Do You Ever Wonder Why?

Do you? Do you wonder who decided to name things what they are named? Why are flat topped surfaces called tables? Who decided these things we sit in should be called chairs? Why are we “humans”? On these winter days when there is no yard work to be done, when the house is as clean as I need it to be and the laundry is all caught up, what is there to do, but let the mind wander and wonder?

For instance, in the world outside my windows where the furry and feathered things visit, I get that a crossbill is called a Crossbill because it does indeed have a crossed bill – the better to pry those pine nuts out of the pine cones.
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and I understand a Woodpecker pecks wood

a Hummingbird does hum
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and Bluebirds are blue, yet I’m pretty sure they are not “blue” (as in sad)
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and Yellow-headed Blackbirds are black birds with yellow heads.
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But. Do Nuthatches hatch nuts? I think not.

When they live in Oregon, why are they still called California Quail?

Are Bitterns bitter?
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Can a Pelican peli? And whatever is a Peli?
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Do Tree Swallows swallow trees?
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What are Mourning Doves mourning?
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You really can’t convince me the Purple Finch is purple. I see red.

Does a Chipmunk chip monks?

And all Chickadees cannot be Chicks; some must be Dudes or they would cease to exist.

What can I say? Idle minds. . .

About Carol

I'm me - nothing unusual, just me. Widowed, 2 grown children who are my best friends, 1 dog, retired, loving being retired. I am woman, I am strong.
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15 Responses to Do You Ever Wonder Why?

  1. Lynne Ayers says:

    Love this Carol. A bit of whimsy thought to make me smile today.

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  2. lakeafton says:

    Funny. I love it!

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  3. dawnkinster says:

    I love your bird pictures. Many are so very different than birds we have here. Especially the yellow headed black birds!


  4. Carol — I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: YOU need to contact National Geographic (and/or some other publications) with your photos. They’re incredible!

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  5. Lori Carlson says:

    Beautiful and thought-provoking, Carol… indeed, idle minds tend to think up all kinds of things 🙂

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  6. leendadll says:

    yes, all those things can do all those things… especially the peliCAN, because it’s right there in the name. the trick with TreeSwallows is to catch them in the act.

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  7. leendadll says:

    Have you seen the “Sea Flap Flaps” meme? Here’s one of them:

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  8. I often wonder why stuff are named whatever they are! And it’s awesome you did some birding… and I wonder what got the Bananaquit to quit bananas, or if the Godwit went to Sunday School… 😉

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  9. Lisa says:

    Well, I didn’t until now……… 😉

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  10. How cute. I love your pelican and mourning dove photos especially! 🙂

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  11. Haha I love how your mind wanders on a winter’s day! Just the laugh I needed.

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