The Cup Plant, wildflowers on wildflowers on August 6, 2017

With cloudy weather today and a good chance of rain I decided to try my luck at some Cup Plant in the yard. These plants are currently about 5-8 feet tall. Images were taken on August 6, 2017.

Cup Plant, Silphium perfoliatum

Most occasions the leaf cup holds water at the start of the day, birds frequent this plant for a drink…

The Cup Plant with Meadow Phlox in the background…

The Cup Plant with Royal Catchfly in the back ground

 

Bat roost construction information in Waukesha Wisconsin on April 3, 2017

I have had some requests for information on the construction of the bat roost we have on the front of our garage in Waukesha County. The fake door in the images has an outer covering of sheet aluminum, which just covers the roost itself. There is no entry into the garage. There are 3 chambers open top and bottom in the roost. Inside the 3 vertical chambers is about 8″ x 3/4″ x 54″ long. The outside of this roost is about 42″ x 54″. This roost hangs on the front of the garage. The inside of the roost there is no vinyl siding, it is all cedar. The bat roost was built on the ground and then hung up. This roost faces west and gets all afternoon sun. Bats come in and out from both ends, there is no rhyme or reason to where they are coming out next. I used rough sawn cedar boards for this, and the bats just cling to the face of these boards. They can leave the roost 2-3 or 4 at a time, just amazing. There are a few trees in the front yard. If you are standing on the driveway near the roost which happens once in awhile, the bats just come out and fly around you or over you. If you have parked cars on the driveway, they just come out and go over them, no collisions. The bats have been using this roost every year for probably 15-20 years. Numbers change every year. On the average in summer it has 25 bats in it during the day. When it really gets warm out, 70’s and 80’s it really fills up. When it gets extremely hot, they don’t hang out in the roost, it gets too hot. A typical evening at dusk the roost empties out. They usually empty the place out within 5-10 minutes. Bats are everywhere in the yard flying around catching insects probably mosquito’s. Bats seem to return to the roost at different times. If I am out very early in the morning I notice bats are returning to the roost. I only once found a bat on the ground under the roost, picked it up and let it rest awhile. After a few minutes I picked it up, held out my hand and it flew off. If a mess accumulates under the roost I just hose off the driveway right under the roost. I check the roost everyday and April 2 was the first of the year bats. When weather is cold, they may not leave the roost for a week or two.

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Bat leaving the roost at dusk…

1 chamber looking up inside the roost

1 chamber looking up inside the roost. You can see light at the top where it is open. It appears here I also used a piece of rough sawn cedar plywood.

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2 of the 3 chambers looking up

A bat leaving...

A bat leaving…

Another view of a chamber

The bat, a dark spot area about 1/3 of the way up inside on the right side out of focus. Another view of a chamber looking up. Image taken 4-3-2017

Bat coming out...

Bat coming out, this image taken in 2011…

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Rock Lake Icehenge in Lake Mills Wisconsin on January 27, 2016

I got the report from a friend that the “Icehenge” on Rock Lake has returned in 2016. This location is on Rock Lake in Lake Mills Wisconsin. What an awesome piece of art and put together well by a group of local artists and craftsmen. It was similar to the Icehenge the group put up last year in 2015. The ice was actually cut near the structure, dragged over to the site and the upper pieces muscled up on top.  One person I ran into there today that helped in this construction of this event told me there was a small structure that is put up near Icehenge a couple hundred feet away called an “altar” if I heard it correct. Images of the altar are below. When standing in the middle of the Icehenge as the sun sets on Friday the 29th, the sun should set on the top of the altar and light should point to the middle of the Icehenge location. He said the math was done on this, and if that actually happens is yet to be seen. It was a fun photo op for a few minutes on a cold and windy day out on the lake. Thanks Paula! Images were taken on January 27, 2016.

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Alter

Altar

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In the moonlight!

In the moonlight!

Common Redpolls at Frame Park in Waukesha Wisconsin on January 16, 2016

I birded some of Milwaukee’s lakefront this morning to see what was around. Highlight at the lakefront was a immature Great Black-backed Gull and an adult that spent the time out in the water. The fun was just starting as I started heading home a received a text from Ryan S that Common Redpolls were near Frame Park in Waukesha. When I arrived, Ryan was just going to try to relocate them as they had flown off. After a 1/4 mile walk we relocated them along the river feeding on the cones on some Alder trees. What a show they put on with nice views. It was about a flock of 15-25, some came and went but the majority of them hung around for while. For the most part they continually pulled seeds from the cones and ate them. I had been down to the river 3 times this week looking for the Redpolls with no luck so this really made my day and the others that had been looking for them. A big thank you to Ryan for the text message this morning. Later Derek and Bruce showed up and also enjoyed the show. Images of the Common Redpolls eating seeds or gathering them were taken on January 16, 2016.

