Wednesday, November 18, 2009

RMBO Audio Quiz #5 - Answer

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This week's quiz wasn't too difficult and everyone that answered was correct. This audio clip of a Northern Pygmy-Owl and European Starling was recorded in the Paonia town park (Delta County, Colorado) by Jason Beason. A pair of Northern Pygmy-Owls attempted to breed unsuccessfully in April of 2008. The pair was seen copulating and the female was seen exiting from a cavity in a large silver maple in the park. Of course, there are a large number of starlings breeding here. When I returned one evening and saw a starling poking its head out of the same cavity the female Pygmy-Owl had been using, I lost hope that the owls would actually breed.

The following people answered correctly on this quiz (* = 1/2 bonus point):

Andy Bankert *
Taylor Brooks *
Eric DeFonso *
Kirk Huffstater
Katie Stassen *
Joel Such *
Marcel Such *

We have a three-way tie for first place right now. Here is a list of the top five quizzers and their current scores:

Andy Bankert 6
Joel Such 6
Marcel Such 6
Eric DeFonso 4
Nathan Pieplow 3.5


Jeff and Jason
RMBO Audio Quizmasters

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

RMBO Audio Quiz #4 - Answer

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Our first owl species for the quiz! Owls can be difficult simply because we just don’t hear them often. I thought that this would be an easy quiz and was surprised that a few folks answered incorrectly. These simultaneously vocalizing owls are Eastern Screech-Owls that I recorded at the infamous Crow Valley campground on August 17, 2008. As I began to write the answer to this week’s quiz it occurred to me that I was not certain if either of the vocalizations heard here (the “whinny” or the “trill”) can be called a “song”. Some species of owls have what can be called a “male advertising song” but are either of these known to be vocalizations exclusive to male Eastern Screech-Owls? I would be curious if anyone out here has an answer to that question!

Here are the seven respondents that answered correctly this week:

Andy Bankert
Tayler Brooks
Jack Chiles
Katie Stassen
Joel Such
Marcel Such
Charles Swift


Jason Beason
RMBO Audio Quizmaster