The Time of Uncertainty is o'er, and the time for lucidation has begun. The Final Photo taken inside the hut:
According to Jingolyte David "Excellent" Speller, who is today's Big Wiener on the JingoMyst Challenge, the birds being trapped, counted and tagged by US Govvie volunteers at the taxpayer-impoverishingly, Husseinianly opulent palace atop Short Hill are being captured in something called "mist nets," a term (I swear) hitherto unknown to me. The porcelain jigs and apertures in the observation hut allow quick raising and lowering of these mist nets to catch passing migratory birds. The nets are suspended from the tall wooden pole.
David wins on two counts: First, because he correctly identified the not-so-nefarious goings-on at this site; and second, because unlike any of the rest of you, he was able to actually follow instructions and submit his answer in e-mail. For his combination of proper servility and intelligence above and beyond the call of necessity, I hereby bestow the Ambassadorship to the Court of St. James upon Mr. Speller. David, you may hereby assume your new duties at the U.S. Embassy in London. Tell 'em the Jingmeister sent you.
GlueBirl, Andy and John are both avid birding friends of mine who have participated in netting and banding of birds in their own neighborhoods, and it wouldn't have done to let them spoil others' Mystification. Neither one of 'em's particularly smart. Just lucky.
Sluggo got off to a great start, but his choice of an incorrect definition of the word "crop" sent him down a blind alley and earned him a "[Close but] No Cigar."
GlueBirl does win the Joe Biden Prize for Most Effective Sidetracking, having begun a kaffeeklatsch among herself, Sluggo and Momula in which photos of offspring were produced and clucked over. Very nice.
Somewhere in the midst of the proceedings Gavin M. managed to tear himself away from artfully twitting an artless twit to put his oar in, but Sadly, No!
Ronzoni Rigatoni! You magnificent bastard! I read your book! Hop on Pop! Why the hell'd you give up? You were one inch from solving it!
Bobby Lightfoot. Period. Just you wait till I get my hands on your blog this weekend.
XTCfan: This isn't the facility we saw on our trek last spring. Believe it or not, there's another one, maybe three hundred yards south of the one we saw. Just before I got shot at by those "sportsmen."
Anonymous: I just this week saw a new Myst I hadn't seen before at the Apple Store in Tyson's. After all this excitement I may well make the investment.
Andy B.: Dude: It's way better to be disqualified because you already know the answer than because you don't. Dig? Just ask Strip-Search Sammy Alito, who'll probably already be confirmed by the time I hit "Publish." At which point Wonder Woman will storm out of the room, hot tears bursting from her eyes. But this is a time for healing, not for partisan division.