The Bananaquit was photographed on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas.

The Bananaquit was photographed on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas.

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The Bananaquit is a small blackish-backed warberlike bird with a white eyebrow stripe, yellow breast, and yellow rump, and whitish throat and underparts, with a white wing spot. It has a range of The Bahamas, West Indies, and southern Florida. It has a habitat in open or brushy woods, often at fruiting or flowering trees. It feeds on fruit, blossums, and flowers. It does not feed on the banana, but on the banana blossoms. It is always on the move from fruit to fruit, and flower to flower.

The White Crowned Pigeon was photographed on the Grand Cayman Turtle Farm of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

The White Crowned Pigeon was photographed on the Grand Cayman Turtle Farm of the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea.

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The White Crowned Pigeon is dark gray except for a white crown and beak tip, and with pink legs. It has a range of the West Indies, Southern Florida and the Keys, and locally in the Caribbean Islands, Belize, and Honduras. It has a habitat of mangroves and wooded islands. It feeds on mostly nuts and berries. This bird is very wary and usually stays hidden in treetops without giving clear views.

The Brown Creeper was photographed in Muskego, Wisconsin crawling up trunks of trees.

The Brown Creeper was photographed in Muskego, Wisconsin crawling up trunks of trees.

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The Brown Creeper is a very small slim tree climber that is brown above and white below with a slender decurved bill and stiff tail. It has a range from southern Alaska, Canada, United States to Nicaragua. It has a habitat of woodlands, groves, and shade trees. It is usually seen after its voice is heard as a single high thin seee sound. It ascends trees spirally from the base with its tail braced against the surface. It feeds on mostly insects in the bark.

This male Bufflehead Duck was photographed at Lake Park on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This male Bufflehead Duck was photographed at Lake Park on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This female Bufflehead Duck was also photographed in Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This female Bufflehead Duck was also photographed in Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The male Bufflehead Duck is a small duck with mostly white and a black back, and a puffy black head with a large bonnet-like white patch. It has a gray bill. The female Bufflehead Duck has a dark brown head with white cheek spot, and a dark brown back with white wing patch, and a small gray bill. The breast and lower body is light brown. It has a range of Alaska, Canada, Northwestern United States, and winters to Mexico and the Gulf Coast. They have a habitat in lakes, ponds, rivers, and salt bays, a usually are seen in a small group. It is less sociable than most ducks, almost never seen in large flocks, and takes wing easily from the water with rapid wingbeats. This makes more difficult to photograph. A diminutive diver and very energetic in its feeding. It feeds on plant material, aquatic insects, and crustaceans and mollusks.

The Red-Throated Loon in winter plumage was photographed from the Milwaukee Pierhead Light at the Kinnickinnic River opening to Lake Michigan.

The Red-Throated Loon in winter plumage was photographed from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Pierhead Light at the Kinnickinnic River opening to Lake Michigan.

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The Red Throated Loon in winter plumage has a dark gray back, pale gray head with white throat and breast, and a sharp thin bill that is turned up. It is the smallest of the Loons and has a snakier appearance with a short neck. It has a range of the Arctic, circumpolar, and is rarely seen in the winter on the Great Lakes. It has a range of tundra lakes, bays, estuaries, and the ocean. It dives or submerges from the water surface to feed on small fish, crustaceans, and other aquatic life.

The light phase Swainson's Hawk was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

The light phase Swainson’s Hawk was photographed at Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area in Montana

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This Swainson’s Hawk is a light phase brown above with a tan breast band and white face, and a narrow gray-banded rounded tail often ending in white. It has a range of northwestern North America to northern Mexico, mostly western. It has a habitat of plains, range, and open hills, sparse trees. Usually soars over the grassland, or by perching and scanning the ground.

The female Merlin was photographed at Humboldt Park in Bayview, Wisconsin

The female Merlin was photographed at Humboldt Park in Bayview, Wisconsin

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The female Merlin is a small compact falcon, slightly larger than a Jay, with dusky brown above, a bold streaked breast, and a broad black-banded tail. It has a range of the Northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere and summers mainly in Canada and Alaska. It has a habitat of open conifer woodlands, prairie groves, and in migration foothills, marshes, and open country. It feeds on mostly small birds, large insects, rodents, bats and reptiles. It is a fast flying bird swooping down on birds in the air and the ground.

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