By Dianne C.
What are these two strangely coloured birds?
These bird photos have had the bird's colours changed. Can you tell what species they are from just their shape and posture?
I bet you can!
We often get distracted by a bird's colours and colour pattern (plumage) but other clues can be more important. Not just how their feathers look, but also shape, posture, and size. The colours and shape of their bills and legs can also point us to the right species identification. And behaviour and habitat can telling us what kind of food they like such as grains or insects, and hint at what kind of bird they are. For example, small birds that feed in trees are more likely to be warblers or vireos and ones that find things on the ground in amongst grasses are more likely to be sparrows or one of the species in the photos.
Photos from USFWS Mountain-Prairie - Public Domain.
Explore East Kootenay hotspots on eBird
Jimsmith Lake Provincial Park
Palmer Bar Creek
Peavine Cr., Lakes and marshes
Moyie Lake Provincial Park
Cranbrook Community Forest
Cranbrook Sewage Lagoon
St. Eugene Mission
St. Mary River Rd.
St. Eugene Golfe Course
Foster's Small Pond
Mission Wycliffe Road
Pine Butte (NCC foot access)
St. Mary Lake Road
Mathew Creek FSR
St. Mary Lake
Kimberley Nature Park
McDougall Park, Kimberley
Luke Creek (NCC lands)
Ta Ta Creek--Woods Corner
Wolfe Creek Nature Preserve, Wasa
Wasa Lake Provincial Park
Wasa Lake South Pond
Bummers Flats North
Bummers Flat Middle
Bummers Flats South
North Star Landing
Ft. Steele--Campbell Lake
Lakit Lookout Trail
Ft. Steele--Stump Lake
Irrigation Fields North Pond
Irrigation Fields South Pond
Bull River--Fenwick Road
Picture Valley #2 FSR
Norbury Lake Provincial Park
Kootenay Fish Hatchery
Wardner--Ha Ha Creek Road
Did you know that there were over 50 ebird hotspots in the Cranbrook / Kimberley area? These two pictures by Lyle Grisedale are taken at one of them. Do you know which one?
Jim and Deirdre Turnbull from Naramata BC have recently acquired a copy of an early (1923) field guide - Birds of the Pacific Coast by Willard Ayres Eliot. He bases his common names on the 1910 Check-List of the American Ornithologists #39; Union (AOU) with the BC usage verified by Francis Kermode of the Provincial Museum, Victoria.
Well, common names have sure changed. While we wait for spring, and just for fun, would anyone like to guess the current common names of the following birds, all of which occur in BC, as given in Eliot's book. In no particular order:
Golden pileolated warbler
Desert sparrow hawk
None of these species are currently rare in BC - If there is enough interest, I will give the answers in a week or so.
This quiz was found on the Yahoo Group - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.