I just got this email as part of a birdwatching listserv. God. I will neverget tired of people thinking the Onion is serious news. Serious news is actually funny these days. Anyway, here's the email (name redacted):
Forgive what may be deemed slightly off-post, but readers of va-bird should be, I think, aware of this ... The Onion, a so-called NEWS site, on April 11, 2007 published an article by Elaine Wynne entitled, "The Sibley Guide to Birds Has Clearly Misidentified the Dark-Eyed Junco" in which she complains that he lists the Juncos with Finches instead of Sparrows, and has done so in both the 2nd and now the 3rd editions.
I don't have the 2nd nor the 3rd edition, but I do have first editions of both the Guide to Birds and the Field Guide, in which Juncos are clearly included with Sparrows!!
Ms. Wynne goes on to malign also Peterson, The Aububon Society and others calling them Bastards! I hadn't been aware of The Onion, but this is ridiculous! You can read the rant @
If this is satire it's untrue, unfair, not to mention unconscionable!