April 2014


This darker Field Sparrow was photographed at Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This darker Field Sparrow was photographed at Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This lighter Fed Sparrow was photographed in Marshfield, Missouri.

This lighter Field Sparrow was photographed in Marshfield, Missouri.

This is a gray Field Sparrow photographed in Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

This is a gray Field Sparrow photographed in Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

This juvenile Field Sparrow was photographed at Whitnall park in Milwaukee County.

This juvenile Field Sparrow was photographed at Whitnall park in Milwaukee County.

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The Field Sparrow has a rusty cap with rufous striped upper parts, clear breast, a white-eye ring, a long slender tail, and less notable facial striping with a stout pink bill. Depending on the time of the year it may have darker or lighter coloring. A juvenile Field sparrow has a finely streaked breast. There is also a gray adult Field Sparrow that is worn and faded. They range from southeastern Canada and the eastern half of the United States. They have a habitat of brushy pastures, brush, and scrub. They have a diet of seeds and insects. It forages on the ground or in low vegetation.

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The male Ring-Necked Duck was photographed in Frame Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The male Ring-Necked Duck was photographed in Frame Park in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The female Ring-Necked Duck stayed with a group of other Ring-Necked Ducks and Scaups in the center of the Fox River.

The female Ring-Necked Duck stayed with a group of other Ring-Necked Ducks and Scaups in the center of the Fox River.

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The male Ring-Necked Duck has a black top and white bottom with a vertical white mark before the wing and a bluish bill with a white ring. The female Ring-Necked Duck is brownish with an indistinct lightface patch, a dark eye with white-eye ring, and a white ring on the bill. It is similar to the Lesser and Greater, Scaup Ducks. It has a range of Canada and the United States to Panama. It has a habit on wooded lakes, ponds, and on usually fresh water rivers and bays. It feeds on mostly aquatic plants, stems, roots, seeds, and insects. It usually stays to itself and associates with dabbling ducks on shallow steams or ponds. Despite the name, a ring on its neck is almost never visible.