Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Caption Contest #16

Wednesday, September 8, 2010
25 comments
When I lead field trips at birding festivals, I often snap photos of the group on the bus. I'm not sure why—it just happens, I guess. This photo comes from last spring's New River Birding and Nature Festival in Fayetteville, WV. I believe it was on the High Country tour, where we go forth seeking warblers.

It struck me as a good one for a BOTB caption contest. So let your freak flag fly and send your most cleverest caption in by midnight, Sunday, September 12, 2010 using the comment window below. The winner will receive a genuine BWD lens cloth (a $5 value!) which works great for cleaning optics, eyeglasses, cellphones, or the Cheeto-stained screen on your iPad.

Good luck and we'll see you on the bus.

25 comments:

On September 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM cyberthrush said...

Well, I don't have a caption thus far, but it does call to mind that OLD (slightly morbid) joke:

I hope I die one day just like my dear old grandaddy, quickly and peacefully in my sleep... and not screaming hysterically like the 25 passengers of the bus he was driving at the time.

On September 8, 2010 at 3:31 PM Unhinged Pastor - Lee Hoy said...

Moses and his staff were prepared to lead everyone to the promised land. He had been given the 10 target species and after reading from eBird, all the people said, "Amen."

On September 8, 2010 at 5:00 PM Idaho Birder said...

They all thought their group was the most erudite of the birders at the festival until they ended up on "the short bus".

On September 8, 2010 at 5:03 PM OpposableChums said...

All entreaties in hopes of convincing Lorenzo to leave his baguette at home for the trip to sit amongst the Silver-back gorillas were sadly fruitless, and with regrettably gruesome consequences.

On September 8, 2010 at 5:19 PM birdchick said...

Not everyone appreciated Roscoe's philosophy to fart softly and carry a big stick.

On September 8, 2010 at 6:33 PM Idaho Birder said...

Napoleon Dynamite says: "Birding skills. Bow-staff Skills. Freakin' awesome."

On September 8, 2010 at 7:11 PM bpadgett said...

I *said*, "Speak SOFTLY!!"

On September 8, 2010 at 7:56 PM rmharvey said...

Everyone thought this was the bus to go see a lot of warblers. Everyone except the deputy in charge of the chain gang...

On September 8, 2010 at 8:06 PM rmharvey said...

Year by year, as the festival grew in popularity, disruptive elements began to attend and disturb the birding. But one man stood fast, determined that come what may he would do everything in his power to stop those lepidopterists from ruining everything!

On September 8, 2010 at 9:43 PM Harley said...

"Jed's hand-carved tripods doubled as summer sausage holders, perfect for those never-ending field trips!"

On September 8, 2010 at 9:48 PM Alan said...

"It's been four hours...somebody call a doctor!"

On September 9, 2010 at 12:34 AM Janet Creamer said...

"Well, I was told Bill will show us more warblers than you can shake a stick at."

On September 9, 2010 at 6:09 AM Erik said...

Dave and Geoff are always looking to improve the NRG festival. Busses with brigs for unruly participant/leaders is just the latest upgrade.

On September 9, 2010 at 6:12 AM Erik said...

The trip was going great until Hank the driver said "Hey gang, watch this!"


All kidding aside, Hank, Robert, and the other drivers at this festival are awesome. Mad props to anyone who can drive a bus down that Sugar Creek road.

On September 9, 2010 at 7:53 AM Connie Kogler said...

'an I though we'd be on the short bus. THIS bus is BIG.

On September 9, 2010 at 10:06 AM pambirds said...

“100 bills of the bird on the wall, 100 bills of the bird … take him down, pass him around … 100 bills of the bird on the wall!”

On September 9, 2010 at 11:02 AM Thierry Lach said...

No, I'm not a birdwatcher, I'm a birdwatcher-watcher. I've got eighteen new lifers here.

On September 9, 2010 at 11:03 AM Thierry Lach said...
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On September 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM Idaho Birder said...

♫ The birders on the bus go
tick, tick, twitch
tick, tick, twitch
tick, tick, twitch
♫ The birders on the bus go
tick, tick, twitch
All through the town. ♫

On September 9, 2010 at 4:05 PM cyberthrush said...

quick comment:

If Alan was suggesting a caption I think he may have won, or, if he was putting out a personal plea for help I surely hope he found a doctor by now.

On September 9, 2010 at 7:58 PM scienceguy288 said...

"Are we there yet?"

On September 10, 2010 at 7:20 PM Chris Harbard said...

The lure for the Worm-eating Warbler should attract them from miles away!

On September 11, 2010 at 10:04 AM Mike Smeets said...

I ain't signing no model release for this. I am here for the birds.

On September 12, 2010 at 12:49 PM Rondeau Ric said...

What do you mean we have to buy 10 copies each of "Identifying and Feeding Birds" before we can have a bathroom break?

On September 12, 2010 at 11:54 PM Angela of Alabama said...

(from 2nd row) "They should have told us the guide is blind!" "I know, right!?" "If he doesn't get us the Swainson's, I'm asking for my money back!"


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