Ruddy Duck

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is one known partially for its bright sky blue bill. Despite this, however, I've only ever seen a few in full breeding plumage. This fact is even crazier when I tell you all that I've also seen literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of Ruddy Ducks in my day. How is... Continue Reading →

Winter Wren

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a bird whose identification still kind of trips me up. That's right, even good birders have those "trouble" species that give them trouble. For me, its the Winter Wren. They just look a lot like a House Wren to me. I mean, you look at these two birds and tell... Continue Reading →

Hermit Thrush

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is the first of many thrushes that pretty much look and act exactly the same. This one is, in my experience, the most common of them. The Hermit Thrush is widespread, found throughout North America from Alaska, down to southern Mexico. Like most thrushes, they are most commonly seen on... Continue Reading →

Palm Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is the Palm Warbler. Our second (of dozens) warbler species! These little guys typically show up in April, often at the same time, or just after, the Pine Warbler. They spend their summers in Canada, and are one of the northernmost breeding warbler species. In winter, the live in... Continue Reading →

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, one of the smallest passerines in North America, the tiny Golden-crowned Kinglet. If any of you are from Eurasia, you may be thinking "That's a Goldcrest!" Well, you're right, essentially. There are two kinglet species here in North America; golden-crowned and ruby-crowned. They have nearly identical relatives across the Atlantic... Continue Reading →

Common Loon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, probably the most well known of the loon family, the aptly named Common Loon. Common Loons are famously found on the Canadian dollar (nicknamed the "loonie") and are also found on the Minnesota state quarter. They are large waterbirds that are common on lakes throughout Canada and the northern U.S.... Continue Reading →

Pine Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Well, we've made it to our first warbler. Warblers are considered by many to be the stars of spring migration. There are dozens of warbler species, nearly all of which share a couple of common traits; they're very small, they don't stick around long, and they are brightly colored (usually with... Continue Reading →

Great Egret

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we've made it to our first heron, the Great Egret! One of the first birds we've covered whose range barely makes it into Canada, as they're only found in extreme southern Canada during the summer months. A common summer resident throughout U.S. wetlands, they spend their winters in the southeast... Continue Reading →

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 →

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