Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2016. 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 2016. 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 2016. 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!

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Gyrfalcon in Superior Wisconsin chasing a Common Raven 1-2-2016

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Gyrfalcon in Superior Wisconsin chasing a Common Raven 1-2-2016

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Gyrfalcon in Superior Wisconsin 1-2-2016

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Slaty-backed Gull at Johnson Creek in Jefferson County 1-7-2016

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Slaty-backed Gull at Johnson Creek in Jefferson County 1-7-2016

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Common Redpoll eating alder cone seeds at Frame Park in Waukesha 1-16-2016

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Common Redpoll eating alder cone seeds at Frame Park in Waukesha 1-16-2016

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Common Redpoll eating alder cone seeds at Frame Park in Waukesha 1-16-2016

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Great Black-backed Gull, 2nd cycle at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee 1-16-2016

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Great Black-backed Gull, 2nd cycle at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee 1-16-2016

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Great Black-backed Gull, 2nd cycle at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee 1-16-2016

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Long-eared Owls in Wisconsin on 1-28-2016

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Long-eared Owls in Wisconsin on 1-28-2016

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Long-eared Owls in Wisconsin on 1-28-2016

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Long-eared Owls in Wisconsin on 1-28-2016

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European Goldfinches in Kenosha County 2-9-2016

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European Goldfinches in Kenosha County 2-9-2016

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European Goldfinches in Kenosha County 2-9-2016

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European Goldfinches in Kenosha County 2-9-2016

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European Goldfinches in Kenosha County 2-9-2016

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Horned Lark at Johnson Creek in Jefferson County 2-11-2016

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Horned Lark at Johnson Creek in Jefferson County 2-11-2016

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Northern Cardinal in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County 2-13-2016

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Tufted Titmouse in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County 2-13-2016

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Pine Grosbeak, male eating berries in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

Pine Grosbeak, male

Pine Grosbeak, male eating berries in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

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Pine Grosbeak, female eating berries in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

Pine Grosbeak, female

Pine Grosbeak, female in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

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Pine Grosbeak, immature male in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

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Bohemian Waxwing in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

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Bohemian Waxwings in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwing in Eagle River in Vilas County 2-20-2016

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Glaucous Gull, juvenile at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee County 2-24-2016

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Glaucous Gull, juvenile at Bradford Beach in Milwaukee County 2-24-2016

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Red-tailed Hawk in Milwaukee County on 2-27-2016

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Red-tailed Hawk in Milwaukee County on 2-27-2016

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Long-tailed Duck at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

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Long-tailed Duck at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

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Long-tailed Duck at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

The dive!

Long-tailed Duck, the dive at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

The dive!

Long-tailed Duck, the dive at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

The tail!

Long-tailed Duck, the dive at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

Preening that long tail!

Long-tailed Duck, preening that long tail, at Bender Park in Milwaukee County 3-7-2016

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Snow Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 3-12-2016

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Snow Goose at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 3-12-2016

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Snow Goose, the stretch at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 3-12-2016

On a mission!

Snow Goose on a mission at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 3-12-2016

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Great Horned Owl in Milwaukee County 3-15-2016

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Great Horned Owl in Milwaukee County 3-15-2016

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Eastern Screech Owl Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

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Eastern Screech Owl Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

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Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

Horned Grebe

Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

Common Loon, distant shot

Common Loon, distant shot at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

Killdeer in the snow!

Killdeer in the snow warming up in the sun after a fresh late March snow in Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

Killdeer

Killdeer in the snow warming up in the sun after a fresh late March snow in Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

Killdeer

Killdeer in the snow warming up in the sun after a fresh late March snow in Milwaukee County 3-25-2016

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Say’s Phoebe, a rare visitor to the state from the southwest US looking for food at Goose Lake Park in Dane County 3-29-2016

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Say’s Phoebe a rare visitor at looking for food at Goose Lake Park in Dane County 3-29-2016

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Say’s Phoebe a rare visitor at looking for food at Goose Lake Park in Dane County 3-29-2016

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Say’s Phoebe a rare visitor going for something to eat at Goose Lake Park in Dane County 3-29-2016

Hunting

Great Blue Heron, hunting, first of the spring to return at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 4-1-2016

