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 →

Blue-winged Teal

Hey guys welcome back. Today's duck is the blue-winged teal. The second teal species we've covered. Teals are small dabbling ducks, about 2/3 the size of a mallard. Female blue-winged teals look like females of many ducks, sporting a mottled brown plumage. Males feature an elegant look; black back, brown and black spotted body, and... Continue Reading →

Hudsonian Godwit

Hey guys welcome back. Today we have a large shorebird with a pretty limited range. The Hudsonian godwit is a large, tall shorebird with a long, slightly upturned bill. In breeding plumage, the Hudsonian godwit has a bright rusty orange with a dark mottled brown back. The bill is orange with a black tip. Non-breeding... Continue Reading →

Dunlin

Hey guys welcome back. Today's little sandpiper is the dunlin. One of the more easy to ID shorebirds out there, well when they're in breeding plumage that is. That breeding plumage is a striking, and unique, array featuring a reddish brown back, gray face, and black belly patch. At one time they were actually known... Continue Reading →

Short-billed Dowitcher

Hey guys welcome back. Today is the short-billed dowitcher. That name is a bit of a misnomer though. They do not have short bills. Rather, the name is meant to differentiate them from the long-billed dowitcher. In actuality, the difference in the bill length of the two species is very slight. Plumage is nearly identical... Continue Reading →

Greater Yellowlegs

Hey guys welcome back. Today a tall shorebird that has earned the nickname of "marshpiper" since it tends to wad in deeper water than other sandpipers. The greater yellowlegs is the second of two yellowlegs we've looked at. They look very similar - nearly identical - to their cousin the lesser yellowlegs. They tend to... Continue Reading →

Little Blue Heron

Hey guys welcome back. Today's bird is the little blue heron. Despite its name, it does not look like a miniature great blue heron. Actually, it's a much bluer heron than its great cousin. The little blue heron is a deep grayish blue with a purplish head and neck. They have a pale blue bill... Continue Reading →

Glossy Ibis

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is our first ibis species. An ibis is a kind of wading bird, similar to a heron or egret. They are somewhat large birds, their bodies roughly the size of a black-crowned night heron, but standing much taller. They have long downcurved bills and unlike herons don't typically feed on... Continue Reading →

Marsh Wren

Hey guys, welcome back. Well, we're back at the marsh again! If you've been reading for a while, then you probably know that I choose the order of birds for these entries based on my life list. I simply go on eBird, and sort my life list by date first seen, and that's the order... Continue Reading →

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Hey guys welcome back. Today's bird is a secretive sparrow with a very limited range. The saltmarsh sparrow is found in, you guessed it, saltmarshes. Their range is limited to the Atlantic coast from southern Maine to Florida. They like thickets in salt marshes and are actually very cool looking birds. Many of us think... Continue Reading →

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