, we live by a small lake so
> he gets waterbirds. But that was his first vagrant. Let's hear it for Blue!
> He only sees birds, he never "gets" them though. He really enjoys visiting
> with the very tame Canada Geese, it's so funny.
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