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Great Blue Heron, just hanging out, first of the spring to return at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 4-1-2016

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Great Blue Heron, at takeoff time at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 4-1-2016

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Great Blue Heron, takes to the air, Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 4-1-2016

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Golden-crowned Kinglet at Lake Park in Milwaukee 4-8-2016

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Yellow-rumped Warbler at Lake Park after a fresh snowfall in Milwaukee 4-8-2016

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, one of a flock of about 10 stopping in at Lake Park for some running sap in a tree 4-8-2016

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, going for some sap in a tree at Lake Park in Milwaukee 4-8-2016

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, going for some sap in a tree at Lake Park in Milwaukee 4-8-2016

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, going for some sap in a tree at Lake Park in Milwaukee 4-8-2016

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, on a tree at Lake Park in Milwaukee 4-8-2016

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, male on a tree looking for some fresh sap in a tree

Winter Wren

Winter Wren finding food at Whitnall Park 4-14-2016

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Golden-crowned Kinglet at Whitnall Park 4-14-2016

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Whitnall Park 4-14-2016

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Whitnall Park 4-14-2016

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern at the beach at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

Caspian Terns

Caspian Terns at the beach at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern, ready for takeoff at the beach at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

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Caspian Tern with a flyover at Grant Park in Milwaukee 4-14-2016

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Bonaparte’s Gull at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

Bonaparte's Gull

Bonaparte’s Gull at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

Bonaparte's Gull hanging out in the water

Bonaparte’s Gulls hanging out in the water at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

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Ruby-crowned Kinglet at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 4-14-2016

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Western Meadowlark doing the call, at Bender Park in Oak Creek 4-18-2016

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Western Meadowlark at Bender Park in Oak Creek 4-18-2016

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Western Meadowlark doing the call, at Bender Park in Oak Creek 4-18-2016

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Western Meadowlark in flight at Bender Park in Oak Creek 4-18-2016

In flight!

Western Meadowlark in flight at Bender Park in Oak Creek 4-18-2016

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Great Blue Heron, 1st year bird that was born last summer has returned and doing some feeding. At Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County 4-23-2016

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Great Blue Heron, more feeding at Greenfield Park 4-23-2016

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Great Blue Heron, more feeding at Greenfield Park 4-23-2016

Upland Sandpiper

Upland Sandpiper near North Point on Milwaukee’s Lakefront  in Milwaukee County 4-24-2016

Purple Martin checking out the house

Purple Martin checking out the house at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County 4-24-2016

Purple Martin checking out the house

Purple Martin checking out the house at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County. Turns out they never nested here this year 4-24-2016

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Smith’s Longspur, male in the corn stubble at Brooklyn Wildlife Area in Dane County 4-25-2016

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Smith’s Longspur in the corn stubble at Brooklyn Wildlife Area in Dane County 4-25-2016

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Summer Tanager, male, this rare visitor gave stunning views at the Wehr Nature Center in Greenfield in Milwaukee County 4-28-2016

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Summer Tanager, male, at the Wehr Nature Center in Greenfield in Milwaukee County 4-28-2016

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Summer Tanager, male, at the Wehr Nature Center in Greenfield in Milwaukee County 4-28-2016

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Willets, 1 of 4 of them feeding at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Willets feeding at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Willet, just keeping a lookout at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Willet on the move at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Willets feeding at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Willet at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Willet feeding at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Bonaparte’s Gull, adult at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Bonaparte’s Gull, immature at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park

Horned Grebe at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

Caspian Terns at McKinley Marina

Caspian Terns at the McKinley Marina in Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher seeing what it wants to eat

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher going for a bug at Lake Park Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher going for a bug at Lake Park Milwaukee County 4-29-2016

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Canada Geese gosling at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 5-2-2016

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Canada Geese gosling at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 5-2-2016

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Canada Geese gosling at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 5-2-2016

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Canada Geese gosling at the South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 5-2-2016

