Daily Archives: April 10, 2009

Do I need to know the breed of bird at my feeders?

This is an excerpt from –

The Myth of Mental Illness by:  Dr Sam Vaknin

You can know the name of a bird in all the languages of the world, but when you’re finished you’ll know absolutely nothing whatever about the bird…

So let’s look at the bird and see what it’s doing – that’s what counts.

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.

My note –

I do realise the above quote isn’t about birds in general and it has a deeper meaning, but it made me think.

I don’t know the names of some of the birds that come to my feeder.  I always felt I should rush to a bird book to find out.  But does it really matter that I don’t know what bird it is?

As long as I feed these unnamed birds when they visit and they get bird food from the feeders maybe that is all that really matters.  The birds don’t care that I don’t know what breed they are.  The birds themselves don’t know what kind of breed they are.

I don’t know the name of the bird, but I know it needs feeding!