Bird ID quiz answer

Photo by Chris Bosak
A male northern shoveler seen at 14-Acre Pond in Norwalk, Conn., fall 2018.

Matt (and probably many others) got it right from the start: Northern shoveler.

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Photo by Chris Bosak
A northern shoveler seen at 14-Acre Pond in Norwalk, Conn., fall 2018.

Its shovel-like bill is its most distinguishing feature. Both males and females have that flattened bill, but only the male (drake) features this bright plumage. Females are mottled tan or brown, like many female ducks.

Quick bird ID quiz

Here’s a quick birding quiz for your Tuesday. The answer will be revealed later today when I post the most recent For the Birds column. Hint: With winter approaching, people throughout New England are seeing different visitors at their feeders as birds “irrupt” from the north and west.

So what is this guy (or gal)?

For answer, click here.

End of winter birding quiz answer

At second look, maybe this one wasn’t so easy. The most popular answers — chickadee and titmouse — are indeed common backyard feeder birds, so they are good guesses. It also does look like a blue jay — the third-most common answer — as it’s hard to gauge how large the bird is in the photo.

Only 10 percent of participants got it right: white-breasted nuthatch. The giveaway is coloration (although it shares blue, black and white with blue jay), especially the rusty red feathers exposed as it flies. Of the options given, it is is only bird that features that rusty red.

The photo above was taken a few seconds before the one of the nuthatch flying off.

Take a look at the original photo again:

 

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And the answer is …

Female bobolink

Many of you got this one right. I knew you could do it!!

Yes, it is a female bobolink. I had posted a photo of the male a few days ago, so I figured a lot of you would be on to me for this quiz.

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As a refresher, here’s the male again.

Photo by Chris Bosak A male bobolink perches in a small tree and overlooks the fields at Happy Landings in Brookfield, CT.

Photo by Chris Bosak
A male bobolink perches in a small tree and overlooks the fields at Happy Landings in Brookfield, CT.

Another birding quiz — this one much easier

Name the bird

Here’s another birding quiz for you. This time I’ll take it easy on you considering the difficulty of the last one. So … what bird is this? For a clue, check out my last several posts on this site.

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And the answer is …

Photo by Chris Bosak

I said it was a tough one, but I couldn’t stump http://www.BirdsofNewEngland.com followers as there were a few correct answers.

The bird in question is an immature Gray Jay. I watched as the parents foraged and this noisy youngster kept asking for more food. Sounds like some human teenagers I know.