Prothonotary Warbler at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 11, 2017

My first stop this morning was Whitnall Park hoping for some warblers. It seems like it takes forever for good numbers to arrive. One of the first warblers seen this morning was a Prothonotary, male. It was a stunning bird and gave nice views most of the morning. I have seen them in the past but this one put on some nice shows feeding. Other warblers present, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Black-and-White, Yellow-rumped, American Redstart, and some Palms. Other birds to note, White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos. It was a fun day out with friends and meeting some new ones too! Finally, a mild day with warmer temps and mostly sunny skies, no wind there. Images were taken on May 11, 2017.

Singing away this morning…

Going for a gnat!

Getting the gnat!

Looking for the next gnat…

Looking around for a gnat…

Going for a gnat!

Warblers and more at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee Wisconsin on May 13, 2016

This morning I decided to take a run to Whitnall Park in Milwaukee to see if anything was going on with warblers. Warblers had some nice species (14), but in low numbers on each. Warbler species I saw were Prothonotary, Wilson’s, Magnolia, American Redstart, Black and White, Yellow-rumped, Nashville, Northern Parula, Golden-winged, Chestnut-sided, Yellow, Palm, Canada, Common Yellowthroat and Black-throated Blue. Prothonotary was the highlight and Magnolia’s were the most popular. I heard Baltimore Orioles singing all day long. Also present was a Philadelphia Vireo along with common species we are seeing this time of year. Started out mostly sunny, mild temps turning to more clouds in the afternoon. Trees in some places there are leafed out full creating more shade and more places for the birds to be harder to see. It was a challenge today. It was a fun day out with birders and photographers. Images were taken on May 13, 2016.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Black-throated Blue

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Magnolia

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Baltimore Oriole what appears to be putting the first string around the possible start of a nest

Baltimore Oriole what appears to be starting the construction of a new nest, see the fine white string?

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warbler

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Prothonotary Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee getting a bug out of a bloom

Black-capped Chickadee getting a bug out of a bloom

Prothonotary Warbler at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 12, 2015

I made a stop at Whitnall Park mid-morning today to see what was going on with the warblers. It was slow for warblers with like it has been in the past, just 1 and 2 of a few species, no big fallout. I ran into Bruce and he had viewed 2 Prothonotary Warblers earlier near the big waterfall. As we spent some time waiting for things to pick up, a Prothonotary Warbler made a brief appearance near the board walk below the dam. It continually feed during it’s brief appearance and then disappeared. It was windy, cloudy and cold, but seeing a Prothonotary Warbler always makes a bird trip worth it. Other warbler species viewed today, Golden-winged, Black-throated Blue (f), Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Black and White, American Redstart, and brief looks at a Bay-breasted. Images of the Prothonotary Warbler feeding were taken on May 12, 2015.

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Prothonotary Warbler at Whitnall Park in Franklin Wisconsin on May 10, 2015

I stopped by Whitnall Park this morning for a couple hours. It was a cloudy day with a couple rain drops on occasion with cool temps and a little wind. A couple of the highlight warblers were brief views of a stunning golden-yellow male Prothonotary Warbler and male Bay-breasted Warbler. Some of the other warbler species present were Blackburnian, Yellow, Black-throated Blue, Black and White, Palm, Canada, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Northern Waterthrush, Common Yellowthroat and American Redstart. Fun couple of hours watching these warblers feed at a fast pace today. Images were taken on May 10, 2015.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler with a bug

Prothonotary Warbler with a bug

Prothonotary Warbler with a bug

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler looking through the leaves for bugs

Prothonotary Warbler feeding

Prothonotary Warbler feeding

Prothonotary Warbler going through the leaves for bugs

Prothonotary Warbler going through the leaves for bugs

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler calling!

Prothonotary Warbler calling!

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler going for a bug

Prothonotary Warbler going for a bug!

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Canada Warbler

Canada Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black-throated Blue Warbler, female

Black and White Warbler with a bug!

Black and White Warbler with a bug!

Black and White Warbler with another bug!

Black and White Warbler with another bug!

Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Philadelphia Vireo, Warbling Vireo, Prothonotary Warbler and more at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha May 19, 2014.

I birded the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha Wisconsin mid-morning today. Two new species at the river today, the Philadelphia and Warbling Vireos. They gave nice views as they both continually foraged through the trees along the river. The warbler action started out a little slow but then picked up with a total of 12 warbler species. Some of the warbler highlights were a 30 second view of a Prothonotary, Blackburnian, Bay-breasted, Northern Parula and Wilson’s. This place just amazes me! Images were taken on May 19, 2014.

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Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Binomial name: Vireo phildelphicus

Category: Vireos

Size: 5.25” long, 8” wingspan

Weight: 0.42 oz.

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Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo - Looking up!

Philadelphia Vireo – Looking up!

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Warbling Vireo

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler - Male

Blackburnian Warbler – Male

Blackburnian Warbler - Male

Blackburnian Warbler – Male

Blackburnian Warbler - Male

Blackburnian Warbler – Male

Blackburnian Warbler - Male

Blackburnian Warbler – Male

Blackburnian Warbler - Male

Blackburnian Warbler – Male

Bay-breasted Warbler - Male

Bay-breasted Warbler – Male

Chestnut-sided Warbler - Female

Chestnut-sided Warbler – Female

Chestnut-sided Warbler - Female

Chestnut-sided Warbler – Female

Chestnut-sided Warbler - Female, going for an insect!

Chestnut-sided Warbler – Female, going for an insect!