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Chestnut-sided Warbler,©Barry Kent Mackay

23 May Big Day Story Details ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
22 May Big Day Play-by-Play ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
22 May Yellow-breasted Chat, Brillion-5/22/15 [Andrew Reimer ]
22 May Snowy Owl - Brussels. [David Freriks ]
22 May Nighthawks on White Clay Lake, Shawano Co. ["Wayne Kuhn" ]
21 May WGLBBO Water Bird Watch - End of Season [Calvin Brennan ]
21 May Arctic Tern reported at Wisconsin Point (Superior) ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 May Re: Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 May Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc [Gloria Shiraef ]
21 May Re: WSO Convention reminders ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 May WSO Convention reminders [Peter Fissel ]
21 May Little gull [Jim and Julie Hess ]
21 May Marbled Godwits - Kewaunee County [N Walton ]
21 May Big Day Results are in! ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May Sheboygan County-8 Red Knots [Nancy B. ]
20 May Forest & Vilas Counties -almost winter [Ida Baumann ]
20 May CURLEW & SCREECH ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May BT.Blue, Canada warblers at Kenosha Dunes [John Krerowicz ]
20 May CURLEW & SCREECH ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May Big Day competition rages on ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May Red Knot, yes Whimbrel yes then no in Sheboyga []
20 May Riveredge Birdathon/Bandathon results ["Carl Schwartz" ]
20 May Ridiculous day in Ashland/Bayfield: White-eyed Vireo, TWO N. Mockingbirds, Western Kingbird. ["Nick Anich" ]
19 May Myer's Park - 11 shorebirds - photos 5/16 [Jeremy Meyer ]
20 May Lake Maria, NKMSF, Horicon Marsh today [Peter Fissel ]
19 May Re: Western Kingbird - Ashland County [Ryan Brady ]
19 May Long Walk for Birds 2015 update [William Mueller ]
19 May Sheboygan County, City of Sheboygan-no Whimbrel-2 RED KNOTS! [Nancy B. ]
20 May Big Day competition begins at midnight! ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
19 May Re: RFI (no sightings) North Unit Kettle Moraine [Alan & Joan Linquist ]
19 May Grant Park Sunday walk(s) SE Milwaukee Co. [Betsy Abert ]
19 May Western Kingbird - Ashland County [Ryan Brady ]
19 May Whimbrel and others in Sheboygan County ["Tom Wood" ]
19 May Door County Bird Walks this last weekend [Bill Krouse ]
19 May Swifts & Swallows in hundreds, Lake Mills, Jefferson Co. [Karen Etter Hale ]
19 May RFI (no sightings) North Unit Kettle Moraine [Paul Senner ]
19 May Re: The Lake Superior eBirders need your support! [Ryan Brady ]
19 May Re: More Lazuli info []
19 May Red-headed Woodpecker []
18 May Correction: I believe Wilson's Warbler in the Lake Superior/Northwoods region of WI.... [Daniel Edelstein ]
18 May Correction: I believe Wilson's Warbler in the Lake Superior/Northwoods region of WI.... [Daniel Edelstein ]
18 May Black-throated Blue Warbler & Other Warbler Species: Lake Park, Milwaukee [Daniel Edelstein ]
18 May Sheboygan small gulls -- NO! LITTLE Gulls! : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
18 May Little Gulls at North Point Pk Sheboygan [Schroeder Carl ]
18 May Snowy Egret, Cattle Egrets in Fond du Lac County ["Tom Wood" ]
18 May 9 Springs ["Seegert, Greg" ]
18 May Peregrine at Kenosha hospital [John Krerowicz ]
18 May Nestbox birds -Door Co ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
18 May Nightjar Surveyors Needed: May 25 -- June 9 ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
18 May Re: Black-bellied Plovers - Bakken's Pond - Sauk Co ["Steve Thiessen" ]
18 May Bay Beach WLS, Green Bay, White-eyed Vireo [Nancy Nabak ]
18 May 9 Springs - Dane co. [Guy Williams ]
18 May Re: FDL Mayday highlights ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
18 May Black-bellied Plovers - Bakken's Pond - Sauk Co [Aaron Holschbach ]
17 May Re: Dunlin & Prothonotary Warbler - Oconomowoc ( Waukesha Cty ) [Andrea Szymczak ]
17 May Dunlin & Prothonotary Warbler - Oconomowoc ( Waukesha Cty ) [Tim Hahn ]
17 May Kentucky Warbler Green Bay WLS [Ida Baumann ]
17 May Milwaukee/Ozaukee May Count ["Korducki" ]
17 May Mud Lake W.A. (Columbia Co.) today [Peter Fissel ]
17 May Sanderling, R. Turnstone at 51/60 pond (Columbia) [Peter Fissel ]
17 May Western Tanager - Waukesha County [Sunil Gopalan ]
17 May Birdathon featured in Green Bay Press Gazette [Tom Prestby ]
17 May Lion's Den Ozaukee Cty [Robert Demge ]
17 May White-eyed and Bell's Vireos - Arena Boat Landing - Iowa Co. [Aaron Holschbach ]
17 May Racine - Myer's Park - shorebirds [Jeremy Meyer ]
17 May Warnimont Park - MKE [KAREN JOHNSON ]
16 May COMMON NIGHTHAWK - MKE [KAREN JOHNSON ]
16 May FDL Mayday highlights [Jeff Baughman ]
16 May Bay Beach Sat. Walks 95 species 24 warblers [Ida Baumann ]
16 May Snowy owl Grant county [Pat Brust ]
17 May Riveredge Nature Center, Ozaukee County [Alan & Joan Linquist ]
16 May Memorial Day Weekend Birding [Paul Noeldner ]
16 May Re: Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh (correction) [John K ]
16 May Re: Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh (correction) ["Tom Wood" ]

Subject: Big Day Story Details
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 01:28:27 +0000
Apologies for the post that turned into gibberish earlier; hope this one works.

If you missed all the tweeting and posting from the Big Day competition, here 
it is all Storified with photos and videos, so you can follow the play-by-play: 


https://storify.com/WisConservation/big-day-teams-competition

If the story of the teams' skill and endurance inspires you, it's not too late 
to donate to them! 


To donate to Curlew & Screech:  http://bit.ly/1Abm8gg
To donate to Cleopatra and the Stilts:  http://bit.ly/1Puz4EF

Congratulations to both teams!

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Subject: Big Day Play-by-Play
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:25:50 +0000
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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat, Brillion-5/22/15
From: Andrew Reimer <andrew.reimer21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:37:19 -0500
Walked one of my Atlas routes on the west end of Brillion State Wildlife
Area early this morning and ran across a Yellow-breasted Chat at the edge
of a willow thicket. Only the second time I have ever seen one, and first
time since moving to the Fox Valley 17 years-ago.  Complete checklist
below...
Brillion SWA, Conservation Rd., Calumet, US-WI
May 22, 2015 6:15 AM - 7:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling - Property Specific
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Light frost from night before, but sunny and warming quickly.
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sandhill Crane  X
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Sedge Wren  6
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     Individual bird sighted at close distance for
several minutes on edge of willow thicket in marsh bottomland.
Clay-colored Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  4
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  X
American Goldfinch  2

-- 
*Andrew Reimer*
*Darboy (Appleton), Calumet County*


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Subject: Snowy Owl - Brussels.
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:52:06 -0500
Mark Mueller just messaged me that he found a Snowy Owl sitting on a sign
pole on Hwy 57 near Brussels Wi. Photo on Birding Wisconsin Facebook.
Dave Freriks
West Bend.


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Subject: Nighthawks on White Clay Lake, Shawano Co.
From: "Wayne Kuhn" <waylin98 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:43:01 -0500
During a late day fishing trip on Wednesday to White Clay Lake near Shawano 
Lake fellow birder Brian Pierce and I observed 300+ Cliff Swallows flying over 
the lake as well as Caspian Terns and a pair of Ospreys. Marsh Wrens were 
singing all around us and a Common Loon floated near our boat. As we watched a 
georgeous red sunset it was apparent that a bayfly hatch was going on and we 
witness about six Common Nighthawks taking advantage of it. It really is a 
beautiful lake. 

Also, leaving the Bay Area Bird Club meeting at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Green 
Bay last night I observed two Common Nighthawks near the parking lot. 


Wayne Kuhn
Green Bay, Brown County
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Subject: WGLBBO Water Bird Watch - End of Season
From: Calvin Brennan <vermivora AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:45:38 -0300
Hi all, 
 
Today saw the end of our spring waterbird watch at Harrington Beach SP. Since 
March 1st, we surveyed on 67 days and ended up with just over 186 thousand 
birds represented by 187 species. Below is a list of the water birds that broke 
the thousand bird tally. 

 


	
	
		
			Long-tailed Duck  42,053
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Red-breasted Merganser  33,138
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Bonaparte's Gull  17,498
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Double-crested Cormorant  16,409
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Greater Scaup  12,990
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Herring Gull  9,428
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Ring-billed Gull  7,935
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Common Tern  4,992
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Caspian Tern  4,830
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Mallard  4,425
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Lesser Scaup  3,738
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Canada Goose  2,314
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Green-winged Teal  1,955
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Common Loon  1,883
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Common Goldeneye  1,786
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Redhead  1,359
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Gadwall  1,018
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			

			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Total for all species  186,266
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
	


Calvin Brennan
Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Waterbird Technician
Belgium, Ozaukee County





 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Arctic Tern reported at Wisconsin Point (Superior)
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 14:06:45 -0500
Robbye Johnson just posted a nice photo on the Wisconsin Birding Facebook page 
of an Arctic Tern that she observed with Common Terns around noon today – on 
the rocks near the lighthouse breakwall. 

