Our Bird Neighbors – Duck Hawk

(Falco peregrinus anatum) Called also : PEREGRINE, WANDERING, MOUNTAIN, OR ROCK FALCON ; GREAT-FOOTED HAWK Length—Male, 16 inches ; female, 19 inches. Male and Female—Upper parts dark bluish ash, the edges of feathers paler ; under parts varying from dull tawny to whitish, barred and spotted with black, except on throat and breast. A black […]

Birds – American Scoter

(Oidemia americana) Called also: BLACK, OR SEA COOT ; BOOBY ; BLACK SCOTER ; BUTTER-BILLED COOT ; BROAD-BILLED COOT. Length—19 to 20 inches. Male—Entire plumage black, more glossy above. Upper half of bill, which is tumid, or bulging, is yellow or orange at the base. Female—Sooty brown above, waved with obscure dusky lines; throat and […]

North American Water Birds – Ruddy Duck

(Erismatura rubida) Called also—SPINE-TAILED DUCK ; SALT WATER TEAL ; DUN BIRD Length—15 to 17 inches. Male—In summer: Crown of head and nape glossy black ; chin and sides of head dull white ; neck all around and upper parts and sides of body rich reddish brown ; lower parts white, with dusky bars ; […]

Birds – American White-fronted Goose

(Anser albifrons gambeli) Called also: LAUGHING GOOSE; SPECKLE-BELLY; GRAY BRANT; PRAIRIE BRANT. Length—27 to 30 inches. Male and Female—Upper part and fore neck brownish gray, the edgings of the feathers lighter; a white band along forehead and base of bill bordered behind by blackish ; lower back, nearest the tail, almost white; wings and tail […]

Birds – Canada Goose

(Branta canadensis) Called also :—WILD GOOSE ; GRAY GOOSE ; HONKER Length—From 1 yard to 43 inches. Male and Female—Head and neck black, a broad white band running from eye to eye under the head ; mantle over back and wings grayish brown, the edges of feathers lightest ; breast gray, fading to soiled white […]

Birds – Brant

(Branta hernicla) Called also: BRENT; BRANT GOOSE; AND BARNACLE GOOSE Length—26 inches. Male and Female—Head, neck, throat, and upper breast and shoulders blackish, with a small patch of white streaks on either side of neck, sometimes also on chin and lower eyelid; back brownish gray, the feathers margined with ashy; lower breast ashy gray, ending […]

North American Birds – Whistling Swan

(Olor columbianus) Called also : AMERICAN SWAN Length—55 inches, or a little under 5 feet. Male and Female—Entire plumage white; usually a yellow spot between the ‘eyes and nostrils, but sometimes wanting; bill, legs, and feet black. Immature birds have some brownish and grayish washings on parts of their plumage. Range—North America, nesting about the […]

Birds – Snow Goose

(Chen hyperborea nivalis) Called also . WHITE BRANT ; WAVEY ; BLUE-WINGED GOOSE Length—27 to 35 inches. Male and Female—Entire plumage white, except the ends of wings, which are blackish, and the wing coverts, which are grayish ; bill carmine ; legs dull red. Immature birds have feathers of upper parts grayish with white edges. […]

Our Bird Neighbors – Old Squaw

(Clangula hyemalis) Called also: OLD WIFE; SOUTH-SOUTHERLY; LONG-TAILED DUCK; OLD INJUN; SCOLDER; OLD MOLLY; OLD BILLY; COCKAWEE Length—Variable, according to development of tail—18 to 23 inches. Male—In winter: Blackish on back, breast, and tail, whose four middle feathers are long and narrow; sides of the head grayish brown; rest of head, neck all around, upper […]

Birds – Canvasback

(Aythyra vallisneria.) Called also.. WHITE BACK ; BULL-NECK Length—21 inches ; generally a little larger than the redhead. Male—Head and neck dark reddish brown, almost black on crown and chin. A broad band of black encircles breast and upper back; rest of the back and generally wing coverts silvery gray, almost white, the plumage being […]