May 2013


The smallest Heron, the Least Bittern, was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana

The smallest Heron, the Least Bittern, was photographed at the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in Bell City, Louisiana

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The Least Bittern is a small thin bright buff brown Heron with a dark brown top and yellow legs. It has a range from southeastern Canada and eastern half of United States to northeastern Argentina. Its diet is mostly fish and insects. They move slowly through dense marsh grass, and are not easy to flush or to be seen. It climbs about in cattails, reeds, and other aquatic plants, clinging to the stems with its long toes.

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This male Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher was photographed in Muskego, Wisconsin

This male Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher was photographed in Muskego, Wisconsin

This female Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher was photographed at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This female Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher was photographed at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The male Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher is a tiny bird blue-gray above and white below with a white eye-ring and a black stripe above, and a long black tail. The female has similar looks as the male except may be grayer, and doesn’t have a black stripe above the eye and forehead. It has a range from southern Oregon, and southern Ontario to Guatemala. It has a habitat in open woods, oaks, pines, brushy areas, and thickets. It has a diet of mostly insects. It is often seen high in trees or taller brush.

This Scissors-Tailed Flycatcher was photographed near Bell City, Louisiana

This Scissors-Tailed Flycatcher was photographed near Iowa, Louisiana at an Everyday Mart

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The Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher is a pale pearly gray bird with sides and wing linings salmon pink, black and white wings and tail, and an extremely long scissor-like tail, usually folded. It has a range from southeast Colorado and south Nebraska south to eastern New Mexico and south Texas.  It has a habitat in semi-open country, ranches, farms, roadsides, and wires. It feeds mostly on insects. It is often seen on roadside fences such as the one seen here at a Everyday Mart stop in cattle farm country.

This Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This Ruby-Crowned Kinglet was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The female Ruby-Crowned Kinglet is similar to the male except for the missing scarlet crown patch

The female Ruby-Crowned Kinglet is similar to the male except for the missing scarlet crown patch

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The male Ruby Crowned Kinglet is a tiny stub-tailed birdlet with olive-gray color above, strong wing bars, a broken white eye-ring, and a scarlet crown patch. The female is similar to the male except for the scarlet crown patch missing. The male scarlet crown patch may usually be concealed, but is erect when excited. They have small slender bills. They have a range from southern Alaska, Canada, United States, to Guatemala. The habitat is mostly at conifer trees, but during migration they are found in other dense deciduous trees. The diet is mostly tiny insects. They are difficult to photograph as they are constantly flicking their wings and flittering about within dense surroundings.