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Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.

Snowy Owl at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 3, 2019

Birding Lakeshore State Park this morning in Milwaukee I came across a Snowy Owl sitting on a deck. I hide out of sight and took a couple of shots. A walker with a dog on a leash near the area must have caught the eyes of the Snowy Owl as it suddenly flew off. It was a brief moment to see this beautiful Snowy Owl. This Snowy Owl looks like the one I photographed in a different area along the lake yesterday. It was a beautiful morning with cloudy skies to state giving way to sun later in the morning with temps around 30 degrees, but a stiff west wind. Images were taken on December 3, 2019.

The Snowy Owl

The Snowy Owl possibly looking at the walker with the dog on a leash ahead.

Snowy Owl along the lakefront in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 2, 2019

Birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning it was a nice surprise to find a Snowy Owl. 1st one of the winter for me. It was resting and I let it be. I did take a couple of images at a safe distance to share. It was cloudy this morning, light breeze and mild temps for this time of year. Images were taken on December 2, 2019.

The Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Binomial name: Bubo scandiacus

Category: Typical Owls

Description: Adult males are mostly white with a few dark feather tips.  Adult females and juveniles are white with dark scalloping on chest, back, wings, and tail.  Yellow eyes, black beak, and feathery feet.

Size: 20”- 28” long, 49” – 59” wingspan

Weight: 3.5 lb. – 6.6 lb.

Habitat: Wide open, treeless spaces such as shorelines, lakes, open fields, and agricultural sites.

Ruddy Duck on the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on November 22, 2019

An early stop at the Fox River in Waukesha provided nice views of a female Ruddy Duck. It has been hanging around for a couple of days just sleeping in the middle of the river. This morning it was moving around with some Mallards. Sorta drab duck, the males in spring are stunning with black and white on the head with a blue bill! It was a pleasant morning with mild temps, partly cloudy skies and low winds. Images were taken on November 22, 2019.

Ruddy Duck, female

Ruddy Duck, female

Ruddy Duck, female

Ruddy Duck, female, another shot…

Albino Squirrel in Waukesha County Wisconsin on November 20, 2019

Albino Squirrels are not common at all so I took advantage of getting some images of one of two in Waukesha County when I had the opportunity. They are storing nuts for the winter and working on a nest too. I was a pretty nice morning with some sun, mild temps and low winds. Images were taken on November 20, 2019.

Albino Eastern Gray Squirrel

Scientific name: Sciurus carolinensis

Type: Mammal

Albino: Albinism, is a mutation on a gene that codes for pigmentation. Eyes are red in color on albino mammals.

Habitat: They prefer large areas of mature and dense woodlands.

Average life span in the wild: Adults can live to 6 years. Records that have been keep they may survive much longer.

Size: Bodies run 9.1″ to 11.8″ long plus the tail, tails averaging about 8″-10″ long.

Weight: 14-21 oz

Diet: Tree berries, buds, bark, nuts, acorns and seeds. They are also known to eat seeds at bird feeders and vegetables from gardens.

Range: Midwest to the eastern US and southeastern Canada.

What a beautiful squirrel running with a Walnut!

Thinking here on where to bury this nut…

Hooded Merganser in Waukesha County Wisconsin on November 20, 2019

One of my birding stops today in Waukesha County along a river. It had a stunning male Hooded Merganser that was hanging out with Mallards. The Hooded Merganser gave nice views, I witnessed very little feeding, only once I saw part of a crayfish in its bill when it came up after diving. It was a beautiful day out, almost spring like, with full sun and little wind, temps about 47 degrees. Images were taken on November 20, 2019.

Hooded Merganser, male with his mouth open…

What a beautiful duck, hood up!

Resting…

Swallowing water from a drink…

Trail Cam Videos of Different Birds Coming to White-tailed Deer Insides Left in a Field in Wisconsin November 2019

Nothing goes to waste! Amazing what will show up on a trail cam if White-tailed Deer insides are left in a field after dressing the animal. A friend offered me insides from a deer that he just shot with a bow.  I said why not. I set the insides in a field with a trail cam close by. I checked on it a few days later, some nice video was captured of some beautiful birds. I feel some great video to educate anyone that does not realize what goes on when we are not around, nature takes care of a lot of things. Some of the insides were frozen at times by the looks of things.

