Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area

The Least Sandpipers were photographed at Vernon and Horicon Marshes in Wisconsin.

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The Song Sparrow was photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The Song Sparrow is noted by heavy breast streaks that form to a large central spot. It is known for it’s song from trees or bushes of 3 to 4 bright repetitious notes. They can vary widely in color and size. Their range is from Alaska, Canada to Central Mexico. The diet is mostly insects and seeds. Seen very widespread in North America.

This Yellow-Headed Blackbird was photographed at Vernon Marsh in Muwonago, Wisconsin.

The female Yellow-Headed Blackbird was photographed with the male and baby a they were feeding.

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The male Yellow-Headed Blackbird is a marsh blackbird with an orange-yellow head and breast, and a white wing patch that can be seen in flight. The female Yellow-Headed Blackbird is browner with a light brown head and breast, and with the lower breast streaked with white. They are gregarious Blackbirds. The male is impressive to see as it darts around. There range is Southern Canada, western United States, and upper Mississippi Valley, to northwestern Mexico. They winter in southwestern United States and Mexico. They habitat in fresh marshes, forage in fields, and open country. They diet on mostly insects and seeds.


Mute Swans are found around the Great lakes and the northeastern coast of the United States.

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The Mute Swan is a white graceful swan with a black-knobbed orange bill tilting to the ground. It often swims with an S-curve in the neck. The immature young birds have black at the base of a pinkish bill. It was introduced from Europe. It has a range around the Great Lakes and is expanding to the Northeast coast of the United States. It has a habitat at fresh and salt-water ponds, coastal lagoons, and salt bays. The diet is mostly plant material consisting of seeds, stems, leaves, pondweeds, and algae.

One of the areas where the Mute Swan was photographed was at the Vernon Marsh Wildlife Area near Mukwonago, Wisconsin.

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