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Re: Warbler guides and cormorant herons

On Tue, 21 Sep 1999, Claudia Egelhoff wrote:
> I've seen the following identified as useful warbler guides:
> Jon Dunn and Kimball Garrett's Warblers
> Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter

Sorry, don't take my mention of this web site to mean that it is a good 
guide for bird identification, warblers or any other group. I use it - 
and have it linked from my home page - because it is the only on-line 
field guide which I have found so far. I have found some on-line sites 
dealing with specific problems, like Rusty vs. Brewer's Blackbirds or 
various gulls, but this is the only general site for US birds. Its photos 
range from tolerable to useless to absent, and its text is accurate but 
sparse. Still, there isn't much else to choose from.

> At least the article was written by a birder, such that sooty 
> shearwater and black-capped petrel are correctly written. Heaven forbid 
> what it might have said had it been written by a non-birder on the 
> newspaper staff -- snooty shearwater or black-caped petrel, perhaps? I 
> well remember "common crackle" and "golden finch" in articles written 
> by newspaper staff over the years.

I seem to remember that someone on the MASSBIRD list had a spectacular 
collection of typos from the Boston Globe. The Globe prints a transcript 
of the Voice of Audubon RBAs for Massachusetts every Sunday, and 
invariably gets a species or two wrong every week. Some are pretty funny. 
If I come across the list on the web, or if Jack Siler's site ever comes 
back to life so that I can view MASSBIRD again, I'll see if I can come up 
with the list...

Good birding,


Joshua S. Rose
Duke University
Department of Zoology