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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.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sora at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 5, 2019

While birding Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee this morning it was a nice surprise to see a Sora. This juvenile bird was feeding along the rocks and in the water at one of the detention ponds. It gave nice views for a few minutes and then a gull flew over head just above the cattails and the Sora darted into the cattails a couple of feet away. The gull was probably just looking for crayfish. I could just see the Sora standing in there on a little flat stick. One safe haven in the whole area of cattails for this little one to rest and sit out of sight. It remained in there for minutes just looking around, preening and I left. It was a beautiful morning out with perfect temps with a slight breeze, partly cloudy. No other birds to note at the park. Images were taken on September 5, 2019.

Sora, juvenile

Food in the bill…

Getting things to eat…

Slipping through the leaves of a wildflower looking for things to eat…

Grabbing something here to eat…

Picking something off the algae to eat…

The Sora sits out of sight after the gull spooks it…

Looking pretty…

Closeup…

Something in the bill to eat…

Another nice look…

Red Knot at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 3, 2019

I got a tip that a rare bird for this area, a Red Knot was seen and reported yesterday at Lakeshore State Park. I made the run down to the lakefront this morning assuming the bird was not present but something else could have come in. The juvenile bird was present at the beach area at the park and gave nice views. It fed finding things to eat while I was present taking some photographs. This bird is considered a rare sighting as the normal range for this species is east and west coasts of North America. Thanks to Tracy C for finding this bird and getting the word out for others to try for it. It was partly cloudy early morning with light winds and mild temps. Images were taken on September 3, 2019.

The Red Knot, a juvenile

Walking the beach area finding things to eat…

Getting something here to eat…

Closeup…

Just looking…

Getting something to eat here…

 

The Red Knot sees something to eat…

The Red Knot grabs it!

Something in the bill…

A leg up…

Another closeup…

For those who have not seen an adult close to full breeding plumage, this adult I photographed in Hustisford on August 16, 2014

Sailbirding at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 21, 2019

Another opportunity came up for me to get on a Sailbirding adventure at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and I did not pass it up.  It was a beautiful day, low winds to start with mostly sunny skies. Sailor Carl Eisenberg lead the group with excellent birders Jennifer Ambrose and Lorri Howski, along with myself. We headed out and had a heck of a great time! 10 species of birds seen along with breakwall. I don’t have numbers on each species but there were large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants and Caspian Terns along with gulls. Species seen were Sanderlings, Great Blue Heron, Least Sandpiper, Double crested Cormorants, Caspian Terns,  Herring Gulls, Spotted Sandpiper and Ring-billed Gulls were some.

NOTE: The purpose of this sailbirding trip today was to document bird species on a portion of the breakwaters (breakwall to some). This portion of the breakwall has been changed by the Army Corps of Engineering by strategically adding smaller rocks to the giant ones along the breakwall structure. The Army Corps has collaborated with UWM with hopes to create breakwall habitat for a variety of living creatures including birds.

On the way out to do some awesome Sailbirding!

Double-crested Cormorants, juveniles

Caspian Terns, juveniles with lighter color heads…

A Great Blue Heron flying around way out…

Least Sandpiper

Sanderling on the breakwall…

Least Sandpiper…

Caspian Terns juveniles…the stretch…

Caspian Tern juvenile

Double-crested Cormorant, juvenile

Herring Gull

Sanderling

Sanderling

Herring Gull, juvenile

Double -crested Cormorant just up from fishing…

The sailor Carl Eisenberg, it was smooth sailing as they say!

Jennifer taking a break after counting all those birds!

Lorri still in search of that rare bird!

Jim just looking for something different!

The skyline…

The Sailbirding group today!

Canada Jay, Red Crossbills, Broad-winged Hawks and more in Forest County on August 19, 2019

I saw a recent report of the Canada Jay and Boreal Chickadee species in Forest County Wisconsin. I had the urge to try for these species once again to get them on my Wisconsin life list.  An earlier winter trip a couple of years ago for these species was a bust. Mike Wanger wanted to join me as he needed the Boreal Chickadee. We met at 2:30 am in Milwaukee and made the run up. Arriving at 7am, it was 48 degrees, clear as a bell, quiet as a mouse and it pretty much remained like that for that till noon. We birded up and down Sheltered Valley and Pine River Roads, known areas for these species to be seen. Every 5-10 minutes or so we would park, get out and walk up and down the road quietly for 10-30 minutes, look and listen. After and hour or so we found a Canada Jay in a Tamarack tree a little ways off the road. It only hung around for a second after spotting it.  I got a horrible shot of the Canada Jay, but was enough for a ID. We came across some Red Crossbills eating cone seeds on a Tamarack tree. Two juvenile Broad-winged Hawks put on a show at one location, they were looking for food. We saw a few small flocks of warblers feeding, they were moving around. It was amazing that we both could walk a ways out on a bog on a possible deer trail and there were no mosquitoes or flies!  It was a exciting day for the both of us! No Boreal Chickadee was seen or heard, I guess it will be another trip another day. I have attached Mike’s ebird report for species at that location (below).

