Monthly Archives: May 2020

Sleep and migration in White-crowned Sparrows

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) is a small sparrow in the Passerellidae family. It has a huge range across North American all the way from the northern tips of Alaska and Canada where it breeds to its wintering range in Central America. A 2004 study by Rattenborg et al. [1] studied sleep in White-crowned Sparrows. They […]


Our Global Big Day 2020 Results

Global Big Day is a huge day in birdwatching for some reason. Everyone goes out and tries to find as many birds as they can. We visited three sites today for global big day (one of the sites with a brief second visit) so we got four eBird eligible checklists. We did not see anything […]


Species: Purple Martin

What is the Purple Martin? The Purple Martin (Progne subis) in a very unusual swallow in the family Hirundinidae and order Passeriformes. It is a beautiful bird that subsists on insects, flying through the air catching them on the wing.