Dead bird quiz: expect the unexpected edition

26 02 2009

While our volunteers quickly become well versed in dead seabird identification, an additional challenge is posed by non seabird carcasses. Even something otherwise familiar can become foreign when seen as a mangled featherball strewn across the sand. For the following three birds, you’ll have to think outside the seabird box. As always, submit your response as a comment, and the answers will be revealed in tomorrow’s post.

Bird B) Found by Jerry Golub of New Jersey this month.

Bird A) Found by Jerry Golub of New Jersey this month.

Bird A) Found by Melissa Buhler of Florida in December.

Bird B) Found by Melissa Buhler of Florida in December.

Bird C) Found by Heidi Hanlon of New Jersey in May.

Bird C) Found by Heidi Hanlon of New Jersey in May.

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4 responses

26 02 2009
brian

You’ve got me on #1
#2 is a pigeon/rock dove
#3 I’m going to vote male northern flicker (yellow-shafted)

27 02 2009
Erich

#1 – I agree with Brian, tough one, go with an Orchard Oriole
#2 – Looks like a Rock Pigeon
#3 – Northern Flicker

27 02 2009
Doug Suitor

I wanted to call it a American Robin but the bill should be yellow and blackand its not shaped correct. The feather lying by the left foot looks like a primary and has white spots on it unlike a robin.

It’s got me stumped.

28 02 2009
ellie

#1–I’m with Erich on the Orchard Oriole as best guess
#2–Rock Dove
#3–Northern Flicker

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