Passerines


The Clay-Colored Sparrow was photographed at Bender Park in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

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The Clay-Colored Sparrow is a small pale brown sparrow with a plain breast, a light crown stripe, an outlined ear patch, brownish rump, and a clean gray nape. It has a range from west and central Canada to north central United States. It has a habitat of scrub, brushy prairies, and Jack Pines. It is found perched in thickets. It has a diet of mostly seeds and insects. It is very close in looks to a Chipping Sparrow and is hard to distinguish.

 

The Bank Swallow is elusive and fluttery as it stops for moments to gather food

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The Bank Swallow is a brown backed swallow with white below and a shaded brown waistband. The Bank Swallow is the smallest of the swallows. It has a widespread range of the Northern Hemisphere. Its habitat is near water, over fields, marshes, streams, and lakes. It nests in colonies in sand banks. The nest is one of the few places that the Bank Sparrow rests for a short time, and it is usually difficult to photograph them. They were photographed at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee, and Bender Park in Oak Creek  Wisconsin.

 

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 Lark Sparrow was photographed at Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

This Lark Sparrow was photographed at Samuel Myers Park in Racine, Wisconsin.

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One of the larger Sparrows, the Lark Sparrow has a bold chestnut-white-black striped head pattern, striped crown, dark tail, pink legs, and a mostly clear breast except for a central spot. It has a range from south Canada to northern Mexico. It has a habitat of open country with bushes, trees, and pastures, farms, and roadsides. Its diet is mostly seeds and insects.

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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.

 

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.

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