Photos by Rick Wright

Latest uploads 8/8/20

Green-tailed towhee, Arizona
One of the most colorful of the New World sparrows, this species breeds on sage flats and juniper slopes in the Great Basin and winters in southwestern North America.
Hoatzin, Peru
The bizarre hoatzin is strictly vegetarian.
Common pochard, Poland
In many ways intermediate in appearance between the familiar redhead and canvasback, the common pochard is distinguished from both by its head shape and bill pattern.
White-winged scoter, British Columbia
The scoters with white secondaries, once considered a single species, are now recognized as three species. This bird from the west coast of North America is a male of the Degland scoter, distinguished most signally by its rust-tinged flanks.
Common merganser, Arizona
The dense, bushy crest and brightly contrasting white chin distinguish this from the smaller, duller red-breasted merganser. The nostril is approximately halfway between the forehead and the bill tip; on a red-breasted, the nostril is nearer the forehead.
Gadwall, Arizona
This drake gadwall is giving his distinctive burping call. Also visible in this photo are a female mallard, two American wigeon, and a ring-necked duck.
Mangrove swallow, Mexico
Mangrove swallows are widespread and abundant just south of the US - Mexico border in Sonora.
Mallards and semipalmated sandpipers
High tide in the Meadowlands drives migrating shorebirds into the upper reaches of the marshes.
Meadowlark sp., Mill Creek Marsh, Hudson Co., NJ
This meadowlark, first reported as an eastern meadowlark, showed a tail pattern typical of the western meadowlark and probably outside the range of variation of the eastern meadowlark. Note the restricted white on R4 and the apparent lack of white on R3; compare Pyle 633D. Others have clearer photographs of more of the tail, also consistent with a tentative identification of western.
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