August 2012

The Song Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Song Sparrow is noted by heavy breast streaks that form to a large central spot. It is known for it’s song from trees or bushes of 3 to 4 bright repetitious notes. They can vary widely in color and size. Their range is from Alaska, Canada to Central Mexico. The diet is mostly insects and seeds. Seen very widespread in North America.

The Ring-Necked Pheasant was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin.

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A large highly colored and iridescent gamecock-like bird with a long sweeping pointed tail, scarlet waffles on its face, and a white neck-ring. It is a shy bird and runs swiftly, and has a strong flight and noisy takeoff. It was introduced from Asia as a game bird. It thrives in some areas, such as northern prairies. Flocks of these pheasants often are segregated into small groups of males, and larger flocks of females. It ranges widely in North America. It has a habitat at farms, fields, marsh edges, and brush. It feeds on a wide variety of grains and small seeds, green shoots, buds, roots, berries, insects, spiders, earthworms, etc. Typically feeds on the ground scratching and digging with the feet.

The Pectoral Sandpiper was photographed at the Vernon Marsh in Mukwonago, Wisconsin

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The Pectoral Sandpiper has a dark back lined in white with heavy breast streaks that end abruptly to white. The legs and bill are a dull yellowish green. Pectoral refers to an inflatable air sac on the male’s chest that can be puffed out. The range is the Siberian and American Artic and winters in South America. Its habitat is green grassy marshes, prairie pools, muddy shores, and fresh and tidal marshes. The diet is mostly insects.

This Yellow-Headed Blackbird was photographed at Vernon Marsh in Muwonago, Wisconsin.

The female Yellow-Headed Blackbird was photographed with the male and baby a they were feeding.

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The male Yellow-Headed Blackbird is a marsh blackbird with an orange-yellow head and breast, and a white wing patch that can be seen in flight. The female Yellow-Headed Blackbird is browner with a light brown head and breast, and with the lower breast streaked with white. They are gregarious Blackbirds. The male is impressive to see as it darts around. There range is Southern Canada, western United States, and upper Mississippi Valley, to northwestern Mexico. They winter in southwestern United States and Mexico. They habitat in fresh marshes, forage in fields, and open country. They diet on mostly insects and seeds.