Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 26, 2020

I had seen a couple reports of a Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park so this morning I thought I would try my luck. It was there along the end of a mowed field with a Lesser Yellowlegs. After watching this bird for awhile sitting up on a clump of grass, it decided to hunt a little in the grass for insects to eat. I saw on one image it had a moth in its bill. Later it flew to the beach area and hung out for a while. When I left the area other birders had arrived and were enjoying nice views. It was a warm morning with early temps at 84 degrees, full sun, a little breeze. Images were taken on August 26, 2020.

Buff-breasted standing on top of a clump of grass…

Off to do a little hunting for insects…

A moth in the bill…

Always changing directions as it walks, looking and listening for something to eat…

Getting something here…

Near the beach area on a rock…

Those beautiful feathers…

The closeup


A resting Lesser Yellowlegs a couple of feet from the Buff-breasted, they are friends it appeared…

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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 Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 26, 2020

  1. Betsy Abert says:

    Beautiful shots, Jim. It reminds me of how valuable the restoration of that part of the lakefront really is. Thank you.

  2. Joy Banyas says:

    Beautiful shots of a beautiful bird!

  3. John says:

    Gorgeous photos of a gorgeous sandpiper and yellowlegs.

  4. Marilyn Runge says:

    Oh to wear finery like that!
    Wonderful pix of a subtly beautiful bird.

  5. Joanie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. Awesome shots. I now know what a buff breasted sandpiper looks like. Great photos.

  6. Pilar Ossorio says:

    Absolutely lovely! You really got down and got a “bird’s eye” view of this gorgeous bird. In the first two images (in the grass) you must must have been lying on your stomach or below the bird on a slope to get that angle. And I love the one with the bird on the rock looking back over its shoulder – the feather definition and detail is fantastic.

  7. Laura says:

    Gorgeous bird! Thank you!

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