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Another Birding Photo Quiz: October 2017

One wasn’t enough! If the ghoulish grebe in our Featured Photo, October 2017 Birding, has you wanting more, then we offer you all these shorebirds and such:

How many species can you ID in this photo? Click on the photo to enlarge. Please use the “comments” section below to share your thoughts. Photo by © Kristen Johnson.

Location is the Delaware Bayshore, Delaware side. Date is August 2016. Photographer is Kristen Johnson. And this photo appears on p. 41 of Madelyne Ray’s article in the October 2017 Birding.


A word or two (or 100) about how this photo came to be… It’s from the ABA’s Camp Avocet, one of two “bird camps” offered to teen birders every summer by the ABA. Kristen and Madelyne are two bird camp alumnae, and their work graces the October Birding. The most wonderful thing about this article, written by Madelyne, is how it so skillfully portrays the incredible diversity of experiences enjoyed by participants in the ABA’s Young Birder Camps. Yes, you get “hardcore bird ID,” as in this photo, at ABA camps. But you also get bird biology and bird conservation, camaraderie and zaniness and even a bit of mischief, and, above all, a shared sense of wonder about the natural world. Thanks, Madelyne, for the splendid contribution!

In her article in the October 2017 Birding, teen birder Madelyne Ray introduces us to Camp Avocet and Camp Colorado, offered each summer to young birders.


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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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  • Rick Whitman

    Speaking of “a bit of mischief”, I wonder if the name of the photo is a bit of mischief.

    • Ted Floyd

      We at Birding magazine would *never* engage in such mischief . . .

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