Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2020. 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 2020. 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 2020. 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!

Snowy Owl in Milwaukee County January 4, 2020

Snowy Owl in Milwaukee County January 4, 2020

Cedar Waxwing at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County January 21, 2020

Cedar Waxwing eating berries at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County January 21, 2020

Harris’s Sparrow, male at the Mequon Nature Preserve in Ozaukee County January 21, 2020

Hooded Merganser, male at the Fox River in Waukesha County January 30, 2020

Hooded Merganser, male at the Fox River in Waukesha County January 30, 2020

Downy Woodpecker in Waukesha County January 31, 2020

Eastern Screech Owl, gray morph in Milwaukee County January 30, 2020

Redhead, male on the Fox River Waukesha County February 10, 2020

Long-eared Owl in Milwaukee County February 4, 2020

Eastern Screech Owl, red morph catching some sunshine in the yard Waukesha County February 27, 2020

Doing a chore in the yard the Eastern Screech Owl watches me, Waukesha County February 27, 2020

Doing a chore in the yard the Eastern Screech Owl watches me, Waukesha County February 27, 2020

Sandhill Cranes on the Bark River in Waukesha County March 4, 2020

Trumpeter Swans the pair, at Frame Park in Waukesha March 4, 2020

Northern Shrike, some blood on the bill at the County Grounds Milwaukee County March 17, 2020…

Northern Harrier in the South Kettle Moraine Waukesha County March 21, 2020

Hooded Merganser, male, at the Fox River in Waukesha March 22, 2020

Long-eared Owl in Southeastern Wisconsin April 2, 2020

Long-eared Owl in Southeastern Wisconsin April 2, 2020

A Killdeer preening in Milwaukee County April 5, 2020

Red-headed Woodpecker in Marquette County April 5, 2020

Golden-crowned Sparrow, this rare bird in Calumet County April 7, 2020

Wood Duck, male in Milwaukee County April 9, 2020

Wood Duck, male in Milwaukee County April 9, 2020

Wood Duck, female in Milwaukee County April 9, 2020

The rare Tufted Duck, male at Fresh Air Park in Winnebago County April 16, 2020

A Great Horned Owl owlet, this one on the nest, the other close by in Oconomowoc Waukesha County April 18, 2020

Osprey flyover at Greenfield Park Milwaukee County April 20, 2020

Great Horned Owl just hanging out in Waukesha County April 21, 2020

Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County April 22, 2020

Indigo Bunting, male in Waukesha County May 4, 2020

Black-throated Gray Warbler in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee County May 6, 2020

Eastern Towhee, male in Marquette County May 5, 2020

Eastern Towhee, female in Marquette County May 5, 2020

Black-throated Blue, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2020

Black-throated Green, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2020

Mourning Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2020

Cape May Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 13, 2020

Prothonotary Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 16, 2020

Canada Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 16, 2020

Blackburnian Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 16, 2020

Bay-breasted Warbler, male at Wehr Nature Center Milwaukee County May 16, 2020

Red-headed Woodpecker in Marquette County May 15, 2020

Mountain Bluebird, female in Taylor County May 15, 2020

Western Tanager, male in Waukesha County May 21, 2020

Sandhill Crane just passed a grub worm to the colt Waukesha County May 24, 2020

Sandhill Crane colt stretching those wings Waukesha County May 24, 2020

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, male at Washinton Park Milwaukee County May 27, 2020

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, male at Washinton Park Milwaukee County May 27, 2020

Barred Owl in Milwaukee County June 1, 2020

Barred Owl owlet Milwaukee County June 1, 2020

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo Milwaukee County June 7, 2020

Sandhill Crane rolling over the eggs on the nest Milwaukee County June 7, 2020

Sandhill Crane sitting on the nest Milwaukee County June 7, 2020

Alder Flycatcher in the South Kettle Moraine Waukesha County June 8, 2020

Bobolink, male at Retzer Nature Center Waukesha County June 16, 2020

Bobolink, female with food in the bill, looks like a Daddy Long Legs at Retzer Nature Center Waukesha County June 16, 2020

Common Loon stretching in Sawyer County July 4, 2020

Common Loon, chick in Sawyer County July 4, 2020

Great Blue Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County July 8, 2020

Eastern Bluebird, female in the yard in Waukesha County July 8, 2020

Sandhill Crane in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County July 19,2020

Red-headed Woodpecker in Marquette County July 20, 2020

Great Egret shaken off in Burlington in Racine County July 21, 2020

Great Egret with something to eat in Burlington in Racine County July 21, 2020

Mexican Violetear Hummingbird in Crawford County August 2, 2020

Red-headed Woodpecker in Marquette County August 4, 2020

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male at Boerner Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee County August 23, 2020

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County August 26, 2020

American Golden Plover at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County August 28, 2020

Green Heron at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County August 28, 2020

Green Heron at Lakeshore State Park with a nice Rock Bass Milwaukee County August 28, 2020

