Tuesday, June 20, 2006

GISS--or is it jizz?

Identifying birds by their shape, size, and movements, as practiced and perfected at Cape May.

9 Comments:

Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Shorebirds will always be beyond me, I'm afraid.

June 20, 2006 11:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what say you now about the Ivory Bill. Extinct or Extant?

June 22, 2006 12:34 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

In my case, it seems like the more I learn about bird ID the less I know. I guess the real problems is that I don't make enough time to practice the art. Like the old saying goes, "If you don't use it, you lose it."

June 22, 2006 10:58 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

Dear Mr. or Ms. Anonymous:

My post and the article that it linked to had nothing to do with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, so I question your motive in asking this question. I have no first-hand experience with Ivory-bills or their habitats, but I from what I have read in recent months I am skeptical that the species remains extant in the continental U.S.

June 22, 2006 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There you go. You see, my motive was just to elicit your response. Nothing more. You seem thoughtful on matters. Is it impossible to believe that others might like YOUR opinion? Relax.

Why is everyone so defensive on this matter?

June 23, 2006 9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neither. It's Gestalt.

June 23, 2006 10:32 PM  
Blogger John L. Trapp said...

I just think it is perfectly natural to react defensively toward a probing question about a sensitive subject from someone who chooses not to reveal their identify.

June 24, 2006 8:40 AM  
Blogger Juliabohemian said...

I use GISS. I didn't realize there was a name for it.

June 26, 2006 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As my Yogic guru would say, your defensiveness says more about the topic than it does about yourself.

Perhaps even believers are becoming Skeptics?

You have a nice blog. Thanks.

June 26, 2006 2:50 PM  

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