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Birding Bob

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New York City, NY, USA
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About Birding Bob
$10 Bird walks in Central Park (NYC) and other parks in and around NYC. I have been leading these walks for 25+ years; earned a PhD in evolutionary biology...have done research on migratory and resident birds (and plants) in Central Park (+ other parks of NYC) and internationally (Thailand, Nepal, Malaysia, Israel) - with many scientific and popular articles published on this research (see web site). Along with photographer Deborah Allen, we do several tours each week, usually starting at 7:30 and/or 9:30am in Central Park, and we welcome anyone interested in learning about birds, or the history of Central Park to join us. Our walks are fun, inclusive and we try and discover something new about the world every time we venture out. (And we have binoculars to rent!). We can be hired to do private bird walks in Central Park or anywhere in the tri-state area...travel with us in our SUV.
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Judith T. wrote a review Jan 2020
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Bob brings life to NY, with knowledge & expertise. I've never seen so many species of birds on a single walk.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Robert D, Owner at Birding Bob
Responded Jan 8, 2020
Thank You! Deborah and I do our best. We are happy when others see/learn and do -
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babur wrote a review Nov 2019
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I joined Bob on 2 mornings during a short business trip to NYC. I loved every minute! Bob is welcoming, helpful and fun and knows a lot about birds and nature. Recommended!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Robert D, Owner at Birding Bob
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Thank You! Yes we remember the Friday walk (really windy but close birds) and Saturday (cold! and more close birds). Visit us from Turkey again or we will see you at Buyuk Camlica above the Bosphorus.
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Doris U wrote a review Nov 2019
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A very informative tour with a gentleman who knows and loves birds. Please go and have fun! It is truly a great park with lovely birds. You will meet people of like mind unlike other tours.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Robert D, Owner at Birding Bob
Responded Nov 12, 2019
Yes yes YES! Fun, and we see a lot...for $10 - like a flu shot (good for you)
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DavidRMoir wrote a review Nov 2019
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Managed to bag a lot of new species for us (we are from the UK) and the whole family enjoyed the tour, Bob's fun nature and sense of humour, really added to the morning. Very good value for money and highly recommended.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Robert D, Owner at Birding Bob
Responded Nov 7, 2019
Thank You!
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Lily Lee wrote a review Oct 2019
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I birded with Birding Bob before I was aware there was any controversy about him. There is some dispute as to whether the use of bird calls to attract birds, which Birding Bob uses, stresses the birds and harms them - because the birds in Central Park are mostly migratory, have
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Robert D, Owner at Birding Bob
Responded Oct 22, 2019
Oh well...every once and a while a review like this happens. One cannot please everyone. It is interesting though that in October 2019, this review is posted of a bird walk from almost a year ago...According to the reviewer, she did this bird walk in November 2018. As a result, perhaps some of the facts in the review are wrong, or at least remembered incorrectly? For example the reviewer claims that I use bird calls of "a rival singing at them." That is not true, not accurate...false (full stop). I suggest reading through comments I've made in other reviews to understand what calls I use and when I use them. Indeed on the walks I discuss why I use certain calls - and as the birds come in I often point out to people to look at the birds feeding on insects, aphids, etc. That happened just this past Sunday (20 Oct 2019) when we had a flock of Ruby-crowned Kinglets (10+ birds) feeding just over our heads perhaps five feet away. That experience is priceless for getting people to see birds close-up; see the nuances of plumage...and enjoy/like birds. Another comment from the review that birds, when they arrive in Central Park, are "exhausted and starving." That is also not true. I've participated in studies in NYC Parks where we've caught and measured the weights of migrant birds, and looked at the amount of fat on their tummies...Especially during fall migration, the majority (indeed at least 95%) are in fine shape - often fat! And they put on weight while they are in NYC Parks. So I'd say to the reviewer, it is great that you care and worry about birds - I do too! BUT: you have significant details in your review that are incorrect. How is that ethical? What's good for the goose is good for the gander as they say...So please, if you want to say I lead a boring bird walk that is your opinion and that is fine...but is it ethical to use incorrect information to support your ideas/review? Unfortunately it has become fashionable to toss around the "ethics" word when it comes to my bird walks - so I will ask a couple of rhetorical questions: Is it ethical to go out and shoot birds such as ducks as hunters do (and that is legal!). How about fishing? Is it ethical to yank a living thing out of the water with a metal hook in its mouth (and then toss it back) as sport fishermen do? OK so I use sound to bring in birds closer for a better look...those birds come in for about 30 seconds to a minute, usually continue feeding, and then drift back away into the woods. In the meantime, people have had a magical experience - why is that unethical? We encourage people to come to a bird walk and see with their own eyes...and think for themselves. Ask questions...disagree with me and tell me so. That is fine - but get your facts correct and accurate! We want independent thinkers who care about birds and the environment they depend upon - those are exactly the people we are trying to develop/encourage on these bird walks. Indeed, since the mid-1980s I've been working for people on behalf of birds, trying to get people to look at/enjoy birds (as an educator) and doing research/publishing articles about birds in Central Park, all of NYC, and as far away as Thailand, Nepal, Malaysia (as a PhD scientist). Somehow I survive on doing $10/person bird walks in Manhattan...perhaps in my next lifetime I will do free bird walks in Central Park...would that make what I do ethical?
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