Thank you for your submissions!!
The correct answer for this week's quiz is juvenile Golden-cheeked Warbler!!
This photo was taken at Fort Hood, Texas on May 7th.
This week's quiz was particularly challenging because the age of the bird lends no hint to the species due to the dissimilarity in plumage! Plus, the bill is disproportionally large due to the young age of the bird. The long insectivorous bill, body shape, and wingbars suggest warbler. Looking at the habitat, the bird is perched in an juniper, which is a huge clue. The Golden-cheeked Warbler is very closely dependent on old-growth Ashe Juniper, requiring stands aged 30+ years. When ashe juniper reaches this age, the bark on the trunk begins to peel and the peeling bark is the main constituent of the nest. This species feeds on arthropods in the Ashe Juniper, but prefers to forage on Spanish, Live, and Post Oak, or Texas Ash. Thus, a mix of juniper and deciduous trees is ideal.
Here's daddy feeding the whipper-snapper!
Those who guessed Golden-cheeked Warbler get 3 points, those who guessed any species in the genus Setophaga get 2 points, and anyone who guessed any species in the family Parulidae gets 1 point. Anyone who guessed juvenile Golden-cheeked Warbler gets an additional point. Sex cannot be determined.
Here's the 9/16/21 scoreboard.
1. AidanB, BirdingBoy, ConnorCochorane, IKLland, TheBirdNuts - 6 points
2. Kevin, Lonestranger, Quiscalusquiscula - 5 points
3. BirdNrd - 4 points
4. Kerri - 3 points
5. Avery, meghann - 2 points
6. BlueJay, Clip, Kansasbirdguy - 0 points
Thanks again for your submissions! This week's quiz will be posted shortly.