Birding bloopers #4
Several weeks ago I wrote about other birders and the various birding bloopers that they were brave enough to admit to on-line. Now its my turn – unfortunately.
Yesterday while driving down a road near my home I passed a bright yellow bird-like bundle obviously dead on the road. As I went by I immediately thought of a male Golden Whistler. How sad to see such a beautiful bird become a road kill victim was my immediate reaction. But the colour seemed a little wrong. Perhaps some hapless pet Canary had escaped and wasn’t quick enough.
On my return trip five minutes later I slowed down to have a good look. (It is a very quiet road.) Imagine my horror – and relief – to find that it was only a banana peel.
Thank goodness! Don’t feel bad, I spent almost ten minutes looking at a grocery bag that I thought was a Great Egret in a tree.
Welcome to my new thread on this blog – True Confessions. It’s so good to get these frustrations out of one’s inner being. Thanks for sharing your mis-identification.
Maria sent me this one via email:
My greatest one: an overturned shopping trolley — I thought the two front wheels were a pair of Crested Grebes in courtship ritual, swimming very close together…
Hi Maria – can I refer you to a good optician?