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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.

Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2019. Includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that either nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin.

I have put together a collection of some of the Wisconsin birding moments from the year 2019. The collection includes vagrants, special visitors, or just the beautiful birds that nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin. All images were taken in 2019. It was a very exciting year with the birds and also birding with some old birding friends and meeting some new ones, too. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. When putting this post together, once again, it amazes me what birds were seen this year here in Wisconsin!

Hooded Merganser, male Fox River Waukesha County January 1, 2019

Hooded Merganser, male Fox River Waukesha County January 1, 2019

American Robin in Milwaukee County January 10, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Great Horned Owls in Milwaukee County January 20, 2019

Dark-eyed Junco Lake Park Milwaukee County January 26, 2019

Long-eared Owl in Wisconsin February 6, 2019

Long-eared Owl in Wisconsin February 6, 2019

Great Horned Owl, female tucked away on the nest in Milwaukee County February 14, 2019

Blue Jay in Marquette County February 16, 2019

Herring Gull with breakfast on the Fox River in Waukesha County February 20, 2019

Eastern Screech Owl, red morph soaking up some sun in Milwaukee County February 21, 2019

Eastern Screech Owl, red morph in Milwaukee County February 21, 2019

Cooper’s Hawk at the Schlitz Audubon in Milwaukee County February 22, 2019

American Tree Sparrow in Milwaukee County February 24, 2019

Distant shot of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow eating weed seeds (Center right) in Lafayette County February 25, 2019

Lapland Longspur in Lafayette County February 25, 2019

Great Tit at Indian Mound Park in Sheboygan March 3, 2019

Bald Eagle, juvenile on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 3, 2019

Townsend’s Solitaire at Port Washington in Ozaukee County March 8, 2019

Townsend’s Solitaire turns on a dime in search of insects at Port Washington in Ozaukee County March 8, 2019

Barred Owl, male resting in Milwaukee County March 11, 2019

Mute Swan at the Fox River in Waukesha County March 11, 2019

Mute Swan being shy at the Fox River in Waukesha County March 11, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Greater Scaup, female Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Common Goldeneye, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Common Goldeneye, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Greater Scaup, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Greater Scaup, female Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Common Goldeneye, female Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, female at the Fox River Waukesha County March 19, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, female with a bullhead at the Fox River Waukesha County March 19, 2019

Killdeer at the Lake Express in Milwaukee County March 22, 2019

Redhead on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 22, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County March 22, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County March 24, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, male at Lakeshore State Park March 24, 2019

Mourning Dove carrying nesting material to the nest in Waukesha County March 25, 2019

Common Loon coming in for a landing on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 29, 2019

Common Loon taking off on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 29, 2019

American Robin leucistic at the Schultz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 1, 2019

American Robin leucistic at the Schultz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 1, 2019

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon at Grant Park in Milwaukee County April 3, 2019

Golden-crowned Kinglets at Veterans and Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 5, 2019

Golden-crowned Kinglets at Veterans and Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 5, 2019

Yellow-rumped Warbler going for a gnat at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Winter Wren at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Winter Wren, just how they stand at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Eastern Towhee, male at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center April 12, 2019

Eastern Towhee, male at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center April 12, 2019

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 12, 2019

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, female-left, male-right at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 12, 2019

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 12, 2019

Eastern Towhee, female at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center April 15, 2019

Bonaparte’s Gull, adult at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Count April 15, 2019

Bonaparte’s Gull with something in the bill at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County April 15, 2019

Wild Turkey at Schlitz Audubon in Milwaukee County April 19, 2019

Red-bellied Woodpecker, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 19, 2019

Brown Thrasher at Schlitz Audubon in Milwaukee County April 25, 2019

Northern Shoveler at the Fox River in Waukesha County April 25, 2019

Say….Ahh….Northern Shoveler at the Fox River in Waukesha County April 25, 2019

Yellow Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Palm Warbler, male singing at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Yellow-rumped Warbler male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

American Avocet at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

American Avocets with a few Willets at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

American Avocets returning to the beach area at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Willet left and Marbled Godwit right at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Willets in coming at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Willets with a Marbled Godwit in the middle at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Cape May Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Cape May Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Yellow Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Common Yellowthroat, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

White-eyed Vireo at Lake Park Milwaukee County May 9, 2019

Black-and-white Warbler at Wehr Nature Center May 11, 2019

Pine Warbler, male in the yard in Waukesha County May 12, 2019

Hooded Warbler, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Hooded Warbler, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Summer Tanager, female at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Summer Tanager, female squishing a bee at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Yellow-throated Warbler at the Fox River Parkway Waukesha County May 15, 2019

Scarlet Tanager, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Common Yellowthroat, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Blackpoll Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Mourning Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

American Redstart, male singing at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Canada Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Magnolia Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Black-throated Green Warbler at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee Count May 16, 2019

Blackburnian Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Bay-breasted Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Wilson’s Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Lake Park in Milwaukee County May 17, 2019

Prothonotary Warbler, female at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 19, 2019

Painted Bunting in Douglas County May 21, 2019

Painted Bunting in Douglas County May 21, 2019

Painted Bunting in Douglas County May 21, 2019

Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County May 28, 2019

Canada Geese, goslings at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County May 28, 2019

Green Herons on the nest with an egg in Milwaukee County May 29, 2019

Green Heron on the nest with an egg in Milwaukee County May 29, 2019

Sanderling with something in the bill at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

Ruddy Turnstone, a male finding things to eat at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

Fight for the “Rock”, American White Pelicans at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

American White Pelican at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

American White Pelican at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

Eastern Kingbird at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County June 3, 2019

Great Crested Flycatcher with nesting material on a Screech Owl house in the yard Waukesha County June 6, 2019

