American Coot

Hey guys, welcome back! Waterfowl February continues with a bird that kind of acts like a duck, the American Coot. The American Coot is a member of the Rail family, and is closely related to gallinules and moorhens. Unlike most of its close relatives, the American Coot is much easier to spot, as it prefers... Continue Reading →

Red-breasted Merganser

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we look at our first diving duck of this blog; the Red-breasted Merganser. Upon first glance you may or may not be wondering if this bird is, in fact, a duck. The answer is, taxonomically, yes. They are within the same family as ducks, swans, and geese. The Red-breasted Merganser,... Continue Reading →

Gadwall

Hey guys, welcome back! Water bird February continues with the Gadwall. Gadwall are found throughout the U.S. and breed primarily in the plains of central U.S. and Canada. Looking at their range map, you'll notice that while the majority of Gadwall do migrate, they tend to do a more east-west migration than the stereotypical north-south... Continue Reading →

Wood Duck

Hey guys, welcome back! The Wood Duck is arguably the most beautiful waterfowl species in the world. Wood Ducks are fairly widespread in North America, being year-round residents in much of the eastern U.S. (with their abundance being more spotty in the west.) They are named because they actually nest in tree hollows (or very... Continue Reading →

Canada Goose

Hey guys, welcome back! The Canada Goose, one of the most widespread birds in North America. A complicated bird, with dubious reputation, some of which is deserved. First off, the species name is Canada Goose, not Canadian Goose, and the proper plural is Canada Geese (or as a lot of birders may refer to them,... Continue Reading →

Rusty Blackbird

Hey guys, welcome back! So, if you read my last post, you may remember I said I didn't have a picture of a Rusty Blackbird. Sad, I know. "But wait a minute," you're saying to yourself right now, "I see pictures of Rusty Blackbirds in this post!" This is true. So, I typically write these... Continue Reading →

American Tree Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back! Before we dive into today's bird, I feel I must explain the featured photo for this post, as well as the lack of subsequent ones. This blog is featuring a different bird from my life list in every post. And up until now, I have supplemented each of those posts with... Continue Reading →

American Goldfinch

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a bright yellow little bird common to backyard feeders, the American Goldfinch! I remember seeing these yellow little birds as a kid every so often. I didn't know what they were, and the only yellow bird I knew of was the Canary, so I just assumed that's what these guys... Continue Reading →

Carolina Wren

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a tiny, but loud, bird; the Carolina Wren! Like most wrens, the Carolina Wren is a small, round, brown bird that typically likes to stick its tail straight up in the air. The Carolina Wren is recognizable by its warm brown, almost rufous, color above and rich buff color below,... Continue Reading →

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