Tuesday, April 12, 2011

ID Quiz: Birds on a Wire

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
13 comments
Location: A residential neighborhood in Miami, Florida
Date: March 30

Yes these birds are in silhouette (sorry) and yes they represent four separate (bird) species.

The first person who can correctly identify these four species AND write a separate (and proper) haiku about one of them, wins a copy of my new book Hummingbirds and Butterflies (which I wrote with co-author Connie Toops).

Deadline for entries is Saturday, April 16, 2011. May the best birder/poet emerge victorious!

13 comments:

On April 12, 2011 at 11:57 AM Oggie said...

Loggerhead Shrike
Boat-tailed Grackle
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove

On April 12, 2011 at 12:36 PM Oggie said...

My Haiku:

Dove flies to the west
Dove circles the world in time
Dove that ate the south

On April 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM rebecca said...

Hm... Oggie may have it right with the Loggerhead Shrike, but just in case-

Northern Mockingbird
Boat-tailed Grackle
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-Dove

This grackle knows that
his long tail is the most
fabulous of all.

On April 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM cyberthrush said...

Carolina Parakeet, Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Kiwi, Passenger Pigeon

Double-knock unheard
By nary a human ear
Echoes through the woods.

Whadda I win? ;-)

On April 13, 2011 at 8:57 AM Eva Matthews said...

Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Mockingbird
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-dove


Butcherbird so small,
Yet a killer nonetheless.
Your prey has no chance.

On April 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM Alan said...

A couple of these are tough but I'm going to guess the Loggerhead Shrike, Common Grackle, Mourning Dove and the last one I’m going to take a wild guess and say an Eastern Meadowlark…??

For the mourning dove
A resting place up above
He coos in the day

On April 13, 2011 at 5:31 PM Amy said...

Northern Mockingbird
Common Grackle
Mourning Dove
Rock Dove

Grackle standing watch
Shiny black feathers perfect
Perching with three friends

On April 13, 2011 at 10:07 PM Rondeau Ric said...

I'll go with the majority

Loggerhead Shrike
Northern Mockingbird
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-dove


birds unknown two handfuls
better left in a bush
haiku is a vegetable

When it comes to haiku I don’t have a clue.

I'll buy a copy of the book.

On April 14, 2011 at 5:31 AM evy said...

OK, I'm from New England but have a few Florida sightings.
Let's be different and try:

northern mockingbird
great crested flycatcher
white crowned pigeon
mourning dove

Tyrant arcs from treetop tower
Intercepts a feast
Of gossamer dragon’s wing.

On April 14, 2011 at 2:44 PM Holly Vaughn said...

I like:

Loggerhead Shrike
Common Grackle
Mourning Dove
Eurasian Collared-dove

And a haiku for you:

Four birds on a wire
Perched precariously high
Balance, strength and skill

On May 1, 2011 at 10:25 AM rebecca said...

If you get a chance, it would be awesome to know what the actual IDs of the birds were, unless you already posted it somewhere and I missed it - I don't think I actually won, but I am curious!

On May 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM Bill of the Birds said...

Oggie got here firstest with the mostest! Congrats Oggie! Please send an e-mail to me with your contact info. I'm at
bt3 AT birdwatchersdigest DOT com. Or you can call BWD at 800-879-2473 to give us your address.

LOVE the haikus, my people!
Thanks!

On May 1, 2011 at 12:16 PM Bill of the Birds said...

Sure thing, Rebecca. Oggie had it right. Left to right: loggerhead shrike, boat-tailed grackle, mourning dove, Eurasian collared-dove.


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