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Photo Quiz, sort of: April 2015 Birding

First things first. The April 2015 Birding has gone to press, and members will be getting their copies very soon. ID articles in the April issue focus on Passerina buntings and Empidonax flycatchers. There’s also a commentary by Pete Dunne on the “Cape May School” of Bird ID.

And this bird:

15-2-12-01 [Black-and-white Warbler, main image]

Too easy, you say? Now hang on a second… What sex is this bird? And how old is it? This bird’s age and sex are easily told from this image–and in so many field situations. But how often do we bother to notice those things?

And another question: If this were real life, would we even bother to try to ID this bird? Or would we wait till it landed? (Or, if it never landed, just leave it unidentified?)

Let’s discuss the following:

1. Male or female?

2. How old?

3. What’s your theory about why we so often pass on trying to ID birds in flight?

4. This is a Stripe-chested Antwren, right?

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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.