Answer to the Little Quiz
Some seriously good identification was done by the many guessers on the one-photo quiz in this post. 10,000 Birds readers know their birds! Congratulations go to Jochen, Nick, Drew, Shawn, and Nathan, all of whom took serious stabs at figuring out the identities of the seven birds of six species in the picture. And thanks go to Lynn, Will, and Patrick, who, while not taking serious guesses, at least lightened the comment thread up a bit. Though no one Nathan is the only one who correctly identified all of the species in the shot, which, considering the quality of the photo, is pretty impressive (though it was on his second guess, and, as the cross out shows, just before deadline).
The bird on the top left is a Gray Catbird. Many of them were around that day, in fact, I’m rather surprised I managed a picture with just one in the frame! Behind the “lid” is an American Robin, which has its back to the camera (the lid, by the way, is one of two receptacles that birders have been keeping filled with water while the waterhole is dry). In the lid is a Wood Thrush, though Brown Thrasher is certainly a reasonable guess, and, in fact, a thrasher had been around earlier. On the stick over the lid, with its butt to the camera is a Blue-winged Warbler, and one of the two Yellow-rumped Warblers is below it and to the right. The other bird on the stick is a Northern Parula, and the last bird, on the ground to the left, is the other Yellow-rumped Warbler.
Alas, there is no Brewster’s Warbler, though I wish there was as I have never seen either of the Blue-winged Warbler X Golden-winged Warbler hybrids.