Vortex/Blueline Dinner Horse Pucky


Nov 17, 2006
It's obvious how some of you feel, but frankly after spending the money our company did on a Vortex Hat 7000, I think it's great that Blueline has the foresight to invite us to dinner and get some feedback on their products. I have been cleaning now for almost 24 years and have never been invited to a ProChem dinner, or Butler or AeroTech or Chempspec....where are they ?.......
I have in a managerial position personally purchased over 20 HydraMasters and never received a thank you e-mail or other let alone dinner.
This is one of the reasons that I choose Blueline over the Aero....aside from some of the technical difficulties experienced with any mechanical object, the service is top notch. They sent one of the "top Brass" to my house !!! Awesome !!
If anyone has a problem with the Big V/Bl dinner call whatever company you're company has invested money in and ask them to fly in a company rep and sponsor dinner and listen to your/ input complaints etc......and we'll all sit there together...lol ain't gonna happen.
Go BLUELINE.......you are on the right track !!!


Oct 8, 2006
Snohomish, WA
Was that the night I was sleepy?

I don't even remember eating dinners at connections.

Other than chips and cheese the 1st night, and late afternoons subs.


Oct 7, 2006
Hell I don't really see why they don't invite you all....I mean really, it would be a big write off anyways...and it would let all you guys see what makes them tick... It is exactly what it is....BL/Vortex rubbing it in you non BL/Vortex owners noses....They can say whatever they want.

But Lisa is Right!


John Watson

Oct 7, 2006
Lisa, you are correct. Mikey should not have mentioned it on the fest schedule. I would love to punch him on his arm, but, he is such a big bast--- and I won't have my step stool. Maybe he better wear a cup for the weekend???/ Hey I think I got it figured out. Chris M wanted me to bring down the San Francisco trolley, Maybe it was for the bl/v dinner???
I see he is going..

Mikey P

Oct 6, 2006
The High Chapperal
"Rub it in their faces" .....GMAFB.

Look I made a mistake. BL had no intentions of making this dinner public. It's not a bad move on their part what so ever because NO ONE WAS SUPPOSE TO KNOW ABOUT IT!!!!!!!

When I posted my attendee list it obviously had notes about who was doing what. I really had NO IDEA some of you baby's (well I knew Brevick would say something) would have gotten your precious feeling so badly hurt over this.

To be honest, it's embarrassing to be associated with some of you when you act like this.

Grow up!

And if you're nice I'll bring a doggy bag home for you.


Nov 13, 2006
Greg Crowley
I use to be President of a Restaurant Group in Boston, we would go to conventions and trade shows and there were plenty of places I was invited to attend at trade shows that others didn't have access to. I had special treatment all the time I had been doing about $10,000,000 a year in business which translates into about $3.5 million in food and another million in booze. If they treated the guy who never bought anything from them the same way, when would they have time for me. Their consumer.

Mikey P

Oct 6, 2006
The High Chapperal
In case you missed it the first time.

Look I made a mistake. BL had no intentions of making this dinner public. It's not a bad move on their part what so ever because NO ONE WAS SUPPOSE TO KNOW ABOUT IT!!!!!!!


"Lesbos is a one of the larger Greek islands, tucked away in the north-eastern corner of the Aegean, close to Turkey," to quote Marjorie Williams' "Birdwatching in Lesbos" booklet. Other information we had in advance of our visit was the "Lesvos Compilation" of trip reports from Steve Whitehouse. We also had help on the island from some of the other birders. We kept bumping into Richard Brooks who was on the island for a month researching a book on birding in Lesvos. I suspect that this is an up-and-coming destination.
The main spring wave was early this year so we missed many of the passage species but the residents and summer visitors more than made up for it. The key species on our hit list were Krüper's Nuthatch, Masked Shrike, Cretzschmar's and Cinereous Buntings.

We hired a car for the week. It seemed that nearly every birder on the island was driving a little Seat Marbella. While these are adequate to most of the dirt tracks, I would warn against taking one on the hill road between Eresos and Sigri. This is a really beautiful area but we nearly got stuck on two different parts of the road.

We stayed in Skala Kallonis. I'd reckon that if you didn't want to hire a car, you could cover many of the sites from there by bicycle. The only difficulty would be Krüper's; you would have to scrounge a lift for that.

Lesvos is definitely good, hassle-free birding. There is very little problem with access and the natives are friendly. Take some mosquito repellent, an alarm clock and a sun hat and you're on for some excellent birding.

