Category Archives: Uncommon birds

Ring-Necked Duck, ( Aythya Collaris)

Identifying Them: These ducks are easily identified by the white ring and black tip around their beak. Ring-Necked Ducks are also recognized by their slightly lighter in color, ring around their neck (hence the name “Ring-Necked Duck”)  that isn’t always … Continue reading

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Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo Swainsoni)

Identifying Them: They are medium-sized raptors who are part of the Accipitridae family. Red-tailed Hawks (whom are in the same family) look similar to Swainson’s Hawks, although, Red-tailed Hawks are larger in size, with a height of 22-27 inches, while Swainson’s … Continue reading

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Western Grebes, The Largest Grebes in North America

A few minutes after hatching, juveniles will climb onto the backs of their parent’s to be carried across the water… Identifying Them: Western Grebes are medium-sized birds with black heads, grey wings, and white necks. Females and Males look about … Continue reading

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Rufous Hummingbirds (Selasphorus rufus)

                  Identifying Them: Female Rufous Hummingbirds look a little different from males. They have a white neck with grey spots and green and brown colored wings. Both male and females’ height is approximately 3 … Continue reading

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Anna’s Hummingbird (Calypte anna)

Identifying Them: Females are a light green-gold color and have a pink-purple coloring on their necks. Males’ bodies and wings are more of a darker green-gold color, and their head is almost entirely (not just their neck) pink-purple, as seen … Continue reading

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Short-tailed Albatross

Identifying Them: Their name was given to them because of their short white tail. Short-tailed Albatross are usually around 33-37 inches tall, with wingspans up to 91 inches long. These sea-birds’ bodies are white, with a tan-white head through neck. … Continue reading

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Pectoral Sandpipers, Calidris Melanotos

Identifying Them: Pectoral Sandpipers are small birds with a height of approximately 8 inches and a wingspan of about 18 inches. Their name “Pectoral” was given to them because of their inflatable air sac on the males’ chest, puffed out during his hooting-flight … Continue reading

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