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Friday, August 04, 2006

The Shorebird Guide redux

OK, after all the great things I said about The Shorebird Guide (and its still a great book), I didn't find it very helpful in working out last month's ABA photo quiz. I had tried to do the quiz at work without all my books, and this book didn't ever get to where I needed to. To be fair, Sibley didn't help much either on this one. There's only so much you can get from a book...and a single online photo. Fortunately, its usually easier to identify birds in the field, as you usually get a better view (and size clues) from several angles. Oh well, better luck with this month's photo quiz!

1 comment:

Jeff Gyr said...

Hey Rob--

I was actually thinking that the quiz bird was probably a Spoon-billed Sandpiper, with the bill tip invisible beyond the gravel. I guess that bit about rufous on the tertials and coverts (the point that eliminates Red-necked Stint) works for adult spoonbill, too. I notice that nobody guessed spoonbill, though, and Chris didn't treat it in his answer, so maybe there's something else I missed?


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