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Photos of the day: March 16-31, 2021

Every day on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter, we share a photo of the day — a superb image from the more than 20,000 pictures in our Reader Galleries. Our selections from the second half of March 2021 included photos of a thirsty Fish Crow, a pair of Barred Owls, an up-close portrait of a flicker, and more. 

Visit our galleries to submit your photos and gain inspiration from the BirdWatching community.

Northern Lapwing by Gilberto Pereira

Northern Lapwing by Gilberto Pereira

Ireland doesn’t have an official national bird, but in 1990, the Irish Wildlife Conservancy said it should be the Northern Lapwing. Irish ornithologist Frank King explained a few years ago that its colors roughly mirror those in Ireland’s flag: “From a distance it looks black and white but closer inspection shows a shimmering green iridescence and a snowy white breast, augmented by a buff-colored blaze beneath the tail that might, at a stretch, be described as orange.”

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