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

Common Redpoll

Binomial name: Carduelis flammea

Category: Redpolls

Size: 5.25” long, 9” wing span

Weight: .46 oz

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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It’s all about food! Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll extracting the Alder seed from the cone

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Common Redpoll eating the Alder seed

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Our feathered friends in Waukesha County Wisconsin on November 8, 2015

Just had a little fun photographing some of our common feathered friends today. Images were taken in Waukesha County Wisconsin on November 8, 2015.

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Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker back view

Red-bellied Woodpecker back view

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Birding at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 26, 2015

I joined the Lake Park bird walk half way through it  after doing some birding on the lakefront. The general lakefront was very quiet with only a few Yellow-rumped Warblers at the Magic Hedge. After I joined the bird walk the highlight was a Gray-cheeked Thrush which only gave views for a couple seconds. Some of the other birds that I saw to note were Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-throated Sparrows, and Chipping Sparrows, White-crowned, Eastern Bluebirds and a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I’m not sure what the bird walk group saw, and what I missed, but a full report I’m sure will be posted. It was fun to do some birding with friends I have not seen for awhile. It was overcast at the time I was there, just mild temps. Images were taken on September 26, 2015.

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Lincoln’s Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow eating seeds

White-throated Sparrow eating seeds

White-throated Sparrow eating seeds

White-throated Sparrow eating seeds

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird juvenile, some spots

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird juvenile, some spots

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird Juvenile, some spots

Shorebirds at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 18, 2015

I made a run to the Milwaukee lakefront this morning to see what if any shorebirds were present. My first stop was Bradford Beach and some shorebirds were hanging out. Last nights storms that came through made for some change as it has been slow so far this fall at the lakefront. Just common shorebirds were present, Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderlings, and a couple Least Sandpipers but it made for a fun couple of hours watching them feed and whatever else shorebirds do. At one point about 10 shorebirds stopped feeding around me, laid motionless in the sand for about 5 minutes. I looked around numerous times to see what had them on edge but never saw anything. Obviously something could have been sitting up in a tree watching, possibly a Peregrine Falcon. Things went back to normal in a few minutes and they went right back to feeding like nothing ever happened. Later, three of us Bruce, Jym and I birded for awhile, it was a nice morning to be out with overcast skies, light winds and cool temps. Images were taken on September 18, 2015.

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling

Sanderling with food

Sanderling getting the food

Sanderling getting the food

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper all fluffed up!

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper with the food

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper getting the food

Least Sandpiper getting the food

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover on the move!

Semipalmated Plover on the move!

Semipalmated Plover hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Semipalmated Plover hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Semipalmated Plover hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Semipalmated Plover hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Semipalmated Plover hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Semipalmated Plover hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Sanderling hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Sanderling hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Sanderling hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Sanderling hunkered down as a hawk, falcon etc must be in the area.

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover eyeing up the food

Semipalmated Plover eyeing up the food

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover with food in bill

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover with food in bill

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Birding at Lake Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 19, 2015

I birded Lake Park in Milwaukee for a couple hours this morning. Kinglet action was the busiest I have seen it this year so far with both Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Some of the highlights were Brown Thrashers, White-throated Sparrows, Hermit Thrushs, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Wild Turkeys. It was birdie at times but also quiet too. Images were taken on April 19, 2015.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female spots an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female following an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female still following the insect

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female still following the insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for the insect and getting it!

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for the insect and gets it!

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, male

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, male

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, male

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, male takes off for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female looking for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female looking for an insect.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female gets an insect!

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female eying up an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female eying up an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female getting an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female getting an insect.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, female

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female watching an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female going for an insect.

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female getting an insect!

Golden-crowned Kinglet, female getting an insect!

Rock Lake Icehenge in Lake Mills Wisconsin on February 5, 2015

I got the report of the “Rock Lake Icehenge” early this morning on Rock Lake in Lake Mills Wisconsin. What an awesome piece of art! I had some free time and thought I would check it out. It was a cool but different type of photo opportunity. I got out on ice and gave it a shot with the camera. This is a very interesting piece of art, and cool as how it was made. The ice was actually cut near the structure, dragged over to the site and the upper pieces muscled up on top. It was put together well considering lake ice.  The ice is even on the structure as the way it sits in the lake. It was a cold day out on the lake with a high of only 12 and stiff winds. Thanks to the team of guys that put this art piece together and a great job doing it, sharing their talents, and getting the word out for others to see and photograph too! I have to admit it was a challenge to get some shots!

