The Western Grebe was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Western Grebe was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Western Grebe is a large slate and white Grebe with a long swanlike neck and a dull olive-yellow bill with a dark edge. It has a range of Western North America. It has a range of open water and marsh vegetation, sloughs, bays, and the ocean. It eats crustaceans, insects, worms, feathers, and mostly fish.

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The American Pipit was photographed north of Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The American Pipit was photographed north of Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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The American Pipit is a slender brown bird with buffy streaked underparts, a slender bill, and white outer tail feathers. It has a range of the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It has a habitat of tundra, alpine slopes, plains, bare fields, and shores, and can be found throughout the United States during migration. It feeds on mostly insects and some seeds by walking on the ground. It can often be seen wagging its tail while walking and feeding.

 

The adult Little Blue Heron was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

The adult Little Blue Heron was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana.

The immature Little BLue Heron was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

The immature Little Blue Heron was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

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The adult Little Blue Heron is a slender, medium sized Heron of bluish color with possibly brownish neck, dull olive green legs, and a thick tapered pale bluish bill with a black tip. The immature Little Blue Heron is all white with olive green legs, and a pale blue bill with a black tip. It has a range of the eastern United States to Peru and Argentina. It has a habitat of marshes, swamps, rice fields, ponds, and shores. Its diet is mainly small fish and crustaceans. It is slow and methodical in foraging in shallow water, on shore, or grassy fields.

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The adult Common Gallinule was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Refuge in Louisiana.

The adult Common Gallinule was photographed at Cameron Prairie National Refuge in Louisiana.

The immature Common Gallinule was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

The immature Common Gallinule was also photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

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The bird is made of two species called the Common Gallinule in North and South America, and the Common Moorhen in Europe, Asia, and Africa. There are mainly two differences between them; their vocalization, and the shape and size of the red head shield. The Common Gallinule has and is referenced as a Common Moorhen in some bird books.

The adult Common Gallinule has a gray-tan top, gray bottom, and red beak with yellow tip, red head shield, white flank stripe, red-yellow legs, and white under the tail. The immature Common Gallinule is a dull brownish-gray color top and bottom, a drab maroon bill, no head shield, with yellow legs, a white flank stripe, and white under the tail. It inhabits well-vegetated marshes, ponds, canals, and other wetlands with a range from Canada to Chile. It eats seeds of grasses and sedge, small aquatic creatures, and some snails. It uses its long toes to walk on top of floating vegetation and grasses. It will fight to defend its territory.

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The adult Purple Gallinule photos were taken at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Louisiana.

The adult Purple Gallinule photos were taken at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Louisiana.

The juvenile Purple Gallinule photos were also taken at the Cameron Prairie Wildlife Refuge.

The juvenile Purple Gallinule photos were also taken at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

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The adult Purple Gallinule is very colorful with head and underparts a violet-purple, back a bronzy green, bill red with a yellow tip, legs yellow, and with a blue forehead shield. It has long legs. The juvenile Purple Gallinule is a drab brown above, pale below, bill brown, and with yellow legs. It has a range of southeast United States to Argentina. It has a habitat of fresh swamps, and ponds. It eats a wide variety of plants, seeds, and fruits, and small animals such as insects, frogs, snails, spiders, worms, and fish. It usually walks on floating vegetation or climbs through brush rather than swimming. It also climbs bushes.

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This Lark Sparrow was photographed at Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

This Lark Sparrow was photographed at Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

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One of the larger Sparrows, the Lark Sparrow has a bold chestnut-white-black striped head pattern, striped crown, dark tail, pink legs, and a mostly clear breast except for a central spot. It has a range from south Canada to northern Mexico. It has a habitat of open country with bushes, trees, and pastures, farms, and roadsides. Its diet is mostly seeds and insects.

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The Buff-Breasted Sandpiper was photographed at the Wind Lake Grass Farm in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

The Buff-Breasted Sandpiper was photographed at the Wind Lake Grass Farm in Union Grove, Wisconsin.

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The Buff-Breasted Sandpiper is brown above and buff below with a short bill, light eye-ring, and yellowish legs. It has a breeding range of northwestern American Arctic. It has a habitat on mainly dry short grass prairies and tundra ridges. This is an odd setting for shorebirds. It feeds on mostly insects.

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