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Picture Pun Puzzles for I-D-ing Our Fine Feathered Friends

If you’re like me you like observing and identifying the fauna and flora where you live. Mostly what’s outside. Other than pets, fauna inside the house is not that popular. You know, cockroaches, spiders, mice, and so on. Let’s just deal with outdoor fauna, specifically birds. More specifically, birds I’ve seen from my little homestead here in the burbs. Rather than simply list them (boring) I made a game of it, a series of rebus puzzles. How many of these Midwestern birds can you identify?

Here’s how it works

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Rebus Birding 101

Let’s begin with five very common birds pretty much everyone around these parts has seen and can probably name. The actual bird, if not the rebus. Anyway, just think of the most often seen birds in your yard and you’ll likely be able to match them up to the rebuses. Though be careful, I’ve used the full names, which are not commonly used outside the birding world. (See list on right.)

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More Common Bird Rebuses

These five common birds are not as plentiful in my neck of the woods as the previous five, but are really easy to spot and identify. Cause they be big. You can’t miss them. Can you figure out from the rebuses which largish birds I’m talking about?

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Bird Rebuses 11-15

Five more fairly common birds in my neck of the woods. Or suburbs, actually. Can you figure out from the rebuses which birds they are?

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Bird Rebuses 16-20

Five more. Maybe you’ve seen ’em, maybe you recognized ’em, maybe you can decipher the rebuses regardless. That’s the game, at any rate.

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Bird Rebuses 21-25

Five more. Small, little, tiny, wee birds this time.

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Bird Rebuses 26-30

These five bird specimens on my I-seen-it list I did not see around the old homestead here in the burbs. Or even in the local vicinity. In some cases I spotted them in other states.

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Spring 2020 Update

Bird Rebuses 31-35

The next three crops of bird picture puzzles work pretty much as before, but simpler so it’s not so much work for me. (Hey, I’m retired.) Mouseover the rebus for the puzzle solution. Click anywhere on the rebus for a page on that particular bird featuring photos and audios of songs and calls at AllAboutBirds.Org

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yellow-warbler1 yellow-warbler2 song-sparrow1 song-sparrow2

Bird Rebuses 36-40

killdeer1 killdeer2 bay-breasted1 bay-breasted2 barn-swallow1 barn-swallow2 chickadee1 chickadee2 blackburnian1 blackburnian2

Bird Rebuses 41-45

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chestnut-sided1 chestnut-sided2 nuthatch1 nuthatch2 kinglet1 kinglet2

If you’d rather see real birds about your place and not just silly rebuses of birds on the web, you can try this from World of Birds:

12 Simple Tips to Attract Cardinals to Your Backyard (2020)

Then again there is:

AllAboutBirds.Org

Audubon.Org

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