For those who don't know me, I guess I have a reputation as a very experienced hawkwatcher and counter. (Please note that I did not say that I'm a good one). One September day when I arrived on Mt.Philo the others already gathered there asked me to take over the count.A few minutes later while peering through some trees I announced that there were two crows heading for us and oddly, they were both carrying something big and white in their bills. The birds in question were a long way off and were quickly obscured by the vegetation.A few minutes later, two bald eagles came over the hill in powered, direct-line flight. No one said anything for a moment until one person asked, "Like Bald Eagles?"
> Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:00:36 -0400
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> Subject: [VTBIRD] one more misidentification
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> This involves two famous birders whose names weren’t revealed by the
> person telling the story (but I’m pretty sure one of them was David
> Sibley). It took place somewhere in Canada, on a guided tour with two
> equally experienced and eminent guides. It was spring, but it was
> actually snowing, with wind blowing the snow almost parallel to the
> ground. But the group was hardy and determined – and they all got
> very excited when Guide A called out, “Gyrfalcon!” Every one of the
> twenty members of the group stepped to the scope, and every one of
> them was delighted to see the Gyrfalcon sitting on a post, just
> visible through the blowing snow.
> But Guide B was looking more and more perplexed. Finally he left his
> own scope and peered through his colleague’s.
> “I can’t seem to find your Gyrfalcon.”
> Guide A returned to the scope, looked, and then said, “It’s right
> there. In the middle of the scope! It’s sitting on the post”.
> Guide B looked through the scope again.
> “Nope. I can’t find it. Where is it in relation to the Snow Bunting?”
> The eminent guide had turned a nearby Snow Bunting into a distant
> Gyrfalcon - and every one of the other birders looked at that bunting
> and saw that falcon.
> Maeve Kim
> Jericho Center