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.
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Subject: Re: Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:52:10 -0500
Hi Gloria,

Yes, I would agree with your ID of this warbler as a female Bay-breasted. 
It was great that you were able to obtain photos!  I illustrated this 
species for the Peterson Series "Warblers" field guide, so I got to know 
them pretty well -- and yes, there is quite a bit of variation in the spring 
females.  Some have a very pronounce facial pattern, and others are more 
plain-faced (like this one, or even more so).  Your bird is likely a 
first-year individual, which would be approaching one year in age.

Congrats on your Summer Tanager, too!

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Gloria Shiraef
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:55 AM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in 
WI-Manitowoc

I am not 100% on the identification of this pretty little visitor,
even though it appears to have all the field marks of a female Bay-
breasted Warbler. I must have looked at close to a hundred photos in
my books and online of this species yesterday, and there seemed to be
nothing else that fits what I saw. For most purposes, it's typical of
the species/sex, but the vast majority of the photos of females that I
looked at did not have such a distinctly solid rufous 'cap', nor were
they usually as yellow unless they were nearly all yellow. I wondered
if it was a juvenile male, but by the time the juvenile male starts
getting his reddish 'cap', his black face markings are also well-
developed. Even the few females I saw that had some reddish on the
heads also had darker face markings. Anyway, perhaps this is an
unremarkable variation, I don't know, but it seemed unique enough that
I should defer to those with more experience.

Even among the different professional bird sites, there seems to be
some inconsistency about what the females are typically supposed to
look like, so that didn't help me. Could be there's just a lot of
variation?

These photo samples are fairly dreadful, I'm afraid, but probably
decent enough to work with. I'd estimate length to be roughly 5", not
as small as the tiniest warblers, at any rate. As always, I didn't
alter anything over the original photos other than cropping/sizing. I
wish she or I could have been closer!

http://bit.ly/1EZXavV

http://bit.ly/1JDG2mb

The 2nd part I wanted to mention, is to thank everyone that so kindly
responded to, and confirmed our recent sighting/photos of the male
Summer Tanager. Mr. Fissel tells me there's been numerous sightings
this year, having also some theories about why some recent regional
weather patterns could be responsible for the sudden uptick.

And then to hear of a Western Tanager being sighted, wow, this is all
pretty unusual, isn't it?

We almost never see tanagers of any kind in our yard, just a couple of
long-distance glimpses and one female at the oranges over the course
of 11 years in this location. In just one weekend (May 16-17), we had
that Summer Tanager, 3 or 4 different adult male Scarlets, and one
adult female Scarlet! All I know is that was an amazing bird weekend
for us in many ways!

I looked on ebird maps at Summer Tanager photos from what others in
Wisconsin have seen, and some were the less mature males that still
had lots of yellow. What an extraordinary plumage those juvenile males
have! Wow!

Our sighting was a nearly all red guy, and my husband and I thought it
was pretty special and lucky to have such a visitor and that he was
prepared with a camera at that moment! I was especially pleased
because it really lit a fire under him to have 'hit the jackpot',
since his birding interest had been light and occasional. Now he's
really caught the bug, so I really want to thank that tanager for
doing in 10 seconds what I've failed to do in over 10 YEARS! ;-)

Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City and County

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Subject: Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 11:55:19 -0500
I am not 100% on the identification of this pretty little visitor,  
even though it appears to have all the field marks of a female Bay- 
breasted Warbler. I must have looked at close to a hundred photos in  
my books and online of this species yesterday, and there seemed to be  
nothing else that fits what I saw. For most purposes, it's typical of  
the species/sex, but the vast majority of the photos of females that I  
looked at did not have such a distinctly solid rufous 'cap', nor were  
they usually as yellow unless they were nearly all yellow. I wondered  
if it was a juvenile male, but by the time the juvenile male starts  
getting his reddish 'cap', his black face markings are also well- 
developed. Even the few females I saw that had some reddish on the  
heads also had darker face markings. Anyway, perhaps this is an  
unremarkable variation, I don't know, but it seemed unique enough that  
I should defer to those with more experience.

Even among the different professional bird sites, there seems to be  
some inconsistency about what the females are typically supposed to  
look like, so that didn't help me. Could be there's just a lot of  
variation?

These photo samples are fairly dreadful, I'm afraid, but probably  
decent enough to work with. I'd estimate length to be roughly 5", not  
as small as the tiniest warblers, at any rate. As always, I didn't  
alter anything over the original photos other than cropping/sizing. I  
wish she or I could have been closer!

http://bit.ly/1EZXavV

http://bit.ly/1JDG2mb

The 2nd part I wanted to mention, is to thank everyone that so kindly  
responded to, and confirmed our recent sighting/photos of the male  
Summer Tanager. Mr. Fissel tells me there's been numerous sightings  
this year, having also some theories about why some recent regional  
weather patterns could be responsible for the sudden uptick.

And then to hear of a Western Tanager being sighted, wow, this is all  
pretty unusual, isn't it?

We almost never see tanagers of any kind in our yard, just a couple of  
long-distance glimpses and one female at the oranges over the course  
of 11 years in this location. In just one weekend (May 16-17), we had  
that Summer Tanager, 3 or 4 different adult male Scarlets, and one  
adult female Scarlet! All I know is that was an amazing bird weekend  
for us in many ways!

I looked on ebird maps at Summer Tanager photos from what others in  
Wisconsin have seen, and some were the less mature males that still  
had lots of yellow. What an extraordinary plumage those juvenile males  
have! Wow!

Our sighting was a nearly all red guy, and my husband and I thought it  
was pretty special and lucky to have such a visitor and that he was  
prepared with a camera at that moment! I was especially pleased  
because it really lit a fire under him to have 'hit the jackpot',  
since his birding interest had been light and occasional. Now he's  
really caught the bug, so I really want to thank that tanager for  
doing in 10 seconds what I've failed to do in over 10 YEARS! ;-)

Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City and County

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Subject: Re: WSO Convention reminders
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:27:44 -0500
Thanks, Peter -- and I would add another reminder to folks who have "Family 
Band" portable radios to bring them along (sort of like walkie-talkies). 
Jeff Baughman and I have a number of WSO radios to loan out, but not nearly 
enough to have one for every vehicle.

Note:  If you are buying your own radio, the brand we use is Motorola. 
Other brands may work for listening to our communications on Channel 11, but 
we also use a sub-code of 22, and if you don't have that function on your 
radio you won't be able to broadcast yourself.

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



-----Original Message----- 
From: Peter Fissel
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:15 AM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] WSO Convention reminders

Just a couple of reminders for those attending this weekend's WSO Convention 
in Wausau.  Remember to pack your rain gear for the Sunday/Monday field 
trips, as both days look wet (although Sunday's forecast seems to be 
improving every time I check it.)

Second, remember that traffic will be heavy on the interstates and other 
highways because of the holiday weekend, particularly Friday afternoon, and 
especially coming back on Monday.  I would urge anyone who was planning to 
come back south and east on the interstate on Monday afternoon to find an 
alternate route, as the southbound traffic on I-39/90/94 is usually backed 
up well north of Madison (occasionally as far as Wisconsin Dells - really.)


Stay safe!


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: WSO Convention reminders
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:15:04 +0000
Just a couple of reminders for those attending this weekend's WSO Convention in 
Wausau. Remember to pack your rain gear for the Sunday/Monday field trips, as 
both days look wet (although Sunday's forecast seems to be improving every time 
I check it.) 


Second, remember that traffic will be heavy on the interstates and other 
highways because of the holiday weekend, particularly Friday afternoon, and 
especially coming back on Monday. I would urge anyone who was planning to come 
back south and east on the interstate on Monday afternoon to find an alternate 
route, as the southbound traffic on I-39/90/94 is usually backed up well north 
of Madison (occasionally as far as Wisconsin Dells - really.) 



Stay safe!


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Little gull
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 09:23:53 -0500
Hi all,
I just returned from North Point where some kind birders from Racine found and 
pointed out a beautiful adult little gull. A group of us enjoyed great views of 
this bird. No Red Knots as of this time. 

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Subject: Marbled Godwits - Kewaunee County
From: N Walton <geekhawk AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:48:23 -0500
Hi everyone,
Adam Sinkula just asked me to post a message from him.  He's on HWY G east
of US 42 (Kewaunee County, south of Kewaunee).  Among the 12 shorebirds
species he found, there area 2 Marbled Godwits.

Cheers,
Nick


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Green Bay, WI
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Subject: Big Day Results are in!
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 03:16:29 +0000
Species: Curlew & Screech, 219; Cleopatra & the Stilts, 191
Funds raised: Cleopatra & the Stilts $1425; Curlew & Screech, $491

You can still donate to these teams at WIBirdathon.org.



Thanks to these awesome birders who spent an exhausting day in the field, 
allowing themselves to be shadowed, questioned, tweeted, and photographed to 
raise awareness and funds for bird conservation. That's dedication. Their 
efforts were never more needed, or more appreciated. 




Thanks also to the embedded reporters Lindsay Renick-Mayerof the Natural 
Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, and Emily Meier of Madison Audubon Society 
for allowing us to live this day vicariously through their tweets. 




Congratulations, everyone!





Diane Packett

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator

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Subject: Sheboygan County-8 Red Knots
From: Nancy B. <backnancy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 21:48:07 -0500
Tonight at around 7:45 PM-8:00pm at North Point on the rock shelf:
 

8 Red Knots

10 Dunlins

8 Ruddy Turnstones

 

Go late when all the pedestrian activity has gone away.

