The Sora was photographed at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Wiscobsin off Hwy 49 on the 3 mile Auto Loop in a ditch with tall grasses.

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The Sora is a small plump gray-brown rail with a dark(black) patch on the face and throat(as an adult), and a short yellow bill. An immature Sora is shown. Its range is Canada and western, north central and northeast United States. It has a habitat of fresh water marshes, and wet meadows. It feeds mostly on seeds, insects, and snails. It usually hides in the grasses, but can be quite bold by walking and feeding in full view.

 

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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 Bonaparte’s Gull is the smallest Gull usually seen in North America.

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The Bonaparte’s Gull is a small gray and white Gull with red legs, and a black head in the summer. The winter adult has a white head with a black earspot. This is the smallest gull usually seen over North America. It nests in trees and not on the ground, as other gulls do. Its normal range is from Alaska to central Canada. It winters on the Great Lakes and the coasts of the United States. Its habitat is Ocean Bays, rivers, and lakes. The diet is insects, crustaceans, and fish.

One of the birds seen though out the U.S. and Canada most of the year.

The female American Goldfinch is a dull yellow-olive , dark above, and blackish wings with wing bars.

The female American Goldfinch is a dull yellow-olive , darker above, and blackish wings with wing bars.

In winter the male is much like the female but grayer

In winter the male is much like the female but grayer

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The male in summer is yellow with black wings, and with a black forehead patch. The female in the summer is a dull yellow-olive, darker above, with black wings and wing bars. Distinguished from other yellow birds by its short conical bill. It has a habitat in open woods, roadsides, and at the edges. The American Goldfinch is very common to see though out the year in the U. S. The photos shown cover several areas in the U.S. for the seasons of the year.

The Canada Warbler was the first warbler that I sited and photographed this year at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI.

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The Canada Warbler is known as the “necklaced” warbler, because of the short black stripes around the throat. It is solid gray above, and bright yellow below with the necklace. The female Canada Warbler has fainter coloring. All have yellow “spectacles”. It also lacks any white in the wings and tail. Its habitat is forest undergrowth and shady thickets of which it darts in and out. Its range is from Midwest to the Northeaster States and Canada.

You can see the sited location at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI by clicking the link below. The Canada Warbler was the first warbler I sighted this year at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI.

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Photo taken in Whitnall Park at Milwaukee, WI

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The most widespread goose in North America. Fairly easy to get a photo. Noted by the black head and neck with a white chinstrap. Habitat is around lakes, ponds, bays, marshes, and fields.

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