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A Lot of Birds Are Going to be Renamed!

Submit your suggestions by December 31!

The North American Ornithological Society (NAOS) has decreed that all bird species north of Mexico named after people will be renamed.  This will apply to the northwest California species listed below. 

If you have ideas for new names, please send them to Ken Burton at before January.  Please submit no more than one new name for each species.
Ken will compile all suggestions and put them out for a vote on the NWCALBIRD listserv, then send the results to the NAOS for consideration as it comes up with new names. 

If you want an opportunity to vote, join the NWCALBIRD listserv at before January.

Ross's Goose

Barrow's Goldeneye

Clark's Grebe

Vaux's Swift

Anna's Hummingbird

Allen's Hummingbird

Wilson's Snipe

Wilson's Phalarope

Baird's Sandpiper

Cassin's Auklet

Scripps’s Murrelet

Sabine's Gull

Bonaparte's Gull

Franklin's Gull

Heermann's Gull

Forster's Tern

Leach's Storm-Petrel

Brandt's Cormorant

Cooper's Hawk

Lewis's Woodpecker

Nuttall’s Woodpecker

Hammond's Flycatcher

Say's Phoebe

Hutton's Vireo

Cassin's Vireo

Steller's Jay

Clark's Nutcracker

Bewick's Wren

Townsend's Solitaire

Swainson's Thrush

Cassin's Finch

Harris's Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Bullock's Oriole

Brewer's Blackbird

MacGillivray's Warbler

Townsend's Warbler

Wilson's Warbler