Return of Bird of the Week: Macaroni Penguin


Macaroni Penguins, despite their silly name, are another amazing mountaineering species of penguin. These photos are all from a bouncing Zodiac rubber raft; we couldn’t make a landing where the Macaroni Penguins routinely did. Note the different bill structure. The Macaroni’s bill is adapted for a different genus of krill, its primary prey, resulting the…

Pileated Woodpecker, Payette Lake, Idaho

Now That’s a Woodpecker


WC and Mrs. WC were hiking in Ponderosa State Park recently. The park is on a peninsula that protrudes into Payette Lake, where Pileated Woodpeckers are as common as alliteration. Pileated Woodpeckers are the largest North American woodpecker,1 and the model for Woody Woodpecker.2 And they are an environment-altering force of nature. When they find…

Brewer's Blackbird male, New Meadows, Idaho

Look at Every Bird


Brewer’s Blackbird, in the jargon of birders, are “dirt birds,” too common to be interesting. There were certainly hundreds of the along Cemetery Road in New Meadows, when WC was out with his camera Sunday morning. Under the overcast skies, the purple and green sheens of the males was especially vivid. So when one held…