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Friday, April 01, 2016

Queensbury Rarities Ratifications

The Rarities Commission held its meeting in the Snert family mansion at Small Page Fold yesterday to review rare or vagrant bird submissions by local birders within the past 10 years.
Committee members: Clarissa Eloise Thunderbolt Snert.
Marmaduke Fudbucket Snert. Montmorency Snert. Adjudicator: Mrs Delabole of Ye Olde Pie Shoppe.

From a list of 7 records 3 were deemed spurious and rejected leaving these 4 for consideration:
FRIED PIECATCHER BS June 2010.
MONEY BUZZARD DW Sept 2012.
LAUGHING GULL NK Apr 2008. BLACKPOOL ROCK NUTHATCH DM Feb 2014.
Money Buzzard was seen by DW on the roof of the Yorkshire bank and a detailed description given. The bank manager was alerted and he too saw the bird preening. ACCEPTED.
It was felt by the members that the photo taken by DM of the Blackpool Rock Nuthatch on the promenade at Ogden Res was in fact a very early Eastern Rock Nuthatch. REJECTED.
BS had left the garage for a dinner time dash and on passing the Olde Pie Shoppe he saw the Fried Piecatcher flitting around the entrance. He took 3 outstanding photos that convinced even the cynical Montmorency Snert this was a male of the species. ACCEPTED.
The flyover Laughing Gull near the Algernon Snert Memorial Institute reported by NK was deemed to have been misidentified despite the observers travels in the central American basin. REJECTED.

Asked by sympathetic colleagues if he thought the reporting date of April 1st had gone against him NK replied not necessarily, citing an incident five months previous.
"Fudbucket and me got screeching drunk on his 2 litre bottle of Absinthe. He asked me to consider marrying Clarissa and entering the family dynasty. I told him I'd rather french kiss a Paraguayan Mole Rat".