Wednesday, November 19, 2008

ID Quiz Answers


Next to each photo I've put a comment or two about distinctive ID features of the bird.


1. Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow rump and yellow patches on sides of streaky breast.
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2. Chipping Sparrow
Plain breast. Reddish crown, Dark eye-line with white/whiteish stripe above it.
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3. American Goldfinch
Gray front with white under the tail. Two white/whiteish wing bars. Males have yellower head.
Note: In the breeding season (March-October), the birds are much yellower.
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4. Sedge Wren
Streaky crown and strongly streaked back. Short tail often cocked.
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5. Wilson's Warbler
Olive back, yellow front and distinctive yellow eye ring. Black cap on male.
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6. Pine Warbler
Yellow front, usually with olive streaks. Two white wing bars. White lower belly and undertail coverts (not visible in this photo).
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7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Tiny (4.25"), with oval eye ring and white wing bar.
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8. Orange-crowned Warbler
Grayish back and paler front, sometimes lightly streaked. Dark eye-line breaks eye ring. The yellow under the tail is distinctive.
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9. Eastern Phoebe
Large, dark flycatcher head. Yellow belly.
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10. Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Big white wing bar. White barring on black or brown back. Adults have a red crown.
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11. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Small (4.5"), bright blue-gray bird with white eye ring. Black tail with white edges is often cocked.
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12. Savannah Sparrow
Streaky breast and white belly. Dark eye-line. Yellow on face above beak is distinctive.

5 comments:

Birdwoman said...

Beautiful pictures. Gorgeous birds.

Isaac said...

I'm happy with "some type of warbler" or even "little brown job".

Thanks to your pictures, I do know how to recognize the ruby crowned kinglet.

Jeff said...

Hi, Isaac.
I know what you mean! I see quite a few LBJ's, too.
One reason I carry a camera is that it enables me to check ID's that I'm not sure of in the field.

Isaac said...

I do the same thing with butterflies.

Your pictures also reminded me to buy a suet and sock feeder today when at Lowes.

Jeff said...

Hi, Isaac.
If you're interested in butterflies, you might like my December 2007 blog showing a Rusty-tipped Page.