deleted the original photo (as I do with almost all of them, to save
space) so can't go back to check. I responded more to the relatively
unstreaked appearance than a hint of a red cap. But I mainly went by the mention
of a loud call, which is hardly suggestive of LGB, but then again, I wasn't
there and maybe the intent of the comment was he was thinking in terms of a
louder call than he usually thinks they make. I'm happy with whatever Lindell
believes it to be........
reaction to bird names old and new is exactly the same as Mark's, in terms of
preferences or common usage one way or the other. Preferred easy speak tends to
be what we grow up with using, formal use is a bit tighter. I suspect that
applies to most of us. Although the particular examples used will vary a
You are quite right,
the bird is now the Australian Reed-Warbler but old habits die hard, especially
after a lifetime of calling a bird by a certain name – I was calling the bird
the Australian Reed-Warbler a long time before it came out in Christidis and
Boles, mainly due to Dick Schodde’s influence. I still call White-throated
Needletails “Spine-tailed Swifts” but only when talking with close birding
friends as they know what I mean. I will always use the correct name when
talking to beginners, writing articles etc. I’m sure Philip would agree with me
on the reed-warbler.
Sent: Monday, 20 December
2010 6:17 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Little Grassbird vs Clamorous Reed-Warbler
photo generated much debate/argument at our place, finally everyone settled for
a juvenile Little Grassbird, but were surprised to read. “Its sound is a very
weak whistle.” In our experience it’s quite the opposite and more often heard
than seen. However this reminds me that I’ve sometimes thought the same species
will give different calls depending on the geographical area.
thought Clamorous Reed-Warbler was now Australian Reed-Warbler, or have the
taxonomists changed it?