Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Bird Quiz #3- Crossley Guide Edition
It is based on the birding game in which one person reads lines out of a field guide and the other birders try to guess the bird. Generally this is done with the Sibley Guide, but it seems like it would be even more fun with the Crossley Guide, which has much more descriptive and colorful text (and much more text in general). Of course, the colorful plates are the obvious thing when you look at the guide, but the text is great too. There are five birds in this quiz, each with excerpts from the description in the guide.
Have fun, and leave your guesses in the comments. If necessary, I will add new clues later in the week.
1) A real tank...killer-like thick bill...overall impression is clean and bold...if in doubt, look at that bill...younger birds' contrasting plumage is neat and fairly distinctive.
2) Fluttering "butterfly-like"...often partially opens wings and spreads tail... then it's off again... shape and color pattern make this an easy bird to id overhead.
3)Fairly common breeder, scarcer in east... has a shuffling gait... seems to walk with feet back and chest thrust forward... commonly sings from barbed wire fences... large and particularly fat... distinctive head pattern.
4)Seems to embrace bad weather...Male is a real stunner...appears gentle...often seen standing on rocks...stubby bill on small head.
5) Simply beautiful; the epitome of grace (it would have been at home in the movie 'Avatar'). Flies just above the treeline, never in a hurry, but deceptively fast. Loves warm weather.