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.

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4 Responses to “Birding bloopers #4”

  1. Veery says:

    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.

  2. Trevor says:

    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.

  3. Trevor says:

    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…

  4. Trevor says:

    Hi Maria – can I refer you to a good optician?

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