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28 Sep Forest Beach Migratory Preserve Raptor Watch [Calvin Brennan ]
27 Sep Atlas Season 2 Results! [Carrie Becker ]
27 Sep Forest Beach Preserve - Hawks [Chris Petherick ]
27 Sep Milwaukee County birds this afternoon [Jennifer Ambrose ]
27 Sep Northwoods birding very slow ["Tom Wood" ]
27 Sep 2016 Jaegerfest Field Trip report [Kim Kreitinger ]
26 Sep Re: Nelson's Sparrow - Milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
26 Sep 8 days at Wisconsin Point [Gmail ]
26 Sep Large flight of raptors this morning in Town of Greenfield southeast of La Crosse [Mary Strasser ]
26 Sep Fw: Bohemian Waxwings at Aldo Leopold Center - Monona [Peter Fissel ]
26 Sep Test - ignore [Peter Fissel ]
25 Sep updated shorebird map [William Mueller ]
25 Sep Re: ALERT: Bohemian Waxwings in Madison (Dane Co.) [Kyle Lindemer ]
25 Sep Re: ALERT: Bohemian Waxwings in Madison (Dane Co.) [Western Great Lakes Hummingbird Project ]
25 Sep ALERT: Bohemian Waxwings in Madison (Dane Co.) [Peter Fissel ]
25 Sep Join us tonight! - Ben Goss Bird Club - Waukesha - 6:45 PM [Tim Hahn ]
24 Sep Dark Morph Broad-Winged Hawk in Madison ["Samuel J. Krerowicz" ]
24 Sep Lake Barney Nelson's Sparrows ["Steve Thiessen" ]
24 Sep Re: Possibly Snow goose, Lake Barney, Dane [Dale Bonk ]
23 Sep Sabine's Gull at Lake Wissota (Chip. Co.) [Janine ]
23 Sep Re: Possibly Snow goose, Lake Barney, Dane [Greg Hottman ]
23 Sep Bluebird bonanza at Sheridan Park [Jennifer Ambrose ]
23 Sep Possibly Snow goose, Lake Barney, Dane [Dale Bonk ]
23 Sep BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, Iowa Co [John K ]
23 Sep Watch for Sharp-Tailed Sandpipers!! [Mark Korducki ]
22 Sep Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, September 22, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
22 Sep L Barney ["Seegert, Greg" ]
22 Sep Photos Green Heron Foraging Lake Mendota [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
22 Sep Junco and other Milwaukee birds [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Sep Evansville SWA ["Steve Thiessen" ]
22 Sep Re: Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior) [Ryan Brady ]
21 Sep Parasitic Jaegers and more at Wisconsin Point Douglas County 9/21/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
21 Sep Lake Park Warblers Blog Post from 9-9-2016 [Jennifer Ambrose ]
21 Sep Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior) ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Sep Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior) ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Sep Re: WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt ["B.G. Sloan" ]
21 Sep Re: WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Sep WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt ["Tom Schultz" ]
20 Sep Report from today at Wisconsin Point (Superior) ["Tom Schultz" ]
20 Sep Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. [Kris Perlberg ]
20 Sep Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. [Dale Bonk ]
20 Sep Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. ["Tom Wood" ]
20 Sep Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. [Mary Hampton ]
20 Sep Re: Jaegerfest preparations -- in case of wet weather [Peter Fissel ]
19 Sep Re: Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point ["Tom Schultz" ]
19 Sep Re: Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point ["Tom Schultz" ]
19 Sep Re: Mississippi Kite nesting - Janesville ["B.G. Sloan" ]
19 Sep Possible Kirkland's Warbler - Fox Point [Chris Petherick ]
19 Sep Mississippi Kite nesting - Janesville [Scott Weberpal ]
19 Sep Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point [Dan Jackson ]
18 Sep (No sightings) Bird Art Shows [KAREN JOHNSON ]
18 Sep Nelson's Sparrow YES lake park MKE, just north of rugby field at rocky opening Now [Bill Grossmeyer ]
18 Sep Jaegerfest preparations -- in case of wet weather ["Tom Schultz" ]
18 Sep Sabine's Gull at Lake Wissota (Chippewa Co.) today [Janine ]
18 Sep Sabine's Gull at Lake Altoona (Eau Claire Co) [A Geraghty ]
17 Sep Common Nighthawks - Outagamie ["Judy s." ]
17 Sep Nelson's Sparrow - Milwaukee [Jeremy Meyer ]
17 Sep Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. and Milwaukee ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
17 Sep Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, September, 15, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
17 Sep Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
16 Sep SNOW GOOSE - Dousman (Waukesha Cty) [Tim Hahn ]
16 Sep Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage and more, Wauk. Co 9/16/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
16 Sep Re: Sparrow ID Question [Chris Petherick ]
16 Sep Re: Sparrow ID Question ["Tom Wood" ]
16 Sep Re: Sparrow ID Question [Chris Petherick ]
16 Sep Re: Sparrow ID Question [Aaron Balogh ]
16 Sep Sparrow ID Question [Chris Petherick ]
16 Sep still time to register for the WI Bird Conservation Initiative/Bird City Fall Meeting & Conference [William Mueller ]
15 Sep A new nesting species for Wisconsin! ["Nick Anich" ]
15 Sep migratory birds and mercury contamination [William Mueller ]
15 Sep Piping Plover lecture next Weds in MKE County [Jennifer Ambrose ]
14 Sep Great White-fronted Goose Fox River City of Waukesha 9/14/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
13 Sep Re: ID Help [Chris Petherick ]
13 Sep Re: ID Help [Richter Museum ]
13 Sep ID Help [Chris Petherick ]
11 Sep Swifts - Lake Geneva, Walworth County [Mariette Nowak ]

Subject: Forest Beach Migratory Preserve Raptor Watch
From: Calvin Brennan <vermivora AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:55:29 +0000
Hi all,

As a follow up to Chris's report from Forest Beach today, I thought I would 
summarize some of the highlights for the day. 


Starting at 720am to about 230pm, raptors were as follows: TV 12, Osprey 2, 
Northern Harrier 8, Sharp-shin 132, Cooper's 7, Bald Eagle 6, Broad-wing 452, 
Red-tail 16, American Kestrel 7, Merlin 14 and Peregrine 7. Among the 1293 
total Canada Geese was a single Greater White-fronted. A flyby Eurasian 
Collared Dove is I believe the first record of that species from the preserve. 
A number of passerine species were in seen in good numbers: Tree Swallow 113, 
Blue Jay 291, Goldfinch 105, Cedar Waxwing 91 as well as small numbers of other 
notables such as Purple Finch and Rusty Blackbird. Altogether a very enjoyable 
day! 



Calvin Brennan
Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Belgium, Ozaukee Co.






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Subject: Atlas Season 2 Results!
From: Carrie Becker <cat.becker77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:50:51 -0500
The second breeding season of the Atlas is officially a wrap and the
statistics were released today! To date, more than 1,100 Atlas volunteers
have together submitted over 54,000 checklists documenting the whereabouts
and behavior of 3 million birds of 239 species. 220 species have been
confirmed as breeding in the state, including 11 species not found during
the first Atlas two decades ago. This year's big news was discovery of the
first known nesting pair of Mississippi Kites in Wisconsin history!
To find out more, including which new species were confirmed, which we
still need to find, and fun tidbits like “Top Atlaser by County” head to
http://bit.ly/2dc7CMW

You can also get a good look at our handy infographic at
http://bit.ly/2cYNsq7

AND check out today’s DNR news release at http://bit.ly/2dhSFXR

Many thanks to all of you who have contributed so far!

Carrie Becker
Atlas Communications Chair
Glendale, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Forest Beach Preserve - Hawks
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 19:26:43 -0500
Hello,

With winds whipping out of the west today my goal was to head to Lake Michigan 
and watch for hawks along the bluff somewhere. I decided that it’d be fun to 
head over to the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve, as I haven’t really spent 
much time there to date. When I got there I found Calvin (from Western Great 
Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory) at the hawk watching platform. Over the next 
few hours we observed ~300 broad-winged hawks in kettles varying in size from 
20-30 hawks up to 75+. It’s the first time I have observed that and it was 
pretty cool. We watched sharp-shinned hawks migrating south the entire time we 
were there, some coming very close to the platform. We also had a few bald 
eagles, a number of Cooper’s hawks, an osprey, a peregrine falcon, 3 northern 
harriers, quite a few red-tailed hawks and turkey vultures. I counted 3 
kestrels as well as over a dozen merlin. Having the opportunity to watch for a 
few hours straight with someone as knowledgeable as Calvin r 

 eally helped me with my raptor ID skills - it was a great learning experience 
for me and a lot of fun. Also seen from the platform was a redheaded 
woodpecker, some turkeys and a few Northern Flickers. My list of birds and 
numbers does not encompass what Calvin saw today, just FYI, as he had other 
things while I wasn’t there (and probably while I was there too!). 


Walking the trails I located a single phoebe, a few pine siskin (with Bill 
Mueller’s ears initially finding them), a redstart and a meadowlark among the 
more common stuff. 


As I drove home I checked a spot known for Eurasian Collared Doves, which 
happens to be nearby the preserve. After having gone by this area a half dozen 
times I was actually successful in finding them. There were 5 of them on a wire 
- a Wisconsin life bird for me. When I finally got home, about 2 hours later 
than I had planned, I had a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at my feeder, my first of 
fall. Overall, it was a really fun day to be out and about. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Milwaukee County birds this afternoon
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:39:11 -0500
Hello,
I birded the north end of Warnimont Park, Sheridan Drive, and Nojoshing
Trail (WE Energies grasslands area) from about 3-5pm this afternoon.

Highlights:
12 warbler species
Fox Sparrow (first of fall), Juncos, and Tennessee Warblers at Warnimont
Marsh Wren skulking under the brush along Sheridan Dr, plus a Wilson's
Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler and my third Yellow-billed Cuckoo of the year at the
Nojoshing Trail.

Lots of other common migrants were around, too.

