Monday, October 28, 2019

Twitch and shouts

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus
Skulky and not easy to spot...
Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

  Twitched an errant White-eyed Vireo in Angrignon Park today, and was reminded why I don’t tend to enjoy being around when rarities are being pursued. While many folks were observing quietly from a respectful distance, when the bird showed, several lens-bros rushed up to the bushes. We're talking within a foot or two of the bird (!), while talking loudly the whole time. Many of the other photogs (no binos = you’re a photog) shrugged and followed them. Then of course the incessant playback began. Blarghhhh. “Too close!” I yelped, but no one was listening to me.
  I mean, if everyone had backed up about 15-20 feet and shut their gobs, the bird would more than likely have showed well at the edge of the scrub. It was especially easy to see from up on my high horse. But seriously folks, you can buy cheap binos at Canadian Tire for like 50$. Bah humbug.
  Anyhow, I hope this bird, well north of where it should be, gets turned back around and ends up where it oughta be headed.

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