Trumpeter Swans with Cygnets at the Horicon Marsh in Dodge County Wisconsin on June 6, 2017

I thought it was time to head up to the Horicon Marsh to see what was going on and glad I did. One of the highlights of the day was watching one Tumpeter Swan, then two along with the cygnets feed and paddle around. When the second adult joined the group, there appeared to be some great trumpet sounds, really, like welcome back to the family! The two adults stirred the bottom by paddling and brought probably up aquatic insects which is what they eat at this age. It was an exciting time watching these adult swans doing their routine feeding the young with no distractions. It was a beautiful day with mostly full sun and pleasant temps, winds were low in the morning. Images were taken on June 6, 2017.

The family…

Trumpeter Swan

Binomial name: Cygnus buccinator

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 60” long, 80” wing span

Weight: 23 lb

Their necks are stained from feeding…

2nd adult joins the group, I hear trumpet like calling with each other…they were so glad to be together…:)

1st adult stretching here…

Cygnets feeding here with some fresh churned-up vegetation for aquatic insects…

Cygnets

Cygnets

Waiting for some fresh vegetation to dig through that the adult brought up from the bottom…

Both adults stirring the bottom by neck work under the water…

Cygnets feeding here with some fresh churned-up vegetation for aquatic insects…

Both adults stirring the bottom by neck work under the water…

Here the adult is paddling the bottom stirring up the vegetation…

Cygnets finding things to eat…

Greater White-fronted Goose at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 19, 2017

While checking the beaches early this morning about 6:30 am, I was very surprised to find a Greater White-fronted Goose hanging with some Canada Geese. Watching it for awhile, it appeared to be lost or acting like is this the right place, seriously! Anyways it strolled along with the Canada Geese, where they went it went along. This bird is considered rare for this date at this location. Other birds to note, 2 Common Terns and what I think is a 2nd cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull. I wonder if the strong northeast winds had something to do goose and gull being here. It was a cold morning, cloudy with 41 degrees. I actually wore my winter coat, scarf, and winter hat and it was still chilly. I guess in Wisconsin you just can’t put those items away too early. Images were taken on May 19, 2017.

NOTE: A bird that should be in Alaska or far northern Canada breeding!

The look it gave, like where am I?

The drink…

The look it gave, like where am I?

Canvasback at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on April 6, 2017

After doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee I decided to head inland. Few birds were seen along the lake, probably because of the high winds that had started occurring and higher winds were expected for the rest of the day. A first stop at Whitnall Park proved almost bird-less. Greenfield Park held the bird of the day, a stunning male Canvasback. It appeared very tired and rested while I was there except for one short swim in the pond. Images were taken on April 6, 2017.

Reflections of a Canvasback Duck!

Reflections of a Canvasback Duck…

Canvasback

Binomial name: Aythya valisineria

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 21” long, 29” wing span

Weight: 2.7 lb.

Across the pond...

Across the pond…

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Looks like one tired duck, I didn’t hang around long…

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Brant at Goose Pond in Dane County Wisconsin on March 31, 2017

I arrived at Goose Pond in Dane County 6:35 am as daylight was becoming real. As I pulled up behind Aaron H on the shoulder, he was waving his arm to show the Brant was taking flight off the west pond. He had nice views moments earlier. The bird flew over us and landed on the east end of the east pond. It was windy, light mist and gloomy but after a few minutes Aaron relocated the bird and Kyle showed up and we all had distant views. I managed a doc shot below. After about 15 minutes, we could not relocate the bird. I was there yesterday and tried for this bird but failed. It was in the area fields some where for most of the day, but birders reported it came back late yesterday. With that said, I felt be there at sun up today for  best luck and it worked. Thanks to Tom E who found this rare bird on Arlene’s photo the other day. Nice to get this life bird on my list!

