March 2012


This Red-Tailed Hawk was seen and photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, Wisconsin

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The adult Red-Tailed Hawk is a large brownish broad-winged wide-tailed hawk with a Rufus tail. An inhabitant of open country it is commonly seen perched on polls or  trees, or sailing over fields and woods. Although adults can be recognized by the reddish brown tail, the rest of the plumage can be quite variable. Red-Tails can range from blackish to rufous- brown to nearly white. Their diet is mammals, many birds, and reptiles. They have a habitat of open country, woodlands, prairie, groves, mountains, plains, and roadside. Their range covers Alaska, Canada, and the United States.

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This Eurasian Greenfinch is an accidental US bird commonly known in the Europrean UK. It was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin.

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The Eurasian Greenfinch is an olive-green bird common to the European UK. It has a powerful conical bill for eating large nuts. It’s found in the garden and countryside of the UK. It is not certain if the origin of the bird is of wild origin, an escapee, or released from captivity in the US. Only one Eurasian Greenfinch was seen at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin.

This Leucistic American Robin was seen and photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Franklin, Wisconsin.

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The Leucistic American Robin is one that has white color pigmentation blotches over the body. The Leucistic pigmentation color blotches can occur on birds as well as animals. It is also possible, but rare, to see an albino American Robin (completely white).


	
	

This Killdeer, with five others, was photographed on a sidewalk in Woodland Hills sub-division, with two ponds and large fields, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

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The Killdeer is a brown-backed white-breasted belted plover with two black breastbands. It is widespread and conspicuous calling its name out as it flies over farmland and other open country. It is often found around waters edge, and on pastures, fields, and large lawns. The diet is mostly insects including beetles, caterpillars, grasshoppers, and spiders. It also eats, earthworms, crayfish, and snails. It forages by walking and running on open ground with head up, stopping to abruptly pick up items on the ground. It calls it’s name as it hurries about. Its range is most of the United States and Canada.

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This Long-Tailed Duck was seen and photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The only sea duck combining white on the body and unpatterned dark wings with a needle like tail. In winter his tale is shorter and his normal eye patch is fainter. This is the winter plumage. His diet is mollusks, crustaceans, insects, and small fish. His range is the Arctic and circumpolar. His habitat is ocean or large lakes. He became well known as he came from the Artic, was alone, and stayed by himself among other ducks at Lakeshore State park.

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This American Crow was seen and photographed near South Shore Marina in Bayview, Wisconsin

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The American Crow is a large black bird with a black beak and feet. It is glossed with purplish in strong sunlight. Crows have square tails. Its range is Canada to the Southern United States. Their distinctive caw is familiar sound almost anywhere you go. Crows are sociable and may flock and roost together. The crow seems to feed on almost anything it can find on the ground or in trees. Its habitat is woodlands, farmland, river groves, shores, and cities.