Kentucky Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have a shy little bird that is far more likely to be heard than seen. In fact, that's the case here with me! It was June, 2017. I was working in Central Park walking through the Ravine when I came upon some of the regular birders that frequented the... Continue Reading →

Summer Tanager

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is our next tanager; the summer tanager. The summer tanager is a bright red bird that lives in the southern half of the eastern US. Despite this, I have seen a few in New York City, which is slightly north of their range. They rarely visit northern Ohio, so I... Continue Reading →

Orchard Oriole

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is our second oriole species. The orchard oriole is the smallest of the North American orioles (which incidentally aren't related to the orioles of Eurasia.) The male looks nearly identical to the Baltimore oriole, except its bright orange is swapped out with a dark rusty color similar to the breast... Continue Reading →

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we have another stripey little sparrow, the Lincoln's sparrow. This streaky sparrow has thin streaking on its face, throat, and breast but little to none on its belly. When compared to the song sparrow, I think of the streaks like this; the song sparrow's streaks are made with a crayon,... Continue Reading →

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 →

Blackpoll Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back. Can you believe January is already over! Crazy. Today is the tale of a warbler that holds the record for longest over-water migration of any songbird, the blackpoll warbler. More on that in a minute. The blackpoll is a fairly large (by warbler standards) warbler that in spring looks fairly similar... Continue Reading →

Mourning Warbler

Hey guys, welcome back. So at the end of my last post I mentioned that I've never seen the bird featured today, but how can that be? I'm highlighting the birds on my life list in this blog, so how can I include one that I've never seen? Well, there's a simple answer. When birding,... Continue Reading →

Cedar Waxwing

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is one of two waxwing species in the US. In fact there are only three waxwings overall. The cedar and bohemian waxwings found here in North America, and the Japanese waxwing found in, you guessed it, Japan. There's no mistaking a waxwing either. They are very slick and smooth looking... Continue Reading →

Indigo Bunting

Hey guys, welcome back! The color blue. It has a very interesting history. Pretty sure I mentioned it before, way back when we did blue jay. But the color blue is actually quite rare in nature. This is a pretty good video that briefly summarizes it. Blue is the first thing you see when you... Continue Reading →

Red-eyed Vireo

Hey guys, welcome back. Our third vireo today, and second in a row is the aptly named red-eyed vireo. Although admittedly, the red eye can be hard to see at times due to lighting and some individuals simply having a darker red iris. To me, the red-eyed vireo looks like the warbling vireo but with... Continue Reading →

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