Lesser Black-backed Gull at Johnson Creek in Jefferson County Wisconsin on December 18, 2012

A hot spot for gulling in the cold winter months of the year is the dump and Kohl’s parking lot in Johnson Creek Wisconsin. It can provide nice views of some winter wandering gulls. Today one of the gulls present was a Lesser Black-backed Gull. Images were taken on December … Continue reading

Sanderling

Sanderling Binomial name: Calidris alba Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies Description: Whitish-gray feathers with a thick, black bill and feet. Size: 7.1″ – 7.9″ long, 13.8″ wingspan Weight: 1.4 oz. – 3.5 oz. Habitat: Rocky shorelines in coastal and island regions or inland marshes and wetlands. Diet: Insects, crustaceans, invertebrates, … Continue reading

Harlequin Duck

Harlequin Duck, nonbreeding male photographed at North Point in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 5, 2012. Harlequin Duck Binomial name: Histrionicus histrionicus Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans Description: Slate blue (male) or grayish brown (female) body with white spots or streaks on head, back, and wings.  Male also has rust-colored patches … Continue reading

Short-eared Owls in the South Kettle Moraine at the Scuppernong River Habitat Area in Waukesha County Wisconsin on March 8, 2013

The Short-eared Owl has been one species on my list to see and photograph. The Scuppernong River Habitat Area in Waukesha County has some and I went out, spent the afternoon till dark to try to capture these cool birds. Late in the day as the sun is just starting … Continue reading