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American Bittern - Photo Credit: Garth McElroy/VIREO

American Bittern

by Denny Olson American Bitterns are in the heron family, all no strangers to swamps. They are often described as “secretive” or “elusive”, but those conclusions are drawn by a high-and-dry species (us), which does not spend much time in the marshes and swamps. Another reason for that perception is their amazing cryptic coloration (buff […]

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Townsend's Warbler - Photo Credit: Samuel Bressler/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Townsend’s Warbler

by Gail Cleveland It’s November. We are thinking turkeys, chickadees and nuthatches, our permanent fall and winter residents, as well as flocks of waxwings, redpolls and, if we are lucky, a snowy owl. But, it is also good to look forward to the splashes of color and songs of warblers that will return in the […]

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Ring-necked Pheasant - Photo Credit: Nathan DeBoer

Ring-necked Pheasant

by Ben Long Big. Loud. Gaudy. Such are the adjectives that describe the Ring-necked Pheasant. Popular is another. Another is “tasty.” Ring-necked Pheasants are our most ornamental game bird. Some people call them “Chinese” Pheasants, since they are native to Asia, not North America. The first Pheasants in North America were released in Oregon in […]

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American Coot - Photo Credit: Jake Bramante

American Coot

The “All” American Coot by John Hughes The American Coot, Fulica americana, (Fulica from Latin meaning “coot”) is truly the “All” American Coot. While conventional range maps indicate the absence of Coots in some states in the northeast and Alaska, an examination of eBird’s range map confirms yearly sightings in all continental U.S. states and […]

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Yellow Warbler - Photo Credit: Dan Casey

Yellow Warbler

by Linda de Kort Be looking soon for a woodland bird that weighs less than two nickels, is yellow like a canary (or the cartoon character “Tweety Bird”) and sings in a tumbling series of whistles that sounds like “ sweet sweet sweet I’m so sweet”. These Yellow Warblers are among the first of the […]

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Northern Waterthrush - Photo Credit: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/people/80270393@N06" target="_blank">Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren</a>

Northern Waterthrush

What do you mean it’s not a Thrush? by Gail Cleveland Ornithologist E. H. Forbush’s observation about the Northern Waterthrush, made more than half a century ago, still applies: “It is a large wood-warbler disguised as a thrush and exhibiting an extreme fondness for water,” according to the Boreal Songbird Initiative. The Northern Waterthrush is […]

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