Green Heron

Green Heron at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-5-2016

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-5-2016

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-5-2016

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-5-2016

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Great Horned Owl, owlet at in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Great Horned Owl, owlet at in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Great Horned Owl, owlet in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Barred Owl, owlet perched in a small tree in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Barred Owl, owlet working its way up a small tree, a small step to get up in the canopy of the forest in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Barred Owl, owlet working its way up a small tree, a small step to get up in the canopy of the forest in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Barred Owl, owlet taking a break in a small tree after climbing in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

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Barred Owl, owlet getting higher up in the forest in Milwaukee County 5-9-2016

Philadelphia Vireo

Philadelphia Vireo at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-13-2016

Nashville Warbler

Nashville Warbler at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-13-2016

Baltimore Oriole what appears to be putting the first string around the possible start of a nest

Baltimore Oriole what appears to be putting the first string around the possible start of a nest at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-13-2016

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-13-2016

Magnolia

Magnolia Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-13-2016

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Canada Warbler, male

Canada Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Common Yellowthroat, male

Common Yellowthroat, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female, calling

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female, calling at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

American Redstart, male

American Redstart, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

American Redstart, male, with a bug

American Redstart, male, with a bug at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

American Redstart, female

American Redstart, female at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Black and White Warbler, male

Black and White Warbler, male at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female

Chestnut-sided Warbler, female at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County 5-14-2016

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Common Nighthawk sitting on a log on the ground in Marquette County 5-15-2016

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Common Nighthawk in Marquette County 5-15-2016

Adult

Killdeer, adult in Milwaukee County 5-18-2016

Adult

Killdeer, adult in Milwaukee County 5-18-2016

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Killdeer, chick in Milwaukee County 5-18-2016

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Killdeer, chick in Milwaukee County 5-18-2016

Chick

Killdeer, chick in Milwaukee County 5-18-2016

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Killdeer, chick in Milwaukee County 5-18-2016

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Great Blue Heron with nesting young in SE Wisconsin on 5-19-2016

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Great Blue Heron with nesting young in SE Wisconsin on 5-19-2016

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Great Blue Heron with nesting young in SE Wisconsin on 5-19-2016

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Great Blue Heron some of the ~30 nests at this site 5-19-2016

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Little Blue Heron looking for food at Lake Maria in Green County 5-20-2016

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Little Blue Heron looking for food at Lake Maria in Green County 5-20-2016

Off the perch it goes and heading to the south off shore near the boat landing

Little Blue Heron off the perch it goes and heading to the south off shore near the boat landing at Lake Maria in Green County 5-20-2016

Heading south

Little Blue Heron heading south at Lake Maria in Green County 5-20-2016

Heading south

Little Blue Heron heading south at Lake Maria in Green County 5-20-2016

And still heading south as it passes by me.......

And still heading south as it passes by me…….at Lake Maria 5-20-2016

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern at the  Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc County. Probably the bird farthest from its normal range found in 2016. A eurasian bird that 100’s of birders came to see from the US at this location 5-21-2016

White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc County 5-21-2016

Bonaparte's Gull with the White-winged Tern

White-winged Tern with a Bonaparte’s Gull at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc County 5-21-2016

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White-winged Tern at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc County 5-21-2016

White-winged Tern, in the middle with Caspian Terns

White-winged Tern with some Caspian Terns at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc County 5-21-2016

White-winged Tern on the shore

White-winged Tern on the shore at the Manitowoc Impoundment in Manitowoc County 5-21-2016

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Kirtland’s Warbler, distant shots in Adams County 5-27-2016

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Kirtland’s Warbler, distant shots in Adams County 5-27-2016

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Kirtland’s Warbler, distant shots in Adams County 5-27-2016

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail at the Vernon Marsh in Waukesha County 5-28-2016

Virginia Rail

Virginia Rail at the Vernon Marsh in Waukesha County 5-28-2016

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Franklin’s Gull at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

Franklin's Gulls, 3 preening

Franklin’s Gulls, 3 preening at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

Franklin's Gull

Franklin’s Gull at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

Franklin's Gull

Franklin’s Gull at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

Franklin's Gulls

Franklin’s Gulls interaction at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

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Ruddy Turnstone at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

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Ruddy Turnstone working it’s way through the algae bed at North Point in Sheboygan 5-31-2016

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Wood Duck, male in Waukesha County 6-2-2016

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Wood Duck, male feeding in Waukesha County 6-2-2016