Good birding,

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Northwoods birding very slow
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:14:06 -0500
I had a request to post my results if I went birding in the northeast part
of the state after Jaegerfest. Unfortunately, the results are not good,
possibly due to high winds, overcast skies and intermittent rain and
drizzle. I had my hopes up because both Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee
had recently been ebirded along FR2182 in Forest County, but I found none of
the boreal specialties.
Areas visited included Fire Lane Road, Old Farm Road, and part of Muskrat
Creek Road (too risky to do the whole road with all the mud) in Vilas
County, FR2182 from Military Road to Divide Road south (FR2174), FR2183 from
Divide Road to Shelp Lake, Giant Pine Road (FR2414), all in Forest County,
and "Old A" bog in Oneida County. My effort was Sunday afternoon, all
Monday, and morning today (9/27).
I did flush 3 grouse along Old Farm Rd. before seeing them, but since they
flushed, they most likely were Ruffed Grouse. The only birds that were
interesting to me were two Trumpeter Swans on Shelp Lake and an American
Pipit in the parking area near the Pine River Bridge. The last intrigued me
because last year after Jaegerfest, Cynthia and Peter B. got me on American
Pipits not too far from FR2182. The northwoods is not where I expect to find
that species, but I guess I need to recalculate my expectations! Numbers of
passerines were moving this morning, but too high up and too quickly for me
to identify except for a few kinglets and Black-capped Chickadees.
Hopefully under better weather conditions the birding will be better for
those planning a trip to the northwoods.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: 2016 Jaegerfest Field Trip report
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:04:02 -0500
The 2016 Jaegerfest Report is now online at
http://wsobirds.org/about-wso/news. Many jaegers of various ages and
plumages were seen as well as Surf Scoter, Lesser Black-backed Gulls,
Sabine's Gulls and more! Thanks to WSO Field Trip co-chairs Tom Schultz and
Jeff Baughman for organizing the trip.
Kim Kreitinger
Madison, WI


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Subject: Re: Nelson's Sparrow - Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:53:12 -0500
One bird present 15 min ago in the same location that Jeremy saw them in
(see below). You can start to smell the algae as you move south from the
magic hedge alongside the lake edge. The bird popped out for about 30
seconds.
Good luck,

Jennifer A
Milwaukee

On Sep 17, 2016 8:41 PM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good evening, I was on my way to Sheridan/Warnimont Parks, when I saw Jym's
> post about the sparrows this morning. I called him and got a more precise
> location, and decided to give it a try. I relocated both of them on the
> algae mat, on the rocks, at the south end of the rugby field across from
> Lake Park. I spent a couple of hours trying to get some good looks and
> finally decided to sit and wait. I waited for about 45 minutes and sure
> enough, they both finally popped out and were working the algae mat like
> shorebirds. They were no more than 15-20' from me. I just sat there with my
> camera, dressed in full camo, as they walked right passed me. It was very
> exciting to be so close, without disturbing them. Thank you Jym, they are
> one of my favorite sparrows! I have a few images at the link below.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/
>
> Have a great night,
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: 8 days at Wisconsin Point
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:04:30 -0500
I am finally recovering from 8 great days at Wisconsin Pt. While the first few 
days were standard, as were the last few, in between it was really great, 
especially Tuesday. The six of us (Jerry & Karen, Robbye, Peder, John R. and 
me) all agreed this was one of those memorable days on the Point. For an hour 
or so we were having a hard time handling the birds appearing on the lake and 
shore. (The road remained, except for Thursday, exceptionally quiet---migrants 
were almost nonexistent!) I arrived on the 18th around noon and birded the 
remainder of the day. The next six days most of us birded all day while on the 
25th we birded for only a few hours (when the showers started arriving). 

A summary for the 8 days includes about TWENTY-FIVE Sabine's Gulls (have not 
had numbers like this since the early years of the fest) (sightings for the 8 
days were as follows: 1,1, 12, 4, 0, 1, 3+, and 1), 7-8 Parasitic Jaegers that 
were around most of the time, 10 adult Franklin's Gulls, 4 Lesser Black-backed 
Gulls, all three scoters, 1 Pacific Loon, 2 Am. Avocets, 1 Harris's Sparrow, a 
few Red-throated Loons, 54 Black-bellied Plovers but only 2 Am. Golden Plovers, 
1 Lapland Longspur, etc!!! 


The weather varied from sunny and mild to cloudy, windy (NE), with a few 
showers and drizzle. It was much better than what was hitting the southern part 
of the state. 


It truly was a fun time with great birds, great birders and one to mark in the 
history bird book---number 18 for the WSO, number 19 for me. 


Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Large flight of raptors this morning in Town of Greenfield southeast of La Crosse
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:55:24 +0000
It is 8:50 am. For the last half hour, my husband and I have been watching 
waves of migrating raptors flying over our house near HWY 33 in the Town of 
Greenfield near La Crosse. The majority of the hawks appear to be broad-winged. 
There are also some flocks of passerines periodically too. 


I have never seen a flight of birds like this other than at Hawk Ridge in 
Duluth! Very impressive!!! 



Mary Strasser

Town of Greenfield/southeast La Crosse area

La Crosse County

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Subject: Fw: Bohemian Waxwings at Aldo Leopold Center - Monona
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 03:15:04 +0000 (UTC)
     


Having technical difficulties...



From: Peter Fissel
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2016 9:53 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: Bohemian Waxwings at Aldo Leopold Center - Monona My last couple of 
messages didn't go through.  I wanted to point out that the Aldo Leopold 
Center in Monona is directly adjacent to the Edna Taylor Conservancy, which is 
in the city of Madison. (Some of the trails connect up.)  The boundaries down 
on this side of town are a bit squiggly. 

Anyway, after the rain went through, I finally got over to Aldo Leopold (off 
Femrite Dr. and just east of Monona Drive.)  Several birders were there, 
although only Kyle had seen one of the apparently multiple Bohemian Waxwings.  
There were flocks of Cedar Waxwings flitting all over - at least once, one bird 
looked bigger, but I never heard anything odd among the calls.  Food sources 
are abundant  in that area, with tons of fruiting trees and shrubs. 


After feeding the mosquitoes for an hour or so, I finally gave up and decided 
to cruise through Roselawn Cemetery, which is just to the east.  I ran into 
John Kivikoski there, who said there were flocks of Waxwings flying all around 
and feeding in cedar trees, some of which were loaded.  We both thought we 
were hearing a Bohemian's trill at one point.  A flock landed in a cedar tree 
nearby, so I walked over to check out the few remaining ones after some left.  
I am reasonably sure that at least one was a juvenile Bohemian.  It was 
larger, much grayer, with broad gray streaks and no trace of yellow 
underneath.  I also saw the transverse white bar across the base of the 
primaries. It had a black mask with no white underlining on the lower edge.  
Unfortunately, I could never see the undertail coverts, as they were hidden by 
a branch.   When the remaining birds flushed, the first five looked to be 
identical in size.  A few seconds later, the last one flushed, and it looked 
signi 

 ficantly smaller and much yellower below.  At least one of the photographers 
over at Leopold had looked through all of his shots and thought he had at least 
three different juveniles. This raises some interesting questions. 

I would recommend checking both the cemetery (which can be accessed from both 
Femrite Dr. and Broadway) and Aldo Leopold Center.  If coming from the east, 
take Hwy 51 to Broadway (just north of the Beltline, Hwys 12/18 - there is 
construction there, so ramps may be closed on short notice.)  Turn right at 
the light by Denny's and go one block to Femrite, behind Menard's.  From the 
west, take Monona Drive to either Broadway or Femrite.  The entrance to Aldo 
Leopold Center is just west of the cemetery entrance on Femrite.  There is a 
brown wooden sign (kind of unobtrusive) for Aldo Leopold Center, Woodland Park 
(adjacent to the west) and Tellurian.  Take the driveway in past the apartment 
buildings and turn right into the Leopold parking lot.  The Leopold Center 
trails are open to the public dawn to dusk.  You can also park in the Edna 
Taylor Conservancy lot on Femrite (across from Menards) and hike in from 
there.  Just cross the marsh and head west.  


With all of the food sources in the immediate area (there are also loaded 
crabapple trees all around the Pier 37 shopping center at Monona Dr. and 
Broadway,) I have some hope these birds may stick around. Good luck if you try 
for them. 

Peter FisselMadison, Dane Co.


   
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Subject: Test - ignore
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 02:11:58 +0000

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Subject: updated shorebird map
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:15:17 -0500
Although not complete for the entire state, here's a partial update:
http://wglbbo.org/shorebird-map
William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
Port Washington, WI


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Subject: Re: ALERT: Bohemian Waxwings in Madison (Dane Co.)
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:08:27 -0500
At least one still present across from the apartment complex at the entrance. 

Kyle Lindemer
Dane County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 25, 2016, at 15:15, Peter Fissel  wrote:
> 
> For those not on Facebook (like me,) I'm told there are at least six Bohemian 
Waxwings mixed in with Cedars at the Edna Taylor Conservancy on the southeast 
side of Madison. The conservancy can be accessed from a parking lot on Femrite 
Dr. behind the Menards on Broadway, or by walking across the Glendale 
Elementary School playground on Tompkins Dr. 

> I have no information just where they are in the conservancy. I live two 
blocks away, but there is a developing line of thunderstorms to the southwest, 
so I won't go over until that passes. Anyone there right now who sees this, if 
you hear thunder, get out of the woods - seriously. 

> 
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> 
> Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: Re: ALERT: Bohemian Waxwings in Madison (Dane Co.)
From: Western Great Lakes Hummingbird Project <wi.hummingbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 15:35:12 -0500
Folks on Facebook are saying it's Aldo Leopold Park in Monona. 

Cynthia Bridge
Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co

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> On Sep 25, 2016, at 3:15 PM, Peter Fissel  wrote:
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> For those not on Facebook (like me,) I'm told there are at least six Bohemian 
Waxwings mixed in with Cedars at the Edna Taylor Conservancy on the southeast 
side of Madison. The conservancy can be accessed from a parking lot on Femrite 
Dr. behind the Menards on Broadway, or by walking across the Glendale 
Elementary School playground on Tompkins Dr. 

> I have no information just where they are in the conservancy. I live two 
blocks away, but there is a developing line of thunderstorms to the southwest, 
so I won't go over until that passes. Anyone there right now who sees this, if 
you hear thunder, get out of the woods - seriously. 

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> Peter Fissel
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> Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: ALERT: Bohemian Waxwings in Madison (Dane Co.)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 20:15:21 +0000
For those not on Facebook (like me,) I'm told there are at least six Bohemian 
Waxwings mixed in with Cedars at the Edna Taylor Conservancy on the southeast 
side of Madison. The conservancy can be accessed from a parking lot on Femrite 
Dr. behind the Menards on Broadway, or by walking across the Glendale 
Elementary School playground on Tompkins Dr. 

I have no information just where they are in the conservancy. I live two blocks 
away, but there is a developing line of thunderstorms to the southwest, so I 
won't go over until that passes. Anyone there right now who sees this, if you 
hear thunder, get out of the woods - seriously. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.




