May 2012

This was the first day of sighting the Great Blue heron nest as the male landed above the nest and the female was sitting on the eggs.

On 4-3-2012 I got a sightings report that there was a Great Blue Heron Nest in Greenfield Park in West Allis, Wisconsin. The next day I went there to see if I could find the nest, and after asking several persons it was found in a tree on an island in the park pond. Since then I have followed and photographed the progress of the nesting period. You can see the photograph history by selecting the link below. I will add photos as the nesting process continues.

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Select this link to see panorama photos of the Greenfield Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This Pied-Billed Grebe was found and photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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The Pied-Billed grebe is a small brown and gray swimmer bird. A thick pale chicken like bill notes it with a ring around it. When breeding it has a black throat patch. In the winter it is browner and the black throat patch and ringed bill are absent. It is far less sociable than most Grebes, almost never in flocks, and sometimes is found singly in small ponds or streams.  Its habitats are ponds, lakes or marshes and in breeding season sites with heavy vegetation. It feeds on insects, fish, and other aquatic life. Their range is from southern Canada, the United States, and to Argentina.

Grebes are duck like swimmer/divers with thin necks, small heads, lobe toes and with a tail-less like appearance.

The male Baltimore Orioles were photographed at the Wehr Nature Center in Franklin, Wisconsin or in Muskego, Wisconsin.

The female Baltimore Oriole. It looks considerably different from the male.

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The male Baltimore Oriole is flame-orange and black with a solid black head. The female and immature are olive-brown above and burnt orange-yellow below. They range from southern Canada to most of the United States. The habitat is open woods, riverside groves, and shade trees. The diet is mostly insects, berries, and nectar. They are commonly seen shooting through trees during their migration and nesting periods.

The Northern Rough-Winged Swallow was photographed in Lake Park north of Bradford Beach in Milwaukee, wosconsin.

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The Northern Roughed-Winged Swallow is a brown backed Swallow with a dusky throat. The Rough-Winged is a solitary Swallow and is usually seen alone or in small groups. It feeds on a variety of flying insects, and moths, caterpillars, spiders and mayflies. It has a range from Southern Canada to Argentina. The habitat is near streams, lakes, or rivers and nests in vertical dirt banks.

The Killdeer family was photographed at the Lake Ferry Express in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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I arrived at the Lake Ferry Express in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to see if I could find the newborn Killdeer chicks. A birder sighting waterfowl was the original finder of the Killdeer nest next to the roadside at the parking lot. She explained that the nest was no longer there, and hadn’t seen the baby chicks. She pointed to a log that had been used to protect the nest from passing cars.

I proceeded to look for the baby chicks along the roadside when I heard a Killdeer crying out while flying and landing on the Lake Ferry Express parking lot. Turning toward the parking lot I saw one of the two Killdeer chicks running about and then halting. The adult Killdeer still cried out as it ran to stop the chick from coming toward me. Then the chick started running around toward the side of the ferry building. Looking about I then saw the second chick slowly moving to follow the first chick.  The first chick sped across a sidewalk with the adult bird trying to catch up to it. The lagging chick stopped on the sidewalk. The first chick’s legs were now lopping as it hurried through the grass. A second adult Killdeer stood calmly viewing the action. The first chick headed toward a gate going to a restricted Coast Guard Impoundment. The second chick followed the first chick as the two adults tried to control the chicks’ movements. I decided to leave them be.