The latter two have become serially good quiz players :). All 3 entrants got all 7 of the quiz birds correct. Quite a few other entrants got almost all correct, falling at just one of the quiz birds. So very well done Davy, Chris and Jon. Each name was written on a piece of paper and holding breath, Sharon Garner drew the winner from the 3 who is ……..
huge thanks to Princeton for the superb double prize
BIRD ONE a Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina same bird flying below a Steppe Buzzard
BIRD TWO A first summer male Pied Wheatear Oenanthe pleshanka. Not an easy ID from Cyprus Pied Wheatear. There are a few characters. More often than not the ID is a gut reaction. Bigger, duller and uglier = Pied versus, more slender and more beautifully coloured = Cyprus Pied Wheatear (gut birding!).
BIRD THREE 1st summer female Ruppell’s Warbler Sylvia rueppelli . The Sylvia warblers are always a bit challenging, especially the non adult males. To compare:
Female Cyprus Warbler Sylvia melanothorax, Feb 2014 by Yosef Kiat
BIRD FOUR Female Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca
BIRD FIVE Spotted Crake Porzana porzana
BIRD SIX Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe
BIRD SEVEN young Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides