Snow Goose

Hey guys, welcome back. From one large white bird to another, today we look at the snow goose. Now while it's not as large as our last bird, the tundra swan, it is a fairly large bird, about the size of a Canada goose. Snow geese are all white with black wing tips, sport a... Continue Reading →

Tundra Swan

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, our second swan species, and first native one: the tundra swan. That's right, you may remember way back when we did mute swan I mentioned that they are actually not native to this country. The tundra swan is, however. They get their name from their breeding range. They breed in... Continue Reading →

Ring-necked Duck

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we look at the ring-necked duck. The ring-necked duck is a an elegant black and gray duck. They are about the size of a scaup, just slightly smaller than a mallard. They look similar to scaup as well, but have a black back. The shape of the black back, and... Continue Reading →

Great Horned Owl

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the owl that most people probably picture when they picture an owl, and the only owl species I've seen in all three states I've lived in (NY, MO, OH.) The great horned owl. The great horned owl is a large owl, slightly larger than the red-tailed hawk. They are quite... Continue Reading →

Red-shouldered Hawk

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we head back to the world of raptors and meet the red-shouldered hawk. When I lived in NYC, I only ever saw them flying over the park during migration, although they've been known to stop by every once in a while, though never for long. I saw many more, including... Continue Reading →

Dickcissel

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's funny-named bird is the dickcissel. Although they kind of look like a sparrow (especially the female), they are actually in the same family as tanagers and cardinals. For now anyway. They've previously been in the sparrow and blackbird families. They're one of those species that scientists have trouble placing taxonomically.... Continue Reading →

Lesser Yellowlegs

Hey guys, welcome back! Well, today is my birthday! I was supposed to be in LA celebrating by birding on the west coast, but for obvious reasons I've had to postpone that trip until (hopefully) later this year. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have a good birthday. Anyway, today's bird is the lesser yellowlegs. A... Continue Reading →

Sora

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a funny little bird. It's our first rail, the sora. Somewhat closely related to the American coot which we did a while back, the sora is more of a typical rail. Rails are wading birds kind of like herons, but are more compact and chicken-like. In fact, one... Continue Reading →

American Wigeon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we dive back into the world of ducks. Well, more technically we're dabbling in the world of ducks. The American wigeon is a dabbling duck with a compact frame, and small bill that it uses for snipping vegetation. The female is a warm brown with a dark smudgy area around... Continue Reading →

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