Songbirds

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“A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
 -Maya Angelou 

  • Le Conte's Sparrow

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    The Le Conte’s Sparrow is a small, orange-faced sparrow of wet grasslands and grassy meadows, but is difficult to see because it stays hidden in dense grass, often runs along the ground rather than flying. It is most easily seen when flushed from its hiding spot.

  • Cedar Waxwing

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    These smooth brown birds are so named because the tips of their tail feathers look as though they have been dipped in wax. They are very social, spending most of their time in flocks whose movements may be quite unpredictable. Hundreds may suddenly appear in an area for a particular food source, only to vanish when that food is exhausted. They have the entertaining habit of passing berries or even tree buds from one bird to the next down a row sitting on a branch or powerline, until one bird eats the food.

  • Red-winged Blackbird

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    The males in this species are black with bright red shoulder patches, hence their name. The females are dusky brown and heavily streaked, often they are described as a large sparrow. Although primarily considered a marsh bird, they will nest around any body of water. They can be helpful to people because they will consume pesky insects during their nesting season.