Readers’ wildlife photos

June 6, 2021 • 8:00 am

Today biologist John Avise concludes his series of America’s state birds. John’s IDs and descriptions are indented, and you can enlarge his photos by clicking on them.

State Birds, Part 3

In addition to designating an official State Bird (see posts for the past two Sundays), the legislatures of some States have also chosen official state Game Birds, or state raptor, or even a state symbol of peace (Wisconsin).  The following photos are the third and final installment of my “State Birds” series.  They show several of these additional species (with the State(s) listed in parentheses).

Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo (Alabama, Massachusetts, Oklahoma,South Carolina):

More Wild Turkeys:

Northern Bobwhite, Colinus virginianus (Georgia, Missouri, Tennessee):

Northern Bobwhite close-up:

Peregrine Falcon (juvenile), Falco peregrinus (Idaho):

Peregrine Falcon flying:

Wood Duck, Aix sponsa (Mississippi, South Carolina):

Wood duck pair:

Mourning Dove, Zenaida macroura (Wisconsin):

Mourning Dove flying:

Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus (United States):

Bald eagle flying:

7 thoughts on “Readers’ wildlife photos

    1. I think all birds have digit-III as an essential component of their wing.

      In hexadactyl tetrapods, which digit is the “middle”? III or IV ?

  1. Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo (Alabama, Massachusetts, Oklahoma,South Carolina)

    Some major artificial selection has happened to that dinosaur species.

    1. They scuttle across our property each year at least once, usually about 30 or so, usually headed east. We’re on its west side, 65 feet up from the Grand River (ON). It is entertaining to see them queue up to awkwardly fly across the pretty wide river.

      Unfortunately I suppose, we recently found a pile of feathers and some skeleton. There’s been a fox family living right here, and we assume they had a good meal.

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