"Use the talents you possess - for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best." ~ Henry Van Dyke

"If it looks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, we have at least to consider the possibility that we have a small aquatic bird of the family anatidae on our hands."
~ Douglas Adams

My organization of these birds is intentionally not entirely taxonomic. I am organizing to help see the differences in similar looking, sometimes confused birds.

Geese and Swans

Galleries 14
334 photos
Geese and Swans

Ducks

Galleries 30
693 photos
Ducks

Loons and Grebes

Galleries 9
243 photos
Loons and Grebes

Coots and Rails

Galleries 5
115 photos
Coots and Rails

Pelicans, Cormorants, and Herons

Galleries 19
1217 photos
Pelicans, Cormorants, and Herons

Plovers, Stilts, Avocents, and Sandpipers

Galleries 38
1257 photos
Plovers, Stilts, Avocents, and Sandpipers

Gulls, Terns, and Jaegers

Galleries 24
961 photos
Gulls, Terns, and Jaegers

Shearwaters, Fulmars, Petrels, Auklets, Murres, Boobies

Galleries 22
235 photos
Shearwaters, Fulmars, Petrels, Auklets, Murres, Boobies

Owls, Vulture, Osprey, Hawks, Kite, and Falcons

Galleries 26
1125 photos
Owls, Vulture, Osprey, Hawks, Kite, and Falcons

Woodpeckers and Sapsuckers (and Kingfisher)

Galleries 13
378 photos
Woodpeckers and Sapsuckers (and Kingfisher)

Swifts and Swallows

Galleries 10
279 photos
Swifts and Swallows

Hummingbirds, Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Vireos, Bushtits, and other little birds

Galleries 24
880 photos
Hummingbirds, Gnatcatchers, Kinglets, Vireos, Bushtits, and other little birds

Nuthatches, Creepers, and Wrens

Galleries 10
252 photos
Nuthatches, Creepers, and Wrens

Flycatchers

Galleries 23
981 photos
Flycatchers

Warblers

Galleries 36
1042 photos
Warblers

Sparrows, Finches, and other little brown streaky birds

Galleries 38
1046 photos
Sparrows, Finches, and other little brown streaky birds

Crows, Ravens, Blackbirds, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Orioles, and Medium Birds

Galleries 29
826 photos
Crows, Ravens, Blackbirds, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Orioles, and Medium Birds

Thrushes, Grosbeaks, Tanagers, and Waxwings

Galleries 18
551 photos
Thrushes, Grosbeaks, Tanagers, and Waxwings

Pigeons, Doves, Quail, Roadrunner

Galleries 6
121 photos
Pigeons, Doves, Quail, Roadrunner

New Exotics

Galleries 24
356 photos
New Exotics

Neither Fishing nor Fowl. Only Foul.

65 items
Neither Fishing nor Fowl. Only Foul.