ABA Photo Quiz

ABA Online Bird Photo Quiz 126

Answer

Ick. The bird’s behind the veg. Ick. Yes, it’s behind the veg, but there are more than enough clues to get to the correct ID, and we should start with the bill. The bird’s beak is short and slightly hooked and there is a pale, yellowish area at the base, both features typical of raptors. Once among the raptors, we might be tempted to go running with this bird’s wide, white superciliary and gray cheek to go straight to Northern Goshawk without passing ‘Go’ or collecting $200. However, that super is actually too long for Northern Goshawk, as it wraps around the onto the nape, meeting the other super there. Additionally, those strong pale tips to the primaries are not a feature of Northern Goshawk, nor is the length and pointedness of that wing.

“Pointedness” you might ask, “how can you tell the wing is pointed; it’s closed!” Well, yes, but the wide spaces between the tips of each neighboring pair of primaries – and we can see six of ‘em (the inner one just barely peeks out from under the side of the longest tertial, which has a white tip of its own), indicate a rapidly tapering hand, so quite pointed. Northern Goshawk -- and all other more-rounded-winged birds -- would show more-closely-spaced primary tips, particularly toward the wingtip.

We can also just see a bit of the underparts, showing whitish with something like the suggestion of reddish streaking. The combination of these features rules out all other options but one.

