Quiz – Do you know your Wrens??

Okay, I have a good one this time.  No funny stuff, and no trick questions.  Since this quiz has so many possibilities, I am going to let it run for a week to give you plenty of time to investigate your guide books, or to make your up mind as too which one you will take a guess at.

So let’s have at it.  What species of wren is pictured here?  Answer will be posted next Saturday, July 19, 2014.  You can click on the image to see an enlarged photo for closer viewing.


Latest Quiz Results of July 5

Wow!  Another fun quiz, and many more responders this time.  Click here to see original test.  I am glad to see so many people are enjoying these tests of birding identifications.  The photo is a Lesser Scaup.  For those that might have considered the Greater Scaup, I apologize for not saying that this bird was photographed here in San Angelo, Texas.  This area is far out of range for the Greater, although it has made a rare appearance in the past.

There were a total of 116 votes cast.  Lesser Scaup  67;  Common Golden-eye  40;  Ring-necked Duck;  8;  Redhead  1.  One person, at least, thought it was a Greater Scaup.  Perhaps I should have listed it as an option.  It certainly would have made for some great discussion.

Judy of Flights of Wonder, said it best in her comment, and I hope she doesn’t mind me using it.  Here is what she said:

“Hi, Bob. Ring-Necks have a blue bill with black tip and a little white ring around the black tip; plus a little white ‘stripe’ between the black chest and the greyish sides. Lesser Scaups have the black chest and black rear end with whitish/greyish back and belly, along with a ‘peaked’ appearance to the head, which has a purple irridescense. This guy’s a Lesser Scaup. (Greater Scaups tend to have a head with a greenish irridescense – though the lighting can play tricks with that one – and their bellies are more whitish than grayish. I worked on these guys a long time this past winter!!”

Now for the birds that it wasn’t.

Common Golden-eye

Common Golden-eye

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck



Brunette AKA my wife, Ann when she was a brunette.

Brunette, AKA my wife, Ann, before I caused her hair to turn gray.

Click on any photo to see enlargements.  Stay tuned, I am working on another quiz to appear here soon.




Quiz results are in…..

What a fun quiz that was.  Click here to see the original post. The photo is, of course, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  It is identified from the Orange-crowned Warbler by the two white wing bars, one of them is usually concealed.  The eye, instead of being barred like the OCW, just has very pale crescents in front of and behind the eye.  The ruby crown can be seen only part of the time, depending on the mood of the bird.  The female has no ruby crown.

The Orange-crowned Warbler is rather plain, dull and unmarked.  Kind of a flat oliveish/green.  The most distinctive part is the bit of yellow under the tail.  But it does have a bar thru the eye that you should look for.

Initially, the Orange-crowned Warbler obtained a prompt 25 votes, making me go back to the guides and see if I had made a monstrous mistake.  But soon, people starting taking a closer look at the guides and the Ruby-crowned Kinglet got 49 correct votes, and the warbler with 36.

There were a five people who were obviously not birders, but enjoyed the quiz just the same.  And I am glad that they did, and hope they will participate in some future quizzes.  They are the ones that failed to see that the Red-topped Titmouse is fictional, and a figment of my own imagination.

Of course, this was not a contest.  Only a fun quiz to test your knowledge.  I will try to come up with another one soon.  I thank everybody for participating.  For my identifications, I usually consult the Stokes Field Guide to Birds of North America.

Quiz #7 – Results are in

Here are the results for this week’s quiz.  You were asked to ID these five birds, and select the one you thought was the Bronzed Cowbird.  Photo C is the correct answer.  The following images show the correct IDs.

Photo A – Brewer’s Blackbird

Photo B – Phainopepla

Photo C – Bronzed Cowbird

Photo D – Great-tailed Grackle

Photo D – Raven

As of this writing 34 votes were in and 20 of you selected the correct photo.  Tune in Monday morning for Quiz #8.

Quiz No. 7 – New Bird Quiz

For this week’s quiz I am going to change it up a bit and see how you like it.  One of the photos is a Bronzed Cowbird, (Molothrus aeneus).  Look them over closely, consult your guides, and vote below to select which photo you think it is.  Also, I would like you to comment at the end, and tell me how you like this format versus the older one that I used for the first six quizzes.

Photo A

Photo B

Photo C

Photo D

Photo E

Select from these photos, A, B, C, D, or E, and tell me which one is the Bronzed Cowbird.  Put a check mark next to your choice and click Vote.  Click any image to enlarge.  Good luck.  Answer will be published on Friday.

Comment below and please and tell me how you like these quizzes.  Which style do you like best.  Do you have some more ideas to share?

Results Quiz #6

Here are the results of this weeks quiz number 6.  The original photo was n Olive-sided Flycatcher.  Out of 34 votes, 18 of you got it right.

Olive-sided Flycatcher – correct – 18 votes

Olive-sided Flycatcher.  This is the correct answer with 18 votes.

Eastern Kingbird – 1 vote

The Eastern Kingbird got the least votes with only one.

Eastern Phoebe – 10 votes

The Eastern Phoebe garnered the second most votes with ten.  That was easy to do, as the two birds are very similar.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 2 votes

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, another similar bird.  Two votes.

Vermilion Flycatcher – female – 3 votes

Vermilion Flycatcher with three votes.  As you can see I listed them in the same order as they were in the original quiz.

I will be publishing a new quiz on Monday.  I am going to change it up a bit and give you a different type of quiz.  I think you will enjoy it.  Look for it.

Quiz #6 – Monday May 21, 2012

Good morning to all.  I have here the new quiz for this week.  This one is a bit trickier than the previous quizzes.  In fact, I have decided to give you two views of this week’s mystery bird.  Take note that it was photographed when he was standing under a sprinkler.  So he (or she) is a bit wet.

Quiz #6 mystery bird – front view

Quiz #6 mystery bird – back view

So, “What Bird is This?”.  Choose a selection from the list below, and we will see how smart or lucky you are this week.

Results will be published Friday, May 25, 2012.