Mallard

Anas platyrhynchos

What they Eat

Males have a distinct green head and females are a light brown color. 

Behavior/Fun Facts

Males have a distinct green head and females are a light brown color. 

What to Look For

Males have a distinct green head and females are a light brown color. 

What to Listen For

 The classic “quack” duck sound is that of a female mallard. Males do not quack, but give a quieter rasping, one or two-noted call.

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

What to Look For

Large bird with blue/gray plumage, long legs, and distinct spear-like beaks.

What to Listen For

Mostly quiet, but a rapid “frawnk” squawk if disturbed. May also greet their partners with a “roh-roh-rohs” at their nests during breeding season.

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

What to Look For

Males are grayish-blue above, white below, with a gray chest band. Females also have a chestnut band across their chest.t

What to Listen For

Both males and females give a distinctive machine gun-like rattle along with screams and harsh calls. 

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

What to Look For

Males have blue iridescent backs and white chests, pointed wings, and a short, squared tail. Females have brownish backs with slight blue iridescence.

What to Listen For

Mating calls consist of high pitched chirps and gurgles. They use chatters, shrieks, and ticking sounds when disturbed.

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa

What to Look For

Males are very showy with patterns on most of their feathers. Females have a distinctive white pattern around their eyes with mostly brown feathers.

What to Listen For

Females make a loud “oo-eek, oo-eek” when disturbed and male calls have a rising and falling zeeting whistle. 

Red-Winged Blackbird

What to Look For

Males are a glossy black with red and yellow patches on their shoulders. Females are a streaky dark brown color.

What to Listen For

 Males make a well-known “conk-la-ree”. Females will respond with a series of three to five “chit” notes.

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

What to Look For

Russet and gray in color with dark streaks down their white chests, often forming a dark spot in the middle.

What to Listen For

The male song consists of two to six phrases that start with short-spaced notes and finish with a trill.  Both sexes make a short “chip” note when disturbed.

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

What to Look For

Males and females have olive plumage with a yellow throat. Males have a distinctive black mask on the face.

What to Listen For

The male call is a very distinctive sound, “witchety-witchety-witch”.  Both give a strong “chuck” when alarmed.

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