Warblers at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 13, 2018

I had an hour free in the afternoon so I stopped at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha. It had a nice selection of warblers but not a lot of numbers of each. Warblers species seen, Blackburnian, Cape May, Yellow, Tennessee, Nashville, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, American Redstart, Black-and-white, Blackpoll, and Northern Parula. They actively feed along the river. It was a cloudy day, mild temps in the mid 60’s, little wind. Images were taken on May 13, 2018.

Northern Parula, female

Magnolia Warbler, male

Magnolia Warbler, male getting a gnat…

Blackburnian Warbler, female

Blackburnian Warbler, female getting a gnat…

Northern Parula getting a gnat…

Yellow Warbler, female

Tennessee Warbler, female with a gnat in the bill…

Blackburnian Warbler, female getting a gnat…

Blackburnian Warbler perched pretty…

Magnolia Warbler, male

Northern Parula, female

Blackburnian Warbler, female

Blackburnian Warbler, female going for the gnat…

Blackburnian Warbler, female with a gnat in the bill…

Northern Parula looking for the next gnat…

Northern Parula going for a gnat…

Northern Parula going for a gnat…

Northern Parula posing…

Northern Parula

American Redstart, male

Tennessee Warbler, female, going for a gnat…

Blackpoll Warbler, male

Cape May Warbler, female

Magnolia Warbler, male

American Redstart, male

Magnolia Warbler going for a gnat under the bark…

 

Blackburnian Warbler at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 10, 2018

Making a stop midday at Lake Park gave nice views of many warbler species. One of the highlights was a Blackburnian Warbler feeding on gnats on a opening Maple tree. Other warbler species seen, Cape May, Yellow, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Nashville, Tennessee, Northern Parula, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, American Redstart, Palm, Prothonotary, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat, Wilson’s, and A Black-and-white. A fun time out with great views for the 2 hours I was there. A pretty nice day, mostly cloudy, mild temps and low winds. Images were taken on May 10, 2018.

Blackburnian Warbler

Looking for a gnat, it is what they do, it is what they eat…

Going for a gnat…

Looking at you…

Going for a gnat…

Looking around…

Calling…

More calling…

Looking for a gnat…

Just looking…

Cape May Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 9, 2018

While birding at the Fox River Sanctuary this afternoon another stunning warbler species seen feeding was the Cape May Warbler. It was doing what all the warblers do, feeding as they migrate through our area. There were 3 present while I was there. Gnats, gnats were everywhere there, clouds of them in a air and the trees must have been loaded too. Other warbler species to note, Northern Parula, Tennessee, Magnolia, Yellow, Nashville, Palm and Cape May. It was cloudy with a mist once in awhile with temps in the mid 60’s.

Perched pretty…

Deciding what gnat to get next, with two in front of him…

Looking for the next gnat…

Looking under the leaf for the next gnat, it is what they do…

Looking for the next gnat…

Getting a gnat…

Getting the next gnat…

Looking for the next gnat…

Perched off a ways with a gnat close by….

Going to the next branch…

Prothonotary Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 9, 2018

I made a quick birding stop after the rain let up today at the Fox River Sanctuary. It was quiet for the first few minutes but then I spotted a Prothonotary Warbler down stream. It feed on gnats on a branch over hanging the river which is typical. The air was filled with gnats as a few times I got them in my mouth. Other warbler species to note, Northern Parula, Tennessee, Magnolia, Yellow, Nashville, Palm and Cape May. It was cloudy with a mist once in awhile with temps in the mid 60’s.

Prothonotary Warbler

With a gnat…

Looking for a gnat…

Just perched pretty…

Giving good looks…

Looking for the next gnat…

Reaching for the gnat…

Reaching for the next gnat…

With a gnat…

Looking for the next gnat…

Looking for the next gnat, that is about all they do…

 

 

Warblers at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin Wisconsin on May 6, 2018

A stop this morning at Wehr Nature Center provided nice views of Chestnut-sided, Wilson’s, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, Magnoila, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, and the American Redstart. Also present a Swainson’s Thrush. They put on a great show feeding while I was there. A beautiful spring like day with low winds, some light cloud cover with temps around 65 degrees.

Yellow Warbler, male

Wilson’s Warbler, male

Black-and-white Warbler, male

Chestnut-sided Warbler, male

Yellow Warbler, male

Common Yellowthroat, male

Wilson’s Warbler, male

Common Yellowthroat in search of a gnat, it is what they do….

