Dead Bird Quiz

24 04 2013

About time for a DBQ. Though of course, any time is a good time for a DBQ. Here are a couple challenges for you. Bird A was found at the end of March on Pea Island in North Carolina by Wendy Stanton. The bird had a reported wing chord of 23cm. I have a tentative thought on this one, but I want to tap into the vast knowledge of you, my dear readers.

Bird A: upper wing (photo by W. Stanton)

Bird A: upper wing (photo by W. Stanton)

Bird A: underside of wing (photo by W. Stanton)

Bird A: underside of wing (photo by W. Stanton)

Bird B was found on Long Island in April, 2012. Wing chord reported as 45cm. Whaddya think?

Bird B: Found on Long Island by the NPS team.

Bird B: Found on Long Island by the NPS team.

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3 responses

24 04 2013
capteagleeyes

Bird A looks like either Greater Scaup or White-winged Scoter. Bird B looks like Herring Gull or Great Black-backed Gull.

24 04 2013
Wouter van Gestel

Bird A may be a male Redhead (Aythya americana), it has not enough contrasting white in the wings to be a scaup or a ww scoter.
Bird B I think is a Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus), 1st year moulting to 2nd year, because of the dark feathers on its back.

Wouter (PS: I’m glad you were not blown up in Boston)

26 04 2013
scourc01

Thanks! I’m glad I was not blown up as well.

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