Ruddy Duck

Hey guys, welcome back! Today's bird is one known partially for its bright sky blue bill. Despite this, however, I've only ever seen a few in full breeding plumage. This fact is even crazier when I tell you all that I've also seen literally hundreds (possibly thousands) of Ruddy Ducks in my day. How is... Continue Reading →

Common Loon

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, probably the most well known of the loon family, the aptly named Common Loon. Common Loons are famously found on the Canadian dollar (nicknamed the "loonie") and are also found on the Minnesota state quarter. They are large waterbirds that are common on lakes throughout Canada and the northern U.S.... Continue Reading →

Double-crested Cormorant

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we talk about a cool, if not somewhat prehistoric-looking, waterbird; the Double-crested Cormorant! The most widespread of the number of cormorant species found in North America, the Double-crested Cormorant is all over the place in New York City, where I first saw one. I was riding my bike up the... Continue Reading →

Pied-billed Grebe

Hey guys, welcome back! Today is our first grebe species. But, just what the heck is a grebe? They kinda look like if a duck crossed with a heron, and the offspring had the most awkward features of both. Grebes are currently in their own taxonomic order, though their place within bird taxonomy has been... Continue Reading →

Brant

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we talk about Brant. No, not that preppy trust fund kid that played lacrosse at the private school near your high school, I mean the goose! Brant (or Brent as they're called in Eurasian) are smallish, short necked, short billed geese that stick to the ocean shore when visiting the... Continue Reading →

Bufflehead

Hey guys, welcome back! Today, we talk about a small diving duck known as the Bufflehead. Strange name, right? The interwebs tells me that the name comes from the term "buffalo head" referring to the bird's large noggin. From a distance, the Bufflehead is a striking black and white; black back, and head, with white... Continue Reading →

Green-winged Teal

Hey guys, welcome back! We've reached our first teal! Teal is not just a blue-green color, teals are also a group of small ducks. The U.S. had three species of teal, Green-winged, Blue-winged, and Cinnamon. Despite them all being teals, they don't really look much alike, though they do share one quality; they're small. The... Continue Reading →

Northern Shoveler

Hey guys, welcome back! Today we have a funny-looking dabbling duck, the Northern Shoveler. The Shoveler is common along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and southern part of the country in winter, and spends its summers in Canada and the upper plains states. They're also found on 3 other continents; Europe, Asia, and Africa (or the... Continue Reading →

American Coot

Hey guys, welcome back! Waterfowl February continues with a bird that kind of acts like a duck, the American Coot. The American Coot is a member of the Rail family, and is closely related to gallinules and moorhens. Unlike most of its close relatives, the American Coot is much easier to spot, as it prefers... Continue Reading →

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