Originally Posted by Captain Evil
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?