Returning home after the game, I saw several posts that described the RFBO in better detail. Basically, it looked as though the bird was sick, injured, or both. The bird was in such questionable shape that people were able to walk within 3 feet of it for photos with it (photos here). As soon as I read/saw this, I decided that chasing this bird was not for me. I told Sonia (my girlfriend, for those that don't read regularly) that I did not want my ABA-lifer RFBO to be a battered, sick individual. Sure, it's a very hard bird to see in the ABA area, but chasing a sick/injured bird sort of takes the fun out of it, doesn't it? The whole excitement of the chase is founded on the principle that the bird can disappear at any moment. If this decision means that I never add this bird to my ABA list, so be it. Also, since the bird was sitting on a boat, it did not make for terribly interesting photos (at least for someone who wants to avoid anything man made in his photos).
Anyway, the bird was captured and taken in rehab midday on Monday. I am sure more than a few people twitched this individual bird for county, state, year, or life lists before it was scooped up. I realize that most rarities are lost and that many of them probably do not survive these deviations from their normal ranges. However, I just decided that chasing a bird that clearly had something very wrong with it was not for me. I'm not passing judgement, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this topic since I am sure it will generate at least some discussion.