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Will Chatfield-Taylor asks if rail walking is unethical because it flushes
migrant birds once or twice, causing them to use up (a small amount
of)energy that might be needed for migrating?

If that is all there is too it, I think not. Indeed, most kinds of active
birding either flush some birds or create a risk that they may be flushed.
The main difference between flushing rails and flushing sparrows is that
rails are rails and sparrows are sparrows.

It might be different if group after group were to flush the rails
repeatedly in a relatively short space of time, causing them to use up a
large amount of energy.

One typical example of unethical behavior is flushing birds off the nest
under circumstances where they may desert the eggs or young or where the
eggs or young may be exposed to temperature change and/or predators while
the adults are gone. Repeated stressing of the same birds is another.

Common sense is the best guide.

Bob Fisher
Independence, Missouri
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