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Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2014. Includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that either nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin.

I have put together a collection of Wisconsin birding moments from the year 2014. Collection includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin. All images were taken in 2014. It was a very exciting year with the birds and also birding with some old birding friends and meeting some new ones too. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

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Snowy Owl at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Snowy Owl at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Snowy Owl at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Snowy Owl at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Snowy Owl going for the vole at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Snowy Owl at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Snowy Owl at the Waukesha County Airport January 2014

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Red-tailed Hawk at Mitchell Park in Brookfield Wisconsin February 2, 2014

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Red-tailed Hawk going for the prey at Mitchell Park in Brookfield Wisconsin February 2, 2014

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Red-tailed Hawk getting its prey at Mitchell Park in Brookfield Wisconsin February 2, 2014

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Red-tailed Hawk at Mitchell Park in Brookfield Wisconsin February 2, 2014

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Snowy Owl at Buena Vista Grasslands Wildlife Area February 11,2014. It was said to be the most photographed Snowy Owl in the state for the 2013-2014 season!

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Red-throated Loon at the Milwaukee River Mouth on Milwaukee’s Lakefront on February 23, 2014.

Red-breasted Merganser Shaking Off - Male

Red-breasted Merganser, male at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin February 2014

Common Goldeneye - Male

Common Goldeneye, male at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin February 2014

Northern Shoveler - Male

Northern Shoveler, male at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin February 2014

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Pied-billed Grebe at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin March 2014

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the  Fox River Sanctuary Waukesha Wisconsin April 30, 2014

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher April 22, 2014

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the Fox River Sanctuary Waukesha Wisconsin April 30, 2014

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin March 29, 2014

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Horned Grebe at the Fox River in Waukesha Wisconsin March 29, 2014

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet at the Fox River Sanctuary Waukesha Wisconsin on April 30, 2014

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet at the Fox River Sanctuary Waukesha Wisconsin on April 30, 2014

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Worm-eating Warbler at the Fox River Park South Waukesha Wisconsin April 29, 2014

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Worm-eating Warbler looking for larvae (worms) at the Fox River Park South Waukesha Wisconsin April 29, 2014

Looking for larvae (worms)

Worm-eating Warbler looking for larvae (worms) at the Fox River Park South Waukesha Wisconsin April 29, 2014

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Garganey at Grantsburg Wisconsin on May 1, 2014

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat, male at Lake Park Milwaukee Wisconsin May 8, 2014

Eastern Towhee - Female

Eastern Towhee, female at Lake Park Milwaukee Wisconsin May 8, 2014

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Prothonotary Warbler at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin Wisconsin on May 11, 2014

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Prothonotary Warbler at Wehr Nature Center in Franklin Wisconsin on May 11, 2014

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Black-throated Green Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 10, 2014

Wilson's Warbler - Male

Wilson’s Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 10, 2014

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Cape May Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 13, 2014

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Magnolia Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 14, 2014

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Yellow Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 8, 2014

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Tennessee Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 10, 2014

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Northern Parula at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 14, 2014

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Blackburnian Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 16, 2014

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Chestnut-sided Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 18, 2014

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Bay-breasted Warbler at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 20, 2014

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American Redstart at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin on May 18, 2014

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Cattle Egret at the Fox River Park South Waukesha on May 24, 2014

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Cattle Egret at the Fox River Park South Waukesha on May 24, 2014

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Snowy Egret on the right with Great Egret at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on May 24, 2014

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Sandhill Crane with a colt in the South Kettle Moraine Waukesha County Wisconsin June 6, 2014

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Sandhill Crane colt in the South Kettle Moraine Waukesha County Wisconsin June 6, 2014

Bonaparte’s Gull North Point and Laughing Gull Port Washington June 10, 2014

Bonaparte’s Gull North Point Sheboygan Wisconsin on June 10, 2014

Little Gull at North Point Sheboygan Wisconsin June 10, 2014

Laughing Gull - adult

Laughing Gull at Port Washington Wisconsin on June 10, 2014

Common Loon

Common Loon in Sawyer County Wisconsin June 30, 2014

Killing the crayfish.

Green Heron killing a crayfish at Lakeshore State Park on July 9, 2014

Resting

Green Heron resting at Lakeshore State Park on July 9, 2014

Killing the crayfish.

Green Heron killing a crayfish at Lakeshore State Park on July 9, 2014

Hunting

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron resting at Lakeshore State Park on July 10, 2014

Resting

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron resting at Lakeshore State Park on July 10, 2014

Catching the crayfish!

