Feathers of Four

Here are four more birds I recently photographed at Prime Hook NWR.

First up, a Greater Yellowlegs – you can see why they got their name. These medium to large shorebirds are common and widespread; but with their tendency to breed in unpleasant, mosquito-ridden bogs & swamps, it makes the Greater Yellowlegs one of the least-studied shorebirds on the North American continent.

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Greater Yellowlegs


Next, a Downy Woodpecker – a fairly small woodpecker at 5-7 inches in length, found across the United States year round.  The male has a red spot on its head.  I found a female.

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Downy Woodpecker (female)


Next, a Brown Thrasher.  These birds are accomplished songsters that may sing more than 1,100 different song types and include imitations of other birds.

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And finally, a Savannah Sparrow.  There are many subspecies of the Savannah Sparrow across the United States.  Similar in all are the yellow patch by the eye, small head, and short tail.

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Savannah Sparrow


With the busy holidays approaching, everyone please be safe in your travels!


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