Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bird Quiz

John worried about exams at Tallman Bird University. I replied that I would give him a tuition break and no exams. Pop-quizes, however, like this bird we found in the banding net this morning, are another matter (and gave me time to consider my identification). John did well.

“First of all, it has a seed-eater’s bill,” reasoned John.

“Clearly its young,” he continued, already assuring himself a passing grade.

“Look at the faint breast streaking and the white throat,” he said, nailing the field marks of an immature (and probably female) Indigo Bunting.

This bird lacked any trace of blue. See my blogs of  24 June 2010 and 19 May 2011 for photos of adult males and some discussion of their biology.

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