Well, the results are in! Out of 10 questions:
Merlin Photo ID scored 90%
The average birder scored 48%
Only one birder was able to beat Merlin and score 100%. Two birders tied with Merlin with scores of 90%.
As you can see from the results, most people struggled with this quiz and I was amazed to see how well the app did at identifying some tricky subjects. I threw everything at the wall with this quiz: Cooper vs. Sharpie, fall warblers, fall shorebirds and even a blurry photograph with only part of the bird visible.
What Merlin Got Wrong
The only mistake the app made was with a Glaucous Gull which it incorrectly identified as an Iceland Gull. 49% of birders got this one right.
Question Most Birders Got Wrong
73% of birders were not able to identify this fall Magnolia Warbler.
Question Most Birders Got Right
70% of birders correctly identified this Cooper’s Hawk.
Thanks for participating!