American Redstart, male

Swainson’s Thrush

Chestnut-sided Warbler, male

Yellow Warbler, male

Yellow Warbler, male

Yellow Warbler, male looking for a gnat…

Chestnut-sided Warbler, male

Common Yellowthroat, male

Yellow Warbler, male

Warblers at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin Wisconsin on May 2, 2018

I made a brief stop at Wehr Nature Center this afternoon to see if there was some warbler action and there was. Warblers seen were Magnolia, Orange-crowned, Black-throated Green, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Black-and-white, Blackpoll, and Northern Waterthrush. They put on some great shows feeding while I was there. A warm afternoon with partly cloudy skies and low winds. Images were taken on May 2, 2018.

Black-throated Green Warbler diving to a gnat…

Blackpoll Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Palm Warbler looking for the next gnat

Orange-crowned Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Black-and-white Warbler ready to get a gnat…

Black-throated Green Warbler

Magnolia Warbler looking for the next gnat

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Blackpoll Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler looking for the next gnat

Palm Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler looking for the next gnat

Black-throated Green Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler looking for it’s next gnat…

Blackpoll going to make the leap…

Blaclpoll making the leap…

Palm Warbler looking at you…

Black-throated Green perched pretty…looking for the next gnat…

Warblers at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 22, 2017

Stopping at Whitnall Park this morning provided some nice views of some stunning warblers. The hardest to locate today was the Mourning Warbler, you can assume it is around as it had been seen, but showed itself the least. On a few occasions it came out of the log jam and I captured a few shots, but the shows were very short lived and it was usually on the move getting gnats. A Gray Catbird chased it out of the area a few times from the log jam, but it soon returned after a while as it popped out again from the sticks and logs. Other warblers species seen were Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Blackpoll, American Redstart, Wilson’s and Canadas. One is always hoping for more species, but this was fun and for the most part there were numerous of each species. It was a fun time with great birds and friends! Some sun but mostly cloudy skies with mild temps. Images were taken on May 21-22, 2017.

Mourning Warbler, male

Wilson’s Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male

Mourning Warbler, male

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Wilson’s Warbler, male

Mourning Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male

Magnolia Warbler, female

Canada Warbler, male

Wilson’s Warbler, male

Blackpoll Warbler, male

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male

Wilson’s Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male

Chestnut-sided Warbler, male

Mourning Warbler, male

Mourning Warbler, male

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Warblers at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 11, 2017

I had been stopping at numerous warbler locations this week getting ready for the big surge of warblers and it really has not happened yet. I stopped at Whitnall Park and there was some nice warbler action but only a few species. Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-and-white, Yellow-rumped, Palm and Prothonotary which I did a blog post on yesterday. Here are a few images I captured while this burst lasted as today, the 12th of May, a warbler could hardly be found. Where are they all some ask? I think they are still coming. These images were taken on May 11, 2017 on a beautiful day with great friends too!

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Palm Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black-and-white Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Prothonotary Warbler at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 11, 2017

My first stop this morning was Whitnall Park hoping for some warblers. It seems like it takes forever for good numbers to arrive. One of the first warblers seen this morning was a Prothonotary, male. It was a stunning bird and gave nice views most of the morning. I have seen them in the past but this one put on some nice shows feeding. Other warblers present, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-and-White, Yellow-rumped, American Redstart, and some Palms. Other birds to note, White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos. It was a fun day out with friends and meeting some new ones too! Finally, a mild day with warmer temps and mostly sunny skies, no wind there. Images were taken on May 11, 2017.

Singing away this morning…

Going for a gnat!

Getting the gnat!

Looking for the next gnat…

Looking around for a gnat…

Going for a gnat!

Townsend’s Warbler at Kewaunee in Kewaunee County Wisconsin on December 9, 2016

I made the trip up to Kewaunee this morning with hopes to see the very rare visitor to Wisconsin, the Townsend’s Warbler. It has been visiting a feeder in a yard there for at least a week now. It is not seen often but visits daily. This bird is a 1st year female. The host Pam S. has many feeders in her yard and this is one of the places this bird visits. I say that as her sister lives 5 blocks away, this bird also visits her feeder too, along with many feeders that can be seen looking up and down the street. A small group of us showed up at the start of the day today which visitors are not allowed till 10:00 am thru 4:00 pm. Surprisingly the bird had stopped in the early morning but showed briefly at about 10:05 am. We all got looks, but images were a different story with his brief visit. Most left but Jay W and I hung around till noon. As I started heading to my car about 12:02, Jay yelled, it is back. We both got nice views and a few shots as it took a drink at the heated bird bath in the yard. This bird has been eating seeds at the feeders. The visit was brief again, we thought it headed up into a large spruce tree on the property. We were both happy with what we got, very cold and headed out. I heard this was the 6th Wisconsin state record for this species, a western bird far from it’s normal range of the north American west coast. What a stunning bird! A big thank you to Pam S. for sharing this amazing bird with the birding community. With very cold temps coming in the state and a big snow blanket coming along with that it will be interesting to see how long it hangs around. An awesome life bird that I just did not think I would be getting anytime soon, but as birding goes, one never really knows. Weather was high in the mid 20’s, some sun with clouds and a lot of north wind, very cold! If visiting for this bird, Pam asks that you view from the driveway. Images were taken on December 9, 2016.

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Townsend’s Warbler

Binomial name: Dendroica townsendi

Category: Wood-Warblers

Size: 5” long, 8” wing span

Weight: 0.31 oz

Getting a drink

Getting a drink

The gulp

The gulp

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Back view

Back view

Townsend's Warbler inside the feeder looking out to the right

Townsend’s Warbler inside the feeder looking out to the right, with an American Goldfinch in front

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Just another shot of this cool bird!

Kirtland’s Warbler in Adams County Wisconsin on May 27, 2016

I decided to do some searching for a Kirtland’s Warbler in Adams County Wisconsin on May 27, 2016. I had some luck along side a road where a male was singing away. No calls were used in obtaining these images and the images were taken from the road in an area where habitat looked good for this species to breed. Distant images were taken on May 27, 2016.

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Kirtland’s Warbler

Binomial name: Dendroica kirtlandii

Category: Wood Warblers

Size: 5.75” long, 8.75” wing span

Weight: .48 oz

Cool facts: Through effort this bird is recovering well from once low numbers. This species requires large tracks of land for breeding with sizes comprising of 160 acres or more. Habitat they prefer is dense young jack pine.

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Warblers at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 14, 2016

Whitnall Park this morning was up and down with warbler species. Pockets of them, as probably the same as pockets of bugs present. No large numbers but things were hoping at times. Species I seen today were Yellow, Magnolia, American Redstarts, Wilson’s, Canada, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat, Black and White, Nashville, Blackburnian, Palm and Chestnut-sided. It was a cold cloudy day, with low 40’s, steady winds with light sleet at times. Felt like winter! Images were taken on May 14, 2016.

Canada Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male, getting a bug

Canada Warbler, male, getting a bug

Canada Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male looking for the bug

Canada Warbler, male, looking for the bug

Canada Warbler, male, looking for the bug

Black and White Warbler, male

Black and White Warbler, male

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female, calling

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female, calling

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Chestnut-sided Warbler, male

Chestnut-sided Warbler, male

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male, with a bug

American Redstart, male, with a bug

American Redstart, female

American Redstart, female

Common Yellowthroat, male

Common Yellowthroat, male

Yellow Warbler, male

Yellow Warbler, male

Warblers and more at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 13, 2016

This morning I decided to take a run to Whitnall Park in Milwaukee to see if anything was going on with warblers. Warblers had some nice species (14), but in low numbers on each. Warbler species I saw were Prothonotary, Wilson’s, Magnolia, American Redstart, Black and White, Yellow-rumped, Nashville, Northern Parula, Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Palm, Canada, Common Yellowthroat and Black-throated Blue. Prothonotary was the highlight and Magnolia’s were the most popular. I heard Baltimore Orioles singing all day long. Also present was a Philadelphia Vireo along with common species we are seeing this time of year. Started out mostly sunny, mild temps turning to more clouds in the afternoon. Trees in some places there are leafed out full creating more shade and more places for the birds to be harder to see. It was a challenge today. It was a fun day out with birders and photographers. Images were taken on May 13, 2016.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Black-throated Blue

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Magnolia

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Baltimore Oriole what appears to be putting the first string around the possible start of a nest

Baltimore Oriole what appears to be starting the construction of a new nest, see the fine white string?

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee getting a bug out of a bloom

Black-capped Chickadee getting a bug out of a bloom

Prothonotary Warbler at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 12, 2015

I made a stop at Whitnall Park mid-morning today to see what was going on with the warblers. It was slow for warblers with like it has been in the past, just 1 and 2 of a few species, no big fallout. I ran into Bruce and he had viewed 2 Prothonotary Warblers earlier near the big waterfall. As we spent some time waiting for things to pick up, a Prothonotary Warbler made a brief appearance near the board walk below the dam. It continually feed during it’s brief appearance and then disappeared. It was windy, cloudy and cold, but seeing a Prothonotary Warbler always makes a bird trip worth it. Other warbler species viewed today, Golden-winged, Black-throated Blue (f), Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black and White, American Redstart, and brief looks at a Bay-breasted. Images of the Prothonotary Warbler feeding were taken on May 12, 2015.

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Prothonotary Warbler at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 10, 2015

I stopped by Whitnall Park this morning for a couple hours. It was a cloudy day with a couple rain drops on occasion with cool temps and a little wind. A couple of the highlight warblers were brief views of a stunning golden-yellow male Prothonotary Warbler and male Bay-breasted Warbler. Some of the other warbler species present were Blackburnian, Yellow, Black-throated Blue, Black and White, Palm, Canada, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart. Fun couple of hours watching these warblers feed at a fast pace today. Images were taken on May 10, 2015.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler with a bug

Prothonotary Warbler with a bug

Prothonotary Warbler with a bug

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler looking through the leaves for bugs

Prothonotary Warbler feeding

Prothonotary Warbler feeding

Prothonotary Warbler going through the leaves for bugs

Prothonotary Warbler going through the leaves for bugs

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler calling!

Prothonotary Warbler calling!

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler going for a bug

Prothonotary Warbler going for a bug!

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black and White Warbler with a bug!

Black and White Warbler with a bug!

Black and White Warbler with another bug!

Black and White Warbler with another bug!

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Warblers at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 8, 2015

I made a stop at  Whitnall  Park mid-morning to see what the action was like. It was another day of just a couple of warblers 1’s on 2’s of a few nice species. Species hanging around were a Wilson’s Warbler, a Canada Warbler for a few minutes, and a Black-throated Blue Warbler was still around. Also brief views of a Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Black and White Warbler, American Redstart, Nashville Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Common Yellowthroat and Northern Waterthrush. A fun morning out with a nice group of birders on a morning of some clouds and sun with warm temps. Images were taken on May 8, 2015.

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Wilson's Warbler going for a bug!

Wilson’s Warbler going for a bug!

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

American Redstart

American Redstart calling!

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart calling!

American Redstart calling!

Warblers at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 6, 2015

I made a stop at Whitnall Park this morning to see if the warbler action had changed from yesterday. A few more species were present but that was about it. New today from since yesterday was Blackburnian Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Northern Parula and the Wilson’s Warbler. The Black-throated Blue Warbler was still present on and off today. It was a nice day to be out with other birders and friends. Some sun and clouds with mild temps. Images were taken on May 6, 2015.

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson’s Thrush

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Warblers at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 4, 2015

I stopped in at Whitnall Park this morning to check out the warbler action. Surprisingly I could only come up with 5 species and only 1’s and 2’s of each. A stunning Black-throated Blue was the highlight. Other warbler species present were American Redstart, Magnolia, Black and White, Palm and Yellow-rumps. FOY Rose-breasted Grosbeak was a treat along with what I am 99% sure a Tufted Titmouse. Nice morning to be out with mild temps and partly cloudy. Images were taken on May 5, 2015.

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler at the landing!

Black-throated Blue Warbler at the landing!

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler doing the call!

Black-throated Blue Warbler doing the call!

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler looking at a bug!

Black-throated Blue Warbler, back view

Black-throated Blue Warbler, back view

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart, calling!

American Redstart

American Redstart, calling!

American Redstart

American Redstart

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Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler going for a bug!

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler going for the bug.

Black and White Warbler going for the bug.

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler preening

Yellow-rumped Warbler preening

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Prairie Warbler at the Linnwood Water Treatment Plant “Magic Hedge” in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 15, 2015