 

Nancy Back

Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan County 



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Subject: Forest & Vilas Counties -almost winter
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 19:33:12 -0400
I guess we missed winter so much we decided to do north woods birding on
the coldest May days in years.  We woke up Tuesday morning at Pine River
wayside to a half inch of snow on the RV. But that didn't keep the warblers
from singing. All through that cold day and the next with it 20 degrees we
counted 18 species of warblers of the 76 species we found.  EVENING
GROSBEAKS & PINE SISKINS were at the feeders in Alvin along with at least 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds swarming the nectar feeders. Had a Red Fox run
through the yards in town.  On the forest roads we had Gray Jays  & Spruce
Grouse on Sheltered Valley  Rd. Not too far east of Military Rd. East of
Three Lakes off 32.   Purple Finch were near Giant Pine Rd as well as in
Alvin.  No luck on Boreal Chickadees but found all thrushes and kinglets
and singing Winter Wrens. We had a wolf sighting and 3 black bears in
different areas of the forest. Ruffed Grouse were drumming in many areas.
Probably the most species we've ever had in two days in these counties.
Ida & Ty Baumann   Madison
Camping out up north

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Subject: CURLEW & SCREECH
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 23:32:43 +0000
Team Curlew and Screech crossed the 200-species mark with Eurasian Collared 
Dove and Redhead. They just arrived at Horicon, where they will meander about 
for the evening hours. 



The species gap will narrow as we go into the home stretch and new ones will be 
harder to find, so show your support for Curlew & Screech with a friendly tweet 
to  AT Wisconservation, a post on the Great Wisconsin Birdathon Facebook page, or 
a pledge to 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid67&uid785&role=3 




Diane Packett

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Subject: CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 23:25:33 +0000
Although they were hit hard by the lack of passerine migrants earlier in the 
day, birding picked up for Cleo and company when they reached Horicon Marsh. 
With Hudsonian Godwit, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
(okay, so that's not a bird), they were closing in on 200 species. Next, 
Cedarburg Bog brought White-throated Sparrow and a handful of other species. 



The gap will narrow as both teams pass 200 species and we go into the home 
stretch, so show your support for Cleo & the Stilts with an encouraging tweet 
to  AT MadisonAudubon, a post on the Great Wisconsin Birdathon Facebook page, or a 
pledge or donation to 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid68&uid786&role=3 




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Subject: BT.Blue, Canada warblers at Kenosha Dunes
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 16:09:43 -0500
Kenosha Dunes this morning featured a Black-throated Blue warbler, a few 
Wilson's Warblers and a sneaky Canada Warbler. 



John Krerowicz, Kenosha


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Subject: CURLEW & SCREECH
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:43:53 +0000
At 3:40 PM, Al Shea and Randy Hoffman reported 194 species in the Great 
Wisconsin Birdathon's Big Day Competition. When Al & Randy started doing Big 
Days in the '70s, it was nearly impossible to find bald eagles, bluebirds, 
Cooper's hawks, orchard orioles, trumpeter swans, whooping cranes & osprey 
nests, but they've seen (or heard) nearly all of these today. Other hot finds 
include Bell's vireo, yellow-bellied flycatcher, and Louisiana waterthrush. 



Support Team Curlew & Screech (http://bit.ly/1Abm8gg) to ensure many more bird 
conservation success stories in the years to come! 




The Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day-where the birds always win.


Diane Packett
Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator
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Subject: CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:20:05 +0000
Fifteen hours into the Great Wisconsin Birdathon's Big Day Competition, 
Cleopatra & the Stilts have reported in with 161 species! Tom Prestby, team 
captain, says "We haven't even made it to Lake Michigan yet and it's still 
anyone's game." 

Commentator Andy Paulios predicts that the competition will come down to 
Sheboygan County vs Wood County. 


Help the Stilts score bigtime for bird conservation: consider a pledge to their 
team at 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid68&uid786&role=3. 


Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day-where the birds always win.


Diane Packett
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Subject: Big Day competition rages on
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 19:27:05 +0000
Hi everyone, Curlew & Screech (Al Shea & Randy Hoffman) and Cleopatra & the 
Stilts (Tom Prestby, Cynthia Bridge, and Quentin Yoerger) are birding their 
tailfeathers off in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon's Big Day competition! At 
last count, Curlew & Screech were at 150-160 species and Cleo & company at 153. 
The day's still young, and if donations are any indication of odds, Cleo's team 
is favored by about 2:1. 

See the starting lineup here: http://ow.ly/MY4dI
Pledge at least $0.10 per species to either team for a chance to win a $250 
gift certificate to Eagle Optics or a subscription to Birdwatching magazine. 
www.wibirdathon.org. 


You can follow the rapid-fire birding by going to Twitter.com and typing in 
#BigDayWI. No account required, and it's fun! 


Diane Packett
Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator
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Subject: Red Knot, yes Whimbrel yes then no in Sheboyga
From: <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 16:51:54 +0000
One of the Red Knots was still present this morning along with a beautiful 
breeding-plumaged Black Bellied Plover. 

Bob Domagalski, who is on the Long Walk for Birds, and I watched them and other 
shorebirds on the Deland Park beach just north of the north pier. The birds 
were sometimes being disturbed by walkers and beach grooming machinery but the 
knot was still present as of 10 AM. Thanks Nancy, Red Knots are a real treat! 

Bob found a Whimbrel on the point at North Point Park. It remained on the rocks 
for over an hour until it was harassed by an aggressive Herring Gull. It then 
flew east over the lake. I don't know if this was the same bird as yesterday. 

This is normal migration time for Whimbrels.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Riveredge Birdathon/Bandathon results
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 10:29:40 -0500
2015 Riveredge Birdathon & Bandathon

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sponsored by the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club to benefit the Riveredge Nature 
Center, 

 underwrite the dues-free club's activities and support avian conservation 

A report by Carl Schwartz, program chair: 

SYNOPSIS:

We got off to a slow start with relatively few migrants. but another good year 
of teamwork on the trails and a great effort by the banding crew allowed us to 
finish the day just slightly below our long-term averages -- with 97 species 
seen or heard and 23 species banded. That was the same number banded as last 
year and just four fewer seen or heard. 


AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY:

This was our 28th annual Riveredge Birdathon/Bandathon and just the second time 
we had done this without Riveredge Bird Club founder Noel Cutright, who 
launched the club almost three decades ago and whose ability to recruit birders 
and banders for this event and to hear and identify so many species had helped 
ensure the success of this annual fundraiser. 


Last year was a rebound year after two impacted heavily by the weather. As Noel 
annually reminded us, this is the club's only fundraiser and donations fund the 
club's functions, pay a small stipend to our speakers, financially support the 
Riveredge Nature Center, and contribute to other important bird-related 
projects and activities. 


Over the event's first quarter century, we had been able to identify an average 
of 102 species during the Birdathon and band an average of 23.7 species during 
the Bandathon - all on Riveredge Nature Center's 378 acres. Totals are 
weather-dependent and also can vary with the number of experienced birders we 
can assemble. (That's why I continue to encourage an all-hands-on-deck effort.) 


In only 7 years have we failed to hit the century mark. After only reaching 90 
species in 2012, the 2013 tally of 80 tied 1998 for our all-time low. But 2014 
would see us get back to our normal range with 101 species. 


The May 9 weather - about 49 degrees when we started the day at 4 a.m. and 
reaching the low 60s -- was really pretty normal for the day and very much like 
last year. When I arrived at 4:15 a.m. in the center's west parking lot, Dani 
Baumann and Dee Freeman had been on hand since just before 4 (just like last 
year, too) and already had heard a Barred Owl. A robin and a cardinal were also 
early risers, but we failed to call in an Eastern Screech Owl, although we did 
hear one in the main parking lot 20 minutes later. 


A peenting American Woodcock in the field to the east of the nature center was 
heard at 4:35 a.m., followed by Tree Swallows, a Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged 
Blackbird and Field and Song Sparrows. A quacking Mallard would get us to 10 
species in the first hour. We felt like we were off to a slower start than in 
some years, and a later check of the records showed that we had indeed recorded 
15 species by 5 a.m. in 2014. Things would pick up in the next half hour before 
dawn, and the three of us took turns recognizing and calling out the day's next 
new singers after adjourning to the nature center's back porch and then later 
walking out as far as the ephemeral pond. 


By 6 a.m., we had reached 37 species, down from 44 last year, but about even 
with the 38 tallied on a much less hospitable morning in 2013. We would remark 
then -- and again and again throughout the day -- about the scarcity of 
migrants, although we would find single individuals of a representative number 
of species. 


This is a good point to share Al Sherkow and Debbie Hartman's Bandathon report. 
They found a similar pattern, banding the same number of species as last year, 
but over many more hours and with far fewer total individuals (48 this year 
versus 72 in 2014). Al writes: 


"It was an unusual day. The second bird of the day was a Cape May Warbler; only 
the second one banded during 28 bandathons. The next net run brought in two 
birds, and two new species: Wilson's Warbler and Western Palm Warbler (a 
subspecies). Typically we expect the most activity early in the morning before 
9 a.m. At that point we had only 7 birds of 5 species. By 11 a.m., our totals 
reached 15 birds of 11 species. 


"Fortunately we kept at it. The birds were interesting, as you can see in the 
list below and we were enjoying the day. The sun came out briefly and at 1:30 
in the afternoon we extracted 18 birds of 9 species (including 4 new warbler 
species). Of those 18 birds, 12 were in a single net. 


"We finished the day with 11 warbler species banded. This year there were no 
recaptured birds, and this was the first year when we did not capture a single 
sparrow of any species. 


"Banding along the river (instead of up near the nature center as in recent 
years) we had fewer visitors but we were still able to discuss bird banding and 
the birds with them. Many children and a few adults released birds after 
banding. 


"Many thanks to our team this year: Vicky Piaskowski, Joan Sommer, Lora Loke, 
Mary Holleback, Jacquie Branchford, and Dr. Jacquie Augustine (all the way from 
Ohio State University where she was just awarded tenure)." 


Meanwhile, the birdathon volunteer ranks swelled with the arrival by 6 a.m. of 
Bob Benning, Sue Holcomb, Marilyn Bontly, Kathy Gallick, Dwight Sargent, 
Christy Jost and Bob Raffel. The 10 of us would head out for "Mayhew Woods," 
the Riveredge property north of the Milwaukee River near the Wellspring organic 
farm. Kate Redmond would show up separately to work the south side of the river 
and would be joined in late morning by John O'Donnell leading the "Wizards of 
Oz," a Natural Resources Foundation birding blitz fund-raising tour of Ozaukee 
County. 


