Bobolinks at Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 16, 2020

Birding Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha County this morning I came across some Bobolinks, 5 of them, males and females. They are nesting at this location so I did not hang around for more than a minute or two as I did not want to disturb the feeding of the young. Amazing grassland birds they are. I noticed what appeared to be one of the males eating Yellow Coneflower seeds still on an old seed head from last year. They are seed eaters. A beautiful morning out, no other birds to note other than common species. Sunny skies with a light breeze blowing, keeping the Bobolinks working steady to stay on the old plant canes from last year as perches. Images were taken on June 16, 2020.

Bobolink, male

The Bobolink, male calling…

Bobolink, female with food in the bill, looks like a Daddy Long Legs…and something else…on it’s way to the nest…

Bobolink, female…with food for the young…

Flying about their habitat, the grassland..

Bobolink, female with the wind blowing, trying to hang on…

Bobolink, male, with the wind blowing trying to hang on, they must be very use to this…

Interesting how they grab a clump of old canes from last years Yellow Coneflower to make one stronger perch…

Eating seeds from last years Yellow Coneflower plant, a strong Wisconsin native.

Just looking at the seed head here…

Bobolink with food in the bill on its way to the nest…

Hanging on in the wind…

Just perched and calling like what a Bobolink does…

A balancing act, perched on the old cane with the wind blowing…

Just looking…

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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.

7 Responses to Bobolinks at Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 16, 2020

  1. Peggy Lison says:

    Exciting photo series Jim:))

  2. Gerald Haiar says:

    Bobolinks- What a wonderful bird !!

  3. Marilyn says:

    Spectacular as usual.

  4. Elaine Swanson says:

    So vivid your photos, Jim, I can hear their springy song bubbling over the grasses.. The male’s yellow cap covering black body looks like he came from a monastery. Isn’t she a beauty in that wing-waving shot. Really appreciate these intimate images. Maybe you might return to capture the baby Bobolinks?

  5. Kate T says:

    Just unbelievable ! You are so talented! Thank you for sharing !

  6. Ann says:

    Love, love, love the bobolinks at Retzer! Such a beautiful bird, along with a wonderful song. They migrate such a long distance to grace us with their presence!

  7. Marlyn Winter says:

    Absolutely beautiful photos of one of my favorite birds. Again, thanks for sharing your fantastic talent with us.

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