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Shucks, I'm already under threat of suit for one public service  
announcement today, so here comes number two!

Guess I missed the post Mariel finds incomprehensible.  The four  
letter codes are not tough and they do come in handy.  I bet it took  
longer to make up spellings for the complaint than it would have to  
learn 2 dozen four letter codes.

MODO = Mourning Dove, a term you've heard, I'll bet.  Most of the  
abbreviations are the first two letters of the two-word bird name.

RTHA = Red-tailed Hawk.  When the name is hyphenated, one letter is  
used from the first two words and 2 from the last word.  RWBL fits  
this, too.

The very few exceptions are when either of the above would cause  
confusion because of names with the same beginning letters.

The most common examples are Carolina Wren, Canyon Wren and Cactus  
Wren.  The simple solution is  logical:
CARW, CANW, and CACW.

Sometimes the confusing names might not be as obvious.  NOSH could be  
either Northern Shoveler or Northern Shrike, so NSHO and NSHR are  
used.  CEWA could be Cedar Waxwing or Cerulean Warbler, hence CEDW  
and CERW.

There, you've just read the explanations that will give you the four  
letter abbreviations for 98% of our birds.

The really really tough part is not the codes, but taking the time to  
learn the official English names, e.g., American Robin, not just  
Robin (therefore, AMRE); Northern Cardinal, not just Cardinal (so,  
NOCA).

Edge Wade
Columbia, MO
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On Jul 22, 2007, at 10:52 PM, Mariel Stephenson wrote:

> Sum of us wil probly nevr get th jist of thoz abreeveashonz.   
> Surtanlee a lot of brand nu burdrz mite hav a hard tym undrstandng  
> thoz capitlyzashonz.  It helpz wen u spel it owt. Hapy burding evry1!
>
> Mariel Stephenson
> Columbia, Mo
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