Longtime Wisconsin Society of Ornithology members and Oshkosh residents Bettie 
Harriman and Anita Carpenter came down to spend the morning along the south 
side of the river, and added several key species, including Wood Duck, 
Yellow-throated Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Veery, Tennessee Warbler and 
Black-throated Blue Warbler. 


The northern route - as usual -- yielded good birds, including a number of 
warblers, Great Blue and Green Heron and three raptors. We would wind up the 
day with 21 warbler species, up from 19 last year. 


But the lesson for the day was teamwork: many birders in many places. So as the 
day rolled along, the banders would pursue a mob of crows to see the Great 
Horned Owl they were after, and Joan would record Pine Siskins near "The 
Mushroom" banding site. Bob and Christi would find Solitary Sandpipers on the 
river later in the day, while our other Bob (Benning) would watch the nectar 
feeder long enough to record a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. 


 Kate would be in the right place to see two Sharp-shinned Hawks, and John 
would add Cape May and Wilson's Warblers, as well as Cedar Waxwing - all near 
that cedar stand along the river. 


One final note: Almost as intriguing as what you see on a birdathon is what you 
DON'T see. The list below shows in bold 11 species recorded this year but not 
last. But 15 other species seen last year were not recorded this year: 
Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, 
Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed 
Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Hermit Thrush, Clay-colored Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, 
Swamp Sparrow, Bobolink and Yellow-headed Blackbird. 


Thanks to everyone who helped find the birds, as well as those who supported 
this effort. And it's still not too late to contribute! Donations made out to 
the NOEL J. CUTRIGHT BIRD CLUB can be sent to the bird club in care of: Carl 
Schwartz, 7239 N. Barnett Lane, Fox Point, WI 53217 


Bird Species Observed (97) and Banded # (23)
 on Saturday May 9, 2015 on Riveredge Nature Center property


11 species not recorded in 2014 are in bold; see narrative for 15 species 
recorded in 2014 but missed in 2015 







Canada Goose 
Wood Duck 
Mallard 
Wild Turkey 
Great Blue Heron 
Green Heron 
Turkey Vulture 
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Sandhill Crane 
Killdeer 
Spotted Sandpiper 
Solitary Sandpiper
American Woodcock 
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 
Mourning Dove 
Eastern Screech-Owl 
Great Horned Owl 
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  # 
Downy Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker 
Pileated Woodpecker 
Least Flycatcher 
Eastern Phoebe  #
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo 
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
N. Rough-winged Swallow 
Tree Swallow  #
Barn Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee   # 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
White-breasted Nuthatch   
Brown Creeper
House Wren   #
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Eastern Bluebird 
Veery 
Gray-cheeked Thrush 
Swainson's Thrush  #
Wood Thrush 
American Robin   
Gray Catbird   #
Brown Thrasher   
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
Ovenbird  #
Northern Waterthrush   
Blue-winged Warbler 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Tennessee Warbler   
Orange-crowned Warbler  #
Nashville Warbler  #

Common Yellowthroat   
American Redstart 
Cape May Warbler #
Northern Parula   #
Magnolia Warbler #
Bay-breasted Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler 
Yellow Warbler #
Chestnut-sided Warbler # 
Black-throated Blue Warb.
Palm Warbler  #
Yellow-rumped Warbler  #
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Wilson's Warbler  #
Eastern Towhee 

Carl Schwartz
Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Ridiculous day in Ashland/Bayfield: White-eyed Vireo, TWO N. Mockingbirds, Western Kingbird.
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 03:39:14 +0000 (UTC)
I had a ridiculously good day of birding in Ashland/Bayfield Counties today 
highlighted by a WHITE-EYED VIREO, two different NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS, and a 
WESTERN KINGBIRD found by my wife Paula. 


I was headed out to Stockton Island for a NPS Bioblitz. Before I left the 
mainland, the first Northern Mockingbird was at the Roy's Point Marina sign on 
Hwy 13 between Bayfield and Red Cliff (Bayfield County). 

http://www.pbase.com/image/160122873 

On Stockton Island (Ashland County), in spruces just northeast of the main 
station, I was shocked to encounter the White-eyed Vireo. Last seen working the 
shore southwest of the main station. This is the first area record for the 
Chequamegon Bay region, and as far as I can tell, northern Wisconsin(?). 

http://www.pbase.com/nanich/image/160122875 

Later on Stockton, right at the main station, a second N. Mockingbird flew in 
for a brief visit. 


And then I got off the island to find, as Ryan has already posted, my wife 
Paula found a Western Kingbird south of Ashland (Ashland County). I believe 
this is a first Ashland County record. Ryan Brady photo: 
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160122996 

Location: http://binged.it/1HsYrm8 
It was still around this evening, a bit further west than that point but still 
working the fences in the same field. 


Gotta love mid-May up here! 

Nick Anich 
Ashland
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Subject: Myer's Park - 11 shorebirds - photos 5/16
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:13:01 -0500
Good evening, I finally had a chance to go through all the pictures I took
on Saturday (2300), at Myer's Park, in Racine.  That day was amazing,
with 100+ birds, being so close to me. They were feeding, bathing,
preening, chest bumping, playing and occasionally, they would poke each
other with their beaks.  It really fun to watch.  The only downfall to it,
was the fog.  I tried to find a long-billed in the group of 60+
Short-billed Dowitchers, but I couldn't, at least in any of my pictures.
In case you didn't see the original post from Saturday, there were 60+
Short-billed Dowitchers, 20+ Dunlins, 10 Least Sandpipers, 5
Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 1
White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Baird's Sandpiper 1 Semipalmated Plover, 2
Killdeer, and 1 Marbled Godwit.  I didn't get to see the godwit, it flew
before I got there and never came back.  I have photos to share with you,
if you're interested, at the link below.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Lake Maria, NKMSF, Horicon Marsh today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 03:05:25 +0000
I had to go up to Oshkosh today, so stopped at Lake Maria in Green Lake Co. on 
the way up. I didn't find the Eared Grebe that had been reported - in fact, I 
only saw one Pied-billed Grebe. There were quite a few Am. White Pelicans and 
several DC Cormorants, along with tons of Ruddy Ducks. 


In Oshkosh, I went down to look for Common Terns on Lake Winnebago, and saw at 
least three offshore behind the water treatment plant. There was a single 
Bonaparte's Gull loafing with the Herrings and Ring-bills on the beach at 
Menominee Park. 



I checked Lone Elm Rd. (Winnebago/Fond du Lac County Line) and Ridge Rd., which 
is the east frontage road for Hwy 41, but didn't find any Cattle Egrets. 



In the No. Kettle Moraine St. Forest, I birded Haushalter Lane, which goes 
north off of County SS just west of where SS turns south to Haskell Noyes Woods 
(just barely in Fond du Lac County.) I hit a nice pocket of warblers at the top 
of one of the hills. A singing Hooded Warbler eventually gave me a nice look, 
as did two Bay-breasteds and a Blackpoll. There were multiple Tennessees 
singing, and an elusive one that was either a Redstart or a Chestnut-sided 
(probably the former.) A Red-eyed Vireo gave me pause by singing what sounded 
for all the world like a Blue-headed's song, until I actually spotted it 
singing. It did switch to a more usual, raspier Red-eyed song after that. 



At the end of the road, there were lots of Veerys calling and one singing - I 
saw two or three lurking in the shrubbery. A Nashville Warbler was quite vocal 
and probably on territory. Heard and then saw a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher right 
by the parking lot. Blue-wings were also probably on territory, and doing the 
alternate song more than the "bee-buzz." Twice, I thought I heard a fragment of 
a White-eyed Vireo's song, but I was never sure. I walked out the trail to the 
north and went left as far as the bridge, where I saw four Crows harassing a 
Red-shouldered Hawk to the north. Also finally saw a Chestnut-sided Warbler. 



As I came back south, I was almost to SS when I heard a rolling song. I stopped 
to listen for a while, and finally decided it had to be a Mourning Warbler, 
given the habitat (fairly moist and shrubby.) It lacked the final "whew" they 
usually have in each phrase - really more like a Kentucky's song. But I heard 
another Mourning farther off seeming to answer it with a more normal song. 



Horicon Marsh was really dead - almost no shorebirds except for a pair of BN 
Stilts on the last pond on the Auto Loop. Really not a lot else. 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird - Ashland County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:25:38 -0600
Here are a couple docs shots of the kingbird.

http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160122999
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160122996



Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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> From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: Western Kingbird - Ashland County
> Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 15:49:24 -0600
>
> Paula Anich found a Western Kingbird south of Sanborn and Marengo in Ashland 
County this morning and it was still present as of 4pm. Here's the exact 
location of the bird - it never moved more than 30 yards the whole time I 
watched it. 

>
> http://binged.it/1HsYrm8
>
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
> http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Long Walk for Birds 2015 update
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:49:52 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/05/long-walk-for-birds-2015-update.html

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
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Subject: Sheboygan County, City of Sheboygan-no Whimbrel-2 RED KNOTS!
From: Nancy B. <backnancy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:46:20 -0500
On a whim (pun intended) my son Kevin & I drove down to the Lake Michigan
shore at around 7:00pm on the chance that the Whimbrel that Tom Woods
reported earlier today might still be there. There was still pretty good
light so we took the 10 min drive to the lake. We did not find the Whimbrel
but at the North Side Beach along Lakeshore Drive we found two Red Knots- a
life bird for both of us! Positive ID.
 

We watched them for quite a while, then after they took flight and landed on
the beach next to the northern most jetty just south of North Point we got
even closer looks until almost 8 pm when we were treated to an awesome red
sunset.

 

Other birds of note were a nice mixed flock of Ruddy Turnstones, Dunlins and
Semipalmated Plovers at the same jetty location. 

Thank you Tom for the posting!

