|"Love my birds! This cute little guy keeps me company on the park bench every morning! He loves crackers!"|
|"ID please. I think it's an Orange-crowned Warbler because of the orange on its head."|
False. You know this. We wouldn't be here if that were the case. So, as much as Birds of Texas cut down on extraneous posts to Texbirds FB, a few blurry pictures and simple ID requests were still creeping through. These were met with the same responses and the same hateful cycle continued, only this time, the poster was eventually guided towards Birds of Texas, where they would almost always begin a spirited protest at the "bird snobs" over at Texbirds. Meanwhile, the members of Texbirds FB were being chastised for not being sensitive. It didn't take long for that dam to break, and a new group was formed, The Crusty Birders of Texas. At first a small group, the main goal was to vent and basically talk shit about what was going on over at Texbirds FB. Fair enough, right? My opinion is that if you post something to an online forum, you assume the risk that someone may not like what you posted and talk shit about you. I take that risk every time I write a blog post.
|This is a different chat. Obviously, still a chat though, right?|
|"Canvasback Duck - f/7.1, 1/1000 sec, ISO 4000, 400mm"|
Anyways, I'm not here to make judgements. Birds of Texas is great for what it is, and people love it. Crusties is great for what it is as well. They are just two groups with completely differing values and interests. But the drama....fuck, the drama is great. Every month or so, when the shit talking picks up, I get sucked down the Texas birding FB rabbit hole. It's awesome. Check that shit out, but only as an observer. It's a nasty battle, and I do not recommend becoming involved.
*Disclaimer - I am not a member of Crusties. I am a member of BOT, because sometimes good birds get posted there and nowhere else.