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Quiz: Do You Know Your Adirondack Bird Songs?

 

 

Bicknell’s thrush photograph by Jeff Nadler

Editor’s note: This quiz was compiled by birding guide Joan Collins, whose Adirondack Avian Expeditions was featured in “Bird Land” in the 2015 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors. Scroll down to see the answers. All sound recordings from The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

1. Most liken this bird’s display sound to an engine starting. The male creates this sound by rapidly beating its wings.

2. This bird’s beautiful voice is the sound of the Adirondack wilderness.

3. This woodland dwelling bird is the most common hawk species in the Adirondacks.

4. Deep, dark eyes are one of the field marks of the most common owl species in the Adirondacks.

5. A boreal woodpecker that eats the larvae of wood boring beetles.

6. A boreal bird that favors beaver-created wetlands with dead snags.

7. A very clever boreal species; also known as the “camp robber”!

8. The only endemic bird species in the northeastern US.  It breeds in high elevation boreal habitat.

9. A colorful boreal bird that breeds in bogs.  It is the first warbler species to return in the spring.

10.This species is known as the voice of the North Woods.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Most liken this bird’s display sound to an engine starting. The male creates this sound by rapidly beating its wings.

ANSWER: ruffed grouse

 

2. This bird’s beautiful voice is the sound of the Adirondack wilderness.

ANSWER: common loon

 

3. This woodland dwelling bird is the most common hawk species in the Adirondacks.

ANSWER: broad-winged hawk

 

4. Deep, dark eyes are one of the field marks of the most common owl species in the Adirondacks.

ANSWER: barred owl

 

5. A boreal woodpecker that eats the larvae of wood boring beetles.

ANSWER: black-backed woodpecker

 

6. A boreal bird that favors beaver-created wetlands with dead snags.

ANSWER: olive-sided flycatcher

 

7. A very clever boreal species; also known as the “camp robber”!

ANSWER: gray jay

 

8. The only endemic bird species in the northeastern US.  It breeds in high elevation boreal habitat.

ANSWER: Bicknell’s thrush

 

9. A colorful boreal bird that breeds in bogs.  It is the first warbler species to return in the spring.

ANSWER: palm warbler

 

10.This species is known as the voice of the North Woods.

ANSWER: white-throated sparrow

 

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