August 2013


The Marsh Wren was photographed at the north point of Lake Park north of Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Marsh Wren was photographed at the north point of Lake Park north of Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Marsh Wren is a small energetic gray-brown wren that is conspicuous with white stripes on the back and a white eyebrow stripe, and a tail often cocked. It has a range from south Canada to northwest Mexico that covers most of the United States. It has a habitat in cattail, bulrush, or brackish marshes, and brushy edges of ponds. It has a diet of mostly insects.

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The Spotted Sandpiper was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Spotted Sandpiper was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

During fall and winter, and when not breeding, the Spotted Sandpiper does not have spots on the breast.

During fall and winter, and when not breeding, the Spotted Sandpiper does not have spots on the breast.

 

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The Spotted Sandpiper is olive-brown above with a spotted white breast, a white line above the eye with a white ring, and a white wedge shape near the shoulder. It has pale fleshy legs. As it walks on shores of streams, ponds, and marshes, it bobs the rear half of its body up and down in an odd teetering motion. It has a range from Alaska, Canada, to the central United States, and along, and along the coasts. It has a diet of insects, crustaceans, small fish, and other invertebrates.

The Willet was photographed on the beach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin north of Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan

The Willet was photographed on the beach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin north of Bradford Beach on Lake Michigan

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The Willet is a gray-brown bird with a black sturdy bill, and bluish-gray legs. In flight a striking black and white band pattern can be seen. It has a range of central southern Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and along the United States seashores. It has a habitat of marshes, wet meadows, mudflats, and beaches. It is often seen singly on beaches. Its diet consists of insects, crustaceans, marine worms, and small fish.