Monday, December 22, 2008

Caption Contest #2

Monday, December 22, 2008
I hope you will forgive me for running another BOTB caption contest so soon after the last one, but here are my (rather feeble) reasons:

1. It's a short, holiday-filled week.
2. I have a pressing deadline.
3. The last BOTB caption contest was so much fun.
4. Holidays and a goose naturally go together.
5. I could NOT hide this amazing photo of Ohio birding icon Jim McCormac any longer.

Here's the rumpus:
Share your creative and funny caption with the rest of us via the Comments option below. The deadline for entries is 6 pm on Christmas Day (that's Thursday, December 25, FYI).

I will announce a winner on Boxing Day (Friday, December 26, 2008). The winner gets a year's subscription to Santa's favorite birding magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest.

Go in peace.

p.s. That's a barnacle goose (the one with the black neck).


On December 22, 2008 at 12:56 PM Anonymous said...

Uh oh... I think I'm going to go bury my head in the sand for a while and emerge when it's over!

Jim McC

On December 22, 2008 at 12:57 PM NCmountainwoman said...

'Scuse me, but do you think this is enough for a family of four?

On December 22, 2008 at 1:27 PM Natural Moments said...

"I thought birding relieves the stiffness and tension held in the body..."

On December 22, 2008 at 1:49 PM Janet Creamer said...

1.Jimmie Mac felt the countless years spent honing his mad skillz at Whack-a-Mole had finally paid off as he proudly displayed the coveted stuffed goose.

2. Hey guys, does this make my head look big?

On December 22, 2008 at 2:38 PM Heather said...

1. Should I wear this or my flamingo neck tie to the office Christmas party?

2. Honey, does this make me look fat?

On December 22, 2008 at 3:05 PM Hoaryredpoll said...

This Gentleman took the notion of "Bagging a lifer" a little too far...

On December 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM Rondeau Ric said...

Sorry Jim.

This is the possum goose, it plays dead when you catch it.

Jimmie Mac tries to milk what he thinks is a cow bird.

I think the flash stunned him, or maybe it was my handsome profile.

Hey Bill, is this the black necked stilt you were telling me about?

Yah, that’s how you spell goose with the signal flags.

On December 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM rmharvey said...

Despite his ignoble end, and the indignities that followed, Andrew never lost his haughty demeanor.

On December 22, 2008 at 3:58 PM Anonymous said...

And if the contestant ever got the Secret Word, well then down would come this sucker! Now, you've got to imagine the little glasses and the tiny cigar... like a little Groucho.

I'm busting a gut just thinking about it. Comedy gold, I tell ya, pure comedy gold.

On December 22, 2008 at 4:41 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Watch closely as I put this entire bird into the Goose-a-matic, and make a tasty muscle-building drink!

On December 22, 2008 at 4:41 PM Janet Creamer said...

I can't resist a few more...

1."He's dead, Jim."

2. Why some bachelors should not enter sewing competitions...

3. Why some guys should not be in charge of stuffing the goose for Christmas dinner...

4. A true Born Ruffians fan

On December 22, 2008 at 5:22 PM bill said...

Where do I trade this in for two in the bush?

On December 22, 2008 at 6:36 PM HoosierDon said...

1. I think it moved so I'm counting it!

2. Save your ethics lecture, I'm going goose bowling as soon as I find nine more.

On December 22, 2008 at 7:37 PM Anonymous said...

"I blew and I blew until I couldn't blow it no more!"

Pete King

On December 22, 2008 at 7:45 PM snowcat2 said...

"Honey, can I buy this,pleaseee."

On December 22, 2008 at 8:09 PM KatDoc said...

with a nod to Monty Python:

"This goose is no more! He has ceased to be! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch, 'e'd be pushing up daisies! This is an EX-GOOSE!"


On December 22, 2008 at 8:33 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

Arf! Arf! Arf! Katdoc!! Roasting JimmyMac is such fun, i'nit?!!

On December 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM Jo said...

