Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2019. Includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that either nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin.

I have put together a collection of some of the Wisconsin birding moments from the year 2019. The collection includes vagrants, special visitors, or just the beautiful birds that nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin. All images were taken in 2019. It was a very exciting year with the birds and also birding with some old birding friends and meeting some new ones, too. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen. When putting this post together, once again, it amazes me what birds were seen this year here in Wisconsin!

Hooded Merganser, male Fox River Waukesha County January 1, 2019

Hooded Merganser, male Fox River Waukesha County January 1, 2019

American Robin in Milwaukee County January 10, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Northern Saw-whet Owl in Wisconsin January 12, 2019

Great Horned Owls in Milwaukee County January 20, 2019

Dark-eyed Junco Lake Park Milwaukee County January 26, 2019

Long-eared Owl in Wisconsin February 6, 2019

Long-eared Owl in Wisconsin February 6, 2019

Great Horned Owl, female tucked away on the nest in Milwaukee County February 14, 2019

Blue Jay in Marquette County February 16, 2019

Herring Gull with breakfast on the Fox River in Waukesha County February 20, 2019

Eastern Screech Owl, red morph soaking up some sun in Milwaukee County February 21, 2019

Eastern Screech Owl, red morph in Milwaukee County February 21, 2019

Cooper’s Hawk at the Schlitz Audubon in Milwaukee County February 22, 2019

American Tree Sparrow in Milwaukee County February 24, 2019

Distant shot of the Eurasian Tree Sparrow eating weed seeds (Center right) in Lafayette County February 25, 2019

Lapland Longspur in Lafayette County February 25, 2019

Great Tit at Indian Mound Park in Sheboygan March 3, 2019

Bald Eagle, juvenile on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 3, 2019

Townsend’s Solitaire at Port Washington in Ozaukee County March 8, 2019

Townsend’s Solitaire turns on a dime in search of insects at Port Washington in Ozaukee County March 8, 2019

Barred Owl, male resting in Milwaukee County March 11, 2019

Mute Swan at the Fox River in Waukesha County March 11, 2019

Mute Swan being shy at the Fox River in Waukesha County March 11, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Greater Scaup, female Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Common Goldeneye, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Common Goldeneye, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Greater Scaup, male Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Greater Scaup, female Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Common Goldeneye, female Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County March 17, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, female at the Fox River Waukesha County March 19, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, female with a bullhead at the Fox River Waukesha County March 19, 2019

Killdeer at the Lake Express in Milwaukee County March 22, 2019

Redhead on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 22, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County March 22, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County March 24, 2019

Red-breasted Merganser, male at Lakeshore State Park March 24, 2019

Mourning Dove carrying nesting material to the nest in Waukesha County March 25, 2019

Common Loon coming in for a landing on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 29, 2019

Common Loon taking off on the Fox River in Waukesha County March 29, 2019

American Robin leucistic at the Schultz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 1, 2019

American Robin leucistic at the Schultz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 1, 2019

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon at Grant Park in Milwaukee County April 3, 2019

Golden-crowned Kinglets at Veterans and Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 5, 2019

Golden-crowned Kinglets at Veterans and Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 5, 2019

Yellow-rumped Warbler going for a gnat at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Winter Wren at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Winter Wren, just how they stand at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County April 9, 2019

Eastern Towhee, male at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center April 12, 2019

Eastern Towhee, male at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center April 12, 2019

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, female at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 12, 2019

Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, female-left, male-right at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 12, 2019

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 12, 2019

Eastern Towhee, female at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center April 15, 2019

Bonaparte’s Gull, adult at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Count April 15, 2019

Bonaparte’s Gull with something in the bill at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County April 15, 2019

Wild Turkey at Schlitz Audubon in Milwaukee County April 19, 2019

Red-bellied Woodpecker, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County April 19, 2019

Brown Thrasher at Schlitz Audubon in Milwaukee County April 25, 2019

Northern Shoveler at the Fox River in Waukesha County April 25, 2019

Say….Ahh….Northern Shoveler at the Fox River in Waukesha County April 25, 2019

Yellow Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Palm Warbler, male singing at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Yellow-rumped Warbler male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

American Avocet at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

American Avocets with a few Willets at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

