Jeff's Bird Gallery - Most Recent Pictures
My most recent bird pictures are added to the top of this page. They are also added to the
"alphabetical pages" below, along with all my other bird pictures from the past.
September 12, 2010 - After seeing Cattle Egrets at a farm just south of Waupun on September 11th, 2010, the flock of about 25 was very reliable, for over
a week. Instead of following the cows around at their feet catching grasshoppers as they stirred them up, the Egrets were catching what seemed to be a
never-ending supply of toads!
For the second year in a row, Trumpeter Swans have nested at the northern edge of Horicon Marsh NWR, and can occasionally be seen along Hwy 49, with their
five young. This year, I first spotted, and photographed them, on June 5th, and they have not been easy to find since (as of June 12).
My first Rusty Blackbird, taken at Wisconsin SNA #51, then, a Hummingbird on Bleeding Hearts, in Kewaskum.
May 14, 2010 - While looking for warblers with a friend in Waushara County, I saw and photographed my first Eastern Towhee. While clicking away, I, just by
chance, got him watching a small bug fly past his face (third pic).
May 15, 2010 - At the Marsh Haven Nature Center, in the wooded area, I had just got set up for some pictures of an active Downy or Hairy Woodpecker nest ( I can't tell the difference), when I noticed a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher land at a colony of tent caterpillars. I thought I was getting all kinds of pictures of him eating caterpillars, but he was only gathering webbing, for nesting material. Back to the woodpeckers, the male showed up with what looked like a mouthful of cracked corn, but the female showed up with a tasty Wolf Spider. Further down the trail, the Northern Flicker nest has only a female hanging around, after only a male the week before. Still no feeding activity as of May 28.
Spring and Summer of 2009 - To view a separate page, of all my photos of the loon family on Silver Lake, in Eagle River, WI, click on any of the three
July 7, 2009 - A rare, but pleasant occurrence, of a nesting pair of Trumpeter Swans in Horicon Marsh NWR! I first spotted this family of eight on the north side of
hwy 49 on the evening of June 22, on the way to work, without my camera. I finally relocated them on the south side of the highway on July 6, and then a bit closer
to the highway on the 7th, WITH my camera. The third picture shows a family of ducks just behind them on the right, and the fourth picture shows them watching
a Double-Crested Cormorant as it flies by.
June 1, 2009 - After walking through Eagle Lake Park, in Vilas County, Wisconsin, to the shoreline, looking for loons, I heard the unmistakeable drumming, and
turned around to find this male Pileated Woodpecker just three feet off the ground, working on a small hole in a tree.
May 17, 2009 - While working Hwy 49 through Horicon Marsh, I was about to get back on the highway, when this flock of ten Ruddy Turnstones landed 15 feet in
front of my van. They showed no fear as I leaned out the passenger side of my van with my camera. In the third pic, I have no idea why, but the one just walked up
to the other, and jumped in its face. In the fourth pic, I just held the camera pointed out the passenger side window (without looking through the viewfinder) while
clicking away at 30mph as they flew along side of me, and barely ended up with a couple good shots. A good collection of some birds that are way out of thier
normal range, but nothing too unusual during migration season.
February 7, 2009 - The population of COMMON REDPOLL'S varies greatly in the US from year to year, and they are
very abundant in the winter of '08-'09. I got all the pictures I wanted out my living room window in my neighbor's
tree (the males have the red breast).
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