4-digit abbreviations for bird names…

For the past 20 years my bird photographer associate Damon S. Calderwood and I have used the 4-digit abbreviations for bird names in conjunction with the year, initials of photographer and the number assigned to the camera. This has certainly made our filing system simple – and made the retrieval of the digital files much quicker. This would be an example for American Kestrel below:

American Kestrel – Year – Damon S. Calderwood – assigned camera number

The 4-digit abbreviations for bird names can be found here:


American Kestrel – AMKE2006DSC0015


An American Kestrel lands at its nest cavity with a skinned mouse.

Virginia Rail – VIRA


A Virginia Rail picks up a newly-hatched young in its beak.

Sora – SORA


A Sora incubates her clutch of eggs.

Snowy Plover – SNPL

A Snowy Plover and a newly-hatched chick ready to leave the nest. This bird is a Species at Risk due to habitat loss, human interference (mostly from dune buggies) and other perils.

American Golden Plover – AGPL


An American Golden Plover broods three chicks, incubates an egg and at the same time snaps her beak at an annoying gnat in the camouflage of the tundra landscape.

Semipalmated Sandpiper – SESA


A female Semipalmated Plover broods one young while another explores the area.

Wilson’s Phalarope – WIPH


A male Wilson’s Phalarope incubates eggs while keeping a baby warm under its wing.

Belted Kingfisher – BEKI


A male Belted Kingfisher brings a crayfish to the nest cavity.

Dusky Flycatcher – DUFL


A pair of Dusky Flycatchers tend to their young babies.

Western Wood Peewee – WWPE


A Western Wood Peewee feeds a juicy beatle to 2 young.

Black-billed Magpie – BBMA


A Black-billed Magpie readies itself to leave its domed stick nest to search for insects to its two hungry young.

Verdin – VERD


A male Verdin lands on the side of the nest with an insect for its babies.

Common Bushtit – COBU


A male Common Bushtit (with the black iris) makes a hasty retreat from his nest.

Common Redpoll – CORE


A brooding female Common Redpoll flutters her wings in anticipation of a feeding from her more colourful mate.

American Goldfinch – AMGO


A female American Goldfinch flutters her wings as a way of greeting her mate.

Song Sparrow – SOSP


A Song Sparrow feeds a protein-rich Chum Salmon fry to its three young.





















































Leave A Comment