A list of videos of the different birds species below at each link:

Bald Eagle Adult video #1:  https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMn1ZOIREoIj4T2is2s8jhLCXIyLsoy9HeJR8bisUuP3ioMyseYscRI_Y_cz24z5Q/photo/AF1QipOZbuKBLwaOjKs6mgWvUoOQoRnynfFJg6gF0kxM?key=NXg0aWtLWUhVZUM3bGxZTWZVR2VJa1BTQ1ozQ3pB

 

Bald Eagle Adult video #2: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPrN8rnuUkO01OvobJo9b6TtwwavO8yI0P4xcihmmZigWF1WHcRfTi8OFQRa2RQeQ?key=cERadW96Q09HeTI3RkJqX1F6SjVoUmgycVp6eDRB

 

Bald Eagle 3rd year video #1: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPBrmYLwu6b6hQsMJXv-k_OnvLvfm9L5mikStYZWQ4Fu9dxPx2UQZmtTA8UgOIJJw/photo/AF1QipPgL7UHhRzbre33rcti0ffpBwTOccZ4oCUQrG9a?key=QU5nbGxmcGhmU1hwNDVKT1BKSEtmVDdqRV9KUTdn

 

Bald Eagle 3rd year video #2 https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP-Gd382w7ql9oJmmKj6TC3NXWkOCEN9Ozsq9AeEmI2sTehab4wOXj7HyAgi4F8Ew/photo/AF1QipMK-uST1zrhR2LWN1pnqs–G0Ih3n5kKmE2xL4O?key=YjVJWkVIVHp5VTJrdGtmRTZ6bGJWcGZKNS1Tc2R3

 

Rough-legged Hawk video #1: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO_k8lEDVqS-KJz51L6Q3rkXJQXDPTrPdOmOJy64X8HkR_r9J4LJZUpbRrIM-MCdA/photo/AF1QipOdSsX0BE2LWyZ-t-5jbO-5GwSu2m_W1tznTqmc?key=Rkl0MWo3TnhfX05tN3VYMmVXeHBTczREcnZFOTZB

 

Rough-legged Hawk video #2:https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMQgmA7CEYovhe_-9Jq56WWxOLhRnnBQsImcQQ2-p4_wVhu3R41mpEDMTzvIJ-uuw/photo/AF1QipNts1poIOTCU6xMB6mnGnXEP5BJiBAmgAzZDEJc?key=R01oSVRXb3ZYa21BRHFzS3dsX3JIdXY4Y0pOb05B

 

American Crows video #1: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPCXQ7-tfgakyeZnSkr9jel1aqrD1cTngZDumIk9OsNW4IZLmwmiojeyba0g3Xrrg/photo/AF1QipNtsaqrAn5DgDO0vLCurh5fIBpe2NpZjR7z_jfN?key=X1JEZkJGc0lWbnBTVkVnVnFQSWQ5dHROVW9INGRB

 

American Crows video #2: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNpHS9hFCLbkveWHDKfWuvh84-H1hMEE5ZQyO1wT2FzoifCpH-y1wlu4eYXz_Qh_g/photo/AF1QipPLdnrqGazVzc6feUtGMJKe8y3-YCQa1qT9eFmO?key=eXVTMF95djFnX1Q1akh2Uk00WU5fS05vcDJMR2lB

 

Downy Woodpecker stand up to a Blue Jay video #1: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO26SpHLhncDQjcpSaavk7NALukkPGxPymlIkepEZ_fXl_OffzJMDpj5b-qmuHqqA/photo/AF1QipPq70_fd0j5A1ESjerwTxtQbFbLNnmfyaCGSRsk?key=WU1LTDlaR2xOSWVnMkU3a0dScGRWaGc4MlVfQmhB

 

