Top 12 Birds of the Mississippi River

Starling:The starling was a species brought from Europe to North America. Only around 100 birds were initially released.

Red-Tailed Hawk:Red-tailed hawks have extraordinarily good eyesight and are exceptional hunters and intelligent animals whose diets reflect their opportunistic lifestyles.

Peregrine Falcon:Peregrines are enormous falcons, measuring one to two feet in body length and over four feet in wingspan.

Mourning Dove:The mourning dove, one of the most widespread birds in North America, is well known for its instantly recognized silhouette, somber call, and associations with peace, loss, loved ones, friendship.

House Sparrow:the house sparrow is most frequently seen in human-modified habitats, such as urban, suburban, and agricultural settings. It is less likely to be detected in places with no people around.

Great Egret:Great egrets live their entire lives close to swamps and wetlands. Thanks to their legs, they can readily wade through the shallow water in quest of food. 

 Great Blue Heron:The charismatic great blue heron is the biggest heron in North America, standing about four feet tall and having a wingspan of around six feet. 

Common Grackle:The common grackle is a sizable blackbird native to North America. Males have glossy purple heads and bodies of a bronze sheen, while the females are smaller, have shorter tails, and are less iridescent. 

Canada Goose:The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is among the many places in the Twin Cities where you may see this recognizable bird and hear its loud honking noises. 

Bluebird:The eastern bluebird is a favorite among birdwatchers since it is conspicuous and often easy to locate. 

Bald Eagle:The bald eagle is among the most beloved animals in North America and a wonderful image of strength and power. 

American Robin:The American robin is a common bird found all over North America, including in suburban settings, and known for its distinctive vivid orange chest.

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