American Birding Podcast



Birding Photo Quiz: Let’s Work It Out Together (Part 2 of 2)

Here is the second of two quiz photos appearing on p. 72 of the November 2012 issue of Birding magazine:

12-6-17-02 [gulls]

I see five birds in the image. What are they?

First, we need to agree on who’s who. We’ll call the three dark-backed birds, left to right, Birds #1, #2, and #3. We’ll call the paler-backed bird, rear right, more-or-less facing us, Bird #4. And we’ll call that bit of a bird’s head, front right, Bird #5.

These birds were photographed at Cape May, New Jersey, in September.

Here’s something that’s both a challenge and a subtle clue: Where was Bird #3 hatched?

Don’t just rattle off a bunch of answers. Tell us, please, how you arrived at your answers. I’m looking forward to the learning experience!