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ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 107


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This month’s bird appears to be all black, except for a large patch of white on the upper wings. Granted, we cannot see much of the underparts, nor the underside of the wings. However, the left side is in the light and looks quite black, ruling out quite a few options. The bright reddish feet can certainly also help to winnow the possibilities. So, the combo of black plumage, white in the wing, and reddish feet leaves us only a few options. Because the feet rule out Muscovy Duck and the black upperparts rule out Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, we are left with White-winged Scoter and the two ABA-area species of guillemot. The white in the wing is on the coverts, not the remiges, so the last duck option goes bye-bye and we’re left with quite a difficult ID quandary.
If we could just see the underside of the wings, the ID would be straightforward, because Pigeon Guillemot has dark wing linings, while Black Guillemot has white wing linings. Yup, straightforward. C’est la vie. We will have to go with the wing patch to ID our quiz bird. Looking carefully , we should be able to note that a thin, black bar extends from the outer part of both wing patches along either the greater or median coverts (it’s not really possible to determine which from this photo) and that thiese bars do not extend all the way across the white patches.
I took this picture of a Pigeon Guillemot off San Miguel Island, Santa Barbara Co., CA, on 1 March 2010.


The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the February Bird Photo Quiz—Pigeon Guillemot:

    1. Marcelo Brongo - Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain
    2. Aspen Ellis - Ann Arbor, MI
    3. Selena - Brooklyn, NY
    4. Wes Hatch - Chagrin Falls
    5. Charlotte - Alberta Canada
    6. logan kahle - San Francisco, CA
    7. Justyn Stahl - San Clemente Island, CA
    8. Mark Robinson - Bainbridge Island, WA
    9. Karl Erich Mayer - Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
    10. Darrel R Wilder - Johnson City, TN
    11. Dean Nicholson - Cranbrook, B.C.
    12. David Lawton - Avon, CT
    13. Niko Ranta - Corvallis, Oregon
    14. Graham Etherington - Norwich, UK
    15. Josh Southern - Raleigh, NC
    16. Lance Verderam - e Livingston Manor, New York
    17. Laramie Aspegren - San Jose, Costa Rica
    18. Robert McNab - Laguna Niguel, CA
    19. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
    20. Michael Lester - Tucson, AZ
    21. Greg Schrott - Avon Park, FL
    22. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
    23. Peter Lane - Québec City
    24. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
    25. Tom Howe - Alcoa, TN
    26. Anya Auerbach - New York, NY
    27. Warren Walker - Spokane, WA
    28. Laure Neish - Penticton, BC Canada
    29. Su Snyder - Wooster, OH
    30. Alvan Buckley - St. John's, Newfoundland
    31. Don Pendleton - East Palo Alto, CA
    32. Wes Serafin - Orland Pk,Il 60462
    33. Tanya Seebache - r Kelowna, BC
    34. Wayne Meye - r Denison, TX
    35. Olivier Barden - Quebec City, Qc
    36. Alexandre Ancti - l Rimouski, Qc
    37. Chris Warren - Austin, TX
    38. John Rodgers - Pasadena, CA
    39. Georgia Cont - i patzcuaro michoacan mexico
    40. Tom Benson - San Bernardino, CA
    41. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
    42. Philip Kline - Tucson, AZ
    43. Mike McCloy - Cullowhee, NC
    44. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
    45. Vivek Govind - Kumar Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    46. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
    47. Urs Geiser - Woodridge, IL
    48. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
    49. Lucie Bruce - Houston, TX
    50. Jim Kopitzke - Mesa, AZ
    51. Barb Robertson - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    52. Eric Plage - Saint Petersburg, FL
    53. Bob Archer - Portland , OR
    54. Ann Gibson - Winfield, BC
    55. Mike Fialkovich - Pittsburgh, PA
    56. Linda Fink - Grand Ronde, OR
    57. Dwight Porter - Portland, Oregon
    58. Claire Miller - Fair Oaks, CA
    59. Stephanie Moore - Seattle, WA
    60. Thomas Ford-Hutchinson - Irvine, CA
    61. Ed Harper - CA
    62. Ann Hancock - East Lansing, MI
    63. Enric Fernandez - Anchorage, Alaska
    64. John Oliver - Arcata, CA
    65. Robert Lockett - Portland, Oregon
    66. David Bell - Guelph, ON
    67. George Cresswell - Colorado Springs, CO
    68. Chris Sukha - Field, Ontario
    69. Andrew Guttenberg - Bozeman, MT
    70. Gary Woods - fresno, CA
    71. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
    72. James Mckay - Mesa, AZ
    73. Spencer Hardy - Norwich, VT
    74. William von Herff - Ottawa, Ontario
    75. Terri Everett - Big Rapids, MI
    76. Sarah J. Zastrow - Riverdale, MD
    77. Mary Zastrow - Riverdale, MD
    78. William Jone - s Shropshire, England
    79. Aiden Moser - Henniker, New Hampshire
    80. Dave Slager - Columbus, Ohio
    81. John Brett - Toronto, ON
    82. Daroczi J. Szilard - Tg.-Mures, Romania
    83. bill shuster - cooper landing, ak
    84. Michael Kline - Fredericksburg Va.
    85. Thomas Hopkins - Saint Petersburg, FL
    86. Lorenzo Rohani - Edmonds Washington
    87. Matthew Schneider - Silverton, Oregon

How Did You Compare?

As stated in the quiz rules, answers must consist simply of the Common or English name exactly as it appears in the ABA Checklist.

The following list shows the number of submissions for each species guessed.

Balck Guillemot
White-winged Scoter
Muscovey Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Common Goldeneye
Greater Scaup
King Eider
Greater White-fronted Goose
Northern Shoveler


The photo and answer for this quiz were supplied by Tony Leukering.