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#1 rogerVA

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 09:51 PM

Until last week, I really thought they were called "Chirping" Sparrows. I was quite surprised to realize they are actually "Chipping" Sparrows. Embarrassing. I deserve to be laughed out of birdom.

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 11:17 PM

I noticed that. But if it's any consolation, I still do not know how to pronounce half the bird names I come across.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:10 AM

For many years, even after reading several field guides, I thought tanager was spelled tananger. It wasn't until I got a CD of bird songs and heard the name at the start of the track that I realized I was spelling incorrectly.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 12:37 AM

We used to pronounce Bobolinks, "Boe-boe-links", not knowing we were wrong until we heard it pronounced on a bird CD. That thing was a lifesaver, as we learned how many birds we didn't know how to pronounce.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 01:45 AM

Forrester's Tern

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:03 AM

Guillemont and paroola. Hence the username!

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 02:05 AM

Forrester's Tern


The president of the local Audubon group, who has over 20 years experience, say's Foster's Tern.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:10 AM

...it isn't Paroola?? apoiefjasrhgsaegfear

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:29 AM

Protho-NOTE-ary Warbler.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 03:30 AM

Until last week, I really thought they were called "Chirping" Sparrows. I was quite surprised to realize they are actually "Chipping" Sparrows. Embarrassing. I deserve to be laughed out of birdom.


We, of course, knew you were doing this, but being the polite people we are, didn't call it to your attention. :rolleyes:

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:24 PM

...it isn't Paroola?? apoiefjasrhgsaegfear


I know!!! I just found that out too!!!

So how do you pronounce Bobolink, and Guillemot?

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:40 PM

Is the french pronunciation of Guillemot acceptable? Because I like that.

And maybe my Parula isn't wrong after all. I say it more like "Fool" than like "Coot".

Bobolink is just like some dude's name if it were Bob O. Link. Except the O is short lol

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:52 PM

I've always heard;

Guillemot as Gill-eh-mot (with no accent on any particular syllable), is the French pronunciation GEE-moe?

Parula as Puh-ROO-luh

Bobolink as BOB-oh-link

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Northern Pygmy Owl (FINALLY!): Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 3/24/14

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Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

Favorite Recent Birds (non-lifers):

Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14

Pileated Woodpecker: Indian Grinding Rocks State Historic Park, Volcano, CA, 4/13/14

Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-headed Blackbird: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 4/12/14

Pacific Golden-Plover: Ripon Sewage ponds, Ripon, CA, 4/8/14

Horned Grebe, Whimbrel: Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, CA, 4/6/13

Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrow: Hunt Rd., Calaveras County, CA, 4/6/13


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Posted 29 June 2012 - 06:53 PM

GILL-uh-mawt is how I hear it pronounced.

Speaking of Frenchifying things... For the longest time, I pronounced Vaux's Swift like "Vo's" and just recently found out it was incorrect (and apparently rather pretentious). Whoops.

For the record, I am boycotting PAIR-uh-la and sticking with Pa-ROO-la, because I'm an old curmudgeon.

Edit: There's this pretty amusing article by Kevin McGowan (who is awesome) about the pronunciation of bird names. http://www.birds.cor...ws/birdname.htm
Pat B., you need not despair, apparently pro-tho-NO-ta-ry is just fine! Eheh, even he writes about the Vo's Swift pretentiousness thing! Feeling like a winner.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:13 PM

I learned french for a really long time so whenever I see a french name that's how I want to say it. Saying it otherwise just feels so wrong.

And Pairula? Oh man that's terrible sounding. No wonder we say it wrong.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:41 PM

I used to say Voes Swift as well, I always thought it was fFrench. Someone locally corrected me and then I read that the biord was named for an American of English decent.

I've always heard Prothonotary as pro-THON-uh-TAIR-ee

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Latest Lifer(s):

Northern Pygmy Owl (FINALLY!): Del Puerto Canyon, Stanislaus County, CA, 3/24/14

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Little Gull: Modseto Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant, Modesto, CA, 2/9/14

Ruff; Ceres Sewage Ponds, Ceres, CA, 1/28/14

 

Favorite Recent Birds (non-lifers):

Western Screech-Owl: Enslen Park, Modesto, CA, 4/16/14

Pileated Woodpecker: Indian Grinding Rocks State Historic Park, Volcano, CA, 4/13/14

Semipalmated Plover, Yellow-headed Blackbird: Merced NWR, Merced County, CA, 4/12/14

Pacific Golden-Plover: Ripon Sewage ponds, Ripon, CA, 4/8/14

Horned Grebe, Whimbrel: Woodward Reservoir, Oakdale, CA, 4/6/13

Bald Eagle, Vesper Sparrow: Hunt Rd., Calaveras County, CA, 4/6/13


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Posted 29 June 2012 - 07:53 PM

I used to say Boe-boe-link. And prothonotary with the accent on the "not." Now, you guys mean to tell me that Parula has a short U? I refuse to say that

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:41 PM

Chirping Sparrow still sounds better to me. Chipping Sparrow? Please.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 09:46 PM

Roger here is why it is a "chip"ing sparrow :)

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 03:58 AM

I've always heard Prothonotary as pro-THON-uh-TAIR-ee


I listened to the pronunciation on dictionary.com several times after I embarrassed myself after my latest lifer sighting. Accent is on the THON, not the NO as I was saying. Actually, it's the title of a public official in Allegheny County, PA, which adds nothing to the birding discussion, but I thought it was interesting. Strange name for such a pretty little bird!

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