Avian Quiz Answer – Feb 4, 2011
The answer to this week’s quiz is one of my favorite shorebirds … “Sanderling”. Someone once told me that it plays tag with the waves, which is the thing that most attracts me to them.
The following quotes were the clues. I’ve included the references.
1. No subspecies recognized.
“The Shorebird Guide”, by , O’brien, Crossley and Karlson, page 400.
2. Perhaps one of the most delightful birds …
“Shorebirds, A Complete Guide to their Behavior and Migration”, Alan Richards, page 75
3. Medium to long distance migrant.
“Guide to identification and ageing of Holarctic Waders”, by Prater, Marchant and Vuorinen, page 80
4. Black wrist.
Golden Guide’s “Birds of North America, A Guide to Field Identification”, page 130.
5. In flight, it shows the broadest white wingbar of any calidrid.
“Shorebirds. An Identification Guide”, by Hayman, Marchant and Prater, page 365.
6. Doesn’t like to get its belly wet.
“Pete Dunne’s Essential Field Guide Companion”, by Pete Dunne, page 224.
Congratulations Eildert Beeftink, for being the only person with the correct answer.