December 2011


Living in Wisconsin at the upper range for the Red-Bellied Woodpecker, it is infrequent to see one.

Select this link to see photos or a slideshow of the Red Bellied Woodpecker

The Red-Bellied Woodpecker is a zebra backed woodpecker with a red cap, and a white rump. Red covers the crown and nape in the male. Its habitat is woodlands, groves, orchards, and in towns. It has a range of the eastern half of the United States up from central Texas to upper Wisconsin. Their diet is mostly insects. It was a surprise to see the Woodpecker at the feeder with Black Capped Chickadees and House Finches.

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The Wilson’s Warbler was sited and photographed at thje Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wiscosin. It was one of the first spring migration Warblers seen and photographed, but wasn’t identified until later.

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This Wilson’s Warbler was one of the first spring migration Warblers seen at my house and then at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The male is yellow color with a round black cap, a yellow stripe above the eye, and a grayish top. I didn’t see a female, who is similar except may not show black cap. The habitat is in thickets along wooded streams, moist tangles, low shrubs, or willow trees. The range is Canada and the eastern New England States.

You can see the sited location at the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI by clicking the link below. The Wilson’s Warbler was sighted this year at my yard and the Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, WI.

Select this link to see the Wilson’s Warbler site where it was sighted and photographed.