As the title says, we have an odd situation here. For the past 2 months, we have had an "unusual" bird in our dooryard; not rare, but unusual. Depending on who you ask, it has not been seen in Maine since 1987, or on our island since 1987, or perhaps not since this December, but at any rate, it is causing quite a stir amongst our small, but passionate, birder population.
We sent it's picture to several of our most ardent birders just for an ID confirmation, and ever since then, people have been coming to the dooryard to see the bird, camping out in our broken down & decrepit --- oh, excuse me, --- our antique, restorable and totally awesome --- bus with their binoculars and cameras, hoping to catch a glimpse of this bird.
All of this is fine, but one of the professional birders is very protective, "Don't tell anyone it's here! Don't tell anyone what kind of bird it is!" (all of which we ignore) and then he calls us up a couple of times during the day, ("Is it there?"). If it is, he then brings his birding "clients" over and charges them to look at the bird! I don't mind people stopping to look at the bird, or watch from the bus, but charging them? I find that very weird.