It just was not a great day for photos, but the photos show some of the species seen.

Broad-winged Hawk, juvenile

Broad-winged Hawk, juvenile

Red Crossbill, male

Canada Jay, doc shot

Broad-winged Hawk, juvenile

Black-billed Cuckoo 1 (heard)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Common Loon 1 (heard)
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawks 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Downy Woodpecker 2
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 3
Canada Jay (Northern) 1
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Common Raven 1 (heard)
Black-capped Chickadee 12
Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 6
Red Crossbill 2
American Goldfinch 5
Song Sparrow 2
Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
Nashville Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 2
Cape May Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 2
Indigo Bunting 2

August Blooming Wisconsin Native Wildflowers in Waukesha County on August 17, 2019

With a nice day I decided to go out and capture a few nice wildflowers. Weather this year has been exceptional for natives here in the yard in Waukesha County with abundant moisture and warm temperatures but not too hot, just in the 80’s. Some blooms have been hanging on over a month and still looking nice, just amazing! Images were taken on August 17, 2019.

New England Aster, Aster novae-angliae

Orange Coneflower, Rudbeckia fulgida

Obedient Plant, Physostegia virginiana

Cardinal Flower, Lobelia cardinalis

Branched Coneflower, Rudbecki triloba

Woodland Sunflower, Helianthus divaricatus

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

 

Osprey Catching a Goldfish at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 17, 2019

An exciting moment this morning at Greenfield Park was an Osprey stopping by and catching a goldfish for most likely for some young. This Osprey has been seen on and off at the park for the last couple of weeks. It usually stops once in the morning and I guess later in the afternoon too by what others tell me. It is probably still feeding young somewhere close as it takes the food away. The location of the nesting area is not known to anyone that I know. It was a gorgeous morning out doing a little birding with temps around 65 to start, mostly sunny skies with a little breeze. Images were taken on August 17, 2019.

Osprey arrives at the park and starts to hunt for a fish…

Osprey spots something and then circles around…

Still in search of…

The bird takes another loop around then then drops down…

The Osprey makes a splash and then comes with a nice Goldfish…

Heads towards the west with the Goldfish in the talons…

Heads farther west, then does a turn around and then north over me…

Coming towards me and then north…

North…

Great views at this point…

Has a nice grip on this fish and then out of sight…

Grey and Black Squirrels Debugging themselves in the yard in Waukesha County Wisconsin on August 3, 2019

When first observed through the window at home in a tree I assumed this was some unseen before grooming being done by 3 different squirrels. 2 Grey and 1 Black squirrels were doing what I thought was grooming for about 20 minutes. Black Squirrels have been seen in the yard here for very many years. When looking at the images I realized these squirrels had parasites of some sort, tick, mites, fleas, etc. So this is how they care for each other out in the wild to try to remove these parasites? After awhile It was interesting to see this take place from an educational point. Feeling sorry for the squirrels, I would assume they will be fine. Images were taken on August 3, 2019.

Grey Squirrel debugging the Black Squirrel…they all took turns…

Summer Blooming Wisconsin Native Wildflowers in Waukesha County on July 24, 2019

With birding slower during the summer I turn towards taking some images of the native wildflowers around us. Some images are of species not native to Wisconsin but the states around us, they are noted. Many of the images taken here in the yard and also a few on the road in Waukesha County Wisconsin. I have added a few images too from late spring.

Smooth Phlox, Phlox glaberrima

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Royal Catchfly, Silene regia, native to IL and south, not Wisconsin…

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Queen of the Prairie, Filipendula rubra, not native to Wisconsin but all the states around us…

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Wild Sweet William, Phlox maculata

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Ozark Coneflower, Echinacea paradoxa, native to Missouri and south, not Wisconsin…

False Sunflower, Heliopsis helianthoides

Wild Iris, Blue Flag

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, native to IL and south, east and west of that state, not Wisconsin…

Prairie Coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Blue-eyed Grass

Wild Blue Indigo, Baptisia australis, native to IL and south, east and west of that state, not Wisconsin…

Yellow Pimpernel, Taenioia intergerrima

Wild Petunia, Ruellia humilis

New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus

Rosen Weed, Silphium integrifolium

Nodding Pink Onion, Allium cernuum

Smooth Phlox, Phlox glaberrima

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea

Royal Catchfly, Silene regia, native to IL and south, not Wisconsin

Butterfly Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias vertcillata

Purple Milkweed, Asclepias purpurea

Purple Milkweed, Asclepias purpurea

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Red Bee Balm, Monarda didyma, native range is eastern US…

Polk Milkweed, Asclepias exaltata

Wild Iris, Blue Flag

Blue-eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium sp.

Smooth Phlox, Phlox glaberrima

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Prairie Coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Purple Coneflower, Echinacea purpurea, native to IL and south, east and west of that state, not Wisconsin…

Rattlesnake Master, Eryngium yuccifolium

Jack-in-the-Pulpit, Arisaema triphyllum ~ Spring

Virginia Bluebells, Mertensia virginica ~ Spring

Compass Plant, Silphium laciniatum

Common Loons in Sawyer County Wisconsin on June 31, 2019

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 big and only saw chicks on the back of an adult from a distance one time. A total of 8 adults and 4 chicks, 3 families and some singles were seen over a period of a few days. Images were taken during the last few days of June.

Common Loon with chick…

The adult passing food to the chick…

Common Loon chick, just received a piece of food, probably part of a crayfish from an adult…

Passing a small piece of food to the chick…

Adult watching the chick handle the food on it’s own…

Adult breaking up a piece of food before passing it on to the chick…

Stretching…

Just hanging out….

A family…

Chick in a small wave from the adult going down for more food…

Adult bring food to a chick off a a ways…

Passing food to a chick…

Great Horned Owl Owlets in Sawyer County Wisconsin on June 28, 2019

While fishing along a shoreline in a boat in Sawyer County, it was a sweet surprise to find a pair of Great Horned Owl owlets starring at me. Two days in a row these owlets were perched in the same area, a dark woodland along the shoreline. No adults were seen but I’m sure with the way these owlets eyes were moving around, looking, the adults were close by.  Images were taken on June 28, 2019.

The pair found starring at us…

They were looking around as if adults were close by…

Looking as an adult was close by…with the woods dense, it was hard to see in the woodland…

 

Sandhill Cranes Feeding a Colt in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 12, 2019

I birded some of western Waukesha County this morning for something different. The highlight of the morning was 2 adult Sandhill Cranes feeding a cute colt. This was a young colt and it stayed close to both adults. They both probed the ground and gave the colt things to eat, sometimes passing something or dropping it in front of the colt to eat it on its own. Pretty exciting to watch this from a distance. It rained briefly while I was there but cranes just went about their business feeding and feeding the colt. Images were taken on June 12, 2019.

Sandhill Crane adult with the colt…

The Sandhill Crane colt…with rain falling…

Passing a grub to the colt…with a drizzle…

Colt eating the grub…

The colt pulling the worm out of the ground, the adult partially pulled it out…

Colt with the worm, the adult watches…

Dealing with the worm…

I’m going to get this down…the adult just watches

Almost down…

An adult briefly looks around…it is still drizzling…

The adult drops a grub in front of the colt and the colt picks it up…

The colt then eats the grub…

The adult pulls a grub out of the ground…

The pass…

The adult walks around in search of food, the colt just watches, it is an on going lesson how to get things to eat…

Another grub is passed on to the colt…

Time to get it down…

Another pass…

And another grub…

Watching the adult, could be the female…

Great Crested Flycatchers Nest Building in a Screech Owl House in the Yard in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 8, 2019

A pair of Great Crested Flycatchers have been seen in the yard over the last few days. They are currently working on nest building in a Screech Owl house I put up last fall. I have photographed them with nest building materials in their bills and going into the house. A House Wren is occupying a house 10′ from the Screech Owl house. I hope the excitement continues that they raise some young here in the yard. At this time there are Indigo Buntings, House Wrens, Eastern Bluebirds (2nd time this year), and Chipping Sparrows nesting here and most likely Gray Catbirds, Northern Cardinals and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Images were taken on June 8, 2019.

Great Crested Flycatcher exciting the Screech Owl house…

Great Crested Flycatcher with nesting material on the Screech Owl house…

Entering the house with nesting material…

Leaving the house…

Bringing in nesting material…

Great Crested Flycatcher in a near by tree with nesting material…

Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019 at Lake Park Milwaukee Wisconsin on June 5, 2019

It was an exciting morning birding with friends to help raise money for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon. The team I was part of was Jen’s Warbler Warriors. Teammates Jennifer Rutten – captain, with Carl Eisenberg, Carl Swartz, Marilyn Bontly, Helen Bolgrien, Karen Johnson, Jack Coulter, Amanda, Norma Zehner and myself. 44 species found, not bad for a June day at a city park! Nice $$ raised for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon! It was a beautiful morning out looking for our feather friends, with full sun, little wind and mild temps. Images were taken on June 5, 2019.