American Avocets returning to the beach area at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Willet left and Marbled Godwit right at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Willets in coming at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Willets with a Marbled Godwit in the middle at Lakeshore State Park May 1, 2019

Cape May Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Cape May Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Yellow Warbler, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

Common Yellowthroat, male at Whitnall Park Milwaukee County May 6, 2019

White-eyed Vireo at Lake Park Milwaukee County May 9, 2019

Black-and-white Warbler at Wehr Nature Center May 11, 2019

Pine Warbler, male in the yard in Waukesha County May 12, 2019

Hooded Warbler, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Hooded Warbler, male at Lake Park in Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Summer Tanager, female at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Summer Tanager, female squishing a bee at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2019

Yellow-throated Warbler at the Fox River Parkway Waukesha County May 15, 2019

Scarlet Tanager, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Common Yellowthroat, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Blackpoll Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Mourning Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

American Redstart, male singing at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Canada Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Magnolia Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Black-throated Green Warbler at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee Count May 16, 2019

Blackburnian Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Bay-breasted Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Wilson’s Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 16, 2019

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Lake Park in Milwaukee County May 17, 2019

Prothonotary Warbler, female at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County May 19, 2019

Painted Bunting in Douglas County May 21, 2019

Painted Bunting in Douglas County May 21, 2019

Painted Bunting in Douglas County May 21, 2019

Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County May 28, 2019

Canada Geese, goslings at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County May 28, 2019

Green Herons on the nest with an egg in Milwaukee County May 29, 2019

Green Heron on the nest with an egg in Milwaukee County May 29, 2019

Sanderling with something in the bill at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

Ruddy Turnstone, a male finding things to eat at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

Fight for the “Rock”, American White Pelicans at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

American White Pelican at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

American White Pelican at Sheboygan May 31, 2019

Eastern Kingbird at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County June 3, 2019

Great Crested Flycatcher with nesting material on a Screech Owl house in the yard Waukesha County June 6, 2019

Great Crested Flycatcher in the yard Waukesha County June 6, 2019

Great Crested Flycatcher bringing in nesting material in the yard in Waukesha County June 6, 2019

Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County June 10, 2019

Sandhill Crane with a colt watching the adult probe for food in Waukesha County June 12, 2019

Sandhill Crane with a colt getting a grub from the adult in Waukesha County June 12, 2019

Sandhill Crane colt grabbing a worm the adult pulled from the ground in Waukesha County June 12, 2019

Sandhill Crane colt in Waukesha County on June 12, 2019

Common Merganser, male at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee June 20, 2019

Indigo Bunting, male eating Spiderwort seeds in the yard June 21, 2019

Great Horned Owl owlet found on an island while fishing, must be looking in the direction of the “Mom” in Sawyer County June 28, 2019

Great Horned Owl owlet found on an island while fishing in Sawyer County June 28, 2019

Great Horned Owl owlets found on an island while fishing in Sawyer County June 28, 2019

Common Loon with chick eating a minnow the adult just brought up in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Common Loon with chick in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Common Loon chick in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Common Loon stretching in Sawyer County June 31, 2019

Red-winged Blackbird chick at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County July 3, 2019

Ospreys, juvenile in Ozaukee County July 14, 2019

Bobolink, male at Retzer Nature Center in Waukesha County July 8, 2019

Killdeer chick at the Milwaukee lakefront August 3, 2019

Osprey with a catch at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County August 17, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Mississippi Kite in Wisconsin August 16, 2019

Green Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County August 18, 2019

Broad-winged Hawk, juvenile in Forest County August 19, 2019

Double-crested Cormorants, juveniles seen while Sailbirding on the Milwaukee lakefront August 21, 2019

Caspian Terns, juveniles while Sailbirding in Milwaukee County on August 21, 2019

Red Knot, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Red Knot, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Red Knot, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sanderling finding things to eat at McKinley Beach Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sanderling at McKinley Beach Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sanderling with something in the bill at McKinley Beach Milwaukee County September 3, 2019

Sora, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 5, 2019

Sora, juvenile with food in the bill at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 5, 2019

Sora, juvenile slithering through the leaves of a wildflower at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 5, 2019

Spotted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County on September 9, 2019

Spotted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County on September 9, 2019

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Catchfly in the yard in Waukesha County August 9, 2019

Semipalmated Plover at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee County September 10, 2019

Sanderling with food in the bill at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee County September 10, 2019

