Blue jay – Cyanocitta cristata

General: The Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a North American jay, a bird with predominantly lavender-blue to mid-blue feathering from the top of the head to midway down the back. There is a pronounced crest on the head. The colour changes to black, sky-blue and white barring on the wing primaries and the tail. The […]

Wood Duck

General: The Wood Duck is a species of duck found in North America and a popular game bird. The Wood Wood Duck (Carolina Duck) – Aix sponsaDuck is one of the most beautiful American ducks. It is second only to the Mallard in numbers shot each year in the United States. The population of the […]

Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Common Names – Timberdoodle, woody, bog snipe Organizations working for woodcock conservation are: Ruffed Grouse Society, National Audobon Society Woodcock Description -The woodcock is a small, rotund bird with a long bill and large eyes positioned far back on the head. Well camouflaged, the woodcock is mottled with brown, black and rust colors, and has […]

Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus)

Information on the physical characteristics, behavior, habitat, and conservation of ruffed grouse.

Ruffed Grouse Ruffed Grouse – Bonasa umbellus Organizations: Ruffed Grouse Society providing grouse habitat management and information Magazine about grouse and other upland bird hunting – Ruffed Grouse Description -The ruffed grouse is identified by its tail with a black band near the end and the patch of feathers “ruffs” on the neck. The […]

Black-capped chickadee – Poecile atricapilla

The Black-capped Chickadee is very similar to the Carolina Chickadee and where their ranges overlap they can be difficult to separate. In fact, they have trouble telling themselves apart and hybrids occur.