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#1 spookyjimjams

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 12:13 AM

I would not personally count a bird on TV as a personal sighting, but my husband was quite happy to see an Anhinga sunning itself on the shoreline of one of the greens of the Player's Championship the other day. That's basically the only way he will probably see one.

What other birds has anyone seen surreptiously on TV that you may not get to see in person?

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 02:19 AM

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 03:13 AM

I haven't seen any, but I sure can "hear" them in the background of tv shows, what comes to mind is when my husband was watching "The Masters" on tv.
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 04:18 AM

I know of several people who keep a "TV list". I don't keep one myself but my favorite TV bird is Northern Fulmar. If you watch Deadiest Catch you will see dozens of them in every episode.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:01 AM

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 05:32 AM

I know of several people who keep a "TV list". I don't keep one myself but my favorite TV bird is Northern Fulmar. If you watch Deadiest Catch you will see dozens of them in every episode.


LOL! You gotta be kiddin about the tv list!
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 06:36 AM

LOL! You gotta be kiddin about the tv list!


I don't personally know anyone who keeps a TV list but I have read about people who do.

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Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

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Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14

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Pacific Golden-Plover: Ripon Sewage ponds, Ripon, CA, 4/8/14

Horned Grebe, Whimbrel: Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, CA, 4/6/13

Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrow: Hunt Rd., Calaveras County, CA, 4/6/13


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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:10 AM

I don't personally know anyone who keeps a TV list but I have read about people who do.


That's a person that needs to get out more! Although, my mom gets about 200 channels on her tv. I'll bet I could get a decent list going after spending an evening there..........
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Posted 15 May 2012 - 10:33 AM

Of course, so many TV birds are species that are so out of range, you'd have a TV rarities list pretty quickly! The other night on Bones, there were a bunch of vultures picking at a body. Of course, they were some kind of European or African vultures - nothing you'd see in the US.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 07:28 PM

Of course, so many TV birds are species that are so out of range, you'd have a TV rarities list pretty quickly! The other night on Bones, there were a bunch of vultures picking at a body. Of course, they were some kind of European or African vultures - nothing you'd see in the US.


That show is terrible for their use of any animal or insect. Nothing is right. I saw an episode where they were very expertly describing the scavaging of vultures while showing crows, and one episode declaring that anytime you see a group of crows, they will surely be feasting on some corpse. Oh, if birding was that grisly, we'd have some serious problems! Oh, and the example of this that they showed was 3 crows. They just like saying the phrase "murder of crows" for dramatic effect.

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Posted 15 May 2012 - 08:35 PM

Wow, the fields and woods behind my house must be full of dead bodies if that's a sure sign of them!

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 05:21 AM

Its when I start paying more attention to the birds than the T.V. show's plot that I realize I should just go outside. Went to see Snow White and The Huntsman with a cousin and was a little surprised they went with European Magpies as her 'guide birds' rather than the usual robins and sparrows. Granted, they were computer animated, so not sure they count for T.V. birding.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:19 PM

I cant help but say, "tv list" thats nuts!! Get off the darn couch and shut off the tv.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:58 AM

You know you're addicted when you pay less attention to the bikini clad woman and more attention to the birds feeding on the shoreline behind her.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:07 PM

I cant help but say, "tv list" thats nuts!! Get off the darn couch and shut off the tv.


I don't know - no different than sitting in front of the computer, posting on a birding forum.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 01:46 PM

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:18 PM

I haven't seen any, but I sure can "hear" them in the background of tv shows, what comes to mind is when my husband was watching "The Masters" on tv.


If "The Masters" is the Golf tournament, it's right in my backyard. The course is in Augusta, about 20 minutes from my house. :D
I'm pretty sure they add some of the bird noises, though. If they kept the real bird calls, you'd be hearing a ton of Carolina Wrens. ;)

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