Birds with Friends

Jaime and I have a perpetual game of Words with Friends going, so I was very happy when she told me that the Word of the Day was “junco!” Look!



Wait… What? Let’s count how many errors there are in this feature.

1. Juncos aren’t finches. They are sparrows

2. There is no such bird as the Reed Sparrow, and Juncos would never be found in reeds. I realize this is an error by 18th century Spaniards, but still, ding.

3. In the example sentence, White-Throated Sparrows and Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers are called out specifically and correctly, so how hard would it be to also realize that Northern Junco is not a species?

In summary: Among bird identification apps, Words with Friends is the worst!


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