Blue Grosbeak at the Spring Green Preserve August 9, 2014

I made the run up to the Spring Green Preserve-west SNA in Sauk County Wisconsin with hopes to see the beautiful Blue Grosbeak and get a life bird too. This uncommon bird for the state has been reported on and off all summer long at this location. I was not let down as it only took a few minutes to locate this bird by its distinct call. I viewed it multiple times on top of the tall white pines running east. I also viewed the bird from a distance on the short oaks northeast of the Pearl Road dead end. A few other birds to note were Eastern Towhee’s, Indigo Buntings, 1st summer male and female Baltimore Orioles which I thought they were Chats with the early morning sun hitting them had gold color like I never saw before. Images were taken on August 9, 2014.

Blue Grosbeak, male

Blue Grosbeak, male

Blue Grosbeak

Binomial name: Passerina caerulea

Category: Cardinals, Piranga Tanagers and Allies

Size: 6.75” long, 11” wing span

Weight: 0.98 Oz.

Habitat: Open forests and shrub habitats of south North America. These areas can be corridors, hedgerows, old fields, logged areas, power line right-of-ways, some savanna areas, forest edges, pine forests in the south. Blue Grosbeaks typically migrate south into Mexico and Central America and as far south as central Panama. Normal range for this bird is south of Wisconsin.

Diet: Insects, sometimes seeds from grains.

Nesting: Females typically build the nest, the males help on occasion. The nest is cup shaped 2-3” across built with materials such as twigs, bark material, cotton, leaves, rags, snake skin, plant material and newspapers. Nests are usually located in open areas, along roads and woodland edges. 3-5 eggs are laid with incubation of 12-13 days.

Blue Grosbeak, male

Blue Grosbeak, male

Eastern Towhee, female

Eastern Towhee, female

Baltimore Oriole,  1st fall male

Baltimore Oriole, 1st fall male

Baltimore Oriole,  1st fall male

Baltimore Oriole, 1st fall male

Baltimore Oriole,  1st fall female

Baltimore Oriole, 1st fall female

Baltimore Oriole,  1st fall female

Baltimore Oriole, 1st fall female

Downy Woodpecker, male

Downy Woodpecker, male

Downy Woodpecker, male

Downy Woodpecker, male

Downy Woodpecker, male

Downy Woodpecker, male

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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.

5 Responses to Blue Grosbeak at the Spring Green Preserve August 9, 2014

  1. Michael J. matusinec says:

    Love your captures, a Blue Grossbeak, really, never seen one.

  2. Dawn says:

    Love the picture!

  3. Annie Mueller says:

    Wow, how neat to find a Blue Grosbeak! Thanks foe sharing your find!

  4. Pam says:

    Nice captures of the Blue Grosbeak, Jim. Congrats on the lifer! I should have gotten down there. It would be new for me, too.

  5. Nancy Nabak says:

    Gorgeous afternoon sun on your Oriole and totally brilliant on your Blue Grosbeak! Another one for me to yet see some day… and let me just tell you how much your first woodpecker shot makes my day! In so many ways! Textures, detail, color, and a tongue?!

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