White-winged Scoters at the Milwaukee River Mouth on the Milwaukee Lakefront on February 24, 2015

I birded a couple of hours today on the Milwaukee lakefront and it provided some nice views of White-winded Scoters. This location was at the Milwaukee River mouth near the lighthouse. There appeared to be 9 scoters present while I was there. One beautiful adult was present along with some females and 1st winters. All of the ducks present appeared to be diving for mussels and resting in between. Also present were many Greater Scaups and Common Goldeneyes, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers and a female Redhead. South Shore Yacht Club was froze up with only a couple of gulls and geese. I did not hang around long with the stiff northwest winds and cold temps, but nice to get out with some sun. I also had the opportunity to meet some birders today, seems like everyone is anxious for more spring like weather, it is less than a month away! If I have something labeled incorrect please let me know, thank you. Images were taken on February 24, 2015.

White-winged Scoter, male adult

White-winged Scoter, male adult

White-winged Scoter

Binomial name: Melanitta fusca

Category: Ducks, Geese, and Swans

Size: 21” long, 34” wing span

Weight: 3.7 lb

White-winged Scoter, male adult

White-winged Scoter, male adult

White-winged Scoter, male adult, just before the dive!

White-winged Scoter, male adult, head up, just before the dive!

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White-winged Scoter, male adult taking a dive for a mussel.

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White-winged Scoter, male adult taking a dive for a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult taking a dive for a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult taking a dive for a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult with a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult with a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult with a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult with a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult with a mussel.

White-winged Scoter, male adult with a mussel just before swallowing it.

White-winged Scoter, male, adult with a Greater Scaup male in pursuit of the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, adult with a Greater Scaup male in pursuit of the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male adult shaking it off!

White-winged Scoter, male adult shaking it off!

White-winged Scoter, male adult

White-winged Scoter, male adult

White-winged Scoter, male adult back, White-winged Scoter, adult female front

White-winged Scoter, male, adult back, White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter front

White-winged Scoter, male

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter

White-winged Scoter, male,

White-winged Scoter, female, adult

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter female adult left, White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter right

White-winged Scoter, male, adult just resting

White-winged Scoter, male, adult just resting

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter going for the mussel

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter just resting

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter just resting

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter just resting

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter looking at you!

White-winged Scoter, male, 1st winter looking at you!

White-winged Scoter, male, adult just resting

White-winged Scoter, male, adult just resting

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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.

One Response to White-winged Scoters at the Milwaukee River Mouth on the Milwaukee Lakefront on February 24, 2015

  1. Nancy Nabak says:

    Far out, far out, far out! These Scoter images are far out, Jim! Love the action, love the comparisons, love the crisp clean images! Thanks for the share!

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