If you're curious about the answers to Friday's bird quiz, I've added them to that post. Once again, I want to thank all of you who participated in the quiz. I was curious today and did a little "self-quiz" by going through one of my field guides and writing down the names of birds I knew I would recognize on sight (or by call - in the case of owls). I would encourage any of you who might be interested to try this yourself.....I think you might be surprised by how many birds you actually do recognize--especially regional birds that are specific to your geographic location.
I also tried the Cornell quiz that Ruth posted in her comment. The link is here:
This was a fun quiz to take because it contained a variety of birds and also their calls. My shorebird ID skills are really weak and I only got the Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs on this quiz because I knew their calls. I've never been very good at identifying these birds because I don't get enough opportunities to see them (on account of the fact that there are very few lakes in Olmsted County--even though Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes!).
Back on January 1st, Richard posted one of his new year's resolutions: to photograph and identify 5 new birds in 2008. I think this is a great resolution and one I'm going to work on also.
So here are the winners of the quiz who identified 21 or more of the birds correctly:
2. Larry (from The Brownstone Birding Blog)
3. Loribird (From the Wool Room blog)
4. Trixie (Trixie's View blog)
5. Ruth (Body, Soul and Spirit blog)
Richard got quite a few correct, but he later sent me an e-mail confessing that he didn't read the instructions correctly and checked his field guide for some of the answers (so I'll send him a consolation prize anyway for being honest).
P.S. to Larry and Loribird: I don't have your USPS mailing address, so if you'll e-mail me your address, I can get your prize mailed out in the next couple weeks. Thanks!