American Bittern

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have our first bittern species. What's a bittern? Well, essentially it's just a fancy name for heron. Bitterns, herons, and egrets are all in the same family; ardiedae. The American bittern looks kind of like a large, brown striped green heron. American bitterns are widespread throughout the northern half... Continue Reading →

Black Vulture

Hey guys, welcome back. I have never lived in, or birded in the range of today's bird, yet I've seen a number of them. What gives? The black vulture is the slightly smaller cousin to the turkey vulture and is historically found in the southern half of the US. However, due partly to climate change,... Continue Reading →

Long-tailed Duck

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is a duck that spends most of its time in the tundra. Abundant in the arctic during summer, long-tailed ducks head south only to the northeast of the US in winter. They typically stay along the coasts, but do occasionally make their way to the Great Lakes. Even then, they... Continue Reading →

Sanderling

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have another shorebird. This one, however is a bit unique from the other shorebirds we've taken a look at thus far. The sanderling is a tundra-breeding sandpiper and its US range differs from many others. They are found during migration in the middle of the country (in between the... Continue Reading →

Northern Gannet

Hey guys welcome back. Today we have a large and powerful seabird of the north Atlantic; the northern gannet. Gannets are strictly seabirds, rarely, if ever, found inland. Although they can be found as far south as the Gulf of Mexico in the winter, they breed in the north Atlantic and can be seen well... Continue Reading →

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. I've talked a bit in the past about vagrant birds. These are birds that, for one reason or another, get blown way off course and are found well outside their natural range. Today's bird is one such example. Another confusing flycatcher in the Empidonax genus, the Hammond's flycatcher it rarely found... Continue Reading →

Virginia Rail

Hey guys welcome back. Today a little marsh bird, the Virginia rail. Virginia rails are small, plump birds of the marsh. Similar to the clapper rail but smaller and more brightly colored, Virginia rails are also much more widespread, being found in every one of the lower 48 states. They can be quite difficult to... Continue Reading →

Broad-winged Hawk

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is one of the smaller species in the hawk genus of buteo. You might think, based on its name, that the broad-winged hawk can be easily identified by its supposedly broad wings. And while the wings are maybe a bit broader in comparison to larger cousins the red-tailed and red-shouldered... Continue Reading →

Stilt Sandpiper

Hey guys welcome back! Hooray! More shorebirds! Hahaha! Yes, another shorebird, today the stilt sandpiper. Pretty much exclusively a visitor to the US during migration, the stilt sandpiper looks similar in plumage to its small peep relatives, but stands much taller. Size-wise think a pectoral sandpiper on stilts. Hence the name I suppose. Breeding plumage... Continue Reading →

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Hey guys welcome back. Another flycatcher. As we well know by now, flycatchers, particularly those in the genus Empidonax are notoriously difficult to identify. Well the yellow-bellied flycatcher doesn't really have that issue. Pattern of the yellow-bellied is nearly identical to others in its genus, but color helps them stand apart. yellow-bellied flycatchers are noticeably... Continue Reading →

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