Black-crowned Night-Heron, juvenile at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County September 20, 2019

Chukar in Racine County September 27, 2019

Chukar looking for seeds in Racine County September 26, 2019

Marsh Wren at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County September 27, 2019

Snow Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County September 30, 2019

Snow Goose with a Canada Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County September 30, 2019

Pied-billed Grebe at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 1, 2019

American Pipit at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County November 1, 2019

Horned Lark one of two present at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County November 1, 2019

Horned Lark at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County November 1, 2019

Cedar Waxwing at Port Washington in Ozaukee County November 13, 2019

Hooded Merganser, male in Waukesha County November 20, 2019

Hooded Merganser, male in Waukesha County November 20, 2019

Ruddy Duck, female at the Fox River in Waukesha County November 22, 2019

Snowy Owl in Milwaukee County lakefront December 2, 2019

Snowy Owl at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County December 3, 2019

Snowy Owl at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County December 3, 2019

Red-tailed Hawk during the Christmas Bird Count at Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee County December15, 2019

Townsend’s Solitaire at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County December 16, 2019

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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.

21 Responses to Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2019. Includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that either nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin.

  1. Tom O’Malley says:

    Jim,
    Thank you for sharing this amazing gallery.

    Best wishes to you in 2020!

  2. Karen Johnson says:

    Wow! What a collection of outstanding photographs!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Happy New Year!

  3. Joy banyas says:

    These are wonderful, Jim. Wat a year!

  4. Joan Peterson says:

    Fabulous photos. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Mary Dumke says:

    Beautiful. I went thru the photos more then once to help me to I.D. them. A good learning tool. I will need to save and go back over them again. My target birds are the Red Knot and the Avocets. We’ve lost some of our birding areas because of high water this fall. Will need to find new birding territories this spring. I live about 3 hours north of Milwaukee but I have been birding in Southern Wis. a few times. Maybe , we’ll have to come back. Thanks again.

  6. Werner Fritz says:

    An amazing display of incredible bird photography!
    May 2020 bring more if the same. Thanks for sharing these great images with us.
    Happy New Year!

  7. Lora says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous and the collection was educational because I haven’t seen some of the beautiful birds you took shots of – so thank you so much for sharing the beauty- LOVED IT ❤️😃

  8. Linda Check says:

    What a gorgeous collection of photos. Such a pleasure….thank you and happy birding in the new year/decade!

  9. Mark Morse says:

    Jim, Thanks so much for compiling and sharing these great photos! I appreciate how your photo arrangement allowed comparing and contrasting similar colored birds.

  10. Shirley Leonard says:

    Absolutely amazing to this novice birder.

  11. Karen Etter Hale says:

    These are wonderful, Jim. Many are real prize-winners, like the one of the Great Blue with the curling feathers. Thank you so much for sharing them with all of us, and good birding/photography to you in 2020!

  12. Darrell Schiffman says:

    As always great pictures , what a year in review.
    keep birding and we will eventually run into each other.

  13. Dennis Panicucci says:

    Thanks for posting the beautiful pixs. I really enjoyed them.

  14. John K. Endrizzi says:

    Absolutely fantastic !

    • Annie says:

      I was looking forward to your 209 collection and it is just awesome. How do you ever pic the best when they are all so amazing. Thanks for sharing

  15. Leanne Wilson says:

    Wowzie! Very nice collection.

  16. Marilyn A Runge says:

    What fabulous work you do! I always look forward to your posts.

    Happy New Year and more awesome photography in 2020.

  17. Nan Wisherd says:

    What a collection of fabulous photos, and I’m amazed at how many owl species you were able to photograph. Let’s hope 2020 is another great birding year for everyone.

  18. Dawn says:

    I have truly enjoyed your beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing them. I’m pretty new to this hobby but your pictures inspire me to go out even more this year. Thank you again

  19. Chris says:

    Love the picture, simply marvelous.
    Wondering if you know if bluebird counts in southeast Wisconsin are up or down?

  20. Thomas Wood says:

    Spectacular photos, Jim. All of them are wonderful, but the male Blackburnian Warbler and male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker really jumped out at me. You certainly got the ideal lighting for those images.
    I hope next year is as good as this one was for you- hard to top a Painted Bunting, though!

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