Sexes similar. Sexes similar. Forages on the ground for seeds, fruit and small snails. Gray Catbird: Small, shy, dark gray mockingbird with black cap and red-brown undertail coverts. Feeds mostly on insects and their larvae, spiders, berries and fruits. Forages walking on ground and wading in water. Pink legs, feet. Feeds on algae and aquatic plants, insects and insect larvae. Back, wings, and rump display a dramatic black-and-white pattern in flight. Eurasian Wigeon: This large dabbling duck has a gray back, finely speckled gray flanks, a dark rufous-brown head, buff crown and forehead, pink-brown breast, a white belly and gray legs and feet. Winter adult and juvenile are white and with dull yellow-orange eyes and bill, legs are green-black. The bill, legs, and feet are black. Short, rounded tail. Feeds on seeds and aquatic insects. Common Cuckoo: Large cuckoo, gray upperparts, paler underparts with dark bars on belly. Diet includes insects, fish, shellfish and crabs. Rose-ringed Parakeet: This large green parakeet has a pale red ring around the neck, black moustache stripe, pale blue nape, red eye ring and bill, long slender green tail with blue central feathers, and gray legs and feet. Since then the number of nests in the county has risen steadily. Brant: This small goose has dark brown upperparts and brown-barred, pale gray underparts. Bill, legs, and feet are black. Cap is chestnut-brown. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. It feeds on small invertebrates, crustaceans, vertebrates, mammals, the eggs and the young of other birds and, plants. It feeds mostly on insects. Western form is grayer overall and has white belly. Snail Kite: A large bird, dark blue black overall with extremely hooked thin black bill with reddish base. Long-billed Dowitcher: This large, stocky sandpiper has dark, mottled upperparts, dark cap and eye stripe, short white eyebrow, and red-brown underparts with lightly barred flanks. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. White throat, buff breast, flanks, and belly are barred black-and-white. American Coot: Medium-sized, chicken-like swimming bird, dark gray to black overall, short, white bill and undertail coverts. They're so hard to identify that ornithologists didn't realise there were two species until 1897! The flight is labored and slow with dangling legs. Snowy Owl: Large, white owl with variable black bars and spots. The neck, breast and belly are white. Wings are dark with large white patches visible in flight. Bill is bright yellow. Sexes similar. Bill is thin and slightly decurved. The wings and tail are blue. Vent and wing stripe visible in flight. Feeds by probing mud with bill or dunking head under water. Alternates rapid wing beats with wings tucked to sides. Of the more common species in the UK, Marsh and Willow Tit probably present one of the more difficult ID challenges. It catches fish by wading and diving. Strong direct flight on steady wing beats. The black bill is long and slightly decurved. Sexes similar. Palau Owl: Small to medium-sized red-brown owl with gray-white and black spots on back, wings, and underparts. It feeds by pecking at the surface and probing mud with its bill for small invertebrates. Flies in a V formation. Sexes similar, winter adult and juvenile lack red on bill and have less black on head and throat. Short to medium green-yellow bill with slightly hooked tip. Most marsh birds have long toes which gives them the ability to walk or run if necessary, on top of the plant life on the surface of the water. Sandpipers and phalaropes are smaller to medium sized waders with relatively long bills. Sexes are similar. It has a direct flight with slow steady wing beats. White throat, white and orange-brown streaks on breast. It has a direct flight with rapid wing beats. Tail is dark with rust-brown base. The breast, sides, and flanks are washed yellow with heavy black streaks. Tail is very long with chestnut-brown undertail coverts. Malayan Night-Heron: Small, stocky heron with elongated black crest, red-brown head and neck, brown back and wings. Great Egret: This large white heron has yellow eyes and a bill that is also yellow but appears orange when breeding, black legs and feet, and long feather plumes that extend from the back to beyond the tail during breeding season. Often cocks tail upward. Races separated by the amount and intensity of the orange-brown patches. Long tail with black tip. Head has white stripes above and below eyes. Marsh Wren: Small wren with lightly barred, warm brown upperparts, black-and-white triangular patch on upper back, and dull white underparts with pale brown sides. Oriental Reed-Warbler: Small brown warbler with short crest, white-buff line above and in front of eye, white throat and breast, and white-buff on rest of underparts. Upperparts complexly mottled tan, brown, and black. It mainly feeds on small fish but will take a variety of foods. Yellow-breasted Chat: The largest North American warbler. It has been listed as an endangered species since 1987. Pacific Reef-Heron: Medium-sized heron with two color morphs; one all white, the other black-gray with white on the throat. Barnacle Goose: Medium goose, distinctive white face, jet-black head, neck, and upper breast. Saltwater marshes and mudflats form as saltwater floods swiftly and silently up winding