Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Avian Sampler Bird Quiz

Match the common name of these birds with their scientific name:

1)Fox Sparrow

2)Song Sparrow


4)Black-throated Green Warbler

5)Black and White Warbler

7)Pine Warbler

8)Palm Warbler

a)Dendroico pinus

b)Pipilo erythrophthalmus

c)Mniotilta varia

d)Dendroica palmarum

e)Dendroica virens

f)Passerella illiaca

g)Melospiza melodia

Here are some song lyrics that have some connection with birds:Name the song and/or the artist:

1)A time to build up, a time to break down-A time to dance, a time to mourn-A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

2)I'm going to fly away-What have I got to lose? Will you come see me Thursdays and Saturdays?

3)My, oh my, you sure know how to arrange things- You set it up so well, so carefully -Ain't it funny how your new life didn't change things -

4)Some day I'll wish upon a star-And wake up where the clouds are far behind me
What species of bird is seen in the top photo?


Ruth said...

I will pass on the bird match up.
1- written by Solomon in Ecclesiastes, song by Pete Seeger (Turn, turn, turn), made popular by The Byrds.

4- Somewhere over the Rainbow, Judy Garland, Wizard of Oz


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...


1. Turn, Turn, Turn/The Byrds
2. Sweet Judy Blue Eyes/Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
3. Lying Eyes/the Eagles
4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow/Judy Garland

Mary said...

Ok - I can't guess the scientific names but I know my songs and Lynne wins the prize!

Actually, I didn't know #3.

This was a fun post!

Larry said...

Ruth&Lynne-Good job with the bird songs.
Mary-Sorry you showed up too late-maybe I'll do some more.

For those of you that don't want to try scientific names-The answers to some are ight in the names if you look at them closely.

LauraHinNJ said...

I need to visit with you earlier, Larry - my brain is fried by this point in the day.

Will check back tomorrow when maybe I'll be thinking more clearly. I want that to be a spotted sandpiper, because I saw one today at the office, but it's too big, so I'll guess yellowlegs.


Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

2. g) Melospiza melodia (melodia=melodic/song)
3. b) Pipilo erythrophthalmus (my guess because erythro=red)
7. a) Dendroica pinus (my guess because pinus=pine)
8. d) Dendroica palmarum (my guess because palmarum=palm)

I only knew #2- the rest are guesses!

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Ummm...Larry...there is no 6...

Larry said...

O.K.-You have 2,3,7,and 8 correct.
That leaves 1,4, and 5.

Anonymous said...

Though length of bill can be deceptive on a photograph by the plumage it certainly seems to be a Juvenile. My guess is that this picture was taken in the fall? If not, then I have to go hit the books again!

Larry said...

It was taken in the fall.

West Coast Birding said...

Hmm...I wouldn't discount Lesser Yellowlegs. The bill doesn't seem too long but 'photos' CAN be deceiving! I sway more towards Lesser. The pattern on the breast is more blotchy to my eye..the bill is straightish...Ok..I am going Lesser Yellowlegs on this one. Did it call? And yes, it's a juv! Cheers RM

Larry said...

I looked back on some notes when this was taken.-I'm not good with shorebird i.d. but was with someone who was.-The majority of yellowlegs were lesser during this time.

West Coast Birding said...

Thanks Larry. They are tough at the best of times, photos always add another challenge. I am slowly but surely adding to my flicker site attached to my blog. Have a look sometime..Cheers..RM

Larry said...

I will check that out.-thanks