Friday 22 February 2008


This is not a post about mixed bird flocks. This is a post about the natural supplement to the Rorschach inkblot test, the birds around us and the psychological associations they evoke. This is how it works:

Below are a few bird pictures.

Look at them.

Note the object they remind you of.

Then check if your association matches the standard one provided as a link in the caption below each image.

If it does, you get 1 point.

If it doesn't, you get 0 points.

Cormorant (Baltic Coast, September) Standard Association

Green Heron (Michigan - August) Standard Association

Kentucky Warbler (St. Louis, July - THANKS Charlie for the brightness) Standard Association

Yellowhammer (Germany, August) Standard Association

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Michigan, August) Standard Association

Black-And-White Warbler (Ohio, May) Standard Association

Northern Parula (Ohio, May) Standard Association

Little Blue Heron (St. Louis, July) Standard Association

Great Blue Heron (Michigan, July) Standard Association

Ovenbird (Ohio, May) Standard Association

Your Results

8 to 10 points
Good news: you may go on birding the way you currently do. No negative psychological impact detectable, you're still a perfectly normal member of society.

5 to 7 points
Well, you're still doing okay under standard conditions but you may want to monitor your surrounding's reactions towards you more closely. If your presence is being met with an increasing amount of raised eyebrows, you might want to consider cutting back on your birding somewhat. Ever tried embroidery?

0 to 4 points
You're a hopeless case of birding overdose and have isolated yourself from the world around you. Sorry, there's nothing anyone can do about that, so you might as well ... well ... go birding then!


Anonymous said...

such amazing photos if they related to associations for sure! I give you a 100 points for being such a great photographer!

Jochen said...

Thank you very much, Mon@rch!
I still can't get over the fact though that the Parula was sitting in the shade...

Anonymous said...

Oh dear, I scored zero.

Jochen said...

I scored zero, too. And I am the one who wrote the post!
Well, I guess that makes us brilliantly dedicated birders then, right?

Larry said...

Great photos-especially the GBH-If that GBH was a human it might be arrested for flashing-though.