In the Book of Job we are instructed to, "Ask...the birds...and they will tell you." In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said, "Look at the birds." So let's ask the birds, and look at the birds, and see what they have to say. May God bless you in your quest! Bill Bossman
Friday, June 1, 2012
Cordilleran Flycatcher, Empidonax occidentalis
I recently spent a week in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Here is one of the things I learned:
cordilleran, adj., an extensive range of mountains, especially the chief mountain range of a continent.
I was familiar with the Cordilleran Flycatcher, but I had never looked up the definition of cordilleran before. The Cordilleran Flycatcher was previously known as Western Flycatcher. A few years ago it was split into two species, the Pacific Slope Flycatcher and the Cordilleran Flycatcher. Knowing the definition of cordilleran makes those two names seem a lot more sensible. One of the birds is found in the main mountain range of North America; the other bird is just found on the western portions of that mountain range. You learn something every week!