Maybe, maybe not. But he just played one on TV. (Though not in the movie Cop Out, despite the binoculars in the scene above with Tracy Morgan.)

That’s right. Willis talked about what happened when “me and my girl birdwatch” during a sketch on the most recent edition of Saturday Night Live. His character, a barber who seems slightly out of place amongst the other tall-tale tellers in the barbershop, also speculated on why robins’ eggs are blue (while displaying a remarkable lack of understanding of biology). See it for yourself here. (The birding-related jokes begin at about the 1:51 mark.)

Silly, yes, but it’s kind of nice anytime birding enters the public consciousness—there’s no such thing as bad publicity, right? And hey. If seeing John McClane as a kind of obtuse hair-snipping birder doesn’t do much for you, that’s OK. Maybe you’ll prefer his moves in Boy Dance Party.


Written by Meredith Mann
The lowly Red-winged Blackbirds in suburban New York triggered Meredith Mann's interest in birds. Five years later, she's explored some of the the USA's coolest hotspots, from Plum Island in Massachusetts to the Magic Hedge in Chicago to the deserts of Fallon, Nevada. She recently migrated from the Windy City (where she proudly served as a Chicago Bird Collision Monitor, rescuing migrants from skyscrapers and sidewalks) to Philadelphia, where she plans to find new editing and writing gigs; keep up her cool-finds chronicle, Blog5B; and discover which cheesesteak really is the best. And she will accept any and all invitations to bird Cape May, NJ.