To: "birding-aus" <>
Subject: Spelling
From: "Tony Clarke" <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 07:55:21 +0100
Hi everyone,

I though you might enjoy the following:

When Country Connoisseurs held a Prize Draw for identifying 3 birds at the
Rutland Bird Fair, England, the only bird to get off lightly was Number 2
the Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Bird Number 1 was identified as Cucku,
Cookoo, Coocoo, Coco, Coocku, Cooku, Cockoo, Coocko, Cucco.

But the cuckoo paled into insignificance against Bird Number 3: the efforts
were magnificent and the prize for spelling must go to 'Cookerborough'.
>From a list of over 50, other notable attempts were: Kuckoburo, Coockabora,
Cuckabara, Kuckoburo, Cuckoo Paria, Kooaborough, Cookerburra, Cockaboro,
Kuckaboroo, Cookaburra, Cuckerboro, Kukabura, Cookubrough, Kaocborro,
Kukaburra, Koohobkabura, Koukenabura, Kookuburrough, Cuckuwbure,
Cuckahborra, Koukenabura, Koocobourgh, Cuckonara, Kucatbro.  No wonder this
bird has a lot to laugh about!

Bye for now,


Tony Clarke,
C/ República Dominicana, Nº 61,
Barrio de Fátima,
38500 Güimar,
Canary Islands,

Tel:  +34 922 524291

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