Western Tanager in Waukesha County Wisconsin on May 21, 2020

I had the opportunity to try for the Western Tanager in Waukesha County and did not pass it up. This stunning male was coming to a feeder at a private residence and today it continued. The normal range for this species is basically the dakota’s and west, also north and south of the dakota’s. A couple distant photos as the home owners had a blind set up to keep a safe distance between viewers and an area the bird was coming to in their yard. Thank you to the homeowner and all that made this opportunity happen. It was a gorgeous day with plenty of sunshine, perfect temps and little wind. Images were taken on May 21, 2020.

The Western Tanager, male

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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.

10 Responses to Western Tanager in Waukesha County Wisconsin on May 21, 2020

  1. Gerald Haiar says:

    Oh wow ! Still another rarity !!

  2. Karen Johnson says:

    Hi Jim,

    stunning pictures! How might I get to see this bird at the private residence? Thanks!

    Karen Johnson

  3. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    What a beautiful bird Jim! Congrats and thank you for sharing!!

  4. Sue says:

    Thank you!

  5. Mary Jo says:

    Wow. It’s a beauty! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Kurt says:

    Amazing images. I can’t even get a scarlet to show at my feeders.

  7. Genie Ogden says:

    Beautiful bird. Thank you!

  8. Andrea says:

    I spotted a male up north here on the border of Michigan and Wisconsin ( Menominee, Mi) today 04/21/21 around noon. Beautiful bird!

  9. Alice Korach says:

    I saw them at my backyard feeder on June 26 ,2021 in Waukesha County. Couldn’t believe my eyes. He’s gorgeous.

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