[CT Birds] the hummer bat & mistaken ID
gswilliams9 at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 26 13:01:06 EST 2013
I can't tell you how many times students have brought me "owl pellets" that were actually mammal scat.
From: Robert Jase <busterggi at aol.com>
To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
Sent: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 12:27 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] the hummer bat & mistaken ID
How could anyone mistake feathers for fur?
Well back in the '90's when West Nile virus was new and local health departments were collecting dead birds for testing I went on to pick one up. After about 15 minutes one of the neighbors came up and asked me what I was doing. I explained that I was there to pick up a dead crow and they directed me to a nearby trash can in which was a dead squirrel. I explained that squirrels were not crows and the response I got was, " What's the difference?" So it is possible, there are people out there....
BTW - I wear a tee shirt & shorts outside year round so a light shirt doesn't seem unreasonable to me. And yes, I get some weird looks when I'm shoveling snow.
busterggi at aol.com
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