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron catching a crayfish at Lakeshore State Park on July 10, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Hoary Vervain

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Hoary Vervain at Lakeshore State Park on July 10, 2014

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha County on July 20, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha County on July 20, 2014

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Blue Grosbeak at the Spring Green Preserve in Sauk County Wisconsin on August 9, 2014

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Red Knot in Hustisford Wisconsin on August 15, 2014

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Red Knot in Hustisford Wisconsin on August 15, 2014

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Semipalmated Plover, juvenile at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 15, 2014

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Black-bellied Plover Myer’s Park Racine Wisconsin August 19, 2014

Whimbrel at Myer’s Park Racine Wisconsin August 20, 2014

Whimbrel at Myer’s Park Racine Wisconsin August 20, 2014

Short-billed Dowitcher at Myer’s Park Racine Wisconsin August 31, 2014

Short-billed Dowitcher at Myer’s Park Racine Wisconsin August 31, 2014

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Whimbrels at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 2, 2014

Whimbrel at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 2, 2014

Whimbrel at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 2, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Waukesha Wisconsin September 4, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Cardinal Flower in Waukesha Wisconsin September 4, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Zinnia species

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Zinnia species in Waukesha Wisconsin on September 8, 2014

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the South Metro Pier in Oak Creek Wisconsin September 8, 2014

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the South Metro Pier in Oak Creek Wisconsin September 8, 2014

Sanderlings at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 10, 2014

Sanderlings at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 10, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the Bottle Gentian September 10, 2014

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at the Bottle Gentian September 10, 2014

Ruddy Turnstones at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 13, 2014

Ruddy Turnstones at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 13, 2014

Western Sandpiper at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin Sept 14, 2014

Western Sandpiper at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin Sept 14, 2014

Parasitic Jaeger at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 19, 2014

Parasitic Jaeger at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on September 19, 2014

American Golden-Plovers at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 24, 2014

American Golden-Plover at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 24, 2014

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American Golden-Plover with a worm at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 24, 2014

 

American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

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American Avocet Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin September 30, 2014

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Horned Grebe Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee Wisconsin October 7, 2014

Glaucous Gull at McKinley Beach on Milwaukee’s Lakefront October 9, 2014

Glaucous Gull at McKinley Beach on Milwaukee’s Lakefront October 9, 2014

Semipalmated Sandpiper with blowing sand!

Semipalmated Sandpiper with blowing sand at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 3, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia's yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 15, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia’s yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 15, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia's yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 16, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia’s yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 19, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia's yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 15, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia’s yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 19, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia's yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 19, 2014. Banding the bird!

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia’s yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 19, 2014. Banding the bird!

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia's yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 15, 2014. This bird was banded in Cynthia's yard, and set free. Bird was relocated on November 1, 2014 in South Carolina

Rufous Hummingbird (Cynthia’s yard bird), at Fort Atkinson Wisconsin on October 15, 2014. This bird was banded in Cynthia’s yard, and set free. Bird was relocated on approximately November 15, 2014 in North Carolina.

Anna’s Hummingbird in Sauk County Wisconsin on October 21, 2014

Anna’s Hummingbird in Sauk County Wisconsin on October 21, 2014

Anna’s Hummingbird in Sauk County Wisconsin on October 21, 2014

Anna’s Hummingbird in Sauk County Wisconsin on October 21, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird in Waukesha County Wisconsin on October 23, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird in Eagle Waukesha County Wisconsin on October 23, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird in Waukesha County Wisconsin on October 23, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird in Eagle Waukesha County Wisconsin on October 23, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird at Black Earth Wisconsin October 26, 2014

Rufous Hummingbird at Black Earth Wisconsin October 26, 2014

Snowy Owl at the Lake Express in Milwaukee Wisconsin November 29, 2014

Snowy Owl at the Lake Express in Milwaukee Wisconsin November 29, 2014

Long-tailed Duck at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin December 6, 2014

Long-tailed Duck at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin December 6, 2014

American Three-toed Woodpecker in Burnett County Wisconsin on December 10, 2014

American Three-toed Woodpecker in Burnett County Wisconsin on December 10, 2014

American Three-toed Woodpecker working the tree, distant doc shot

American Three-toed Woodpecker working the tree, distant doc shot

Red-tailed Hawk at the Lake Express Milwaukee Wisconsin December 23, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk at the Lake Express Milwaukee Wisconsin December 23, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk at the Lake Express Milwaukee Wisconsin December 23, 2014

Red-tailed Hawk at the Lake Express Milwaukee Wisconsin December 23, 2014

The End

Link to Wisconsin Birding Year in Review 2015:

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/wisconsin-birding-year-review-2015-includes-vagrants-special-visitors-just-beautiful-birds-either-nest-migrate-state-wisconsin/

 

Coyote at the Wisconsin Coast Guard Impoundment in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 8th & 12th 2014

While birding the Milwaukee lakefront I came across a Coyote twice in a week at the Wisconsin Coast Guard Impoundment area. It was not the most birdie of a mornings, but these sightings made for a few fun moments. It just roamed around both times through the grass areas hoping to kick up a rodent of some sort. Images were taken on the 8th and the 12th of November 2014.

