Dear Neighboring Cheeseheads;
We, the humble birders of of the superior State of Illinois, have completed our viewing of the REDDISH EGRET, and in the spirit of giving, we are now sending that REDDISH EGRET to you. It has now left the Botanic Gardens is now on its way north, having already made one stop along the northern Illinois lakefront.
In return, we simply ask that you reciprocate the favor, by sending us one of your Great Gray Owls this winter.
Please signal your acceptance of the terms of this proposal by sighting said REDDISH EGRET within the next 72 hours.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
The Benevolent People of the State of Illinois
P.S. Since we do not totally trust you Cheeseheads to keep up your end of the bargain, we are keeping our Botanic Gardens REDDISH EGRET, and instead are sending you our spare REDDISH EGRET that we only use in case of emergencies. Or maybe we'll send you the Botanic Gardens bird. We really haven't decided yet.