Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Test your mettle!

Beth and I are planning a late summer trip to Vail, Colorado. We got an awesome deal on a timeshare that someone was looking to get rid of. Of course, I've already started looking for birding locations nearby. In my research, I came across the Colorado Field Ornithologists' web site. Aside from it being a pretty informative site (and a nice looking one to boot!), they feature Mr. Bill's Mystery Quiz every week. Mr. Bill features a mystery bird every week and has been doing so for quite a long time. The quiz is your typical "Who am I?" based on a vague photo of some confusing bird. You want to know what the underside of a Gray Vireo looks like when obscured by a branch and 10 leaves? This is the place to find out!

The quiz runs from Monday through Sunday. The answer is usually posted by the following Monday evening. Mr. Bill gives a detailed explanation with each answer, further enhancing your ID skills. It's a lot of fun and a great way to test your ID skills. Be careful though, Mr. Bill is a stickler for the rules!

About this week's quiz... hmm... I definitely know what family it comes from, but getting it down to a species might be tricky!

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