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 →

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 →

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 →

Great Cormorant

Hey guys, welcome back. Today is the great cormorant, our second cormorant species. Great cormorants look similar to the more abundant double-crested variety, but are noticeably larger and bulkier looking. They have a white patch at the base of their bill, and a white patch on their flanks, under the wing that's typically only visible... Continue Reading →

Greater Scaup

Hey guys, welcome back. Sticking with waterfowl today, we have another diving duck; the greater scaup. One of two scaup species in North America (the other is the lesser), greater scaup are diving ducks of the same genus as the redhead, ring-necked duck, and canvasback from the last post. They look extremely similar to the... Continue Reading →

Canvasback

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a large diving duck known as the canvasback. Canvasback males have a similar color palette as the redhead; reddish-brown head, black breast, light gray almost white body, but the canvasback is larger and has a black bill. Females are a pale brown-gray. The thing that sets the canvasback... Continue Reading →

Snow Goose

Hey guys, welcome back. From one large white bird to another, today we look at the snow goose. Now while it's not as large as our last bird, the tundra swan, it is a fairly large bird, about the size of a Canada goose. Snow geese are all white with black wing tips, sport a... Continue Reading →

Tundra Swan

Hey guys, welcome back. Today, our second swan species, and first native one: the tundra swan. That's right, you may remember way back when we did mute swan I mentioned that they are actually not native to this country. The tundra swan is, however. They get their name from their breeding range. They breed in... Continue Reading →

Ring-necked Duck

Hey guys, welcome back. Today we look at the ring-necked duck. The ring-necked duck is a an elegant black and gray duck. They are about the size of a scaup, just slightly smaller than a mallard. They look similar to scaup as well, but have a black back. The shape of the black back, and... Continue Reading →

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