Ralph Reid said;
> Hello all
> Let me be right up front about it - I would be the most hopeless bird
> identifier on this list.
Nup, sorry. That's me.
> In the first place, they always seem to be too hidden in foliage to get a
> proper look.
Me too (not hidden in foliage, but you never know.... with me, anything is
> In the second place, I have trouble finding anything in the field guides
> that look like what I did see.
ME, ME, ME. The number of times I have emailed poor Michael Norris
asking "Do you think I could have seen a such-and-such or a
what-si-mi-callit?" and those are often just birds appearing in my garden
!!! By the way Michael, forgot to ask about the chance of a White-plumed
Honeyeater spotted the day after my possible Eastern Spinebill? AND
yesterday on Brighton pier (near the baths) I think I could have seen a Musk
Duck -- at first I thought it was a duck with a broken bill and was about
to jump in and rescue it when I realised it was a flappy pouch thing under
its bill? (see what I mean.... I'm pathetic !! )
My hope is ONE day to be able to say "I definitely, without a doubt,
undeniably saw a whatever bird". Until then I'll have to put up with
being the "It could've been" girl.
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