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Wouldn’t TRUS be Trumpeter Swan, rather than Tundra?

Mike Grant
Chesterfield, MO

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> On Apr 7, 2020, at 1:35 PM, Josh Mosteller <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
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> I've learned the general pattern with the four-letter banding codes, but I keep making false assumptions because there are more exceptions than I realize. Until now, I had just assumed Tree Swallow was TRSW; I never bothered to consider what would also start with the same letters. I should probably check some sources before I use a new code in the future.
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> Josh Mosteller
> Columbia, MO
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>> On Tue, Apr 7, 2020 at 8:40 AM Edge Wade <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Sarah's answer and link and Kevin's app are great tools.  I'd like to elaborate a bit on Sarah's excellent explanation of the alpha code, by listing some of the most notable exceptions--exceptions that don't tend to pop into mind when you are looking at a bird.
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>> For two-word names, as Sarah explained, when the usual two letters from each would apply to more than one species:
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>> Most notable is our ubiquitous Carolina Wren.  There are two others, even though unlikely to be seen in Misouri, so:
>> CARW = Carolina Wren, CACW = Cactus Wren, CANW = Canyon Wren
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>> Others of note:
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>> NSHO = Northern Shoveler, NSHR = Northern Shrike (NOT NOSH as used recently by one of the state's most learned birders)
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>> TRES = Tree Swallow, TRUS = Tundra Swan
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>> There are more, but this is enough to think through and get used to.
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>> Bodacious safe, healthy birding and practice compassion,
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>> Edge Wade
>> Columbia, MO 
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Lisa Saffell" <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: "MOBIRDS-L" <[log in to unmask]>
>> Sent: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 7:39:24 AM
>> Subject: No sighting-stupid question
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>> Good morning Missouri birders!
>> I feel really stupid asking this question, but I know the spring migration will be reaching a crescendo in the not so distant future and the number of emails about sightings is likely to be abundant.  Is there a list of these bird acronyms somewhere?  I can sometimes figure out the two letter ones but when I start seeing the three, four and five letter acronyms it starts to feel like a word puzzle game without a key.  Much appreciated. Does anyone else have “Don’t stand so close to me” by The Police constantly running through their head?
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>> Lisa Saffell-St. Louis County
>> Sent with good vibes
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