This morning I bravely ventured out in search of a “new” species. I heard rumors of a mysterious creature wandering Tanque Verde Wash on the northeast side of Tucson. With nothing but a camera and my wits, I ventured forth, braving frigid morning temperatures (hey, 35 degrees at dawn is dang cold in Tucson!!) in search of the elusive creature. Others of my ilk (aka, “birders”) have ventured forth in search of this rare creature, only to come back empty handed. For example, a nameless colleague who has birded his whole life…let’s just call him “Jim” for the sake of argument…has tried…and failed…to find this mythical creature.
Would I be deterred? Would I fail? I WOULD NOT!! Despite overwhelming odds, despite the incredibly harsh weather, I found the elusive creature foraging in the shrubs at Tanque Verde. How shall I commemorate this historic achievement?
I SHALL TAKE THE FIRST RIGHT OF NAMING!! I HEREBY DECLARE that from this day forward, this species shall be called “Lawrence’s Goldfinch”, in honor of my father. In the words of Ramses II (From the movie “Moses” anyway)…SO SHALL IT BE WRITTEN! SO SHALL IT BE DONE!!
Already, I hear a revisionist history being whispered by those jealous of my mighty achievement. I hear vague rumors that others have seen this species long before I had. I hear whisperings that “Lawrence’s Goldfinch” has LONG had that name, and that it has nothing to do with my father.
LIES!! DAMNED LIES!! Curse the jealous mob who cannot appreciate my achievement! As for you, casual blog reader, believe what you will! But in my heart, whenever someone utters the words “Lawrence’s Goldfinch”, I shall think of my father, and remember this historic day!!