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Coyote

Scientific name: Canis latrans

Type: Mammal

Average life span in the wild: 10 to 14 years, in captivity up to 20 years.

Size: Head and rump 32″-37″ long, tails typically are 16″ long.

Weight: Males 18-44 lbs, Females 15-40 lbs.

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Anna’s Hummingbird in Sauk County Wisconsin on October 21, 2014

I made a run up to Sauk Co. with Cynthia this morning with hopes to see the very rare visiting bird to the state, the Anna’s Hummingbird. From what I heard this western bird, will be the 5th ever recorded bird in the state of Wisconsin. As we arrived, Chris was waiting, standing there, not looking happy as he said, I have been here for 1 hour and I have not seen the bird. In only seconds the sound of the hummer was present. We had not even had our cameras out of our bags and it was on the feeder. We had a very big laugh! The bird was on and off all morning with some long periods in between feedings. It perched high, it perched low, it perched out of sight. This bird put on I think the biggest show ever of all the years I have been birding being so photogenic. The colors on the bird were so stunning from one moment to the next as it’s position changed perched, colors I have never saw on a bird. All and all a very exciting day! It is a life bird for me! It was nice to see some birders too that I have not ran across in a while like Daryl, Chris and others. A very big thank you to the host Linda who allowed us all to come on to her property to see this bird and all the special goodies she provided making us feel so welcome. I hope the bird continues for others to see.

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Anna’s Hummingbird

Binomial name: Calypte anna

Category: Hummingbirds

Size: 4″ long, 5.25” wingspan

Weight: 0.15 oz

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Great Black-backed Gull at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on October 16, 2014

I did some birding on Milwaukee’s lakefront late morning today. The highlight was a 2nd cycle Great Black-backed Gull at Bradford Beach. This bird was born in summer of 2013. Also still hanging around was the beautiful Glaucous Gull that has been in the area since about October 8th. They hung out in the same area on the beach. It was another day of clouds with a little mist thrown in, but a pleasant day with mild temps. There was a little excitement when the Glaucous Gull was defending its territory with a Herring Gull. The Great Black-backed Gull typically breeds in Northeastern Canada and winters along the eastern US coast. Once in awhile a couple are found along the great lakes during migration. If I have some mislabeled please let me know, thank you! Images were taken on October 16-17, 2014.

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Great Black-backed Gull

Binomial name: Larus marinus

Category: Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers

Description: The largest member of the gull family.  White feathers with grayish-black backs and wings.  The wings have white wingtips.  Pink legs, strong yellow or pinkish-yellow bill.

Size: 25” – 31” long, 4’ 10” – 5’ 7” wingspan

Weight: 1.7 lbs. – 5.1 lbs.

Habitat: Rocky and sandy coastal shorelines, ponds, lakes, and marshes

Diet: 50% or more of their diet is often garbage or human refuse.  They also eat fish, insects, crabs, smaller birds, chick eggs, and land animals such as rats.

Nesting: Both parents build several nests on or near stacks of rocks or fallen logs. The female chooses the best one, and it is lined with grass, seaweed, and other vegetation or garbage such as rope and pieces of plastic.  The female will lay a clutch of 3 eggs and both parents incubate them for about 28 days.  Both parents raise the hatchlings, take turns finding food.  The breeding pair will reuse the same nesting site year after year.

Notes: Great Black-backed Gull feathers were used in clothing while feathers were fashionable in the late 1800’s.  Once the trend ended, populations began to increase.  This trend continues with the increase in refuse sites across North America and Europe.

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Great Black-backed Gull, back – Herring Gull, front

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

October 17, 2014

Great Black-backed Gull, back Glaucous Gull, front

Great Black-backed Gull, back – Glaucous Gull, front

Great Black-backed Gull, back Herring Gull, front

Great Black-backed Gull, back – Glaucous Gull, front

Glaucous Gull defending its fish!

Glaucous Gull defending its territory!