 

Nancy Back

Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan County



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Subject: Big Day competition begins at midnight!
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 01:11:55 +0000
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT! At 12:01 a.m. tonight, the Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big 
Day teams Curlew & Screech (Al Shea & Randy Hoffman) and Cleopatra & the Stilts 
(Tom Prestby, Cynthia Bridge, & Quentin Yoerger) will begin their 
midnight-to-midnight competition to see who can observe the most bird 
species--or even break the state record. Follow along live on Twitter with 
hashtag ?#?BigDayWI?, 
and don't forget to pledge to your favorite team to be entered in a drawing for 
a $250 Eagle Optics gift card or BirdWatching Magazine subscription! If current 
pledges are any indication, Cleopatra & the Stilts are favored to win! Find the 
starting lineup here:  http://ow.ly/MY4dI 



Diane Packett

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator

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Subject: Re: RFI (no sightings) North Unit Kettle Moraine
From: Alan & Joan Linquist <linquists AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 23:34:30 +0000 (UTC)
You can try around the lakes: Mauthe Lake, Auburn Lake, Forest Lake, Crooked 
Lake and in that area.  Mauthe and Long Lakes get the most human visitors.  
Near Forest Lake is the Haskell Noyes Preserve.  Supposedly, its a birding 
stop although I've never birded there. Good luck. 

Alan LinquistWest Bend Washington County



     On Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:20 PM, Paul Senner  wrote:
   

 Hi All,
I will be embarking on a birdathon (as part of the Great Wisconsin
Birdathon) this upcoming Saturday and I am looking for locations to find
forest birds on my route.  I have never birded the north unit of Kettle
Moraine SP, does anyone have suggestions for hot spots to bird there??

Target birds would be Hooded and Cerulean Warblers, Acadian Flycatcher and
Red-shouldered Hawk, but any location with good access to forest interior
birds would be great!

If you have any info please back channel me at sennerp AT gmail.com.

Thank you and happy birding!

Paul Senner
Dane Co.


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Subject: Grant Park Sunday walk(s) SE Milwaukee Co.
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 17:31:10 -0500
To second the Krouse's issue, I am not certain this message will go
through, and am cc'ing it to a friend to forward, just in case.
On checking the bluebird trail at Grant this morning, we found eleven
bluebird eggs near hatch,  numerous tree swallow eggs, and too many house
sparrow nests with eggs after merely a week following their removal.
Fierce competitors!   But as for the warbler walks....

We have been walking on Sunday mornings and will do so again this weekend
at Grant and Warnimont Parks in South Milwaukee and Cudahy along the
lakefront.  The fog was of some benefit to us this week as we started with
a nice low Mourning warbler and found others generously giving our necks
and backs a break in the low cover along the bluffs.  With seventeen
warblers, Bobolink and Buntings on the dandelion seed heads, the sweet
return of the E Wood Pewee, Gnatcatchers feeding young, voices of Caspian
Terns (no visibility really to the water) and Warbling, Blue Headed, a
suspected Philadelphia and Red Eyed Vireos, we finished the morning with 52
species.

Our special Bird City at the So. Milw Mill Pond event went very well with
new birders experiencing binoculars for the first time and getting some
great birds along the Oak Leaf Parkway and the island in the Mill Pond with
Rita Wiskowski, David Flores and Jen Ambrose's leadership.  It was a
wonderful event, and our hope is that kids and adults will come to some
awareness of this amazing thing happening in our May midst along the great
flyway.

I promised us a Kentucky and Connecticut, and as they chuckled invisibly
from the branches above, I faced my humiliation with another promise:  I
will bring the donuts on Sunday.  8 a.m.  Willoway entry drive, parking lot
for areas 7,8,9.

Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee (Grant Park walks)


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Subject: Western Kingbird - Ashland County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 15:49:24 -0600
Paula Anich found a Western Kingbird south of Sanborn and Marengo in Ashland 
County this morning and it was still present as of 4pm. Here's the exact 
location of the bird - it never moved more than 30 yards the whole time I 
watched it. 


http://binged.it/1HsYrm8

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Whimbrel and others in Sheboygan County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 16:45:05 -0500
I went to Sheboygan in search of the reported Little Gulls and had no
success; in fact, I only saw a couple of Bonaparte's Gulls. However, I was
not disappointed because the birding was good.
When I was at the Blue Harbor Resort I could see there were some shorebirds
moving around at the end of the pier (south pier, once known as Fisherman's
Pier). I walked out with my scope and quickly found 4 Ruddy Turnstones, 6
Sanderlings, and a Dunlin.
I had carried my scope out thinking that if there were shorebirds on this
pier, why not on the north pier? There was only one, but it was a Whimbrel,
resting on the top of the pier. Birding conditions were uncomfortable due to
the cool temperatures and high winds, but this worked to my advantage since
the north pier is a very popular walk for people on a nice day. Today,
nobody ventured out while I was there; hence, the Whimbrel had found an
undisturbed place to rest.
As the Brassers mentioned yesterday, the bluff at north point is loaded with
warblers. I managed to see 17 species with the best being a usually
secretive Mourning Warbler which came out in the open for about 10 seconds.
The point had 2 Ruddy Turnstones, 3 Dunlin, and a Killdeer.
South of town, at Kohler-Andrae State Park, I came across another small
flock of warblers, and saw 3 species I had missed at North Point-
Black-throated Blue (female), Black-throated Green, and a summer resident,
the Pine Warbler. Near this flock I saw my personal first-of-year
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. The cool temperatures seemed to shut down a lot
of bird song today- no "chebeks" from the Least Flycatchers or "pee-a-wees"
from the Eastern Wood-Pewees, but the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher must have
thought the weather was ideal. He kept on with his "chuwee" call for at
least several minutes and maybe longer after I moved on!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Door County Bird Walks this last weekend
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 19:29:10 +0000
Hello. 
I apologize for an earlier attempt at an email, my tablet was not sending HTML 
correctly. 

 
On Saturday, 5/16/2015, we lead a walk at Whitefish Dunes State Park in Door 
County. 

Seven of us had 52 species, including 13 species of warblers on a cool, foggy 
morning. 

Most noteworthy was the Pileated WP on the feeder just outside the nature 
center. Also on the feeder were three Rose Breasted Grosbeaks and an Indigo 
Bunting, trading places with Chipping Sparrows. And we had Scarlet Tanager in 
the parking lot. There were lots of lake flies, so we stayed more inland. 

 
On Sunday, 5/17/2015, we lead a walk at Newport State Park in northern Door 
County. 

Fourteen of us had 31 species, including 11 warbler species on another cool and 
very foggy morning. 

We walked the Monarch and Poet's trails away from the water and lake flies, and 
were joined by a group of high school kids from Shawano - great to have them 
along! It was hard to make out colors in the heavy fog, but we did manage to 
see some birds, including a nice group of Scarlet Tanagers again. 

 
Bill Krouse   
Door County, Wisconsin
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Subject: Swifts & Swallows in hundreds, Lake Mills, Jefferson Co.
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 14:22:42 -0500
Huge number of Chimney Swifts over downtown Lake Mills this morning, maybe as 
many as 500. They appeared to be interested in entering a chimney that we think 
was capped a couple of years ago. Also huge numbers (hundreds) of mostly Barn 
Swallows over Rock Lake, and along the east shore today - a great swallow 
day. 

Karen
-- 
Karen Etter Hale
Lake Mills, WI
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Subject: RFI (no sightings) North Unit Kettle Moraine
From: Paul Senner <sennerp AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 14:20:09 -0500
Hi All,
I will be embarking on a birdathon (as part of the Great Wisconsin
Birdathon) this upcoming Saturday and I am looking for locations to find
forest birds on my route.  I have never birded the north unit of Kettle
Moraine SP, does anyone have suggestions for hot spots to bird there??

Target birds would be Hooded and Cerulean Warblers, Acadian Flycatcher and
Red-shouldered Hawk, but any location with good access to forest interior
birds would be great!

If you have any info please back channel me at sennerp AT gmail.com.

Thank you and happy birding!

Paul Senner
Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: The Lake Superior eBirders need your support!
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 12:41:26 -0600
The "Lake Superior eBirders" will be conducting our Great Wisconsin Birdathon 
later this week. We're well short of our fundraising goal and could use your 
help! Your donation will support eight priority bird conservation projects in 
Wisconsin during a time when it is sorely needed. Please join the cause and 
support the work of myself,Nick Anich, andTim Oksiuta. Donating is simple via 
check or credit card at our team page linked here. Thank you! 


http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1978

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady


> From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: The Lake Superior eBirders need your support!
> Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 08:45:23 -0600
> 
> Wisconsin birders,
> 
> It's time again for the Great Wisconsin Birdathon (www.wibirdathon.org) and 
the "Lake Superior eBirders" would appreciate your support 
athttp://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1978 

> 
> Our signature team this year consists of me,Nick Anich, and Tim Oksiuta. 
We'll be hitting the field sometime around May 20-22 for most of a 24-hour 
period to see how many species we can find in the Chequamegon Bay area. 

> 
> Your donation will support 8 priority bird conservation projects in 
Wisconsin, including Ryan and Nick's work on WBCI bird monitoring programs, 
theWisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas, theWisconsin Kirtland's Warbler Project, 
and more. If you value these efforts -- and our work towards them -- then 
please consider helping us out. Every little bit makes a difference for the 
birds we all love. 

> 
> http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1978
> 
> Thank you!
> 
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Re: More Lazuli info
From: <jmotquin AT new.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 16:23:22 +0000
Anne and I checked on the status of the Lazuli bunting on both Saturday and 
Sunday. On both visits, the site was shrouded by dense fog. On Saturday 
afternoon we located a bird with chip calls very similar to the Cornell Lazuli 
recordings, but were unable to visually confirm this species as the individual 
was skulking and rather uncooperative. We visited the site again Sunday morning 
around 10:00 AM. We were able to get several short glimpses of the female 
Lazuli bunting in the first honeysuckle/shrub bramble encounter from the 
parking lot. She skulked within the densest areas of the brush the entire time 
we were there. 


