Using proper names

Mark Smyth
Sat, 22 Dec 2007 11:29:24 PST
> Do bird watchers ever use scientific names, or is it just us plant  
> folks?

Here in N Ireland there is a rare bird reporting answer machine service. Bird watchers can phone in what they see including migratory and native birds. They only use common names. 
I only use common bird names when speaking to someone from the UK or Ireland. I'm bad at remembering scientific names but use them when corresponding with someone from Europe. Many Europeans are now actually adopting English common names

There are a few American birds in Ireland just now including a Great Blue Heron and American Golden Plover

N Ireland

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