"The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile." - Plato
Birders...sad news today. An anonymous source from my inner circle recently delivered this screenshot to me. What you see is eBird's California 2013 rankings from a week ago. I would like to direct your attention to Birder Number 4.
Yes. Believe your eyes. Dipper Dan claimed he saw a Northern Giant-Petrel in California waters, which of course has never been proven to happen anywhere on the continent. It is as if he plunged a dagger into his own reputation. This is quite possibly the most depressing misidentification in the history of California birding, although the "Agami Heron" submitted to the state's bird police is good competition for that (not joking).
This man, up until now, was a very good friend of mine...I never suspected he was a sketchy birder. But with GBRS immediately docking him 100 points for such egregious stringing, I don't think I can be seen in public with him for a long time. You have been warned, and would be wise to do the same. View his reports with extreme caution...it is warranted.