[Tweeters] re: How many rare birds did we miss prior to theinternet?? by David Sibley

Reginald David rdavid at ilhawaii.net
Tue Nov 18 19:06:00 PST 2008


Ron's comments are all the more true in areas such as Hawaii where
there are relatively few birders and where most of the interesting
and rare birds tend to be seabirds, and/or single winter plumaged
shorebirds. My guess is that In the Hawaiian Islands that more than
90% of the really rare one-upper birds go unnoticed or recorded .

Aloha
Reg.



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On Nov 18, 2008, at 4:56 PM, Ron McCluskey wrote:


> Sibley's stats might be closer to truth on the East coast where

> there are probably larger numbers of birdwatchers per square mile

> and few wilderness areas that are very hard to get to.

>

> The other consideration is how often any of us would take a second

> look at something that looks almost identical to a 'trash' species.

> So, even if we see something rare, we might not 'see' it.

>

> Ron McCluskey

> rmcclsky at mindspring dot com

> Cheney, WA

>

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