September 2013


This adult Double-Breasted Cormorant was photographed in Orlando, Florida

This adult Double-Breasted Cormorant was photographed in Orlando, Florida

This juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant was photographed at Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin on 9-16-2013

This juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant was photographed at Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin on 9-16-2013

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The adult Double-Crested Cormorant is a large blackish water bird with blue eyes, an orange beak, orange-yellow throat patch, and a neck that usually is formed in an S. It swims with its bill tilted up at an angle. It perches upright and half-spreads its wings to dry in and out of water. The range is most of North America, coast to coast. It has a habitat of coasts, bays, lakes, and rivers. Its diet is fish and other aquatic life and forages mostly by diving from the surface and swimming.

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The male Dickcissel was photographed at the Milwaukee County Grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsion

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

The female Dickcissel was photographed in the same area as the male, but about two years later.

The female Dickcissel was photographed in the same area as the male, but about two years later.

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The male Dickcissel is a small House Sparrow like bird with a black bib, a yellow chest, and a bluish bill. The female Dickcissel is similar to the male except it is paler and is missing the black bib. It has a range from southern Ontario and the interior of the U.S. between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. It likes to sing out in bare trees. It has a habitat in Alfalfa, and other fields, meadows, and prairies. It feeds mainly on insects and seeds.