This is an appeal to all the faithful Bayou Woman readers, and even those lurkers who are always here behind the scenes but never step out into the light of the commenting world: Please tell us what kind of bird this is!
My birding expert, using the internet, has now made a positive ID of this little cutie. Because NO ONE has guessed correctly, this contest must continue, much to your dismay, I’m sure.
When making a bird ID, there are several things to look for between the photos I’ve provided and a drawing or photo and description in a field guide or an online field guide.
Special markings around the eyes
Bands or edges on the wings
A different shade of color during breeding season
Beak color and shape
Stripes or spots on the body
These are the most obvious things to look for.
Now, I’m going to help you out. I’ve blown these images up for you.
Using the tips above, do you think this might be easier now?
My plea, again, is to all of you who tried so hard the first go round, to not give up and PLEASE try again. I’m going to make it EVEN easier. I’m going to give you a website address that will help you, using the ID tips, correctly identify this bird.
Since I’m certain many of you will be able to do this, the rules for the contest will stay the same: EVERYONE WHO CORRECTLY NAMES THIS BIRD WILL BE ENTERED INTO AN OLD-FASHIONED DRAWING FOR THIS ENGRAVED COFFEE SCOOP.
I’ve also heard that Scott at Community Coffee in Baton Rouge has been known to throw in a bag of wonderfully rich coffee to go with the gifts. Maybe he’s feeling really generous this week?
On your mark, get set, HERE’S THE LINK!
CONGRATULATIONS GOES TO THE ONE AND ONLY, NEVER- TO- BE- IMITATED, TAR BABY!!!!
You must read this explanation: The prothonotary warbler is very common here in the marshes and swamps. They have a beautiful song, and I call them swamp canaries. They look very similar to this bird; but in real life, they are a little smaller than this one and a brighter yellow, with some white on them, too. This bird was very hard to identify because it is VERY similar to several other warblers and other small yellow bird species, as we all now know. Our birding expert, Kim, was able to make a positive ID from the closeups I sent her based on the color and shape of the bill as the final deal breaker. This is, indeed, a yellow warbler. And yes, Tar Baby, you were right about something else, too. That last photo was taken from the web site, as X-teacher Diane pointed out to us. I pretty much led you all right to it and made it easy as pie for those who were willing to click the link and take the time to look at the photos closely. So, please email me your mailing address TB, and that will go out to you soon!
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR TAKING A GUESS AND BEING SUCH GOOD SPORTS AND BIRDING STUDENTS.
BW IS BUSY WORKING ON THE NEXT CONTEST, WHICH HOPEFULLY INVOLVES SOME KIND OF FISH!!!!!