I made the run into Milwaukee very early this morning with hopes to see the reported male Prairie Warbler. The Prairie Warbler was reported yesterday early morning and remained at this location for most of the day. This “Magic Hedge” is just south of the water treatment plant on Lake Michigan on Milwaukee’s lakefront. I arrived at the reported location at 6:20 am. Another birder Laurie was already on site looking for the Prairie Warbler but could not locate it. We both looked hard up and down the hedge for about 30 minutes and then I spotted the Prairie Warbler high in one of the 2 spruce trees to the north. Moments later a Kinglet was spotted in the same tree. Action stopped and we both left the area. I birded Lake Park for well over an hour and not much as going on. I ended my walk on the north end of the park on Memorial Drive with about 5 birders looking around that area for yesterdays report of the Screech Owl but the owl was no where to be seen. I thought I would walk over and check the “Magic Hedge” once more. In only a couple of minutes I spotted the Prairie Warbler up in the spruce where I had saw it earlier. They don’t call this hedge “Magic Hedge” for no reason. The Prairie Warbler flew out of the spruce tree into the hedge. It feed actively for about 5 minutes down east to the lake on the hedge. It looked for insects etc on the ground. It returned west on the hedge back and flew right back into the spruce tree. It remained there for the next 30 minutes and then I left the area. The “Magic Hedge” has produced some great birds over the years and should be check often. A big thank you to Andy Cassini for finding this great bird and getting the word out for others to come and try for it. Not a life bird for me as I found a Prairie Warbler a couple years ago up in Lake Park just up the hill from this location and another in the South Kettle Moraine in 2010. Images were taken on April 15, 2015.

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Prairie Warbler

Binomial name: Dendroica discolor

Category: Wood Warblers

Size: 4.75” long, 7” wing span

Weight: 0.27 Oz

Range: The normal range for this bird is the eastern US, west to portions of eastern Texas, Kansas and all of Missouri, south into Florida and north to northern IL but not Wisconsin. Every year a few are found in Wisconsin. Always a special event for birders to see one!

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Searching for it’s next insect!

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Neck feathers up, searching for it’s next insect!

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Neck feathers up!

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Neck feathers up!

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Searching for it’s next insect!

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Searching for it’s next insect!

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Neck feathers up!

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Neck feathers up, searching for it’s next insect!

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Neck feathers down, searching for it’s next insect!

Finding and insect to eat

Finding an insect to eat.

Searching for food on the ground at the east end of the hedge.

Searching for food on the ground at the east end of the hedge.

Searching for food on the ground at the east end of the hedge but thinking about getting back up into the hedge.

Searching for food on the ground at the east end of the hedge but thinking about getting back up into the hedge.

Take off!

Take off!

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Searching for it’s next insect!

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Searching for it’s next insect at take off!

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Going for it’s next insect!

Searching for the next insect.

Searching for the next insect.

Looking around

Looking around

Searching for the next insect.

Tail spread, doc shot.

Tail spread, doc shot

Tail spread, doc shot

American Redstart

American Redstarts have been present at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin for the last couple of weeks. The American Redstart is a warbler species that some birders are not aware of. One of the most active warblers, it always amazes me how they fly so fast through the trees and brush in 2’s never hitting a thing! I have put together a few images of both the males and females. Images were taken May 13-18, 2014.

 

American Redstart - Male

American Redstart – Male

American Redstart

Binomial name: Setophaga ruticilla

Category: Wood-Warblers

Size: 5.25” long, 7.75” wingspan

Weight: 0.29 oz.

Habitat: Breeding habitat, deciduous, second growth woodlands with moisture. Habitat can include alder and willow thickets, shrubs, treefall areas situated with old growth forests. They will also use thickets in orchards in fencerows. Breeding range is eastern US, northern parts of the west, well into Canada, winters in parts of Central and South America.

Diet: Insects by flushing by fanning their tail and flashing their wings. They do this from the ground to near the top of the canopy catching insects off limbs, leaves and branches. In fall they may eat berries or fruit that are small.

Nesting: The male shows the female possible nest sites during early courtship and the female tests them out and finally settles on one. It is located on a main trunk of a tree or shrub in a camouflaged location. The female builds her own nest in 3-7 days. The nest is constructed of tightly woven bark strips, feathers, animal and milkweed hairs, lichens, twigs, pine needles, rootlets, leaves and sometimes wasp nest paper material. It is cup shaped 2”-3” wide, 2”-1.5” deep. Typically 2-5 eggs are laid and incubated for 10-13 days by the female.

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – Female

American Redstart - Male

American Redstart – Male

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – Female

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – 1st year male, note black on front of breast.

American Redstart - Female, at takeoff!

American Redstart – Female, at takeoff!

American Redstart - Male

American Redstart – Male

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – Female

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – Female

American Redstart - Male

American Redstart – Male, calling!

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – 1st year male, note black dots on front of breast.

American Redstart - Female

American Redstart – Female