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Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull

Images of an adult Great Black-backed Gull taken at Wind Point in Racine on November 30, 2013 at this link if you care to view them:

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/great-black-backed-gull/

Rufous Hummingbird at Ft. Atkinson Wisconsin on October 15, 2014

I got a tip on the hummingbird out in Ft. Atkinson, Jefferson Co. Wisconsin at a private residence. I had hoped to get some shots to help in the ID’ing this bird. Cynthia had some excellent shots of this bird. The bird has been confirmed as a female Rufous Hummingbird, Selasphorus rufus. I was there for a couple of hours and it was gloomy with light rain the whole time. I apologize for some of these images as they are not the best, but for ID purposes I put them up.   The bird hit the same feeder each time it came into the yard, which was under an overhang. I never saw the bird sit perched out in the open, probably because of the light rain that never stopped. One time after feeding I saw it fly into a large spruce tree, so it probably was hanging out in that tree under cover between feedings which were about every 30-45 minutes. This bird very seldom spread its tail feathers while I was present. Wow, what a beautiful bird! Thanks to who got the information out on this bird! Images were taken on October 15, 2014.

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Rufous Hummingbird

Binomial name: Selasphorus rufus

Category: Hummingbirds

Description: Primarily rust-colored feathers with a small patch of white on the chest.  Red-orange patch on throat.   Short wings and a slender, slightly sloping bill.

Size: 2.8″-3.5″ long, 3” – 4” wingspan

Weight: 0.071 oz. – 0.18 oz

Habitat: Open broadleaf forests, orchards, meadows, parks, swamps, and yards

Natural Range: West Coast from Alaska to Mexico and Rocky Mountains, wintering in the Gulf Coast and Southeastern Atlantic states.  They are occasionally, although rarely, found in cold-weather areas such as the Midwest due to their surprising hardiness.

Diet: Tree and flower nectar, small insects, and hummingbird feeders

Nesting: The males may mate with several females but do not care for the young.  The female provides all parental care, building a nest in a protected tree or shrub.  They favor either deciduous or coniferous trees such as spruce, cedar, maples, pines, birch, and hemlocks.  The nest is made out of bud scales, lichen, spider silk, and dandelion or thistle down.  The same nest may be used year after year and not necessarily by its previous occupant. The female will lay 2-3 eggs at a time, laying 1 brood per summer.  She incubates the eggs for 15-17 days, and the young remain in the nest for 15-19 days.

Notes: This high-strung bird is considered extremely aggressive and will chase other animals from feeders or its nest including larger birds, chipmunks, and even other hummingbirds.  Like other hummingbirds, Roufus Hummingbirds are adept flyers and can hover, dart, and perch with ease.  They have even been seen to pluck insects out of midair.

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If you care to view images of the Rufous Hummingbird that visited a private residence in Sheboygan Wisconsin October 27, 2013, please click here.

Vagrants and rare bird sightings in Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana

In the last couple of years I have chased a few vagrants or rare birds in Wisconsin and even the midwest. Some are already on my blog, some are not. These are some that are not. Listed below are a few images with species, locations and dates. In some cases doc shots were taken.

Tricolored Heron Findley Jefferson County Wisconsin June 18, 2013

Tricolored Heron at Findley Road VPA in Jefferson County Wisconsin on June 18, 2013

California Gull Johnson Creek Landfill Jefferson County Wisconsin February 23, 2012

California Gull, middle standing, gray legs, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin February 23, 2012

Ross's Gull Red Cliff Iowa December 7, 2013

Ross’s Gull at Lake Red Rock in Iowa on December 7, 2013. Bird is in upper portion of image with wings up in the middle, not will flock of gulls in middle of image. Bird was viewed for about 7 days, this being the last reported date. Bird remained a distance of 3/4 to 1 mile from the closest vantage point, that is the reason for the very distant shot.  A couple 100 birders were present to see this spectacular bird that day.

Spotted Redshank Goose Pond Indiana March 29, 2013

Spotted Redshank at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Indiana on March 29, 2013. This bird drew 1,000’s of visitors from throughout the US. After our arrival at 8:00 am we stood patiently along a dike waiting for the bird to come into a pond in front of us as it has a few mornings in the past. After a 15 minute wait, the Spotted Redshank came in an landed in the large pond in front of us as expected but remained a long was away from the dike while viewing. That is the reason for the distant shot.