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Brant

Binomial name: Branta bernicla

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 25” long, 42” wing span

Weight: 3.1 lb

Note: Normal ranges for this bird are the east and west coast of the US

Red-breasted Mergansers at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 16, 2017

A quick walk through Lakeshore State Park provided a couple nice views of the few ducks present there. They were Red-breasted Mergansers. Most ducks have moved north with spring around the corner but there are always a few that linger. A full sun day with temps finally above freezing, low winds made for a nice morning for a stroll through the park. Images were taken on March 16, 2017.

Red-breasted Merganser, female just after preening on the shore

Red-breasted Merganser, female just after preening on the shore

Red-breasted Merganser

Binomial name: Mergus serrator

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 23” long, 30” wing span

Weight: 2.3 lb

Red-breasted Merganser, male just cruising on by

Red-breasted Merganser, male just cruising on by…

Barrow’s Goldeneye at North Point Park in Sheboygan Wisconsin on March 15, 2017

I made the run up to North Point Park in Sheboygan this morning with hopes to see the male Barrow’s Goldeneye. I was not disappointed.  The Barrow’s Goldeneye rode the large waves coming in like the other ducks present. It dove often for food and sometimes it was hard to relocate with the large waves. This is not a life bird as I photographed one at the exact location back on January 7, 2011. As I have searched high and low through rafts of Common Goldeneye on the Milwaukee lakefront year after year, to see one again is a special treat. From Sheboygan I stopped at Port Washington for a couple of minutes and got a distant shot of 4- Red-throated Loons just east of the harbor entrance feeding on occasion. Thanks to Dan B for finding this uncommon bird for the area and for getting the word out for others to see it. It was about 20 degrees with full sun when I arrived at 9:00 am with steady winds off the lake. It was a bitter cold viewing period. Images were taken on March 15, 2017.

Common Goldeneye on both sides with the Barrow's Goldeneye in the middle

Common Goldeneye, males on both sides with the Barrow’s Goldeneye, male in the middle, also the brown duck being a Common Goldeneye, female

Barrow’s Goldeneye

Binomial name: Bucephala islanddica

Category: Duck, Geese, and Swans

Size: 18” long, 28” wing span

Weight: 2.1 lb.

Range: The normal winter range for this duck species is the east and west coasts of the US and Canada. The breeding range in general, is inland along with west coast of Canada well into Alaska south into Wyoming.

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male on the right

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male on the right

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male on the right, Bufflehead male to the left

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male in the middle with a Common Goldeneye, female on the right, Bufflehead males behind, Bufflehead female way back

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Barrow’s Goldeneye with some displaying action

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male on the right with a Common Goldeneye, female following, Bufflehead female on the left

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male in the middle with a Bufflehead, male in front

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Barrow’s Goldeneye in the middle

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Barrow’s Goldeneye on the right with many Common Goldeneye, females around on the left

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Barrow’s Goldeneye, male, just being there on the right

3- Red-throated Loons, non breeding plumage

4- Red-throated Loons, nonbreeding plumage, distant shot at Port Washington

White-winged Scoter at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 10, 2017

A brief birding stop this morning at Lakeshore State Park provided nice views of a White-winged Scoter. The female duck was hanging out with Greater Scaup and feeding on mussels in the lagoon. I took a few shots from a distance. As usual with hundreds of duck eyes watching you, they tend to stay away from the shore when you are around. It was a nice way to start the day out birding. Very cold out this morning with full sun but the wind made it feel like January. Images were taken on March 10, 2017.

White-winged Scoter, female with a mussel in the mouth

White-winged Scoter, female with a mussel in the mouth

White-winged Scoter

Binomial name: Melanitta fusca

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 21” long, 34” wing span

Weight: 3.7 lb

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A stretch!

A stretch!

A stretch!

A stretch!

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With a mussel

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Just cruising along

Greater White-fronted Goose at Veterans Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 27, 2017

Birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning I came across the Greater White-fronted Goose that was reported yesterday in with a flock of Canada Geese. It would be nice to photograph this beautiful goose in the water but you have to take what you can get. It seemed very comfortable grazing with about 30 Canada Geese near the lagoon. It did a small amount of resting and preening while I watched. It was a clear sky this morning with temps around 30, the wind off the lake made it feel like January. Images were taken on February 27, 2017.

