I've long suspected that my parents don't know everything. One area that I suspect they're close to clueless is in what to call the varieties of birds that live here in the desert. I think they have the big ones down - Doves, Pigeons, Sparrows, Mocking Birds, Hummingbirds and Crows. I'll even give them credit for recognizing Road Runners, although I've never seen one in person.
Here is where
things start to break down. Any small bird, that is not a Sparrow or a
Hummingbird, is called a Finch. Still I trusted them.
When they called the less than attractive medium-sized brown bird a Nevada Brown Bird - I began to doubt them.
still believe Dad saw a "Monster Pigeon" (big as a small dog) even when
Mom says it with a snicker. I will also go with his claims that he sees
a Falcon sometimes.
When we saw a lovely sparrow-sized
bird that had a yellow face which turned orange and eventually red on
his chest, I had my doubts that it's real name was a Tequila Sunrise,
but I let it go. I had no real proof.
Then the other
day we saw a little Finch-sized tasty, er pretty, looking little bird.
He was a bright chartreuse with a black face and black wings. When Daddy
called him a Wilson, named after his resemblance to a tennis ball -
well, I knew they were clueless for sure.