American Kestrel

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, one of my favorite raptors, the tiny, fluffy, very cute yet murderous American Kestrel! The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America. Barely bigger than a Mourning Dove, the American Kestrel is one of the more colorful of all raptors. Both males and females are heavily spotted, and... Continue Reading →

Chipping Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is one of the smallest sparrows: the Chipping Sparrow! I know what you're thinking, "aren't all sparrows small?" Well, most of them are, yes. But the Chipping sparrow is still on the smaller end; noticeably smaller than the more common Song or White-throated Sparrows. In spring and summer, these... Continue Reading →

Northern Flicker

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a woodpecker I always refer to myself as a ground woodpecker; the Northern Flicker. While they do "stand" on the side of trees and peck at the trunk, they typically feed on the ground, unlike most other woodpeckers, which is why I think of them as the ground woodpecker. Their... Continue Reading →

Northern Mockingbird

Hey guys, welcome back! Hope you're all enjoying spring migration! Today, we don't have a fancy, colorful migrant, we have a grey colored resident bird; the Northern Mockingbird. The Northern Mockingbird is the only mockingbird species found in the U.S. but it does have several close relatives on the continent (the Gray Catbird, and the... Continue Reading →

Eastern Phoebe

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is the Eastern Phoebe, one of the earliest arrivals during spring migration, at least in the east. Eastern Phoebes are members of the flycatcher family, and are one of 3 phoebe species in the U.S. (the others being Say's Phoebe and Black Phoebe, both found out west.) Flycatchers in general... Continue Reading →

Double-crested Cormorant

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we talk about a cool, if not somewhat prehistoric-looking, waterbird; the Double-crested Cormorant! The most widespread of the number of cormorant species found in North America, the Double-crested Cormorant is all over the place in New York City, where I first saw one. I was riding my bike up the... Continue Reading →

Pied-billed Grebe

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is our first grebe species. But, just what the heck is a grebe? They kinda look like if a duck crossed with a heron, and the offspring had the most awkward features of both. Grebes are currently in their own taxonomic order, though their place within bird taxonomy has been... Continue Reading →

Brant

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we talk about Brant. No, not that preppy trust fund kid that played lacrosse at the private school near your high school, I mean the goose! Brant (or Brent as they're called in Eurasian) are smallish, short necked, short billed geese that stick to the ocean shore when visiting the... Continue Reading →

Brown Thrasher

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is the Brown Thrasher. At the end of last post, I mentioned that this is one of my favorite birds. It is, but I've noticed a trend. You may have to. All of my top favorite birds are similar to the Thrasher (some even related to it.) Grackle, Mockingbird,... Continue Reading →

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