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Greater White-fronted Goose

Binomial name: Anser albifrons

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 28” long, 53” wing span

Weight: 4.8 lb

Range: We typically see more of these geese west of Lake Michigan as their migration route north is mainly more west of Wisconsin, Texas through the dakota’s to northern Canada and Alaska. Always a treat to see one on the lakefront in Milwaukee.

With a Canada Goose

With a Canada Goose

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Taking a break

Taking a break

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Grazing with some Canada Geese

Grazing with some Canada Geese

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The foot

The foot

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Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on February 12, 2017

It was quiet on the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning. Only thing I could come up with for a few shots was a female Red-breasted Merganser at South Shore Yacht Club. It did extensive preening  and then went on to relax. It hung out with about 50 Mallards that were also just taking a break with the high winds. Other birds to note, the Ross’s Goose was still hanging around Veteran’s Park and Hooded Merganser, male was off in a distance at the yacht club. Temps were low 40’s with sun but had wind gusts from 35-40 mph so it was just not a pleasant day out there. A warm up is on the way, maybe some new birds will be found along with that change. Images were taken on February 12, 2017.

Red-breasted Merganser, female

Red-breasted Merganser, female

Red-breasted Merganser

Binomial name: Mergus serrator

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 23” long, 30” wing span

Weight: 2.3 lb

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Preening

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Shaking off!

Heading to the water

Into the water...

Into the water…

Preening

Preening

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Resting

Resting

They are always watching what is going on around them, weather it is another duck or just you!

Usually on the lookout

Ross’s Goose at Bay View Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on January 29, 2017

I spent some time today trying to catch up with the Ross’s Goose that made a quick stop yesterday as reported at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee. I found it early afternoon hanging out with some Canada Geese at Bay View Park on the lakefront. This is a grass area and it would have been nice to get it in the water, but you have to take what you can get I guess. It was a cloudy day with a good breeze from the west, cold temps around 25 degrees with an occasional light snow flurry. Images were taken on January 29th and on the 31st, 2017.

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Ross’s Goose

Binomial name: Chen rossii

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 23” long, 45” wing span

Weight: 2.7 lb

Range: An exciting visitor that is usually spotted a couple times a year in the state. The breeding range for this species is northern Canada, and migrates to parts of southwest US and Mexico.

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Grazing

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Grazing with the Canada Geese

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Grazing with the Canada Geese

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With a Canada Goose in the background

With a Canada Goose in the background

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Ross’s Goose with a few flurries

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

A quick rest

A quick rest

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

A stratch

A scratch

Ross's Goose with a Canada Goose

Ross’s Goose with a Canada Goose

Just looking

Just looking

Grazing together

Grazing together

A little fluffed up

A little fluffed up

At you

At you

One foot up

One foot up

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The back view

The back view

Harlequin Duck at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on January 24, 2017

The last few days I have hit the lakefront in Milwaukee with hopes to see the Harlequin Duck that was reported a few days ago. Today and getting into the afternoon finishing up a lap at Lakeshore State Park I spotted the 1st year male Harlequin Duck east of the island out a ways. It was with about 6 Common Goldeneyes. In a few seconds the group of ducks flushed for some reason and they flew north out of sight. I walked to the point at the Sailing Center and came up empty. On the walk back to the Summerfest grounds I relocated the duck out from Discovery World. It was again with a small group of Common Goldeneyes and once again they all flew for some reason but this time to the south. The lake was very calm and I wonder if any movement on shore made them more skittish? I was lucky to get a few shots off before it left. I looked south at all the ducks to the lighthouse and no Harlequin, from there it was ice to the south for awhile. Thanks to Jym M for finding this duck near the Sailing Center a few days ago and getting the word out. A cloudy day with mild temps, a breeze from the northwest made for not a bad day out birding. Images were taken on January 24, 2017.