I took this picture of a juvenile Mississippi Kite at Smith Point, Chambers Co., TX, on 25 August 2013.

~~~~~~~~

The following people (listed by submission date beginning with the earliest) submitted correct answers for the April Bird Photo Quiz—Mississippi Kite:

  1. Julian Hough - New Haven, CT
  2. Cliff Hawley - Sacramento, CA
  3. Anthony Gonzon - Middletown, DE
  4. Tom Lally - Chicago, IL
  5. Peter Lane - Québec City, Canada
  6. Casey Ryan - Arcata, CA
  7. Kirby Adams - Lansing, MI
  8. Martin Sharp - Edmonton, Alberta
  9. Claude Auchu - La Pocatiere, Quebec
  10. Anji Trujillo - Arcata, CA
  11. Erica Rutherford - Oakland, CA
  12. Doug Happ - Hamburg, NY
  13. Michael Kline - Fredericksburg Va.
  14. Joseph Miller - Nickerson, Kansas
  15. Christopher Eliot - Brooklyn, NY
  16. Linda Pittman - Wilton, CA
  17. Eric Sibbald - Ithaca, New York
  18. David Jonas - Weber Ithaca, NY
  19. Jeanne Tinsman - Las Vegas, NV
  20. Nathan Webb - Elba, AL
  21. Chris Blazo - Chambersburg, Pa
  22. Nick Minor - Libertyville, IL
  23. Marty DeHart - Bon Aqua, TN
  24. Patty McKelvey - Sheffield Village, Ohio; USA
  25. Bob Proctor - Elgin, Scotland
  26. Andrew Aldrich - Downers Grove, IL
  27. Robert Packard - Riverside, CA
  28. Andy Wraithmell - Tallahassee, Florida
  29. Robert McNab - Laguna Niguel, California
  30. Chuck Carlson - Ft. Peck, MT
  31. David Hollie - Ringgold, GA
  32. Sebastien Rioux - Quebec, Qc, Canada
  33. Amy Darling - Denver, CO
  34. Claude Morris - Austin
  35. Mark Scheuerman - Sugar Land, TX
  36. Kai Shaikh - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  37. Terri Everett - Big Rapids
  38. Karl Erich - Mayer Tawas City, Michigan
  39. Cole DiFabio - Kirtland, Ohio
  40. Nikki Ning - Willoughby Hills, OH
  41. Jay Powell - NY
  42. John Votta - Brick, NJ
  43. Sean Williams - East Lansing, MI
  44. Celestyn Brozek - Albuquerque, NM
  45. Justyn Stahl - San Clemente Island, CA
  46. Daroczi J. Szilard - Tg.-Mures, Romania
  47. Wayne Meyer - Denison, TX
  48. Michael Brown - Terre Haute, Indiana
  49. Evan Janson - Dallas, TX
  50. Oscar Johnson - Santa Barbara, CA
  51. Mike Freund - Seattle, WA
  52. Darrel Wilder - Johnson City, TN
  53. Sharon Farris - newport, DE
  54. John Hammond - Durham, NC
  55. Jonathan Frodge - Cincinnati, OH
  56. Liam Waters - Sharon, MA
  57. Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky Bethlehem, PA
  58. Terry Bronson - Morgantown, WV
  59. Mayn Hipp - Boston, MA
  60. Jim Flynn - Seattle, WA
  61. Don Pendleton - East Palo Alto, CA
  62. John Branchflower - Portland, OR
  63. Brian Menker - Dayton, OH
  64. Pam Myers - Santa Cruz, CA
  65. William Rockey - Esparto, CA
  66. Greg Schrott - Avon Park, FL
  67. Nicolas Bernier - Montreal, Quebec
  68. nell haberman - portland, or
  69. logan kahle - San Francisco, CA
  70. Jason McGuire - London, ON
  71. Richard Johnson - Lancasterville, PA
  72. Brian E. Small - Los Angeles, CA
  73. Nina Sitra - Sugar Land, TX
  74. Adrian Hinkle - Portland, OR
  75. Thomas Moorman - Ridgeland
  76. Larry Kline - Fredericksburg, VA
  77. Eli Miller - Millersburg Ohio
  78. Austin Young - Filer, Idaho
  79. Josh Southern - Raleigh, NC
  80. Sameer Apte - Shaker Heights, Ohio
  81. Margaret Martin - Roseville, CA
  82. Jack Holloway - Mesa, AZ
  83. Madeleine McDonald - San Antonio, TX
  84. Andre Moncrieff - Berrien Springs, MI
  85. Mississippi Arundel - ME
  86. Chris Sloan - Nashville, TN
  87. Brennan Obermayer - Barrie, ON
  88. Nick Lund - Silver Spring, MD
  89. James McKay - Mesa, AZ
  90. Simon Harvey - Simpsonville, SC
  91. Josh Kamp - Marne, MI
  92. Urs Geiser - Woodridge, IL
  93. James Bates - Oklahoma City OK
  94. Steve Hampton - Davis
  95. Gerry Hawkins - Arlington, VA
  96. Joseph Bourget - Worcester, MA
  97. Jilly Rodriguez Mendez - Oaxaca, Mexico
  98. Eric Antonio Martinez - Oaxaca, Mexico
  99. Lars Benson - Duluth, MN
  100. Su Snyder - Wooster, OH
  101. Ed Harper - Carmichael, CA
  102. Steve Bell - Bloomington, IN
  103. zach smith - Prescott, AZ.
  104. Blake Mathys - West Mansfield, OH
  105. Laure Neish - Penticton, BC Canada
  106. Eric Heisey - Granger, Washington
  107. Gary Woods - Fresno, CA
  108. Don Lima - Ellsworth, Maine
  109. Kyle Lima - Ellsworth, Maine
  110. John Oliver - La Crescenta, CA
  111. Don Jones - Middlebury, VT
  112. Joshua Hodge - Hattiesburg, MS
  113. Tom Ford-Hutchinson - Irvine, CA
  114. Samuel Ewing - Gainesville, FL
  115. Hayden Bildy - London, Ontario
  116. Greg Zupansic - Eugene, Oregon
  117. Kristen Martyn - Richmond Hill, ON
  118. David Gibson - St. Louis, MO
  119. Chris Warren - Makawao, HI
  120. James Easton - Bellingham, WA
  121. Wesley Hatch - South Euclid, OH
  122. Mike Wasilco - Caledonia, NY
  123. Gary Bloomfield - Arcata, CA
  124. Dennis Troyer - Sugarcreek, OH
  125. Jeff Marks - Portland, OR
  126. Marcelo Brongo - Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain



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.



White-tailed Kite
2
Northern Goshawk
2
Aplomado Falcon
2
Merlin
1
Red-shouldered Hawk
1
Rough-legged Hawk
1
Short-tailed Hawk
1
Swainson's Hawk
1

~~~~~~~~

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