Cattle Egret

Hey guys welcome back. Like the western tanager from a few posts back, today's bird was a vagrant. The cattle egret is a small white heron that was originally found only in Africa before finding its way to North America in the 1950s. From there it spread its range, filling the southern half of the... Continue Reading →

Red-throated Loon

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is the red-throated loon. The smallest of North America's loons, the red-throated loon is a winter resident of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, only coming inland in the US during migration, and then only visiting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. They breed throughout northern Canada and Alaska... Continue Reading →

Wilson’s Snipe

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have a funny little shorebird, the Wilson's snipe. This bird is very similar to the American woodcock we did waaaaay back at the beginning of this blog. The two look very similar, though the Wilson's snipe does spend a little more time in more traditional shorebird habitat than the... Continue Reading →

Red-necked Grebe

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is the red-necked grebe. These birds are not found in many parts of the US. Typically only along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in winter, and pockets of the northeast during migration. Though a small number of them breed in the extreme norther plains state, most of them are found... Continue Reading →

Lesser Scaup

Hey guys, welcome back. Today the lesser scaup. A bird that is nearly identical to the greater scaup we did some time back. Lesser scaup are diving ducks found on large ponds and reservoirs. They're found in fresh water more often than greater scaup...usually. As far as telling them apart, it's rather difficult. Their color... Continue Reading →

Pine Siskin

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is a little winter finch; the pine siskin. This plucky little finch is an irruptive species. I know I've talked about irruption before but essentially, it means they can be very plentiful some winters, and completely absent other winters. Most migrations are spurned by food sources. Most birds fly... Continue Reading →

Western Tanager

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is an interesting one as it's a western species, meaning the bird I actually saw was a vagrant. What is a vagrant in animal terms? Well, simply put, it's an animal (in this case a bird) that strays far outside its normal range. The western tanager is typically found... Continue Reading →

Northern Pintail

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we dive (or rather dabble) back into the world of ducks. The northern pintail is one of the most abundant duck species in the world, being found throughout the northern hemisphere from the arctic south to northern South America and north-central Africa. Here in the US, they can be found... Continue Reading →

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Hey guys, welcome back! We got ourselves a nuthatch today! The red-breasted nuthatch is the second of two eastern species of nuthatch (there's more out west which hopefully will be added to my list some day.) They are actually found throughout North America including 49 of the 50 states (sorry Hawaii) and are more common... Continue Reading →

Cape May Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is the Cape May warbler. This warbler is unique amongst its warbler cousins in a couple ways. First up is its appearance. Breeding birds are an assortment of colors and patterns. They sport a green back, yellow belly covered in thin dark streaks, and their yellow face has an... Continue Reading →

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