Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Quiz

The answers to Saturday's quiz clockwise from top left:

Queen Anne's lace, shinleaf, hog peanut, rabbit's foot clover, Indian pipe, daisy fleabane

Look for the next quiz in August; the topic is feathers. As a teaser here is a pile of feathers left behind, perhaps by a Cooper's hawk. Who do the feathers belong to?

Just as I was about to post this blog, I discovered a cool website hosted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- The Feather Atlas. You can use The Feather Atlas to figure out this species and then try to determine if the feathers in the picture are wing feathers (primary or secondary) or tail feathers, or maybe some of both. You can learn how many tail feathers most birds have and so much more. How cool is that!

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