Semipalmated Plover

Hey guys welcome back. Today the second of two semipalmated birds. Well, that's only partially accurate. There are more than two, but there's only two with the word semipalmated in their name. At least on my lifelist. Anyway, the semipalmated plover is today's bird! Semipalmated plover. Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Jamaica, NY Like the semipalmated... Continue Reading →

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have the first of two semipalmated shorebirds; the semipalmated sandpiper. Before I get into how confusing these guys can be, just what the heck does "semipalmated" mean? Well, essentially it means partially webbed. So rather than completely unwebbed feet like a songbird might have, or completely webbed feet like... Continue Reading →

Least Sandpiper

Hey guys welcome back. Shorebirds. Like flycatchers, they are often seen as confusing, hard to identify birds by many. And buckle up, because we have a lot of them coming this month. As you may know, I pull the order of my life list entries for this blog right from my eBird life list. And... 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 →

Solitary Sandpiper

Hey guys, welcome back. Back to shorebirds today for the solitary sandpiper. As its name suggests, the solitary sandpiper is often seen alone. They are a medium-sized shorebird, about the size of a robin, but taller. They sport a distinctive eye-ring, have an olive-brown head and upperparts, with some mottling of white, and have a... Continue Reading →

Lesser Yellowlegs

Hey guys, welcome back! Well, today is my birthday! I was supposed to be in LA celebrating by birding on the west coast, but for obvious reasons I've had to postpone that trip until (hopefully) later this year. Oh well, I'm sure I'll have a good birthday. Anyway, today's bird is the lesser yellowlegs. A... Continue Reading →

American Woodcock

Hey guys! Welcome back. If you read my last post, then you know that I said in my teaser for this one that I'd be profiling the bird that made me officially start my life list. So how did a funny-named, strange-looking, not-very-bright shorebird that's almost never found on the shore accomplish this? The fall... Continue Reading →

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