Merlin

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, our first falcon! Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of today's bird. Sorry guys! Today we discuss the Merlin, a medium-sized falcon common throughout the western U.S and Atlantic coast in winter, and central and northern Canada in summer. Much of the central U.S. is only visited by the... Continue Reading →

Hooded Merganser

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have our second of 3 North American mergansers, the Hooded Merganser. Like the Red-breasted Merganser from a while back, the Hooded has a rather narrow, serrated bill with a slight hook on the end for eating fish. Hooded Mergansers, however, are much smaller. The drake is mostly black and... Continue Reading →

Fox Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we've got another sparrow! The Fox Sparrow is pretty cool, and despite that picture up there, surprisingly easy to ID. At first glance, it might seem like the key to ID is the field marks. While those certainly do play a role, this sparrow is best identified by it's size.... Continue Reading →

Hairy Woodpecker

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the Hairy Woodpecker. And as you can see here, they look pretty much identical to the Downy Woodpecker. So how the heck do you tell the two apart? I mean, they have nearly the same range, and plumage! A closer look reveals one way to tell, the beak. The Hairy... Continue Reading →

Red-winged Blackbird

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, one of my favs, the Red-winged Blackbird. Their call (some guides use the mnemonic "konk-a-ree" to describe it, though I personally don't hear it) is one that I always associate with summer, and until I really started birding, only heard then. Now, I can hear it almost year round. In... Continue Reading →

European Starling

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the most infamous and perhaps successful invasive species in North America, well bird species at least; the European Starling. First, let's get the "how they got here" story out of the way for those of you that don't know. Back in the latter half of the 1800s, some Shakespeare enthusiasts... Continue Reading →

Bufflehead

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, we talk about a small diving duck known as the Bufflehead. Strange name, right? The interwebs tells me that the name comes from the term "buffalo head" referring to the bird's large noggin. From a distance, the Bufflehead is a striking black and white; black back, and head, with white... Continue Reading →

Green-winged Teal

Hey guys, welcome back! We've reached our first teal! Teal is not just a blue-green color, teals are also a group of small ducks. The U.S. had three species of teal, Green-winged, Blue-winged, and Cinnamon. Despite them all being teals, they don't really look much alike, though they do share one quality; they're small. The... Continue Reading →

Northern Shoveler

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a funny-looking dabbling duck, the Northern Shoveler. The Shoveler is common along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and southern part of the country in winter, and spends its summers in Canada and the upper plains states. They're also found on 3 other continents; Europe, Asia, and Africa (or the... Continue Reading →

A WordPress.com Website.

Up ↑