In order to get through all the birds I photographed on Protection Island (not including my main study species), I have put together a 6-part series in which I will focus on 2 species in each post. These will likely be short posts interrupted by other posts that I feel inclined to write at the time. Without further ado... Let's start with a couple of absolute classics. First off, the Canada Goose (never to be pronounced "Canadian Goose," not even one time). Canada geese are a staple North American bird. They are year-round residents in a large portion of the US, breed in Canada and vacation in the southern states all the way down into Mexico. They are also found in parts of the UK and Scandinavia. Let me see if there's something I can tell you about them that you don't already know. They are monogamous. You already knew that, didn't you? Ok, how about this: they leave their nests just 24 hours after hatching! Not to fly away but to waddle around and go for a swim. They actually fly away just over a month after hatching. Here's part of the tiny family of resident geese on Protection Island.
The second species is the Savannah Sparrow. Sometimes I refer to sparrows as simply, part of the collective LBB group (little brown bird). But I actually do love them. The yellow feathers along the supercilium make these little fellows look like attentive little sparks. In the daytime, this is the bird one most commonly sees on Protection Island. There's a healthy population.
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) - Protection Island, WA
Two very populous, North American birds to start with and then, who knows? Be on the lookout for 2birdfeature #2 which might just come in the middle of the week if I'm feeling especially wild.