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Harlequin Duck

Binomial name: Histrionicus histrionicus

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 16.5” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 1.3 lb

Normal Range: Normal range for this species is about Yellowstone Park WY, west of there to the coast, north of Yellowstone far up into Canada and then west to the Pacific coast. Some of their range is also the eastern Canadian coast of the Atlantic Ocean.

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1st sighting of the Harlequin Duck east of the island at Lakeshore State Park today

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Hooded Merganser at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin on January 22, 2017

A stop at the Fox River in Waukesha late morning today gave nice views of a Hooded Merganser, male. It hung around with a large flock of Mallards at times. Once it came up on the shore as someone had tossed out some corn, it appeared to eat a piece. It stood there as the Mallards ate the corn, like it did not know what it was suppose to do there. One time on the water I saw it eat a crayfish. For the most part it felt right at home with the Mallards. Not much else was on the river where I was other than a few Canada Geese. What a beautiful duck! It was a very gloomy day, with the mild temps it did not feel too bad for January. Images were taken from January 22, – February 6, 2017

Hooded Merganser, male

Hooded Merganser, male

Hooded Merganser

Binomial name: Lophodytes cucullatus

Category: Duck, Geese, and Swans

Size: 18” long, 24” wing span

Weight: 1.4 lb

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Hood up

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Hood up

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Hood down

With corn

With corn

Hood down before a dive

Hood down before a dive

The dive

The dive

The dive

The dive

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

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Hood up

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Hood down

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At you

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Crayfish snack!

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Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

Preening

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Hood is up!

Hood is up!

Hood is up!

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On the ice

On the ice

Best friends! The Hooded Merganser follows the Mallard, female all day. The little Hooded is always at her side..:)

Best friends! The Hooded Merganser follows the Mallard, female around all day, he is always at her side..:)

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Hood is down!

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Hood is up, just a walk on shore following around the female Mallard

Stretching

Stretching

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Hood is down!

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A quick drink!

Mute Swans at Bay View in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on November 10, 2016

3 Mute Swans have been hanging around along the lake shore on Lake Michigan in Bay View the last few days. I actually stumbled across them feeding while birding today. Took a few shots to share as not much else was going on today along the lake. This exotic species was brought over from Europe in the 1800’s for ornamental additions to parks and estates. The species is now heavily managed in Wisconsin and other states in USA. Beautiful day out there along with full sun, mild temps for November with a stiff wind. Images were taken on November 10, 2016.

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Mute Swan

Binomial name: Cygnus olor

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 60” long, 75” wing span

Weight: 22 lb

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They eat underwater vegetation

They eat underwater vegetation in shallow water

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They eat underwater vegetation in shallow water

They eat underwater vegetation in shallow water

Preening

Preening

More preening

More preening

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Preening

Preening

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Wood Duck in Waukesha County Wisconsin on June 2, 2016

Checking out some birding spots in Waukesha County I was surprised to find a stunning Wood Duck drake just hanging out eating. It did not seem to mind me being there so I took a few images to share. Images were taken on June 2, 2016.

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Wood Duck

Binomial name: Aix sponsa

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 18.5” long, 30” wing span

Weight: 1.3 lb

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Eating aquatic plant material, 80% of their diet

Canada Geese Goslings at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 2, 2016

Birding some of the lakefront in Milwaukee I came across these cute little Canada Geese goslings. They were at South Shore Yacht Club along with their parents. I just had to share these cuties! Images were taken on May 2, 2016.

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Canada Goose

Binomial name: Branta canadensis

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 25-45” long, 43”-60 wing span

Weight: 3.5-9.8 lb

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Snow Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 12, 2016

The beautiful Snow Goose that has been reported gave nice views early this morning at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee. This adult Snow Goose either foraged along the grass area or swam in the water on the south end of the pond. Eating seemed to be its highest priority this morning. This was my 3rd try for this goose that had been reported, as it is not always present. Thanks to Lee for updates on this goose and a very early phone call this morning from Bruce that it was present this morning, I made a quick run for it and finally saw this beauty! Images were taken on March 12, 2016.

