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Western Tanager,©Barry Kent Mackay

27 Aug Re: RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper [Mike Wanger ]
27 Aug Bank Swallow update, part 2 [William Mueller ]
27 Aug Nighthawks [Sandy Petersen ]
27 Aug RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper ["Seegert, Greg" ]
27 Aug Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler) [Bill Volkert ]
27 Aug Harlequin Duck - Door Co. [Eric Howe ]
26 Aug Warblers - Fox Point Milwaukee [Chris Petherick ]
26 Aug Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August, 25, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
26 Aug Winnebago co. shorebirds [Gmail ]
26 Aug MKE- Bender Park - Baird's Sandpiper [Jeremy Meyer ]
25 Aug Nighthawks hawking [Sandy Petersen ]
25 Aug Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler) [Richter Museum ]
25 Aug just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler) [William Mueller ]
25 Aug DNR Land Usage Survey - Make Your Voice Heard! [Tim Hahn ]
25 Aug Re: Yard birds [Richter Museum ]
25 Aug Horicon Marsh 8/25/16 [Gmail ]
24 Aug Re: Yard birds [Sandy Petersen ]
25 Aug Re: Yard birds [John K ]
24 Aug Re: Yard birds [Chris Petherick ]
24 Aug Yard birds [Gmail ]
24 Aug changes underway for the Bank Swallow [William Mueller ]
24 Aug Re: Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County [Ryan Brady ]
23 Aug Bay Beach S. & my yard [Gmail ]
23 Aug Am. Redstart/Kenosha [John Krerowicz ]
23 Aug Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County ["Tom Wood" ]
22 Aug Re: Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park [Paul Kinzer ]
22 Aug Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park [Jeremy Meyer ]
21 Aug Sanderling, Dowitcher, and Great Blue Heron photos [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Aug Lark Sparrow in Racine ["Rita Marie Wiskowski" ]
21 Aug Racine Co- Yes Buff Breasted 4+ @ Wind Lake Turf [Bill Grossmeyer ]
21 Aug Merlin in Sheboygan : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
21 Aug Eastern Screech-owl. Polk County ["Joe" ]
21 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Racine County ["Tom Wood" ]
21 Aug Horicon Marsh this a.m. [Peter Fissel ]
21 Aug Re: MKE - Night heron stuck? [Jeremy Meyer ]
21 Aug MKE - Night heron stuck? [Jeremy Meyer ]
20 Aug Blue grey gnatcatchers [Sandy Rueckert ]
21 Aug 14 warbler sp., incl. 37+ Tennessees - Bayfield Co. [Ryan Brady ]
20 Aug Horicon Marsh [Gmail ]
20 Aug Great-tailed Grackle, Maricopa County, AZ [Jeff Virant ]
20 Aug Lake Park Warbler Walk 8/20, Milwaukee - CANCELLED ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
19 Aug "Flying Ant Day" and Nighthawks in Sheboygan : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
19 Aug Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative launches eNews service ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
19 Aug why the Migratory Bird Treaty deserves your interest and support [William Mueller ]
19 Aug Night Hawks [LIELA KUCHAR ]
19 Aug updating shorebird map on WGLBBO website [William Mueller ]
18 Aug W. Gr. Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory website update [William Mueller ]
18 Aug White-winged Dove Green Co 7/16/16, delayed post due to location, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
18 Aug Re: Horicon NWR in Dodge County today [Mary Hampton ]
18 Aug Night hawks and warblers - Ozaukee [Chris Petherick ]
18 Aug Nighthawks too [Sandy Petersen ]
17 Aug Retry broken Piping Plover link ["Tom Wood" ]
17 Aug Information about Racine Piping Plover ["Tom Wood" ]
17 Aug Piping Plover in Racine/Racine County ["Tom Wood" ]
16 Aug Horicon NWR in Dodge County today ["Tom Wood" ]
16 Aug still time to register for the State of Stopover Symposium, Oct 5-7, in Milwaukee [William Mueller ]
15 Aug aerial insectivores in the Midwest [William Mueller ]
15 Aug Re: Door County first of fall night hawk []
15 Aug Door County first of fall night hawk [Paul Regnier ]
14 Aug Is this a Merlin? [Tom Koch ]
14 Aug Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Juneau park [Patrick Ready ]
14 Aug Swallow tailed kites - Door County [Ted Treska ]
15 Aug Warbler migration - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
14 Aug Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile fishing and catching fish at Greenfield Park MKE 8/14/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
14 Aug 50 Cattle Egrets [Gmail ]
14 Aug Advice and guidelines for late-season atlasing [Tom Prestby ]
12 Aug Information about South Metro (Milwaukee County) Piping Plover (no sightings) ["Tom Wood" ]
12 Aug American White Pelicans fishing Dodge Co. 8/10/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
12 Aug Kestrel: new yard bird, So. Milw [Betsy Abert ]
12 Aug a great new radio interview about the WI Breeding Bird Atlas II [William Mueller ]
12 Aug Rose-ringed Parakeet photos ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
12 Aug Strange Bird in Sheboygan ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
12 Aug Humboldt Park - MKE [KAREN JOHNSON ]
11 Aug Warbler ID Question - Response Summary [Chris Petherick ]
11 Aug Re: Warbler/Vireo ID Help [Chris Petherick ]
11 Aug Re: Warbler/Vireo ID Help ["Tom Wood" ]

