3627Re: [CALBIRDS] "birdwatchers are the worst"
- Nov 17, 2004Hi, all!
In a message dated 11/16/2004 11:58:45 AM Pacific Standard Time,
Second, I am not aware of any behavioral studies that support the absurd
suggestion that birders terrify wrens (etc.) by looking at them through
binoculars. Sometimes we birders are tempted to believe that binoculars
scare birds because birds sometimes fly off as soon as we get them in
Maybe this has been addressed already, but a guide on a tour to Venezuela
(who was using a Questar) says that sometimes the sun will reflect in the lens
and flash in such a way that it startles the bird, so I wouldn't be surprised
if that's what happens a lot (but I wouldn't think that qualifies as "scaring
the pants" off the birds).
Mary Beth Stowe
San Diego, CA
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