Kenn Kaufman's Notebook

Even John James Audubon Couldn't Tell the Difference Between Scaup Ducks

Even John James Audubon Couldn't Tell the Difference Between Scaup Ducks

— Audubon and his rival, Alexander Wilson, disagreed about the habits of scaup ducks. But that's because they were describing two different birds.
Unwelcome by Some, the Ring-necked Pheasant Is an American Success Story

Unwelcome by Some, the Ring-necked Pheasant Is an American Success Story

— It might not be native to the U.S., but like so many other immigrants, the bird has thrived here.
The White-winged Crossbill Is the Bird That Never Goes Home

The White-winged Crossbill Is the Bird That Never Goes Home

— A continuous search for spruce cones makes this crossbill the ultimate avian nomad.
How the Stealthy Saw-whet Owl Duped Scientists for a Century

How the Stealthy Saw-whet Owl Duped Scientists for a Century

— Once thought to be rare and non-migratory by researchers, it turns out this little owl is just the opposite.
 The Mighty Ringed Kingfisher Has Invaded Texas

The Mighty Ringed Kingfisher Has Invaded Texas

— Once a rarity along the border, this ‘King Kongfisher’ has become a year-round resident. Why is still a mystery.
I Think My First Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Was Tipsy

I Think My First Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker Was Tipsy

— Their specialized diets make these woodpeckers the botanists of the bird world, but it can also cause them to get boozy on occasion.
Consider the Black Turnstone, a Master of Camouflage

Consider the Black Turnstone, a Master of Camouflage

— Compared with other shorebirds, the bird's range is extremely limited. But there might be a good reason for that.
The Curious Case of the Itinerant Fulvous Whistling-Duck

The Curious Case of the Itinerant Fulvous Whistling-Duck

— The wandering birds have been recorded all over the lower 48 states, but where they'll end up next is anyone's guess.
Meet John James Audubon’s Nemesis Bird: the Chestnut-sided Warbler

Meet John James Audubon’s Nemesis Bird: the Chestnut-sided Warbler

— Despite decades of searching, Audubon struggled to find the bird after his first sighting. But there might be some good reasons why.