Sailbirding at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 21, 2019

Another opportunity came up for me to get on a Sailbirding adventure at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center and I did not pass it up.  It was a beautiful day, low winds to start with mostly sunny skies. Sailor Carl Eisenberg lead the group with excellent birders Jennifer Ambrose and Lorri Howski, along with myself. We headed out and had a heck of a great time! 10 species of birds seen along with breakwall. I don’t have numbers on each species but there were large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants and Caspian Terns along with gulls. Species seen were Sanderlings, Great Blue Heron, Least Sandpiper, Double crested Cormorants, Caspian Terns,  Herring Gulls, Spotted Sandpiper and Ring-billed Gulls were some.

NOTE: The purpose of this sailbirding trip today was to document bird species on a portion of the breakwaters (breakwall to some). This portion of the breakwall has been changed by the Army Corps of Engineering by strategically adding smaller rocks to the giant ones along the breakwall structure. The Army Corps has collaborated with UWM with hopes to create breakwall habitat for a variety of living creatures including birds.

On the way out to do some awesome Sailbirding!

Double-crested Cormorants, juveniles

Caspian Terns, juveniles with lighter color heads…

A Great Blue Heron flying around way out…

Least Sandpiper

Sanderling on the breakwall…

Least Sandpiper…

Caspian Terns juveniles…the stretch…

Caspian Tern juvenile

Double-crested Cormorant, juvenile

Herring Gull



Herring Gull, juvenile

Double -crested Cormorant just up from fishing…

The sailor Carl Eisenberg, it was smooth sailing as they say!

Jennifer taking a break after counting all those birds!

Lorri still in search of that rare bird!

Jim just looking for something different!

The skyline…

The Sailbirding group today!

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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.

One Response to Sailbirding at the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center in Milwaukee Wisconsin on August 21, 2019

  1. Nan Wisherd says:

    Looks like way too much fun. Nice bird photos, too.

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