Welcome to the MFN photo quiz. Test your i.d. skills with our regular photo posts of flora and fauna of Muskoka. Most of the quiz photos will be nicely composed nature shots of plants and animals found within Muskoka, but some of the subjects in the photos may be a little tricky to identify, as some of us in the club have discovered that we aren't the greatest photographers, but we have a true talent for taking quiz photos! Answers will be revealed at our monthly meetings and then posted to this page. So find your field guides, and good luck!
February Quiz
Here is our inaugural quiz photo. It was taken 14 October 2013 in Bracebridge, along the trail that runs between Henry Marsh and the Bracebridge Sewage Treatment Ponds (aka Lagoons). The subject is a common year round resident of Muskoka. Unfortunately, its bill is not visible, which would usually help you to clinch the identification..
Muskoka Field Naturalists
Answer to February Quiz:
The distinctive black and white colouring and stiff looking tail feathers are good clues that this is a woodpecker. But which one? There are two species that are distinguished by their white backs and relatively unmarked flanks - Hairy and Downy. Usually, the best clue for distinguishing these two woodpeckers is bill length, but the bill is not visible in this photo. They differ in size with Hairy being larger overall, but size is hard to gauge in this photo with nothing for comparison. Both species can often be found foraging along branches, so this doesn't help either. Take a closer look at the outer tail feathers. Downy Woodpeckers usually have dark bars on their outer tail feathers (some Pacific populations of Hairy Woodpeckers can also have this feature, but this bird was photographed here in Muskoka), and if you look closely at the outer right tail feather on this bird you can see a small dark bar. This male Downy Woodpecker (males have red nape patches) was photographed as it foraged along the Henry Marsh - Lagoon Trail.
March Quiz
We are currently experiencing technical difficulties and are having problems posting pictures to this page. Stay tuned!