I have read yesterday's comments about electronic calls (I get only the digest, so have not read today's responses.)
I saw nothing said about using calls during nesting season.
I don't own a portable electronic call.
My own behavior has been to avoid even PISHING during nesting season. Breeding birds are predictably agitated by calls and spishing -- that's why they respond. So it seems to me that during nesting season we should avoid disturbances wherever a nest is suspected. I suppose when you see an elusive bird flitting about in the canopy, especially a migratory bird, then it's OK to call it in closer.
Some may think this restriction is extreme. Comments would be helpful.

- Nari Mistry
Subject: Has birding ethics changed?
From: John and Sue Gregoire<k...@empacc.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2012 09:36:19 -0400
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Perhaps I misunderstand the CayugaBirds posts of late but in the last couple of
years I have seen many references to birders using electronic calls to enhance 
personal or group birding experience.

It used to be a condemned practice and very strictly limited to research, and 
light usage only, as well as a part of the ABA Birding Code of Ethics. I thought
that perhaps these posts were new birders who hadn't been taught the ethical 
but now I see the use of calls somewhat codified by its use in SFO trips.

While the proliferation of electronic devices may make this easier, I don't see 
need or the justification.

Comments appreciated.

Nari B. Mistry, Ithaca, NY
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