Site abbreviations (the names used mostly come from the Williams' booklet):

SK Skala Kallonis area SE Skala Eresou
ER SK East River SP Salt Pans
WR SK West River DY "Derbyshire"
HP SK Hotel Pool PM Parakila Marsh
UER Upper ER PH Parakila Hills
PV Potomia Valley ES Eresos - Sigri track
MO Molivos

Abundance abbreviations (assume single birds unless otherwise stated):

a abundant
f frequent
o occasional

Yelkouan Shearwater Puffinus yelkouan c50 SE
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo 2 MO
European Shag P. aristotelis 4 SE
Little Egret Egretta garzetta 4 SP, 2 PM
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea 3 DY
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides 1 HP, 1 PM
Night Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 2 PM
Little Bittern Ixobrychus minutus 1 ER
Black Stork Ciconia nigra DY, PM
White Stork C. ciconia o
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea c20 DY
Marsh Harrier Circus aeruginosus ER
Long-legged Buzzard Buteo rufinus f
Eleonora's Falcon Falco eleonorae 4 PH
This was a single group including one dark phase bird.
Common Kestrel F. tinnunculus o
No sign of the Lesser Kestrels F. naumanni
Chukar Alectoris chukar UER
A single bird frozen on the hillside.
Little Crake Porzana parva ER
Excellent views, almost the bird of the trip.
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus 2 ER
Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus f
Stone Curlew [Eurasian Thick-knee] Burhinus oedicnemus o SK & SP
Surprisingly easy.
Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius f
Kentish Plover C. alexandrinus f
Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola f
Little Stint Calidris minuta f
Disappointing absence of C. temminckii.
Dunlin C. alpina o SP
Curlew Sandpiper C. ferruginea f SP, o HP
Yellow-legged Gull Larus cachinnans a
Common Tern Sterna hirundo f
Little Tern S. albifrons o
Whiskered Tern Childonias hybridus 3 HP
White-winged Black Tern C. leucopterus 4 HP
Wood Pigeon Columba palumbus o
Turtle Dove Streptopelia turtur f
Collared Dove S. decaocto f
Scops Owl Otus scops 2 SK
Little Owl Athene noctua f
Alpine Swift Tachymarptis melba 3 ES
Pallid Swift Apus pallidus a
I didn't really bother looking for A. apus.
European Bee-eater Merops apiaster f
Hoopoe Upupa epops o
Middle Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos medius 3 PV
Pleasantly easily spotted.
Short-toed Lark Calandrella brachydactyla [cinerea] 4 SP
I had expected these to be more common.
Crested Lark Galerida cristata a
Sand Martin Riparia riparia f
Swallow Hirundo rustica a
Red-rumped Swallow H. daurica f
House Martin Delichon urbica a
Black-headed Wagtail Motacilla flava feldegg 4 DY, 2 PM
Crag Martin Ptyonoprogne rupestris
A few on the road from Mytilini.
Rufous Bushchat Cercotrichas galactotes 4 DY, 1 ES, 1 UER
This was easier than I was led to believe.
Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos f
Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe SP
Black-eared Wheatear O. hispanica f
Blackbird Turdus merula f
Cetti's Warbler Cettia cetti ER
Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus o
Great Reed Warbler A. arundinaceus ER
Olivaceous Warbler Hippolais pallida a
Olive-tree Warbler H. olivetorum 2 or 3 PV
Very hard work. They won't sit still, at least not where you can see them. These were the only singing birds we came across.
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla SK
Common Whitethroat S. communis SK
Rüppell's Warbler S. rueppelli UER
Felt like a very lucky sighting, but apparently had been seen here the previous week.
Subalpine Warbler S. cantillans o
Sombre Tit Parus lugubris o UER & PV
A fairly dull tick.
Great Tit P. major f
Blue Tit P. caeruleus o
Krüper's Nuthatch Sitta krueperi
1 bird at a well-known nest site at Sanatorio. Worth the trip. The habitat and appearance really are spookily similar to S. canadensis. Would be extremely hard work without prior knowledge as upland pine is difficult to search. We had precise instructions on where a pair was nesting in a roadside tree. If you're going in May you could probably depend on getting info from other birders.
Rock Nuthatch S. neumayer f
Wonderfully co-operative. Sits on top of rocks and calls its head off.
Red-backed Shrike Lanius collurio [cristatus] UER
(Just a glimpse)
Lesser Grey Shrike L. minor ES
Woodchat Shrike L. senator o
Masked Shrike L. nubicus PH, PV
Hard work due to its habit of hiding itself in olive tree foliage in a most unobtrusive and un-shrikelike manner. We didn't get it until the last day!
Jay Garrulus glandarius o
Hooded Crow Corvus corone cornix f
Rose-coloured Starling Sturnus roseus 12 HP, 20 MO
Definitely a case of good luck but the shortage of other Sturnus spp made it a lot easier.
House Sparrow Passer domesticus a
Spanish Sparrow P. hispaniolensis a
Rock Sparrow Petronia petronia
Pair nesting under a river bridge on the Antissa - Eressos road.
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs a
Serin Serinus serinus Heard at the Kruper's site
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris f
Goldfinch C. carduelis f
Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus o PV & UER
Cinereous Bunting E. cineracea 3 ES, 2 PH
Appear to share Cretzschmar's habitat, but in smaller numbers. A lot prettier than Lars Jonsson's drawing.
Cretzschmar's Bunting E. caesia f ES & PH
Proved easy on almost any rocky, grassy hillside.
Black-headed Bunting E. melanocephala f
Corn Bunting Miliaria calandra a

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