Birds Seen Feeding on the Ground

Common Name Scientific Name Look For These Markings Size
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Glossy black 19"
American Pipit Anthus spinoletta Brown, slender sparrow-sized; buffy with streaks underparts; white outer tail feathers; constantly bobs tail 6-7"
American Robin Turdus migratorius Reddish brown breast; slate back; dark head 10"
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major Large grackle with long tail; golden eyes 14 1/2-16 1/2"
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorus Black body; yellowish nape; white rump and on wings 7 1/4"
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Male glossy greenish black with brown head; female dull gray 7 3/4"
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Male has purple head and greenish back; female is more brownish gray 12"
Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea Red cap, black chin, streaked rosy breast 5 1/4"
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis Slate head, breast and back; white below and outer tail feathers 6 1/4"
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Yellow breast with black; crescent; streaked above 11"
Eastern Towhee Pipilo erythrophthalmus Brown sides; black head throat and back; white on wings and tail 8"
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus Longer tail than American Crow; head and bill smaller 15 1/2"
Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis Gray; black patch across the back of the head; white crown 11-13"
Hoary Redpoll Carduelis hornemanni Whitish rump unstreaked; bright red cap on forehead; gray-brown streaked; black chin; unstreaked undertail coverts 5"
Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris Brown; larger than sparrow; black sideburns; two small black horns; black breast splotch 7-8"
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus Yellow below; black crown and ears; yellow over eye 5 1/2"
Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus Winter male, black streaks on sides; rusty nape; smudge across breast. Summer male, black face outlined with white; rusty collar. Summer female resembles winter male. 6 1/2"
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Brown; pointed tail with large white spots 12"
Mourning Warbler Oporornis philadelphia Yellow below; gray head and breast 5 1/2"
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus Barred brown back; spotted underparts; black crescent bib; white rump 12 1/2"
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus Orange-brown crown edged with black; green back and spotted breast 6"
Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor Yellow below; green back; brown spots on back; black stripes on side 4 3/4"
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Male black with scarlet & buff shoulders; female brownish black above & streaked below 7-9 1/2"
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus Rusty only in fall. Spring male, pale yellow eye. Spring female, slate with light eyes 9"
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus Bold dark stripes on buffy head; brownish- olive upperparts; buffy underparts; long spikelike bill 5 1/4"
(1) Sparrows and Thrushes are seen feeding on the ground.


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