Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Photo Quiz 2--Answer (4/29)

To those to said Mountain Chickadee, Congrats. You're correct.  The first thing to note on this bird is the overall gray appearance.  Sparrows are mostly brown. This bird is not. The next thing to note is the buffy gray, unstreaked flank.  Because of the overall color appearance, a certain family comes to mind, Paridae. The Chickadees and Titmice.  If you note the Junco in the background, it is a typical "Oregon" type Junco. Typical of the western USA. The brown grass also suggests Western USA (even in winter, grass in the Eastern US tends to stay mostly green). 
The Black head stripes on this bird confirm it as a Mountain Chickadee.  
Pretty unmistakable bird usually, but when you have a look like this one, it can be a little tricky.  The above photos give you a little bit different look.   

Thanks for guessing! I'll have a new quiz up sometime soon. 

Ok, so the last quiz was kind of a joke.  This one is serious and a bit tricker. 

The only clue you get this time, is the time of year.  
Late Winter. 

Good luck!


The Such Boys said...

White-crowned Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco.

~Marcel and Joel

Squid said...

moch and deju (oregon ssp.) - where'd you take it?

Mike said...

I have to say the same thing as the first guess, WC sparrow and DE junco. Something tells me that's wrong though for the first bird (in the foreground).

The Such Boys said...

Upon closer inspection, yes, the first bird does look more like a Mtn. Chickadee than a WC Sparrow.

~Marcel and Joel

rory303 said...

Mountain Chickadee and Gray-headed Junco (I detect read on the back and the top of the bill is light in color, so not a Red-backed Junco)

Ali Iyoob said...

At firdt, I thought WC Sparrow, but a few things are wrong(legg color, breast color, etc.) So Mountain Chickadee is my best bet. The other fuzzy one is a JEJU.