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Birding Photo Quiz: February 2017

With the February 2017  Birding magazine arriving in ABA members’ mailboxes right now, it’s time for some ponderings about the “Featured Photo” in the current issue. Here’s the deal. Instead of guessing what this bird is, tell us what field marks you’re looking at. Here’s a tease: A quite obvious field mark in this photo is one I hadn’t known about. Without further ado:

Photo by © Tony Leukering.

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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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  • Gerry Hawkins

    The rounded, crestless head may be more consistent with Common Merganser but the relatively pale brown coloring on the head, relatively even width bill, pale lower eye arc and apparent double black bars bisecting the white on the inner wing are suggestive of Red-breasted Merganser.

  • Gerry Hawkins

    Per my prior comment, the apparent lack of a sharply demarcated white chin and clean demarcation between the brown on the head and white on the neck also are suggestive of Red-breasted Merganser.

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  • Mike Patterson

    The photo is labeled smew x moskovy hybrid, so I’m going with that because I know Ted would never lie to us…

  • Cynthia Hudson

    Add eye color to the list.

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