Blue Jays video #1: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipNW2tR5I9KMS_t2dfWPHx2PQTu5o8eubREEgWWgfD3Mt9x3dnj5LVT-2jOf5btpdw/photo/AF1QipMH4lCNoNjwYPIb5CLt5jnv4DzolzFJEiWM5UU8?key=WGVYc1hYR3gzaDNzd1hwVUktQW5acUFOZDJsVWhn

Cedar Waxwings Eating Berries at Port Washington in Ozaukee County Wisconsin on November 13, 2019

One of my birding stops today was Port Washington. Literally 100’s of Red-breasted Mergansers provided action in the harbor but the highlight was Cedar Waxwings eating Red Cedar berries at Coal Dock Park. The waxwings for the most part just perched in a few trees and occasion would go for a berry. I always notice that the waxwings will pick through the berries, pick them and find they are all not ripe and toss them. A few times a hand full of waxwings went down to a open creek for a drink of water.  It was a chilly day out, cloudy skies with temps around 20 and strong winds from the south while I was there. Images were taken on November 13, 2019.

Cedar Waxwing, adult, just perched pretty…

Cedar Waxwing, juvenile with a Red Cedar berry…

Cedar Waxwing, juvenile swallowing the Red Cedar berry…

Cedar Waxwing, juvenile leaves the Red Cedar tree with a berry…

Cedar Waxwing, juvenile with a Red Cedar berry…

Cedar Waxwing, adult

Cedar Waxwings, adults getting a drink of water…

Cedar Waxwing, adult getting a drink of water…

Cedar Waxwing, adult getting a drink of water…

After the drink…

Cedar Waxwing, adult testing the ripeness of the berry…

Cedar Waxwing, adult tossing the berry, maybe it was not ripe…

Cedar Waxwing, juvenile all fluffed up…

Cedar Waxwing, adult…just perched in the cold…

Cedar Waxwing, adult perched in between eating berries…

Raccoons Peeking out of their Home in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on November 9, 2019

While out birding in Milwaukee County I stumbled upon two raccoons peeking out of their home, a hole in a tree. They moved around some in their hole with one trying to climb up into the tree hole out of sight. After awhile one managed and the other in sight took a nap. A pleasant morning out with low winds and pleasant temps around 35 degrees partly sunny skies. Images were taken on November 9, 2019.

The pair of Raccoons just peeking out of their home…

As they moved around in the hole, one was working its way up inside the hole in the tree…

Trying to get comfortable…

The raccoon above is dropping wood chips on the one below trying to get comfortable up in the tree hole…

Just relaxing and giving nice looks…

Trying to find that comfortable position…

Looking around, checking things out around it…

Just thinking here…

Going to take that nap…I left…

Horned Larks at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 1, 2019

While birding Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee the highlight of the walk were two adult Horned Larks feeding on seeds in the grass in the snow. On one occasion I saw one eat an insect, so they are not strictly seed eaters. They pulled seeds off of plants and ate nicely while I watched from a distance until a jogger not knowingly flush them off a ways. It was partly cloudy, low winds and temps around 30 degrees. Images were taken on November 1, 2019.

Horned Lark, one of two present…

Horned Lark

Binomial name: Eremophila alpestri

Category: Chickadees and Titmice

Size: 7.25” long, 12” wing span

Weight:  1.1 oz

Picking seeds off of a plant and eating them…

Seed in the bill…

Getting another seed off the plant….

Another seed in the bill…

Another seed in the bill…

They were in a grass area for a moment…

Insect in the bill here…

A closer look…

American Pipits at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County on November 1, 2019

A stop at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee along the lakefront provided views of 2 American Pipits. Thinking these are 1st winter birds…They fed along the beach clutter along the shore finding things to eat. Ring-billed Gulls were in the same area and slightly harassed the pipits on occasion flushing them. Nice to see something different for a change. Images were taken on November 1, 2019.

American Pipit

American Pipit

Binomial name: Anthus rubescens

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 6.5” long, 10.5” wing span

Weight: .74 Oz.

Note: Pipits are found on all continents, except Antarctica

Finding things to each with a Ring-billed Gull nearby…

Looking for something to eat…

The two American Pipits perched on a log just looking around…

Something in the bill to eat…

Just looking pretty!

