By Todd Telander
Birds of Alaska is a box consultant to the most typical and sought-after species within the nation. very easily sized to slot in your pocket and that includes full-color, distinctive illustrations, this informative consultant makes it effortless to spot birds on your yard, favourite parks, and flora and fauna parts.
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It has a small head, large black eyes, a very thin neck, long tail, and long, yellowish legs. The bill is straight and relatively short, and is yellow with a black tip. The plumage (similar in all seasons) is mottled and streaked with light and dark browns above, and white below with dark barring on the flanks. Solitary in nature, Upland Sandpipers forage for insects and seeds among grasses, and often perch on raised rocks or posts. They curiously keep their wings raised for a few moments after landing.
The bill is dark, about the length of the head. In flight the long, pointed wings, which are gray underneath, can be seen. It forages by probing and picking in the mud or sand for a variety of small prey. It often forms tight flocks while roosting and feeding. The illustration shows a breeding adult (bottom), and a nonbreeding adult (top). indd 37 1/17/13 2:43 PM Sanderling, Calidris alba Sandpipers, Phalaropes Family Scolopacidae (Sandpipers, Phalaropes) Size: 8" Season: Coastal beaches, tundra Habitat: Year-round The Sanderling is a common shorebird that runs back and forth following the incoming and outgoing surf, grabbing small invertebrates exposed by the waves.
The adult is illustrated. indd 24 1/17/13 2:42 PM Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus Family Accipitridae (Hawks, Eagles) Size: 18", female larger than male Season: Summer Habitat: Open fields and wetlands Hawks, Eagles Also known as the Marsh Hawk, the Northern Harrier flies low to the ground, methodically surveying its hunting grounds for rodents and other small animals. When it spots prey, aided by its acute hearing, it will drop abruptly to the ground to attack. It is a thin raptor with long, flame-shaped wings that are broad in the middle, and a long tail.