Green Herons at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 30, 2016

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With a slower time of the year for birding, Greenfield Park in Milwaukee always seems to have something going on. I stopped in there this morning and watched a few of the Green Herons present doing their thing, fishing, preening or just hanging out. While observing the Green Herons today … Continue reading

Juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron Catching Fish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 14, 2016

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I checked out Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County this morning to see what was happening. Surprisingly the park seems to always have something happening with birds. There have been a couple of juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons hanging around. Today when I was present one of the Black-crowned Night-Herons gave nice views … Continue reading

American White Pelicans at Lake Sinissippi in Dodge County Wisconsin on August 10, 2016

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I checked out a birding spot coming home from Horicon Marsh and found some American White Pelicans on Lake Sinnissippi. These appeared to be mostly juveniles but not 100% certain. They were fishing in groups which pelicans typically do and missed fish on most occasions under the water. A few … Continue reading

Cicada emerging from a nymph at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 7, 2016

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I did some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning and after getting a couple glimpses of Yellow-crowned Night Herons I ran into Derek. We did some bird talking and as we did that, we noticed a Cicada, sometimes called a Dogday Harvestfly or Dogday Cicada, Tibicen canicularis, coming … Continue reading

Great Egrets and more at the Horicon Marsh in Dodge County Wisconsin on August 5, 2016

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I went up to Horicon Marsh early this morning to see what was going on. Lots of Great Egrets as what has been reported there. Some of the other birds seen to note, Black-necked Stilts, Dowitchers, Black-crowned Night Herons, Sora, Great Blue Herons, Black Terns and a American Bittern, a … Continue reading

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha County Wisconsin on July 31, 2016

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A pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been hanging around the yard here this summer in Waukesha County. We have seen very little of them all summer but in just the last couple of days they have been hitting the Royal Catchfly, one of the many plants they get nectar from … Continue reading

Swallow-tailed Kite at Fish Creek in Door County Wisconsin on July 27, 2016

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I had not been on the computer all day yesterday until late afternoon and what a nice surprise to see a Swallow-tailed Kite was found in Door County. I arrived at sun up near Fish Creek and the 1st 3 hours were very quiet. Then I followed what I thought … Continue reading

Wildflower Walk and Photo Shoot at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha Wisconsin on July 19, 2016

Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

We had a very nice turnout of members show up this morning for the annual wildflower walk and photo shoot at the Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha. This annual event is a field trip for the Retzer Nature Center Camera Club. Lighting was nice early this morning with light cloud … Continue reading

Dickcissels bringing food to the nest site in Franklin Wisconsin on July 8, 2016

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I did some birding in Franklin at a spot that has had some nesting Dickcissels. Bruce joined me and we enjoyed watching the females bringing insects to two different nests. The nests being just off the ground in grasses we did see and did not want to disturb the nesting … Continue reading

Common Loons with Chicks in Sawyer County Wisconsin on July 2, 2016

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On a recent trip to Sawyer County in Northern Wisconsin, I had the opportunity to watch and enjoy Common Loons with the chicks. These chicks were already very big, while I also came across an adult sitting on a nest. Also present and something I see every year were groups … Continue reading

Great Crested Flycatcher bringing food to the nest hole in Walworth County Wisconsin on June 21, 2016

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My day started out meeting up with Anne Moretti and birding at the Beulah Bog in Walworth County. We tried for the White-eyed Vireo and heard it well but just could not get looks at it. I had tried the day before too and heard it numerous times, sometimes very … Continue reading

Eurasian Collared-Doves in Burlington Wisconsin on June 15, 2016

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After 6 years of birding, I have finally seen the Eurasian Collared-Dove in Burlington Wisconsin. I only looked for this species once actually in Arlington last fall and came up empty. Always thinking I would just come across one, but did not. It was a life bird and a fun … Continue reading

Ruddy Turnstone at North Point in Sheboygan Wisconsin on May 31, 2016

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At my visit to North Point this morning in Sheboygan another stunning species showed up. A Ruddy Turnstone, adult male continually feed while I was present except for a few times the gulls flushed the area. Colors on this bird are amazing! While I watched this bird feed, it turned … Continue reading