Oh Canada

To: Virginia Abernathy <>
Subject: Oh Canada
From: David Rees <>
Date: Fri, 9 Dec 2016 08:22:37 +0000
And also Iceland, if one is talking about the Common loon. Several similar species also breed in northern Europe inc Scotland and turn up further south in winter.  I've seen a Black throated Loon several times in early spring on one of the big reservoirs near London Heathrow Airport!


On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 6:14 PM, Virginia Abernathy <> wrote:

But Loons also breed in the northern US. I studied them one year in Wisconsin. :)

From: Kevin and Gwenyth Bray <>
Sent: 09 December 2016 18:07
To: Martin Butterfield; m("","canberrabirds");" target="_blank">

Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Oh Canada
Hi Martin
I’m a bit puzzled by the purported rationale for Canada choosing the beaver as opposed to a  bird, since the beaver is also to be found in the USA!
If it were up to me – having lived in Canada for 4 years in the 1960s and 70s – I’d have chosen the Loon, a beautiful bird with a haunting call which we saw and heard on many trips into the Canadian wilderness.
Kevin and Gwenyth Bray

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Sent: Thursday, December 8, 2016 5:16 PM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Oh Canada
An interesting read, especially about naming conventions! 

I was also interested to see the comment
“We have an animal symbol, which is the beaver,” he said by way of analogy. “I would say that most Canadians don’t see a beaver in a given year.
Presumably that's because the people in Toronto don't see them.   We lived in Ottawa for a year, and beavers were common there, to the extent that City workers used dynamite to clear beaver dams built across suburban creeks so that they didn't cause floods in the Spring thaw.

I wondered why they didn't select an endemic bird, to which the simple answer is they don't really have one.  Dr Google offered a list of three species:
  • Labrador Duck (extinct)
  • Ross's Goose (overwinters in US so IMHO not really endemic); and
  • Harris's Sparrow(ibid).
On 8 December 2016 at 16:12, Bill Hall <> wrote:

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