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Posts Tagged "feeding"

Male House Finch

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017

Male House Finch

Here is a recent photo of a male House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) on a snowy afternoon. The beautiful red shades of this guy really stand out against the drab surroundings, and their cheery songs can already be heard here in February on some of the warmer, sunnier days. It is one of the first signs of “spring” as the days began to grow longer. The Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus) is a similar species and often confused with the House Finch, especially because both enjoy coming to backyard bird feeders. Roger Tory Peterson described the Purple Finch as having been...

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Ipswich Savannah Sparrow

Posted by on Jan 29, 2017

Ipswich Savannah Sparrow

The Savannah Sparrow is a familiar bird to many of us, abundant in our farmlands, fields, grasslands, shrublands, shores, roadsides, and other open habitats. You can find them  across the northern U.S. and Canada during the nesting and migration seasons, and you’ll spot them overwintering in the southern U.S. or Mexico. This particular individual looks a little different than your average Savannah Sparrow – notice anything unusual? It is somewhat larger and heavier that a typical Savannah Sparrow, and its brown shades and yellow eye spot are considerably paler. This is an...

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Green-breasted Mangos Feeding

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

Green-breasted Mangos Feeding

Here is a photo depicting, as RTPI Affiliate Sean Graesser describes it, how crowded it can get around the watering hole, so to speak. With so many Green-breasted Mangos near his research station in Costa Rica it can be a little competitive for feeding sources, especially when you have juvenile males battling it out with adult males with females in the...

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Drake Northern Shoveler

Posted by on Jan 10, 2017

Drake Northern Shoveler

Here is a better and more fitting look at a drake Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) and the special bill it uses to filter everything from small invertebrates to seeds from the water. It makes you wonder why other ducks don’t have such a terrific...

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Northern Shoveler

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016

Northern Shoveler

This drake Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) was one of several swimming and feeding in an unfrozen treatment plant outflow on a recent evening. I took a distant shot through grass so as not to flush them. Even eclipse plumage cannot hide that identification thanks to that enormous bill! Scott Kruitbosch Conservation & Outreach...

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