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Smaller Open Country Birds - Page 4

Dickcissel Male

Dickcissel MaleSize - 6 to 7 inches long.
Habitat - Croplands and pastures.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of grass and stems concealed on the ground.
Eggs - 2 to 5, pale blue, without markings. Incubation 13 days, by only the female. Young leave the nest in about 9 days. Two broods.
Food - Seeds, grain and insects.

Bobolink

BobolinkSize - 5 1/2 to 7 1/2 inches long
Habitat - Meadows, grainfields, and marshes.
Nesting - The nest is thin-walled hunk of grass hidden on the ground in a dense tuft of grass or clover.
Eggs - 4 to 7, pale gray to tan, blotched with brown and lilac. Incubation about 13 days, by female. Young leave the nest 10 to 14 days after hatching.
Food - Seeds, grain, and insects.

Indigo Bunting (male)

Indigo BuntingSize - 4 1/2 - 5 1/2 inches long
Habitat - Bushy pastures and woodland edges.
Nesting - The nest is a well made cup of grass, leaves, bark strips, and paper, 3-15 feet above the ground in a bush, small tree, or a clump of weeds.
Eggs - 3 to 6, bluish, unmarked. Incubation 13 days, by female. Young leave the nest in 8-10 days.
Food - Seeds, berries, and insects.

Common Redpoll

RedpollSize - 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 inches long.
Habitat - Weedy fields and thickets.
Nesting - The nest is a neat cup of twigs and grass in shrub, 3 to 6' above the ground.
Eggs - 3 to 7, pale blue, finely speckled with brown, lilac, and gray. Incubation 11 to 15 days, by the female. Young leave the nest 12 to 14 days after hatching.
Food - Seeds and insects.

House Finch (male)

House FinchSize - 5 - 5 1/2 inches long.
Habitat - Towns, suburbs, farmlands, deserts, and thickets.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of grass, stems, and leaves 5-7 feet above the ground in a woodpecker hole, other cavity in a tree or building, or in dense foliage.
Eggs - 2 to 6, bluish with fine speckling. Incubation 12 to 14 days, by female. Young leave the nest 11-19 days after hatching.
Food - Seeds, fruit, buds, and bread crumbs.

Clay-colored Sparrow

Clay-colored SparrowSize - 4 1/2 - 5 inches long
Habitat - Open, brushy country.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of grass and twigs, on ground or up to 5 feet above the ground in a tuft of weeds or dense shrub.
Eggs - 3 to 5, pale blue, marked with brown. Incubation 11 - 14 days, by both sexes. Young leave the nest 7 to 9 days after hatching.
Food - Seeds and insects.

American Goldfinch (male)

GoldfinchSize - 4-5 inches long
Habitat - Fields, groves, thickets, and farmlands.
Nesting - The nest is a thick walled cup of plant fibers and plant down, 1 to 60 feet above the ground in a shrub or tree.
Eggs - 4 to 6, blueish white and unmarked. Incubation 12 - 14 days, by the female. Young leave the nest 11- 17 days after hatching.
Food - Seeds, a few insects and berries.

Common Grackle

GrackleSize - 10 to 12 inches long.
Habitat - Groves, towns, and farmland.
Nesting - The nest is a sturdy cup of twigs, grass, stems, and sometimes mud, in a tree about 45' above the ground.
Eggs - 4 to 7, bluish or pinkish, scrawled and blotched with brown. Incubation 14 days, by female only. Young leave the nest 18 to 20 days after hatching.
Food - Insects, small fish, seeds, grain, salamanders, eggs, and young of other birds.

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