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Show Of Hands September 6th, 2012 12:00am

Can you identify more bird species by sight, or more plant species?

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pinkyusuck The Carribean. I wish.
09/07/12 4:49 pm

All birds are edible. Not all plants are. Ergo, survival instincts encourage plant knowledge over bird knowledge.

elbow82 Veganland
09/07/12 4:29 am

I used to work at a nursery, so I choose plants for sure.

BB2014 Des Moines, IA
09/07/12 2:28 am

Neither. When I see a bird or a plant I have no idea what the hell I'm looking at but maybe I know birds better idk.

09/07/12 1:04 am

@xtina : there are more than 300k plant species and only 10k bird (about 1k US) but I went with birds because I estimate I can name about 200 from US and 100 more from central Europe (though I don't keep a sighting checklist) but doubt I can name 300 common plants.

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Texas
09/06/12 10:23 pm

My mom used to own a florist, so I went with plants.

xtina Boston
09/06/12 10:18 pm

I was thinking of plants in their natural environments/forms (e.g. recognizing carrots by the leafy tops) and still chose plants. When I realized that ANY state of growth was included, my answer was definitely plants! Couldn't *everyone* name more fruits and veggies than birds?!??

josb23 Kansas
09/06/12 10:10 pm

that was tough im pretty equally unskilled in both

Zod Above Pugetropolis
09/06/12 7:26 pm

lindyj23 Chicken, turkey, duck, goose, pheasant, grouse, chukar, quail, and emu (jerky). I can't think of any more tasty ones right now - I'm not as hungry as I was earlier.

EarlyBird Portland
09/06/12 6:13 pm

VAtech- I agree. When I posted that, I hadn't seen all the other "firsts" of his.

Dear starry, although I found you amusing at first, this app is about getting peoples opinions. I should not have egged you on.

Daveo5 Texas
09/06/12 6:04 pm

I picked birds. I know quite a few plants but I actually go birding so that puts it over the top.

09/06/12 5:55 pm

Earlybird, you are probably one of the very few fans of Starry! No one likes the obnoxious and in this case extremely over the top "firsters"

09/06/12 5:49 pm

I'm a hobby birder though I cannot identify every LBJ (little brown job, nondescript warbler or wren) . Plants are those green leafy things along the road, right? ;)

eddiej Virginia
09/06/12 5:46 pm

the only bird I can recognize is a parrot... I know a few more plants

kateXcore Dark side of the moon
09/06/12 3:15 pm

I guess plants. Not too good with either, really.

09/06/12 3:06 pm

@zod Just wondering what birds you eat. More than 4?! I only eat chicken and turkey typically. Have had duck but not very often.

FakeSound Arizona
09/06/12 2:52 pm

Think of all the vegetables, fruits and beans out there.

09/06/12 2:50 pm

uhhh, that question doesn't make any sense.

zomj South Carolina
09/06/12 2:21 pm

my dad is a bird watcher so naturally I have an interest in bird watching. I can identify every bird in my area. I find spotting birds (new or old) more exciting than plants.

Zod Above Pugetropolis
09/06/12 12:50 pm

There are clearly more species of plants than birds, but the question is can I identify them. It's lunchtime. I can name more tasty birds than vegetables I like, but it's easier to do it the other way around. Corn, tomato, potato, Lima bean, done. Other than corn, I probably can't identify these.

EarlyBird Portland
09/06/12 12:43 pm

I love trees and plants! I know more about them than birds.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
09/06/12 12:38 pm

@notquitewhite: I can't understand the opposite. Birds are many different colors, if you can't identify THAT, then hmm...

NotQuiteWhite Earth
09/06/12 12:08 pm

Between fruits, vegetables and flowers, I can't imagine anyone not knowing more plants than birds.

Br@ndon Your Soul
09/06/12 11:53 am

Pigeon...pigeon...pigeon...seagull...pigeon...pigeon...falcon...pigeon...pigeon...pigeon being eaten by falcon...pigeon...pigeon...

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
09/06/12 11:52 am

But, birds all the way. In the grandparents question I said my grandmother taught me about birds. She had a birders book, it's now mine.

BeachSt Coastal Virginia
09/06/12 11:51 am

I still remember the time I was out rowing and this huge, majestic bald eagle swooped down out of the forest over the water. The experience was more worth a MILLION words.

yepnope Maryland
09/06/12 11:42 am

I know plants better. Plants like blueberry kush, bob marley sativa, trainwreck, northern lights, afghani kush etc

lmurder MDK
09/06/12 11:31 am

I know more plant species from my time in the military but also know y fair share of birds.

SillyNiner New York
09/06/12 11:19 am

birds but not by much..I have no idea when it comes to flowers..I cannot tell the difference between some flowers and weeds

Zod Above Pugetropolis
09/06/12 11:15 am

I'll guess birds, but it could be about even. I know a lot about true trees and what plants are edible in the northwest forests, but deciduous trees all look the same to me - especially for the half of the year they look dead. Other than lawn, what other plants are there?

NotQuiteWhite Earth
09/06/12 11:12 am

There are like 200 times more plants than birds

geoag02 Dallas, TX
09/06/12 10:55 am

I don't know hardly any birds, but I can recognize bunches and bunches of plants.

09/06/12 10:28 am

I think it's a good 50 50 for me.

Sigriest California
09/06/12 10:26 am

Plants, but only because of vegetables.

snafu Washington
09/06/12 10:24 am

I know a few birds by sight but I know my plants better.

lastjedi Florida, US
09/06/12 9:48 am

When I was ten I shocked my parents by identifying twenty different birds by their Latin genus/species names :D Birds definitely

jms in the middle of Nowhere
09/06/12 9:16 am

I took botany classes in college but I've never taken a bird class. LOL I recognize a few birds but far, far more plants!!!

blockfisher Clinton, CT
09/06/12 8:42 am

I could spot a cannabis plant from a mile away.

Doopy Remedial Americanism
09/06/12 8:36 am

I think "no" is the appropriate answer to this poll question.

09/06/12 8:33 am

There must be more ornithologists than I realized. I would think the average person could list far more fruits veggies trees grasses & flowers than fowl.

09/06/12 8:19 am

By numbers, plants. But by % of those in my environs , birds. Went with birds because I like birds! I even live with one, a sun conure.

09/06/12 8:17 am

You republicans really like your birds :)