Sandhill cranes, sometimes mistaken for great blue herons, are rare migrants in Missouri that are becoming more common. They have a “bustle” of feathers over their short tail, and they fly with their necks straight out.
Sandhill cranes have a “bustle” of feathers over their short tail, and they fly with their necks straight out. These cranes visited the wetlands at Eagle Bluffs Conservation Area in Boone County in January 2012.
The upperparts of the male scarlet tanager are brilliant scarlet, with black wings and tail. The underparts are scarlet. In late summer, males molt to a female-like plumage. During the molting process, they are blotched with scarlet and yellow-olive.
Wilson’s snipe, formerly called common snipe, are a migratory game bird in Missouri. Like their relative the woodcock, these members of the sandpiper family are not usually seen on mudflats. They usually occur in swamps and wet, grassy areas.
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