Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings in Vilas County Wisconsin on February 20, 2016

I have wanted for a long time to do some northwoods birding and today it happened. John D. Ryan S, Bill G and I headed for Vilas County in the north in the early morning hours. The highlight of the day were Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings near the downtown area off of 4th Street in Eagle River in a church parking lot. Both species feed in a berry tree at the same time. Both species also bathed in puddles in the parking lot. Both species put on a spectacular show for ~10-15 minutes before flying off. We worked hard for Gray Jays and Boreal Chickadees with no luck. The Pine Grosbeaks were the 300th Wisconsin state life bird for me, and what stunning birds they were! It was a cloudy gloomy day with temps in the higher 30’s most of the day. Light rain started late afternoon as we headed home. Images were taken on February 20, 2016.

_rIMG_4555_cr

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak

Binomial name: Pinicola enucleator

Category: Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies

Size: 9” long, 14.5” wing span

Weight: 2 oz

_rIMG_4415_cr

Pine Grosbeak, male

_rIMG_4378_cr

Pine Grosbeak, female

_rIMG_4141_cr

Pine Grosbeak, immature male

_rIMG_4149_cr

Pine Grosbeak, immature male

_rIMG_4332_cr

Pine Grosbeak, immature male (l), Pine Grosbeak, female adult (r)

_rIMG_4044_cr

Pine Grosbeak, male

_rIMG_4066_cr

Pine Grosbeak, male

_rIMG_4062_cr

Pine Grosbeak, male

_rIMG_4479_cr

Pine Grosbeak, male

_rIMG_4351_cr

Bohemian Waxwing

_rIMG_3879_cr

Bohemian Waxwings, bathing

_rIMG_3873_cr

Bohemian Waxwings

_rIMG_3884_cr

Bohemian Waxwings

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak, female

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak, female

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak, male eating what I think are seeds from a pine cone that have blown down, snowed on, and as the snow melts the seeds are exposed and eaten by the birds

Pine Grosbeak, female eating a pine cone seed

Pine Grosbeak, female eating a pine cone seed

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing

Pine Grosbeak, female

Pine Grosbeak, female

About admin

Window to Wildlife features the photography of Jim Edlhuber. A lifelong native of Wisconsin, Jim has been photographing wildlife for 20 years. He considers himself an avid photographer and is always trying to capture nature and wildlife through his lens. He is in several photography clubs and has won numerous awards for his work. In recent years, Jim has focused mostly on birding photography and finds it to be the most challenging.
Tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

11 Responses to Pine Grosbeaks and Bohemian Waxwings in Vilas County Wisconsin on February 20, 2016

  1. Annie says:

    Awesome Jim. So many colorful birds that decorate our world. Thanks for sharing them.

  2. Nan Wisherd says:

    Thanks for the spectacular photos, and congrats on your 300th Wisconsin life bird!

  3. Marci Lanois says:

    They are fantastic photos of gorgeous birds! Congrats on your 300th WI state life bird, Jim.

  4. Myles says:

    Congrats on your 300 WI State bird!

  5. Joan Schrinner says:

    The combination of the red birds and the red berries is just stunning. Beautiful work, Jim

  6. Nancy Nabak says:

    Jim, your images just blow me away. I can’t wait for you to open your traveling exhibit! Really, really gorgeous.

  7. Tom Wood says:

    Nice bird to see for your 300th, Jim. Congratulations!
    Although you saw the Pine Grosbeaks on the same street they were hanging out on Friday, I think they are a different flock, since the flock on Friday didn’t have an adult male amongst them. Great that the Bohemians showed up in the same spot. Cuts back on the driving!

  8. Cindy Harmeyer says:

    These are all wonderful Jim. Congrats on 300! Do you know what the record is for Wisconsin state life list?

  9. Laura Wentz says:

    What lovely birds to find on a grey day! Congratulations on #300 too.

  10. Gerald Haiar says:

    Really fabulous Jim. The color definition you capture in your photos is almost beyond comparison.

  11. Tracy says:

    Beautiful photos and a great help in IDing both the male and female pine gross beaks we have been seeing at our bird feeder the past few weeks.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *