Quiz: bird ID

A quiz on dabbling ducks

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Below are six ducks in a typical foraging posture, with their heads underwater. See if you can identify the species by their back ends. (All paintings by David Sibley)

A video bird quiz

The answer is at the end of the video, and in the text below. It has been a relatively mild winter in Massachusetts, but the blizzard of Feb 2013 put over two feet of snow on the ground, effectively eliminating most of the grassy and weedy habitat sparrows need. In such conditions the plowed edges …

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Bird identification quiz 53: Eastern Sparrows in early September

Test your bird identification skills with the three photos below. These three sparrows were all photographed in Concord, MA on 11 Sep 2012. Can you identify the species? Today’s quiz features a bonus Everyone who submits a perfect score by noon Eastern Time tomorrow – Thursday September 13th – will be entered in a drawing …

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Quiz 41: More identification by feet

More examples of the variety of legs and feet – color and structure – that can be found among the small songbirds. With thanks, again, to Brian E. Small for providing the beautiful photos. You can see lots more at his website.