X Factor Birding + Prize Quiz Q

I really liked this signage!

(left to right) Gerald Driessens (Belgium), Martin Garner, Corey Finger (U.S.A.) and Nils van Duivendijk (Netherlands). photo Dale Forbes.

I discovered on the Hungary trip that Swedish birders make a big X sign when they see a new bird. I love it! So here we are with a Big Victory X after seeing a certain bird species (a ‘life tick’). Well new for 3 of us. Gerald had some one before but over 20 years ago, so it was ‘like new’!

Birding is surely as much about the people as the birds. We all love being in a story.

Quiz question with a difference to win a Birding Frontiers Memory Stick– crammed with 25 ID articles. Answer both questions correctly. First correct wins.

1) What woodland species was the bird species deserving of our big X?

2) The ground next to us looked like it had been thoroughly rotovated, like finely tilled soil with only a scattering of  uprooted plants left. However we were in a woodland in Eastern Hungary with no farm machinery. It was all ‘natural’. Who or what had ‘churned up’ the soil?

Answers via email or facebook

Like finely tilled soil on the woodland floor. Who? What? How?

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11 Responses to X Factor Birding + Prize Quiz Q

  1. James Lidster says:

    White-backed Woodpecker and Wild Boar

  2. David Gray says:

    I thought it was a new boy band!…lol…and maybe Hazel Grouse?

  3. Harry Hussey says:

    The first pic is just asking to be mocked up as some kind of rap posse thing on Photoshop…shout out to Malcolm X and all.
    I think James probably has the two answers correct, but, as only the first person to get both correct wins, and I am not sure about the first one, I’ll go with Sombre Tit for that and Wild Boar has to be the answer for the second.

  4. Cees says:

    Levant Sparrowhawk and Capercaillie?

  5. Alan Matthews says:

    Ural Owl and Wild Boar

  6. Alan Matthews says:

    OK so I now find that Ural Owl doesn’t seem to breed in Hungary and I blatantly stole the Wild Boar idea from James above. Apart from that it was a good effort ….

  7. Simon Vyncke says:

    Syrian Woodpecker and Wild Boar?

  8. Liis Keerberg says:

    Dendrocopos syriacus & Sus scrofa

  9. Otilia says:

    European Green Woodpecker and wild Boar

  10. Laurie Allan says:

    Looks like Wild Boar rummaging – incidentally, there’s a theory alluding to the reason why our Robins are so approachable i.e. waiting for worms whilst weeding the garden or allottment etc. It could be innate behaviour passed down, genetically, from way back when they followed Wild Boar foraging in woodlands. It’s an interesting one at least!

    Looking forward to postings from your new blogging ‘pals’.

    ATB Laurie –

  11. Pim Wolf says:

    Dendocopus [leucotos] lilfordi a.k.a. Lilford’s Woodpecker and all that clearing of the forest floor should be Wild boar.

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