Ruby-throated Hummingbird at Boerner Botanical Gardens August 28, 2020

Semipalmated Plover at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County September 9, 2020

Sanderling at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County September 9, 2020

Great Egret, hunting for something to eat at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County September 9, 2020

Great Egret, with a catch at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County September 9, 2020

Sora with a worm to eat at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee County September 9, 2020

Nelson’s Sharpe-tailed Sparrow at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee County September 23, 2020

Least Sandpiper at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee County September 29, 2020

Northern Waterthrush at Veteran’s Park in Milwaukee County September 29, 2020

Harris’s Sparrow at Lake Park in Milwaukee County October 2, 2020

Pine Siskin getting things to eat in Milwaukee County October 9, 2020

Peregrine Falcon at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 11, 2020

Horned Lark at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 11, 2020

California Gull coughing up a large pellet at Johnson Creek in Jefferson County October 20, 2020

Snow Bunting at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County October 25, 2020

Dunlin getting back up on the rock after a little slip at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 26, 2020

White-rumped Sandpiper at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 30, 2020

Sanderling at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 31, 2020

Dunlins at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County October 31, 2020

Tufted Titmouse in Marquette County November 2, 2020

The Long-eared Owl in Southeast Wisconsin on November 11, 2020

Sandhill Crane in Oconomowoc in Waukesha County November 14, 2020

Sandhill Crane adult with juvenile in Oconomowoc in Waukesha County November 14, 2020

Sanderling posing pretty at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County November 19, 2020

Evening Grosbeak at Grant Park in Milwaukee County December 1, 2020

Common Redpoll at Summerfest Grounds in Milwaukee County December 8, 2020

The Snowy Owl fluffing up those feathers at the Lake Express in Milwaukee County December 13, 2020

Bullock’s Oriole, young male in Door County on December 15, 2020

Bullock’s Oriole in Door County on December 15, 2020

The Allen’s Hummingbird at a distance in Green County on December 18, 2020

The Harlequin Duck, 1st year male at Port Washington in Ozaukee County December 28, 2020

The Harlequin Ducks habitat of fast moving water and rocks, this was close to that at Port Washington in Ozaukee County December 28, 2020

Long-tailed Duck, male at Port Washington in Ozaukee County on December 28, 2020

Long-tailed Duck at take off at Port Washington in Ozaukee County on December 28, 2020

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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 2020. Includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that either nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin.

  1. Sue ojeda says:

    Always like your photos but those owls wow looking forward to see what you see in 2021 I am sure it will be awesome. Thank you

  2. JOY BANYAS says:

    Great photos as usual, Jim! I think my favorite is the preening Killdeer. Never seen that view before.

  3. Judy Ettenhofer says:

    Extraordinary photos Jim! We are fortunate to have you in Wisconsin to share the birds you capture in pictures. Thank you!

  4. Tom Hynes says:

    Outstanding collection of photos! Love the detail and learning from your photos catching them in action.

  5. Robert Huebner says:

    Beautiful pictures, Jim. You always leave me striving to do better.
    Happy New Year!

  6. Karen Johnson says:

    Stunning photos!

  7. Ann Lowrey says:

    Jim, your photos are inspirational! I learn so much from you – the birds, their habitats and how you set up your photos. Thank you so much for sharing your sightings.

  8. Linda Check says:

    Wonderful!

  9. Patty Keuck says:

    Your gallery makes my heart sing.
    Well done!

  10. Dennis Kuecherer says:

    Always a pleasure to view your photographs. In my 70 years of looking for birds, I have only found Long-eared Owls twice. My father was an original director of WSO. He started me on birds when I was 8 years old. Being out of the country for 20 years of 28 years in the military could have something to do with the Owl. Although those years jump started me to over 3,500 difference species. May 2021 bring you a plethora of great birds to see and photograph.

  11. Mary Lou Gardner says:

    Thank you for taking the time to put this together and share with everyone. Since joining this group I have seen so many different species that travel thru our area from the groups photos and I hope to locate some! -AMAZING!

  12. Genie Ogden says:

    Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them.

  13. Pam Skaar says:

    The male Eastern Towhee stands out for me. It’s a great look at the underside of his tail! I didn’t know it would show that much white.

    Thanks for these inspiring photos from your birding this year.

  14. Sebastian Mei says:

    Gorgeous photos! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Donna Schmitz says:

    Wonderful!! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Dirk Janssen says:

    Beautiful, as always, Jim!

  17. Chris carlson says:

    Very nice year in review. Thanks for putting this together. Was very enjoyable to see such great photos and a wide selection of birds.

  18. Jeanine says:

    Just wow! Stunning images of some wonderful finds. You had a great 2020 despite….you know.

  19. Mary says:

    Fantastic photos! What a beautiful collection. It was a great way to start my day!
    What type of camera do you recommend?

  20. Kim says:

    Awesome pictures of some beautiful creatures! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Mark Morse says:

    Wonderful photos! Thanks so much for sharing these with us.
    They’re an education as well as beautiful

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