Wednesday, September 12, 2001

BIO: From the world of Birding Listservs

WARNING BIOSPOILERS --
Notes from BirdChat, TexBirds, UMichBirders and BirdWG05(AZ/NM) Listservs and the Internet Movie Database (imdb)

Over the years i have caught snippets of conversation from the birding listservs about one of my favorite topics -- bird songs out of place at the movies. After naming my project "Biospoilers" and starting to collect notes on these things i decided to return to the archives of the various listservs to see what else i could scare up. Below are the examples i came across from those who were fairly certain both of their IDs and that something was amiss. I can't vouch for any of these. I hope some day to check each of these out by DVD and verify them. Until then here's some things to ponder . . .

Here's the key:
The Movie [or in some cases TV show, commercial or song] (date of production when known) -- the actual bird (or other critter)heard or seen, with notes if it was identified as something else or something else about it is peculiar (the purported location of the scene) -- the author of the listserv posting when known

Babe (1995) – Tawny Owl (Sydney, Australia) – Byron Butler

The Birds II: Land’s End (1994) -- Starling identified as a Black-naped Tern, Laughing Gull identified as a Brown-hooded Gull (North Carolina) – Mary Beth Stowe

The Bourne Identity (2002) – Eastern Wood Pewee (France in winter) – Suzanne Vedder

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951) – “first robin of spring” (England, where their version of “Robin” is basically non-migratory) – Ronald Orenstein

Carousel (1956) – Northern Mockingbird, despite its name out of range at the time of the setting of the film (Maine) – imdb

Charlie’s Angels (2000) Troupial identified as a Pygmy Nuthatch (some west coast island) – Craig Bateman, Bryn Martin

D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) – geese flying but ducks are quacking – imdb

Dancer in the Dark (2000) -- White Wagtail, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Blackbird, Willow Warbler (US) – imdb

Dances with Wolves (1990) –
Sandhill Cranes identified as geese (the West) – Kurt Knebusch, imdb

Dead Poets Society (1989) –
European Starlings honking like geese – imdb

Ethan Frome (1993) – Red-eyed Vireo singing (Maine, dead of winter) – imdb

George of the Jungle (1997) – Capuchin Monkey (Africa) – Bryn Martin

George of the Jungle 2 (2003) – cockatoo (Africa) – imdb

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996) – Barred Owl, Boreal Owl, Common Nighthawk (Africa) – imdb

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) –
swallows (Netherlands in winter) – imdb

The Great Gatsby (1974) – House Finch (Long Island, not present there until the 1940s) – imdb

Highlander (1986) – Red-winged Blackbird (Europe) – Melanie Hopkins

Jurassic Park (1993) – Wood Thrush (Montana badlands) – Kurt Knebusch

King Arthur (2004) – Harris’s Hawk identified as a falcon (England 1,000 years before Columbus located Harris’s Hawkland) – Bryn Martin

Kiss the Girls (1997) – Great Kiskadee (Durham, North Carolina) – Oscar Carmona

Lost (2004) – Kookaburra, loons, American warblers, screech-owls, Polar Bear (Pacific Island) – Bryn Martin

Mary Poppins (1964) – American Robin (London) – Frank Gibson

The Mating Game (1996) – Hudsonian Godwit nest in a tree (North Carolina) – Bob Lewis

Moulin Rouge (2001) – lovebird, but it’s a canary song (Paris) – imdb

Murder She Wrote – Common Loon, Western Screech-Owl (Charleston, North Carolina) – Nancy Newfield

Northern Exposure – Black-capped Chickadee identified as a Siberian Tit/Gray-headed Chickadee (Alaskan bush) – Jacco Gelderloos, Bob Tarte

Outbreak (1995) – Capuchin Monkey (Africa) – Bryn Martin

PCU (1994) – Gray-crowned Crane identified as a Whooping Crane – Craig Bateman

Planter’s Peanuts commercial – Acorn Woodpecker identified as Pileated Woodpecker – Don Richardson

Black Point (2001) – Wood Thrush (Pacific Northwest) – Chris Cooper

Pride and Prejudice (1940) – Eurasian Collared-Dove (Europe) – Wim Vader

Quest for Fire (1981) – Black-capped Chickadee, Pileated Woodpecker (prehistory, and thus presumably not in the US) – Hank Burchard

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) -- Willow Ptarmigan (Peruvian jungle) -- Terence Lee Schiefer & Tony Leukering

Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) – Common Loon (Peruvian jungle) – Tony Leukering

Robin Hood (1991) -- Eurasian Collared-Dove (Europe) – Wim Vader

Robin Hood (1991) – White-throated Sparrow (Britain) – Sandy Ayer

Scarlet Letter (1995) – Scarlet Finch (Massaschusetts) – Richard Stern

Scream (1996) – Canyon Wren (night in a suburb) – Cathi Tomsen

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) – Cactus Wren (Maine) – Ed Stonick

A Simple Plan (1998) – Hooded Crow (US) – Doug Von Gausig

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (song) by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Chestnut-brown Canary and Ruby-throated Sparrow – Mark O’Keefe, among others, would like to see these two anywhere!

Tarzan – Kookaburra – many commenters

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