Dead Bird Quiz: just wings! edition

9 04 2014

One from the north, and one from the south for you, my dear Seanetters. Bird A was found in March in North Carolina by Gil Grant. Bird B, by Dennis Minsky in Massachusetts this month. Dennis, I am also pleased to announce, has just found his 300th dead bird for SEANET! Would we were all so lucky in our searchings.

Bird A. Wing chord 24cm.

Bird A. Wing chord 24cm.

Bird A: Underside of wings.

Bird A: Underside of wings.

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Bird B. Wing chord 14cm.

Bird B: underside of wings.

Bird B: underside of wings.

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3 responses

9 04 2014
capteagleeyes

Bird A looks like a Iceland Gull to me,because there is no black in the tips. Bird B looks like Black Scoter. I know Dennis Minsky also 🙂

9 04 2014
Wouter van Gestel

Bird A looks like an adult Little Gull (Larus minutus) to me, because of the pale wing tips and dark underwing with white band at the tips and small size. The only similar gull species is the Ross’s Gull, but that one has less contrast in the underwing, and is also extremely rare.
Bird B looks like a Puffin (Fratercula arctica) to me, because its’s the only species with an all dark upper and underwing except a scoter, but the shape of wing and feathers don’t look like a duck but look OK for an alcid.

Wouter

10 04 2014
Mary Wright

Bird A: Little Gull, because of size, pale gray upperwing with white border, and dark underwing with white border.
Bird B: Atlantic Puffin, because of wing size and shape, all dark upperwing, and grayish underwing coverts.

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