Snow Buntings at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on October 25, 2020

Birding along the lakefront around noon in Milwaukee produced Snow Buntings at McKinley Beach. I came across 9 of them walking the area. They continually fed on grass or weeds seeds while I was present and did not move around much. Beautiful birds they are, first of the fall for me! It was a cold late morning when I was there with a good wind from the north, cloudy skies with temps around upper 30’s.

The Snow Bunting…on the rocks…

A slight wing stretch…

Eating grass seeds…

In search of grass seeds…

Eating grass seeds…

Eating grass seeds…

Just a pose…

A look to the left…beautiful feathers…

On the rocks…

Eating grass seeds…

Eating grass seeds…

Eating grass seeds…

Eating grass seeds…

Looking for more seeds to eat…

A beautiful species that blends in very well with the surroundings…

On the rocks…

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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.

12 Responses to Snow Buntings at McKinley Beach in Milwaukee County Wisconsin on October 25, 2020

  1. Donna says:

    Gorgeous!

  2. Gisela Zelenka-Drysdale says:

    Great shots of these beautiful birds, Jim! Really enjoyed seeing these. I hope to see some snow buntings soon.

  3. William Holton says:

    Beautiful. Thanks for sharing. The rocks look like snow.
    I never considered how exactly a bird strips the seeds from grass. Looks like it’s the same method we would use if we were to steal some big bluestem seeds. Except we would use our fingers.

  4. Dirk Janssen says:

    Great pictures, Jim! Those aren’t on my list yet. I’ll have to see if I can find them tomorrow.

  5. Gerald Haiar says:

    These are tremendous shots, they make me suck in my breath.

  6. Bob Gorski says:

    I’ve never seen one in the flesh. I’ll surely recognize them now if I ever do. Great shots.

  7. Dennis Kuecherer says:

    Great photos as usual

  8. Steve Wegner says:

    Beautiful photos Jim! I hope they stick around until next weekend!

  9. Jim Hess says:

    Thanks Jim! Beautiful photos as always. I haven’t seen one of these for a long time so it’s great to be reminded of them!

  10. David Wenstrup says:

    Jim, you and the birds continue to amaze me!

  11. Ariella says:

    Wonderful photos! I have never seen a snow bunting before, and now it’s on my list!

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