[Tweeters] East Coast Birds - PA

alan roedell roedell at speakeasy.net
Tue Apr 28 10:55:42 PDT 2009


There is a time and place for everything.

Alan Roedell Seattle, roedell at speakeasy.net


From: tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu
[mailto:tweeters-bounces at mailman2.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of
johntubbs at comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 7:15 AM
To: tweeters at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Tweeters] East Coast Birds - PA

Hi everyone,

Well, me and my wife is on the east coast for a vacation, and we was happy
to do some birding Sunday. We found us a cool cite with tons of birds that
are within site of the Philadelphia International Airport, of all places
(the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge). I seen myself three new lifers -
the best being a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER. Then there were the LAUGHING
GULL, Philly's equivalent of Seattle "Ivar's Gull" (you know, that species
what likes french fries better than almost anything else). And then the
immature RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, soaring cooperatively overhead (how can I look
for the Red-shouldered Hawk at the Kent Ponds half a dozen times, never see
it and then travel cross-country and there's a great look?) And the best
part is, we have even more sights to visit while myself is in this part of
the country.

This is a forum to exchange birding information. I used to be a spelling
freak, and still pride myself in (usually) doing a much better job than any
spell-checker does. However, the founder of one of the startup companies I
worked for demonstrated to me that utter genius and the ability to string
letters together to perfection sometimes do not correlate at all. And yes,
my age and educational background still cause me to wince at poor grammar.
But then I realized that we don't even have a consensus in this country that
there should be such a thing as an official national language which all
citizens have a responsibility to learn to a workable level. Perhaps we
ought to have an agreement on that before we start fostering an elitist
attitude that does nothing but discourage some people from contributing
useful information to this forum.

I personally hope everyone continues to contribute birding information to
this forum, regardless of their proficiency in the English language. Those
who are bothered by grammatically incorrect postings that still serve
perfectly well to communicate the intended information can go form a 'King's
English' forum that takes delight in being critical of others' literary
failings and spend their time patting each other on the back for being so
much more 'intelligent' than the average Joe or Jane.

John Tubbs

Snoqualmie, WA

johntubbs at comcast.net

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