Zonotrichia albicollis: White-throated sparrow

The white-throated sparrow [Zonotrichia albicollis] is a passerine bird of the American sparrow family Emberizidae.

There are two adult plumage variations known as the tan-striped and white-striped forms. On the white-striped form the crown is black with a white central stripe. The supercilium is white as well. The auriculars are gray with the upper edge forming a black eye line.

On the tan form, the crown is dark brown with a tan central stripe. The supercilium is tan as well. The auriculars are gray/light brown with the upper edge forming a brown eye line. Both variations feature dark eyes, a white throat, yellow lores and gray bill. There is variation and some individuals may show dark lateral stripes of each side of the throat.

White-throated sparrows breed in central Canada and New England. They nest either on the ground under shrubs or low in trees in deciduous or mixed forest areas and lay three to five brown-marked blue or green-white eggs. In winter, it migrates to the southern and eastern United States.

Photo: Chamblee, GA, USA [20151126]

Source: Wikipedia

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Mimus polyglottos: Northern mockingbird

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The northern mockingbird [Mimus polyglottos] is the only mockingbird commonly found in North America. This bird is mainly a permanent resident, but northern birds may move south during harsh weather. This species has rarely been observed in Europe.

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The northern mockingbird is renowned for its mimicking ability, as reflected by the meaning of its scientific name, ‘many-tongued mimic.’ The northern mockingbird has gray to brown upper feathers and a paler belly. Its wings have white patches which are visible in flight.

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The northern mockingbird is an omnivore. It eats both insects and fruits. It often found in open areas and forest edges but forages in grassy land. The northern mockingbird breeds in southeastern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and the Greater Antilles.

Photo: Chamblee, GA, USA [20151115]

Source: Wikipedia

Polistinae sp.: Yellow Paper wasp

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Paper wasps are 0.7 to 1.0 inch [1.8 to 2.5 cm] long wasps that gather fibers from dead wood and plant stems, which they mix with saliva, and use to construct water-resistant nests made of gray or brown papery material. Paper wasps are also sometimes called umbrella wasps, due to the distinctive design of their nests.

Photos: Booker T Washington State Park, Chattanooga, TN, USA [20151106]

Source: Wikipedia