Look at this bird. LOOK AT IT. It's a Vermilion X Fork-tailed Flycatcher hybrid, and this picture is completely fabricated.
But wouldn't this be an awesome bird? And why does this picture exist at all? Well, I was reflecting on dream-birding the other day and remembered the grandest bird dream of all...Cass Grattan's legendary and prophetic sighting of a Vermilion X Fork-tailed Flycatcher...in his mind, while fast asleep. Not only is this a concretely epic dream-bird (essentially, an avian unicorn), but the dream was followed by actually lifering Vermilion and Fork-tailed Flycatchers the very next day. What does it mean?
As for me...my most recent dream involved finding massive lacerations on my arms and being annoyed that I was bleeding everywhere, so it's difficult to say. However, I am at liberty to tell you that I accepted a job offer from the San Diego Zoo, monitoring Least Terns and Snowy Plovers, and will be moving down there shortly. No, I will not actually be working at the zoo itself, but yes, I will get free admission...
That's it for now, and sweet dreams. Thanks to Jerome for making the flycatcher a reality.