Birds of Meadows, Fields and Uplands

Common Name Scientific Name Look For These Markings Size
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Glossy black 19"
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Yellow above and below; black cap, wings & tail 5 1/4"
American Pipit Anthus spinoletta Brown, slender sparrow-sized; buffy with streaks underparts; white outer tail feathers; constantly bobs tail 6-7"
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 Nighthawk Chordeiles minor Gray-brown; broad white bar on pointed wings; male has white throat and white bar across tail 9 1/2"
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 Bluebird Sialia sialis Blue above; brownish breast 7"
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Yellow breast with black; crescent; streaked above 11"
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla Pink bill; rusty cap; rusty underparts with a whitish breast; narrow light eye-ring 5"
Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus Longer tail than American Crow; head and bill smaller 15 1/2"
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"
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea Blue, shading to purplish on head 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"
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus Barred brown back; spotted underparts; black crescent bib; white rump 12 1/2"
Palm Warbler Dendroica palmarum Yellow below; green back; brown crown and streaks on side; white on tail 5 1/4"
Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor Yellow below; green back; brown spots on back; black stripes on side 4 3/4"
Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus Rusty only in fall. Spring male, pale yellow eye. Spring female, slate with light eyes 9"
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus Brown shoulder; streaked above; white outer tail feathers 6"
Whip-poor-will Caprimulgus vociferus Rounded wings; long tail; mottled gray- brown all over 9 3/4"
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia Yellow below; green back; yellow crown; brown strips; on sides 5"
(1) Swallows are seen in Meadows, Fields and Uplands


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