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1. Growing up in Indiana, I often spotted this member of the plover family in our large back field. It often protects its nest by feigning injury to distract predators.
2. Living in Texas, it was a thrill to see this amazing bird dipping and swooping for insects with its gray head and extremely long tail.
3. Over the wheat fields of Oklahoma, I often saw this bird perched on a telephone line, searching for prey. With its tell-tale rusty back and bluish wings, it is the smallest US falcon.
4. Next was a move to Alaska, where this predatory bird is quite common to see, usually in the company of ravens. Large and regal, the white head and tail and dark body make it unmistakable.
5. Another Alaskan bird. A large flock of about 50 of these ate every berry off my mountain ash tree. Slightly larger than its southern cousin, this brown bird is identified by the crest on its head, yellow, white and black wing markings, and cinnamon undertail.
6. Next it's off to the Mojave Desert, in Southern California. I spotted this large orange and black bird drinking from my hummingbird feeder one day. The solid black tail and solid golden orange crown distinguish it from its more famous eastern cousin.
7. Next we moved to the panhandle of Florida, where I hoped to see this bird during its migration. The male is very brightly colored, with red underside, blue head and greenish-yellow back. Which bunting am I talking about?
8. This Florida black-headed bird was easy to see (and hear), when visiting the beach. The largest of the dark-headed gulls, it's easy to tell it by its hilarious call.
9. During a brief stop in Georgia, this gorgeous red bird with black wings and black tail sang his heart out at the top of a pine tree.
10. Back in the Mojave Desert for the second time, we spotted this little owl by the side of the road. His underground home, sandy color, and long legs helped us identify him right away.
Source: Author djsgal
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