Dead Bird Quiz: MA_23 edition

10 09 2013

Fellow Seanetter Dan Tracey and I share responsibility for MA_23, a stretch of beach along the northern bank of the Merrimack River right where it enters the Atlantic between Salisbury Beach and Plum Island. The birding is good here, and this past month, the dead birding has also been good. Dan was the lucky one who actually found an intact carcass in August. On my walk at the end of the month, I found only a mostly defleshed wing. But the pair makes for a nice Dead Bird Quiz, to my mind. So here it is. What do you think, dear readers?

Bird A: wing chord 25.5 cm; culmen 37 mm; tarsus 25 mm.

Bird A: wing chord 25.5 cm; culmen 37 mm; tarsus 25 mm.

Bird B: upper surface of wing. Wing chord 21 cm.

Bird B: upper surface of wing. Wing chord 21 cm.

Bird B: underside of wing.

Bird B: underside of wing.