Semipalmated Plover

Hey guys welcome back. Today the second of two semipalmated birds. Well, that's only partially accurate. There are more than two, but there's only two with the word semipalmated in their name. At least on my lifelist. Anyway, the semipalmated plover is today's bird! Semipalmated plover. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Jamaica, NY Like the semipalmated... Continue Reading →

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have the first of two semipalmated shorebirds; the semipalmated sandpiper. Before I get into how confusing these guys can be, just what the heck does "semipalmated" mean? Well, essentially it means partially webbed. So rather than completely unwebbed feet like a songbird might have, or completely webbed feet like... Continue Reading →

Forster’s Tern

Hey guys welcome back. Sometimes when you see a word, you read it wrong. And then you keep reading it wrong until one day you notice it's not spelled the way you've been reading it. At first you wonder if you're seeing a typo, then you realize you were wrong the whole time! For a... Continue Reading →

Kentucky Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have a shy little bird that is far more likely to be heard than seen. In fact, that's the case here with me! It was June, 2017. I was working in Central Park walking through the Ravine when I came upon some of the regular birders that frequented the... Continue Reading →

Least Sandpiper

Hey guys welcome back. Shorebirds. Like flycatchers, they are often seen as confusing, hard to identify birds by many. And buckle up, because we have a lot of them coming this month. As you may know, I pull the order of my life list entries for this blog right from my eBird life list. And... Continue Reading →

Least Tern

Hey guys, welcome back. Wow, it's September already! This year is really flying by, while at the same time feeling like it's lasting forever! Well, today we have another tern species; the least tern. The least tern is the smallest North American tern; only a little larger than a blue jay. Like many other terns,... Continue Reading →

Willow Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Flycatchers. They're a source of frustration amongst birders. To some, sparrows all look the same and warblers can become confusing in fall, but even they all have visual clues that can help. And while many flycatchers can be ID'd by sight, there's still just as many that typically can't. In those... Continue Reading →

Summer Tanager

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is our next tanager; the summer tanager. The summer tanager is a bright red bird that lives in the southern half of the eastern US. Despite this, I have seen a few in New York City, which is slightly north of their range. They rarely visit northern Ohio, so I... Continue Reading →

Orchard Oriole

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is our second oriole species. The orchard oriole is the smallest of the North American orioles (which incidentally aren't related to the orioles of Eurasia.) The male looks nearly identical to the Baltimore oriole, except its bright orange is swapped out with a dark rusty color similar to the breast... Continue Reading →

Glaucous Gull

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, a massive gull; the glaucous gull. While we did the largest gull species in the world some time back, the glaucous is a very very close second. In fact, while the great black-backed gull is on average larger, occasional individual glaucous gulls can get bigger. The glaucous gull is on... Continue Reading →

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