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 →

Northern Flicker

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a woodpecker I always refer to myself as a ground woodpecker; the Northern Flicker. While they do "stand" on the side of trees and peck at the trunk, they typically feed on the ground, unlike most other woodpeckers, which is why I think of them as the ground woodpecker. Their... Continue Reading →

Northern Mockingbird

Hey guys, welcome back! Hope you're all enjoying spring migration! Today, we don't have a fancy, colorful migrant, we have a grey colored resident bird; the Northern Mockingbird. The Northern Mockingbird is the only mockingbird species found in the U.S. but it does have several close relatives on the continent (the Gray Catbird, and the... 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 →

American Robin

Hey guys, welcome back! How did it take us this long to get to one of most common, widespread, and well known birds in North America? Well, the actual answer is I took my life list and arranged it by date and that's the order I'm going in on the blog haha. Anyway, the American... Continue Reading →

Dark-eyed Junco

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a sparrow that defies the stereotype that sparrows are just "little brown jobs," the Dark-eyed Junco. Although it is in the sparrow family, this little bird certainly doesn't look it! At last, a sparrow that's easy to identify! In terms of looks, yes it's not a plethora of striped browns... Continue Reading →

American Tree Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back! Before we dive into today's bird, I feel I must explain the featured photo for this post, as well as the lack of subsequent ones. This blog is featuring a different bird from my life list in every post. And up until now, I have supplemented each of those posts with... Continue Reading →

American Goldfinch

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a bright yellow little bird common to backyard feeders, the American Goldfinch! I remember seeing these yellow little birds as a kid every so often. I didn't know what they were, and the only yellow bird I knew of was the Canary, so I just assumed that's what these guys... Continue Reading →

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