Field Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is the field sparrow! The field sparrow is one of my favorite sparrows. They're rather nondescript as sparrows go, but they're still pretty cool looking. They have a mostly greyish appearance, with a grey face that has some nice warm brown markings. Their most defining features are a longer tail... Continue Reading →

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a teeny tiny little bird; the ruby-crowned kinglet! The second of two kinglet species in North America, like the golden-crowned we covered a while back, the ruby-crowned also has a very close Eurasian relative, known as the flamecrest. Size and habits are very similar to the golden-crowned, but... Continue Reading →

Swamp Sparrow

Hey guys welcome back! Today, one of my favorite little sparrows, the Swamp Sparrow. Like most sparrows the Swamp Sparrow is not easy to ID, unlike most sparrows, they're usually found in, well, swamps. Or at least muddy or boggy areas wading around in the water. Fun fact: Swamp Sparrows have longer legs than other... 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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Chipping Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is one of the smallest sparrows: the Chipping Sparrow! I know what you're thinking, "aren't all sparrows small?" Well, most of them are, yes. But the Chipping sparrow is still on the smaller end; noticeably smaller than the more common Song or White-throated Sparrows. In spring and summer, these... Continue Reading →

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