I'll be the first one to admit I'm not a lover of Winter like some folks are here in Wisconsin. It's cold, it's windy, and it's dark; some days I just don't want to get out of bed. This Winter was worse than the last few we've had here, recording as much as 30 inches of snow so far. With that said, the birding has been pretty sporadic at best, getting out just on a few mornings, and only a few birding walks with friends.
On Thanksgiving it was reported on Facebook that a pair of Red Crossbills were located in Milwaukee County's Grant Park, so a group of us birders rushed to the park to get a closer look at the handsome birds. As reported, there were a pair of them. The Crossbills were a lifer for me, so I'm very happy to have seen them and gotten a few shots of them feeding and at play.
|Female Red Crossbill|
|Very handsome male Red Crossbill|
In the Winter, one thing you can always count on is the enormous amount of duck life we have on our icy ponds, streams, and rivers! We see plenty of Wood Ducks, Bufflehead, Common Goldeyes, Hooded Mergansers, and of course the ubiquitous Mallard.
|This handsome female Wood Duck posed for me at one of the local marinas in Southeast Wisconsin|
|A pair of Hooded Merganser enjoying a sunny Winter morning, it was 5 degrees out|
|A gorgeous pair of Goldeneyes showing why they are one of the most popular ducks|
|This male Bufflehead was at the range of my lens|
|A pair of Cedar Waxwings in a local park|
|The little nimble White-Breasted Nuthatch|
|A Female Snowy Owl at the South Shore Marina in Bay View|
|A Male Snowy Owl at the Lake Express ferry in South Milwaukee|