I’m going to pretend for a bit that the identification of drably-plumaged, migrating fall warblers moving through treetops, hiding behind leaves, and using the sun against the birder isn’t hard enough. You know, because finding and identifying warblers with sometimes-cryptic field marks while trying to avoid the pain of warbler neck is simply too easy. And thus is born perhaps the most diabolicalist diabolical identification quiz yet: the Diabolical Confusing Fall Warbler ID Quiz. To participate, one needs only to guess the identities of the birds in the two following pictures. The first to get both correct will win, well, let’s see here…the first to get both correct will win the right to kick in 5 USDollars to the Small African Fellowship for Conservation. Bonus points if one can age/sex the birds.
Bird number one was recently spotted in Queens, foraging behind some leaves…
Bird number two was spotted in very similar circumstances…
Is this quiz diabolical enough for you? Well, answer in the comments and good luck! The official answers will be along eventually (maybe Monday).
The challenge here is not to ID the first bird, but to find it!
Although I don’t get to see eastern fall warblers very often, I’m going with Lucy’s for the first one…just kidding…make that an adult male Tennessee, and for the second one, I’ll call it a first year female chestnut-sided. If I get bonus points (not likely) do I have to donate more than $5?
*checks Corey’s recent sightings on E-Bird*
I’m going to go with…
1. Nashville Warbler
2. Black-throated Blue Warbler
Nope and nope.
But one of the species mentioned is one of the birds…
1. Black Throated Blue Warbler
2. Tennessee Warbler.