Secret Seven Quiz: The ANSWERS


Davy Bosman

Chris Batty

Jon Holt

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 ……..

Jon Holt

huge thanks to Princeton for the superb double prize




lesser spotted and vulpinus

BIRD ONE a Lesser Spotted Eagle Aquila pomarina same bird flying below a Steppe Buzzard

pied wheatear 1BIRD 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!).

Adult male Cyprus Pied Wheatear Oenanthe cypriaca
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BIRD THREE 1st summer female Ruppell’s Warbler Sylvia rueppelli
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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

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BIRD FOUR Female Eastern Black-eared Wheatear Oenanthe hispanica melanoleuca 

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BIRD FIVE Spotted Crake Porzana porzana

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BIRD SIX Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe

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 BIRD SEVEN  young Barbary Falcon Falco pelegrinoides

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