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Bird Photo Quiz

Photo: Steller's jays can mimic sounds from all sorts of other creatures including cats, dogs, squirrels, chickens, humans, and machines.

written by Shelly Forster

I love wildflowers. They have roots. When I want a close look, I squat down and pull out a field guide. Wildflowers aren’t afraid of me, and they stay where I found them.

 Birds, on the other hand, have wings. I step in for a closer look and… shoot. Bye-bye, birdie. Did it have a white crown or no crown? Were its wings red or green? How big was it? I should’ve brought my telescope. Animals on the trail are much more interesting if you know what you’re seeing, but it’s tough to identify what you see if it is small and it flies away from you.

Photo: American Kestrels can see UV light, which helps them follow urine trails from voles, much like we'd follow neon lights to a diner. 

To make birds less frustrating I’ve made a series of slideshow quizzes with the most common and recognizable birds you may see during an outing in the Wenatchee Valley. The quizzes have two photos for each bird. The first shot gives you a chance to ID the bird, and the second shot reveals its identity. The first quiz in the series covers trailside birds, focusing on the most common Wenatchee Valley resident and migrant birds you might see on a hike or bike ride. Later this spring we'll release a "waterside birds" quiz and a raptor slideshow.

Photo: The Rufous Hummingbird beats its wings 60 times per second. Some hummingbirds also have hyperspeed hearts that beat 1200 times per minute during flight. The average human heart rate is 72 bpm.

The slideshows also have some wacky bird facts. After scoping out the Trailside Birds quiz you’ll be able to tell your party guests which bird migrates 160,000 miles in its lifetime, or how fast the average white-crowned sparrow walks on a treadmill. You won’t, however, be able to tell your friends why scientists made sparrows go for a stroll on a treadmill.


Note: Many thanks to Rod Gilbert, who provided most of the photos for this slideshow. There are also a number from the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, which has an online gallery available for non-profit or educational use.

Photo: Are you going to try this quiz or what?