As always, the “Just for Fun Avian ID Quiz” is brought to you by Jory Langner, our esteemed Avian Quizmaster. Jory had a heck of a Thanksgiving and we think the turkey is still having some effect on him…
Rules are the usual, regularly occurring birds in the ABA area (Code 1-3), the question to be answered is at the end of the clues, and the answer will be posted on Saturday (more or less).
- Some of the other species you might have on your day list are Fox Sparrow, Wrentit, California Thrasher and Sage Sparrow.
- “Finger painted by a toddler”?
- Earlier this year, a half dozen eggs of this species sold for about $50.
- A Pete Dunn field mark from afar is eerily similar to a song sung by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles (1965), covered famously by Linda Ronstadt (1976) and is ranked #50 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
- In the vein of “things you learned while searching for something else”…being that I live in the US and last week was Thanksgiving, I had recently been researching Wild Turkey.
Without mentioning the species, what is interesting about this species migration?
Good Luck! And stay tuned for the answer.
They migrate on foot.
And the migration is altitudinal.
I suspect John and Jason got the sought after responses, but I’ll throw in something I find interesting about their migration: they (apparently) use ravines and valleys during fall migration and ridge tops during spring migration. They’ll use roads, too.
I must not be very good at these. I didn’t figure it out until I cheated and read the previous comments. Good job, guys!
I must be way off, since my guess was:
They are a partial migrant (by wing not foot).
This doesn’t mesh with the others.
You guys have me befuddled.
1)The listed birds can all be found in the same territory as what I’ve got in mind.
2)I read EXACTLY this description of my bird somewhere, but can’t remember exactly where.
4)Another perfect match for what I’ve got in mind.
My species doesn’t migrate on foot, though it does do so altitudinally in the Northwest.