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Subject: Join us tonight! - Ben Goss Bird Club - Waukesha - 6:45 PM
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:04:27 -0500
The Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club starts its new season tonight at Retzer
Nature Center in Waukesha!
Since 1992, The WCLC has worked quietly and efficiently at fulfilling its
mission of protecting environmentally significant lands in Waukesha County.
Over 2,800 acres of primary environmental corridor, undisturbed shoreline,
pristine floating bog, uplands, woodlands and wetlands are preserved for
generations to come.

This evening at 6:45, Cheryl White, executive Director of the Waukesha
County Land Conservancy will tell us about their organization, its history,
its land, and their new wildlife monitoring initiatives. Hope to see you
there!


Refreshments are served at 6:45. Presentation starts at 7:00 with a
business meeting to follow.


www.gossbirdclub.org

www.waukeshalandconservancy.org

Cheers!

Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
Waukesha County
WBBA II Coordinator
Ben Goss Bird Club


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Subject: Dark Morph Broad-Winged Hawk in Madison
From: "Samuel J. Krerowicz" <krerowiczs01 AT myemail.northland.edu>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:36:42 +0000
I spent much of this afternoon birding Elver Park in Madison and saw what I'm 
reasonably certain was a dark morph broad-winged hawk. It was about 2/3 the 
size of a nearby red-tailed hawk, had a dark body and wing linings with light 
primary, secondary and tail feathers that had some light barring and/or 
stripes. When I first saw it, my immediate thought was "broad-winged hawk", 
then I got my binoculars on it and saw the dark body and light wings and tail 
and I had no idea what it was until I saw in my bird book that broad-winged 
hawks have a dark morph. The only other thing I could find that it could 
possibly be is a short-tailed hawk, and I'm assuming that it's not a 
short-tailed hawk just based on their range. I also had a nice wave of warblers 
that included several magnolia warblers, american redstarts, black-throated 
green warblers, chestnut-sided warblers, a nashville warbler, a northern 
parula, a common yellowthroat, an ovenbird and a red-eyed vireo. In addition to 
birds, I also 

 saw a red fox and a lot of butterflies: a dozen cabbage whites, a half-dozen 
monarch butterflies and a lone common buckeye butterfly. 


Sam Krerowicz

Madison

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Subject: Lake Barney Nelson's Sparrows
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 13:34:39 -0500

 The Nelson's Sparrows are still easy to view,at Lake Barney, near Oregon, Wi. 
Also seen were some Bobolinks and a Clay-colored Sparrow (in the thicker 
stuff). 

 Nice to see Kris, Ryan, Rob and Chuck (earlier),out there. 
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Subject: Re: Possibly Snow goose, Lake Barney, Dane
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2016 07:27:21 -0500
It's definitely a snow goose and is still present on the lake this morning.
Dale Bonk
Mt Horeb, Dane
On Sep 23, 2016 4:05 PM, "Dale Bonk"  wrote:

> I'm on the south shore and only have my binocs, but there's a large
> all-white goose mixed in with the flotilla of Canada geese on the water.
> Should be easily visible from the hwy M gate. 400pm
>
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Subject: Sabine's Gull at Lake Wissota (Chip. Co.)
From: Janine <jlp228 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:29:11 -0500
Still there as of this evening.  Just like on the 18th it flew back and
forth for a while south of the bluff overlook at Lake Wissota State Park,
and then went farther out over the lake.
Janine Polk
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Subject: Re: Possibly Snow goose, Lake Barney, Dane
From: Greg Hottman <greghottman AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:48:49 -0500
He just landed in an ag field about a half mile west of Oregon north of the 
Rotary Trail 

Greg Hottman
Oregon
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> On Sep 23, 2016, at 4:05 PM, Dale Bonk  wrote:
> 
> I'm on the south shore and only have my binocs, but there's a large
> all-white goose mixed in with the flotilla of Canada geese on the water.
> Should be easily visible from the hwy M gate. 400pm
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Subject: Bluebird bonanza at Sheridan Park
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:20:32 -0500
I have never in my life seen so many blue birds or heard them calling or
seen them chasing in the manner they are doing right at this moment. The
activity is taking place along the drive immediately south of Layton Avenue
by the sign that says picnic area 2. I saw a few sap suckers, active Downy
woodpeckers, and a Flicker and red-bellied.  Plus a surprise Nashville and
Pine Warbler, numerous chipping sparrows and tons of yellow rumpeds and
Palms. White-throated Sparrow white-crowned, and Savannah sparrows can be
seen further south along the drive.
Jennifer A
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Subject: Possibly Snow goose, Lake Barney, Dane
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:05:08 -0500
I'm on the south shore and only have my binocs, but there's a large
all-white goose mixed in with the flotilla of Canada geese on the water.
Should be easily visible from the hwy M gate. 400pm
Dale Bonk
Mt Horeb, Dane


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Subject: BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, Iowa Co
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 18:34:06 +0000
I just had a kettle of at least 100 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS drift past my home
in south central Iowa County. They were drifting on the wind to the
southwest and south of Mineral Point.
Heads up!

John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County


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Subject: Watch for Sharp-Tailed Sandpipers!!
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:43:01 -0500
There have been an unusually high number of reports of this vagrant sandpiper 
from the interior of the continent this late summer and early fall. Many states 
have recorded their first record including 2 birds in MN right now. Be on the 
lookout for one at a shorebird pond near you. They are often found in the 
company of Pectoral Sandpipers. 


Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, September 22, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:59:25 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, September 22, 2016
66 degrees
Cloudy, overcast
12 birders

Total Species:  44

3 Canada Goose
10 Mallard
1 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Osprey
3 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Ring-billed Gull
20 Rock Pigeon
5 Mourning Dove
65 Chimney Swift

1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 Downy Woodpecker
4 Northern Flicker
1 Peregrine Falcon
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
12 Black-capped Chickadee

1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Marsh Wren
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Swainson’s Thrush
5 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 Brown Thrasher
17 European Starling
1 Northern Waterthrush

1 Common Yellowthroat
8 American Redstart
1 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
2 Wilson’s Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
1 Song Sparrow
2 White-throated Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Northern Cardinal

1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
12 House Finch
78 American Goldfinch

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Subject: L Barney
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:23:27 +0000
All
Went to L Barney nr Oregon this morning. Saw at least 3 Nelson's sparrows. The 
best way to walk in is to initially walk south along the access road that is 
opposite Caine rd. When you get to where the wooden fence along the horse farm 
goes to the east, turn left (E) and follow that fence until you come to a wire 
fence (you can see L Barney at this point). Then turn right (S) and follow this 
fence line past the grove of oak trees. About 40-50 yds after the last live 
oak, you will see a spot where you can get thru the fence. From here its only 
30-40 yds to the lakeshore. The 3 Nelson's I saw were about 200 yds S of this. 
I checked out the swale that is full of smartweed that runs to the W from the 
SW corner of the lake. This area had lots of sparrows but most were swamp with 
a few songs mixed in. in the dead scrubs along the edge of the swale was a 
group of 5 or so birds that initially gave me pause. After looking at them for 
a while, I realized they were young bobolinks. N 

 ot sure if I've seen that yellowish juvenile plumage before. Guess that's what 
initially threw me. Other birds seen were lots of C yellowthroats, a few palm 
warblers, a flock of dowitchers (LB I think), and a couple of sedge wrens. 


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Subject: Photos Green Heron Foraging Lake Mendota
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:23:11 -0500
Lake Mendota, University Bay, UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Sept 19, 2016. I 
had a great time watching the acrobatics of a Juv. Green Heron foraging. It was 
catching sunfish and large-mouthed bass (fish ID’d by John Magnuson). 
Patience is the Green Heron’s virtue and the key to his unique fishing 
technique. The Green Heron would remain motionless, like a statue, waiting for 
a fish to swim by. His strike was so fast, my eyes could not see it. Only my 
camera could capture the action. 

Below is a link to my photos.
Arlene Koziol

Dane County, Madison


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Subject: Junco and other Milwaukee birds
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:59:52 -0500
Hello,
This morning, I saw my first of fall Dark-eyed Junco at the local cemetery
where I walk my dog. It has a huge dirt mound with vegetation all around
it; numerous Chipping Sparrows of various ages (some still quite young,
disheveled and streaky), a Clay-colored and a Lincoln's have all been
present during the past week or so, too.

Sheridan Drive has been continuously good this fall; there always seems to
be a few active patches. Today, I had Magnolia, Black and White,
Yellow-rumped, Palm, redstart, and Blackpoll Warblers. One Red-breasted
Nuthatch was also present. Behind the western hedge bordering the high
school track, there was a flicker, a few Chipping Sparrows, a Savannah
Sparrow, a few bluebirds, more Yellow-rumpeds and what I believe was a late
female/young male Indigo Bunting.

Along the bluff at Warnimont Park there is good vegetation for sparrows,
but good luck finding them. They dive down in there so quickly...and it's
uneven ground to walk on. I managed to ID one juvenile White-crowned
Sparrow along with many Chipping two days ago.

Good birding,

Jennifer

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Evansville SWA
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:16:37 -0500
 
 Went down to Evansville SWA, this morning. A few days ago I had seen a 
yellowish ammodramus sparrow, out there, and I wanted to check it out. Down in 
the thin field, I only saw 2 birds. One was a Savannah Sparrow ,and one was an 
ammodramus, It flew of into the big field. After walking the small thin field, 
I decided to try to track the sparrow down. As I got near the big field a Sedge 
Wren caught my eye, then a yellowthroat popped up near it. When I looked 
through my bins, there was a Nelson's Sparow, right between them. This Nelson's 
was more yellowish in the breast, than usual. The Nelson's was eating big 
bluestem seeds. 

 Walking in the tall weeds and grasses, another ammodramus sparrow popped up. 
The face was quite plain and I was thinking Grasshopper at first. Then I 
noticed thin indistinct sreaking on the breast. The bill seemed smallish ,for a 
Grasshopper Sp. or a Henslow's. It had a dark eyeline and a spot like a 
Grasshopper would and I couldn't tell if a gray cheek patch was coming in. The 
face and breast tone was pale yellow. I could see the nape and it looked like 
purpleish streaks were coming in. the back had broad light streaks. So, I'm 
thinking young LeConte's, but leaving it as ammo. sp. 

