To a man, ornithologists are tall, slender, and bearded so that
they can stand motionless for hours, imitating kindly trees, as
they watch for birds.

Gore Vidal


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2 Responses to “Ornithologists”

  1. Avi Sabavala Says:

    Ha Ha! I am average height, plump & no do not sport a beard since I am a female & yet people consider me a good birder as I can not only stand motionless for hours, but walk for miles – so we need to review our stereotypes. But this post is surely in good humour. Will ask all the tall slender guys in my group to sport beards!!!
    Happy birding

  2. fatfinch Says:

    This was indeed intended as humor. The male member of this group once tried to grow a beard but failed. Friends referred to the moustache as a “football moustache, eleven on each side.”

    You can get some idea of what we really think about gender discrimination from this post, written by our male member, http://goldenstate.wordpress.com/2007/10/02/clarence-thomassexual-harassment-and-anita-hill/

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