Saturday, September 01, 2007

American Kestrels?

These neat birds used to be called Sparrow Hawks. Some yuppies, twenty or thirty years ago, decided to change the name to American Kestrel.

Now why would they want to go do something like that? If it ain't broke, don't try and fix it.

Photo courtesy of the Eureka Reporter.

10 Comments:

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Carol said...

Hi Fred! The photo did not come out. Instead there is a box with and 'x' in it.

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Fred said...

Is anyone else not seeing the photo? It works for me.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Carol said...

It is working now, Fred, Thanks!

 
At 10:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred, the American Kestrel has never correctly been called a Sparrowhawk.

"Sparrowhawk" is a broad term covering 19 species of hawk in the genus Accipiter. The American Kestrel and Nankeen Kestrel, also in the same genus, are sometimes called Sparrowhawks by people who don't know better.

Funny that you blame yuppies though.

 
At 10:03 AM, Blogger Fred said...

I think sometimes the pics get hung up somehow and you have to wait a little while for them. I've had that happen on other blogs.

 
At 10:11 AM, Blogger Fred said...

"the American Kestrel has never correctly been called a Sparrowhawk.".

Didn't the bird books call them sparrow hawks thirty or so years ago? Seems to me they did, but maybe I'm remembering wrong.

 
At 3:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How and when did yuppies seize control of our bird taxonomy? Those shifty bastards.

 
At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dammit, if there was a Libertarian in the White House, these sorts of things wouldn't happen. I bet it was that SOB Carter who renamed the bird.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger hucktunes said...

Anonymous said...
How and when did yuppies seize control of our bird taxonomy? Those shifty bastards.

It seems like it was just about thirty years ago.

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As usual, Fred's ignorances are exceeded only by his prejudices.

Dumb as box of rocks and set in his opinions hard as concrete.

 

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