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Michael Hendrickson <[log in to unmask]>
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Michael Hendrickson <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 8 Nov 2009 21:03:30 -0700
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Dear all Birders who saw the Black Guillemot this morning 11/8 that the Black Guillemot was indeed dead during the whole time we observed it till it was collected around 11:30am.  The bird was in rigor mortis and that is the reason the bill was parallel to the water surface and as we all indicated the bird bounced around like a decoy or a rubber duck in a bath tub in the small harbor.  

So in my humble opinion the Black Guillemot was most likely deceased when I relocated it in that small area in the harbor. So I am personally not going to add it to my life list, MN list and county list.

I would also like to reply Eric Harrold's comments:

There are many aspects to birding that many people get involve with and today those who went to see the Black Guillemot came to see it because that is one of the aspects of birding they enjoy = bird listing.  Also those who were there to see the Black Guillemot for their list or curiosity are also the same birders I know who are involve in bird conservation as well.  Some of the North Americans top bird listers ( Kenn Kaufmann and others I know like him ) are also very active in bird conservation.  Also when a bird such as a Black Guillemot shows up and people flock there to come to see it, the scene is also sort of like a reunion where birders we have not seen in some time can get together to get caught up with each other. I enjoyed seeing all the folks today who I have not seen in sometime.  To make one other point the majority of people who were up along the north shore who discovered the sighting were from a MOU sponsored field trip that poured some
 needed money into lodging and restaurants estabolishments in Grand Marais. So rare birds can also be a gift to local business in Tofte or Grand Marais from us birders.

Well it was a great day with great people! I do not regret a thing about traveling 85 miles to see a dead bird because I learned a lot of stuff about Guillemots and got to back to Tofte where I use to live.


Mike Hendrickson
Duluth, Minnesota

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