Tricolored Heron in Manitowac Coounty Wisconsin on May 5, 2013

Tricolored Heron in Manitowac County Wisconsin on May 5, 2013

Vermilian Flycatcher at Stebbinsville and Wallen Roads in Rock County Wisconsin on November 7, 2011

Vermilian Flycatcher at Stebbinsville and Wallen Roads in Rock County Wisconsin on November 7, 2011

Vermilian Flycatcher at Stebbinsville and Wallen Roads in Rock County Wisconsin on November 7, 2011

Vermilian Flycatcher at Stebbinsville and Wallen Roads in Rock County Wisconsin on November 7, 2011

Vermilian Flycatcher at Stebbinsville and Wallen Roads in Rock County Wisconsin on November 7, 2011

Vermilian Flycatcher at Stebbinsville and Wallen Roads in Rock County Wisconsin on November 7, 2011

Western Grebe at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 10, 2010

Western Grebe at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 10, 2010

Western Grebe at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 10, 2010

Western Grebe at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 10, 2010

Western Grebe at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 10, 2010

Western Grebe at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin on November 10, 2010

Cave Swallow at South Metro in Oak Creek Wisconsin on November 22, 2010

Cave Swallow at South Metro in Oak Creek Wisconsin on November 22, 2010

Cave Swallow at South Metro in Oak Creek Wisconsin on November 22, 2010

Cave Swallow at South Metro in Oak Creek Wisconsin on November 22, 2010

Cave Swallow at South Metro in Oak Creek Wisconsin on November 22, 2010

Cave Swallow at South Metro in Oak Creek Wisconsin on November 22, 2010

Slaty-backed Gull at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Slaty-backed Gull, middle, at Johnson Creek Landfill in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 22, 2012

Cinnamon Teal with Blue-winged Teals at the Vernon Marsh in Waukesha County Wisconsin on April 29, 2012

Cinnamon Teal, male with Blue-winged Teals, males at the Vernon Marsh in Waukesha County Wisconsin on April 29, 2012

Ruddy Turnstones at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee Wisconsin September 13, 2014

With Bradford Beach being a hotspot the last couple of weeks I made a run in to check it out. 2 Ruddy Turnstones were present which is what I had hoped to see as they have been reported on and off there. Also present were 2 Baird’s Sandpipers, ~50 Sanderlings, ~10 Bonaparte’s Gulls, Solitary Sandpiper and more. The Ruddy Turnstones were feeding all the time I was there and they were moving at a very fast pace! There was one time I caught one preening. It was a pleasant day to be out birding on the lakefront and it was also nice to touch base with a few birding friends I have not seen for awhile. Images were taken September 13, 2014.

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Ruddy Turnstone

Binomial name: Arenaria interpres

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 9.5” long, 21” wing span

Weight: 3.9 Oz.

Habitat: In the breeding season they can be found on rocky Arctic coasts and tundra. In migration and winters they are found on rocky shores, sand beaches and rocky mudflats. In migration they can also be found on plowed agricultural fields inland.

Diet: Ruddy Turnstones eat a variety of foods such as insects, insect larvae, worms, crustaceans, molluscs, and sometimes berries. They occasionally will eat small fish and bird eggs. Their method of catching their prey may include flipping over of stones, seaweed, and probing with its bill into the sand and mud. They also find food on the surface of rocks.

Nesting: Nest is a shallow depression on the ground lined with some vegetation build by the female. It is sometimes located hidden within rocks or underneath shrubs.

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Red Knot Hustisford Wisconsin August 16, 2014

This rare visitor to the state, the Red Knot was eating well when I left the river last night just before dark. I decided to make another run up there to Hustisford early morning to get a couple more images in day light. I did not see it when I arrived but Dave S. found it as he arrived a few minutes after I and he had his scope. This bird blends in very well with the habitat there. In fact a few times during my visit along with a couple other birders we lost sight of it and it was right in front of us but behind some thin vegetation. Like yesterday, this bird actively feed the whole time I was there other than it preened once. Nice to see this rare bird once more. Images were taken in Hustisford Wisconsin on the Rock River in Dodge Co. August 16, 2014.

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Red Knot

Binomial name: Calidris canutus

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 10.5” long, 23” wing span

Weight: 4.7 Oz.

Habitat: Breeding habitat in tundra areas that are drier and hillsides with sparse vegetation. Outside of breeding habitat they are found near coastal inlets, large tidal mudflats, rocky shores and beaches, bays and estuaries.

Diet: Breeding season it eats sedge seeds and shoots from horsetail and grasses. In snow free areas it will include some invertebrates in their diet. They eat marine worms, grasshoppers, horseshoe crab eggs and other invertebrates in their winter range.

Nesting: Their nest is a depression on the ground lined with lichens, grasses and leaves. It is cup shaped and constructed by the male. 3 to 5 of these are male prior to the arrival of the female, she lays 3-4 eggs and they are incubated around 22 days by both parents. Chicks are hatched in downy cryptic feathers. With a day or so the chicks leave the nest and area and they begin foraging with both adults.

