Quiz

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By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

Last week, I asked you to identify a bird in a photo that I took in September.  I gave you four possible correct choices, all of which can be found at Ashland Nature Center in September.  Here is the quiz bird…

What species of bird is this?  It was photographed outside my office window at Ashland Nature Center in September.  Photo by Joe Sebastiani

What species of bird is this? It was photographed outside my office window at Ashland Nature Center in September. Photo by Joe Sebastiani

The other three choices, which were incorrect, are pictured below. 
A Common Yellowthroat in winter plumage.  Photo by Joe Sebastiani

A Common Yellowthroat in winter plumage. Photo by Joe Sebastiani

Common Yellowthroat was a good guess, because the quiz bird has a yellow throat, but there are many differences between this and our quiz bird.  The Common Yellowthroat pictured above has yellow going way down onto the belly and if you looked in a bird book, the Yellowthroat has no wing bars.  The quiz bird has wing bars, which are the white lines on the wing.

A Red-eyed Vireo, by Derek Stoner.

A Red-eyed Vireo, by Derek Stoner.

Red-eyed Vireo was a guessed by very few of you.  This vireo has no wing bars , plus there is very little yellow on the throat.  Also, the wings are green, not blue, as in our quiz bird.
A female Orchard Oriole, by Joe Sebastiani

A female Orchard Oriole, by Joe Sebastiani

Another good guess was the Orchard Oriole, at least a female, which is pictured above.  (Males are brick red).  Female Orchard Orioles have wing bars, just like our quiz bird.  There is also plenty of yellow on this bird…but a little too much yellow.  Our quiz bird just has yellow on the throat.  Orchard Orioles are very rare in Delaware in September, but not out of the realm of possibility

What is our quiz bird?  A Northern Parula.   Northern Parulas are small warblers that migrate through Delaware in Spring and Fall.  A few stay to breed in scattered wooded areas around the state, including a few pair in the Red Clay Valley where Ashland Nature Center is located.  Hopefully you had fun with the quiz and learned a little about our local birds.

By Joe Sebastiani, Members Program Team Leader

It is time to sharpen your naturalist skills again by taking another quiz.  This photograph was taken by me from my office window at Ashland Nature Center in September.  If you aren’t familiar with this bird, take a look in a bird book or on the web to see if you can figure out what species it is.  Click on your guess in the multiple choice polling box below.  I will post the answer next week.

What species of bird is this?  It was photographed outside my office window at Ashland Nature Center in September.

What species of bird is this? It was photographed outside my office window at Ashland Nature Center in September.

Upcoming birding trips with the Delaware Nature Society include Waterfowl Watch at the Dupont Environmental Education Center on November 8 and Hawk Mountain – Big Raptors of the Late Season on November 11.  View our website, www.delawarenaturesociety.org for more information or to register.