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I too really love the idea of keeping abbreviations to a minimum. This list
is a fabulous way to learn and if I have to keep a downloaded
cross-reference tool next to my computer just to decipher what more advanced
(perhaps) birders are referring to, I am less likely to learn about the
birds themselves rather than their abbreviations. I like keeping the
conversation and learning accessible to all levels of birding enthusiasts. 

On another note, I am so happy to witness the return of purple finches and
evening grosbeaks at my feeders (I hadn't seen any all winter) and to have
my morning start yesterday with a red-winged blackbird at my feeder - first
sighting for me this year. 

Anne Connor
Calais