Dead Bird Quiz: because I can edition

19 02 2014

It’s winter, and so the birds are dying fast and furious out there. Additionally, since we began our concerted effort at recruiting volunteers in the Carolinas, we now get a steady influx of southern material for the DBQ. Since I am far better versed in the northern species, these additions have been a welcome challenge, and one I pass along to you, dear readers. This DBQ is a bit of grab bag. Tell me what you think!

Bird A, found in December in South Carolina by the Frantom/Huggins team.

Bird A, found in December in South Carolina by the Frantom/Huggins team.

Bird B: Found by the McQuilkens in South Carolina. Wing chord reportedly 11cm.

Bird B: Found by the McQuilkens in South Carolina. Wing chord reportedly 11cm.

Bird B: upper surface of wings

Bird B: upper surface of wings

Bird C: Found by Janet Kurz in North Carolina in January.

Bird C: Found by Janet Kurz in North Carolina in January.

Bird C: ventral side

Bird C: ventral side

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3 responses

19 02 2014
capteagleeyes

Bird A looks like a White-Winged Scoter. Bird B? Bird C looks like a Common or Forsters Tern. PS. How did you do with the Storms along the coast?

26 02 2014
scourc01

I can’t even keep track of all the storms anymore! But no lasting ill effects.

20 02 2014
Wouter van Gestel

Let’s try:

Bird A: The shape of the feet is typical for a grebe. It is medium sized with dark axillary feathers. Therefore I think it’s Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)
Bird B: How nice of you to add an easy one as well ;) It’s is very small, with white underwings, white wingbar and uniform dark brown upper parts. My guess would be a small Charadrius plover, and for this area the most likely candidates are Semipalmated (C. semipalmatus) and Wilson’s (C. wilsonia), but there is not enough left of the bird to tell them apart.
Bird C: is a tern, and because of the white tail edges, the light inner primaries and and the orange-black bill, I say Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri, adult winter. (and I hope you did not leave it for the gulls ;))

Wouter

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