I apologize for the late report, but we were traveling without a computer and 
had family responsibilities when we returned home. And I HATE typing 
emails/Facebook on my smart phone. Give my fat fingers a full keyboard anyday! 


Jon Motquin
Outagamie Co. 
---- Mark Korducki  wrote: 
> As I did more research on this bird before documenting it, I believe it was 
actually a female. The only distinct blue was a patch on the shoulder just in 
front of the wing. Some females do show strong color here. A young male should 
have much more blue by this time of year. Overall warmer brown color, distinct 
wing bars, darker throat and white from mid-breast to belly eliminates Indigo. 

> 
> No further reports of the bird. Spring vagrants are hard to pin down. Wanted 
to clarify my sighting to aid others in the search. 

> 
> Good birding
> 
> Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker
From: <charir AT newwis.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 10:21:52 -0500
 

 

It's been a busy week with lots of things arriving but today's gem was a
Red-headed Woodpecker.  Haven't had one of those in years, and they used to
nest on our property.  Also have had a small flock of Pine Siskins that have
arrived with the Goldfinches.  Didn't have that many all winter. Why are
they here now?  Our Killdeer are back and look like they will nest in their
old spot in our rocky front yard.  

 

Chari Rutledge

Death's Door

Washington Island

Door County



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Subject: Correction: I believe Wilson's Warbler in the Lake Superior/Northwoods region of WI....
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:21:58 -0700
….and sorry for my error,
Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA 
& 
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Subject: Correction: I believe Wilson's Warbler in the Lake Superior/Northwoods region of WI....
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:21:37 -0700
….and sorry for my error,
Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA 
& 
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Subject: Black-throated Blue Warbler & Other Warbler Species: Lake Park, Milwaukee
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:11:03 -0700
Enjoyed Lake Park this afternoon and tonight, with the following highlights:
- 1 male BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER (in north-south ravine 100 yards south of 
the bridge) 

- 3 male and 2 female CANADA WARBLER (same ravine and the one nearest the 
lighthouse) 

- 2 male and two female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (same areas as above)
- 2 mature male, 3 first-year male, and 1 female AMERICAN REDSTART (same areas 
as above) 

- 5 male and 2 female MAGNOLIA WARBLER (same areas as above)
- 6 WILSON’S WARBLER (same areas as above)
- 3 male CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER (same areas as above)
- 4 LEAST FLYCATCHER (same areas as above)
- 1 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER seen and another heard (same areas as above)

Of course, none of these are rare sightings, but the Wilson’s is especially 
interesting, given it does not nest in WI….Likewise, the 

Black-throated Blue is a common species, but it is never common for me to 
detect/see. 


Looking forward to seeing many you folks at the upcoming WSO in Wausau this 
weekend. 


Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA
&
Ellison Bay, WI

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Subject: Sheboygan small gulls -- NO! LITTLE Gulls! : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:59:43 -0500
We were at Sheboygan's North Point kiosk at 6 pm and immediately found an
ADULT Little Gull.  Carl Schroeder came shortly after this, and the three of
us picked out at least 2 more immature Little Gulls.  There may have been
more, but due to the hundreds of immature Bonaparte's Gulls present and the
fact that all the birds kept moving around made it hard to determine how
many there actually were.  There were also Ruddy Turnstones on North Point
and near the parking lot.
At 6:45 pm we started walking around the top of North Point, and quickly
picked up 14 species of warblers--including Canada and 2 Northern Parulas,
Bay-breasted, and several Chestnut-sided.  
A short after-work bird walk turned into a great evening of birding!  : )
-- Dave & Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County

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Subject: Little Gulls at North Point Pk Sheboygan
From: Schroeder Carl <Carl.Schroeder AT kohler.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 23:42:33 +0000
The Brassers and I found 3 (2imm 1 ad) at 6 pm. Also  Ruddy Turnstones.

Carl Schroeder
School Hill , Manitowoc Co

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Subject: Snowy Egret, Cattle Egrets in Fond du Lac County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 17:03:27 -0500
This afternoon there was a Snowy Egret in the Sunset Drive pond north of
Campbellsport (the pond that Jeff Baughman calls the "Gudex" pond). It was
very restless and moved around a lot, once even flying to the ditch on the
south side of the road. It was eventually joined by a Great Egret and they
stayed together for a short time. When I left, neither egret was in view,
but perhaps the Snowy Egret will return to this spot again. There were still
shorebirds there, the highlights being 3 White-rumped Sandpipers and a
Short-billed Dowitcher.
At least two Cattle Egrets have returned to Lone Elm Ave. near Lake
Winnebago. This road is on the Fond du Lac and Winnebago County line. The
egrets were hunting around a small pond in the yard of a private residence
at W6490 Lone Elm Ave. which is just east of Howlett Road. They seem to be
there frequently every year, but can sometimes be found in other places
along Lone Elm Ave or Lincoln Ave.

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Subject: 9 Springs
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 20:48:45 +0000
Wisbiders

Just finished at 9 Springs. Not a lot of shorebirds but pretty good variety. In 
addition to the usual suspects there were single Wilsons phalaropes, 
white-rumped sandpiper and stilt sandpiper. 


Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam

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Subject: Peregrine at Kenosha hospital
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 15:34:37 -0500
There's at least one peregrine falcon at Kenosha Hospital, where there is a 
nest box on the roof. 



John Krerowicz, Kenosha


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Subject: Nestbox birds -Door Co
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:42:17 -0500
Checked the boxes up at the Tower Storage - no sign of the Ospreys settling
on another platform on a tower or anywhere else.  Do they ever use trees or
is it always a platform type nest?
I have EABL hatched from four eggs, and a Tree Swallow nest with five eggs,
plus two more TS building nests.  It strikes me there are fewer Tree
Swallows around this year - anyone else notice that?
Have not been able to search for Warblers but husband found a beautiful
Golden winged in our local woods yesterday. A pair EABL near our condo
looking for a box, but I removed them from here because of marauding cats!
We have Hummers fighting over two feeders for several weeks, and Orioles,
RBGrosbeaks plus about 11 White-Crowned Sparrows that stayed for almost
three weeks but I have not seen any today - they were really hungry but
could have been different flights of course;
There was a very vocal Catbird up near the towers so another species no
doubt to add to the possible list. Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay

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Subject: Nightjar Surveyors Needed: May 25 -- June 9
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 19:28:58 +0000
Birders, I still have a few routes to fill for the 2015 WI Nightjar Survey. 
Volunteers survey a pre-determined roadside route one time between May 25 and 
June 9 when the moon is above horizon and unobscured by clouds. The survey 
takes about 2 hours to complete and is a nice way to get out and enjoy the 
sounds of a summer night. Targets include E. Whip-poor-will, C. Nighthawk, and 
owls. To view available routes and sign-up please visit our website below. 


http://wiatri.net/projects/birdroutes/nightjars.htm

Routes are assigned first-come, first-serve but keep in mind I need to manually 
approve your request so it may take a few days before the map symbol changes 
from green (available) to red (assigned). As such it's possible that a route 
shows as green even if someone else has already requested it. You will receive 
an email reply from me one way or another to let you know if the route is yours 
or you need to select an alternative. 


Thanks for your interest in this survey!
Ryan


We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

Ryan Brady
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II &
WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator - Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: (715) 685-2933
Cell Phone: (715) 685-8585
Fax: (715) 685-2909
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Subject: Re: Black-bellied Plovers - Bakken's Pond - Sauk Co
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 13:42:35 -0500

 Nolan Pope and I were in the area ,so we stopped. The plovers were still 
there, but ,as we were there, it seemed the number of shorebirds went down. 
But it is a big place. There were 2 or 3 phalaropes out there. One was 
definitely Wilson's ,but another was smaller and darker. I feel it was a 
Red-necked, but the lighting was bad. When it was next to the Wilson's 
(which I thought was a male), it was definitely smaller. I could catch a 
glimps of a white throat and dark front of neck. I thought there was a 
female Wilson's out there, during one scan.
 With the lighting and distance the peeps were hard to tell apart.
 Looking from the next lot to the east, there were very few shorebirds ,in 
that area. And the heat distortion was to strong to look way back west.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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From: "Aaron Holschbach" 
To: "Wis Birdnet" 
Sent: Monday, May 18, 2015 6:46 AM
Subject: [wisb] Black-bellied Plovers - Bakken's Pond - Sauk Co


> This morning 19 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were present at Bakken's pond along
> with hundreds of other shorebirds.  Many shorebirds were only visible from
> the west dyke so they were difficult to ID with the lighting.  Of note 
> were
> 100+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.
> Aaron Holschbach
> Arena
> Iowa Co.
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Subject: Bay Beach WLS, Green Bay, White-eyed Vireo
From: Nancy Nabak <nnabak AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 16:42:01 +0000 (UTC)
A small group of birders hit the Wildlife Sanctuary this morning finding 16 
warbler species: highlights being the Canada and Mourning.  We also had a 
WHITE-EYED VIREO in 2 different locations and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. 

Nancy NabakGreen Bay

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Subject: 9 Springs - Dane co.
From: Guy Williams <greengates AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 09:56:44 -0500
This morning, Osprey, Sora, - 2nd pond, Wilson Phalarope, Short billed 
Dowitcher, Dunlin (20+), Least Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated 
Sandpiper, Lesser Yellow legs, Semi Palmated Plover.Guy Williams, Verona 

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Subject: Re: FDL Mayday highlights
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 14:02:49 +0000
It *was* a good day for birding, we never left the northeast corner of Fond du 
Lac County and ended with a personal best of 115 species - no trips to Lakeside 
Park, Horicon Marsh or anywhere else in the county. :) We found 18 species of 
warblers, most at Shaginappi County Park, with a minimum of 3 CANADA warblers 
and at least a half-dozen WILSONS. 


