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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 longtime Editor of Birding magazine, and he is broadly involved in other programs and initiatives with the ABA. Ted has written 200+ magazine articles and 5 books, including How to Know the Birds (National Geographic, 2019). He is a frequent speaker at birding festivals and has served on several nonprofit boards. Join Ted at The ABA Blog for his semimonthly spot, “How to Know the Birds,” celebrating common birds and the uncommonly interesting things they do.
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