Just a few pages back in the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America there's another cute little bird I saw today, but it doesn't have the same issues. Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Regulus calendula, is a name a bird can proudly wear through life.
Parents were hollering for their kids to slow down. Elliott and Eustice seem like perfect names for Great-horned owls, but for human preschoolers? Elly started hollering for Eusty, too. I was sure Eusty would hack up an owl pellet.
Up the trail a Downy Woodpecker, Picoides pubescens, was pecking away at a pergola post.
Pergola doesn't seem like such a bad baby name compared to many popular choices.
© 2014 Nancy L. Ruder