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Some birds are referred to by their songs -- e.g. Common Yellowtroat is a
"witchity."

Initals are another common use, e.g.

Great Blue Heron = GBH
Re-breasted Nuthatch = RBN
Turkey Vulture = TV

LBJ stands for "little brown job"

Here are a couple of interesting ones:

Surf Scoter = skunk head

Western Meadowlark = Kansas Quail


Bob Fisher
Independence, MO
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Jonathan B. Pons" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 10:54 PM
Subject: Re: Bird name fun - anybody game?


> Dear MoBirders,
>
>   I Agree as well, though most were not overly "Profane", they really
> shouldn't
> be available to be read by youngsters in this type of forum (even if it is
> what
> they Sound like!!!)...  My wife Michelle, who is a Preschool Teacher,
> reminds
> me almost everyday what "Sponges" her little Guys and Girls are and their
> Ability to Remember even the most Secretive of Conversations if within 100
> miles of earshot... The older they get, the Better they are at it too -
> why do
> you think they make such Good Birders if they are Exposed early on...???
>
> Anyway, I just had to tell a couple of mine and Michelle's little
> "Nicknames":
>
> "Tricky-Dicky" - DICKCISSEL - these guys can be Tricky at times, at least
> until
> they "Speak"...
>
> "GB" - GREAT BLUE HERON - just shorter that's all...
> or
> "Heebee-Geebee" - GREAT BLUE HERON - I'm always asking Michelle: "do you
> think that GB's get the Heebee-Geebees...???" I know, I know...
>
> "Ring-a-Ling-a-Ding" - RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD - I have No Idea where I came
> up with this one, but I seem to be "Stuck" with it...
>
> "Michelle's Boyfriend" or (to Michelle)"There's another one of your
> Boyfriends" -
> TURKEY VULTURE - This is one of Michelle's Favourite Birds, she Loves
> them...??? I Don't Know Why, she just does...???
>
> "Oooo What's That!!!" - ANY Interesting, Unknown or Unidentified Bird that
> Michelle Sees - could be a Simple Bird that she didn't See well, or a
> "New"
> (Life) Bird for us like the CAPE MAY WARBLER, she's Very Good at
> Finding "Oooo What's That..." Birds!!!
>
> Well..., that's all that I could think of off the top of my head, though
> I'm sure
> that there's Many others - I Like Giving Nicknames to almost
> Anything...??? I
> Don't Know Why, I just do...??? Thank You for Sharing, Please Take Care
> and
> the Very Best of Birding to You All!!!
>
> Yours,
> Jonathan B. Pons
> Boonville, Cooper County
>
>
> On Thu, 11 Jun 2009 21:10:37 -0500, Christine Kline, Secretary
> <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>>I'm new to the list so I'm going to state this as politely as possible.
>>
>>
>>
>>I'd like to remind everyone that when you post to the listserve, our
>>wonderful birding community is not limited to adults.  I can think of one
>>individual right now off the top of my head - Sam Kohler, an 11 year old
>>who
>>was introduced to this listserve and uses it often to post his sightings.
>>(Doug Willis reminded me of him today as well.)  Additionally, as a Board
>>Member of Burroughs Audubon and a part time employee of a local birding
>>store, I constantly seize every opportunity I can to introduce birding to
>>young people.  I have introduced a few to the listserve so that they know
>>where to go to see a snowy owl or a fork tailed flycatcher.
>>
>>
>>
>>This is not a place for harsh words or words of profanity.  Perhaps this
>>string could be removed so that our young birders don't read them.  I'm
>>hoping the moderator of the listserve will back me up on this.
>>
>>
>>
>>Christine Kline
>>
>>Secretary ~ Burroughs Audubon
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>  _____
>>
>>From: Missouri Wild Bird Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On
> Behalf
>>Of Rebecca Secor
>>Sent: Thursday, June 11, 2009 7:04 PM
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>Subject: Re: Bird name fun - anybody game?
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>My husband calls the Yellow Rumped Warbler - the Rumpler - so that
>>has caught on pretty big around our house.
>>I once yelled at the starlings and said they were pigs and now my
>>daughter thinks PIG is synonymous with Starling.
>>The robins and a mockingbird will sit on the deck railing yelling
>>at me to bring them raisins - I always say hold on Mr. Squacky.
>>We always think house finches, house wrens and goldfinches sound
>>a little like a slappy happy child, talking to fast, with a
>>whole lot of nothing to say - so we call them pyscho or mr. psycho pants.
>>That name isn't really very acurate but it works for us.
>>Hmm there must be others - but thats all I can think of right now.
>>
>>Becca Secor
>>O'Fallon,MO
>>
>>
>>
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