Once again Jory has agreed to provide 10,000 Birds readers with an identification quiz. This one is different from his typical quiz: as a specific bird is not being identified and word play is involved instead of field marks and bird behavior. Good luck (you’re going to need it!) and remember to post your guesses in the comments!
I have selected 5 species for this quiz.
Many of the clues concern the species name. For example, if we take “Great Blue Heron”, then the first name is “Great”, the middle name is “Blue” and the last name is “Heron”. Not really all that esoteric, but clarity is important.
Only species occurring regularly in the ABA area (ABA Codes 1-3).
Try to guess in as few clues as possible. The answer and discussion will be posted this coming Saturday.
The question that needs answering is at the end of the list of clues.
1. The five species are the only ones to share this last name.
2. The first names of all five species have a different number of letters (ignoring all apostrophes, dashes, etc).
3. The number of letters in each of the first names is sequential. For example the five first names might have 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 letters.
4. I have seen two of the five species in NY, the only two that reliably occur and are easily seen in NY.
5. Next year I hope to travel out of state to identify all three missing species. It seems that there are some areas where they all might occur at the same time in the same place.
QUESTION … Without posting the species involved, what one location would you recommend that I go to identify all three missing species and at what time of year?
Stay tuned and good luck!
Maybe Anahuac NWR in Texas on their Christmas Bird Count?
And if you can’t make it to Texas for the CBC, maybe Everglades National Park in south Florida at the same time period?
Great, great quiz, by the way – deliciously clever!
I think I’ve got the answer now and all I can say is (a) I agree with both of the previous recommendations for place and date and (b) good luck with that, Jory! I’d love to read that trip report.
I agree with those other guys….good luck rounding out that list in one trip to the Gulf Coast in winter. I can tell you a great spot in Colorado for the one with 5 letters in its first name…. 😉
Good job with that one! I had a group that worked, but it didn’t work with the ABA code restriction I discovered belatedly.
After those first two guesses, I knew it immediately.
Chrissy, if I’m ever in CO again, I would love to know that spot!!!!