Monday, December 8, 2014

Map Monday: The Californians



 California is a great spot to go birding. List-oriented birders are well aware that California boasts two endemic species as well as a number of range-restricted birds most reliably seen in the Golden State. Let's test your bird distribution knowledge: here are the (unlabeled) maps of twelve specialties. Included are the six birds whose names honor California: the gull, the quail, the condor, the thrasher, the gnatcatcher, the towhee. The other six are birds that my friends from the East (or, heck, the Rocky Mountains) covet. What are they? And which is which? Good luck.


1. A coast-hugger with a predilection for vagrancy...


2. A patch here, a patch there...


3. This one is only found in California--provided, of course, your definition of California includes the Bajas.


4. Woah, woah, woah, hold up. Why's this in here?


5. What do Cabo San Lucas and Eugene have in common?


6. I don't think it's supposed to be in Hawaii...


7. Nice how it stops at the Oregon border!


8. Let me get my magnifying glass out...


9. Ok...


10. This is getting hard!


11. Oof...I swear, the last three have been exactly the same.


12. California and California only!

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