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Blue-Winged Teal

Anas discors
Photo by www.fnal.gov

Habitat: Shallow lake edges and wetlands.  Prefer areas with dense, short vegetation.

Description: Male: Blue-grey head, with a white strip around its bill.  Brown with black spots on the breast and sides.  Female: mottled brown overall, with a blue patch on the wing, that is usually only visible during flight.

Size: 36-41cm

Diet:  Sedge and grass seeds, pondweeds, duckweeds and aquatic invertebrates.

Fun Facts: They are excellent fliers, performing very precise twists and turns in the air.

Source: Fisher, C. and J. Acorn. 1998. Birds of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing

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Vesper Sparrow
Pooecetes gramineus
Light colored legs, white eye ring, and white outer tail feathers.  It is the only sparrow with a light brownish red patch on its shoulder.  Males and females look very similar.
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