Dead Bird Quiz: multi-level play edition

23 09 2014

At various levels of difficulty, here are your three Dead Birds for the week:

Bird A was found by Marcia Lyons in North Carolina in June. Culmen is reported at 63mm. Other measurements not obtainable due to carcass condition.

Bird A, first view (Photo: M. Lyons)

Bird A, first view (Photo: M. Lyons)

Bird A, second view (Photo: M. Lyons)

Bird A, second view (Photo: M. Lyons)

Bird B is also a Marcia Lyons find, this one from just yesterday. Reported measurements are: Culmen: 61mm; Tarsus: 71mm; Wing chord: 45cm.

Bird B's underside (photo: M. Lyons)

Bird B’s underside (photo: M. Lyons)

Bird B's upper side. (photo: M. Lyons)

Bird B’s upper side. (photo: M. Lyons)

Bird C is mere shadow of its former self. More specifically, just a wing of its former self. The specimen was found by Kathleen Kelly in Maine back in April. Wing chord reported at 31cm.

Bird C: underside of wing (photo: K. Kelly)

Bird C: underside of wing (photo: K. Kelly)

Bird C upper wing. (Photo: K. Kelly)

Bird C upper wing. (Photo: K. Kelly)

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5 responses

23 09 2014
Edward Soldaat

Bird A; Double Crested Cormorant, I guess. Culmen length is unreliable measure because of the absence of the culmen itself (bill sheath). But location is right.
Bird B; Juvenile American Herring Gull (L. smithonianus)
Bird C; no idea. In this stage only identifiable by close examination of feathering and bones.

23 09 2014
capteagleeyes

Bird A = Double Crested Cormorant, or Great Cormorant, the beak gives it away. Bird B=First Year Herring Gull. Bird C= ?

12 11 2014
Dennis Minsky

I agree on the cormorant (probable DCCO) and the gull (first year HERG); could C be a bleached out bit of a Sooty Shearwater wing?

13 11 2014
scourc01

To me, it looks too rounded to be a shearwater wing, though without the full wing with secondaries, it’s even hard to tell what the overall shape once was.

13 11 2014
Edward

My gut feeling says that it is also a cormorant wing.

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