Great Crested Flycatcher in the yard Waukesha County June 6, 2019

Great Crested Flycatcher bringing in nesting material in the yard in Waukesha County June 6, 2019

Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County June 10, 2019

Sandhill Crane with a colt watching the adult probe for food in Waukesha County June 12, 2019

Sandhill Crane with a colt getting a grub from the adult in Waukesha County June 12, 2019

Sandhill Crane colt grabbing a worm the adult pulled from the ground in Waukesha County June 12, 2019

Sandhill Crane colt in Waukesha County on June 12, 2019

Common Merganser, male at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee June 20, 2019

Indigo Bunting, male eating Spiderwort seeds in the yard June 21, 2019

Great Horned Owl owlet found on an island while fishing, must be looking in the direction of the “Mom” in Sawyer County June 28, 2019

Great Horned Owl owlet found on an island while fishing in Sawyer County June 28, 2019

Great Horned Owl owlets found on an island while fishing in Sawyer County June 28, 2019

Common Loon with chick eating a minnow the adult just brought up in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Common Loon with chick in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Common Loon chick in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Common Loon stretching in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird chick at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County July 3, 2019

Ospreys, juvenile in Ozaukee County July 14, 2019

Bobolink, male at Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha County July 8, 2019

Killdeer chick at the Milwaukee lakefront August 3, 2019

Osprey with a catch at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County August 17, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Green Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County August 18, 2019

Broad-winged Hawk, juvenile in Forest County August 19, 2019

Double-crested Cormorants, juveniles seen while Sailbirding on the Milwaukee lakefront August 21, 2019

Caspian Terns, juveniles while Sailbirding in Milwaukee County on August 21, 2019

Red Knot, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Red Knot, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Red Knot, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sanderling finding things to eat at McKinley Beach Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sanderling at McKinley Beach Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sanderling with something in the bill at McKinley Beach Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sora, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 5, 2019

Sora, juvenile with food in the bill at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 5, 2019

Sora, juvenile slithering through the leaves of a wildflower at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 5, 2019

Spotted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County on September 9, 2019

Spotted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County on September 9, 2019

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Catchfly in the yard in Waukesha County August 9, 2019

Semipalmated Plover at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee County September 10, 2019

Sanderling with food in the bill at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee County September 10, 2019

Black-crowned Night-Heron, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County September 20, 2019

Chukar in Racine County September 27, 2019

Chukar looking for seeds in Racine County September 26, 2019

Marsh Wren at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 27, 2019

Snow Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County September 30, 2019

Snow Goose with a Canada Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County September 30, 2019

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

American Pipit at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County November 1, 2019

Horned Lark one of two present at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County November 1, 2019

Horned Lark at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County November 1, 2019

Cedar Waxwing at Port Washington in Ozaukee County November 13, 2019

Hooded Merganser, male in Waukesha County November 20, 2019

Hooded Merganser, male in Waukesha County November 20, 2019

Ruddy Duck, female at the Fox River in Waukesha County November 22, 2019

Snowy Owl in Milwaukee County lakefront December 2, 2019

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

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

Red-tailed Hawk during the Christmas Bird Count at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County December15, 2019

Townsend’s Solitaire at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County December 16, 2019

White-winged Scoter at the Petroleum Pier on Milwaukee’s Lakefront on December 28, 2019

Birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning one of the highlights was a female White-winged Scoter neat the Petroleum Pier. It dove while I was there coming up with mussels to eat. A drab duck but always nice to see something different this time of year. Another species to note there were two Great Black-backed Gulls on ice in the Kinnickinnic River at Jones Island. A gloomy day with some light drizzle, mild temps of 40 degrees, and a light breeze while birding the lakefront this morning. Images were taken on December 28, 2019.

The female White-winged Scoter…

Just after a dive eating a mussel…a little white seen on a wing here…

Eating more mussels…

Trying to break apart the mussels here as numerous ones are stuck together…

White-winged Scoter with a blurry Greater Scaup female behind…

A distant shot of one of the two Great Black-backed Gulls present this morning…

Townsend’s Solitaire at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Hales Corner in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on December 16, 2019

A Townsend’s Solitaire, a rare visitor was recently reported at the Boerner Botanical Gardens. I thought with birding slow in general it was a good opportunity check for this one. After about 2 1/2 hours the Townsend’s Solitaire came out of no where from the west and dropped into a small berry tree. It ate a few berries, maybe 3-4 quickly and perched at the top of a large deciduous tree. It repeated this twice and then a Red-tailed Hawk flew near the area and the Townsend’s Solitaire disappeared.  I hung around for a few more minutes and left the area. It was a gloomy morning, a good breeze and temps in the low 20’s, making feel like December weather. Images were taken on December 16, 2019.

Townsend’s Solitaire

Binomial name: Myadestes townsendi

Category: Thrushes

Size: 8.5” long, 14.5” wingspan

Weight: 1.2 Oz.

Note: What makes this bird a rare visitor? The normal range for the Townsend’s Solitaire is mountainous regions in the western US.

Red-tailed Hawk at the Christmas Bird Count at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 15, 2019

It was a fun morning for everyone counting birds for the Christmas Bird Count at the Wehr Nature Center. The highlight during my counting was a stunning adult Red-tailed Hawk perched in a tree hunting. The hawk gave nice views for a few moments with eyes always moving around waiting to find the next meal. Bird counts were slow for the day but still fun getting together with some good friends birding. It was a chilly morning starting out at about 18 degrees, little wind, but had sun which gave some warmth. Images were taken on December 15, 2019.

Red-tailed Hawk perched looking for its next meal…

Mouth stretching…

Looking around the woods, waiting for something to move…

In search of food….waiting…

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…