Cool facts: One of the most colorful peeps and the largest in North America. There was a time when the Red Knot was the most numerous shorebird in North America. It migration can be one of the longest being up to 10,000 miles one way. The young chicks make their first long journey on their own.

Red Knot with a Pectoral Sandpiper

Red Knot with a Semipalmated Sandpiper

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Red Knot with a Pectoral Sandpiper

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot with a Lesser Yellowlegs

Red Knot with a Lesser Yellowlegs

Red Knot with a Pectoral Sandpiper

Red Knot with a Least Sandpiper

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot

Fluffed up Red Knot

Fluffed up Red Knot

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot feeding

Red Knot Hustisford Wisconsin August 15, 2014

After seeing a post this evening of a rare visitor to Wisconsin a Red Knot in Hustisford I made the trip up there just before dark, about 7:00 PM. The bird was present as reported below the wires over the river below the dam. A new life bird for me. Thanks to Tom W. for finding this bird along with the presence of Dave S. Images were taken in Dodge County Wisconsin on August 15, 2014.

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Red Knot

Binomial name: Calidris canutus

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 10.5” long, 23” wing span

Weight: 4.7 Oz.

Habitat: Breeding habitat in tundra areas that are drier and hillsides with sparse vegetation. Outside of breeding habitat they are found near coastal inlets, large tidal mudflats, rocky shores and beaches, bays and estuaries.

Diet: Breeding season it eats sedge seeds and shoots from horsetail and grasses. In snow free areas it will include some invertebrates in their diet. They eat marine worms, grasshoppers, horseshoe crab eggs and other invertebrates in their winter range.

Nesting: Their nest is a depression on the ground lined with lichens, grasses and leaves. It is cup shaped and constructed by the male. 3 to 5 of these are male prior to the arrival of the female, she lays 3-4 eggs and they are incubated around 22 days by both parents. Chicks are hatched in downy cryptic feathers. With a day or so the chicks leave the nest and area and they begin foraging with both adults.

Cool facts: One of the most colorful peeps and the largest in North America. There was a time when the Red Knot was the most numerous shorebird in North America. It migration can be one of the longest being up to 10,000 miles one way. The young chicks make their first long journey on their own.

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Shorebirds at Bradford Beach Milwaukee Wisconsin August 15, 2014

I made an early morning run to Bradford Beach on Milwaukee’s Lakefront with hopes in seeing some shorebirds. There is a nice algae bed forming on the south end. Just some of the more common shorebirds were feeding there. Species present were Semipalmated Plovers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Killdeer. Images were taken on August 15, 2014.

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Semipalmated Plover, Juv.

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper scratching

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper scratching

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper feeding

Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper with corophium volutator, what they eat.

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper feeding

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Juv.

Semipalmated Sandpiper, Juv.

Wisconsin Native Wildflowers and Shrubs July 5, 2014

22 different Wisconsin native wildflowers and shrubs blooming on July 5, 2014. Most images were taken at the Retzer Nature Center Waukesha County Wisconsin. A couple others were taken on private property in Waukesha County Wisconsin.

Butterfly Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Compass Plant, Silphium lacinatum

Compass Plant, Silphium lacinatum

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Wild Bergamot, Monarda fistulosa

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Common Milkweed, Asclepias syriaca

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Meadow Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Meadow Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens

Leadplant, Amorpha canescens

New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus

New Jersey Tea, Ceanothus americanus

Prairie Cinquefoil, Potentilla arguta

Prairie Cinquefoil, Potentilla arguta

Angelica, Angelica artopupurea

Angelica, Angelica artopupurea

Showy Tick Trefoil, Desmodium canadense

Showy Tick Trefoil, Desmodium canadense

White Wild Indigo, Baptisia leucantha

White Wild Indigo, Baptisia leucantha

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostemum purpureum

Purple Prairie Clover, Petalostemum purpureum

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Pale Purple Coneflower, Echinacea pallida

Glade Mallow, Napaea dioica

Glade Mallow, Napaea dioica

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Yellow Coneflower, Ratibida pinnata

Lance Leaved Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata

Lance Leaved Coreopsis, Coreopsis lanceolata

Prairie Coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata

Prairie Coreopsis, Coreopsis palmata

The start of blooming Culver's Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

The start of blooming Culver’s Root, Veronicastrum virginicum

White Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

White Yarrow, Achillea millefolium

Butterfly Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta

Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Ohio Spiderwort, Tradescantia ohiensis

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Swamp Milkweed, Asclepias incarnata

Meadow Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Meadow Anemone, Anemone canadensis

Butterfly Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Butterfly Plant, Milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

Showy Tick Trefoil, Desmodium canadense

Showy Tick Trefoil, Desmodium canadense