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  • Bird Feature: Hairy Woodpecker

    Bird Feature: Hairy Woodpecker

    Identifying Hairy Woodpeckers: Ranging from 7 to 10 inches in length and featuring a long straight, chisel-like bill roughly the same length as its head, the Hairy Woodpecker has a very standard...
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  • Bird Feature: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Bird Feature: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

    Identifying Rose-breasted Grosbeak: These stocky, medium-sized songbirds are broad-chested with a short neck, large triangular beak, and medium-length tail that is squared at the tip. Measuring between 7.1 and 8.3 inches in length...
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  • Bird Feature: Northern Flicker

    Bird Feature: Northern Flicker

    Identifying Northern Flickers: Northern Flickers are a fairly large woodpecker with unique coloration that varies slightly by geographic location. Measuring approximately 11.5 inches in length, flickers feature a slim rounded head,...
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  • house wren

    Bird Feature: House Wren

    Identifying House Wrens: House Wrens are very small songbirds with rather drab brown coloring, but what vibrancy they may lack in appearance they make up for in the beauty of their song....
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  • Bird Feature: Purple Finch

    Bird Feature: Purple Finch

    Identifying Purple Finches: These small stocky-bodied finches have large powerful conical beaks, shorter wings, and a seemingly short notched tail. Roughly 5 to 6 inches in length, these streaky grayish-brown finches are dimorphous, meaning...
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  • Bird Feature: Northern Cardinal

    Bird Feature: Northern Cardinal

    Identifying Northern Cardinals: This fairly large songbird is easily identifiable with its long tail, short thick bright orange beak, prominent crest, and long tail. Measuring between 8.3 and 9.1 inches in length...
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  • Backyard bird identification guide

    Backyard bird identification guide

    Whether you’re a beginning birder or a seasoned expert, identifying the birds who visit your backyard can sometimes be a challenge. This quick guide-at-a-glance can help you identify the most...
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  • Bird Feature: Tree Swallow

    Bird Feature: Tree Swallow

    Identifying Tree Swallows: These small, streamlined songbirds have a short slightly notched tail and long pointed wings. Measuring between 4.7 and 5.9 inches in length with a wingspan ranging from...
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