 Had 3 FOF Lincoln's Sparrows,just 3 Savannah's, 5 Sedge Wrens and 8 Common 
Yellowthroats. 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Re: Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior)
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:56:14 +0000
Re: the warblers, this week has actually seen a fabulous migration on western 
Lake Superior. I've had 20+ species at my house in Bayfield County since 
Sunday, although Yellow-rumps and Palms are starting to steal the show for 
sure. Hawk Ridge in Duluth has tallied several huge flights in this time as 
well, including tens of thousands of warblers and other migrants. For example, 
see their non-raptor notes for Monday athttp://bit.ly/2dmed9Q. 


I don't bird WI Point much but my sense is that it is not a good fall site for 
passerines during good-weather, active migration days when the radar is lit up, 
as has been the case much of the week. Perhaps with the poorer weather 
conditions in the days ahead things will change. 


  Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 3:22 PM
To: Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior)
   
(Sorry, forgot to post with Plain text... )

Daryl Tessen called me a short time ago, with another update on the bird 
activity, etc. He said the wind had started picking up today, out of the 
northeast  up to around 15-20 mph, and that was supposed to continue.

He said that four Parasitic Jaegers had been seen today (including a dark 
juvenile that theyve started to call Blackie). They also spotted two 
different groups of two Sabines Gull, with all four being spotted near the 
lighthouse a little later.

They had two Avocets fly past today, which were then chased by a Peregrine 
Falcon. They apparently escaped by flying high in the sky among a bunch of 
gulls.

Other highlight birds included a Red-throated Loon, a Blue-headed Vireo, and 
Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrushes. He said that once again the passerine 
numbers were very low out there  so most of the warblers must have moved 
through already.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co. 

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Subject: Parasitic Jaegers and more at Wisconsin Point Douglas County 9/21/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 20:58:57 -0500
Hi all,
I made the run up with Bill G and Ryan S to Wisconsin Point in Superior
Wisconsin for a taste of what Jaegerfest, the coming weekend was all about.
It was a great time watching Parasitic Jaegers chase gulls for the food
they were carrying. After leaving Waukesha at midnight and arriving at
Wisconsin Point by 5 am we had a few minutes before the sun came up. At sun
up Parasitic  Jaeger action started and continued about every 15 minutes
till we left around 11:00 am. The action and speed of these birds could not
be put in images, it was amazing event to see! A couple of American Avocets
also came through the viewing area on the shore with nice views. The bird
of the day for me was the Sabine’s Gulls, a flock of 2 and then 4, a state
lifer! The Sabine’s Gulls stayed out very far from shore and only gave
distant views. A fun day with birding friends and meeting a few new ones
too. The time we were there, it was mostly sunny and mild temps in the 60's
with steady winds off the lake.

Some of the images from the event today at this link if you care to view
them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/jaegerfest-week-wisconsin-point-superior-wisconsin-september-21-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: Lake Park Warblers Blog Post from 9-9-2016
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:31:12 -0500
Hello everyone,
I reported about what I saw about two weeks ago now. Here is a link to
photos and commentary. Birds included: Several warbler species and a
curious Lincoln's Sparrow :)


http://www.birdspazz.com/2016/09/21/warbler-watching-while-fighting-off-biting-flies/ 


Thanks,

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior)
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:22:20 -0500
(Sorry, forgot to post with Plain text... )

Daryl Tessen called me a short time ago, with another update on the bird 
activity, etc.  He said the wind had started picking up today, out of the 
northeast – up to around 15-20 mph, and that was supposed to continue.

He said that four Parasitic Jaegers had been seen today (including a dark 
juvenile that they’ve started to call “Blackie”).  They also spotted two 
different groups of two Sabine’s Gull, with all four being spotted near the 
lighthouse a little later.

They had two Avocets fly past today, which were then chased by a Peregrine 
Falcon.  They apparently escaped by flying high in the sky among a bunch of 
gulls.

Other highlight birds included a Red-throated Loon, a Blue-headed Vireo, and 
Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrushes.  He said that once again the passerine 
numbers were very low out there – so most of the warblers must have moved 
through already.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co. 

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Subject: Wednesday report from Wisconsin Point (Superior)
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:15:49 -0500
Daryl Tessen called me a short time ago, with another update on the bird 
activity, etc. He said the wind had started picking up today, out of the 
northeast – up to around 15-20 mph, and that was supposed to continue. 

He said that four Parasitics had been seen today (including a dark juvenile 
that they’ve started to call “Blackie”). They also spotted two different 
groups of two Sabine’s Gull, with all four being spotted near the lighthouse 
a little later. 


They had two Avocets fly past today, which were then chased by a Peregrine 
Falcon. They apparently escaped by flying high in the sky among a bunch of 
gulls. 


Other highlight birds included a Red-throated Loon, a Blue-headed Vireo, and 
Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrushes. He said that once again the passerine numbers 
were very low out there – so most of the warblers must have moved through 
already. 


Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.
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Subject: Re: WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:51:35 -0400
If someone wants to pick one up for me (size XL) I will mail them a gift
card for $20. I'm interested in both colors. But please confirm with me
before you do it...I don't want to be on the hook for too many shirts!  :-)
Bernie Sloan

On Wed, Sep 21, 2016 at 12:42 PM, Tom Schultz 
wrote:

> In fact, you may want to pick up several shirts -- feel free to bring a few
> home for your friends!
>
> Tom Schultz
> Green Lake Co.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Schultz
> Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:11 AM
> To: Wisbirdn
> Subject: [wisb] WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt
>
> New this year for Jaegerfest is a t-shirt that celebrates this annual
> event – which started back in 1999.  This WSO shirt will be available for
> $15 on Wisconsin Point during Jaegerfest, first-come first served – while
> sizes last.  The design includes all three species of jaegers (juveniles,
> which are most often seen), as well as two adults, and also a Sabine's
> Gull.
>
> I don’t yet have a photo of an actual shirt, but here’s a mock-up of it 
in 

> ultramarine blue.  It will also be available on a medium-gray color shirt.
>
> http://www.pbase.com/trschultz/image/164132968
>
> Pick one up while they last!  (Sorry, no mail orders are available at this
> time.)
>
> Tom Schultz
> WSO Field Trips co-chair
> Green Lake Co.
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Subject: Re: WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:42:57 -0500
In fact, you may want to pick up several shirts -- feel free to bring a few 
home for your friends!

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

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Sent: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:11 AM
To: Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt

New this year for Jaegerfest is a t-shirt that celebrates this annual
event – which started back in 1999.  This WSO shirt will be available for
$15 on Wisconsin Point during Jaegerfest, first-come first served – while
sizes last.  The design includes all three species of jaegers (juveniles,
which are most often seen), as well as two adults, and also a Sabine's Gull.

I don’t yet have a photo of an actual shirt, but here’s a mock-up of it in
ultramarine blue.  It will also be available on a medium-gray color shirt.

http://www.pbase.com/trschultz/image/164132968

Pick one up while they last!  (Sorry, no mail orders are available at this
time.)

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.

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Subject: WSO's Jaegerfest T-shirt
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:11:12 -0500
New this year for Jaegerfest is a t-shirt that celebrates this annual 
event – which started back in 1999.  This WSO shirt will be available for 
$15 on Wisconsin Point during Jaegerfest, first-come first served – while 
sizes last.  The design includes all three species of jaegers (juveniles, 
which are most often seen), as well as two adults, and also a Sabine's Gull.

I don’t yet have a photo of an actual shirt, but here’s a mock-up of it in 
ultramarine blue.  It will also be available on a medium-gray color shirt.

http://www.pbase.com/trschultz/image/164132968

Pick one up while they last!  (Sorry, no mail orders are available at this 
time.)

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co. 

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Subject: Report from today at Wisconsin Point (Superior)
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:20:03 -0500
Here's a report from Daryl Tessen, who just called me.  He was still very 
cranked up about the birding on Wisconsin Point today!  He said "it was one 
of those days that you'll always remember!"

Daryl mentioned that the jaeger action was nearly non-stop for most of the 
morning, with a total of SEVEN Parasitics being spotted. This total included 
one adult, two 3rd-year sub-adults, and four juveniles!

Providing even greater excitement were a total of TWELVE Sabine's Gulls --  
nine in one flock, followed by another group of three birds a short time 
later. Daryl commented, "I was almost doing a dance on the beach!"

There were also eight Franklin's Gulls present for a time -- all adults --  
as well as two Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Other waterbird highlights included two Surf Scoters and a White-winged, 
along with Horned Grebes and loons. He said the passerine numbers have been 
very low to this point, with just five warbler species found since Sunday.

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co. 

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Subject: Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.
From: Kris Perlberg <kris AT cgfirepower.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:19:27 -0500
Thanks everyone, for the great reports. I won’t be able to get over for a 
couple more days, in all likelihood, but hopefully they will stick around for a 
bit. 



On Sep 20, 2016, at 3:04 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

Thanks, Steve, for letting us know they were back!
Since there was no clear path to take, after reaching the public land by
walking south past the gate across from Caine Road, I wandered in a
south-easterly direction through the grasses (the lake is not visible until
you are almost upon it), finding several areas that had paths in the grass
where birders had been. I found only Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Common
Yellowthroats, and a Marsh Wren,
and after a somewhat difficult passage through the dense grasses, found
myself at the southwest corner of the lake. This appeared to be Nelson's
Sparrow paradise with a large patch of smartweed, and again, evidence that
birders had been here. Alas, only the previously mentioned species (less the
Marsh Wren) appeared. I thought I had "whiffed" this trip, and decided to
walk the west shoreline of the lake which had an easy path, in order to make
some northward progress, and possibly make the return trip less difficult.
This turned out to be a good choice, because there is a thin strip of
smartweed right at the edge of the lake, and birds flushed and flew across
the path to the tall weeds. At one spot 2 Nelson's Sparrows perched quite
close to the trail and were very cooperative for a couple of minutes.
Farther north, the same thing happened, so I had good views of at least 4
birds. More birds flushed from the edge of the lake, but went too far back
in the weeds for me to see, so there may have been more than 4 Nelson's
Sparrows there today.
I finished off the morning with a nice conversation with Mary Hampton, and
although we had taken separate ways to the lake, we both had great success
today.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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On Behalf Of Mary Hampton
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:03 PM
To: stevethiessen AT charter.net; wisb
Subject: [wisb] Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.

