7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
This bird was a fun find for us. The ones we aren’t looking for are usually fun. We don’t expect it, so there’s no stress in trying to find it.
We see it as it runs across the road and flies over the ditch. I hear yells of “Female Ring-necked Pheasant!!” It’s way too small. “Female Bobwhite?” It’s too large. Hmmm… As it somewhat looks like a quail, I look in that part of the guide… My mouth falls open. No, it can’t be…
I remember hearing about this bird in November 2011, when it was posted on the Iowa bird list that someone doing a North American Big Year was coming to Iowa to get this bird and the Eurasian Tree Sparrow. It seemed like it must be a super rare bird to not be found until that late in the year.
It is a bird with a repeating Latin name, Perdix perdix. Perdix means, “partridge” in Latin, so they must doubly want you to know that, yes, this truly is a partridge.
This bird’s alpha code is GRAP and it is no joke (in English, but in Dutch it is). This code does not follow the simple rule of using the first two letters of each word in the name. This is probably because it would conflict with another bird, but which bird it is, I have not yet figured out.
I found a fun alpha code and I cannot believe this exists, but there it was among all the other codes. UNBI. This stands for “unidentified bird”.