Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Bird Police For The People?

We are not "list police". - Oregon List Police

The Oregon Bird Records Committee (aka the Oregon List Po...ahem, the Oregon Bird Police), in an apparent PR move, have begun a brand new blog to build on their relationship with those they are obliged to protect and serve. Unlike most bird police departments, who conduct their business in smoke-filled, dimly-lit back rooms, the OBRC are attempting to forge a stronger bond with the birding public. They state, "Your feedback and questions are essential if we are to maximize our service to the Oregon birding community. Yes, you read that right. We want to better serve Oregon birders." So if you have a question for the bird police, there is now a place to ask it and perhaps even get an answer.

The flip side to all of this is that most other state bird police departments have condemned this as "socialism in the guise of transparency", as a safely anonymous South Carolina bird policeman succinctly put it. These other shadowy organizations now look lazy and secretive in comparison...which would be a fair assessment to make in reality, if bird policemen actually did any of their work and worrying for money.

We here at BB&B look forward to how this blog develops, and especially the heated public discussions and power struggles that are bound to ensue. Good on ya, OBRC. Oh yeah the above photo features a Yellow-throated Warbler from South Padre Island, TX. Because Yellow-throated Warbler.


  1. I hate you and your goddamned perfect photos of YT and Hooded Warblers.

    * but really I LOVE all creatures grand or small including humans [?], maybe*

  2. Nice photo of the yellow throat! Bird police-that's funny but I think I know what you mean.