Dead Bird Quiz: sand-caked in the Carolinas edition

13 06 2014

We’re coming into the summer season now, when we routinely see far fewer bird carcasses turning up on the beaches. But fewer doesn’t mean none, and this week, I am able to bring you two birds for the quiz. The first, found by the Lori Porwoll in South Carolina this month, is headless and looks like it’s seen several miles of bad road.  The second, found my Gil Grant this month in North Carolina, is in somewhat better shape. What say you, Seanetters?

Bird A (photo by L. Porwoll)

Bird A (photo by L. Porwoll)

Bird A, ventral surface

Bird A, ventral surface

Bird B (photo by G. Grant)

Bird B (photo by G. Grant)




3 responses

13 06 2014

Bird B: Sooty Shearwater

14 06 2014
Wouter van Gestel

Bird A looks like a very faded female Black Scoter to me,
and I think bird B is a Sooty Shearwater.


15 06 2014
Mary Wright

Bird A: Black Scoter, second-year male. Species indicated by shape, size, and primaries that are paler on the underside. SECOND-YEAR because: dark upperparts and breast “contrasting distinctly with pale brownish abdomen, the latter wearing to whitish by May-Sept” (Peter Pyle, Identification Guide to North American Birds, Part II, pp 138-139); older birds have dark brown abdomen. Second-year MALE because: “upperparts and breast brown, increasingly mixed with blackish feathering … in Dec-Sept” (ibid); in SY females, brown upperparts and breast are “increasingly mixed with darker brown feathers in Nov-May” (ibid).

Bird B: Sooty Shearwater.

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