Pittsboro


This Chipping Sparrow was photographed at a small sub-division in Pittsboro, North Carolina

This Chipping Sparrow was photographed at a small sub-division in Pittsboro, North Carolina

 

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The Chipping Sparrow is a small gray-breasted sparrow with a bright rufous cap, a black line through the eye, and a white line over it. A gray rump usually can distinguish it, if it can be seen. The sexes are similar. It has a range over Canada, and the United States to Nicaragua. It habitats open woods, conifers, orchards, farms, and towns. The diet is mostly insects and seeds.

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For the nesting season males become bolder and may be seen singing in the braches instead of normally scratching leaf litter under dense thickets

For the nesting season males become bolder and may be seen singing in the braches instead of normally scratching leaf litter under dense thickets

These Rufous-Sided or Eastern Towhees were photographed at Fearrington village Camden Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina

These Rufous-Sided or Eastern Towhees were photographed at Fearrington village Camden Park in Pittsboro, North Carolina

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The male Rufous-Sided Towhee has a black chest, head, and back with rufous sides and a white belly. The female is similar to the male except for being brown where the male is black. It has a white streaked pattern in the wings and tail. It is smaller and more slender than a Robin. It has a red eye. It has a range in the eastern half of the United States. It has a habitat in open woods, undergrowth, and bushy edges. It is a secretive bird that is found industrially scratching in the leaf litter under dense thickets. It feeds mostly on insects, seeds, and berries.

 

This Turkey Vulture was photgraphed on a power line right-of-way in Pittsboro, NorthCarolina.

This Turkey Vulture was photgraphed on a power line right-of-way in Pittsboro, NorthCarolina.

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The Turkey Vulture is an eagle sized (spread 6 ft) black bird with a red turkey like head. Immature birds have black heads. When overhead note the 2-toned blackish wings as it soars, rocks and tilts unsteadily. It is a familiar sight over much of North America. It is a bird-of- prey and plays an important role in natures clean up, quickly disposing of carcasses of dead animals. It has a range over the United States and Southern Canada. It migrates in flocks and may travel long distances without feeding. It has a widespread habitat over open country, woods, deserts, and foothills. It varies from the Black Vulture by having a red head and a longer tail. It feeds mostly on carrion (dead animals and fish).

The Green Heron was sited and photographed at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI

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The adult Green Heron has a bluish back, deep chestnut neck, and greenish yellow or orange legs. The immature Green Heron has a streaked neck. It has a habitat of lakes, ponds, marshes, swamps, or streamsides, and ranges on the eastern half of the United States.

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Wrens are common in open woods, and backyards of the southeast United States.

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The Carolina Wren is about the size of a sparrow and is identified by a white eyebrow stripe and buffy underparts. It has a distinctive sound from the other Wrens. It has a range of the southeaster United States. It has a habitat of tangles, brushy undergrowth, mixed woods, suburban gardens, and towns.

The Brown Thrasher was photographed at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

The Brown Thrasher was photographed at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

For me, the Brown Thrasher has been a difficult bird to photograph, because of its habitat and skittishness.

For me, the Brown Thrasher has been a difficult bird to photograph, because of its habitat and skittishness.

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The Brown Thrasher is a very skittish bird that quickly heads for undergrowth when it is approached. It can be heard and seen running from growth to growth, but is hard to catch for a photo. It is fairly easy to identify with its color, breast stripes, and cat song voice with an occasional crack sound.

Nearly identical with the Black-capped Chickadee but smaller and with less white in the wing area

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The Carolina Chickadee was photographed in Fearrington Village Camden Park, Pittsboro, NC. While photographing it I thought it was the Black-capped Chickadee. It wasn’t until later I learned it was the Carolina Chickadee.

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