This Broad-Winged Hawk was photographed in Pittsboro, North Carolina

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The Broad-Winged Hawk is a small hawk (about the size of a Crow) with brown back and head, a tanned patterned chest, a white tail banding about as wide as the black, and with white wing linings. Its range is southern Canada and eastern half of United States. It winters in Central and South America. It has a habitat of coniferous forests, and groves often near water and/or clearings. It feeds on small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and birds. It hunts small prey from a perch in the woods.

 

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The adult male Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was photographed at Lake park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The adult female Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was photographed at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, North Carolina

The immature Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker was photographed at Lake Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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The male Yellow-Breasted Sapsucker is patterned dark gray above and light gray below with a distinctive white wing patch, and with a red forehead and throat patches. The female is similar to the male except it has only the forehead red patch and the upper and under has a light brown tint. The immature has no or slight red patch and may have no or slight brown tint. It has a range of Canada to the Southern Appalachians. It has a habitat of woodlands, aspen groves, orchards, and other trees. It feeds on insects, tree sap, berries, and fruit. Sapsuckers drill orderly rows of small holes in trees for sap, and visit them periodically to obtain sap.

 

 

The Common Shelduck was photographed in Duke Gardens at Durham, North Carolina.

The Common Shelduck was photographed in Duke Gardens at Durham, North Carolina.

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The Common Shelduck is black and white with a reddish chest band, a dark green head, and the drake has a knob on its red bill. It has a range of Europe and Asia. It has a habitat of mudflats, saline and brackish lakes, and fresh water rivers or marches. It has a diet of salt-water mollusks, insects, worms, seeds, and small fish.

The male Dickcissel was photographed at the Milwaukee County Grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsion

The male Dickcissel was photographed at the Milwaukee County Grounds in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The female Dickcissel was photographed in the same area as the male, but about two years later.

The female Dickcissel was photographed in the same area as the male, but about two years later.

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The male Dickcissel is a small House Sparrow like bird with a black bib, a yellow chest, and a bluish bill. The female Dickcissel is similar to the male except it is paler and is missing the black bib. It has a range from southern Ontario and the interior of the U.S. between the Rocky and Appalachian mountains. It likes to sing out in bare trees. It has a habitat in Alfalfa, and other fields, meadows, and prairies. It feeds mainly on insects and seeds.

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.

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 male Pine Siskin was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin

The male Pine Siskin was photographed at the Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, Wisconsin

The female Pine Siskin was photographed with the male at Bong SRA. It has a duller appearance than the male.

The female Pine Siskin was photographed with the male at Bong SRA. It has a duller appearance than the male.

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The Pine Siskin is a small, brownish, heavily streaked finch with a deeply notched tail, and sharply pointed bill. Usually shows a touch of yellow in the wings and base of tail. They have a Range from southern Canada to southern United States. The Pine Siskin has a habitat in conifers, mixed woods, alders, and weedy areas. They feed on thistles and sunflowers, and feeders. They are very similar to the American Goldfinch. They usually roam in twittering flocks and descend on fields of thistles and wild sunflowers.