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Photo Quiz: August 2015 Birding

This one would seem to qualify as an “LBJ”—a little brown job. But which species? There must be at least 100 in the ABA Area. Hint: Think about geographic variation. Tell us what you think this bird is, and where you think it was photographed.

As always, the most helpful answers are the ones that tell why. Don’t just say that this is a Rufous-winged Sparrow. (If you think that’s what it is.) Tell us how you separated it from Rufous-crowned Sparrow and even Canyon Towhee.

Not that we’d ever try to lead anyone astray . . .

15-4-15-01a [Hermit Thrush] - EDITED

As always, the full and definitive analysis appears in Birding magazine. A link to the article (and to all the content in the August 2015 Birding) will be posted here next week, but, for now, let’s discuss this mystery bird online.

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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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