The picture of this Brown-headed Cowbird in the grass was photographed at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. Brown-headed Cowbirds feed mostly on seeds from grasses and weeds, with some crop grains. Insects such as grasshoppers and beetles, often caught as cows and horses stir them into movement, make up about a quarter of a cowbird’s diet.
The picture of this handsome Male House Finch on a branch was photographed at Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. You can find House Finches by looking around settled habitats, such as city parks, urban centers, residential backyards, farms, and forest edges.
The Eastern Kingbird is a sturdy, medium-sized songbird with a large head, upright posture, square-tipped tail, and a relatively short, straight bill.
The picture of this Immature Common Grackle was photographed in Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. Immature Common Grackles are more brown and not glossy with darker eyes than adults.
The picture of this Male Blackpoll Warbler in breeding plumage was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. These birds breed so far north that the best times for most people to see them are in spring and fall, as they migrate through North America.
The picture of the Black-throated Blue Warbler was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. Unlike other warblers that molt into “confusing fall plumage,” male Black-throated Blue Warblers keep their distinctive black-and-blue plumage year-round.
The picture of this Male House Sparrow was photographed at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. House Sparrows in flocks have a pecking order. Males with larger patches of black tend to be older and dominant over males with less black.
The picture of this Carolina Wren on a fence was photographed at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Carolina Wrens love to move low through tangled understory; they frequent backyard brush piles and areas choked with vines and bushes.
The picture of this Male House Finch on Branch was taken at the Green-wood Cemetery in Brooklyn New York. The red of a male House Finch comes from pigments contained in its food during molt.
The picture of the American Black Duck in Flight was photographed at the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. Look for American Black Ducks in both fresh and saltwater in eastern North America, where they will look like female Mallards except with an olive-yellow bill and overall darker, higher-contrast plumage.
Click on arrow above to hear the sounds of the American Black Duck
The picture of this Snow Goose in Flight was taken at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. If the geese are around, they’ll be hard to miss: a cacophony of honks accompanying a huge flock either on the ground or in the air.
The picture of this Brant Foraging was taken at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens New York. An abundant small goose of the ocean shores, the Brant breeds in the high Arctic tundra and winters along both coasts.
The picture of these two Black Scoters was taken at Jones Beach State Park at the Coast Guard Station in New York. The Black Scoter is among the most vocal of waterfowl.
The picture of this Common Eider was photographed in Jones Beach State Park at the Coast Guard Station in New York. The Common Eider is the largest duck on North America.