[CT Birds] the hummer bat & mistaken ID

Glenn Williams 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.
Glenn Williams

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.

Robert Jase
busterggi at aol.com

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