The rehabbed Northern  Saw-Whet Owl was photographed at the Wisconsin State Fair from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee.

The rehabbed Northern Saw-Whet Owl was photographed at the Wisconsin State Fair from the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee.

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The Northern Saw-Whet Owl is a very small tame-like Owl brown in color with white braces on the back and brown streaking below, and with a pale buffy facial disc. It is fairly common but hard to spot in nature. It has a range from southeast Alaska, Canada, western and northeast United States to central Mexico. It has a habitat of forests, conifers and groves. They roost in dense cavities or in dense vegetation. Their diet is mostly small rodents, and swoop down on their prey at night from a high perch. These birds have exceptional hearing and vision at low light and night.

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This Osprey was photographed in Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras.

This Osprey was photographed in Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras.

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The Osprey is black above and white below with a white head that has a black head stripe and cheek patches. It is also known as the “Fish Hawk”, and was called this in Honduras. The range of the Osprey is almost anywhere in the world, except Antarctica. It has a habitat of rivers, lakes, and coasts. It feeds almost entirely on fish, as can be seen in it’s claw. It hovers over its prey and plunges feet first for the fish, then flies away.

The Common Tern was photographed at North Beach Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

The Common Tern was photographed at North Beach Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

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The Common Tern is a small black-capped white gull-liked bird with a gray mantel, red-orange bill (bill with black tip) and legs, and with five outer dark wedge primaries. It has a range of the Northern Hemisphere, and is the most widespread of the terns. It has a habitat of lakes, ocean, bays, and beaches. It has a diet of mostly small fish, and forages mostly by flying over water, hovering, and plunging to catch prey below the water.

The Caspian Tern was photographed at Grant Park Beach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Caspian Tern was photographed at Grant Park Beach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Caspian Tern is whitish-gray with a black cap and a large reddish bill with a touch of black tip, black legs, and blacker under the primaries. It is one of the larger terns as compared with the Common Tern. Size is compared to a Herring Gull. They have a range around the world, and breed and winter around the coastlines, and inland along lakes, rivers, and marshes. They have a habitat of large lakes, coastal waters, beaches, and bays. They feed on small fish, marine life, and large insects. It rarely swims and plunges from high to catch fish under the water surface. They usually nest in large densely packed colonies, but are not sociable. They are highly vocal.

 

The male Prothonotary Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center  in Franklin, Wisconsin.

The male Prothonotary Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin.

The female Prothonotary Warbler is duller than the male and has a lighter bill, and more white below.

The female Prothonotary Warbler is duller than the male and has a lighter bill, and more white below.

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The male Prothonotary Warbler has a bright yellow head and breast with blue gray wings without bars, and a dark bill. The female Prothonotary Warbler is duller in coloring and a lighter bill. It can be difficult to tell from the female. It has a range from the Great Lakes Area to the southeast United States and Gulf Area. It has a habitat in wooded swamp areas. It has a diet of insects and snails. It nests in holes in trees and sometimes in birdhouses.

 

This Red- Eyed Vireo was photographed behind my house in Muskego, Wisconsin.

This Red- Eyed Vireo was photographed behind my house in Muskego, Wisconsin.

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The Red-Eyed Vireo is a small olive- or gray- backed bird, much like wood warblers but rounder head, with unbarred wings and with a strong black-bordered white eyebrow stripe. The bill has a more curved ridge and a slight hook. The red eye may not be obvious. It has a range from Canada to the Gulf States. It has a range of woodlands, shade trees, and groves. It feeds on mostly insects and berries. During summer it is usually around, but it is not most often seen, as it tends to stay out of sight in the leafy treetops.

 

The Olive-Sided Flycatcher was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin.

The Olive-Sided Flycatcher was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin.

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The Olive-Sided Flycatcher is a large gray flycatcher with a large head and bill, and with a white throat and breast with contrasting light gray flanks separated by a white strip. It has a range of Alaska, Canada, and western and northeaster United States. It has a habitat of conifer forests, and burned out, and cleared areas. It feeds almost entirely on flying insects, and likes to view them from treetops.

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