Thursday, February 14, 2008

It may not be a duck

Yesterday, I came across a bird on a car in a parking lot. The food it had in its beak made it look, from the front, like a duck. I am not sure, however, whether ducks have spots, so I can't determine if it looks like a duck. I am not sure how ducks are supposed to walk--nor, for that sake, how other birds walk--so I cannot use that criterion. The bird did not quack, but one cannot infer non-duck status based on the converse. Another practical problem is that I am not sure if there are any "non-duck-like" ways of quacking (other than in offering bogus medical services), so I am not sure what the standard of comparison would be.

Ultimately, of course, the question is whether I could make more profit on this bird than I could on a duck. Unfortunately, I did not see any commercial value here.

3 comments:

RoboJ1M said...

Looks like a seagull to me.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herring_Gull

I sea lots of them, but then I do live next to the see.

The sound they make is very 'English seaside'.

Fille-de-Etoile said...

Interesting thoughts. Looks like a seagull to me too. Alike the ones I see on the Oregon coast.

Kristen Skov said...

Yep, it's seagull. Some people around here call 'em "shithawks". They'll poop on you if they don't like you. Heh heh heh.