Dec 18 2013
‘Tis the season for Christmas Bird Counts and snow.
During the Christmas Bird Count volunteers tally the number of birds by species in each 15-mile diameter circle.
Did you know that you can count a bird if you find its fresh footprints? The tracks tell you the bird was here recently. But what bird?
Here’s a quiz to test your skill. Identify the species that made these tracks:
(#1) In the photo above the tracks are about 2″ to 3″ long and 4″ apart and were made in a city. What bird made them?
(#2) In the photo below the footprints are 6″ to 7″ long in a rural backyard in Saxonburg, PA
and (#3) below, from the Ode Street Tribune blog, are footprints about 5″ long in a city park near a river.
Test your skill. Leave a comment with your answer.
(photos: top and middle footprint photos are from Wikimedia Commons. Last photo is from the Ode Street Tribune blog. Click on each image to see the original … and it will give you the answer to the bird’s identity.)