Dead Bird Quiz

26 04 2012

It’s that time again! Another Dead Bird Quiz for your amusement and edification. Bird A was found in southern Maine by Kristen Lamb and Michelle Gorayeb, and they report a wing chord of 11cm, a culmen length of 25mm, and a tarsus length of 37.5mm. Bird B was found by Libby Rock along Buzzard’s Bay in southeastern Massachusetts. Wing chord was reported as 21.5cm and culmen 30mm. I anticpate an absolute onslaught of guesses, so I will brace myself. Bring it on, Seanetters!

Bird A: Found by Kristen Lamb and Michelle Gorayeb on March 20th in Maine.

Bird B: Found by Libby Rock in Massachusetts on April 21st.




2 responses

26 04 2012
Wouter van Gestel

bird A: Horned (Slavonian) Grebe, Podiceps auritus
bird B: Razorbill, Alca torda

29 04 2012
Mary Wright

Bird A: Horned Grebe . . . although wing chord and tarsus measurements are short for this species, even for a small female. The two measurements fit Pied-billed Grebe, but bill shape is absolutely wrong. I also rule out Eared Grebe, which lacks pale spot in front of eye and has a thinner bill.
Bird B: Razorbill.

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