Date: 12/28/20 10:51 am From: KEN LIPSHY (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: RE: My Bad
In 2012 at the Eastern Shore birding festival David Sibley gave a talk titled: "the psychology of bird identification: how to identify an egret as a shrike".
He confessed that during a guided trip (Cape May I think) he proceeded to describe to the group the details of a shrike they were observing on a grass stalk.... Only to realize it was the head of an egret.
Another well-known guide relayed the story of how he discussed with a group the details of a longspur in a field only to realize it was a clump of dirt......
I never hesitate to relay my uncertainty or mistakes after hearing that...
Nothing is for certain..
(that talk prompted my further research into that topic)