Lesser Yellowlegs

Hey guys, welcome back! Well, today is my birthday! I was supposed to be in LA celebrating by birding on the west coast, but for obvious reasons I've had to postpone that trip until (hopefully) later this year. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have a good birthday. Anyway, today's bird is the lesser yellowlegs. A... Continue Reading →

Sora

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a funny little bird. It's our first rail, the sora. Somewhat closely related to the American coot which we did a while back, the sora is more of a typical rail. Rails are wading birds kind of like herons, but are more compact and chicken-like. In fact, one... Continue Reading →

American Wigeon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we dive back into the world of ducks. Well, more technically we're dabbling in the world of ducks. The American wigeon is a dabbling duck with a compact frame, and small bill that it uses for snipping vegetation. The female is a warm brown with a dark smudgy area around... Continue Reading →

Pileated Woodpecker

Hey guys welcome back! Today the largest woodpecker in North America, the pileated woodpecker! A couple of you may argue that, as the ivory-billed woodpecker is larger, and thought to be extinct, although there were supposed sightings of one in 2005. But we aren't here to go down that rabbit hole. If anyone is interested... Continue Reading →

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, we head back to the thrush family and the drabbest of the bunch, the gray-cheeked thrush. Similar in look and behavior to a number of species we've already talked about including Swainson's thrush, hermit thrush, and veery, the gray-cheeked lacks any of the warm brown that its cousins have. Even... Continue Reading →

Bobolink

Hey guys, welcome back! And Happy St. Patrick's Day if you celebrate that. Today is an interesting little bird; the bobolink. Like its relatives, the blackbirds, the bobolink is found in tall grass areas, often near water. The breeding plumage of the male is a unique pattern of black and white, with the white patches... Continue Reading →

Wilson’s Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Alexander Wilson, the so-called father of American ornithology. We've mentioned him before. He dicsovered (or more accurately was the first to officially describe) quite a number of birds. Many of which were subsequently named after him. He has a plover, a snipe, and a phalarope among others. Today, we talk about... Continue Reading →

Great Crested Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is one of my favorite flycatchers, the great crested flycatcher. One of the larger flycatchers, they are easy to tell from all other eastern flycatchers by their reddish brown wings, grayish head, and lemon yellow bellies. In the west, however, there are a number of other flycatchers that look similar... Continue Reading →

Osprey

Hey guys, welcome back. The osprey. A bird of prey that is unique among North American raptors. Although in the same order as a number of hawks, the osprey is the lone species in its genus...sort of. As I've mentioned numerous times, taxonomy is a complicated thing. There isn't one taxonomy that everyone follows. There's... Continue Reading →

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