Today’s quiz is all about birds.  Every clue is about birds.  Birds, birds, birds.

The answer, however, is not about birds.

I give clues to 4 words, a phrase.  Your task is to figure out the next word in this sequence of words.

1st two words: Birdsong I am hearing now, near the end of June, in the suburbs.  I am in upstate NY and it’s pretty common hereabouts.  You could be hearing this too if you are in eastern US, as far west as, say, parts of Texas and going north to approximately the Canadian border.

3rd word, first syllable: what do Kirtland’s Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Palm Warbler, American Pipit (and maybe others) ­­­­­have in common?

3rd word, second syllable: A bird that breeds in Florida, the northern limits of its breeding range.  It is a bird not often seen, it is a bird of swamps and marshes.  For this clue, use the last three letters of its one word name.

4th word: What do bee, gnat and honey have in common?

Your task is to figure out the next word in this sequence of words.  Good luck!

Written by Jory
Jory's first field guide-identified bird was a Northern Cardinal. This turned out to be his gateway drug into birding. In 2007 Jory became the least accomplished birder to see 300 birds in New York State in one year. He has birded the world over but maintains his birding "beginner mind", of which he is inordinately proud. Just ask him. Jory is the 10,000 Birds Avian Quizmaster, coming up with ever more diabolical ways to stump his legion of devoted fans. He lives with his wife and the possessions of his children just outside of Albany NY.