Speaking of Bird Names

On November 1, in a controversial move, the American Ornithological Society announced that birds will no longer be named after people. For instance, the Wilson’s Warbler, named after the acclaimed 19th century Ornithologist “James Wilson” might be called the Black-capped Warbler or something similar.

Meanwhile, the Ring-necked Duck . . . which really only has a visible ring around its bill . . . will remain “the Ring-necked Duck.”

Hey . . . I don’t make the rules!!!

We found this raft of Ring-necked Ducks (a dozen males and one female) yesterday in an ice free pond in Damariscotta Mills, Maine.

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