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May 16th, 2010 at 03:27 GMT
I've contributed a number of image quizzes, but this is the first one using images of my creation. Most of these pictures were taken at my home in Central Ohio, at my in-laws home in Northeast Ohio and in Southwest Florida (several at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge). I hope you enjoyed the quiz and, if you didn't, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
May 16th, 2010 at 03:28 GMT
Oh, and in #10, there's no extra credit for naming the fish too.
May 16th, 2010 at 04:55 GMT
Wow beautiful pictures! Especially #3. It was like stepping into my own backyard for a lot of these. I'd love to see sequels to this.
May 16th, 2010 at 05:33 GMT
Amazing that you took all of these pictures yourself. Great job!
May 16th, 2010 at 05:36 GMT
@Co_Flo- thanks- that hummingbird was nice to pose for me. @enough- just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Actually, I'm not sure I'd describe the heron pic as being the "right time" since I found out later that the raised feather on his head meant he was about to peck the living daylights out of me if I didn't back off. Amazing what a little ignorance of danger will do for you.
May 16th, 2010 at 05:50 GMT
Please accept "House Sparrow" instead of Sparrow. Otherwise, great quiz. I'm a photographer of birds and I cannot find a freaking pileated woodpecker. You have to get some Blue Jay pictures. I love them.
May 16th, 2010 at 06:04 GMT
@DwightShelford- though I had it, but only had white-throated, American tree and field as acceptable answers. It's added now. I can never tell sparrows apart.
May 16th, 2010 at 06:43 GMT
Ah dammit. Great quiz but now I feel really dumb for not getting the one with scientific name "Anhinga Anhinga".
May 16th, 2010 at 13:44 GMT
please accept canadian geese, as that is what is pictured. great quiz.
May 16th, 2010 at 15:43 GMT
I live in Florida and go to college in Ohio, so all these pictures look like they could have been taken in either one of my homes.
May 16th, 2010 at 16:27 GMT
@tigerfan53- shoot! I put in Canada Goose and Canadian Goose and never thought to put in "geese" even though there's two of them. Fixed now. @redsxfenway- college is what brought me to Ohio from Western NY. One of my friends remarked that there was nothing in Ohio but "colleges and relatives."
May 16th, 2010 at 17:59 GMT
Great quiz idea! I had to study birds for my ecology class last semester, so I am pretty good at recognizing them at this point, so I have a few corrections, if you don't mind. The House Sparrow is actually passer domesticus. Zonotrichia albicollis is actually a White-throated sparrow. It literally has a white throat and little yellow markings above the eyes. The American Goldfinch's latin name was changed in 2009 to spinus tristis from carduelis tristis. Otherwise, great! After being obsessed with birds for a semester, I was delighted to test myself!
May 16th, 2010 at 18:59 GMT
Blue-footed boobie. Nuff said
May 16th, 2010 at 20:03 GMT
10% of you couldn't figure what bird "Cardinalis cardinalis" was?
May 16th, 2010 at 21:45 GMT
@kryan82- thanks for the info, I'll make the changes. I'm just awful at identifying species of sparrow.
May 17th, 2010 at 16:19 GMT
: Take a trip out to Vancouver Island - thre's a pair right down the road! Awesome quiz - nominated and Editor's Choice!
May 17th, 2010 at 16:31 GMT
@caramba- Thanks! I would have loved to come out to Vancouver for the Olympics but am still hoping to make a trip out there at some point. As for the Blue Jays- they are almost as plentiful in my yard as squirrels are. They're just camera-shy.
May 17th, 2010 at 19:52 GMT
I kept typing in "Gallinule" and "Common Gallinule", but nothing. I didn't know a Moorhen was an alternate name for it, but Gallinule should also be accepted, at least imho. Great quiz!
May 17th, 2010 at 20:18 GMT
@SMRTr- I think "Florida Gallinule" may also be a commonly used named and I'll add it as an alternate as well.
May 17th, 2010 at 22:55 GMT
^Excellent quiz, Coot and Gallinule could also be excepted for moorhen, that is what i've always refered to them as...also a little too easy. maybe a similiar quiz where you have to name the actual species and not just the family would be cool. great job tho!
May 18th, 2010 at 00:20 GMT
Several people are suggesting that nonstandard names be accepted: The moorhen is no longer officially called a gallinule (though it once was), and "Canadian goose" has never been correct. there is no reason to accept incorrect answers here.