Subject: Re: RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:58:35 -0500
Hi Greg,
Yesterday, Wind Lake Sod Farm in Racine County

Mike Wanger
Milwaukee

Sent from my brain

> On Aug 27, 2016, at 12:06 PM, Seegert, Greg  wrote:
> 
> All
> If anyone finds any of these "grasspipers" in the next few days, please post. 
Just got back from Kansas City and have 5 days before I leave for AZ so those 
days will probably be my only chance to see one this year. Based on the news 
reports, looks like we got out of KC just in time. I was at a fish conference 
and didn't really bird but one day I did borrow a friend's car and drove to the 
suburbs and saw a pr of roosting MS kites. 

> 
> Thanks in advance
> Greg Seegert
> Beaver Dam....at least occasionally
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Subject: Bank Swallow update, part 2
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:53:28 -0500
Some people have been asking me to provide more information about this
species:
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/08/bank-swallow-update-part-2.html
William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:25:41 -0500
Hello Birders!
A dozen more nighthawks
flying over Detroit Harbor toward the mainland
as the 7 pm ferry leaves Washington Island
yesterday evening

Sandy Petersen


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Subject: RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:06:40 +0000
All
If anyone finds any of these "grasspipers" in the next few days, please post. 
Just got back from Kansas City and have 5 days before I leave for AZ so those 
days will probably be my only chance to see one this year. Based on the news 
reports, looks like we got out of KC just in time. I was at a fish conference 
and didn't really bird but one day I did borrow a friend's car and drove to the 
suburbs and saw a pr of roosting MS kites. 


Thanks in advance
Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam....at least occasionally


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Subject: Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler)
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:42:04 -0500
The reclassification of birds will likely go on for a long time to come, if
not indefinitely, as we try to define just what qualifies as a species or
what we even mean by species.  It seems that the trend is more toward
splitting species than lumping, and as we re-evaluate one group of birds it
seems that a similar criteria is then applied to other groups of birds,
resulting in additional splits.  I think that well after I have hung up my
binoculars I will continue to add species to my life list as birds I have
sighted in the past will eventually be raised to species status.
It is one of the most fundamental questions we ask about birds and one of
the hardest to answer - how many kinds of birds are their in the world?
The best round number we can give is about 10,000 species, but not everyone
agrees on exactly where to draw the line.  The problem is that birds are
evolving and continue to evolve, so some of these populations are still in
the process of becoming new species and interbreeding may stop some
populations short of going all the way.  As humans, we want to have a
black-and-white world and would like to draw concrete distinctions between
the many varieties of birds, but in nature there are so many shades of gray
and so many populations of birds that show a spectrum of variations among
them that it isn't always easy to say where we should draw the line.

