We already posted an article that takes a peek at the most wanted birds within the USA. But the short list in the post was far from complete as there wasn’t enough space to cover all birds that present ultimate goals of all avid bird watchers.
This article is the continuation of that post. We wanted to mention several other bird species, and this is a perfect way to do it. So, here are several other birds that every birder wants to see at least once in their lifetime.
Atlantic Puffin – A bird that captures attention
Atlantic Puffins are interesting birds whose bill has unique grooves that change according to the age of the bird. It’s sad to say that they went extinct in the USA, more precisely at the Eastern Egg Rock where they were previously present.
The Project Puffin was initiated to return this species to the Eastern Egg Rock, and it had mixed results. Birds started nesting there, but they had to deal with otters and the lack of their favorite prey. But the positive side of the project is that there are sightings of the Atlantic Puffin along the coast of the Maine which proves that they managed to survive and thrive (if only a little) in the USA.
The fiercest mini raptor in the USA
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl is, as its name suggests, a small bird that weighs around 2.5 ounces. The small build doesn’t prevent this bird from being a fierce predator. This species has a wide menu and scorpions, grasshoppers, reptile and other birds are quite common on it.
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl tends to hunt animals that are either same or smaller than it is but cases where the prey was larger than the hunter are also present. Gambel’s Quail, Blue Grosbeak, and hispid cotton rat are just some of the animals that have fallen prey to this small hunter even though they weight more.
Green Jay – a family-oriented tool-using bird
Green Jay is a small bird species that is both beautiful and skillful. The name is derived from the green color of its body. This bird is green with the addition of blue and black feathers on its head. The tail is multicolored, and it has several shades that range from blue to green.
This bird species raises its offspring for a year after which they are driven out. During the time, older set of offspring guards the nest while the parents feed newborn. This system repeats on a constant basis, and there are older guardians through the year.
Green Jay is also known for being one of the bird species that uses tools for hunting. They use twigs in the extraction of the insects that hide beneath the bark. It’s observed that only adult specimens use this method as juveniles aren’t experienced enough to do it.
Green Jay came close to being endangered in the 20s and 30s, but the continued effort of several organizations made it possible for this bird species to prevail and increase its numbers. This bird species is expanding both in number and in habitat in the last fifty years, and they are far from being endangered.