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An Early Spring Birding-By-Ear Quiz

posted by Jeff Bilsky at
on Friday, March 30, 2012 

The last few days I've been out hiking and enjoying the spring. It's been a good time to put my ear to the test. Thought I'd record a few songs and calls and give everyone else a chance to practice birding by ear as well. Below are a series of videos each with 1 or more birds on them. See if you can get them all. Then there's a bonus picture at the bottom. Make your guesses in the comments. I'll reveal the answers in a few days. Good luck!

Quiz #1 - There are 2 birds singing in this clip. Hint: one is in the finch family and the other is in the sparrow family.

Quiz #2 - Again, there are 2 bird species to ID in this clip. Both are calling repeatedly.

Quiz #3 - This song reminds me of springtime.

Quiz #4 - Even though there is a brief visual of the bird in flight, this is a tough one. Listen for the repeated call as the bird flies away. You may want to turn your sound up a bit to hear it. Sorry for my voiceover excitement. Hint: The feathers below (Quiz #5) didn't come from this bird, but one that is close in relation.

Quiz #5 - Can you identify what species of bird these feathers came from?


Blogger Stephanie Greenwood said...

My guesses:

#1: Cassin's Finch and Fox Sparrow

#2: Black-Capped Chickadee and Spotted Towhee

#3: Spotted Towhee

#4: Ruffed Grouse

#5: Dusky Grouse

March 30, 2012 at 11:23 PM  
Anonymous Make your own quiz said...

Nice Post!

April 4, 2012 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Ryan O'Donnell said...

I agree with Stephanie on all counts.

April 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger Jeff Bilsky said...

Stephanie is the winner! Perfect score; well done. You'll be ready for the marathon birding trip in May at the Great Salt Lake Bird fest!

April 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM  

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