November 2015


The male Hairy Woodpecker was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The male Hairy Woodpecker was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The female Hairy Woodpecker was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Franksville, Wisconsin.

The female Hairy Woodpecker was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin.

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The Hairy Woodpecker are checkered and spotted with black and white and a white back, breast and undersides. The male has a small red patch on the back of the head. The Hairy is like a large Downy and it has a bill larger in comparison to the Downy’s. The Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers are the only Woodpeckers with a white back. It has a range from Alaska and Canada to Panama. It has a habitat of forests, woodlands, river groves, and large shade trees. It feeds mostly on seeds and insects. It is less common and likely to show up in suburbs and city parks.

 

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The Swainson's Thrush was photographed at the Wehr nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the May migration.

The Swainson’s Thrush was photographed at the Wehr nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during the May migration.

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The Swainson’s Thrush is rustic or gray-brown in color with buff eye-ring and spotted breast, white belly, olive or brown on the flanks, and pink legs. The juvenile tends to be spotted or streaked on the back. It has a range of Alaska, Canada, and west and northeast United States. It has a habitat of Spruce forests and dense streamside woods. They tend to stay out of site. It feeds mostly on insects and berries.