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Here is a list of bird names that are no longer commonly used. How many of these birds can you identify? Some are easy and they are all on the British list.

1. Wood Pie
2. Curre Pie
3. Goatsucker
4. Land Rail
5. Sea Swallow
6. Windhover
7. Stone Falcon
8. Sea Pie
9. Summer Snipe
10. Sea Snipe
11. White Nun
12. Ember Goose
13. Sea Pheasant
14. Green Plover
Correct anwsers so far

3. Goatsucker = Nightjar
4. Land Rail = Corncrake
5. Sea Swallow = Arctic Tern
6. Windhover = Kestrel
8. Sea Pie = Oystercatcher
11. White Nun = Smew
14. Green Plover = Lapwing

The following still to be identified

1. Wood Pie
2. Curre Pie
7. Stone Falcon
9. Summer Snipe
10. Sea Snipe
12. Ember Goose
13. Sea Pheasant
Hi Surreybirder,
Yes, yes.

Erne, from old Norse Ørn, an eagle (originally any species, but fixed on White-tailed in Britain)

Cuddy Duck, from the familiar name for St. Cuthbert, who gave special protection to the Eiders on the Farne Islands in 676 AD

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What a mine of information you are, Michael!

"stone falcon" and "summer snipe" are both easily found using Google... but I wouldn't want to spoil anyone's fun!!
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Your right with these
9. Summer Snipe = Common Sandpiper
12. Ember Goose = Great Northern Diver

The remainder are as follows

1. Wood Pie = Greater Spotted Woodpecker
2. Curre Pie = Razorbill
7. Stone Falcon = Merlin
10. Sea Snipe = Dunlin
13. Sea Pheasant = Pintail
Found it in a 1955 book "The Birds of the British Isles - Migration and Habits" by TA Coward. - Thought it might be in there, the spin-off from this is that I am going to read this book. From just glancing at it, it seems beautifully written, with hand-coloured plates and black and white photos of things like the 'eggs of flamingo, Carargue'. Shame I don't know more about the state of play re: bird habits and migration these days as I'm sure there will be lots of differences.

Thanks for the quiz.
No takers for Skemmie?

Maybe should be spelled Skemmy, I've never seen it written, only heard it talked about.

Clue: it is a somewhat contemptuous term for a common bird, and is a north-east England regional term.

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