I recorded this sound (with my iPhone, please excuse the poor quality) on 29 April 2012 near my house in Concord, MA. Have a listen and see what you think. For a little additional background information, which will also give you a hint, read the footnote below.1 Click this link to listen to the sound: MysterySound_ConcordMA_Apr2012_crop […]
Archives for April 2012
Here are some partially obscured warblers to test your knowledge. Look especially at the pattern of wingbars to distinguish these three. With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website.
The still-unidentified Elaenia, found by Ethan and Aaron Gyllenhaal in Illinois, has provided one of the most exciting and interesting bird identification challenges in recent years. It is either a first North American record of Small-billed Elaenia, or second North American record of White-crested (or third if an earlier record from Florida was White-crested). Both […]
Continuing the challenge of comparing bird weights, here are some familiar species to test your knowledge.
Today’s quiz revisits the challenge of comparing bird weights. In the field we get a sense of the “bulk” of a bird, and that is a very important part of judging overall size. Learning the actual weight can be a great help in making those comparisons. For example, Hutton’s Vireo and Ruby-crowned Kinglet look very […]
I was musing on the value of learning bird topography this morning, wondering why it is so important to know the greater coverts and supercilium and all the rest. The easy answer is that it gives us a framework to describe the color patterns of birds, but I think there’s even more to it than […]
I am now offering two of my drawings in an auction, which will be closing in about 24 hours – at 6PM Eastern Time on Sunday April 15th. The two drawings are shown in this post, and to view the auctions click on the links in the sidebar to the right. Check it out, and […]
Update: Congratulations to Vjera, the winner of this week’s prize drawing! Thanks to all who entered. Watch for another giveaway next week. The quiz prize drawing is back for another round If you get all three questions correct, be sure to click the “Get Results” button at the end of the quiz and submit your […]
This week’s quizzes are looking at some warblers, in anticipation of the spring migration (which is already in full swing in some parts of the country). With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website.
This week’s quizzes will be looking at some warblers, in anticipation of the spring migration. With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website. You can read more about bird topography in my book Sibley’s Birding Basics.