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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Savannah Sparrow Hoax!

A very sad individual by the name of Matthew Sparkes hoaxed a Savannah Sparrow in Sussex today, which resulted in birders wasting time, money, energy etc etc to go and see a bird that never was. I really don't understand why this happens – in some ways I suppose we should feel sorry for such people who must be unhappy and very bored with their life. On the other hand maybe we shouldn't feel sorry for them, when they obviously revel in making other people unhappy! See discussion on Birdforum HERE. People are obviously pretty angry, but there are also some very amusing posts on here which made me chuckle, especially from Archie Archer on post 74. So, yes Matthew has made a name for himself, but sadly black listed himself in the birding world forever.

2 comments:

  1. I'll never understand people like this, what do they think they will gain?

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  2. I was fuming,we were actually in Scotland at the time having just visited Islas and were about to go and visit my family in Inverness when this came up. I couldn't believe we were about to head back down to Sussex and cut our holiday short without seeing the family at all, to say I was stressed out was putting it mildly! Fortunately we hung on until the hoax was announced. This person should be shot. We could have had a car accident on the way, not to mention the cost of petrol and a possible divorce etc etc!

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