Downy Woodpecker male feeding young…

Eastern Bluebird, male

House Wren working on nest building…

High up Great-crested Flycatcher…

Part of the team in search of…

In search of birds…

Before the walk…

A little pep talk…

Some of the teammates at the start…

 

American White Pelicans, Ruddy Turnstones and more at Sheboygan Wisconsin on May 31, 2019

I made a run up to Sheboygan on Lake Michigan to see what birds are hanging out. North Point had a few American White Pelicans on the rock, all that remains of the once large rock point. A few pelicans also loafed on some of the jetties at North Point there along with gulls. Some gulls were present but nothing odd that I could come up with other than Bonaparte’s Gulls. Probably 1,000 gulls were present out on the South Pier Boardwalk way out, but with just the bins, nothing seemed interesting. The Deland Park pier surprisingly had 3 Ruddy Turnstones and 10 Sanderlings feeding off the pier and rocks present. For the most part the pelicans were just hanging out, I did not see much feeding or interaction going on with them. It was a gorgeous day out, full sun and a nice breeze. Images were taken on May 31, 2019.

Ruddy Turnstones, 2 males…

American White Pelican at takeoff…

Fighting for the “Rock”, the American White Pelicans..

Ruddy Turnstone, a male finding things to eat on the rocks…

The closeup

Sanderling, transitioning to breeding plumage feeding on the pier with something in the bill…

Sanderling, adult breeding plumage

Then there was one…

Takeoff time…

Just flying by North Point…

Coming in for a landing…

Floating around looking for food…

Takeoff…

Bonaparte’s Gull, adult nonbreeding

Bonaparte’s Gull, adult nonbreeding

Green Herons on the nest in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on May 29, 2019

I have never come across and active Green Heron nest in the 9 years I have been birding or even an empty one. So this one I photographed today was a real treat. The 2 adults were present most of the time I was there, sometimes together on the nest, other times the male was out on a limb with the female on the nest. I am sure an egg was laid while I was present as when I arrived the female seemed to be circling on the nest and no egg was present. Shortly there after I noticed an egg on the nest. I was there for a very shot time. It was a cloudy day with some mist early but mild temps and low winds so it was not too bad out. Images were taken on May 29, 2019.

The female sitting on the nest when found…

The male comes over to the nest and the female does some moving around on the nest and a blue egg is now seen…

Both adults together, they were moving around the egg with their bills…

Both birds looking at the egg…

The female turns around maybe to lay another egg, I left the area not wanting to disturb anything…

Painted Bunting in Douglas County Wisconsin on May 21, 2019

After hearing about the male Painting Bunting that was visiting a feeder for a few days in Douglas County Wisconsin I just knew, working on my state life list, this one I would have to try for. I made the almost 6 hour ride up there leaving about 7:00 am on a chance. After 2 hours into the trip I get a call from a friend that says, the bird has not been seen yet this morning! Maybe turning around is not the craziest idea they said, but obviously it was my choice? Well, I said I would continue on for another 15 minutes or so and re-think about what to do. Chasing birds is so darn exciting!! 2 minutes later my friend called back and the bird has just been seen. That was great news! I had just gotten a text from Amy the homeowner and she confirmed that and I gave her my ETA. I arrived at 1.00 pm at the residents and Amy was out to greet me as she was working on flower beds. I stood a good distance away from the feeder area, maybe 50′-60′. After 1.25 hours the bird showed up  and landed a few feet from the feeder on the ground. The Painted Bunting worked its way to under the feeder where bird seeds have fallen. After about 2 minutes the Painted Bunting flushed to a deciduous tree and then off into the woods. I was puzzled on why it flushed as I never moved while it was there. Looking at my images when I got home I notice a Song Sparrow came in near the Painted Bunting. The Song Sparrow caught the attention of something that possibly landed in the tree above as its head was looking up, the bunting looked up too and decided not to hang around and flew off. It was a beautiful day in Douglas County, with almost full sun and almost 70 degrees. Amy was a wonderful host and a big thank you to her for sharing the amazing Painted Bunting with the birding community. No question on why this bird is called the Painted Bunting! To think this bird is still hanging around, Amy said they had just gotten 7 inches of snow 2 days ago. Images were taken on May 21, 2019.

Note: The normal range for this bird is southern Nebraska and south.

The Painted Bunting, no question on why it got it’s name…

Painted Bunting

Painted Bunting still eating seeds…

The Song Sparrow comes in…

The Song Sparrow looks up into the tree above and the eyes of the Painted Bunting do too…

The Painted Bunting flushes due to the circumstances I would assume…

In the beginning……………….. when the Painted Bunting flew into below the feeder area…

Found a few things to eat on the way to below the feeder…

Getting closer to below the feeder where bird seed has fallen…