Townsend’s Solitaire at the UW Arboretum in Madison in Dane County Wisconsin on January 31, 2018

I decided to make a run up to the UW Arboretum in Madison Wisconsin. My target bird was the Townsend’s Solitaire. It was present shortly after I arrived, but only gave brief views before disappearing. A couple hours later it was back and doing some feeding in conifers and once feeding on the ground. I was told the Townsend’s Solitaire was first seen there back on December 12, 2017. Wow, with all the food there I can see why it has not moved on. Usually there are a couple of Townsend’s Solitaires found at Devil’s Lake State Park every year. I think it has been awhile since one has been reported here. Another bird to note for the day but was not present, was a Northern Saw-whet Owl that was seen yesterday. Numerous birders showed up for that prize bird while I was there but it could not be found in the time I was there. It was a nice day out birding with some sun, mild temps and low winds. It was nice too to see some birders I have not seen for some time and exchange some birding notes with them. Images were taken on January 31, 2018

Townsend’s Solitaire perched pretty…

Townsend’s Solitaire

Binomial name: Myadestes townsendi

Category: Thrushes

Size: 8.5” long, 14.5” wingspan

Weight: 1.2 Oz.

Townsend’s Soliataire on the ground going for some conifer berries that fell…

Looking around …

Berry in the bill…

Berry going down…

Berry gone!

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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.

5 Responses to Townsend’s Solitaire at the UW Arboretum in Madison in Dane County Wisconsin on January 31, 2018

  1. Chuck Henrikson says:

    It was great to finally meet you Jim! I always enjoy looking at your superb photos. I’m glad you were able to see and photograph the Townsend’s Solitaire. Too bad we couldn’t find the Northern Saw-whet Owl.

  2. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Great photos Jim! You always capture the lives of each bird you photograph so precisely.

  3. Joanie says:

    Thanks for the great pictures. We have plans to visit the Arboretum tomorrow and hope to see this beauty, since we have never seen one.
    Thanks again.

  4. Nan Wisherd says:

    Beautiful photos of the solitaire, Jim!

  5. Laura Wentz says:

    Great photos! It’s always interesting to see the birds that you are photographing.

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