The most interesting thing today was the mix of people and their interplay. First of all there’s Joanne who is young and keen and enthusiastic and has been working really hard to become competent. Today, after handling a variety of “confusing Fall warblers”, she had an epiphany. She reached that plateau where she knew that she didn’t know. When she announced this earth-shaking insight to the group, David Brewer, who has been banding around the world for many, many years and does know, made the following quote:
He who knows not and knows not that he knows not is a fool; avoid him.
He who knows not and knows that he knows not is a student; teach him.
He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep; wake him.
He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man; follow him.
[He also added: He that knows not, and knows not that he knows not, and cares not that he knows not; he is George Bush—elect him!]
So you can see, it was beginning to get cerebral. And then he added that “vireo” is Latin for “I am green”. Pretty heady stuff, eh? But maybe he was pulling our collective leg. Fortunately Anne Klause, who was/is a Latin scholar, was helping out and she was able to confirm this. So….you just never know what you might learn here…..
A few days ago, Faye, who helps out on Saturdays, sent me an email noting that nobody brought goodies anymore. I’m not sure what she was talking about. I haven’t missed out since I returned. [Thanks to all!!!]
It was an odd morning bird-wise: the first rounds were unremarkable with very few birds caught. Further, there was not very much noticeable activity along the edges. Still, at the end of the day we finished with 64 birds processed: 49 banded and 15 retraps. I think the repartee, the dabbling in philosophy and obscure languages, and, of course, the ingestion of delectable goodies (sorry Faye), masked the flow of birds through the lab.
The most noteworthy sighting was a Great Egret flying upriver during census that Carol was able to capture with her little point and shoot camera.