Many of these birds have flown thousands of miles to reach your yard
April 20, 2017 9:01 AM   Subscribe

There are a lot of dumb birds out there. Here's how you can figure out what they are.
posted by hydrobatidae (19 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
 
they're good birds brent
posted by yhbc at 9:10 AM on April 20 [10 favorites]


"god damned canada goose" is right. Messy bastards.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 9:25 AM on April 20 [3 favorites]


No mockingturd?
posted by Splunge at 9:38 AM on April 20 [3 favorites]


Here is my chance to tell you about Merlin, the Cornell bird ID app.
posted by SyraCarol at 9:41 AM on April 20 [18 favorites]


This is fun and well executed, although the generalized misavesthropy brings me down.
posted by notyou at 9:47 AM on April 20


As a biologist who has never been able to get into birds, this is exactly what I needed. Thank you.
posted by agentofselection at 9:57 AM on April 20 [1 favorite]


It's amazing how a country so highly associated with politeness gave its name to such jerks.
posted by ckape at 10:02 AM on April 20


If you're seeking a more kind, nuanced approach to avian observation, notyou, may I suggest Dispatches from the Academy of Bird Science? The author would never outright dismiss a bird (she'd lose all her connections within sparrow communities in minutes) and treats topics such as the pain of dental abnormality with great sensitivity.
posted by peppercorn at 10:27 AM on April 20 [9 favorites]


Many of these birds have flown thousands of miles

I just wish they wouldn't start bragging about it at the tops of their voices at 5am every goddamn morning.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:54 AM on April 20 [4 favorites]


The Lady Fez is a bird watcher. This is exactly how I feel about that activity.
posted by Fezboy! at 11:33 AM on April 20


Right about here is where I burst out laughing in the shared office.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 12:19 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


SyraCarol thanks for the link. Love it!
posted by Splunge at 12:33 PM on April 20


Turdus migratorius.

The latin name for American Robin.

It doesn't actually mean 'flying shit' though.
posted by srboisvert at 1:19 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


Glorious and just what I needed today.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:29 PM on April 20


I laughed hard enough to reverse sneeze ice cold whisky. Ouch!
posted by vrakatar at 5:17 PM on April 20


I enjoy watching and identifying the birds in my area especially since moving to the PNW from the South and there are all sorts of new birds here to see. But everything in the link is spot-the-fuck-on. I was amazed the first time I saw a Steller's Jay -- a striking bird. Then I heard the fucker sing.
posted by bfootdav at 5:48 PM on April 20 [1 favorite]


"To kill a mockingbird is a sin." Harper Lee
posted by Oyéah at 6:25 PM on April 20


ckape: It's amazing how a country so highly associated with politeness gave its name to such jerks.

They're our alter ego. They are centuries of anger, resentment, hostility, and frustration, shoved behind our nationally-mandated veneer of politeness, manifested demoniacally in feathery, beaky, honky, smelly, birdshit-sprayin'-everywhere physical form, which you will never, ever be able to overlook, or condescend to, or disregard (unlike us human mammalian Canadians standing quietly over here, well out of your way, hoping you'll notice us when we wave tentatively in your direction). Eh?
posted by cybercoitus interruptus at 6:33 PM on April 20 [2 favorites]




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