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Birding Photo Quiz: Let’s Work It Out Together (Part 2 of 2)

Here is the second of two quiz photos appearing on p. 72 of the November 2012 issue of Birding magazine:

12-6-17-02 [gulls]

I see five birds in the image. What are they?

First, we need to agree on who’s who. We’ll call the three dark-backed birds, left to right, Birds #1, #2, and #3. We’ll call the paler-backed bird, rear right, more-or-less facing us, Bird #4. And we’ll call that bit of a bird’s head, front right, Bird #5.

These birds were photographed at Cape May, New Jersey, in September.

Here’s something that’s both a challenge and a subtle clue: Where was Bird #3 hatched?

Don’t just rattle off a bunch of answers. Tell us, please, how you arrived at your answers. I’m looking forward to the learning experience!


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Ted Floyd

Ted Floyd

Editor, Birding magazine at American Birding Association
Ted Floyd is the Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives of the ABA. He is the author of more than 100 magazine and journal articles, and has written four recent books, including an ABA title, the ABA Guide to Birds of Colorado. Floyd is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and state ornithological society meetings, and he has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Mainly, he listens to birds at night.
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