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.

The female American Kestrel was photographed near the Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Mitchell International Airport

The female American Kestrel was photographed near the Milwaukee, Wisconsin General Mitchell International Airport

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The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon, the size of a Jay, with a rufous back and tail, and a black and white face with a double mustache. It has dark brown barring on the back, long pointed wings, and a long tail. It has a range of most of North and South America. It has a range of open country, farmland, cities, wood edges, dead trees, and wires. The diet is mostly large insects, and some small mammals, rodents, birds, and reptiles. It is commonly seen perched on roadside wires.

The African Grey Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The African Grey Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The African Grey Parrot is all grey except for a black bill, and red tail and under-tail coverts. It has a range in the African Congo. Their habitat is savannas, coastal mangroves, woodland and edges of forest clearings. It feeds on fruit, nuts, leaves, bark, and flowers. They are one of the most intelligent parrots and all known for their ability to mimic speech. There numbers are declining due to the loss of habitat and capture for the pet trade.

The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot was photographed at Parrot Mountain Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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The Orange-Winged Amazon Parrot is mainly green with blue and yellow feathers on the forehead and crown, yellow-orange on the cheeks, some orange on the underside of the wings, and a gray-black beak and gray feet. They are found mostly in northern and central South America. They habitat in forests, damp woodland, mangrove swaps, and bamboo clumps. Their diets are seeds, fruit, vegetables, cheese, and chicken. They are considered to have an endangered status and tend to live for 40 to 80 years.

 

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