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Stretching

Snow Goose

Binomial name: Chen caerulescens

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 28-31” long, 53-56” wing span

Weight: 5.3-7.4 lb

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Taking a drink

Preening

Preening

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Foraging

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Foraging

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Foraging

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Foraging

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Just poking along

On a mission!

On a mission

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Snow Goose with Mallard, male

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Taking a drink

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Foraging!

Foraging

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Taking a drink!

Taking a drink

Taking a drink!

Shaking it off!

The gulp!

The gulp

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Long-tailed Duck at Bender Park in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on March 7, 2016

I birded parts of the Milwaukee County lakefront today and the highlight of the day was my first stop at Bender Park. I saw the report from Dave G yesterday of the adult Long-tailed Duck at the park and the duck was still present today, thanks Dave! It gave nice views in the early morning sun, diving for food, preening and just relaxing while I was there. Shortly after arriving 3 fishing rigs came into the boat launch area and the duck moved towards the open water. Other areas I checked along the lake showed few ducks and gulls. Some areas had displaying Red-winged Blackbirds but that was about it. The ice in the lagoon at Lakeshore State Park was shrinking fast and they were ice fishing there yesterday! Images were taken on March 7, 2016.

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Long-tailed Duck

Binomial name: Clangula hyemalis

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 16.5” long, 28” wing span

Weight: 1.6 lb

Cool Fact: This duck was once known as Oldsquaw

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The dive!

The dive!

The dive!

The dive!

The dive!

The dive!

The dive!

The dive!

The tail!

The tail!

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Preening

Preening

Preening that long tail!

Preening that long tail!

Preening that long tail!

Preening that long tail!

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The drop!

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The drip!

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The long tail!

The long tail!

Just relaxing...

Just relaxing…

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Long-tailed Duck and more at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on December 10, 2015

I hit the lakefront in Milwaukee early this morning. I stopped at the beaches and marinas and not much was happening. I stopped at Lakeshore State Park and did a walk through and stumbled across 3 Snow Bunting that hung around for about 1 second. I checked the pond area and it had a few Greater Scaups and in them was the female Long-tailed Duck that Todd had reported yesterday. I watched it for awhile and they were all actively feeding most of the time I was present. The Long-tailed Duck being smaller still got very pushy around the scaups. I watched something interesting happen and I captured it some what on camera. The ducks where all hanging out a scattered group and the Long-tailed Duck takes off, does a 180 for about 200 feet, bolts like a bullet, then settles down. The scaups follow it but at a slower pace. Only thing I could figure out is that a very large fish had went for the duck. I saw nothing above that could have startled that poor duck! Most ducks I have seen in one place so far this season. 2 Pied-billed Grebes and Double-crested Cormorants were also present at the park. A fun day out, wind was cool, mostly cloudy I would say. The winds were picking up when I left. Images were taken on December 10, 2015.

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck

Binomial name: Clangula hyemalis

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 16.5” long, 28” wing span

Weight: 1.6 lb

Cool Fact: This duck was once known as Oldsquaw

Long-tailed Duck, female, thinking about making the dive!

Long-tailed Duck, female, thinking about making the dive!

Long-tailed Duck, female, still thinking about making the dive!

Long-tailed Duck, female, still thinking about making the dive!

Long-tailed Duck, female, making the dive

Long-tailed Duck, female, making the dive

Long-tailed Duck, female, making the dive

Long-tailed Duck, female, making the dive

Long-tailed Duck, female, done!

Long-tailed Duck, female, done!

Pied -billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Scaup

Greater Scaup, female adult

Greater Scaup, male adult

Greater Scaup, male adult

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female, stretching

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck, female

Long-tailed Duck, female

Greater Scaup, male adult

Greater Scaup, male adult

Greater Scaup, female adult

Greater Scaup, female adult

Long-tailed Duck, female just hanging out with the scaups

Long-tailed Duck, female just hanging out with the scaups

Long-tailed Duck, female was thinking about stretching but did not

Long-tailed Duck, female was thinking about stretching but did not

Something startles the Long-tailed Duck!

