Just me rambling about birds, books, bunnies, or whatever!
Monday, September 27, 2010
also Scissorbill, Shearwater and previously known along the Virginia coast as Storm Gull.
I'd suggest the addition of Penguin Gull.
Do you see the similarity?
My 1917 edition of the Birds of America is a joy for many reasons, but I particularly enjoy it for the local or historical names; so often these names are much more evocative of a bird's spirit or some fundamental quality that we associate them with.
Peterson sort of dryly describes their call as *barking* or alternately as "kaup, kaup." To me it sounds like something between a bark and a quack. Members of a colony at rest on the beach will call anxiously to one another as people approach on foot and it sounds for all the world to me like a childhood game of "Marco Polo."