All of the birds in this quiz have been seen either in Finchley or within a five-mile radius of Finchley N3, and all of the pictures were taken by me (although not necessarily in this area). The questions are of varying difficulty: how many can you name? Jot down your guesses and I’ll let you have the answers after the Christmas break.
1) Easy. I saw a small flock of these in Station Road: what are they?
2) Slightly harder. This bird can be found in large numbers on any big pond or lake, and are found in profusion on Brent reservoir.
3) Getting tougher. This bird escaped into the wild in Norfolk and has since spread out as far as Kenwood, where it now breeds. What is it?
4) Really tough. This rare gull was photographed at Westcliffe-On-Sea, but they have been seen at Brent Reservoir, Hampstead Heath and Alexander Palace. What type of gull is it? Sorry, ‘sea gull’ won’t do!
5) Back to an easy one. This species is frequently found in any suburban park or garden.
6) Fairly easy. Again frequent on larder stretches of water like Brent Reservoir, take note of the beak.
7) This one is quite tough and not as common as it used to be, but can still be found in Finchley. What is it?
8) Without any clues I think that this would be a toughy for even a fairly experienced bird watcher. See if you can guess what it is.
9) I took this photo on the pond by Finchley Golf Course. Not popular with Coy Carp breeders this one is so easy, I want an exact answer to get a point.
10) Another gull, this bird was featured in one of my articles about gulls attacking people in Hervey Close, but what type of gull is it?
11) This could be quite tough because they are so rare. However this bird did hit the local headlines in March this year when it turned up at City Farm. I also mentioned it, and showed the picture in one of my articles. Can you name it?
12) Quite a toughy and very rare, but this bird could turn up anywhere on nearby stretches of open water, e.g. Brent Reservoir.