White-eyed Vireo

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is our latest vireo species! The white-eyed vireo is one of the less common of the eastern vireos. They're cool looking little birds. They have a gray head, yellow mask and belly, and green back. And of course, white eyes. The white-eyed vireo breeds in the eastern part of the... Continue Reading →

Spotted Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Today's bird is the most widespread breeding shorebird in North America; the spotted sandpiper! Found in every part of the lower 48 states, as well as most of Canada and Alaska, the spotted sandpiper is one of the easiest shorebirds to ID. They are brown above, and white below with an... Continue Reading →

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 →

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