With all of the recent talk about reporting the wrong bird in the wrong place at the wrong time of year, I think it's time to open a new string about the gross misidentifications that we all have made at one time or another. I'm not talking about subtle errors like mistaking a Grey-Cheeked Thrush for a Bicknell's Thrush, or even the more blatantly dumb mistakes. I can't tell you how often Merlins, on close inspection, morph into dark pigeons, or Yellow-Crowned Kinglets change into Ruby-Crowns, etc., etc. - we've all been there.
What I'd like to hear more about are people's misidentification of inanimate objects which morphed into birds. We've already got Peter Manship's white plastic bag Snowy Owl and Maeve Kim's black bag Anhinga. Ill give you a couple of mine.
I have seen a perched Turkey Vulture become another plastic bag. In the world of decoys, I spent a fair amount of time admiring the lifelike Great Horned Owl that was perched on the roof of the South Burlington Burger King on Rt. 7 before I realized that he wasn't moving much. Mona and I were really excited to see a mother Common Loon paddling around a pond with two loon chicks on her back in Nova Scotia. More plastic I'm afraid.
In January of this year at Ft. Cassin,I spotted a mature Bald eagle about a quarter of a mile out on the ice. It looked good through my binoculars and I got a picture using the 300 mm telephoto:
Closer inspection with a scope revealed that it was a leaning stump with some snow on its leading edge.
Anyhow, let's hear about some more of these.