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Peregrine falcon
Bone-nesting eider
Spectacled eider
Rough-legged hawk
Its body is spotted, or “spectacled.”
Males have a black ring of feathers around the eyes, giving them “spectacles.”
Its uniqueness attracts many bird spectators, making it much “spectacled.”
“Whistling swan” because of the noise its wings make when it flies.
“Whispering swan” because it barely makes a sound in flight.
“Sauntering swan” because of the proud way it struts on the ground.
“Sashaying swan” because of the way it swings its tail feathers as it walks.
Yes. They are quick and agile.
Yes. But it takes a little while so they are very vulnerable on land.
No. They can only take flight from water.
Common redpoll
American golden plover
Tundra Swan
Mallard duck
Utukok River Uplands
Colville River
Teshepuk Lake
Kasegaluk Lagoon
Washington, DC
Tundra swan
Snowy owl
Peregrine Falcon
Females and males switching breeding partners several times over a week.
More than one male will feed chicks in a nest.
Females do a courtship dance instead of males.
They breed in small colonies instead of individual territories.
They have very scaly legs that are rough to the touch.
Their feathered legs make them look “rough.”
Battling for prey frequently with their legs gives them a roughened appearance.
Snowy owl
Golden plover
Arctic tern
Smith's longspurs
Yellow wagtail
Golden plover
Yellow warbler
Black vented oriole
Golden eagle
Bald eagle
Rough-legged hawk
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