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Photo Quiz: October 2015 Birding

No more Mr. Nice Guy. We’ve had some easy (but instructive) photos recently: a black-and-white Black-and-white Warbler; a Hermit Thrush whose identify we accidentally included with the filename; and so forth.

This one’s a lot harder. It’s from Cape May, New Jersey, on the night of Sept. 27, 2011. Analysis by photographer Tom Johnson appears in the October 2015 Birding. But let’s first see if we can work it out together online. Any takers?

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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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  • Cathy Sheeter

    Going on my gut here… I think it is an Eastern Phoebe – location, bill shape and posture, slight notch to the tail

  • Terry Bronson

    I don’t think this bird is identifiable. Assuming the bars of the railing are 2-3 inches thick, all one can say is that the bird is 6-8 inches long, which means it could be just about any Eastern songbird that size, of which there are dozens.

  • Will Brooks

    Very cool Photo. I’m going to go out on a limb and say Olive-sided flycatcher. Long heavy bill, notched tail, slight peak to the head. This combined with the fact that it is standing on such a tall structure. Tricky one though.

  • Michael Retter

    Phoebe was my first impression.

  • buzzzzkill

    Something in the tyrant flycatcher family… Eastern Kingbird would be my guess. Or Kingbird sp would be my easy way out

  • Ted Floyd

    Author and photographer Tom Johnson here provides his analysis of the “Featured Photo” (ABA member login required):

  • Ted Floyd

    Okay, I have to tell a story. The instant I saw that photo, I thought, “Drongo!” I realize it’s not a drongo (although at Cape May, who knows…), but it’s funny how the mind works. Here’s a photo:

    • Ted Floyd

      P.s. I share y’all’s impression–after the fact, I confess–that this bird is an Eastern Phoebe. We’ll never know, but, yeah, now that I have phoebe on the brain, that seems spot-on.

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