Chris Batty, Jon Holt, Mark Lawlor, Nick Moran
Each scored 9 correct answers out of the 10 mystery birds.
As a finale to the competition, they have agreed to go into a ‘play-off’. 3 birds in 3 photos, same rules (to lowest taxonomic level deemed possible). All info here. All to be identified by 9:00 pm on Wednesday 14th August (tomorrow). If there is no outright winner then prizes will be divided up by ‘picking from hat’.
Here are the answers to main round:
First off: Thank You to all who had a go. Quiet a few European countries were represented as well as entries from Britain. No-one disgraced themselves. These were a tricky bunch of photos. Many came close! Ian Lewington, Nils van Duivendijk and Tristan Reid looked over them at the start, with no prior knowledge and there was agreement that they were identifiable. Some more easily than others. I will cover more fully the identification of each mystery bird, together with more instructive photos of each individual. For now here’s a summary of the correct answers:
1. Band-rumped Storm Petrel Oceanodroma castro… (probably of form ‘Grant’s’ but more on that to come). If you said ‘Madeiran Petrel’ that would have been OK.
2. male Cyprus (Pied) Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca
3. female Steller’s Eider Polysticta stelleri
4. female Ehrenberg’s Redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus samamisicus
5. Coues’s Arctic Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni exilipes
6. female Spanish Sparrow Passer hispaniolensis
7. Caucasian Water Pipit Anthus spinoletta coutelli (‘coutelli’ would do)
8. 1st winter Armenian Gull Larus armenicus
9. Lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca (photo is of a bird showing full set of characters of Desert / Central Asian Lesser Whitethroat ssp. halimodendri). More on the bird and the call to come. For the quiz, ‘Lesser Whitethroat’ would do.
10. Brünnich’s Guillemot Uria lomvia
Here are the play-off 3
(for Chris, Jon, Mark and Nick)
Above: Play-Off Mystery Bird One (photographed in November)
Above: Play-Off Mystery Bird Two (photographed in March)
Above: Play-Off Mystery Bird Three (photographed in June)