Leucistic American Robin in Waukesha Wisconsin on March 22, 2017

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It was nice to see this spring bird, a Leucistic American Robin in Waukesha today. It was on the south side of Waukesha near soccer fields. There were about 20 American Robins present in the area and all were actively feeding. Interestingly they would hold their head still near the … Continue reading

Horned Grebe at Grant Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 21, 2017

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One of my last stops birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee today I spotted at Horned Grebe. This adult bird in non-breeding plumage did more resting than diving for food early afternoon while I was there. The rest of the lakefront was pretty quiet. Lakeshore State Park had about 100 … Continue reading

Red-breasted Mergansers at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 16, 2017

Red-breasted Merganser, female just after preening on the shore

A quick walk through Lakeshore State Park provided a couple nice views of the few ducks present there. They were Red-breasted Mergansers. Most ducks have moved north with spring around the corner but there are always a few that linger. A full sun day with temps finally above freezing, low … Continue reading

Barrow’s Goldeneye at North Point Park in Sheboygan Wisconsin on March 15, 2017

Common Goldeneye on both sides with the Barrow's Goldeneye in the middle

I made the run up to North Point Park in Sheboygan this morning with hopes to see the male Barrow’s Goldeneye. I was not disappointed.  The Barrow’s Goldeneye rode the large waves coming in like the other ducks present. It dove often for food and sometimes it was hard to … Continue reading

Killdeer in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on March 10, 2017

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I came across some Killdeer today drinking water out of a half frozen puddle in Milwaukee County. Temperatures remained below freezing all day but the Killdeer still found some open water. Watching them in a short grass field they also appeared to find food today, a good thing! A cold … Continue reading

White-winged Scoter at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 10, 2017

White-winged Scoter, female with a mussel in the mouth

A brief birding stop this morning at Lakeshore State Park provided nice views of a White-winged Scoter. The female duck was hanging out with Greater Scaup and feeding on mussels in the lagoon. I took a few shots from a distance. As usual with hundreds of duck eyes watching you, … Continue reading

Greater White-fronted Goose at Veterans Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 27, 2017

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Birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning I came across the Greater White-fronted Goose that was reported yesterday in with a flock of Canada Geese. It would be nice to photograph this beautiful goose in the water but you have to take what you can get. It seemed very … Continue reading

Sandhill Cranes in the snow in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County Wisconsin on February 25, 2017

The pair

While birding in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County the highlight was a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the snow. They looked cold as temperatures were around 20 degrees. I noticed too a good part of the time I observed them they stood on 1 leg. Maybe they don’t … Continue reading

Sandhill Cranes painting themselves in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County Wisconsin on February 22, 2017

The pair, preening and painting themselves with mud to change their colors

I saw a first today in the Southern Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County. Sandhill Cranes painting themselves by preening mud into their feathers. They are known to do this to change their colors to blend in more with their surroundings. It was said by a friend of mine that iron … Continue reading

Killdeer in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County Wisconsin on February 22, 2017

On the move!

Doing some birding in Waukesha County today I came across 3 Killdeer. They appeared to be finding something to eat in the short grasses. They also did some calling and that is what got my attention to start with. Their visit was short lived after one spent a couple minutes … Continue reading

Slaty-backed Gull at Northridge Lakes in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 13, 2017

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I had been birding the lakefront in Milwaukee when I got a call from Mike W, thanks Mike. He stated Tom W had found a Slaty-backed Gull at Northridge Lakes. With a quick ride over there, and some birders having it in their scopes it put a spike in what … Continue reading

Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 12, 2017

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It was quiet on the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning. Only thing I could come up with for a few shots was a female Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club. It did extensive preening  and then went on to relax. It hung out with about 50 Mallards that were … Continue reading

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco at Grant Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on February 8, 2017

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco

Making a stop today at Grant Park in Milwaukee County a Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco made a brief appearance at the feeder there. The junco was present for about 30 seconds and then it left. I hung around for about 20 minutes and it did not reappear. The feeder was … Continue reading