The Bird Dog Story

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Subject: The Bird Dog Story
From: "Reg Clark" <>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2001 11:35:55 +1000
Hello all,

Still a nice one------from Bird Chat.


     A hotshot birder and his dog show up at the annual ABA convention.
 The birder is told by the chair of the convention that dogs aren't
 allowed in the hotel and he'll have to make other accommodations.  The
 guy explains that his dog is an ornithological genius--and, furthermore,
 that the pooch can talk.  He asks if he and his dog can be given a few
 minutes at the podium after the guest speaker to prove his claim.  The
 chair of the convention agrees.

     After the guest speaker is finished, the guy and his dog take the
 stage.  He explains that the dog is an authority on ornithology and can
 answer any question about birds.  Various birders in the audience
 express doubt.  The guy says, "Just watch.  I'll throw a few questions at
him, and you'll see.  He really is a genius."

     So the birder asks, "Dog, where does a Brown Treecreeper find its
 food?"  The dog scratches its head and says, "Bark!"

     There are a few murmurings of disgust from the audience, along with
 a few boos.

     The birder says, "Okay, okay.  I know that was an easy one.  Now get
 a load of this. " Dog, what unusual structural feature is found on the
 nest of the Ovenbird that isn't found on most other birds' nests?"
 Without hesitating, the dog says, "Roof!"

     There are loud boos and hisses from the audience.

    The guy says, "All right, just give him one more chance."  Dog, what
 Eurasian shorebird rarity shows up from time to time in widely scattered
 areas of North America and sends birders crazy with delight?"  The dog
 says, "Ruff!"

     The outraged birders in the audience start throwing food and begin
 storming the stage.  The birder and his dog flee out the back door.

     As the pair walk back to the parking lot, the dog looks up at his
 master and says," Sorry," I should have said Spotted Redshank"

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