Osprey

Hey guys, welcome back. The osprey. A bird of prey that is unique among North American raptors. Although in the same order as a number of hawks, the osprey is the lone species in its genus...sort of. As I've mentioned numerous times, taxonomy is a complicated thing. There isn't one taxonomy that everyone follows. There's... Continue Reading →

Worm-eating Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back. Cornell describes today's bird as "drab, but elegantly marked" and that's certainly a good way to put it. The worm-eating warbler is a small warbler that is an olive brown, with a slightly yellower head. They have four bold black stripes on their head. These are warblers that are not quite... Continue Reading →

Peregrine Falcon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the fastest animal on the planet; the peregrine falcon! So, yes, let's get this out of the way right at the top. The peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth. In a dive, they can reach speeds approaching 200 miles per hour! They are built for speed, and thus... Continue Reading →

Monk Parakeet

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is our first parrot. That's right, parrot. The monk parakeet is not native to the US. Some of you may be thinking there's no parrots native to the US. Well, there are. Very few, and mostly just stragglers that wander north from Mexico and Central America. The eastern US actually... Continue Reading →

Least Flycatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we venture bak into the confusing world of flycatchers, specifically the genus Empidonax which has the majority of nearly identical species. The least flycatcher certainly fits into that category, but is actually easier to tell apart than, say, an alder flycatcher from a willow flycatcher. First off, as their name... Continue Reading →

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, the yellow-crowned night heron. Unlike it's black-crowned cousin, which we talked about a while back, the yellow-crowned prefers salt and brackish waters. As such, they are found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, although their breeding range does extend inland throughout the Mississippi River Valley up to around St. Louis,... Continue Reading →

Common Tern

Hey guys welcome back. And Happy Valentine's Day to those of you out there that care enough to celebrate. I'll be doing so by heading to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History for a lecture about one of my favorite bird genera, the corvids (crow, jays, ravens, etc.) Today is our second tern species, the... Continue Reading →

Boat-tailed Grackle

Hey guys, welcome back! You may remember way back over a year ago I featured the common grackle, and in that post stated that they're one of my favorite birds. This is true, and it applies to other members of the grackle family, including this one, the boat-tailed grackle. Quick glance at the picture above... Continue Reading →

American Oystercatcher

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is probably the easiest shorebird to identify, the American oystercatcher. This crow-sized shorebird sports a brown back, white belly, black head, and a long, thick, red bill which they use for (you guessed it) catching oysters. Because they eat exclusively saltwater mollusks, their range is restricted to the ocean... Continue Reading →

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