American Birding Podcast



Photo Quiz: December 2015 Birding

Hmm… Well, it’s a decent photo, and the bird is well presented. This can’t be all that hard, can it?

It’s hard. It’s very hard.

Where to start? The location is northeastern Alberta, and the date is July 14. The location rules out, oh, Seaside Sparrow and Bronzed Cowbird. And the date is important: Think about what sorts of birds are out and about in central Canada around Bastille Day.

In this installment of the “Featured Photo,” the taxonomic approach is especially advisable. What family is this bird in? If you can get that, what genus is it in?

An analysis of this photo appears in the print and online versions of the December 2015 Birding, hitting members’ mailboxes later this week. In the meantime, let’s see what we can do with this photo.

Any takers?