A nice way of putting it

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Subject: A nice way of putting it
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:25:47 +1000
What Do the Birders Know?


Published: April 19, 2013

A BIRD-WATCHER is a kind of pious predator. To see a new bird is to capture it, metaphorically, and a rare bird or an F.O.Y. (First of the Year, for the uninitiated) is a kind of trophy. A list of birds seen on a given day is also a form of prayer, a thanksgiving for being alive at a certain time and place. Posting that list online is a 21st- century form of a votive offering. It’s unclear what deity presides.


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