Blue-winged Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back! Sadly, today's post will not feature any pics. I've seen quite a number of blue-winged warblers in my day, just never any photogenic ones. And the ones that were, were present when I was sans camera. Blue-winged warblers are actually one of my favorite warbler species. I just think they're really... Continue Reading →

Mute Swan

Hey guys welcome back! Today, a frightening sight. The mute swan. Swans are some of the largest birds in North America, and as many people and YouTube videos can attest, they are also some of the most aggressive and territorial. Even allaboutbirds.com uses the phrase "hazard to humans" in their mute swan description. Of course,... Continue Reading →

American Redstart

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is yet another warbler, but this time one that is pretty easy to ID, the American redstart. One of two redstarts in the US, the American redstart is found throughout much of the country and Canada while the painted redstart is found only in small pockets of the desert... Continue Reading →

Ovenbird

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's little bird, the ovenbird, may look like a tiny thrush, but it is in fact part of the wood warbler family! Just like some of the thrushes we've covered in the past, the ovenbird is a brown to olive-brown on top with a buffy-white breast filled with spots. Also like... Continue Reading →

Wood Thrush

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is a bird that most birders will agree has one of the coolest songs, the wood thrush. Not the first brown and spotted thrush we've done (and it won't be the last either), the wood thrush differs in that it is heavily spotted all the way down it's belly as... Continue Reading →

Gray Catbird

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is a favorite of mine, the gray catbird. Now if you've been reading for a while, then you know that as a general rule, I've never been big on mnemonics when it comes to birds' songs, but with the catbird I do have one that I often repeat back... Continue Reading →

Veery

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is a member of the thrush family. The veery is a brightly colored warm cinnamon-brown. Their underparts are a buff with light spots on their throat and upper breast. Although at first glance, they're pretty similar to other thrushes like the hermit and Swainson's, their brighter brown, and lighter... Continue Reading →

Laughing Gull

Hey guys welcome back! What's so funny? I hear laughing! Oh, that's just today's bird, the laughing gull. They get their name because their call does, in fact, sound a bit like laughter. If you guys remember way back when we did our other gulls, I mentioned that gulls can loosely be divided into two... Continue Reading →

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, our first grosbeak species. And the only grosbeak species I've seen (as of this writing.)  The rose-breasted grosbeak is common throughout the eastern US. Sexually dimorphic, the male looks like he's wearing a black suit with a white shirt and a rose-red ascot. The female is various shades of brown,... Continue Reading →

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