My personal favorite is when I was leading a bird tour in southern Texas
with Bryan Pfeiffer. We were in two vans and I radioed ahead to Bryan that I
spotted a group of Groove-billed Anis. We turned the vans around only to
find that the anis were gone and in their place were several torn and ratty
black garbage bags hung up in the shrubs! It was a good laugh and
fortunately I redeemed myself later by finding some real anis.
North Branch Nature Center
713 Elm Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
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From: Vermont Birds [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of paulagills
Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 4:24 PM
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Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Misidentification Follies
My husband, an experienced bird guide and I had a Mississippi Kite sitting
in a tree by a roadway. We were marveling at how well he blended in with
the tree he was perched in. That was probably because he was a piece of
bark shaped like a raptor. We put him on our list immediately as a
lifer--"Arizona Bark Kite"...
On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 6:33 AM, Nancy A. Brown <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> Yes I have had my miss-clues but the one that was times two was a
> Snowy Owl on RT 7 Charlotte. There it was sitting about 100 yards off
> the road in the middle of the field. I got the scope out with camera
> adaptor, traffic heavy so I crossed road and stepped over fence, all
> excited. It did not move, after an extended observation it turned out
> to be a ball of snow from a big farm tractor tire with grass imbedded
> in it. The next day in the mail my Mom had written of how excited she
> was to have seen (the day before I had seen it) a Snowy Owl in
> Charlotte farm field but strange two Crows were within feet of it. We
> had laughs about it for years as my photo of the "Snowy Owl" was kept on
> From: "Larry and Mona Rogers" <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, March 25, 2012 5:08 PM
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Misidentification Follies
> With all of the recent talk about reporting the wrong bird in the
>> 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.
*Birds were the earth's first musicians.*