No worries -- I always keep a spare in my back pocket.

On December 22, 2008 at 9:23 PM Heron said...

"Well, in the dim light of the swamp, it sure looked like an Ivory-billed Woodpecker."

On December 22, 2008 at 11:28 PM Alan said...

Since I won the last caption contest I'll just play for fun this time. Here are a few I came up with:

- Goo-se a doctor Jim, you don't look well!

- I'll be heading out at the 'quack' of dawn with my new goose call.

- Okay, time to pay my bill now.

- Anyone serving soup to go with my quacker?

On December 22, 2008 at 11:36 PM egretsnest said...

How cold was it? How cold was it? I'll show you how cold it was!

On December 23, 2008 at 10:05 AM Richard said...

This one works good for getting ice off the windshield.

On December 23, 2008 at 11:11 AM Dubs said...

Its a nice door prize and all, but I was hoping for the Wild Turkey.

On December 23, 2008 at 12:03 PM Laura said...

#1: "Being goosed with a real goose isn't funny, guys."

#2: "I went birding and all I got was this lousy goose."

On December 23, 2008 at 1:07 PM kevbosnafu said...

This is Bo Burton's PBA tip of the day: "Using my patented barnacle headpin, you'll be racking up strikes in no time and converting 7-10 splits like Earl Anthony!"

On December 23, 2008 at 2:20 PM Anonymous said...

"Sorry, but the only way you'll ever get me in your bed is to turn me into a pillow"- said the haughty goose trying not to be naughty at Christmas.

On December 23, 2008 at 2:27 PM Anonymous said...

"Call me Branta leucopsis one more time and I'm going to start calling you Mr. Linnaeus".

On December 23, 2008 at 3:49 PM Matt said...

To be sung to the tune of Jingle Bells:

Combing through the scaps
With a large hand magnifier
Searching for a louse
New for the state of Ohio

Remains of a barnacle goose
Is super rare "habo"* for sure
Oh what fun it is to search
For fauna most obscure

Oh, rare hairbells, some snail shells,
Stuff with no common name,
Blogging about all of this
Is my favorite game**

Matt Hysell -
* habo = Brit slang for habitat
** it's just about my favorite blog

On December 23, 2008 at 10:50 PM Mary said...

Merry Christmas, Bill!

On December 23, 2008 at 10:50 PM Mary said...

Can't beat any of these captions, but I second Alan's "Anyone serving soup to go with my quacker?"

It's all good. Hilarious.

Sorry, Jim :o)

On December 23, 2008 at 11:41 PM KatDoc said...

"C'mon, people, this auction is about raising money for the OOS Conservation Fund. Now, do I hear $40? Who'll go 40, 40, 40, thank you to the tall fellow in the back, with the spotting scope, now who'll give me 45?"

~KD, sitting on her hands to avoid bidding

On December 24, 2008 at 8:31 AM Weedpicker Cheryl said...

"That's right only $9.95! Goose-be-gone! Sprinkle a little of our patented product around your endangered sedges, and even the toughest of the Carex consumers will soon be in precipitous decline."

On December 24, 2008 at 9:37 AM SylvanB said...

This rare example of 19th Century taxidermy is a national treasure! A national treasure!

On December 24, 2008 at 12:32 PM Roy C. Smallwood 3rd. said...

How much for this, honker?

On December 24, 2008 at 1:35 PM Tricia said...

Presidential OOS goose!

On December 24, 2008 at 5:15 PM KatDoc said...

two more (I just can't leave this post alone)

"Can I exchange this here? I requested a Cackling Goose."

"I know I said I wanted it rare, but this is ridiculous."


On December 24, 2008 at 9:22 PM Jim McCormac said...

Hey all,

Thanks for the Xmas Internet roasting! I feel as if my goose has been cooked!

I think BT3 is still smarting from my zings that skewered him waaay back at the '06 OOS raptor conference!

And the winner only gets a one-year subscription to Bird Watcher's Digest? You oughta throw in a barnacle-encrusted yacht, too!


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