Savannah Sparrow

Hey guys welcome back! Today we have yet another little streaked sparrow. There's certainly no shortage of them! Despite this, these guys are actually fairly easy to ID provided you get a decent look at them. Savannah sparrows are in some ways your typical streaky sparrow, but their streaks are thinner than a song sparrow,... Continue Reading →

Brown-headed Cowbird

Hey guys welcome back! Over the course of this blog, we have come across a few invasive species, some of which are responsible for the declining populations of native birds. Today's bird is not invasive, technically, since it is native. However, the brown-headed cowbird is considered by many to be a nuisance bird. They are... Continue Reading →

Eastern Towhee

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the eastern towhee. Once again, a bird that has a close relative that it used to be lumped in with as one species. Sensing a trend in bird taxonomy? I told you it was a thing. The eastern towhee looks very similar to its western cousin, the spotted towhee. They... Continue Reading →

Purple Finch

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, a little break from the summer heat, as we take a look at a bird that is most often found in the U.S. during the colder months (with some exceptions); the purple finch! Purple finches mostly breed up in Canada but can be found along the Pacific coast and parts... Continue Reading →

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 →

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