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

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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.

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

  1. Annie says:

    Fabulous pictures. From the office window it did appear to be a nice morning and you proved it was. Thanks again, as always.

  2. Nan Wisherd says:

    Great shots of sanderlings and least sandpipers, which can be real crazy-makers for me. You didn’t do too bad with the plover, either!

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