I have had many people tell me that now that we can do genetic testing that
this should answer all of these questions, and yet even there we are left
to make judgment calls of where we draw these lines to either separate two
populations into distinct species or lump them as subspecies, or
variations, of a single species.  We know that each individual in a
population has its own distinct genetic make up and we can trace these
traits to the parents who share them as well as closely related individuals
that also show similarity.  But as we look across the entire line of a
population this too will demonstrate a spectrum of variations among
individuals, just like the expressed traits that we relied on in the past
to try and help us make distinctions.

I can think of numerous examples of birds where I could go either way
between lumping or splitting the species simply because it isn't so clear
how much variations is required to elevate them to the species level.  Even
if there is a fair percentage of genetic differences, we know that some
genes don't seem to do much or need to work with others to bring about
changes while others determine differences in plumage or size of certain
features.  So in the end it is a judgment call and we are left with some
indecisiveness of where we should draw the line.

You would think that with our advancing science that we should be better
suited to make these decisions, but it seems that it only shows us the
complexity of nature to be more complex than we had expected.  The Myrtle
Warbler and Audubon's Warbler debate is just one example. In recent years
we have gone from Baltimore Oriole and Bullock's Oriole to Northern Oriole
and recently back again and we really can't seem to agree how to lump or
split the coots and gallinules around the world, and there are similar
problems with some species of Brush-Finches and Laughingthrushes among so
many others.

So, just how many kinds of birds are there in the world and what is my life
list up to?  I guess it depends on who you ask, or what criteria or
checklist you use, and maybe on what day you ask any taxonomist.  So while
it is frustrating to keep up with these constant changes and to keep
straight just what we call some of these birds, this will likely go on for
as long as we watch birds and ponder the diversity of nature.

Bill

On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:43 PM, William Mueller 
wrote:

> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-
> see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/
>
> William Mueller
> Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
> WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
> wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
> office  262-285-3374
> cell   414-698-9108
> blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
> Port Washington, WI
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-- 
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Subject: Harlequin Duck - Door Co.
From: Eric Howe <wibirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:34:30 -0500
Male Harlequin Duck at Washington Island (Door Co.), Percy Johnson Park this 
morning. Distant, but hopefully video scope will capture a few frames as it was 
diving SSW of Hog Island. 


Eric Howe
Racine Co. 

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Subject: Warblers - Fox Point Milwaukee
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:07 -0500
Hello,

I had a nice late morning burst of warblers in my yard. Am redstart, ovenbird, 
2 black and white, 1 bay-breasted, 1 Tennessee, 1 Chestnut-Sided, 2 
Blackburnian, along with a Swanson’s Thrush, several orioles, a few 
unidentified warblers and a small warbler/vireo like bird. It was gray above, 
had 2 wing bars, kind of faded, but noticeable, all white stomach and throat 
with no markings. My thought was vireo, but can’t quite figure it out. It did 
not have prominent eye rings or spectacles of any note. It was a pale gray, 
like the color of a shrike. Definitely not a flycatcher of any kind. 


heading back out to see what else is out there…

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August, 25, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:27:26 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, August 25, 2016
72 degrees
Cloudy, clearing toward end of walk
20 birders

Total Species:  42

5 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Herring Gull
32 Rock Pigeon
4 Mourning Dove
8 Chimney Swift
4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
5 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
6 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Empidonax sp.
2 Eastern Phoebe
3 Red-eyed Vireo
5 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
9 Barn Swallow
16 Black-capped Chickadee

4 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
45 Cedar Waxwing
1 Northern Waterthrush
4 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Tennessee Warbler

