Monday, January 31, 2011
Warbler Guy, which wood-warbler sang first in the movie The Social Network's sound track background? Why was it probably the wrong species?
Good question, Dr. Watson? -- err, I mean Erica (in Palo Alto, CA).
Indeed, long antennae make fine decisions when identifying birds by ear.
So how could a Wilson's Warbler (ABOVE photo) sing near Harvard's campus in the crew racing scene that appears
soon after The Social Network begins?
This vexing question is valid because Wilson's only passes through the Harvard University area (Massachusetts) as a spring and fall transient.
BUT the scene in the movie depicts a summer atmosphere, post migration, when Wilson's would already be farther north on breeding grounds.
Ho-hum. Another movie that cares little that birders compose a portion of the audience.
We are listening, Hollywood. You have it wrong. Our antennae are long.
Film on the floor. Cut up.