One last hint photo before I reveal the answer. This photo hides this bird’s most distinguishing feature.
I’ll answer the bird IQ quiz later today, but until then, here’s a bit more of the bird …
OK, what do we have here? Kind of a tough one. Answer coming in the next day or two.
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.
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:
Thanks for playing along!
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.