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 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 →

Eastern Phoebe

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is the Eastern Phoebe, one of the earliest arrivals during spring migration, at least in the east. Eastern Phoebes are members of the flycatcher family, and are one of 3 phoebe species in the U.S. (the others being Say's Phoebe and Black Phoebe, both found out west.) Flycatchers in general... Continue Reading →

Hairy Woodpecker

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the Hairy Woodpecker. And as you can see here, they look pretty much identical to the Downy Woodpecker. So how the heck do you tell the two apart? I mean, they have nearly the same range, and plumage! A closer look reveals one way to tell, the beak. The Hairy... Continue Reading →

Great Black-backed Gull

Hey guys, welcome back! The Great Black-backed Gull. On average, these guys are the largest gull species in the world (I say on average, as individuals can vary in size, and the number two gull, the Glaucous Gull, can occasionally have individuals larger.) It's hard to really convey the size of these guys. Picture a... Continue Reading →

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