Yes!  Nelson's Sparrows at Lake Barney, Tuesday, Sept 20, 10AM.  Above
lake's west edge, above water, south of a few old oak trees.  Thanks
Steve.  Dale Bonk waved me into location where I viewed one perched and
two in their low flight.  Back at cars, I compared with Tom Wood who had at
least four.  As Steve reports, the walk in is extremely rough.  Mary
Hampton, Dane County 
   On Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:40 AM, Steve Thiessen
 wrote:




I had thought I had seen one, at Lake Barney, last Wednesday, but was sure.
I saw one today,in the same area. Got nice looks. The good areas last year
,not so good this year. Walking can be tough if you explore. Also seen, was
a possible Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Segde and 2 Marsh Wrens and 3 Bobolinks. 2
Palm and a bunch of Common Yellowthroat Warblers.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton, Dane co.
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Subject: Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:15:10 -0500
Tom's right. The sparrows seem to like moving north and south along the
shoreline, bouncing back and forth from the short smartweed right on the
lake's edge to the taller plants farther inland. Like last year, if you can
spot 'em, following them as they move from spot to spot isn't too
difficult. Just watch where they land and they'll eventually creep up
higher to get a view. Of course, it wasn't windy this morning, so it was
fairly easy to see the plants they were in twitching with their movements.
Like last year, I'm sure the trails will become more evident as more
birders make the trek back there.
Dale Bonk, Mt Horeb, Dane Co.

On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

> Thanks, Steve, for letting us know they were back!
> Since there was no clear path to take, after reaching the public land by
> walking south past the gate across from Caine Road, I wandered in a
> south-easterly direction through the grasses (the lake is not visible until
> you are almost upon it), finding several areas that had paths in the grass
> where birders had been. I found only Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Common
> Yellowthroats, and a Marsh Wren,
> and after a somewhat difficult passage through the dense grasses, found
> myself at the southwest corner of the lake. This appeared to be Nelson's
> Sparrow paradise with a large patch of smartweed, and again, evidence that
> birders had been here. Alas, only the previously mentioned species (less
> the
> Marsh Wren) appeared. I thought I had "whiffed" this trip, and decided to
> walk the west shoreline of the lake which had an easy path, in order to
> make
> some northward progress, and possibly make the return trip less difficult.
> This turned out to be a good choice, because there is a thin strip of
> smartweed right at the edge of the lake, and birds flushed and flew across
> the path to the tall weeds. At one spot 2 Nelson's Sparrows perched quite
> close to the trail and were very cooperative for a couple of minutes.
> Farther north, the same thing happened, so I had good views of at least 4
> birds. More birds flushed from the edge of the lake, but went too far back
> in the weeds for me to see, so there may have been more than 4 Nelson's
> Sparrows there today.
> I finished off the morning with a nice conversation with Mary Hampton, and
> although we had taken separate ways to the lake, we both had great success
> today.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Mary Hampton
> Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:03 PM
> To: stevethiessen AT charter.net; wisb
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.
>
> Yes!  Nelson's Sparrows at Lake Barney, Tuesday, Sept 20, 10AM.  Above
> lake's west edge, above water, south of a few old oak trees.  Thanks
> Steve.  Dale Bonk waved me into location where I viewed one perched and
> two in their low flight.  Back at cars, I compared with Tom Wood who had at
> least four.  As Steve reports, the walk in is extremely rough.  Mary
> Hampton, Dane County
>     On Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:40 AM, Steve Thiessen
>  wrote:
>
>
>
>
>  I had thought I had seen one, at Lake Barney, last Wednesday, but was
> sure.
> I saw one today,in the same area. Got nice looks. The good areas last year
> ,not so good this year. Walking can be tough if you explore. Also seen, was
> a possible Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Segde and 2 Marsh Wrens and 3 Bobolinks.
> 2
> Palm and a bunch of Common Yellowthroat Warblers.
>  Steve Thiessen Stoughton, Dane co.
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Subject: Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:04:57 -0500
Thanks, Steve, for letting us know they were back!
Since there was no clear path to take, after reaching the public land by
walking south past the gate across from Caine Road, I wandered in a
south-easterly direction through the grasses (the lake is not visible until
you are almost upon it), finding several areas that had paths in the grass
where birders had been. I found only Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Common
Yellowthroats, and a Marsh Wren,
and after a somewhat difficult passage through the dense grasses, found
myself at the southwest corner of the lake. This appeared to be Nelson's
Sparrow paradise with a large patch of smartweed, and again, evidence that
birders had been here. Alas, only the previously mentioned species (less the
Marsh Wren) appeared. I thought I had "whiffed" this trip, and decided to
walk the west shoreline of the lake which had an easy path, in order to make
some northward progress, and possibly make the return trip less difficult.
This turned out to be a good choice, because there is a thin strip of
smartweed right at the edge of the lake, and birds flushed and flew across
the path to the tall weeds. At one spot 2 Nelson's Sparrows perched quite
close to the trail and were very cooperative for a couple of minutes.
Farther north, the same thing happened, so I had good views of at least 4
birds. More birds flushed from the edge of the lake, but went too far back
in the weeds for me to see, so there may have been more than 4 Nelson's
Sparrows there today.
I finished off the morning with a nice conversation with Mary Hampton, and
although we had taken separate ways to the lake, we both had great success
today.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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On Behalf Of Mary Hampton
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1:03 PM
To: stevethiessen AT charter.net; wisb
Subject: [wisb] Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.

Yes!  Nelson's Sparrows at Lake Barney, Tuesday, Sept 20, 10AM.  Above
lake's west edge, above water, south of a few old oak trees.  Thanks
Steve.  Dale Bonk waved me into location where I viewed one perched and
two in their low flight.  Back at cars, I compared with Tom Wood who had at
least four.  As Steve reports, the walk in is extremely rough.  Mary
Hampton, Dane County 
    On Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:40 AM, Steve Thiessen
 wrote:
 

 

 I had thought I had seen one, at Lake Barney, last Wednesday, but was sure.
I saw one today,in the same area. Got nice looks. The good areas last year
,not so good this year. Walking can be tough if you explore. Also seen, was
a possible Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Segde and 2 Marsh Wrens and 3 Bobolinks. 2
Palm and a bunch of Common Yellowthroat Warblers.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton, Dane co.
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Subject: Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:02:59 +0000 (UTC)
Yes!  Nelson's Sparrows at Lake Barney, Tuesday, Sept 20, 10AM.  Above 
lake's west edge, above water, south of a few old oak trees.  Thanks Steve.  
Dale Bonk waved me into location where I viewed one perched and two in their 
low flight.  Back at cars, I compared with Tom Wood who had at least four.  
As Steve reports, the walk in is extremely rough.  Mary Hampton, Dane County 

 On Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:40 AM, Steve Thiessen 
 wrote: 

 

 

 I had thought I had seen one, at Lake Barney, last Wednesday, but was sure. I 
saw one today,in the same area. Got nice looks. The good areas last year ,not 
so good this year. Walking can be tough if you explore. Also seen, was a 
possible Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Segde and 2 Marsh Wrens and 3 Bobolinks. 2 Palm 
and a bunch of Common Yellowthroat Warblers. 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton, Dane co.
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Subject: Re: Jaegerfest preparations -- in case of wet weather
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:03:16 +0000
Tom doesn't exaggerate about unreliable forecasts. I've been checking Weather 
Underground's extended forecast for Superior daily (sometimes twice a day,) and 
it changes every time I look at it. It does seem as though winds will be 
predominantly from the northeast (which is what we want up there.) However, 
we've had years where the local forecast from the Duluth TV stations and 
Weather Channel the night before called for cloudy skies and northeast winds, 
only to be out on the beach the next day basking in sunny skies and warm 
southwest winds. Bottom line is to be prepared for anything. (Which sometimes 
means bringing half your coat closet along.) 


What I find people most often forget to bring along are gloves (if it's in the 
50s and there's a 25 mph wind off of the lake, you'll want them) and a camp or 
lawn chair. (If you're bringing an old-fashioned lawn chair with the aluminum 
tube frame, make sure it still has all of the plastic caps on the open ends, or 
you'll find yourself slowing sinking into the beach. Not that I ever had that 
happen to me... ahem...) 


Peter Fissel
Madison WI
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Sent: Sunday, September 18, 2016 2:08 PM
To: Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Jaegerfest preparations -- in case of wet weather

Anyone planning to attend WSOs Jaegerfest field trip on Wisconsin Point 
(Superior) this coming weekend should be aware of the potential for rain. 
Although the extended forecast is notorious for its degree of imprecision, the 
current one is calling for moderate NE winds and some periods of rainfall. It 
has been a few years since we had to deal with rain up there, so I thought it 
might be helpful to mention a few suggestions. 

Although most people will not likely be birding during moderate to heavy 
rainfalls (or storms), light rain or sprinkles are usually tolerable. As you 
probably know, spotting scopes are used quite extensively during Jaegerfest, so 
it might be a good idea to think ahead about rain protection. Even though many 
scopes sold today have decent rain resistance, we have sometimes found that 
they may not be completely waterproof  especially after many hours of exposure 
to moisture. There is nothing worse than waking up to find that your scope has 
fog on the inside. 


One good solution is to pack along some heavy plastic sheeting, if you can find 
some, along with a few decent-sized rubber bands. One can then wrap the plastic 
over the top of the scope  usually extending it out over the front objective 
lens a few inches for added protection. This is where the weight of the plastic 
can be important, so it remains stiff enough to stay out of the way. 


You may want to experiment with this at home, just to see what you might need 
to make this work. The biggest challenge is often securing the plastic sheeting 
over the scope in a manner that still allows you to reach the focus wheel. 


Another consideration is making sure you have a drying rag (or three). These 
will come in handy for wiping off wet lenses or optics. 


Obviously, youll want to pack a rainsuit (jacket and pants), and tall rubber 
boots will also come in handy. High temperatures for Jaegerfest are currently 
projected for the low 60s and mid to upper 50s, with early morning temps in the 
low 40s  so be prepared for cool or cold temperatures. A winter parka may not 
be a bad idea to have along. 


Remember, however, that even though winds and rain can make birding 
uncomfortable, a strong north or northeast wind can sometimes produce increased 
waterbird activity  and at times cause rare birds to be on the move! 


Further comments or suggestions are welcome.

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.
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Subject: Re: Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 19:09:51 -0500
Daryl Tessen did call me this evening with a report from Wisconsin Point (at 
Superior):

He arrived yesterday a little after noon, and said there had been four 
Parasitic Jaegers spotted yesterday, including three juveniles and an adult 
(or subadult).  He also had a Sabine's yesterday, in the vicinity of 3 
Common Terns.  He mentioned that the passerines were very poor on Sunday. 
The winds were moderately strong out of the northeast.

