The Chinese Goose was photographed near Rolling Oak Road and S. Harrah Road in Norman, Oklahoma.

The Chinese Goose was photographed near Rolling Oak Road and S. Harrah Road in Norman, Oklahoma.

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The Chinese Goose is brown and white with a black bill that often has a basal knob at the upper part of the bill and forehead, and orange legs. They are descended from the wild swan goose native to Asia. Chinese Geese are often found with other geese, ducks, Muscovy, and chickens in a pen on a farm. They are among the better laying breeds of geese as well as produce twice as many goslings. The Geese eat many grasses and herbaceous plants and are referred to as “Weeder Geese.” It is an economical breed, as the stock is generally less expensive than other breeds.

The Common Snipe was photographed  at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana.

The Common Snipe was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana.

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The Common Snipe is brown with buff and bold zigzag stripes on the back, a striped head, an extremely long bill, greenish legs, and a short orange tail. The range is most of North America. It has a habitat of marshes, bogs and wet meadows. It is a solitary creature of wet fields and bogs. It can often be heard sitting from atop a fence post or dead tree. It has a diet of mostly insects and earthworms found from probing in soft mud.

 

The Neotropic Cormorant was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

The Neotropic Cormorant was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana.

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The Neotropic Cormorant is a large blackish water bird with a slender bill with hooked tip, a narrow white mask on the face, and may strike a spread-eagle pose. It has a range around the Gulf of Mexico, coastal Texas, and southwest Louisiana at the Cameron Parish. It has a habitat of tidal waters and lakes near the Gulf coasts. Their diet is fish and crustaceans. They swim low in the water with the bill tilted up at an angle.

 

The Snow Bunting was photographed on the soccer field at Lake Park on Lake Michigan at Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Snow Bunting was photographed on the soccer field at Lake Park on Lake Michigan at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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In the winter the Snow Bunting is almost all white except for a black back and tail, but in summer it is a brownish color with white. They have a range of arctic, circumpolar to Canada and the central United States. They have a habitat of prairies, fields, dunes, shores, and tundra. They can be seen flocking together in low grass fields and swirling through the air from place to place. The diet is mostly seeds and insects, and they forage in flocks while walking and running on the ground. They are very skittish, and are usually remote from effects of human activity.

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.

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