What funny iNat observations have you seen? And do you think intentionally funny observations have any value?
The funniest ones I have seen are many of the homo sapiens observations and the ones where a person is holding nettles or poision oak/ivy/sumac
These projects were specifically designed to gather such observations:
This project is a little different, but a similar concept:
iNat is not intended for observations of people, but otherwise any observation, funny or not, can be of value.
I wouldn’t say that I have that many funny observations, especially since most of my photos are of plants.
Probably my three favorites are
Any photo with signs that are ironic with the photo make a good observation.
There’s a project for this too:
Wow! I like this one. Looks like it came out of an ukiyo-e woodblock print!
These donkeys were blocking the road on my way home from hiking last summer:
A pesky red-winged blackbird caused quite the ruckus at the airport back in April. Very entertaining for those of us waiting for our flights:
May 10, 2023, 6:09am
This hedgehog is up there with the Mona Lisa in terms of enigmatic smiles:
Fulica atra picking/playing with its comically-large foot: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/159248180
Nest-building is serious business for
Fulica atra: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/152645842
I don’t know what the forum policy is regarding linking other people’s observations, but there quite a few absolute gems in the Geralds of the World project, especially one of a brawl involving a Mountain Cottontail, a squirrel and a few birds, as well as one of a little raven with a seemingly concerned expression being embraced by a Jesus sculpture.
Not to hype myself up but I like to think I had a good one (read: corny) with this observation.
This might be counted as an ironic 10mph speed limit sign. A bit ambitious even for these sporty Italian snails.
What is funny about nettle though? It’s easy to hold it without being hurt.
Welcome to the forum, Pete!
The lighting/shadow in this fly observation I made the other week cracked me up when I was editing it to post - hadn’t noticed in the field:
I don’t have many funny observations of my own, but I’ll share some that make me smile!
Now deleted, but someone gave this the maverick ID of ‘Tiger’ and I think that’s wonderful.
Ignore the elephant seal.
That’s his chair now!
I don’t have many funny observations either, but here’s a couple.
Green frogs fighting for territorial rights
An impatient, highly-opinionated female White-breasted Nuthatch waiting for her turn at the feeder.
This guy was just near an intersection watching the roadway very intently:
I’m sure he had many a fine meal in mind.
bunny brawl: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/151751505
raven and Jesus: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/151887328
Also found this raven:
and this crow: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/128848485
that I found amusing