Here is a challenge for those who like to spend their time close to water.

An accurate reflection should give a good image of the original, but as birders know, conditions are seldom perfect. Even the tiniest ripple or disturbance on the water can distort the reflection. There should still be enough to name these well-known birds which were seen in the south-west of the USA during the early part of the year and are commonly associated with water. There should be no identification issues if these birds were seen in normal conditions. Can you name all of them?

Enjoy the easy ones before they start getting tricky!


Reflection 04 (2)


Reflection 02 (2)


Reflection 05 (2)


Reflection 03 (2)


Reflection 01 (2)


Reflection 06 (2)

As always, The Management will be furnishing prizes for the most inventive answers. The winner on this occasion will receive the collected emails from Corey to his Beat Writers, including the all-time favourite Christmas ’13 motivational missive (you may recall this one from Corey’s Youtube video in which he wishes all the readers of 10,000 Birds a “Happy Christmas” through the medium of interpretive dance). So, it’s all to play for.

Answers will be appended to this post in a week or so.

Thanks for trying and jolly well done to Larry and Martina who got all 6.

If you are still puzzling, scroll carefully as the full pictures are shown below;

1; Ring-necked Duck

PHX 08Jan15 Ring-necked Duck 01

2; Black-necked Stilt

PHX 08Jan15 Black-necked Stilt 17

3; Pied-billed Grebe

PHX 08Jan15 Pied-billed Grebe 02

4; Greater Yellowlegs

PHX 08Jan15 Greater Yellow-legs 04

5; American White Pelican

PHX 08Jan15 American White Pelican 02

6; Green Heron

PHX 08Jan15 Green Heron 01


Written by Redgannet
Redgannet worked for more than 35 years as a flight attendant for an international airline. He came to birding late in his career but, considering the distractions, doesn't regret the missed opportunities. He was paid to visit six continents and took full advantage of the chance to bird the world. He adopted the nom de blog, Redgannet, to avoid remonstrations from his overbearing employer, but secretly hoped that the air of mystery would make him more attractive to women. Now grounded, he is looking forward to seeing the seasons turn from a fixed point.