September 2012

The White Winged Dove is similar to a Mourning Dove but has a large white patch on the wing and white tail corner tips.

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A brown Dove similar to the Mourning Dove except with a large white patch on the wing, a rounded tail with white corners and black stripping. It has a range from the Southwest States to Peru, but is becoming more common in the South. It can be seen along the Gulf Coast, and is known as the Dove of the desert. It has a habitat in river woods, mesquites, groves, and towns. It diets on mostly seeds, some fruits, and berries. I saw the Dove thinking it was a Mourning Dove, and was able to photograph only two photos.

This Snowy Egret was photographed at Venetian Isles sub-division in New Orleans, Louisiana

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The Snowy Egret is a rather small white Egret with a slender black bill, black legs, and yellow feet. A yellow local spot is before the eye, except it is red when it is breeding. . Young birds may show yellowish or greenish on much of the rear side of the legs. It ranges on the coasts of the United States, and the southwestern states, large rivers or lakes. Its habitat is marshes, swamps, ponds, and shore with salt or fresh water. The diet includes fish, crabs, crayfish, frogs, snakes, insects, snails worms, lizards, and rodents. When feeding it often rushes about, shuffling its feet to stir up food.

The male Bobolink was photographed at the Milwaukee County Grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The female and autumn Bobolink appearance

A juvenile Bobolink

A juvenile Bobolink


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The male Bobolink is the only songbird that is solid black below and white and yellow above. The female Boblink and autumn male Bobolink are buff in color and have dark stripings on the crown and back. It ranges is south Canada and northern United States. It has a habitat in hayfields, meadows, marshes, and prairies. Their diet is mostly insects and seeds.