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Wood Duck, male in Waukesha County 6-2-2016

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Wood Duck, male in Waukesha County 6-2-2016

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Eurasian Collared-Doves in Burlington 6-15-2016

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Eurasian Collared-Doves showing affection in Burlington 6-15-2016

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Eurasian Collared-Doves showing affection in Burlington 6-15-2016

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Eurasian Collared-Dove in Burlington 6-15-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female at Wyalusing State Park 6-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female, blurry back view

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female back view at Wyalusing State Park 6-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female at Wyalusing State Park 6-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female at Wyalusing State Park 6-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male at Wyalusing State Park 6-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male at Wyalusing State Park 6-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, male

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Great Crested Flycatcher with nesting young, bringing food to the nest hole in Walworth County 6-21-2016

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Great Crested Flycatcher with nesting young, bringing food to the nest hole in Walworth County 6-21-2016

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Great Crested Flycatcher with food going to the nest hole in Walworth County 6-21-2016

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Great Crested Flycatcher feeding the young in Walworth County 6-21-2016

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Great Crested Flycatcher leaving the nest hole in Walworth County 6-21-2016

Common Loon, adult

Common Loon, adult in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult on nest, view of nesting site

Common Loon, adult on nest, view of nesting site in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult on nest

Common Loon, adult on nest in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult on nest

Common Loon, adult on nest

Common Loon, chick

Common Loon, chick in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, chick

Common Loon, chick in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

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Common Loon, adult with food in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, chick preening

Common Loon, chick preening in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult

Common Loon, adult in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, chick stretching

Common Loon, chick stretching in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, chick, walking on the beach

Common Loon, chick, walking on the beach in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, chicks, training time on the beach

Common Loon, chicks, training time on the beach in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, chick heading back out into the water after a short walk on shore

Common Loon, chick heading back out into the water after a short walk on shore in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adults

Common Loon, adults in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult with chicks

Common Loon, adult with chicks in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult stretching

Common Loon, adult stretching in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Common Loon, adult

Common Loon, adult in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

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Merlin in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

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Merlin in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

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Merlin in Sawyer County 7-2-2016

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female in Franklin 7-8-2016

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, male in Franklin 7-8-2016

Dickcissel, male

Dickcissel, male in Franklin 7-8-2016

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Dickcissel, female with a grasshopper in Franklin 7-8-2016

Dickcissel, female

Dickcissel, female perched pretty in Franklin 7-8-2016

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Chimney Swifts nesting in a silo at a barn in Ozaukee County 7-18-2016

Dropping down below the nest a little then it flies up into the nest

The swift flies into the top of the silo, clings to the silo wall and then drops down just past the nest and then flies up into the nest

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Chimney Swifts nesting in a silo at a barn in Ozaukee County 7-18-2016

Where the nesting is all taking place!

Where all the nesting took place in Ozaukee County 7-18-2016

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White-winged Dove at Argyle in Lafayette County 7-17-2016

Preening

White-winged Dove preening at Argyle in Lafayette County 7-17-2016

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White-winged Dove in flight at Argyle in Lafayette County 7-17-2016

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White-winged Dove, the bird hung out on treetops such as this and flew from top to top at Argyle in Lafayette County 7-17-2016

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White-winged Dove, it was difficult to get much of the top white wing photographed as the bird always flew above me at Argyle in Lafayette County 7-17-2016

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Swallow-tailed Kite, the rare visitor near Fish Creek in Door County 7-27-2016

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Swallow-tailed Kite, near Fish Creek in Door County 7-27-2016

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Swallow-tailed Kite, the near Fish Creek in Door County 7-27-2016

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female, on Royal Catchfly in the yard in Waukesha County 7-31-2016

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female, on Royal Catchfly in the yard in Waukesha County 7-31-2016

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female, on Royal Catchfly in the yard in Waukesha County 7-31-2016

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Black-necked Stilt at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

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Sora at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

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Sora at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile

Pied-billed Grebe, juvenile, at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

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Great Egrets at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

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Great Egret catching a snack at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

Great Egret

Great Egret at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

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Great Blue Heron at Horicon Marsh in Dodge County 8-5-2016

American White Pelican

American White Pelican at Lake Sinissippi in Dodge County on 8-10-2016

American White Pelican

American White Pelican at Lake Sinissippi in Dodge County on 8-10-2016

Time to re-group, move to another location and try again

American White Pelicans feeding at Lake Sinissippi in Dodge County on 8-10-2016

I'm not giving it up!

