Of course this brings up the perennial conversation about why use banding codes in the first place in a public group with a wide audience with different levels of familiarity with (and interest in) birding terminology. Rule #2 for participation in this group reads, "Try to remember to use full species names and avoid using banding codes in your post." I personally enjoy the challenge of figuring out a code I don't know, or looking it up if I don't, but I hear from many readers new to birding who find the practice off-putting and clique-ish.
It's a dynamic tension of long standing between self-described "serious birders" and people who enjoy the pleasure and excitement of bird watching without the accoutrements of inspeak. Most of the time someone says, "What's a GWWA" in this context s/he means "Please tell me what you mean" rather than "please lecture me about how I can find this out." Although I also want to believe everyone who responded this way did so out camaraderie to share something they personally find useful.
I personally believe it is more important to know the Latin names of birds than their banding codes, but you won't find me posting binomials and then telling folks to Google them if they don't know them.
On Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 4:57 PM Warblerick <ricksussman1955...> wrote:
> And the Crossley bird guide (the big book) has the band codes written next > to each species. > Rick Sussman > Woodbine MD > > -- > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google > Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. > To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on > the web at http://www.mdbirding.com > Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - > http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html >
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