The summer breeding American Avocet was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Managemnet Area in Montana

The summer breeding American Avocet was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

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The American Avocet is a large slim shorebird with a very slender upturned bill that has a striking white-black pattern body, a pinkish tan head and neck, and bluish legs. It has a range of the southwestern Canada, western United States and the southwestern and southern coasts. It has a habitat of beaches, flats, shallow lakes, and prairie ponds. It favors salty lakes more than fresh water. It has a diet of mostly small crustaceans, insects, and some seeds. They often feed walking forward while swing their bills from side to side over the water.

The Brown Pelican was photographed at Murrells Inlet saltwater marsh walk waterfront in South Carolina

The Brown Pelican was photographed at Murrells Inlet saltwater marsh walk waterfront in South Carolina

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The Brown Pelican is a large gray-brown bird with white and brown about the head and neck, a gray pouch and legs. It has a range along the coasts of the United States. It has a habitat on salt bays, beaches, marshes, and ocean coasts and perches on posts and boats. Their diet is mostly fish and crustaceans. They fly close to the water and plunge bill first to get their food.

The Whimbrel was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

The Whimbrel was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

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The Whimbrel is a large gray-brown wader with a long decurved bill, striped head, and gray legs. It has a range of the Arctic circumpolar and can be found on the United States coasts in the winter. It has a habitat of shores, mud flats, marshes, prairies, and tundra. Its diet includes insects, crustaceans, and berries. It feeds more by picking, less by probing.

The Cattle Egret was photographed at the Rockefeller State Wildlife and Game Reserve in Louisanna

The Cattle Egret was photographed at the Rockefeller State Wildlife and Game Reserve in Louisiana

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The Cattle Egret is a white stocky egret with a yellow beak and yellow, dark, or coral pink legs. It is expanding in the United States since invading the south United States in 1952. Its habitat is farms, marshes, highway edges in Florida, and it associates with cattle. It is often seen feeding with cattle as they flush out insects. The diet is mostly insects and usually forages in flocks in dry fields.

The Marbled Godwit was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

The Marbled Godwit was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

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The Marbled Godwit is a large rich mottled buff-brown color upper and lighter buff-brown color lower with dark legs and a slightly turned up bill. It has a range of the Northern Great Plains of the United States and Canada. It has a habitat of prairies, pools, shores, and tide flats mostly in the Northern Great Plains. When it leaves the prairies after summer it usually goes as a large flock to coastal regions. It has a diet of insects, mollusks, and crustaceans.

The Upland Sandpiper was photographed on the farm road going to the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

The Upland Sandpiper was photographed on the farm road going to the Badlands National Park in South Dakota

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The Upland Sandpiper is a “pigeon-headed” brown sandpiper with a small head, short bill, thin neck, long tail, and shoe-button eye. It often perches on fence posts and poles and holds wings elevated. It has a range of mostly Canada and northern United States. It has a habitat of dry grassy prairies, open meadows, and fields. It is almost never seen on mud flats or other typical shorebird habitats. It has a diet of mostly insects and seeds.

This Burrowing Owl was photographed  in Badlands National Park in South Dakota

This Burrowing Owl was photographed in Badlands National Park in South Dakota

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The Burrowing Owl is a small tannish barred spotted owl with white chin stripe, round head, long legs, and stubby tail. It is often seen in open country by day standing erect on the ground or posts. It has a range of southwestern Canada, western United States, and Florida. It has a habitat of open grassland, prairies, farmland, airfields, and lives in burrows and prairie dog towns. The diet consists of insects and small mammals.

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