White-winged Tern at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc Wisconsin on May 21, 2016

I saw the report of the rare White-winged Tern at the Manitowoc Impoundment in the later afternoon. I had to make the run and try to see the extremely rare bird for the state. It was said today that this is the 2nd state record for this bird in Wisconsin and the previous record goes back to 1873. The normal range for this bird is throughout Eurasia. The White-winged Gull, was formally known as White-winged Black Tern. How nice to have this visitor stop in Wisconsin. When I arrived I just looked for the crowd out on a pier, that was the place I had to go to. The bird was present when I arrived and took to flight a few times. The Bonaparte’s Gulls present did not seem to like having it around. Lots of Terns and Gulls were present, with numbers well into the 100’s maybe a 1,000. A couple of Little Gulls were also present. Thanks to Charles S and Jeff H for finding this bird, id-ing the bird, and Tom S for getting the word out to others. It just might be a once in a life time to see this bird here in Wisconsin. It was a fun time with birding friends and meeting some new on a beautiful late May evening. These are distant images but the bird was always a long ways off. Images were taken on May 21, 2016.

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern

Binomial name: Chlidonias leucopterus

Category: Gulls, Tern, and Skimmers

Size: 9.5” long, 23” wing span

Weight: 2.2 oz

Bonaparte's Gull with the White-winged Tern

Bonaparte’s Gull with the White-winged Tern, in front

White-winged Tern, in the middle with Caspian Terns

White-winged Tern, in the middle with Caspian Terns

Bonaparte's Gulls with the White-winged Tern (in front)

Bonaparte’s Gulls with the White-winged Tern, in front

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern

Bonaparte's Gull with the White-winged Tern, in front

Bonaparte’s Gull with the White-winged Tern, in front

White-winged Tern with a Bonaparte's Gull

White-winged Tern with a Bonaparte’s Gull

White-winged Tern on the shore

White-winged Tern on the shore

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White-winged Tern, in the middle just after takeoff from the shore

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Little Gull

Little Gull

Little Gull

Little Gull

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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 White-winged Tern at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc Wisconsin on May 21, 2016

  1. Rick Terrien says:

    Wonderful captures. Well done and thank you Jim!

  2. Annie says:

    Wow, lots of “lifers” this week. Awesome pics. Thanks once again, Jim.

  3. Steve says:

    Wonderful photos Jim!

  4. Peggy Lison says:

    Hello Jim,

    So happy you got up there to get these photos
    -heart stopping shots!! Thanks Jim.

    Cheers from Peggy in Madison
    ps first day for wood duck ducklings yesterday. The light was perfect too.

  5. Teddy says:

    Excellent, thanks for sharing.

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