Fall Colors of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park on October 7, 2019

A tour of fall colors on a road trip at the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park in Michigan’s UP provided some of the most stunning fall colors ever witnessed. It was only a one day tour for a few hours on a day I would have called PEAK season for colors. Images were taken on October 7, 2019.

“Lake of the Clouds” at Porcupine Mountains Wildness State Park

Lake of the Clouds

Lake Superior in a distance…

Looking east…

En route, just a roadside pond…

En route, pond with a stream…

Lake of the Clouds

 

American Mink at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 1, 2019

While birding Lakeshore State Park a cute little American Mink caught my eye. It was grooming itself and scratching its back on the pier, rolling over, it was having a great time. I was a ways off and I don’t think it saw me, it was so cute, what a show it put on! Not a very natural setting but you have to take what you can get in the city…:) A little rain with gloomy skies, mild temps, next to no wind. Images were taken on October 1, 2019.

American Mink…

Rolling over for a back rub…

Chilling…just got finished rubbing its back on the above beam…

Rubbing its chin on the deck…

Thinking…

Looking around…

Looking more…

Stretching out…nap time!

Pied-billed Grebe at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 1, 2019

On a walk this morning at Lakeshore State Park I noticed a Pied-billed Grebe feeding along the cattails. It did its normal feeding routine of diving for 15-30 seconds presumably getting something to eat and then resurfacing for a longer time. A fairly quiet day at the park other than a handful of White-crowned Sparrows I saw feeding from a distance on seeds from the wildflowers. At the park it was mild temps and a light drizzle with low winds. Images were taken on October 1st 2019.

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe, adult

Just up from a dive!

Snow Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 30, 2019

Once again a Snow Goose has stopped for a visit at Greenfield Park. I found this adult hanging out with Canada Geese, typically of what one will do when visiting. The Snow Goose was not in the lagoon but on shore. Minimum action from this species in shots but still cool to see one here at the park. Last year a Snow Goose stopped for a long visit at the park on October 22, 2018. So this one is a little early when comparing those two. Starting out the day with fog then changing to sunshine with plenty of humidity, low winds. Images were taken on September 30, 2019.

A little stretch…

Hanging out with friends, the Canada Geese…

Just a little drama…

Eating together, that great grass!

Feeding…

Looking for a good patch of grass…

Friends…

Posing nicely…

The cross-over…

The Snow Goose, adult with some grass on the bill…

Marsh Wrens at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 27, 2019

While birding Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee the highlight of the walk were 3 Marsh Wrens at the small detention ponds. There are a few areas of cattails there and the Marsh Wrens were in and out of each area every couple minutes getting insects. They were quick up and down in the cattails getting things to eat. I was impossible to keep track of where they were most of the time as they pretty much stayed out of sight. One juvenile was seen. On a few occasions they briefly showed themselves and I got a couple of shots. They are considered “Secretive birds”, I know why.  It was a gloomy morning with cool temps, a good breeze, it was fall coat weather. Images were taken on September 27, 2019.

One of 3 Marsh Wrens…

Marsh Wren always looking for the next insect to eat…

Marsh Wren, how they typically perch in the cattails…

The juvenile Marsh Wren, once seen on a rock…it did pick a few insects off the rocks too but usually was in the cattails.

Looking around for insects…

Marsh Wren looking for things to eat…

Getting a spider…

Just perched pretty and looking…

Chukar in Racine County Wisconsin on September 26, 2019

The Chukar, a Eurasian species introduced here in the US is considered a released game bird here in Wisconsin. I found this adult feeding along a roadside in Racine County this morning eating seeds. It put on a nice show eating seeds as I watched it at a distance. I am posting this as some birders have never seen one so it is for educational purposes I would say. It was a gorgeous fall like morning with sunny skies, temps around 60 and very little wind. Images were taken on September 26, 2019.

The Chukar as I found it…

The close-up, a beautiful bird…

Here the Chukar is finding seeds and eating them…

Eating seeds…

Getting that seed!

Just looking…

Looking for seeds, it is what they eat…

Looking for seeds and getting some…

Those colors!

Looking pretty!