Something startles the Long-tailed Duck!

Duck does 180! Long-tailed Duck is startled and takes off like a bullet!

Duck does 180! Long-tailed Duck is startled and takes off like a bullet!

The Long-tailed Duck in on the move!

The Long-tailed Duck is on the move doing 180!

The Long-tailed Duck is on the move, still getting turned around

The Long-tailed Duck is on the move, still getting turned around

And away the duck goes!

And away the duck goes!

Still going!

Still going!

Still going!

Still going and the scaups have joined in on the exit!

And still going!

And still going!

Still going!

Still going!

And after a couple hundred feet it settles down

And after a couple hundred feet it settles down, I can only think it was a fish?

Quick shot of a distant Snow Bunting at the park

Quick shot of a distant Snow Bunting at the park

Long-tailed Ducks at Manitowoc Wisconsin on December 8, 2015

Early this morning I made a run up to Manitowoc with hopes to see a few recent reported birds. I had hoped for some sun but it remained overcast all morning. I saw 4 Long-tailed Ducks in the harbor. 1 adult male and 3 adult females. These ducks were skittish and for the most part the hung out in the middle of the harbor there which is pretty good size. 2 times they came in for some diving. Stunning ducks, my 2nd time seeing an adult male, and never this close. I had to hide behind a concrete barrier for some time and stay out of sight for them to come in, but it worked. The nice views were very limited. That was it for Manitowoc. My next stop was Sheboygan and I had no luck in seeing the reported female Harlequin Duck. I checked all places I usually check 3 times and out in the water all places. I noticed now it was reported again this afternoon, that is birding. 1 Great Black-backed Gull I was present on a breakwall there. My last stop was at the Port Washington Harbor, very quiet with the usual suspects. All places I thought had few ducks. A cloudy day, the wind was cold at Manitowoc, but other places not too bad. Still a fun day out birding! Images were taken on December 8, 2015.

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck

Binomial name: Clangula hyemalis

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 16.5” long, 28” wing span

Weight: 1.6 lb

Cool Fact: This duck was once known as Oldsquaw

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Tail, last thing down for the dive!

The long tail, making a dive!

Long-tailed Duck, adult female

Long-tailed Duck, adult female

Long-tailed Duck, adult female

Long-tailed Duck, adult female

Long-tailed Duck, adult female stretching

Long-tailed Duck, adult female stretching

Long-tailed Duck, adult male left - Long-tailed Duck, adult female right

Long-tailed Duck, adult male left – Long-tailed Duck, adult female right

Long-tailed Duck, adult male right - Long-tailed Duck, adult female left

Long-tailed Duck, adult male right – Long-tailed Duck, adult female left

Long-tailed Duck, adult female making a dive!

Long-tailed Duck, adult female making a dive!

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult female

Long-tailed Duck, adult female

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult male

Long-tailed Duck, adult female left - Long-tailed Duck, adult male right

Long-tailed Duck, adult female left – Long-tailed Duck, adult male right

Long-tailed Ducks at Sheboygan Wisconsin on November 29, 2015

I hit a few spots along Lake Michigan this morning north of Milwaukee in hopes that some of the nice birds reported from the north have come south. Nothing rare to report, but I did see the 2 Long-tailed Ducks that Nancy reported yesterday and they are always a treat. Thank you Nancy! The two female Long-tailed Ducks were hanging out around the marina area, once in a while with some mallards too. They did a lot of preening during the time I was there which was short lived as a few fishermen kept making a lot of noise, the Long-tailed Ducks moved out some. I only saw one duck dive once. Port Washington was slow, but still a great place to watch. It was a very cold morning with a light breeze out of the north, some sun. Images were taken on November 29, 2015.

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Taking a drink!

Long-tailed Duck

Binomial name: Clangula hyemalis

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 16.5” long, 28” wing span

Weight: 1.6 lb

Cool Fact: This duck was once known as Oldsquaw

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Preening

Preening

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Both preening

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