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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 10:14   #1
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The Most Ridiculous but funny answers non birders have told their kids

Every now and then we will be Birding and we will notice a non Birder with their kids either feeding the birds or in certain areas and you'll hear them say the most Ridiculous but funny questions or answers. When was the last time you heard someone say something? Few years ago I was Birding in a river, there were lots of Gulls, Ducks and Swans. A family were up near me and I heard 'What noise does a Swan make?' then I heard the answer 'quack quack' then I heard 'that's right' I couldn't help but laugh but roll my eyes at the same time.
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Old Monday 10th February 2020, 10:31   #2
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I remember twitching a Cattle Egret somewhere, my ex-wife being a non birder asked 'why is it called a Cattle Egret'?

I patiently explained, 'you see that sharp, dagger like bill, well, it creeps up through the grass and while the cow has it's head down feeding, it pounces and stabs the cow straight through the brain then eats the cows face'.

'OMG, should we tell the farmer it's in his field' came the reply...............
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Yes, a shared sense of humour is so important in a marriage
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Yes, a shared sense of humour is so important in a marriage
Perhaps an indicator as to why she's my ex-wife................
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Perhaps an indicator as to why she's my ex-wife................
I didn't dare ......................................................
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not bird related, but I remember visiting a zoo with a friend and both of us were looking at the Japanese Serow. I don't remember the exact phrasing, but we jokingly referred to them as wolfgoats or something. Sure enough, a young couple walks up behind us and the boyfriend confidently points out to his girlfriend, clearly trying to sound impressive, that they were looking at wolfgoats...
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American tourist, on giving a substantial donation to the Farne Islands wardens, "It must cost you a fortune to feed all of these birds!"
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Guy on top of the kittiwake viewing platform at the Baltic in Gateshead last year explaining to his girlfriend they were pigeons
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In every popular (and safe) port around the world there is usually a stable and sometimes considerable community of world girdling sailboat cruisers. These cruisers in port will have something called the scheduled morning VHF cruisers net. It consists of news, swap meets, weather info, dates of pot lucks, that sort of thing and is why most folks on sailboats while in these ports tend leave their VHF radios on all day.

One morning, while tied up in a marina in Mazatlan, Mexico a flock of Rosette Spoonbills landed on the mudbank behind our boat to feed. Within 30 seconds one of the cruisers was on the VHF radio to announce that the “Flamingos” were back.

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I did something like this recently.
I visited a newly opened nature center, where a nice and knowledgeable lady explained to me what they did, and that one pool is especially created for watching kingfishers. I could not resist and asked:
- So, did you already purchase and release the kingfishers?
I think she got it, but maybe I made myself a legend among the staff.
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I remember once someone called a Puffin a Penguin, they really were convinced it was.
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I always remember the story of a lady in a hide in Scotland looking through a scope and remarking " oh look, a puffin with a carrot in its beak." To which the warden replied " I'm sorry madam, but thats an Oystercatcher!"
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In New England last year a lady excitedly pointed out three puffins to us. They were cormorants. She refused to believe us.
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I once called out a distant Honey Buzzard in Norfolk, 'look at those flat wings' I announced to the assembled throng. It gradually drew closer and revealed itself to be a hang glider, appointment at Specsavers was duly arranged!
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I tried to explain to my OH why stonechats were so called. Because they make a clack clack noise like two stones knocking together I said. She disputed this and said what about the trill at the end. they should be called clack-clack-oops birds she declared. This has stuck ever since and every time we see one she declares, irrespective of who may be listening, oh look, there's a clack-clack-oops bird.
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Got another Spoonbill one,
We were visiting the Space coast bird fair couple weeks ago and nipped over to Merritt Island National Wildlife reserve one morning.

A group of us were observing a mixed flock of Spoonbills and Wood storks and one lady was overheard telling another lady that the “pink” ones are male and the “white” ones are females.
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I heard a funny story some years back from a friend. She was with another friend at a park and there were ducks in the pond. A couple of the ducks bolted out of the pond flying quickly away.
Her friend said "Wait ... ducks can fly? when did this happen?!! ... "

Another one I just remembered:
People at my job know I'm a bird watcher. A young lady I used to work with asked me if I saw any good birds at the park when I came back from my lunch break. I told her I watched some ducks in the pond. She replied ... "oh, so no birds ... wait, are ducks birds?..."

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I heard a funny story some years back from a friend. She was with another friend at a park and there were ducks in the pond. A couple of the ducks bolted out of the pond flying quickly away.
Her friend said "Wait ... ducks can fly? when did this happen?!! ... "

Another one I just remembered:
People at my job know I'm a bird watcher. A young lady I used to work with asked me if I saw any good birds at the park when I came back from my lunch break. I told her I watched some ducks in the pond. She replied ... "oh, so no birds ... wait, are ducks birds?..."
Sounds as though they may a problem with their Anas.
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Was enjoying a glass of mine with a friend of mine last week, sitting alongside the lake behind the cottage. “Oh look, it’s one of those dumb ducks” she said. Took a while to register. “No. That’s a Mute Swan” I replied.
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I once called out a distant Honey Buzzard in Norfolk, 'look at those flat wings' I announced to the assembled throng. It gradually drew closer and revealed itself to be a hang glider, appointment at Specsavers was duly arranged!
That happens all the time at our hawk watch. If you haven't done it, you haven't put in enough time on the ridge.
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That happens all the time at our hawk watch. If you haven't done it, you haven't put in enough time on the ridge.
On a migration watch at Akrotiri in Cyprus on a very hazy day, there was a call 'Flamingoes, low over the sea'. We turned to look, but what materialised in our bins was the Red Arrows...
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I heard a funny story some years back from a friend. She was with another friend at a park and there were ducks in the pond. A couple of the ducks bolted out of the pond flying quickly away.
Her friend said "Wait ... ducks can fly? when did this happen?!! ... "

Another one I just remembered:
People at my job know I'm a bird watcher. A young lady I used to work with asked me if I saw any good birds at the park when I came back from my lunch break. I told her I watched some ducks in the pond. She replied ... "oh, so no birds ... wait, are ducks birds?..."
A girl at my school who knows I'm a birdwatcher once told me she liked ducks and asked me also whether they're birds or not.
I really don't know why people seem to think ducks aren't birds!
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A couple of years ago, on a ferry from Spain to the UK. A woman was set to educate the whole ferry, in the loudest voice she had and looking around to include everyone, she announced - you want to take a boat along the Douro River, it is lovely, it is only a SHORT river (fact - 557 miles), they make all the SHERRY there you know (fact - they make Port. Sherry is made in Jerez Spain), The boats stop so you taste the SHERRY (PORT)!!!

What a plonker!!!
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A couple of years ago, on a ferry from Spain to the UK. A woman was set to educate the whole ferry, in the loudest voice she had and looking around to include everyone, she announced - you want to take a boat along the Douro River, it is lovely, it is only a SHORT river (fact - 557 miles), they make all the SHERRY there you know (fact - they make Port. Sherry is made in Jerez Spain), The boats stop so you taste the SHERRY (PORT)!!!

What a plonker!!!
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