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May 18th, 2010 at 00:24 GMT
This quiz would be FAR interesting if you required the full name — allowing one-word answers means that even people who have almost no clue ca get most of the birds. For example, the obvious "woodpecker" picks up not just the fairly easy (but not trivial) pileated but also the at-least-arguably tricky downy, and even a non-birder should guess "sparrow" for the house sparrow. Or consider the Carolina wren: require the full species name (and maybe switch to a canyon wren) and you have an interesting puzzle. Separate issue: including the (northern) cardinal and the anhinga is a little silly considering tat the scientific names are given. As written, the quiz includes only one bird that people who don't know much about birds will have much trouble with (the willet).
May 18th, 2010 at 00:38 GMT
@atakdog- though no longer an accepted name, Gallinule and Florida Gallinule are still widely used and there was, if I recall, a proposal in 2009 to change the name again. Definitely can't switch to Canyon Wren, since the picture was taken in Ohio and it is definitely not a Canyon Wren (a species never seen east of the Mississippi). I fully understand and appreciate the point that you and utom are making, but I had to choose between making this a quiz that Sporclers in general would enjoy, or a quiz strictly for bird watchers. By accepting common/family names but displaying the species name, the quiz aims to educate as well. As for there only being one bird that people would "have trouble with", I would suggest that the fact that the average person is getting 11 right and 14 of the 24 are under 50% would suggest otherwise. Consider the cardinal and anhinga a bit of a lark (pun intended) to see if people are paying attention to the latin names. (Right now 18.5% are getting anhinga, so they're clearly not!) Suggestions are great, though, and much appreciated- happy birding.
May 18th, 2010 at 02:46 GMT
Gotta love a bird quiz! Your chickadee photo could be on a Christmas card.
May 18th, 2010 at 03:11 GMT
Thanks, Penny. Nothing like a snowy day in Cleveland to make for good bird pics.
May 18th, 2010 at 03:35 GMT
I did guess coot for moorhen, so was I "almost right". I love the birds but I'm not a true birder (yet).
May 18th, 2010 at 18:18 GMT
Awesome quiz, great pictures! One question: how does one determine between a Carolina Chickadee and a Black-Capped Chickadee (thank you for accepting both)?
May 18th, 2010 at 18:45 GMT
@rct I've accepted both, in part, because I can't tell the difference! Perhaps someone else can comment on that and enlighten us both.
May 18th, 2010 at 19:39 GMT
Hejman, will you email me? (Address found on my profile page)
May 18th, 2010 at 19:43 GMT
Comorant is a very common misspelling for Cormorant. So common that I couldn't figure out why it wasn't accepting. Also perhaps the more general Sandpiper for the Willet. It is only a Canadian goose if it was born in Canada... you can't see this one's passport in the photo.
May 18th, 2010 at 20:46 GMT
@Jerdoggiedog- fortunately, customs had checked it coming across the border at Windsor.
May 19th, 2010 at 02:16 GMT
Uh, shouldn't this be "Science", not "Just For Fun"??
May 19th, 2010 at 02:39 GMT
@puckett86- I debated between the two when contributing it and, for the reasons noted in my long response to atakdog, above, I went with fun over scientific specificity in this quiz. As such, I put it in the 'Just for Fun' category. It would certainly fit in science as well.
May 22nd, 2010 at 14:39 GMT
Beautiful pictures! I love the Caroline Wren. It looks so fluffy!
May 22nd, 2010 at 16:22 GMT
@budd- It was a cold and windy Ohio winter day and that bird was NOT happy to be outside.
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May 24th, 2010 at 04:43 GMT
Thought this could have been a lot better. No birds of prey or bluebirds, orioles...birds along those line.
May 24th, 2010 at 04:53 GMT
I'll repeat the comment I made when I contributed this quiz- this is the first quiz I've made using images of my creation. Most of these pictures were taken in Central and Northeast Ohio or in Southwest Florida (several at the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge). I hope you enjoyed the quiz and, if you didn't, I hope you enjoyed the pictures.
May 24th, 2010 at 04:54 GMT
Considering that he took all these pictures by himself, I don't think he could have done a better job.
May 24th, 2010 at 04:57 GMT
That is great you took all these yourself well done. My grandparents have a place on Sanibel Island so I have been to Ding Darling what an awesome place.
May 24th, 2010 at 04:59 GMT
Six stars out of five for including the Anhinga. (Latin name 'Anhinga anhinga.')
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