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.

This Philadelphia Vireo was photographed behind my house in Muskego, Wisconsin

This Philadelphia Vireo was photographed behind my house in Muskego, Wisconsin

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A small olive- or gray- backed bird, much like wood warblers but rounder head, with unbarred wings and strongly yellow-tinged underparts (especially across the chest), and with bills with a curved edge and a slight hook. There is a dark loral spot between the eye and the bill. It has a range of southern Canada and the northeast edge of the United States. It has a habitat found mainly in broadleaf trees of second growth, poplars, willows, and alders. It feeds on insects and some berries, may hang upside down to get the food.

This Swamp Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This Swamp Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Swamp Sparrow is a dark rusty sparrow with a dull gray breast, an outlined white throat, and a rusty-reddish cap. It has a range east of the Rockies from Canada to the Gulf Coast. It has a habitat in marshes with tussocks, bushes, or cattails, and sedgy swamps. The diet is mostly insects and seeds. It is usually a solitary sulker in dense cover.

This Eastern Wood Pewee was photographed at Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This Eastern Wood-Pewee was photographed at Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Eastern-Wood Pewee is a sparrow sized brown-gray color, with two white wing bars, and no eye-ring. It has a dusky gray breast and a partially yellow lower beak. The wings extend further down the tail than other flycatchers. Its range is from south Canada and eastern half of the United States. It has a habitat in woodlands and groves.

The male Purple Martin was photographed in Baxter Springs, Kansas

The male Purple Martin was photographed in Baxter Springs, Kansas

the female Purple Martin was photographed with the male and three full Purple Martin birdhouses

The female Purple Martin was photographed with the male and three full Purple Martin birdhouses

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The male Purple Martin in uniformly blue-black above and below and is North Americas largest swallow. The female Purple Martin is brownish-gray above, a light belly and throat, and with a faint collar. It has a range from southern Canada to northern Mexico. It has a habitat of towns, farms, semi-open country, mountain forest edges near water, and lowland desert with giant saguaro cactus. Almost all Purple Martins nest in birdhouses put up especially for them. It feeds on a wide variety of flying insects: wasps, flying ants, bees, beetles, moths, and butterfly s.

This Red-Shouldered Hawk was photographed in Baxter Springs, Kansas while hunting Starlings-they ganged up on him and gave chase.

This Red-Shouldered Hawk was photographed in Baxter Springs, Kansas while hunting Starlings-they ganged up on him and gave chase.

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The Red-Shouldered Hawk has a dark patched upper, heavy dark bands on both sides of the tail, rufous shoulders, and pale robin-red underparts. This is a forest buteo recognized by its ample tail and broad wings. It has a range from southeastern Canada, the eastern half of the United States, and California. It has a habitat of woodlands, wooded rivers, and timbered swamps. It feeds on small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. It usually hunts by watching from a perch.

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