1 Common Yellowthroat
6 American Redstart
3 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Wilson’s Warbler
2 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Common Grackle
1 Baltimore Oriole

3 House Finch
97 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow

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Subject: Winnebago co. shorebirds
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:08:01 -0500
Thanks to Stuart's post yesterday I decided to check "his" Oakridge Rd pond. On 
the way out I spent a short time at the Anderson sod farm, but missed the 3 
Buff-br. Sandpipers that were present on the east end. Lots of Horned Larks, 
and quite a few Killdeer. The Oakridge pond has nice habitat, plus Stuart was 
also there and Sylvia. Apparently things were quieter compared to yesterday but 
there were 2 Am. Golden Plovers, plus yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers and 
Wilson's Snipe. It should be productive for some time, depending upon the 
weather. 

On the way home I went back to the Anderson sod farm. The Buffs were not on the 
east field but I relocated them way down to the last west field and then the 
plowed one next to it. All three were present but be aware that they are moving 
around and blend in if on the plowed fields. Much easier when they are on the 
sod fields. 


Good luck.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: MKE- Bender Park - Baird's Sandpiper
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:30:24 -0500
There is a Baird's Sandpiper on the beach along with a Sanderling.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Nighthawks hawking
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:21:06 -0500
This evening 615 - 715 - calm, sun setting ...
Between 50 and 100 Nighthawks
circling, dipping, turning, etc
over the trees and in the open at
Jackson Harbor, Washington Island
Also a few dragonflies which the birds were not eating
but ... the Nighthawks were hunting something that
could not be seen ... probably those flying ants again ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton and Washington Island


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Subject: Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler)
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:50:25 +0000
Well, I've never stopped calling them "Myrtle" or "Audubon's". Both can be 
found during migration, and I had an Audubon's or hybrid (some of which we've 
banded) spend last winter at my suet feeders. 


Tom Erdman

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Behalf Of William Mueller 

Sent: Thursday, August 25, 2016 3:43 PM
To: wisbirdn 
Subject: [wisb] just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. 
Warbler) 



https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/ 


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory WGLBBO online: 
wglbbo.org wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com office 262-285-3374 

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Subject: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler)
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:43:14 -0500
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/ 


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: DNR Land Usage Survey - Make Your Voice Heard!
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:09:42 -0500
Click on the below link to let the WI DNR know how you spend your time in
nature.
We don't get this sort of opportunity all that often, and it's a really
quick survey that provides valuable feedback.

As birdwatchers and non-consumptive nature lovers, we need to take
advantage of this opportunity to have our voices heard along with the
hunters, trappers, and fishermen of our great state!

http://22.selectsurvey.net/DNR/SCORP2016#

Cheers!

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


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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:34:34 +0000
There was a good movement of nighthawks along west bay shore in Oconto county, 
several hundred in less than half an hour. 


They aren't eating dragonflies, but both are catching other insects, mainly 
flying ants recently although there has been a few chironomid hatches with 
recent rains too. 

There are really good dragonfly migrations along Green Bay and Lake Michigan 
shore in August and September, mostly the larger Darners; Green, Canada, 
Green-striped... Nighthawks don't eat them (to large), but Merlins, male 
Peregrines often pick them off in flight and feed on the wing. The dragonflies 
also get caught up in thermals used by the kettles of Broad-wings, who will 
also feed on them on the wing! If you watch a swirling kettle, you will often 
see an individual do a side slip and then the foot go up to beak. Munching 
along as they float south. 


Tom Erdman, Green Bay


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Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:29 PM
To: John K 
Cc: Wisconsin Bird net 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Yard birds

John:
Nighthawks - dragonflies
Interesting about dragonflies in the skies with the nighthawks.
That was what I saw in the past near Labor Day along Lake Michigan.
Are they following/eating the dragonflies?