Just looking around…

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin on August 16, 2019

After a tip from a friend about a Mississippi Kite here in Wisconsin, I decided to check it out. I arrived early and found this male bird perched in a dead tree in the area it might be found. I watched it for awhile as it repeatedly went for large flying insects and dragonflies or it perched. It preened a lot and when it was not preening it just remained perched looking for something to eat. Once I saw it fly and could see why it got the name “kite”. The bird was trying to get something on the side of a leafed out deciduous tree and it was flying like a kite would look, both top of the wings facing me, make like small radius’s in a figure-eight. Pretty cool to see! Obviously a life bird. Sorry, I can not share this location. The early morning started out cloudy but soon gave way to some sunshine. Images were taken on August 16, 2019.

The Mississippi Kite is found perched in a tree after looking sometime for it…

The Mississippi leaves the perch and does some flying around in the area, always looking for things to eat…

Always searching for food…

Must have excellent vision as it went for an insect about 500 feet away from the perch at the bottom of tree…

Cruising low in search of things to eat…

Close by overhead…

Returning to the perch, it flies over me…

After some time the Mississippi Kite returns to the area…soaring low, always looking for something to eat…

Searching…

Searching…

Off a ways in search of…

A pass over me…

Soaring around the area…

Here the bird appears to be onto something that I could not see.

Semipalmated Plover and Sanderlings at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 10, 2019

With some light rain falling this morning, I decided to check a few beaches on Milwaukee’s lakefront. Bradford Beach had 1 Sempalmated Plover and 21 Sanderlings. I took a few shots when the rain let up. Always so cute to see the Sanderlings running up and down the beach, in and out in search of things to eat. McKinley Beach and Lakeshore State Park had nothing today, at least when I stopped. It was a foggy morning, slight drizzle at times and light winds from the east. Images were taken on September 10, 2019.

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover going for something here…

Semipalmated Plover with a Sanderling in the background…

Just looking…

Sanderling with something in the bill…

Sanderling getting something….

Sanderling, the wing stretch…

Sanderling reflection…

The bug goes flying!

Sanderling, something in the bill…

Sanderlings, three of a kind…

Just looking…

More food in the bill…

Waiting for the next wave, and then getting the next food…

Spotted Sandpiper Feeding at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 5, 2019

Birding Lakeshore State Park I came across a juvenile Spotted Sandpiper that was feeding on the rocks on the big lake. Watching this bird for about 15 minutes, it never stopped feeding, catching very small insects and eating them. It bounced from rock to rock, back and forth putting on a great show for me. My presence watching from a distance was not a problem for this bird, it never stopped searching for and feeding on insects. Eat to survive, and this bird was doing just that. After a few minutes I left. It was a beautiful day at the park as they say, with perfect temps with a slight breeze, partly cloudy. Images were taken on September 5, 2019.

Spotted Sandpiper checking out this old log getting a few insects off of it with Bittersweet Nightshade Berries in the background…

Insect in the bill…around all the rocks it looked for food and found it, small insects…

It sees an insect…

And gets that insect!

Posing pretty!

Looks up the side of a large rock for insects…

Insect in bill….finds insects under this old stick…

Over the edge of the rock it reaches and grabs an insect…

Closeup…

Great pose, the Spotted Sandpiper, juvenile…

Moving around on the rocks in search of food…

Insect in bill….it finds a few things to eat here on the side of this rock…

Another nice view…

Sneaking around on the rocks looking for those insects…

Another beautiful shorebird, the Spotted Sandpiper…

Sanderlings at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 3, 2019

After photographing the Red Knot at Lakeshore State Park I headed over to McKinley Beach. 3 Sanderlings were present and they were feeding along the beach area at waters edge finding things to eat. It was a beautiful day and exciting to see the first Sanderlings of the fall migration. Images were taken on September 3, 2019.

Sanderling looking for things to eat…

Something in the bill to eat…

Another catch…

Food in the bill…

Walking around and looking for things to eat…

Something in the bill to eat…

Posing…

Close up…

Walking and looking for things to eat, sand on the bill from the last probe…

Grabbing something to eat here…

Food in the bill…

The Sanderling, what a beautiful shorebird!