Brown Creeper, Cordova

Bird of the Week – Brown Creeper


Several readers have pointed out that the year end features two weeks ago meant WC skipped the Bird of the Week. For those who didn’t see it over on the Mudflats, here’s the skipped bird. If December 17’s Red-breasted Nuthatches usually climb down trees, Brown Creepers usually climb up. The cryptic coloration and very high-pitched…

Canvasback, Airport Ponds, Fairbanks

Bird of the Week – Canvasback


Back when WC was working through waterfowl earlier in this series, he overlooked an uncommon but widely distributed duck, the Canvasback. The bird is hard to overlook; the drake’s red eye and canvas-white back are very distinctive. It’s also the largest of the diving ducks. The very long bill is equally distinctive; only the Northern…

Northern Flicker noshing on Virginia Creeper berries

The Yardbirds


Some random photos of yardbirds,[^1] photographed in WC’s backyard in the north end of Boise the last few weeks. Northern Flickers occur in interior Alaska in summer but, unlike their woodpecker cousins, Flickers migrate outh for the winter. Apparently to southwest Boise. The absence of red means this is a female. By far the most…