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It’s not easy being a young herring gull, especially if you’re the third born! The first two chicks are typically larger, get fed more and grow more quickly.

Photo: Herring gull courtesy of John Appleton/Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/UzgHXi
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This Canada goose family was spotted enjoying a restored wetland that is part of Morris Wetland Management District in Minnesota.

Photo: Canada goose family by Alex Galt/USFWS.
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Mink are skillful predators. When they hunt in the water, they can dive to depths of 16 feet and hold their breath for several minutes!

Photo: American mink courtesy of Kelly Colgan Azar/Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/V64SJv
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These young killdeer may not seem ready to venture out into the world, but they are! Chicks can leave the nest as soon as three hours after hatching. They learn how to feed themselves as they move with their parents.

Photo: Killdeer family courtesy of Steve Gifford. https://flic.kr/p/V1coMJ
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Monarch caterpillars have voracious appetites. One hungry caterpillar can consume a large milkweed leaf in less than 5 minutes!

Photo: Monarch caterpillar courtesy of Kris Radcliffe. https://flic.kr/p/KKvsfS
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Watch for wood ducks near wooded wetlands. Females blend in nicely, but the male’s stunning colors should catch your eye! Look closely and you may even see some ducklings in tow.

Photo: Wood duck pair in Wisconsin courtesy of Brendan Leehe.
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Dickcissels prefer grasslands where they search for seeds and insects. This one was spotted at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge in Illinois.

Photo: Dickcissel by Bob Steele/USFWS.
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Keep an eye out for yellow warblers, especially around open woodlands with water nearby. This one was spotted in a metro park near Cleveland, Ohio.

Photo: Yellow warbler courtesy of Jen Goellnitz/Creative Commons. https://flic.kr/p/TNsJsT
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Did you know that blackburnian warblers are the only warblers with orange on the throat? These small songbirds hunt for spiders and insects high up in trees.

Photo: Blackburnian warbler courtesy of Steve Gifford. https://flic.kr/p/UPEwL6
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Do you know how to tell the difference between frog and toad eggs? Frogs lay eggs in masses or clusters, while toads lay eggs in strings!

Photo: Frog eggs and toad eggs by USFWS.
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