This time the answers are arranged randomly, instead of sequentially, and I think this makes it a little harder, since it’s harder to use the range of possible answers as a clue. Suggestions are always welcome.
Archives for August 2012
These are the only regularly occurring herons that are truly difficult to identify, as immatures of these two species are variable in bare-parts color and distinguishing them can require very careful study. The best clue is foraging posture, which can be seen at any distance and is very reliable. Most individuals are fairly easily separated […]
First Glance A quick judgment of the ground color of the breast and eyebrow stripe will separate most waterthrushes: bright white on Louisiana, yellowish on Northern. A yellowish waterthrush is definitely a Northern, while a whitish bird could be either species. Next look at the shape of the eyebrow stripe, which broadens to the rear […]
This bird was photographed in North America, and it’s not some exotic vagrant.
Identifying the white herons and egrets can be a challenge. We must rely mainly on structure, behavior, and the color of bare parts like bill and legs, because plumage offers very little in the way of field marks. One aspect of plumage can be very helpful, however. By looking at the shape and condition of […]
This is a bird sound that I recorded in August in Massachusetts. Listen to the recording and see if you can guess what it is. Some hints are below, and when you’re ready just follow the link for the answer. click to Read the Answer Hints It is a small bird, but larger than a […]
Estimating numbers in flocks of birds is a skill that birders need to practice, but we rarely get a chance to test ourselves. We see a flock, guess the total number, and write it down. We might be off by a large margin, but we’ll never know. Here is a quiz (and more to come) […]