The male Common Grackle was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin

The male Common Grackle was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin

The female Common Grackle was photographed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The female Common Grackle was photographed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The juvenile Common Grackle was photographed at Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina

The juvenile Common Grackle was photographed at Myrtle Beach, in South Carolina

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The Common Grackle is an iridescent blackbird larger than a Robin with a long wedge-shaped tail and a long heavy bill. The male has an iridescent purple head and a deep bronze or dull purple on the back. The female Common Grackle has a duller purple head and a browner, less iridescent on the back. The juvenile Common Grackle is a dull brown with various spotting depending on whether it is male or female. Depending on how the light hits the bird it may look almost black. It has a range of Canada and the United States east of the Rockies. It has a habitat of farmland, towns, groves, and streamsides. It feeds on insects of all types, worms, crayfish, other birds, and vegetable matter, such as berries and seeds. They are often seen nesting in small colonies and perching together in treetops.

The Veery was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin during bird migration.

The Veery was photographed at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin during bird migration.

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The Veery is a uniform brown or tawny cast above with no strong eye ring and few or indistinct spots on the breast. It has grayish tones on the flanks. It has a range of southern Canada, and north and central United States. It has a habitat of damp and deciduous woods. It concentrates in woods with leafy understory and streams. It feeds on mostly insects and berries.

The Greater Antillean Bullfinch was photographed on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in The Bahamas.

The Greater Antillean Bullfinch was photographed on the southern tip of Eleuthera Island in The Bahamas.

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The Greater Antillean Bullfinch is all black with a short red supercilum, throat and undertail coverts. It has a large bill size. It has a range of the Bahamas, Jamaica, and Hispaniola. It has habitats of secondary vegetation, and mangroves. It was formerly present in Florida, but is no longer present except as an escape. It feeds on seeds, nuts, and hard fruits.

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.

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