creeks to cover the marsh before retreating again. Horned Grebe: Small grebe, red-brown neck, breast and flanks, nearly black throat and back. Black-crowned Night-Heron: This is a medium-sized, stocky heron with short neck and legs, black upperparts, gray wings and white to pale gray underparts. White line divides green speculum and pale blue shoulder patch on wing. In the mud, millions of tiny animals lurk and provide food for the birds. Legs and feet are dark red. Red-whiskered Bulbul: Introduced to parts of North America as escaped caged birds. Often soars like a raptor. Crown is dark and eyebrows are white. It has a dark-tipped yellow bill. Swinhoe's Snipe: Small to medium shorebird with brown and black mottled back and wings, white stripes on back. The gray tail is long, with dark edges and white patches. Walks on ground in dense understory. Canvasback: This is a large, flashy diving duck with a pale gray body, black breast and tail and gray legs and feet. Alternates between strong wing beats and gliding. Eyes dark yellow , plumage is dark black-gray, white undertail coverts and white wing patch in flight. Throat and eye brows are white. Strong direct flight in bunched flocks or U formations. Medium, sharp black bill with yellow base on mandible. Medium tail, black-gray tip. Purple Gallinule: Medium, chicken-like marsh bird with purple-blue upperparts washed with iridescent green, deep blue underparts. Black-winged Stilt: Large, tall, slender wading bird with a long black bill. Direct flight with strong fast wing beats. Legs and feet are gray. Undulating flight, alternates flapping and gliding. White underparts, chin, belly and undertail coverts. Brown upperparts. Swift direct flight, rapid wing beats. Gray-brown back and wings with pale brown mottling. Sexes similar. Northern Lapwing: Large, unique plover with black breast, face, crown, and long upright head plumes; back is green-tinged purple and copper. Sexes are similar. Bobolink: Small, lark-like blackbird, all-black except for buff nape, white rump, and white wing patches. Spotted Redshank: Large sandpiper, mostly black body in summer except for white rump, white spots on wings, barred tail. The Great Fen creates an ideal landscape for birds to thrive. Female is similar and juvenile is paler and has white wingbars and feather tips. Red-necked Stint: This small sandpiper has mottled brown upperparts and streaked cap. It has a gray-brown head and neck and gray bill. Diet includes insects and worms. It has a dark bill, yellow eyes and black legs and feet. Fairly long, broad, pointed wings with white-gray linings and blue-green patch on secondaries bordered by black. Short-billed Dowitcher: This large sandpiper has mottled gray, black, brown and red-brown upperparts, white rump, red-brown underparts with spots and bars, a long, straight dark bill and long, dark yellow-green legs. The underparts are white with brown wash. The legs and feet are pink. It has a swift direct flight with rapid wing beats. Undertail coverts are white. Yellow Bittern: Small heron with red-brown upperparts, black-gray crown, yellow-brown on sides of neck and shoulder of wing, and white underparts with yellow-brown streaks on throat. Sexes are similar. Female different, deep crimson red with purple-blue collar and belly, narrow blue-gray eyering, and a black bill. Sexes are similar. The tail and vent are white. Head has dark cap, thick, orange-brown eyebrows and gray ear patches. Long-toed Stint: Medium sandpiper, scaled, brown, black and rufous upperparts, white-sided rump, white underparts, black-spotted sides, upper breast. White rump, white wing-bar, black underwings visible in flight. Feeds on aquatic plants, insects, amphibians, mollusks and small fish. Direct flight with rapid wing beats. Von Schrenck's Bittern: Small heron, chestnut-brown above with black-chestnut on crown, and cream-buff on underparts and shoulder of wing. Legs and feet are orange. Dark gray wings; tail is dark gray with spotting on outer edges near base. Franklin's Gull: This medium-sized gull has a gray back and white underparts. Little Blue Heron: This medium-sized, slender heron has a slate-gray body and a purple-blue head and neck. Sexes similar. Upper mandible is dark gray, lower mandible is yellow. Birds also have the best vision of all the vertebrates. Orange-brown head and neck, and white mark between eye and bill; combination of prominent white rump, white wing bar, and pure white underwings is unique among the godwits. Nape, back, wings, and tail are red-brown, paler red-brown on sides of neck and breast. White throat has black ring; black tail and black-green speculum are edged in white. Best distinguished by its habit of standing in a semi-crouch and bobbing back and forth. A more reliable method of differentiating the two species is by their calls. Common Crane: Large wading bird, gray overall with a black face, chin, throat and neck; shows a patch of bare red skin on crown. It has yellow eyes, blue-gray bill, black tail and black wings with white patches. The crown, face and neck are buff with fine brown streaks. Flies in a V formation. Catch up with the RSPB’s own nature detectives on the case as they look to save some very special places. Feeds at low tide on mudflats or hidden in salt marsh vegetation. 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