Date: 4/2/17 11:39 am From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Today at Hornsby Bend Austin, Tx
Use only of species codes [Bird Banding Laboratory] obviously does problems for those persons not familiar with the system, so using the complete common name or some recognizable shorthand [e.g., LB Dowitcher] when a species is 1st mentioned in a posting is reasonable. In longer postings, where a species might be mentioned several times, use of these codes can certainly shorten the posting. Although it has been presented on Texbirds previously, a summary may be worthwhile. For a species with a single part to a name, the code uses the 1st 4 letters of the name [e.g., Whimbrel = WHIM]; for a 2-part name, use the 1st 2 letters of each part [Northern Cardinal = NOCA]' for a 3-part name, use the 1st letter of the 1st 2 parts, and the 1st 2 letters of the 3rd part [e.g., Long-billed Dowitcher = LBDO]; aand for a 4-part name, use the 1st letter of each part [e.g., Black-bellied Whistling-Duck = BBWD].
Of course, there are complications: consider Carolina Wren, Cactus Wren and Canyon Wren - you can't us CAWR for any of them, so the BBL has used the 1st 3 letters of the 1st part and the 1st letter of the second part [CARW, CACW. CANW]. Several other complications exist. considering the relatively recent split of Canada and Cackling Geese; if the BBL followed the example of the wrens, I would expect the abbreviations as CANG and CACG, respectfully. Look at the list of Texas birds and see how many other problems exist!
Keith Arnold Bryan/TAMU
On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 11:07 AM, Sebastian C <sc11birds...> wrote:
> Sorry, I'm so use to writing the four letter codes. > CAEG-Cattle Egret > BNST-Black-necked Stilt > SPSA- Spotted Sandpiper > BASA- Baird's Sandpiper > LBDO- Long-billed Dowitcher > > This was on April 1 not on April 2. I guess my email didn't finally post > until this morning. > > Happy Birding, > Sebastian Casarez > Hutto, TX > > > > On Apr 2, 2017 10:20 AM, "Laura Baker" <lolabe11...> wrote: > > > I wish we could spell out the bird names :( > > > > > On Apr 1, 2017, at 11:33 PM, Sebastian C <sc11birds...> wrote: > > > > > > Hello fellow Texbirders, > > > Today I birded around the ponds at Hornsby Bend in the early afternoon. > > And > > > I was surprised when I found a flock of 22 LBDO foraging at Pond 1 > West. > > I > > > also got FOS birds for the year such as a flock of CAEG, a SPSA, 4 > BNST, > > 5 > > > BASA, and a flock of LBDO. I took photos of the LBDO and submitted them > > to > > > my eBird checklist. > > > > > > Happy Birding, > > > Sebastian Casarez > > > Hutto,TX > > > > > > > > > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at > > > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds > > > > > > Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking > > permission > > > from the List Owner > > > > > > > > > > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at > > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds > > > > Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking > permission > > from the List Owner > > > > > > > > > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds > > Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking permission > from the List Owner > > >