Western Kingbird at the Milwaukee Community Garden on October 14, 2015

Making another drive in Milwaukee with hopes of seeing the rare Western Kingbird today was rewarding. This was my 3rd try for this very rare and elusive vagrant for the state of Wisconsin. For some birders it was their 5th try! The bird first found by Tom W on October 9th has kept birders coming and going at this hot spot in Milwaukee County Wisconsin. As birders came and went this morning a few of us were fortunate to be there at the right time. As a hand full of us stood right after the sharp curve on the gravel road going north and I was standing next to Jym M, he says, there is our bird! It had just landed in a one of the taller deciduous leafless trees looking north. It only hung around for a minute or two, then flew southwest out of sight. What an exciting few minutes it was and a state life bird for me. Thanks to Tom W for the first sighting report and those who have kept updated reports on it few showings there. Bird showed at 10:56 am. Images were taken on October 14, 2015.

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Western Kingbird

Binomial name: Tyrannus verticalis

Category: Tyrant Flycatchers

Size: 8.75” long, 15.5” wing span

Weight: 1.4 Oz

Natural range: The natural breeding range for this species is western Minnesota west almost to the Pacific Ocean, southern Texas north to lower Canada. Winters in Mexico and south.

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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.

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