When we travel to the central coast, Becky does the driving. She grew up in the area. On our way to Carmel, California, driving through Pacific Grove along the coast, this put me on the ocean side of the car. I spotted a raptor kiting over the golf course. I’m on the wrong side of the car!
Sure enough, it turned out to be a Black-shouldered Kite (Ooops, I’m starting to show my age!) White-tailed Kite. I guess name changes justifies the existence of all those hard working ornithologist that spin between the sheets worrying about the correct vernacular names of birds.
I never throw out my old field guides. Now back in the day, the Black-shouldered Kite was classified as Elanus caeruleus. Now it is the White-tailed Kite, Elanus leucurus. Okay. The leucurus smells a bit like “white” something in Latin.
A rose by any other name…, I suppose.
What a beautiful bird.
It still sports black shoulders.