Being a Seanetter can be isolating work–out on the beaches in cold, wind, driven snow and sleet; even the most intrepid Seanetter can sometimes start to feel a bit uncertain of herself and her bird i.d. skills. We hope that our Dead Bird Quizzes help you all to feel like part of a larger community of dead bird seekers who often feel at a loss when faced with a carcass.
Here, Seanetter Jerry Golub (New Jersey) has been selfless enough to share this tale of his most recent foibles out on the madness making winter shores. The subject line of his email: “Double Embarrassment”
“The weather relented and I was able to survey my beach today. It was 38 & overcast, but no wind. After only finding half of a dead RBGU and not very interesting live birds, I was almost back at my car when I saw a large falcon fly toward a jetty and harass a gull or pigeon. I was pretty certain it was a Peregrine, but wanted to get closer for a better view and picture.
Do you see a bird in the lower half of the picture? I thought I saw a hawk with a dark back and light face & underparts. I approached and took pictures until I realized it was a rock! I then relocated the Peregrine and took some pictures.
After photographing the Peregrine I returned to my car and a large white mass I must have passed an hour earlier turned out to be a dead GBBG!
I ID’ed a rock as a bird and missed a large dead bird!”
Truly, we are all in this together, Seanetters. And the beaches and the birds will conspire to bewilder and confuse. Even the rocks, as Jerry now knows, will taunt you. So thank you for sticking with it, Seanetters. We couldn’t do it without you!