WRENSDays Entry - 27 July 2017

The Challenge:

"Create a scientific name and/or common name for a newly discovered species. In a few sentences, describe a quirky way how the new species was discovered. You have until midnight est time Friday to submit your answers. We will vote on the best or most unique submission on Saturday."

Here is Jenni's entry to the contest:


Her horse was plodding slower and slower through the clearing. She knew he needed a break, but they weren’t back to camp quite yet and it was already late. The wolves would make their appearance soon, and while she was more than capable of fending them off, it was a task she took no pleasure in. Giving the horse another gentle prod onward, she was blinded suddenly by a flash of hot white against the dark sky. Bleary-eyed, she gazed up to see a harsh glinting object diving and swooping in the velvety dusk. Dismounting her horse, she squinted more closely at The Silver Thing. As it rose and fell gracefully in the sky, she wondered absently to herself what it was about The Silver Thing that made a familiar tickle in the back of her mind…. only she was too spellbound as of yet to notice the question, let alone answer it.

As her eyes grew accustomed to the harsh glow, so did her mind acquiesce to what it saw. It was just like Father's Golden Eagle, only this magnificent creature was a brilliant, nearly supernatural, crystalline grey.

A wolf's howl, too close for comfort, put an abrupt end to her fascination. She climbed back up on her horse, noting that The Silver Thing had vanished as suddenly as it had appeared, and galloped home to tell Father.


It took several decades before Western biologists heard rumors of The Silver Thing. By then, the Mongolian clans had began collecting the rare bird as a status symbol reserved only for the best Bird-Lords. As it turned out, The Silver Thing she'd seen that day was a new sub-species of the widespread Aquila chrysaetos, Golden Eagle. Endemic only to the shores of Mongolia's "Хөвсгөл нуур" -- Lake Khövsgöl --- the Aquila tsagaan-züilii continues to evade status surveys with population numbers yet unknown. Behavioral traits remain a mystery.