Today Daryl had a total of three jaegers (all Parasitic), with two being 
juveniles and one that was about 3rd year. The winds today were again 
moderately strong, but primarily from the southwest.

No Sabine's Gull was spotted today, but there was a Red-necked Grebe, a 
Horned Grebe and a couple of Peregrine Falcons were seen.

He said there weren't many passerines on the Point today, but he did have a 
few, including Black-throated Green Warbler and White-crowned and 
White-throated Sparrows.

Daryl mentioned having a most unexpected sighting on the Point today --  
Chris Wood (of Cornell and eBird) and his wife were there!  The three of 
them had a nice conversation, but unfortunately Chris and Jessie were 
leaving to fly back to New York State.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom Schultz
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 1:45 PM
To: DanJackson AT LBWhite.com ; WisBirdN
Subject: [wisb] Re: Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin 
Point

Thanks for the great report, Dan -- a preview for folks heading up to
Superior this week.  That's certainly encouraging news, and the predicted
cold fronts later in the week should help with jaeger activity (and Sabine's
Gull, and other birds of interest... ).

Daryl Tessen has said he'd likely call me this evening with a Wisconsin
Point update from today.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Dan Jackson
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 8:20 AM
To: WisBirdN
Subject: [wisb] Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point

Since I can't go to Superior next weekend, I went up for last couple of
days.  The highlights were at least 4 Parasitic Jaegers (at least 3
juveniles and 1 light-morph adult) and 3 Sabine's Gulls (as well as some
interesting dragonflies).

On Saturday, there was a pretty steady movement of juvenile Parasitic
Jaegers from 7:00 AM until about 10:00 AM with up to 3 seen at one time.
Chris Wood reported a single Sabine's Gull and a Red-throated Loon from Gull
Bluff.  A few raptors were seen and only 1 shorebird was reported.  While I
was there, we had an adult Lesser Black-backed and a few Bonaparte's Gulls.
I was told that a first year Lesser Black-backed Gull showed up later.

A special treat for me was a group of Ruffed Grouse eating apples at the
Amnicon Falls campground.  1 walked past my campsite and it was soon joined
by two more as well as a Snowshoe Hare and a couple Cottontail Rabbits under
an apple tree in a small clearing in the middle of the campground.  The
grouse chased each other around and the Hare and Rabbits did as well.  The
birds flew up into the tree and pecked at fruit on the ground.

On Sunday, I saw at least 2 different Parasitic Jaegers.  A juvenile was
seen regularly and the adult made a single pass.  About 7:00 AM, I spotted a
very small, dark-backed gull swimming at the outside edge of the gull flock.
When a duck hunter shot in Allouez bay, many of the birds flushed included
that one.  It was quickly joined by two more birds and I was able to get a
nice look at the distinctive wing coloration of juvenile Sabine's Gulls as
they flew off toward Duluth.

Since it was turning warm and sunny, my attention switched to dragonflies
around 9:30 AM so I am not sure what the rest of the day brought.

Good luck to everyone venturing that way this week!!

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
www.PBase.com/DEJackson


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Subject: Re: Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:45:07 -0500
Thanks for the great report, Dan -- a preview for folks heading up to 
Superior this week.  That's certainly encouraging news, and the predicted 
cold fronts later in the week should help with jaeger activity (and Sabine's 
Gull, and other birds of interest... ).

Daryl Tessen has said he'd likely call me this evening with a Wisconsin 
Point update from today.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Dan Jackson
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2016 8:20 AM
To: WisBirdN
Subject: [wisb] Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point

Since I can't go to Superior next weekend, I went up for last couple of 
days.  The highlights were at least 4 Parasitic Jaegers (at least 3 
juveniles and 1 light-morph adult) and 3 Sabine's Gulls (as well as some 
interesting dragonflies).

On Saturday, there was a pretty steady movement of juvenile Parasitic 
Jaegers from 7:00 AM until about 10:00 AM with up to 3 seen at one time. 
Chris Wood reported a single Sabine's Gull and a Red-throated Loon from Gull 
Bluff.  A few raptors were seen and only 1 shorebird was reported.  While I 
was there, we had an adult Lesser Black-backed and a few Bonaparte's Gulls. 
I was told that a first year Lesser Black-backed Gull showed up later.

A special treat for me was a group of Ruffed Grouse eating apples at the 
Amnicon Falls campground.  1 walked past my campsite and it was soon joined 
by two more as well as a Snowshoe Hare and a couple Cottontail Rabbits under 
an apple tree in a small clearing in the middle of the campground.  The 
grouse chased each other around and the Hare and Rabbits did as well.  The 
birds flew up into the tree and pecked at fruit on the ground.

On Sunday, I saw at least 2 different Parasitic Jaegers.  A juvenile was 
seen regularly and the adult made a single pass.  About 7:00 AM, I spotted a 
very small, dark-backed gull swimming at the outside edge of the gull flock. 
When a duck hunter shot in Allouez bay, many of the birds flushed included 
that one.  It was quickly joined by two more birds and I was able to get a 
nice look at the distinctive wing coloration of juvenile Sabine's Gulls as 
they flew off toward Duluth.

Since it was turning warm and sunny, my attention switched to dragonflies 
around 9:30 AM so I am not sure what the rest of the day brought.

Good luck to everyone venturing that way this week!!

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
www.PBase.com/DEJackson


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Subject: Re: Mississippi Kite nesting - Janesville
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:27:57 -0400
It was inevitable that they would eventually nest in Wisconsin, considering
they'd been nesting in northern Illinois (Rockford area) for a couple of
years. Very cool!
Bernie Sloan

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016 at 1:04 PM, Scott Weberpal 
wrote:

> With the announcement last week from the WBBA II team, I just wanted to
> pass along a blog write-up and some more images from the Mississippi Kite
> nesting observations.  The blog entry can be found here:
> http://scottweberpal.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/first-
> confirmed-mississippi-kite-nesting-in-wisconsin
>
> I also put together a short video with a few clips I took along the way:
>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM3lFxrv6iY
>
> Good birding,
>
> Scott Weberpal
> Whitewater
> Walworth County
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Subject: Possible Kirkland's Warbler - Fox Point
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:32:43 -0500
Just had a warbler, thought it was a Magnolia, but noticed that its chest was 
speckled rather than streaked. Tiny dark pin-prick like speckles across it’s 
chest. It had two distinct wing bars, dark head and back, didn’t notice any 
streaks along it’s side. It didn’t stick around long - I’m trying to 
relocate it, well, actually just hoping it comes back to my water feature. What 
really stood out was the very noticeable speckles across its chest, which I 
haven’t seen on any warblers in the past. I’m not finding instances of 
Magnolias with that kind of marking as I look at internet photos. These were 
definitely not faint streaks or broken streaks of any kind. Others I am looking 
include the Cape May, but this warbler had a dark head, including cheeks and 
face, with a yellow chin/throat and overall darker - slate/blue above; 
Yellow-Rumped, but had completely yellow chin/throat and chest with no 
streaking on chest or noticeable streaking on sides; Canada, but had no 

 necklace at all and two distinct wing bars. I’ve looked through 3 books and 
online and haven’t found anything else that looks like this. if there are 
other warblers that exhibit these tiny speckles on the chest, please let me 
know. 


Thanks

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Mississippi Kite nesting - Janesville
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:04:10 -0500
With the announcement last week from the WBBA II team, I just wanted to
pass along a blog write-up and some more images from the Mississippi Kite
nesting observations.  The blog entry can be found here:

http://scottweberpal.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/first-confirmed-mississippi-kite-nesting-in-wisconsin 


I also put together a short video with a few clips I took along the way:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM3lFxrv6iY

Good birding,

Scott Weberpal
Whitewater
Walworth County


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Subject: Jaegerfest Teaser - Weekend Sightings From Wisconsin Point
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson AT LBWhite.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:20:24 +0000
Since I can't go to Superior next weekend, I went up for last couple of days. 
The highlights were at least 4 Parasitic Jaegers (at least 3 juveniles and 1 
light-morph adult) and 3 Sabine's Gulls (as well as some interesting 
dragonflies). 


On Saturday, there was a pretty steady movement of juvenile Parasitic Jaegers 
from 7:00 AM until about 10:00 AM with up to 3 seen at one time. Chris Wood 
reported a single Sabine's Gull and a Red-throated Loon from Gull Bluff. A few 
raptors were seen and only 1 shorebird was reported. While I was there, we had 
an adult Lesser Black-backed and a few Bonaparte's Gulls. I was told that a 
first year Lesser Black-backed Gull showed up later. 


A special treat for me was a group of Ruffed Grouse eating apples at the 
Amnicon Falls campground. 1 walked past my campsite and it was soon joined by 
two more as well as a Snowshoe Hare and a couple Cottontail Rabbits under an 
apple tree in a small clearing in the middle of the campground. The grouse 
chased each other around and the Hare and Rabbits did as well. The birds flew 
up into the tree and pecked at fruit on the ground. 


On Sunday, I saw at least 2 different Parasitic Jaegers. A juvenile was seen 
regularly and the adult made a single pass. About 7:00 AM, I spotted a very 
small, dark-backed gull swimming at the outside edge of the gull flock. When a 
duck hunter shot in Allouez bay, many of the birds flushed included that one. 
It was quickly joined by two more birds and I was able to get a nice look at 
the distinctive wing coloration of juvenile Sabine's Gulls as they flew off 
toward Duluth. 


Since it was turning warm and sunny, my attention switched to dragonflies 
around 9:30 AM so I am not sure what the rest of the day brought. 


Good luck to everyone venturing that way this week!!

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
www.PBase.com/DEJackson


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Subject: (No sightings) Bird Art Shows
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:06:41 -0500
Two great bird art shows in addition to "Birds in Art" in Wausau.  Both are
at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh.  The first is Audubon's Birds of
America and other is Sculptures by Gary J. Eigenberger of Oshkosh.  1st
edition large format prints from John James Audubon's iconic and beloved
"Birds of America" are fantastic!  The carved bird sculptures by
Eigenberger are amazing!
The museum and gardens are worth the trip!  Save time for both.

The two shows are up through October 16th.  The Paine Art Center is located
at
1410 Algoma Blvd.  Hours are Tues. through Sat. from 11AM to 4PM.

Consult the website for admission rates (thepaine.org).

