Western Grebe in the Milwaukee Harbor at Veterans Park on October 21, 2016


I had wanted to see the Western Grebe that was recently reported on Milwaukee’s Lakefront but was tied up until today. I went down to the lakefront early this morning and found the Western Grebe northeast of the Art Museum. The normal range for this bird is the dakotas and … Continue reading

Purple Gallinule at Mauston in Juneau County Wisconsin on October 13, 2016


The beautiful adult Purple Gallinule was present when I arrived in Mauston this morning. The normal range for this bird is Florida, so very rare for Wisconsin. Someone said, was it the recent hurricane? The Purple Gallinule hung with a couple of Mallard Ducks and an Indian Runner Duck. At … Continue reading

Great Egrets at Echo Park in Burlington Wisconsin on September 29, 2016

A fluffed up!

I made a couple of stops out at Echo Park in Burlington Wisconsin as some Great Egrets were being reported there at the dam. Nice numbers of 10-15 were present when I was there. I think numbers are down from a few days ago. These birds put on an amazing … Continue reading

Parasitic Jaegers at Wisconsin Point prior to Jaegerfest Weekend in Superior Wisconsin on September 21, 2016

Parasitic Jaeger

I made the run up with Bill G and Ryan S to Wisconsin Point in Superior Wisconsin for a taste of what Jaegerfest, the coming weekend was all about. It was a great time watching at least 4 Parasitic Jaegers chase gulls for the food they were carrying. After leaving … Continue reading

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage in Waukesha County Wisconsin on September 16, 2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage

We still have Ruby-throated Hummingbirds hanging around the yard here in Waukesha County. The hummers have favored the Scarlet Sage and Zinna plants for the most part but often frequent the nectar feeders too. Ruby-throated Hummingbird Binomial name: Archilochus colubris Category: Hummingbirds Description: Metallic green feathers on back, grayish-white on … Continue reading

White-tailed Deer Swimming at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 12, 2016


When I arrived at Greenfield Park in the early morning a group of 5 White-tailed Deer had just finished gathering around a watering hole at the park. Some feeding was done there, splashing around some and then they headed for the lake. Arriving at the lake they lined up and … Continue reading

Greater White-fronted Goose on the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on September 14, 2016


I was on my way home from birding the quiet lakefront this morning in Milwaukee when I got a text from Dan Wutkowski. The text was of a Greater White-fronted Goose that had just landed on the Fox River in downtown Waukesha. Thank you Dan! It had just landed in … Continue reading

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding a chick on the nest in Walworth County Wisconsin on September 4, 2016

The feeding continues...

I was fortunate to get the opportunity to photograph a Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the nest feeding a chick and did not pass it up. Running into Anne Morretti out birding, she mentioned 2 of her birding friends Joann and Monica had an active bird nest. I followed the excitement of … Continue reading

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


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


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

Going with the fish in pouch

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


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


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


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


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


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