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 →

American Wigeon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we dive back into the world of ducks. Well, more technically we're dabbling in the world of ducks. The American wigeon is a dabbling duck with a compact frame, and small bill that it uses for snipping vegetation. The female is a warm brown with a dark smudgy area around... Continue Reading →

Redhead

Hey guys welcome back! Today's bird is a cool duck that doesn't have a green head like some of us may be used to, but a red one! Well, it's admittedly more of a cinnamon color, but still! The redhead is a diving duck that in terms of color pallette is very similar to the... Continue Reading →

Mute Swan

Hey guys welcome back! Today, a frightening sight. The mute swan. Swans are some of the largest birds in North America, and as many people and YouTube videos can attest, they are also some of the most aggressive and territorial. Even allaboutbirds.com uses the phrase "hazard to humans" in their mute swan description. Of course,... Continue Reading →

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