Category Archives: Birds

Life List Bird Game #03

Identify the birds in the following photographs, all of which were taken by me in New England. This gallery of untitled photos is randomly arranged and includes more than one photo of some species. If you get stuck, the 10 possibilities (in my Life List order) are provided below. If you're reading this post via e-mail, visit the blog to view the full-size images.

The Birds of Life List Bird Game #3

21. Bufflehead
22. Red-tailed Hawk
23. American Robin
24. White-breasted Nuthatch
25. Song Sparrow
26. Wild Turkey
27. Great Blue Heron
28. House Sparrow
29. Red-winged Blackbird
30. Mallard

Hint: You can use the photo filename to check your guesses. For example: 008grca.jpg corresponds with my 8th Life Bird: Gray Catbird.

Life List Bird Game #02

Identify the birds in the following photographs, all of which were taken by me in New England. This gallery of untitled photos is randomly arranged and includes more than one photo of some species. If you get stuck, the 10 possibilities (in my Life List order) are provided below. If you're reading this post via e-mail, visit the blog to view the full-size images.

The Birds of Life List Bird Game #2

11. Cedar Waxwing
12. Downy Woodpecker
13. Northern Mockingbird
14. Tufted Titmouse
15. Canada Goose
16. Mourning Dove
17. Double-crested Cormorant
18. Common Grackle
19. Hooded Merganser
20. Mute Swan

Hint: You can use the photo filename to check your guesses. For example: 008grca.jpg corresponds with my 8th Life Bird: Gray Catbird.

Life List Bird Game #01

Identify the birds in the following photographs, all of which were taken by me in New England. This gallery of untitled photos is randomly arranged and includes more than one photo of some species. If you get stuck, the 10 possibilities (in my Life List order) are provided below. If you're reading this post via e-mail, visit the blog to view the full-size images.

The Birds of Life List Bird Game #1

1. Northern Cardinal
2. Dark-eyed Junco
3. Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
4. House Finch
5. Turkey Vulture
6. Blue Jay
7. American Crow
8. Gray Catbird
9. European Starling
10. Ring-billed Gull

Hint: You can use the photo filename to check your guesses. For example: 008grca.jpg corresponds with my 8th Life Bird: Gray Catbird.

Life List Bird Game: Intro

Photo of Bonaparte's Gull
Bonaparte's Gull | 1 Nov 2015 | Biddeford, ME

Last month, I saw my 300th bird species, since I began keeping track in 2005! So on Monday, in order to celebrate the diversity of New England bird life that I've witnessed and to help improve your bird identification skills, I'll be posting a bird matching game -- the first in a series of 30. Each game will feature a randomly arranged gallery of untitled photos for your identification pleasure, followed by a list of 10 bird names in my Life List order. I know that studying photographs cannot replace time in the field observing live, wild birds, but images can serve as valuable teaching tools. I hope you find this forthcoming series both educational and entertaining. May the birds be with you!

Warblers: Palm Warbler

Photo of Palm Warbler (fall)

Palm Warblers are among the last warblers to migrate through New England in fall (with some lingering into November) and among the first warblers to be seen in spring. They reach the northeast in red-capped breeding plumage (see below) in April around the time when Yellow-rumped and Pine Warblers return. Their habits of tail-flicking and feeding close to the ground in open or semi-open areas mean that they're among the easier warblers to spot.

Palm Warblers have two recognized subspecies: the "Western" Palm and the "Yellow" Palm. Westerns have whitish bellies (rather than yellow) and tend to pass through New England earlier in fall than Yellows. With few exceptions, Westerns don't pass through New England in spring. The birds pictured here are all "Yellow" Palm Warblers. (To view the following images in full-size, click here.)