American White Pelicans going for the fish in the pelicans mouth at Lake Sinissippi in Dodge County on 8-10-2016

And just continuing on its way

American White Pelican in the air at Lake Sinissippi in Dodge County on 8-10-2016

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Black-crowned Night Heron fishing at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee 8-14-2016

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Black-crowned Night Heron fishing at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee 8-14-2016

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Black-crowned Night Heron at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee 8-14-2016

Fishing

Green Heron fishing at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee 8-30-2016

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Green Heron fishing at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee 8-30-2016

The feeding begins

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding the young in the nest in Walworth County 9-4-2016

The feeding continues...

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding the young in the nest in Walworth County 9-4-2016

The feeding continues...

Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding the young in the nest in Walworth County 9-4-2016

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird taking a break after feeding the young in the nest in Walworth County 9-4-2016

I will be back soon

Ruby-throated Hummingbird leaving the nest after feeding the young in Walworth County 9-4-2016

Female perches in a near by tree on a branch within sight of the nest for awhile typically after feeding the chick

Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female perches in a near by tree on a branch within sight of the nest for awhile typically after feeding the chick in Walworth County 9-4-2016

Greater White-fronted Goose with a Canada Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose with a Canada Goose at the Fox River in Waukesha 9-14-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage in Waukesha County 9-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage in Waukesha County 9-16-2016

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage

Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage in Waukesha County 9-16-2016

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile

Parasitic Jaeger, juvenile at Wisconsin Point in Superior 9-21-2016

American Avocet

American Avocet at Wisconsin Point in Superior 9-21-2016

American Avocets

American Avocets at Wisconsin Point in Superior 9-21-2016

Hanging out

Great Egret hanging out at Echo Park in Burlington on 9-29-2016

The catch!

Great Egret with a catch at Echo Park in Burlington on 9-29-2016

Another catch and to the top of the dam

Great Egret with a catch at Echo Park in Burlington on 9-29-2016

Incoming

Great Egret incoming at Echo Park in Burlington on 9-29-2016

The close-up

Great Egret with a catch at Echo Park in Burlington on 9-29-2016

A fluffed up!

Great Egret all fluffed up and fishing at Echo Park in Burlington on 9-29-2016

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Rusty Blackbird at Echo Park in Burlington 10-2-2016

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Rusty Blackbird at Echo Park in Burlington 10-2-2016

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Purple Gallinule, the rare visiting bird who’s normal range is Florida looking pretty at Mauston in Juneau County 10-13-2016

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Purple Gallinule at Mauston in Juneau County 10-13-2016

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Purple Gallinule at Mauston in Juneau County 10-13-2016

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Western Grebe, still hanging around till this day on the Milwaukee lakefront, first found October 19, 2016 …10-21-2016

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Western Grebe, on the Milwaukee lakefront 10-21-2016

Feeding

Dunlin, 1 of 2 feeding at the McKinley Beach on the Milwaukee lakefront 10-27-2016

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Dunlin at the McKinley Beach on the Milwaukee lakefront 10-27-2016

Sanderling

Sanderling at the McKinley Beach on the Milwaukee lakefront 10-27-2016

Dunlin

Dunlin at the McKinley Beach on the Milwaukee lakefront 10-27-2016

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Mute Swan, 1 of 3 at Bay View on the Milwaukee lakefront 11-10-2016

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Mute Swan at Bay View on the Milwaukee lakefront 11-10-2016

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Mute Swan at Bay View on the Milwaukee lakefront 11-10-2016

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Anna’s Hummingbird in Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County. This rare hummingbird stayed in Wauwatosa for 49 days before migrating on December 14, 2016, just amazing!

