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post #11 of 18 Old 02-13-2013, 06:16 PM
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As Jaydee mentioned the bird does look somewhat a rusty blackbird in winter plummage. Or if it and it has just mutated (in the non science fiction way) into those colour patterns?

At any rate, the birder has definitely overstepped his bounds and out stayed his welcome and needs to be sent packing with a one way ticket. Please do that right after you get him to tell you the name of the bird.
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post #12 of 18 Old 02-13-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Closest thing in my book is a Rusty Blackbird?
I wouldnt want someone like that hanging around my place either - and certainly not bringing people in to peek
I suppose you could sell refreshments and charge entry?!!!!

Yup, you got it! Rusty Blackbird. People who know are quite concerned about the species; they say that they are no longer in decline, they are "in freefall.". The birder coming around is a neighbor, and although pushy... Well, he's a neighbor. We totally don't mind our interested island neighbors coming around, but I don't like him charging money for it. Birding is his profession, but that just seems a bit slimey.

I like the "charge refreshments" idea. Perhaps we could rent binoculars too!
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post #13 of 18 Old 02-13-2013, 11:45 PM
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A few thoughts, it's really cool, you are letting people onto your property to see the bird, but you need to protect yourself. Have them sign some kind of hold harmless agreement. If you were wise, you'd have a lawyer write one up, if it were me, I'd research it on the internet and put something together as I wouldn't want to spend the money on it.

I am uncomfortable with him calling you all the time. Maybe set up a time of day he can call and check.

I am also not comfortable with him charging people and bring them. He is profiting off you. That's up to you, but I think I'd charge him $5 a phone call (might help to limit those) and then $50 per visit. Or whatever numbers are comfortable to you.
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post #14 of 18 Old 02-14-2013, 10:08 AM
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Yup, you got it! Rusty Blackbird. People who know are quite concerned about the species; they say that they are no longer in decline, they are "in freefall.". The birder coming around is a neighbor, and although pushy... Well, he's a neighbor. We totally don't mind our interested island neighbors coming around, but I don't like him charging money for it. Birding is his profession, but that just seems a bit slimey.

I like the "charge refreshments" idea. Perhaps we could rent binoculars too!
I've never seen one and I have all these bird feeders and boxes etc set up all over the place because discovering all the new birdlife here has been a real pleasure to me - I got really emotional for the first time I saw a hummingbird!!!
Yes - you need to keep on side with neighbours (people around here are very good at looking out for each other so I tolerate the occasional dog that wanders over our garden etc) and its lovely that people are so interested in wildlife - just not sure why he thinks he has the right to charge people to come and look at something on your property
I'm sure you'll work things out
I wonder if it (the bird!!) has a mate and will nest around there?
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post #15 of 18 Old 02-14-2013, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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People really get wacko about these things - not necessarily in a bad way, but they get so passionate. A few years ago when I was living in Arkansas, there was a semi-confirmed sighting of an Ivory Billed Woodpecker in East Arkansas, and people showed up in the thousands for several years trying to locate a population. It was never officially confirmed, and the bird is still thought to be possibly extinct, but for years the motels and restaurants in the little town did a thriving business...

Ivory-billed Woodpecker - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I remember that: I was wicked excited too, hoping that maybe it was not extinct. What is your take on it? Extinct or not?
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post #16 of 18 Old 02-15-2013, 09:27 AM
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I'm amazed that anybody has "birding" clients who pay for a bird locator! *
*scratching my head in wonder*

Other than that, I agree with having an attorney write up a notice for your property. In fact, I would post a no trespassing notice and outline their liability if anything happens while they are trespassing.
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post #17 of 18 Old 02-15-2013, 11:01 AM
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We had a bird show on the farm that was not supposed to live in our area at all. Mom had a bird book where we looked it up then called a bird expert at OSU, described the bird and confirmed it was not suppose to live in these parts. They got all excited and wanted to come see, we refused to let them know where we live. Last thing we needed was people all over our farm looking at that bird and getting in the way. Can't remember now the exact name but was from the Kite family.

Now I see them flying around, not in large numbers but definitely here. Guess we got one of the first immigrants.
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post #18 of 18 Old 02-17-2013, 03:55 PM
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I wouldn't want tons of people tromping around my property and to have someone making money off this??? <SNARKY!> Tell everyone to get gone and give the bird some privacy.

I'm not a complete idiot--there are parts missing!

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