Bird Introductions – Brown-headed Cowbird

This is a common Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) I post this picture to reinforce the fact that to me, ALL birds are special and important and worthy of photographing (and watching._ I realize that the poor old male cowbird here won't get the kind of love an eagle will. But I want to share my love of birds as well as my love of bird photography (they are two separate but equal passions with me) in the hopes that I can get others interested in birds.

Brown Headed Cowbird Photo by Scott Bourne

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How Many Birds Are There In North America?

Like most things - the answer to the question - "How Many Birds Are There In North America" is - it depends. If you are asking how many species there are - well the Americas have a rich and varied avifauna. The Continental United States is home to 1107 different species of birds, while Canada and Alaska host 686 and 521 species respectively. Despite being a smaller country, Mexico has almost as many birds as the US, with 1118 species recorded here. That amounts to 3,432 different species.

Falcon photograph by Scott Bourne

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Avian Beauty Podcast #10 You light a fire with a simple spark. And in birding, that first bird that really captures your attention and makes you fall in love with birds and birdwatching is called your “spark bird.” For some people, it’s a regal bird, like the golden eagle. For others, it’s as simple as a goldfinch or…


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