Date: 3/17/21 9:34 am
From: David Becher <davidbecher...>
Subject: Re: In a lighter vein....
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You would hardly be the first birder to be fooled by a decoy or even a piece of wood. There used to be a little broken branch on a tree along the road near Lake 33 at Busch Wildlife that looked just like a woodpecker. I must have stopped and scanned it a hundred times even though I knew it was there.
David Becher
Saint Louis

From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum <MOBIRDS-L...> On Behalf Of Kelly Smith
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Art,

I, myself, am in the same boat. I am a new birder and get excited whenever I get a new life bird, even if that bird is a common bird for Missouri. I have lots of questions and I like to think most birders are excited to see ourselves in others. For me, if they chuckle behind my back for me posting a picture of a decoy (which I have done), I hope I can chuckle along with them also... after, of course, I get over my initial embarrassment. I do like to think that most birders will not chuckle over new birder questions though, and if they do I hope they do it in private. I hope also that new birders also come in with the same attitude, knowing we all need to start somewhere and they would rather support and encourage more people to bird once they also become more knowledgeable.

That being said, I did watch the Conan video this morning and was laughing out loud. I did especially like the part with the hawk puppet... that would definitely make me look a second or third time. Knowing me, I would probably take a picture and post it on ABA's Facebook group "what's this bird" before I realized I had been fooled. Remember, I was already fooled by a decoy. 🙂

Happy birding and welcome to you and your wife! If you are in the St. Charles area I would love to go birding anytime with you!

Kelly


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Folks,

I do recognize that y'all are having fun.

And I want you to know that my wife and I are new to bird watching. We are trying to learn. When I read these messages this morning, they just made me cringe. If I ask an honest question, will you folks be laughing at me behind my back? I guess so.

-- Art Z.



On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 9:12 AM kathleen Anderson <andersonka...><mailto:<andersonka...>> wrote:
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I was at Eagle Bluffs last Saturday, had my scope set up searching for Ross' Goose among Snow Geese. A car pulled up with 2 men. They asked me, "Are those white Canada Geese?".
Kathleen Anderson, Columbia

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I suppose we could truly refer to one who is not enlightened about birds, as "Conan the barbarian"?

No offence meant! ( especially if there is someone on this list-serv whose name is Conan.)

Just enjoyed the all-too familiar scenario of a non-birder out birding. Many of you might have seen this already.

Cheers, Deepa.







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