A Grab Bag Bird ID Quiz

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With fall migration and field seasons wrapping up, why not test those skills you honed during the season with an id quiz? So try to identify the following birds! There’s several taxa presented from a variety of locations. Put your answers in the comment section. They will be kept hidden from public view until the answers are announced. Good luck! … Read More

Winter Finches ID Quiz (with answers)

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I hope all of you enjoyed looking at the winter finch photo from earlier in this week! Below is the same photo, with the bird species pointed-out appropriately. Most of the finches in this photo are Red Crossbills. The male Red Crossbills host a tomato-red coloration throughout their heads, upper backside, and the entire throat and underbelly. Their wings are … Read More

Winter Finches ID Quiz

Erik BruhnkeGeneral News and Info, Identification, quiz birds1 Comment

Finches are spectacular.  Some finch species are highly nomadic, and are prone to massive irruptions throughout select regions of North America. Some finch species are local, year-round residents. There are some finch species which look the same all year long, and there are other finch species that undergo stunning transformations of immaculately-colored feathers, which replace their drabber winter plumage. The … Read More

Find the Owls – Answers!

Erik BruhnkeBird Finding Tips, General News and Info, quiz birds1 Comment

Here is the same photo that was posted earlier this morning… this time with both owls pointed out. The small, brown Northern Saw-whet Owl is tucked away on the left side of the picture, whereas the Boreal Owl is sleeping away on the right. Kudos to everyone that spotted these owls. I am thankful and very privileged to live in such a … Read More

Find the Owls

Erik BruhnkeGeneral News and Info, quiz birds3 Comments

Can you find the two owls in this photo? This photo was taken last month along the shoreline of Lake Superior in northern Minnesota. There is a Boreal Owl in this photo as well as a Northern Saw-whet Owl.  Click the image for a larger view of this photo. The answer is posted here. Have fun!

Photo Quiz – Tricky angles

Drew WeberIdentification, quiz birds15 Comments

Today, thanks to some badgering from Cory DeStein, I present you with our next photo quiz. Here are 3 photos of birds shot at tricky angles. Let us know your guesses in the comments and then check out the answers! Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3

Answer – September Quiz bird

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The September Quiz bird (watch the quiz video fullscreen before reading on) turned out to be quite a challenge as the bird never quite managed to satisfactorily show off its field marks in the video. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bE5MBbL_dqE&w=700] The first step on a quiz like this is to decide what family it belongs to. At several points in the video we can see … Read More

September quiz bird

Drew WeberIdentification, quiz birds40 Comments

We don’t do fun bird quizzes on the blog nearly enough so here is a video of a bird I saw yesterday in Syracuse NY. I like the idea of using video for a bird quiz because you are less likely to get stuck with a photo of the bird in an atypical pose that makes the ID harder. The … Read More