We found 12 species of shorebirds that included 2 WILLET, most in the Marytown 
marsh area. 


https://flic.kr/p/sMSo9a

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are back at Shaginappi, and a WOOD THRUSH was 
serenading us from the *top* of a tree there for a good 10 minutes. We also 
were treated to a show by over 50 sandhill cranes as they jumped and danced and 
tossed mud in a sheltered corner of the Marytown marsh. 


On days like that, you hate to stop birding. 

Kerry & Dave Sehloff
NE Fond du Lac County : 'the holy land'




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Behalf Of Jeff Baughman 

Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 7:59 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] FDL Mayday highlights

We held the Fond du Lac Mayday Count today. I don't have all the data yet, but 
wanted to share some of the preliminary highlights that I know about. 

A SNOW GOOSE that Sandy Vorpahl found might be new bird for our count (not sure 
of exact location). 


Tom Schultz and I had 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, 3 HOODED WARKLERS, an ALDER 
FLYCATCHER and a WHITE-EYED VIREO along Haushalter Lane (near New Propect, 
KMSF-NU). Earlier I had a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER there too. 


My brother Scott had a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at "The River" (on Hickery 
St. in FDL) and a EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE at the Hwy 45 Rest stop north of FDL. 
No Bell's Vireo as yet. 


I had 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES at my secret Screech Owl spot (not really, but its a 
private residence). But my best stop of the day was the "Gudex Pond" (CTH W & 
Sunset Dr. north of Campbellsport), where I had 12 species of shorebirds. It's 
probably the only spot in the county for shorebirds right now is why. 
Highlights were; SHORT-B. DOWITCHERS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER 
and WILSON'S PHALAROPE. 


I personally ended the day with 146 species for the county including 3 owls, 8 
flycatchers, 6 thrushes, 24 warblers and 11 sparrows. What a great day to be 
birding. 


Jeff Baughman
Campbellsport
Fond du Lac Co.


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Subject: Black-bellied Plovers - Bakken's Pond - Sauk Co
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 May 2015 06:46:10 -0500
This morning 19 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS were present at Bakken's pond along
with hundreds of other shorebirds.  Many shorebirds were only visible from
the west dyke so they were difficult to ID with the lighting.  Of note were
100+ SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.
Aaron Holschbach
Arena
Iowa Co.


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Subject: Re: Dunlin & Prothonotary Warbler - Oconomowoc ( Waukesha Cty )
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:40:43 -0500
Looks like eBird sightings for Prothonotaries both at Kanow Park and the
nearby slow-moving sections of the Rock River have been logged since 2011.
It is likely that this species has utilized the waterway for many years.
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha,  WI
On May 17, 2015 7:44 PM, "Tim Hahn"  wrote:
> This afternoon I found  a few DUNLIN in the pond north of McMahon Road,
> west of Hwy 67, north of Oconomowoc (Waukesha Cty ).  East of Oconomowoc at
> Kanow Park (Jefferson Cty) a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was singing just north of
> the river, heard from River Road, just north of Hwy 16.
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Subject: Dunlin & Prothonotary Warbler - Oconomowoc ( Waukesha Cty )
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 19:44:17 -0500
This afternoon I found  a few DUNLIN in the pond north of McMahon Road,
west of Hwy 67, north of Oconomowoc (Waukesha Cty ).  East of Oconomowoc at
Kanow Park (Jefferson Cty) a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was singing just north of
the river, heard from River Road, just north of Hwy 16.

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Subject: Kentucky Warbler Green Bay WLS
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 18:25:47 -0400
About 4 pm a Kentucky Warbler was seen at the Bay Beach Wildlife
Sanctuary. We ended birding before the rain began with 21 species of
warblers out of a total of 70 as we just concentrated on them and not
everything else.  This is our last day in Green Bay - we will be birding
around the state until the end of the month - we'll report good sightings
from wherever we find them. It was fun visiting with all the birders who
came from all directions to enjoy Spring migration at the BBWLS.
Ida and Ty Baumann
Madison  but on the road again.

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Subject: Milwaukee/Ozaukee May Count
From: "Korducki" <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 16:39:25 -0500
We ran our count on May 9th. The conditions started out cold and a strong NE 
wind made listening difficult and probably cost us a few birds. We ended up 
with a very impressive total of 185 species! The best bird of the count was the 
Kirtland's Warbler that Steve Lubahn found in Bender Park. This highlighted a 
solid 30 warbler species. Connecticut was the only regularly occurring warbler 
we didn't get which is not a shock since they are a late migrant. The delayed 
migration also cost us several flycatchers as we missed Olive-sided and any 
empids that weren't Least. Shorebirds were poor as well. 

Other outstanding finds include very late American Tree Sparrow and Dark-eyed 
Junco. Black Tern and Dickcissel were a bit early and ones we usually don't 
get. White-eyed Vireo and 2 Summer Tanagers were also good ones for the count. 
A White-winged Scoter and Glaucous Gull were found in Milwaukee and a Great 
Black-backed Gull was found in Port Washington. 


Having Calvin as our waterbird counter at Harrington Beach helped us add late 
Red-throated Loon, Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck and Common Goldeneye. 


Thanks to everyone for a great count. If only the chat and mockingbird found 
the day before the count would have cooperated.... 


Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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Subject: Mud Lake W.A. (Columbia Co.) today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 21:32:24 +0000
I went up to do some Atlasing in the Mud Lake Wildlife Area section of my 
Columbia County priority block today. The wind was very gusty, and it was a bit 
drizzly at times, so I stayed mostly along the first wooded section of 
Tollefson Rd., and also walked a bit of Drake Rd. I saw a female Yellow Warbler 
building a nest - too bad it was on the other side of Drake Rd. Still well 
within my block, but I'll have to do it as part of a separate checklist, since 
it was on private property. Darn birds, making me do more work! Also saw a 
Red-bellied Woodpecker going into a hole, so I'll need to keep an eye on that. 


 I had hoped that with the gusty wind, there might be insects down low by the 
wooded ditch that was so good last year, but not much happening there. I did 
get my FOY Lincoln's Sparrow and Canada Warbler in the dense shrubbery beyond 
the ditch, and finally heard a Savannah Sparrow on my way in to the wildlife 
area. Other then those first two species, I'm not sure I heard or saw any birds 
that aren't likely nesters there. Lots of E. Wood Pewees, Least Flycatchers, 
Am. Redstarts, Common Yellowthroats, and Yellow Warblers, plus Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers everywhere (if I can't manage to confirm those nesting, I'm 
turning in my birding license.) I was sitting in the car, looking at my block 
map, when I finally heard "chip-burr". I grabbed my bins and jumped back out 
(as close as I get to jumping these days, at any rate.) There was gorgeous Mr. 
Scarlet Tanager, right over the road. I added him to my list, and just then the 
rains came, so I called it a day. 


(Fortunately, I drove out of that rain and decided to check some shorebird 
spots - see my other post for that.) 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Sanderling, R. Turnstone at 51/60 pond (Columbia)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 20:50:27 +0000
About an hour ago, there was a nice selection of shorebirds at the flooded 
field just west of the intersection of Hwys 51, 60 and 22 in Columbia County. 
As I was checking out the peeps in the corn stubble at the south end, I saw a 
flock of larger shorebirds flying loops. One was obviously a Ruddy Turnstone in 
breeding plumage, but the other six had me a bit puzzled until they settled 
down and I could see they were Short-billed Dowitchers. Out of nowhere, another 
bird came in - a surprise Sanderling! Not quite in breeding plumage,but showing 
some rust on the head. The wind was savage, so I used the car as a shield to 
scope. Had a bunch of Dunlin, Semipalmated and Least SPs, and one of each 
Yellowlegs. Killdeer all over, too. 


The ponds at DM & I had lots of shorebirds - most appeared to be Dunlin, with 
three Dowitcher sp. at the back of the south pond. The rain had started again, 
so I didn't get the scope out. 



By the way, if anyone was going to run up there from Madison yet this 
afternoon, plan your route back carefully. The southbound interstate was backed 
up past DeForest. Is it summer already? 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Western Tanager - Waukesha County
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 15:36:18 -0500
A Western Tanager was photographed visiting a jelly feeder in Mukwonago,
Waukesha Cty today.
No word yet on whether the bird is hanging around or if visitors might be
possible.

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Subject: Birdathon featured in Green Bay Press Gazette
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 12:35:29 -0500
Hi everyone,
My birdathon team named Cleopatra and the Stilts consisting of myself, Quentin 
Yoerger, and Cynthia Bridge will be running our state big day on Wednesday. 
This will be a little different from the other birdathons because we're excited 
to face off in a head-to-head matchup with the record holders-- Randy Hoffman 
and Al Shea. Communications staff from Madison Audubon Society and Natural 
Resources Foundation will be along to live tweet and facebook our findings and 
stories from the field. 

Yesterday, the Green Bay Press Gazette featured a fun article about the 
friendly competition. How did we get our team name? What routes will we run? 
Find this and more in the article below: 


http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/silent-sports/2015/05/15/annual-birdathon-big-day-top-watchers/27392915/ 

And most importantly, please consider donating to the birdathon, whether it's 
my team, Randy and Al's team, or any other team. The money funds bird 
conservation in Wisconsin which is desperately needed right now. Our team page 
is below, you can leave a general pledge there or a per-species pledge at any 
of our individual pages found on the left side of this page 

http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid68
Thank you and we look forward to a fun week of scouting, birding, and raising 
money for conservation! 

