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 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