Jim and Deirdre Turnbull from Naramata BC have recently acquired a copy of an early (1923) field guide - Birds of the Pacific Coast by Willard Ayres Eliot. He bases his common names on the 1910 Check-List of the American Ornithologists #39; Union (AOU) with the BC usage verified by Francis Kermode of the Provincial Museum, Victoria.
Well, common names have sure changed. While we wait for spring, and just for fun, would anyone like to guess the current common names of the following birds, all of which occur in BC, as given in Eliot's book. In no particular order:
Golden pileolated warbler
Desert sparrow hawk
None of these species are currently rare in BC - If there is enough interest, I will give the answers in a week or so.
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