Sunday, August 31, 2014

Graph - Birdiness vs. Social Acceptability

Birders aren't known for being cool.  This is partially due to the inherently obsessive nature of our hobby, but also because of the, um, obscure places we tend to visit.  When was the last time your neighbor dropped by the local waste treatment plant just for the hell of it?  Never.  Because they are normal.
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Our high-tech graphics department produced this precise visual representing several popular destinations, comparing social acceptability among non-birders to the locale's birdiness per acre.  It is generally frowned upon to stare into someone else's backyard with binoculars, but this awkward endeavor can yield some great birds.  In the unlikely event a birder is concerned about their "coolness", this graph can help them weigh the worth of each location before committing social suicide.


  1. Haha!. You guys are so funny!. Keep it up!

  2. This is a very helpful visual, especially for those of us who have a hard time gauging various social enterprises. I think I'll make a notecard-sized print out, laminate it, and keep it in a protected pocket.
    I will distribute other copies to birders-in-need

    Much thanks,

    1. Thank you for spreading the good word. The people need it.

  3. Hilarious stuff, Birdman! Keep up the good work :)

  4. I found the greatest acceptability in the spot where non-birders go birding (there is a flock of wild swans that accept bread handouts) and otherwise walking areas at city's riverbanks. If local folks are accustomed to fly fishermen they don't care about someone with bins either. However, there seemingly has to be a cycling path crisscrossing the walking path, and cyclists always appear right when you need to stand on the cycling path to look at a tree/bush, and instead of just zooming around you they feel the need to protest or honk (well, just imagine I was a bear on the path).

  5. You forgot two important categories: "Schools where your kid attends" vs "Schools where nobody knows you".