Tom Prestby of Cleopatra and the StiltsGreen Bay 		 	   		  
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Subject: Lion's Den Ozaukee Cty
From: Robert Demge <robdem02 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 10:38:08 -0500
Not a real good day for birding... foggy,drippy big  thick hatches of lake
flies. But 3 green herons were spotted along the entrance boardwalk.Some
warblers: yellow rumps,chestnut sided. Cedar waxwings, Brown thrashers and
many Gray catbirds were seen. Wood thrushes and orioles were heard.
Bob Demge
Port Washington
Ozaukee County

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Subject: White-eyed and Bell's Vireos - Arena Boat Landing - Iowa Co.
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 08:14:45 -0500
Early this morning I walked the trail to the east of the Arena Boat
Landing into the fields, brush, and marsh.  Best birds were WHITE-EYED
VIREO and BELL'S VIREO.  Both were about 3/4 mile west of River Road in the
same location they have been found in past years.
Since the floods in this area several years ago I haven't been to this
location more than a couple times due to the difficulty getting there with
the higher water.  Now that the water level is low once again, and the
Breeding Bird Atlas has started up I figured a visit was long over due.  I
found it interesting that the White-eyed Vireo was singing from the
exact same bushes where a pair nested back in 2007 and fledged 2 or 3
young.
Some other birds seen at the Arena Boat Landing this morning included 8
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, 2 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, 5 SEDGE WRENS and a
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.
As for the Atlas I was able to confirm breeding for a few species including
Canada Goose, Sandhill Crane, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Tree
Swallow, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Red-winged
Blackbird, and Bobolink.
Aaron Holschbach
Arena
Iowa Co.


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Subject: Racine - Myer's Park - shorebirds
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 07:46:25 -0500
Good morning, I just left and there are still some birds.  It's chilly,
windy, foggy and misting.  There were 7 dowitchers, 20 Dunlins, 1
semipalmated, 1 least, 3 spotted (which I forgot to mention yesterday) and
2 Killdeer.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Warnimont Park - MKE
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 05:03:23 -0500
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER found in the open area of
the park yesterday afternoon, around 1:30 PM.  BANK SWALLOWS busy
excavating nests along the exposed, sandy bluff.
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: COMMON NIGHTHAWK - MKE
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 21:10:09 -0500
A single COMMON NIGHTHAWK flew over the Hoan Bridge this afternoon at
5:30PM.
First one I've seen in Milwaukee in a long time.
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: FDL Mayday highlights
From: Jeff Baughman <jlbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 19:58:46 -0500
We held the Fond du Lac Mayday Count today. I don't have all the data yet,
but wanted to share some of the preliminary highlights that I know about.
A SNOW GOOSE that Sandy Vorpahl found might be new bird for our count (not
sure of exact location).

Tom Schultz and I had 2 OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS, 3 HOODED WARKLERS, an
ALDER FLYCATCHER and a WHITE-EYED VIREO along Haushalter Lane (near New
Propect, KMSF-NU). Earlier I had a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER there too.

My brother Scott had a BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER at "The River" (on
Hickery St. in FDL) and a EURASIAN COLLARED DOVE at the Hwy 45 Rest stop
north of FDL. No Bell's Vireo as yet.

I had 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES at my secret Screech Owl spot (not really, but its
a private residence). But my best stop of the day was the "Gudex Pond" (CTH
W & Sunset Dr. north of Campbellsport), where I had 12 species of
shorebirds. It's probably the only spot in the county for shorebirds right
now is why. Highlights were; SHORT-B. DOWITCHERS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER,
WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and WILSON'S PHALAROPE.

I personally ended the day with 146 species for the county including 3
owls, 8 flycatchers, 6 thrushes, 24 warblers and 11 sparrows. What a great
day to be birding.

Jeff Baughman
Campbellsport
Fond du Lac Co.


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Subject: Bay Beach Sat. Walks 95 species 24 warblers
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 20:29:46 -0400
Another good day at the Wildlife Sanctuary.  The birds were not dripping
off the trees as hoped but with some work they could be found. FOY birds
were OLIVE -SIDED FLYCATCHER & ALDER FLYCATCHER.
Cerulean , Wilson's,  Canada, topped the warbler list of 24. 5 Vireos,  4
Thrushes, Scarlet Tanager,  Indigo Bunting. Fun day!!
Ty & Ida Baumann.
Green Bay  Brown County for 1 more day.

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Subject: Snowy owl Grant county
From: Pat Brust <brustpat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 19:09:43 -0500
We had a beautiful adult snowy owl on a fence post along Highway 151 just
east of Platteville at mile marker 23.5 on Friday afternoon, May 15.
Quite a surprise!
Pat Brust
Franklin, Milwaukee county


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Subject: Riveredge Nature Center, Ozaukee County
From: Alan & Joan Linquist <linquists AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 17 May 2015 00:00:35 +0000 (UTC)
I skipped across to the next county and spent a few hours at the Riveredge 
Nature Center, near Newburg, Wisconsin.  

There were quite a number of catbirds there today.  After parking and walking 
to the edge of the parking lot, I could here their long songs coming from the 
trees in the prairie walk area.  Even walking into the woods across Highway Y, 
you could hear catbirds singing (but not much mewing).  Even standing along 
the Milwaukee River, you could hear them on the islands and on the opposing 
shore.  Otherwise, there werea number of Canada Geese in the watera couple of 
MallardsSandhill Cranes.  Some calling from down river and a few in the 
air.  Lots of Robins, of coursea few Vireos calling from the trees.  Not 
sure of what kind.a few Cardinals callinga Baltimore Oriole flew into the 
woodsIn the boardwalk area, I saw several birds before I meet a birder from the 
Port Washington area.  He said Lion's Den was getting pretty crowded.Among the 
birds I saw in the boardwalk area were:An Eastern Phoebe that kept flitting 
back and forthA Black Throated Blue Warbler that spent a few 

 minutes picking through a tree only about ten feet from meAn Indigo Bunting 
that also flitted back and forth for some time. A pair of Tree Swallows that 
dipped into view every now and then. 

The fellow birder spotted a Magnolia Warbler that we both followed.  He also 
spotted a Yellow Warbler that I did not see. 

I walked past the boardwalk and into a marshy area near the MIlwaukee River 
that usually turns out birds.  While the day wasn't spectacular, I did see:a 
Yellow Rumped Warbler with its yellow rump staring back at me.a possible 
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Subject: Memorial Day Weekend Birding
From: Paul Noeldner <paul_noeldner AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 23:18:06 +0000
eldner and Charles Naeseth Don't miss one of the biggest Madison area birding 
field trips of the year! There are still openings for the 61st annual Audubon 
volunteer coordinated Memorial Day Weekend Birding and Nature Camp hosted at 
Lake Lucerne Camp and Retreat Center just north of Portage near Wautoma. Great 
for Audubon members and non-members, nature lovers, families and kids! Come for 
one of the Great Wisconsin Birdathon 'Camp Coots' field trips , stay for a 
meal, or register for one or more nights Friday May 22 through Monday May 25. 
Overnight stays are in shared cabins with separate bedrooms and meals served in 
a dining hall. See http://tinyurl.com/maan9jh for more info and the 
registration form. Last minute is ok as long as there's room but be sure to 
call ahead to confirm. Contact volunteer coordinator paul_noeldner AT hotmail.com 
608-698-0104 if you have questions. See you there! 

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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh (correction)
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 23:15:07 +0000
Looking at the map, the road by the red rock runs NE/SW, so it's six one
way, half a dozen the other. So, the pond orientation looks to be NW and
SE. We saw the Godwit in the SE channel that runs north and south and is
about 100 yards past the red rock. There is a muddy plain to the east of
this channel and is separated by a stretch of cattails. In the middle of
the plain is where the Black-bellied Plovers were as of about 4:00 PM
today, although the Godwit was not visible.
Good luck to all who look.

John Kivikoski
Iowa County
On Sat, May 16, 2015 at 17:44 Tom Wood  wrote:

> I am directionally challenged today. The only pond on the west side of the
> tour road across from the red rock is north, not south of the red rock.
> Sorry.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Wood [mailto:tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com]
> Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:15 PM
> To: Wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: RE: [wisb] Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh
>
> At 12:50 P.M. it was feeding with some Short-billed Dowitchers very close
> to
> the road in the pond on the west side of the road across from and south of
> the red rock (just past the boardwalk/Egret Trail). I got to watch it for
> about 5 minutes until a couple of gentlemen in a large truck pulled up
> beside me and wanted to talk. I guess this was too much for the birds
> because they all flew away. There was also a beautiful breeding plumage
> Stilt Sandpiper on the first pond of the auto tour present both in the
> morning and afternoon, and a White-rumped Sandpiper was on the same pond as
> the Hudsonian Godwit in the morning, but not in the afternoon. The ponds on
> the auto tour are constantly changing, so check often if you can!
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Liz Herzmann
> Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:10 PM
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh
>
> Per Jeff Bahls
> A Hudsonian Godwit was seen this morning on the auto tour at Horicon Marsh.
> Pond west of the end of the boardwalk.  The bird was on the north end of
> the
> pond.
> Liz Herzmann
> Mayville- Dodge County
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Subject: Re: Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh (correction)
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 17:47:08 -0500
I am directionally challenged today. The only pond on the west side of the
tour road across from the red rock is north, not south of the red rock.
Sorry.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Wood [mailto:tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com] 
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:15 PM
To: Wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: RE: [wisb] Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh

At 12:50 P.M. it was feeding with some Short-billed Dowitchers very close to
the road in the pond on the west side of the road across from and south of
the red rock (just past the boardwalk/Egret Trail). I got to watch it for
about 5 minutes until a couple of gentlemen in a large truck pulled up
beside me and wanted to talk. I guess this was too much for the birds
because they all flew away. There was also a beautiful breeding plumage
Stilt Sandpiper on the first pond of the auto tour present both in the
morning and afternoon, and a White-rumped Sandpiper was on the same pond as
the Hudsonian Godwit in the morning, but not in the afternoon. The ponds on
the auto tour are constantly changing, so check often if you can!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Liz Herzmann
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 2:10 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Hudsonian Godwit Horicon Marsh

Per Jeff Bahls
A Hudsonian Godwit was seen this morning on the auto tour at Horicon Marsh.
Pond west of the end of the boardwalk.  The bird was on the north end of the
pond.
Liz Herzmann
Mayville- Dodge County


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