Birds Are Wildlife

3 Ways To Identify Birds With No Field Marks

When you’re looking right at the bird and still can’t tell what it is

Amethyst Qu
May 6 · 6 min read
Confusing Empidonax flycatchers collage
Confusing Empidonax flycatchers collage
Confusing Empidonax Flycatchers // Photo credits from upper right and moving clockwise: Willow Flycatcher by Dominic Sherony, Pacific-slope Flycatcher by Ron Knight, Acadian Flycatcher by Felix Uribe, American Dusky Flycatcher by Ron Knight // all licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 // Collage by the Author //Birds Not to Scale

Listen to the song

American Crow in Halifax Harbour
Crow by Dennis Jarvis // CC BY-SA 2.0

Look at the bird’s proportions

Perched Mississippi Kite vs. Plumbeous Kite with wing-to-tail length compared
Photo credits: Mississippi Kite by Larry Smith, Plumbeous Kite by Alastair Rae //both via CC BY-SA 2.0 //Collage by author

Look at what the bird is doing

Wilson’s Phalarope is a waterbird that often swims in circles
Wilson’s Phalarope is a waterbird that often swims in circles
Wilson’s Phalarope by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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Amethyst Qu

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Author of “The Moldavite Message.” Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector.

Age of Awareness

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Amethyst Qu

Written by

Author of “The Moldavite Message.” Seeker, traveler, birder, crystal collector.

Age of Awareness

Stories providing creative, innovative, and sustainable changes to the ways we learn | Tune in at aoapodcast.com | Connecting 500k+ monthly readers with 1,200+ authors

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