-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: Nelson's Sparrow YES lake park MKE, just north of rugby field at rocky opening Now
From: Bill Grossmeyer <bill.grossmeyer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:40:52 -0500
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Subject: Jaegerfest preparations -- in case of wet weather
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:08:44 -0500
Anyone planning to attend WSO’s Jaegerfest field trip on Wisconsin Point 
(Superior) this coming weekend should be aware of the potential for rain. 
Although the extended forecast is notorious for its degree of imprecision, the 
current one is calling for moderate NE winds and some periods of rainfall. It 
has been a few years since we had to deal with rain up there, so I thought it 
might be helpful to mention a few suggestions. 

Although most people will not likely be birding during moderate to heavy 
rainfalls (or storms), light rain or sprinkles are usually tolerable. As you 
probably know, spotting scopes are used quite extensively during Jaegerfest, so 
it might be a good idea to think ahead about rain protection. Even though many 
scopes sold today have decent rain resistance, we have sometimes found that 
they may not be completely waterproof – especially after many hours of 
exposure to moisture. There is nothing worse than waking up to find that your 
scope has fog on the inside. 


One good solution is to pack along some heavy plastic sheeting, if you can find 
some, along with a few decent-sized rubber bands. One can then wrap the plastic 
over the top of the scope – usually extending it out over the front objective 
lens a few inches for added protection. This is where the weight of the plastic 
can be important, so it remains stiff enough to stay out of the way. 


You may want to experiment with this at home, just to see what you might need 
to make this work. The biggest challenge is often securing the plastic sheeting 
over the scope in a manner that still allows you to reach the focus wheel. 


Another consideration is making sure you have a drying rag (or three). These 
will come in handy for wiping off wet lenses or optics. 


Obviously, you’ll want to pack a rainsuit (jacket and pants), and tall rubber 
boots will also come in handy. High temperatures for Jaegerfest are currently 
projected for the low 60s and mid to upper 50s, with early morning temps in the 
low 40s – so be prepared for cool or cold temperatures. A winter parka may 
not be a bad idea to have along. 


Remember, however, that even though winds and rain can make birding 
uncomfortable, a strong north or northeast wind can sometimes produce increased 
waterbird activity – and at times cause rare birds to be on the move! 


Further comments or suggestions are welcome.

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.
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Subject: Sabine's Gull at Lake Wissota (Chippewa Co.) today
From: Janine <jlp228 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 14:07:39 -0500
An immature Sabine's Gull was seen far out over Lake Wissota today, as
viewed from the bluff observation spot in Lake Wissota State Park.  This is
probably the same bird that was at Lake Altoona yesterday evening, last
seen headed in the general direction of Lake Wissota.
Janine Polk
Eau Claire


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Subject: Sabine's Gull at Lake Altoona (Eau Claire Co)
From: A Geraghty <ageraghty83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:23:17 -0500
Janine Polk spotted a small dark gull on Lake Altoona which we were able to
identify as a juvenile Sabine's gull once it took flight.  It was last seen
heading ENE at dusk, so perhaps it will overnight here in the Chippewa
Valley, possibly on Lake Wissota.
Anne Geraghty
Eau Claire


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Subject: Common Nighthawks - Outagamie
From: "Judy s." <cherryjamcookies AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 21:37:49 -0500
We saw a nice flyover of a flock of 20 Common Nighthawks early this
evening over Doyle Park in Little Chute.

Judy Stouffer
Outagamie County
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Subject: Nelson's Sparrow - Milwaukee
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:40:55 -0500
Good evening, I was on my way to Sheridan/Warnimont Parks, when I saw Jym's
post about the sparrows this morning. I called him and got a more precise
location, and decided to give it a try. I relocated both of them on the
algae mat, on the rocks, at the south end of the rugby field across from
Lake Park. I spent a couple of hours trying to get some good looks and
finally decided to sit and wait. I waited for about 45 minutes and sure
enough, they both finally popped out and were working the algae mat like
shorebirds. They were no more than 15-20' from me. I just sat there with my
camera, dressed in full camo, as they walked right passed me. It was very
exciting to be so close, without disturbing them. Thank you Jym, they are
one of my favorite sparrows! I have a few images at the link below.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Re: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co. and Milwaukee
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 13:41:59 -0500
I found a pair of Nelson's Sparrows this morning along the rocky lakefront 
by the rugby field in Lake Park in Milwaukee.  Very skulky, and they 
ultimately disappeared into a denser section of the trees and shrubbery.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee


-----Original Message----- 
From: Steve Thiessen
Sent: Saturday, September 17, 2016 11:40 AM
To: wisb
Subject: [wisb] Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.



I had thought I had seen one, at Lake Barney, last Wednesday, but was sure. 
I saw one today,in the same area. Got nice looks. The good areas last year 
,not so good this year. Walking can be tough if you explore. Also seen, was 
a possible Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Segde and 2 Marsh Wrens and 3 Bobolinks. 2 
Palm and a bunch of Common Yellowthroat Warblers.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton, Dane co.


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, September, 15, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:56:55 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, September 15, 2016
65 degrees
Mostly sunny
18 birders

Total Species:  37

6 Mallard
2 Great Blue Heron
2 Cooper’s Hawk
30 Rock Pigeon
3 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker
8 Northern Flicker
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Red-eyed Vireo
12 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
14 Black-capped Chickadee
3 Red-breasted Nuthatch
5 White-breasted Nuthatch

5 Swainson’s Thrush
3 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Magnolia Warbler
1 Bay-breasted Warbler
3 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Palm Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow

1 White-throated Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting
1 Baltimore Oriole
20 House Finch
30 American Goldfinch
5 House Sparrow

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Subject: Nelson's sparrow, Dane co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:40:17 -0500

 I had thought I had seen one, at Lake Barney, last Wednesday, but was sure. I 
saw one today,in the same area. Got nice looks. The good areas last year ,not 
so good this year. Walking can be tough if you explore. Also seen, was a 
possible Grasshopper Sparrow, 2 Segde and 2 Marsh Wrens and 3 Bobolinks. 2 Palm 
and a bunch of Common Yellowthroat Warblers. 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton, Dane co.
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Subject: SNOW GOOSE - Dousman (Waukesha Cty)
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:20:37 -0500
I was in the Dousman area (Waukesha Cty) this evening and came across a
flock of Canada Geese that included a single SNOW GOOSE. Also one Canada
had a neck band so it will be fun to see where it came from.
Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
Waukesha County
WBBA II Coordinator
Ben Goss Bird Club


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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage and more, Wauk. Co 9/16/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 21:03:10 -0500
Hi all,
We still have Ruby-throated Hummingbirds hanging around the yard here in
Waukesha County. The hummers have favored the Scarlet Sage and Zinna plants
for the most part but often frequent the nectar feeders too.

Some images of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird on these plants at this link
if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-scarlet-sage-waukesha-county-wisconsin-september-16-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co


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Subject: Re: Sparrow ID Question
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:25:34 -0500
Ok, thanks for your comments. Seems apparent from the responses that this is, 
indeed, a song sparrow. I'm glad I asked! Thanks everyone for responding so 
quickly! Happy to hear more comments/ID points for this too. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Sep 16, 2016, at 8:21 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:
> 
> Hi Chris-
> I'm also going with Song Sparrow. Most of the id points are subtle, but my 
thought is that the tail is too long for Swamp Sparrow, the bill is too large 
(really apparent when I make the photo full screen), the background color on 
the breast is quite white (should be buffier for Swamp Sparrow), and the 
lateral throat stripes seem too wide for Swamp Sparrow. Even more subtle is my 
general impression that the bird is too large, but of course I have no evidence 
to support that impression since there is nothing nearby to judge size- it's 
just my impression. 

> Song Sparrows are quite variable, and my first edition of Sibley (happens to 
be closest to where I sit) shows the tail of the Song Sparrow to be just as red 
as the tail of Swamp Sparrow. His eastern Song Sparrow illustration shows buff 
on the flanks and undertail coverts, malar, and a touch on the rear of the 
cheek and supraloral, pretty much like your photos. 

> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Chris Petherick 

> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 7:27 PM
> To: Aaron Balogh
> Cc: Wisconsin Bird List Wisconsin Bird List
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Sparrow ID Question
> 
> OK, so you think too streaky even for a juvenile swamp sparrow. I was looking 
at the buff coloration of the head, sides and below tail. Also, the fairly red 
tail feathers had me thinking swamp. here’s another 
photo...https://flic.kr/p/M8a1WG  I couldn’t 
find any comments on tail length in the guides I have, but this has what seems 
to be a pretty long tail, but both Song and Swamp have longer tails (from the 
pictures) from the guide book I am looking at. 

> Thanks for your comments/thoughts!
> 
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> 
>> On Sep 16, 2016, at 7:02 PM, Aaron Balogh  wrote:
>> 
>> Hey Chris,
>> 
>> I think you were right with Song Sparrow. This bird is far too streaky for a 
swamp. 

>> 
>> 
>> -Aaron Balogh
>> Manhattan, KS (Madison, WI, soon)
>> 
>> On Friday, September 16, 2016, Chris Petherick > wrote: 

>> Hello - I came across this sparrow at Lion’s Den in Ozaukee County 
yesterday. At first I assumed it was a song sparrow, but upon further 
inspection I believe it’s a juvenile Swamp Sparrow. Any thoughts would 
be appreciated! https://flic.kr/p/MhWkk4  
> There are two photos of 
it there. 

>> I also had a decent day of photographing a few warblers. I had a Northern 
Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-Breasted, Magnolia, Nashville and Wilson’s all 
coming to my water feature today, along with a red-eyed vireo, tons of Blue 
Jays, chickadees and cardinals. I was able to get some decent shots of the 
Bay-Breasted and Blackpoll for comparison purposes, too. Hahaha, if I have them 
mislabeled, please let me know ! here is a link to those photos if you feel 
like taking a look… https://flic.kr/p/MhVu3X  
> 

>> 
>> Thanks!
>> 
>> Chris Petherick
>> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
>> 
>> 
>> 
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Subject: Re: Sparrow ID Question
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:21:36 -0500
Hi Chris-
I'm also going with Song Sparrow. Most of the id points are subtle, but my 
thought is that the tail is too long for Swamp Sparrow, the bill is too large 
(really apparent when I make the photo full screen), the background color on 
the breast is quite white (should be buffier for Swamp Sparrow), and the 
lateral throat stripes seem too wide for Swamp Sparrow. Even more subtle is my 
general impression that the bird is too large, but of course I have no evidence 
to support that impression since there is nothing nearby to judge size- it's 
just my impression. 

