Bird Quiz #2

(Make sure you also saw Bird Quiz #1 last month!)

Can you identify this bird? The photo was taken in Santa Cruz, California in February. This is exactly how I saw it from shore though my binoculars. The lower photo is cropped and enlarged in hopes of showing more detail. Sorry for the poor quality, but this is what I had to work with. My answer will appear next Monday.

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Bird Quiz #1

How good are you at avian ID? Identification quizzes abound, and I find them both fun and educational. Some are really difficult, made for experts. Mine are more aimed at the beginning to intermediate birder. Who knows, maybe I’ll even slip in a few that have me confounded.

I aim to post one quiz a month during 2012. My answers will be provided the following Monday. And please note: I am certainly not an expert at this. If I get something wrong, let me know. I can always stand to improve my own skills!

Many quizzes don’t include any information about where or when the photos were taken. That doesn’t seem fair to me. In real life birding, we always (hopefully!) know where we are and what the date is. Of course, birds tend to stray a bit, so I’m not sure how helpful this information is going to be.

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