December 2012


This male Snowy Owl was photographed on 1/6/2012 at the South Shore Yacht Club pier in Bayview, Wisconsin

This male Snowy Owl was photographed on 1/6/2012 at the South Shore Yacht Club breakwater in Bayview, Wisconsin

This female Snowy Owl was photographed on 12/12/2012 at the South Shore Yacht Club pier

This female Snowy Owl was photographed on 12/12/2012 at the South Shore Yacht Club pier

This female Snowy owl was photographed at the Coast Guard Impoundment on Lake Michigan in Bayview, Wisconsin

This female Snowy owl was photographed at the Coast Guard Impoundment on Lake Michigan in Bayview, Wisconsin

This female Snowy Owl was photographed on 12/14/2012 at the South Shore Yacht Club pier

This female Snowy Owl was photographed on 12/14/2012 at the South Shore Yacht Club pier

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The male Snowy Owl is a large white owl with a large round head yellow eyes, and a flecked or barred appearance. The female Snowy Owl has a darker appearance than the male. It is one of the few owls that can be seen during the daytime, however its distance is usually from afar. The range is the Arctic; circumpolar. In the winter it comes southward to Canada and the northern United States. It has a habitat of prairies, fields, marshes, beaches, dunes, breakwaters, and shorelines. It feeds on a variety of mammal prey such as lemmings, voles, squirrels, and birds.

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The male Pine Siskin was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin

The male Pine Siskin was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin

The female Pine Siskin was photographed with the male at Bong SRA. It has a duller appearance than the male.

The female Pine Siskin was photographed with the male at Bong SRA. It has a duller appearance than the male.

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The Pine Siskin is a small, brownish, heavily streaked finch with a deeply notched tail, and sharply pointed bill. Usually shows a touch of yellow in the wings and base of tail. They have a Range from southern Canada to southern United States. The Pine Siskin has a habitat in conifers, mixed woods, alders, and weedy areas. They feed on thistles and sunflowers, and feeders. They are very similar to the American Goldfinch. They usually roam in twittering flocks and descend on fields of thistles and wild sunflowers.

 

 

 

This Cackling Goose and Canada Goose were photographed at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

This Cackling Goose and Canada Goose were photographed at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan

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The Canada Goose was split into two species in 2004; the Canada goose and the Cackling Goose. These also have subspecies. Basically they look the same except the Cackling is smaller in size and has a shorter bill. They can usually be found or noticed by staying and traveling in their own flock, but as I found this is difficult. The Cackling breeds farther north and westward than does the Canada. The Cackling is seen more in the western United States.