Scarlet Tanager

Hey guys welcome back! Today's bird is our first of (as of the date of this writing) 3 tanagers on my life list! The scarlet tanager is a smallish songbird, about the size of an eastern bluebird. Like other tanagers, they are primarily insectivores, but also enjoy eating fruits and berries. Taxonomically, tanagers are kind... Continue Reading →

Northern Parula

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's colorful little bird is the northern parula. A brightly colored little bird in the warbler family, before this guy got its current name (more on that in a bit), they were known as the blue yellow-backed warbler by John James Audubon and ornithologist Alexander Wilson. Blue yellow-backed warbler may accurately... Continue Reading →

Hooded Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is a rather cool, but somewhat secretive bird (hence why I only have one picture of one.) Today is the hooded warbler. One look at this little guy and it's evident how he got the name. A mostly bright yellow bird that seems to be wearing a black hood. The... Continue Reading →

Baltimore Oriole

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is a really cool, brightly colored bird: the Baltimore oriole. A brilliant orange and black, the Baltimore oriole was once known by a different name, the northern oriole. The northern oriole's range covered most of the continental US. Birds in the west, despite being considered the same species, looked little... Continue Reading →

Common Yellowthroat

Hey guys welcome back! Today's warbler is probably the most common, widespread warbler in North America, the common yellowthroat. They are plentiful in low grassy scrubby areas, most often near water, like a pond or marsh. Both males and females are brownish-olive birds with a yellow throat, but the male has a distinctive and pretty... Continue Reading →

Prairie Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Oh hey! Today is bird number 100! We've hit triple digits! Thank you to all of you that have been reading along, I greatly appreciate it! And for bird #100, we've got a good one. Well, they're all good but you know what I mean. The prairie warbler isn't actually found... Continue Reading →

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Hey guys welcome back! Today's bird is the aptly names and unmistakable black-throated blue warbler. That's a lot to type, so I'll be using the initials BTBW from here on out! The BTBW is one of the most sexually dimorphic warblers out there. In fact the males and females look so different that they were... Continue Reading →

Blue-winged Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Sadly, today's post will not feature any pics. I've seen quite a number of blue-winged warblers in my day, just never any photogenic ones. And the ones that were, were present when I was sans camera. Blue-winged warblers are actually one of my favorite warbler species. I just think they're really... Continue Reading →

Mute Swan

Hey guys welcome back! Today, a frightening sight. The mute swan. Swans are some of the largest birds in North America, and as many people and YouTube videos can attest, they are also some of the most aggressive and territorial. Even allaboutbirds.com uses the phrase "hazard to humans" in their mute swan description. Of course,... Continue Reading →

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