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Birds of the St. Croix River Valley: Minnesota and Wisconsin

Residential Habitats

Small towns and cities scattered throughout the Valley provide a diversity of habitats for breeding birds. Intermixed with concrete buildings are areas of hedgerows, row trees, tree groves, lawns, and parks. Diverse food sources, ranging from feed mills and lawns to gardens and bird feeding stations, add to the vegetation available for breeding birds.

Characteristic birds associated with Residential Habitats include rock dove*, mourning dove, screech owl, common nighthawk*, chimney swift*, downy woodpecker, purple martin*, blue jay, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, house wren, gray catbird, brown thrasher, American robin, starling*, house sparrow*, northern oriole, common grackle, cardinal, rose-breasted grosbeak, and American goldfinch.

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