Barn Swallow

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, the most common and widespread swallow species in the world; the barn swallow! A dark metallic blue above, and buff to rusty orange below (individuals in Europe have a white belly, but retain the orange colored throat), the barn swallow is a fast, agile bird that often flies only a... Continue Reading →

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Hey guys welcome back. Today's bird is the tiny blue-gray gnatcatcher. Despite its name, gnats don't actually make up a large portion of its diet. Nevertheless, this little bird is almost constantly moving as it gleans the foliage for other tiny insects, and small spiders. They've been known to use snipets of other birds' songs... 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 →

Black-crowned Night Heron

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is a short, stocky, short-necked heron, and the first heron that wasn't a great blue heron I remember ever seeing. The Black-crowned Night Heron (often abbreviated BCNH by birders because the name is a mouthful) is one of the most widespread herons in the world. They're very common across... 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 →

Tree Swallow

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is my favorite swallow species (well, of the species I've seen. The Violet-green Swallow is pretty cool looking but as of this writing I've not seen one in person) the Tree Swallow! Allaboutbirds.org describes them as "Handsome aerialists with deep-blue iridescent backs and clean white fronts" and I can't think... Continue Reading →

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Hey guys, welcome back! Before we start, let me apologize for there being no photos today. As i've stated before, all the photos I use in my blog are mine. Taken by yours truly. And sometimes I either can't get a good look at a bird, or just don't have my camera when I see... Continue Reading →

Louisiana Waterthrush

Hey guys, welcome back! We got ourselves another warbler today, one that can be very difficult to ID. First off, yes, this little guy is, in fact, a warbler. I know it doesn't look like one, but trust me, they aren't all tiny (mostly)yellow birds that flit about high in trees! As it's name suggests,... Continue Reading →

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