Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Hey guys welcome back. Another flycatcher. As we well know by now, flycatchers, particularly those in the genus Empidonax are notoriously difficult to identify. Well the yellow-bellied flycatcher doesn't really have that issue. Pattern of the yellow-bellied is nearly identical to others in its genus, but color helps them stand apart. yellow-bellied flycatchers are noticeably... Continue Reading →

Marsh Wren

Hey guys, welcome back. Well, we're back at the marsh again! If you've been reading for a while, then you probably know that I choose the order of birds for these entries based on my life list. I simply go on eBird, and sort my life list by date first seen, and that's the order... Continue Reading →

Saltmarsh Sparrow

Hey guys welcome back. Today's bird is a secretive sparrow with a very limited range. The saltmarsh sparrow is found in, you guessed it, saltmarshes. Their range is limited to the Atlantic coast from southern Maine to Florida. They like thickets in salt marshes and are actually very cool looking birds. Many of us think... Continue Reading →

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 →

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