August 2022 Photo Quiz

Tony Leukering
Fairborn, OH

Back to the quiz bird being in flight. Aren’t you glad last month’s wasn’t?!

There’s not much interesting showing this month. The quiz bird looks long- and narrow-winged, which, if accurate, certainly helps rule out some possibilities. Given the poor view of the head, we might be uncertain as to which order the bird belongs. The parts we can see best are the underside of the wings and the tail. Those underwings show as grayish with the remiges (secondaries and primaries) being blacker and with slight white tips to the secondaries. The tail looks all black. The belly and chest look the same darkish color. What little we can see of the head shows a dark bill on, perhaps, a pale loral area. And what about that little bit of paler color that might be a bit of leg? Hmm.

What species is represented here?

Photos and answers are supplied by Tony Leukering, a field ornithologist based in southeast Colorado, with strong interests in bird migration, distribution, and identification. He has worked for five different bird observatories from coast to coast and considers himself particularly adept at taking quiz photos (that is, bad pictures!). Leukering is a member of the Colorado Bird Records Committee and had been a reviewer for eBird since its inception. He is also interested in most everything else that flies, particularly moths and odonates.