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The Ross's Goose was photographed at the South Shore Yacht Club in Bayview, Wisconsin.

The Ross’s Goose was photographed at the South Shore Yacht Club in Bayview, Wisconsin.

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The Ross’s Goose is small in size, primarily white with black wing tips, red-orange feet, and stubby red-orange beak. There is a dark morph, but it is rare. It has a range of Artic Canada and winters in western United States. It is found in the tundra (summer), salt and freshwater marshes, ponds, and grain fields in their winter. It eats mostly grasses and grains. This was a loner goose that stayed for some time with several Canadian Geese, and seemed to travel with them. I never saw it fly, but saw it at several times at different locations.

The Kumlien's Gull, a form of the Iceland or Thayer's Gull, was photographed at South Shore Park Marina in Bayview, Wisconsin.

The Kumlien’s Gull, a form of the Iceland or Thayer’s Gull, was photographed at South Shore Yacht Club in Bayview, Wisconsin.

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The Kumlien’s Gull, a form of the Iceland or Thayer’s Gull, is white with a gray mantle and slightly gray or dark primaries, a yellow bill with orange dot, and pink legs with webbed feet. It has a range of eastern Arctic Canada to northeaster United States. It has a habitat of coastal areas and less frequent inland. Their diet consists of marine life, plant and animal food, refuse, and carrion.

 

The Western Grebe was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Western Grebe was photographed at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Western Grebe is a large slate and white Grebe with a long swanlike neck and a dull olive-yellow bill with a dark edge. It has a range of Western North America. It has a range of open water and marsh vegetation, sloughs, bays, and the ocean. It eats crustaceans, insects, worms, feathers, and mostly fish.

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The American Pipit was photographed north of Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

The American Pipit was photographed north of Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.

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The American Pipit is a slender brown bird with buffy streaked underparts, a slender bill, and white outer tail feathers. It has a range of the colder parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It has a habitat of tundra, alpine slopes, plains, bare fields, and shores, and can be found throughout the United States during migration. It feeds on mostly insects and some seeds by walking on the ground. It can often be seen wagging its tail while walking and feeding.

 

This American Tree Sparrow was photographed at the Lake Express High Speed Ferry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

This American Tree Sparrow was photographed at the Lake Express High Speed Ferry in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The American Tree Sparrow is brown above with two white wing bars, and yellow below with a dark spot on the breast. It has a red brown cap, and a bill with the top darker and yellow below. Despite its name, it is not particularly associated with trees. It has a range of Alaska and Northern Canada, and resides the farthest North of any of its relatives. It has a habitat of arctic scrub, willow thickets, brushy roadsides, weedy edges, marshes, and feeders. It feeds mostly on seeds and insects. It often comes to feeders with Dark-Eyed Juncos.

The male Pine Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center on 4/28/2015.

The male Pine Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center on 4/28/2015.

The female Pine Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center on 5/11/2016.

The female Pine Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center on 5/11/2016.

The immature Pine Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center on 5/17/2011.

The immature Pine Warbler was photographed at Wehr Nature Center on 5/17/2011.

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The male Pine Warbler has olive-gray uppers with a yellow slightly streaked breast, dark legs, and white under parts, with white striped dark wings. The female Pine Warbler is similar colored to the male but duller. The immature Pine Warbler is drab all over with white wing bars. It has a range of eastern North America. It has a habitat of open pinewoods and pine barrens. It feeds on mostly insects, seeds, berries, and will come for suet at bird feeders.

In December 2017 eleven male Pine Warbler photos were added that were photographed in Pittsboro, North Carolina.

 

the Great Crested Flycatcher was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Great Crested Flycatcher was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Whitnall Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Great Crested Flycatcher is a large sized flycatcher with cinnamon wings and tail, a gray breast, and a yellow belly and with a black beak, eyes, and legs. It is more easily heard than seen, but is impressive when seen. It has a range of South Canada, and eastern and central United States. It feeds on a wide variety of insects.

The adult Dare Snow Goose was photographed at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan.

The adult Dark Snow Goose was photographed at Veterans Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Lake Michigan.

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The Snow (Dark or Blue) Goose is dark gray-brown with a white head, and is the same species as the Snow (white) Goose. It has a range of Artic America and Northeast Siberia. It has a habitat of tundra (summer), marshes, grain fields, ponds, and bays. It is typically seen in large numbers or not at all. This sighting was a single Dark Snow Goose. The diet is almost entirely of plant material and seeds.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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