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