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    Google celebrates Audubon’s birthday!

    If you haven't gone over to Google today for your search engine needs, I would encourage you to check it out. The graphic honors the 226th anniversary of the birth of the great naturalist and artist John James Audubon with a composite of some of his paintings.

    Audubon

    Anyone want to take a crack at identifying these birds?  Leave your answers in the comments.

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    Nate Swick

    Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
    • http://abqbirding.wordpress.com Matt O’Donnell

      I wonder how long it took for the design team to find paintings that approximated the google logo letters?

      G: Red-shouldered Hawk and Kestrel
      o: Some Myiarchus flycatcher, probably Great Crested and Harris’ Hawk
      o: Western? Kingbird
      g: Crested Caracara
      l: Long-eared? Owl
      e: Empidonax sp. Least?

    • http://profile.typepad.com/naswick Nate Swick

      I think you’ve got it except for the last one which, as best as I can gather, is an Acadian Flycatcher or, as Audubon called it, a Small Green-crested Flycatcher.

      But given it’s obviously an Empid, can we really be sure unless it vocalizes?

    • http://abqbirding.wordpress.com Matt O’Donnell

      I sure can’t. Google should know better! I checked the paintings and it matches what today is called Acadian Flycatcher. I was hoping it would be the enigmatic Small-headed Flycatcher.

    • http://thebirdsofamerica.com Nick

      I think you guys nailed it. The second o is Plate 359 Arkansas Flycatcher (modern name is Western Kingbird) and the e is Plate 144 Small Green Crested Flycatcher (modern name is Acadian Flycatcher).

      I found the plates numbers at thebirdsofamerica.com is case you wondered.

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