Song Sparrows are quite variable, and my first edition of Sibley (happens to be 
closest to where I sit) shows the tail of the Song Sparrow to be just as red as 
the tail of Swamp Sparrow. His eastern Song Sparrow illustration shows buff on 
the flanks and undertail coverts, malar, and a touch on the rear of the cheek 
and supraloral, pretty much like your photos. 

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Chris Petherick 

Sent: Friday, September 16, 2016 7:27 PM
To: Aaron Balogh
Cc: Wisconsin Bird List Wisconsin Bird List
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sparrow ID Question

OK, so you think too streaky even for a juvenile swamp sparrow. I was looking 
at the buff coloration of the head, sides and below tail. Also, the fairly red 
tail feathers had me thinking swamp. here’s another 
photo...https://flic.kr/p/M8a1WG  I couldn’t 
find any comments on tail length in the guides I have, but this has what seems 
to be a pretty long tail, but both Song and Swamp have longer tails (from the 
pictures) from the guide book I am looking at. 

Thanks for your comments/thoughts!

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Sep 16, 2016, at 7:02 PM, Aaron Balogh  wrote:
> 
> Hey Chris,
> 
> I think you were right with Song Sparrow. This bird is far too streaky for a 
swamp. 

> 
> 
> -Aaron Balogh
> Manhattan, KS (Madison, WI, soon)
> 
> On Friday, September 16, 2016, Chris Petherick > wrote: 

> Hello - I came across this sparrow at Lion’s Den in Ozaukee County 
yesterday. At first I assumed it was a song sparrow, but upon further 
inspection I believe it’s a juvenile Swamp Sparrow. Any thoughts would 
be appreciated! https://flic.kr/p/MhWkk4  
> There are two photos of 
it there. 

> I also had a decent day of photographing a few warblers. I had a Northern 
Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-Breasted, Magnolia, Nashville and Wilson’s all 
coming to my water feature today, along with a red-eyed vireo, tons of Blue 
Jays, chickadees and cardinals. I was able to get some decent shots of the 
Bay-Breasted and Blackpoll for comparison purposes, too. Hahaha, if I have them 
mislabeled, please let me know ! here is a link to those photos if you feel 
like taking a look… https://flic.kr/p/MhVu3X  
> 

> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Sparrow ID Question
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:27:01 -0500
OK, so you think too streaky even for a juvenile swamp sparrow. I was looking 
at the buff coloration of the head, sides and below tail. Also, the fairly red 
tail feathers had me thinking swamp. here’s another 
photo...https://flic.kr/p/M8a1WG  I couldn’t find 
any comments on tail length in the guides I have, but this has what seems to be 
a pretty long tail, but both Song and Swamp have longer tails (from the 
pictures) from the guide book I am looking at. 

Thanks for your comments/thoughts!

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Sep 16, 2016, at 7:02 PM, Aaron Balogh  wrote:
> 
> Hey Chris,
> 
> I think you were right with Song Sparrow. This bird is far too streaky for a 
swamp. 

> 
> 
> -Aaron Balogh
> Manhattan, KS (Madison, WI, soon)
> 
> On Friday, September 16, 2016, Chris Petherick > wrote: 

> Hello - I came across this sparrow at Lion’s Den in Ozaukee County 
yesterday. At first I assumed it was a song sparrow, but upon further 
inspection I believe it’s a juvenile Swamp Sparrow. Any thoughts would be 
appreciated! https://flic.kr/p/MhWkk4  
> There are two photos of 
it there. 

> I also had a decent day of photographing a few warblers. I had a Northern 
Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-Breasted, Magnolia, Nashville and Wilson’s all coming 
to my water feature today, along with a red-eyed vireo, tons of Blue Jays, 
chickadees and cardinals. I was able to get some decent shots of the 
Bay-Breasted and Blackpoll for comparison purposes, too. Hahaha, if I have them 
mislabeled, please let me know ! here is a link to those photos if you feel 
like taking a look… https://flic.kr/p/MhVu3X  
> 

> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> 
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Subject: Re: Sparrow ID Question
From: Aaron Balogh <crotalus269 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 19:02:20 -0500
Hey Chris,
I think you were right with Song Sparrow.  This bird is far too streaky for
a swamp.


-Aaron Balogh
Manhattan, KS (Madison, WI, soon)

On Friday, September 16, 2016, Chris Petherick  wrote:

> Hello - I came across this sparrow at Lion’s Den in Ozaukee County
> yesterday.  At first I assumed it was a song sparrow, but upon further
> inspection I believe it’s a juvenile Swamp Sparrow.  Any thoughts would be
> appreciated!  https://flic.kr/p/MhWkk4   There
> are two photos of it there.
> I also had a decent day of photographing a few warblers.  I had a Northern
> Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-Breasted, Magnolia, Nashville and Wilson’s all
> coming to my water feature today, along with a red-eyed vireo, tons of Blue
> Jays, chickadees and cardinals.  I was able to get some decent shots of the
> Bay-Breasted and Blackpoll for comparison purposes, too.  Hahaha, if I have
> them mislabeled, please let me know !  here is a link to those photos if
> you feel like taking a look… https://flic.kr/p/MhVu3X <
> https://flic.kr/p/MhVu3X>
>
> Thanks!
>
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Sparrow ID Question
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 18:57:04 -0500
Hello - I came across this sparrow at Lion’s Den in Ozaukee County yesterday. 
At first I assumed it was a song sparrow, but upon further inspection I believe 
it’s a juvenile Swamp Sparrow. Any thoughts would be appreciated! 
https://flic.kr/p/MhWkk4  There are two photos of it 
there. 

I also had a decent day of photographing a few warblers. I had a Northern 
Parula, Blackpoll, Bay-Breasted, Magnolia, Nashville and Wilson’s all coming 
to my water feature today, along with a red-eyed vireo, tons of Blue Jays, 
chickadees and cardinals. I was able to get some decent shots of the 
Bay-Breasted and Blackpoll for comparison purposes, too. Hahaha, if I have them 
mislabeled, please let me know ! here is a link to those photos if you feel 
like taking a look… https://flic.kr/p/MhVu3X  


Thanks!

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Subject: still time to register for the WI Bird Conservation Initiative/Bird City Fall Meeting & Conference
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:38:09 -0500
Learn about the unique aspects of this fall conference at:
http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/annualmeeting2016.htm
Anyone interested in birds and birding in Wisconsin will find something of
interest at this meeting.

You can register at: http://wsobirds.org/wbci-annual-meeting-2016

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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Subject: A new nesting species for Wisconsin!
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:08:48 +0000 (UTC)
Read all about it on the bird atlas webpage and see some amazing photos by 
Scott Weberpal: 



http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/first-documented-mississippi-kite-nest-in-wisconsin/ 



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Subject: migratory birds and mercury contamination
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 11:51:28 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/09/migratory-birds-and-mercury.html

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Subject: Piping Plover lecture next Weds in MKE County
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:02:35 -0500
7:00pm next Wednesday! *9701 W College Ave, Franklin, WI 53132
*Saving the Piping Plover*

*September 21, 2016*

*Presenter:  Heather Neldner, Curator of the Aviary Milwaukee County Zoo*

The Great Lakes population of the piping plover was listed as endangered in
1986. Its decline is attributed to habitat loss and degradation due to the
encroachment of humans on its nesting environment: beaches and inland lakes
and rivers. Since 1995, when the Windway Corporation and the Milwaukee
County Zoo collaborated in a piping plover nest-rescue operation in the
Dakotas.  Heather will share how zoo staff have participated in the
development of captive husbandry protocols and designated research projects
designed to benefit wild populations of piping plovers.


-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Great White-fronted Goose Fox River City of Waukesha 9/14/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Sep 2016 18:01:52 -0500
Hi all,
I was on my way home from birding the quiet lakefront this morning in
Milwaukee when I got a text from Dan W. The text was of a Greater
White-fronted Goose that had just landed on the Fox River in downtown
Waukesha. Thanks Dan! It had just landed in with a flock of Canada Geese
coming through. When I arrived at the location in Waukesha it was in the
middle of the river hanging with Canada Geese. It remained there for about
20 minutes with the geese. Then out of the corner of my eye I saw some
geese doing some wing splashing. After that I looked for the Greater
White-fronted Goose and it was no longer present. It was a short event but
fun!

A link to a couple images from today if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/greater-white-fronted-goose-fox-river-waukesha-wisconsin-september-14-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Re: ID Help
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 07:48:02 -0500
Yes, that's what it is! I think I inquire about this every year! Thanks for the 
help everyone. 

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Sep 13, 2016, at 7:42 AM, Richter Museum  wrote:
> 
> Check out the call of a food begging squawk for a Great Horned Owl. Young 
will sometimes do this into October, then eventually get chased out of 
territories by adults. 

> 
> 
> Tom Erdman
> 
> 
>  
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
of Chris Petherick  

> Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:24 AM
> To: Wisconsin Bird List Wisconsin Bird List
> Subject: [wisb] ID Help
>  
> There is currently a bird (I think) making a really loud, one note squawk. It 
sounds like it's on or near the ground and moving around the yard quite a bit. 
I've heard it before but never thought much of it until now because it's so 
loud and right outside the window. Sounds more like a squawk than a peent. 

> 
> Any thoughts would be great!  Thanks. 
> 
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Subject: Re: ID Help
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 12:42:24 +0000
Check out the call of a food begging squawk for a Great Horned Owl. Young will 
sometimes do this into October, then eventually get chased out of territories 
by adults. 


Tom Erdman


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Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2016 12:24 AM
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Subject: [wisb] ID Help

There is currently a bird (I think) making a really loud, one note squawk. It 
sounds like it's on or near the ground and moving around the yard quite a bit. 
I've heard it before but never thought much of it until now because it's so 
loud and right outside the window. Sounds more like a squawk than a peent. 


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Subject: ID Help
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:24:17 -0500
There is currently a bird (I think) making a really loud, one note squawk. It 
sounds like it's on or near the ground and moving around the yard quite a bit. 
I've heard it before but never thought much of it until now because it's so 
loud and right outside the window. Sounds more like a squawk than a peent. 


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Subject: Swifts - Lake Geneva, Walworth County
From: Mariette Nowak <mmnowak AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2016 21:46:50 -0500
My husband and I counted swifts at the Geneva Lake Museum of History today as 
part of the Swift Night Out effort. We were thrilled to once again observe 1200 
swifts entering the chimney from about 7:25 - 7:40 pm. We observed 
approximately the same number of swifts on August 29, 2012 and Sept. 11, 2015. 


Mariette Nowak
Walworth County





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