Northern Flickers eating Staghorn Sumac seeds at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 17, 2018

While birding Lake Park in Milwaukee one of the highlights was watching the Northern Flickers, yellow-shafted feeding on a couple of clumps of Staghorn Sumac plantings in a ravine. 3 or 4 different Northern Flickers hit these plants hard for seeds probably with anticipated snow coming and the ground having … Continue reading

Long-tailed Ducks at McKinley Marina in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on April 16, 2018

Doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee right after a good snow I did not except to see much. 6 Long-tailed Ducks were doing some feeding at the McKinley Marina was probably the highlight for the day. It looked like 2 males and 4 females, they were spread out … Continue reading

Brown Thrasher, Fox Sparrow and Song Sparrow, yard birds in Waukesha County on April 15, 2018

With the snowy day outdoors I stayed home but I did get some nice birds right out the kitchen window. 2 Song Sparrows which hung around all day. 2 Fox Sparrows showed up around noon and are still here. A Brown Thrasher showed up in the late afternoon for about … Continue reading

Black-crowned Night-Heron at Veterans Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 13, 2018

Even though it was a gloomy and rainy day I birded along a small part of the Milwaukee lakefront. Beaches Mckinley, Bradford and Lakeshore State Park had only a hand full of Ring-billed Gulls. A glance at Veterans Park provided distant views across the lagoon of a single Black-crowned Night-Heron. … Continue reading

Horned Grebe and Northern Shovelers at the Fox River in Waukesha on April 1, 2018

I stopped at the Fox River in Waukesha late morning to see if anything new had come in since yesterday. A stunning Horned Grebe almost in full breeding plumage gave nice views for a couple of minutes and then moved north on the river. Another new species present were a … Continue reading

Black-capped Chickadee eating Staghorn Sumac seeds at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 19, 2018

Birding Lake Park this morning in Milwaukee the highlight was a Black-capped Chickadee eating Staghorn Sumac seeds at a group of plants. An American Robin also made a brief appearance for some seeds but did not hang around. What a great native plant as this species provides food for so … Continue reading

Snow Goose at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 9, 2018

A little birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning provided nice views of a Snow Goose juvenile at Lakeshore State Park. The Snow Goose hung out with about 20-25 Canada Geese. They all grazed on the short turf grass while I was there. Eventually the flock thinned out as … Continue reading

Laughing Gull at the Port Washington Harbor in Ozaukee County Wisconsin on February 28, 2018

I made a run up to Port Washington in Ozaukee County early this morning in hopes to see the Laughing Gull that was reported yesterday. Upon arriving at 7:00 am, I could see the adult Laughing Gull after making about 10 steps away from the car.  Wow, what a stunning … Continue reading