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Photo Quiz: June 2016 Birding

 

Take a look at the front cover of Birding, vol. 3, no. 1 (January-February 1971):

Birding front

That was so long ago, humans evidently hadn’t yet invented art. Why, they were still using Roman numerals!

Now flip the magazine over, and check out the Table of Contents, printed on the back cover:

Birding back

Take a closer look:
Birding Jaeger

Even in the earliest days of the ABA, jaeger identification was a challenge. So it is nearly half a century later. Here is the “Featured Photo” in the June 2015 Birding:

15-3-15-01 [Pomarine Jaeger - main image]

Photo by © Tom Johnson.


Yep, this is a jaeger. It’s not a Flesh-footed Shearwater. It’s not a Herring Gull or a Heermann’s Gull. Neither is it a Hermann’s Gull or Heerman’s Gull. (And it’s certainly not a HEGU.) It’s a jaeger of some sort.

What sort?

And for a bonus, what’s notable about this jaeger, photographed off Santa Barbara County, California, November 2014?

Say, back to the January-February 1971 Birding, if I may. Here’s another close-up:

hawaii

In case anybody thinks agitating for Hawaii is some new-fangled cause of the Johnny-come-lately millennials… This issue has been around as long as jaeger ID.

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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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