Tuesday, October 21, 2008

How many rare birds do we miss?

As birders we often talk about the problem of common birds being misidentified as rare ones. The counterpoint, but probably more frequent, is that rare birds are simply overlooked. Here's a link to a fantastic "Awareness Test" on YouTube. 

Give it a try, it only takes a minute. The relevance of this test to bird identification should be obvious, so now you can just imagine all the rare birds you haven't seen.

9 comments:

Alan said...

Welcome back to "blogland" David!

Alan

Bosque Bill said...

Thanks, David, I got a genuine "out loud" laugh out of that one.

Owlman said...

VERY interesting Dave! I had a roosting Screech owl right outside my front door and I only found it by accident, so the point is well taken.

Greg Neise said...

Welcome back David...we have missed your posts (via RSS) at the Illinois Birder's Forum.

Beverly said...

OMG... that was GREAT! Thanks for sharing!

...and welcome back; it's good to 'see you' again!

Beverly

Blonde-headed Nuthatch said...

After taking the test I have come to the realization that I have most likely missed around 12,000 rarities since I began birding in 1989. Most of these while I was intently studying my trusty Sibley Field Guide. D#@*~!

NickL said...

hey there i tried to take on the "how many do we miss?" topic on my blog, here: http://birdist.blogspot.com/2008/03/discussion-with-john-of-dc-birding-blog.html

LEM said...

David, when this was dancing around the twitter a while ago, I actually thought of you, one of the few people I know who wouldn't be in the least fazed by it.

Missing the keenly observant in my current forays outside the birdwatching world,
-Linda

Adam Z. said...

Nice! I failed it, but it has a good point. I always miss things if I am not specifically looking for them. Thanks!