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Anna’s Hummingbird in Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County 11-15-2016

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Anna’s Hummingbird in Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County 11-15-2016

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Anna’s Hummingbird in Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County 11-15-2016

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Anna’s Hummingbird getting nectar in Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County. Notice the band on the leg? 11-15-2016

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Anna’s Hummingbird perched between feedings in Wauwatosa in Milwaukee County. Image taken shortly before the bird migrated on 12-14-2016 after 49 days.

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American Kestrel coming in for a landing at the Milwaukee lakefront on 11-30-2016

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American Kestrel coming in for a landing at the Milwaukee lakefront on 11-30-2016

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American Kestrel on takeoff at the Milwaukee lakefront on 11-30-2016

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Townsend’s Warbler, a rare visitor from the western US spent a few days at feeder in a yard in Kewaunee County 12-9-2016

White-breasted Nuthatch

White-breasted Nuthatch in the South Kettle Moraine 12-10-2016

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Black-legged Kittiwake, a rare visitor from the east and west coasts of North America spent at least a week at the Fox River Mouth in Green Bay in Brown County 12-12-2016

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Black-legged Kittiwake, as it flies, it is usually looking for food near the surface of the water 12-12-2016

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Black-legged Kittiwake just making passes in search for food 12-12-2016

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Black-legged Kittiwake just making passes in search for food on the water surface 12-12-2016

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon

Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco on a rock at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 12-15-2016

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Dark-eyed Junco, Oregon Junco on a rock at Grant Park in Milwaukee County 12-15-2016

Green-winged Teals, male right, female right at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County 12-26-2016

Green-winged Teals, male left, female right at Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee County 12-26-2016

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Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 12-27-2016

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Kumlien’s Iceland Gull at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 12-27-2016

Common Goldeneye, male

Common Goldeneye, male at South Shore Yacht Club in Milwaukee County 12-27-2016

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Eastern Screech Owl, adult red morph in Waukesha County 12-28-2016

The End – Happy New Year!

Link to Wisconsin Birding 2015 Year in Review:

www.windowtowildlife.com/wisconsin-birding-year-review-2015

Link to Wisconsin Birding 2014 Year in Review:

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/wisconsin-birding-year-review-2014/

About admin

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.

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13 Responses to Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2016. Includes vagrants, special visitors or just the beautiful birds that either nest here or migrate through the state of Wisconsin.

  1. Annie says:

    Breath taking, each and every one of them. Look forward to your year in review at this time of the year. Now lets jump into spring. Happy New Year and who knows what surprise feathered friends will show up in Wisconsin in 2017!

  2. Nan Wisherd says:

    What a year in review! Your fabulous photos are endless. Thanks so much for sharing, and let’s look forward to the birding surprises awaiting us in 2017. Happy New Year!

  3. Deb Turski says:

    Many thanks for sharing your fabulous photos and the great experiences of seeing these incredible birds! What a year- clearly, many wonderful neighbors and visitors to appreciate in Wisconsin…

  4. Ellen Gald says:

    What a magnificent presentation of spectacular bird portraits! You must spend a great deal of time out among the birds. Thank you for sharing these beauties.

  5. Gerald Haiar says:

    This is one spectacular parade Jim. Wow. You are doing bird lovers a great service.

  6. Patricia Johnson says:

    So gorgeous! I esp liked the visitors that aren’t usually seen in our state.

  7. Janice Sampo says:

    I so enjoyed seeing birds that I have never seen before! Will make it easier to identify! Thank You!

  8. Carol schulenberg says:

    Thank you! Beautiful photos!

  9. Janis Tyler says:

    I really enjoy your photos! Thanks so much for sharing them. Happy new year!

  10. Jane Becker says:

    Fantastic pictures as always Jim! Especially liked the European Goldfinch, Great Crested Flycatcher with a dragonfly, and the American Kestrel in flight. Thanks and Happy New Year!

  11. Ann Gamble says:

    Phenomenal captures Jim, unbelievable list of birds, thanks for sharing. Happy new year!

  12. Kathi Johnson Rock says:

    Jim, what an inspiring compilation of your truly special photos. I loved all of the hummingbirds and owls and that you included some “common” birds along with all of the magnificent rarities.
    Thank you for sharing this with us and Happy New Year to you!

  13. Joy Dardin says:

    Wow. Your photography is inspiring. Thank you!

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