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Can I try? I think the first picture is a female rose-breasted grosbeak...right?
Hi Lisa, thanks for all the comments. I'd love it if you popped back in and completed your birding profile at: http://owlbox.blogspot.com/2007/11/are-you-out-there.html Unfortunately you are 0/1 at the moment as far as the bird ID goes. These are a lot tougher than round one though.
Wow, great shots (in the limited kind of way ;-). Sorry I missed the first go round, but here are my off-the-cuff stabs at these:1 - Purple Finch2 - Turkey Vulture3 - Northern Pintail4 - Common Grackle5 - White Pine, wait, is that a Barred Owl peeking out?Fun stuff!- Mike
Great try Mike - you got 4/5. I think this round is much tougher than round one.
I'm a doofus - Turkey Vulture? I guess I was more bleary eyed than I thought after midnight. I'll go with Raven, but I won't guess Common or Chihuahuan without knowing location (and even then I might not!).- Mike
Hmm, you're going in the wrong direction Mike. You were spot on with the Turkey Vulture, although I figured that would cause some issues.
Phew. These were tough!My final answers:Purple FinchTurkey VultureGadwallCommon GrackleandBarn Owl???
Elaine, great try. You also got 4/5 so it should be easier to filter through the answers to date to see where you went wrong. Maybe Mike will sweep in and take the cake, so to speak.
Well, I learned something about my monitors, specifically how different the same image looks depending on whether I'm on my work machine or home machine (a little unsettling). As shown on my home monitor, bird number two clearly has a paler trailing edge, which I didn't see at work, causing me to change course altogether. The tail does look a bit wedge-shaped for Turkey Vulture, but it's clearly not a raven. My complete bad!I was pretty confident on all except the duck, which seems to fit Gadwall pretty well, better than my original thought. I'm sticking with the other four, I just can't come up with any better candidates (on this monitor, I'll check somewhere else tomorrow!).Fun stuff, thanks!-Mike
I feel your pain Mike! I work in the computer industry and we run into the color issue quite a bit. I sent one my colleagues a PDF the one day and he asked me what's up with all the purples and pinks. I checked on my PC and all was well - no pinks or purples. Turns out his monitor had an issue with converting colors...... Not a big deal when you're dealing with a colleague, but it my send some weird signals to a potential customers, at the very least about your sense of style!Congrats on the bird ID quiz. The correct answers are indeed:1 - Purple Finch2 - Turkey Vulture3 - Gadwell4 - Common Grackle5 - White Pine inhabited by a Barred OwlActually Mike gets extra credit for the plant and bird ID combo.I thought these were pretty tough. The Purple Finch wasn't that obvious, I thought the Turkey Vulture looked a little like a Black Vulture (although I can easily see Raven too). The Gadwell didn't show much of himself, so he was tough. The Grackle was blurry but pretty easy. The Barred owl was probably the toughest out of the lot. Well done all! I doubt I would have fared as well had I not know the answers.
OK, now looking at my computer monitor at work I'm seeing raven again. I can't distinguish any difference between the trailing edge of the wings, which should be white (or at least pale), and the leading edge. It's just all dark, and head (which does look vulturish) could simply be a trick of the angle. I'll be more careful before identifying based on color/contrast from now on! Incidentally, I ruled out Black Vulture based on body proportions - they always look headless and tailless to me, so I didn't consider the missing white wingtips. Monitor couldn't mess with me on that! Hmmm, or can it? Thanks for the challenge!- Mike
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