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This barn swallow constructs a nest of mud, quite unlike that of a Say's phoebe. That didn't prevent an erroneous conclusion from the author, however. Keith Corliss

Flight Lines: Humbling lessons from quick assumptions

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Out of my mouth came one simple query a week and a half ago, 'Hey, who wants to see a Say's phoebe on a nest?' What followed was a humbling lesson on every level.

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For the third consecutive year I was asked to help lead tours for the Potholes and Prairie Birding Festival in Carrington. It's becoming my routine to set aside that June week, assisting the overworked but committed organizers of this wonderful annual event, its 11th year just completed.

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