Willets at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 29, 2016

I birded the lakefront in Milwaukee from mid-morning till later afternoon and the highlight were Willets at South Shore Yacht Club. There were 4 Willets and they were feeding just south of the beach area for awhile and then they moved onto a pier to rest. There were a few dog walkers and do not think they will hang around long there. There were 100’s of Bonaparte’s Gulls south of the boat landing there and a few hanging around the beach area. I saw the first Black-crowned Night-Heron of the spring at Veteran’s Park near the lagoon. One Semipalmated Sandpiper and a few Caspian Terns at McKinley Marina and that was about it. I walked what I thought was a good part of Lake Park, not one warbler. Only one Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers to report there. The day ended with some Willets so that made my day. Images were taken on April 29, 2016.

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Willet

Willet

Binomial name: Catoptrophorus semipalmatus

Category: Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies

Size: 15” long, 26” wing span

Weight: 8  oz

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Willets

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Willet

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Willet eyeing up it’s next bite

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Willet going for what it eats

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Willet

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Willet

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Willets

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Food in the bill

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Willet

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Willet

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Willet

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Willet

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Willet

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Willet

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult going for what it eats

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

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Bonaparte’s Gull, immature

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult going for what it eats

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher seeing what it wants to eat

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher seeing what it wants to eat at Lake Park

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher going for what it wants at Lake Park

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher going for what it wants at Lake Park

Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park

Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park

Caspian Terns at McKinley Marina

Caspian Terns at McKinley Marina

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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.

3 Responses to Willets at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee Wisconsin on April 29, 2016

  1. Peggy Lison says:

    fabulous pics -thanks so much

    The willet pics cleared up a sighting I had on Tuesday at Horicon. Horicon was great birding onTuesday by the way.
    Lots of Palm warblers in addition to all the shorebirds.
    Also an eye level chickadee nest.

  2. Sara Sonntag says:

    Excellent Jim! You have been having a great spring finding wonderful birds! Happy Birding..:)

  3. Nan Wisherd says:

    Isn’t spring migration THE BEST?! As always, fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing.

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