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  • Peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) have one of the longest migrations, traveling up to 15,500 miles each year between the Arctic Circle and Argentina.
  • Known in Latin America as ‘candelita’ or little candle, the American redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) flashes its wings and tail to flush insects from foliage.
  • Found throughout much of the world, great egrets (Ardea alba) were once hunted almost to extinction for their feathers, which were popular in ladies’ fashions.
  • Considered by some to be the most beautiful of all waterfowl, wood ducks (Aix sponsa) prefer to nest in trees over water.
  • Indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) migrate at night from southern Manitoba and Saskatchewan to northern South America using the stars to guide them.
  • The lesser yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) breeds in the boreal forests of Alaska and Canada and may winter as far south as Chile and Argentina.
  • During part of its fall migration, the blackpoll warbler (Dendroica striata) will sometimes fly nonstop for up to 88 hours over water.
  • There’s no parental pampering for common merganser (Mergus merganser) chicks, who begin diving for their own food a day or so after hatching.
  • Considered a symbol of hope and happiness by many, the rich, warbling whistle of the eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis) brightens up any spring morning.
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