Meadowlarks - grass cutting
Also interesting about the late meadowlark.  How often does that occur?
Maybe the grass cutting guidelines are not that helpful for grassland birds?
Or grass cutting in early July may cause late meadowlark fledging?

Sandy Petersen,
rural Stoughton, Dane County and Washington Island, Door County





On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 8:08 PM, John K  wrote:

> Here in Iowa County 17 Common Nighthawks and a fall plumage Bobolink 
> were this evenings highlights. The sky was also full of dragonflies. 
> Also noted was a recently fledged Eastern Meadowlark. Glad I waited 
> until late August to hay the fields!
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 Chris Petherick  wrote:
>
> > Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this 
> > evening.  Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point.
> >
> > Chris Petherick
> > Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> >
> > > On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> > >
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> > The Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again.  Hope 
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Subject: Horicon Marsh 8/25/16
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:37:18 -0500
Any one considering going to Horicon Marsh for shorebirds had better think 
again. I checked out the ponds along Hwy 49 early this morning. There are 
almost no mud flats on either side of the highway. Only a very few shorebirds 
were found and they were moving around trying to find habitat (at least 95% is 
gone from earlier this week and last weekend). More shorebirds were found on 
the first pond of the Auto Tour but they were all yellowlegs. Here is the total 
from the 49 ponds: 8 Black-necked Stilts, 1 GreaterYellowlegs, 3 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 3 Stilt Sandpipers, 1 Least Sandpiper, 12 Semip. Sandpipers, 1 
Long-billed and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers. On a more positive note, there were 
55 Cattle Egrets in the willow grove until around 7:20. Then they all moved out 
to the east and north. 

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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:28:30 -0500
John:
Nighthawks - dragonflies
Interesting about dragonflies in the skies with the nighthawks.
That was what I saw in the past near Labor Day along Lake Michigan.
Are they following/eating the dragonflies?

Meadowlarks - grass cutting
Also interesting about the late meadowlark.  How often does that occur?
Maybe the grass cutting guidelines are not that helpful for grassland birds?
Or grass cutting in early July may cause late meadowlark fledging?

Sandy Petersen,
rural Stoughton, Dane County and Washington Island, Door County





On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 8:08 PM, John K  wrote:

> Here in Iowa County 17 Common Nighthawks and a fall plumage Bobolink were
> this evenings highlights. The sky was also full of dragonflies. Also noted
> was a recently fledged Eastern Meadowlark. Glad I waited until late August
> to hay the fields!
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 Chris Petherick  wrote:
>
> > Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this
> > evening.  Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point.
> >
> > Chris Petherick
> > Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> >
> > > On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> > >
> > > Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler.
> > The Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again.  Hope this
> > continues in the upcoming days.
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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:08:27 +0000
Here in Iowa County 17 Common Nighthawks and a fall plumage Bobolink were
this evenings highlights. The sky was also full of dragonflies. Also noted
was a recently fledged Eastern Meadowlark. Glad I waited until late August
to hay the fields!
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County
On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 Chris Petherick  wrote:

> Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this
> evening.  Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point.
>
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
>
> > On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> >
> > Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler.
> The Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again.  Hope this
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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:57:49 -0500
Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this evening. 
Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> 
> Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler. The 
Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again. Hope this continues in 
the upcoming days. 

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Subject: Yard birds
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:06:20 -0500
Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler. The 
Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again. Hope this continues in 
the upcoming days. 

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Subject: changes underway for the Bank Swallow
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:34:33 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/08/bank-swallow-how-thhings-have-changed.html 


William Mueller
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WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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Subject: Re: Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:06:00 +0000
Don't worry, they're coming. I've had 18 species of warblers at my place since 
Saturday, Olive-sided Flycatcher and 4 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers on 
Sunday,first Swainson's Thrush, and other neotrops. Friday morning looks to be 
especially good at active migration sites. Saturday morning should be decent at 
sites with good stopover habitat that traditionally hold birds. 


 Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
of Tom Wood  

Sent: Tuesday, August 23, 2016 3:48 PM
To: Wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County
   
I spent the morning at Harrington Beach State Park and saw 9 species of
warblers and had a heard-only Mourning Warbler burst out in song just once,
for a total of 10 species detected. My favorite was a beautiful adult male
Golden-winged Warbler bathing. Few and far between, but this modest start to
the warbler migration was a welcome sight.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Bay Beach S. & my yard
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:27:19 -0500
I spent this early morning checking out the Bay Beach Sanctuary in Green Bay. 
Unbelievably quiet!! The only migrant was a lone Tennessee Warbler. 

 However this afternoon in my yard I suddenly had several bathers in the bird 
bath near the living room window. They included Swainson's Thrush, 
Yellow-belllied Flycatcher and Redstart plus standard Robin, Chickadee and 
House Finch, all at the same time. The thrush and flycatcher came back several 
additional times. Nice to see a few migrants starting to appear, despite this 
warm, humid weather. 

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Subject: Am. Redstart/Kenosha
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:04:39 -0500
The first warbler of the season that I've seen in our backyard, a female 
American Redstart, flitted around our brush pile for a few minutes then moved 
on. Short (visit) but sweet (sight)... 

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Subject: Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:48:25 -0500
I spent the morning at Harrington Beach State Park and saw 9 species of
warblers and had a heard-only Mourning Warbler burst out in song just once,
for a total of 10 species detected. My favorite was a beautiful adult male
Golden-winged Warbler bathing. Few and far between, but this modest start to
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Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Re: Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park
From: Paul Kinzer <ptkinzr AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:31:37 -0500
The Lark Sparrow is present as of 4pm. It's in the dense weeds across the water 
from the boardwalk, and (very) occasionally pops up on the fence. I waited for 
about 45m before seeing him for 30s. 


-Paul

> On Aug 22, 2016, at 8:07 AM, Jeremy Meyer  wrote:
> 
> Good morning, I received a call about the Lark Sparrow and wanted to see
> it, since it would be a life bird for me. I arrived and hung out in the
> area it was being seen. Sure enough it popped out onto the boardwalk and I
> watched it for about 5 minutes before it flew into the taller weeds. While
> on the boardwalk, it caught and swallowed a large flying insect of some
> sort. Quite impressive, I didn't think it was going to get it down. Thank
> you Rita for finding this bird and getting the word out.
> I have images of the bird eating the insect at the link below. I have been
> extremely busy this summer and have not really gone through my pictures
> until recently, over 40k this year already. In addition to the Lark
> Sparrow, I have just over 100 new photos posted, if you are interested in
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Subject: Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:07:06 -0500
Good morning, I received a call about the Lark Sparrow and wanted to see
it, since it would be a life bird for me. I arrived and hung out in the
area it was being seen. Sure enough it popped out onto the boardwalk and I
watched it for about 5 minutes before it flew into the taller weeds. While
on the boardwalk, it caught and swallowed a large flying insect of some
sort. Quite impressive, I didn't think it was going to get it down. Thank
you Rita for finding this bird and getting the word out.
I have images of the bird eating the insect at the link below. I have been
extremely busy this summer and have not really gone through my pictures
until recently, over 40k this year already. In addition to the Lark
Sparrow, I have just over 100 new photos posted, if you are interested in
viewing them.

www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Sanderling, Dowitcher, and Great Blue Heron photos
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:36:10 -0500
Hello all,
Rita told me about the Lark Sparrow, so I went down to Racine and luckily
caught a quick glimpse of it. A Short-billed Dowitcher, Great Blue Heron,
and Sanderling put on a show for, and I enjoyed getting some nice photos in
great light!

Enjoy and thanks for looking!


http://www.birdspazz.com/2016/08/22/a-lark-sparrow-sassy-sanderling-and-a-stealth-great-blue/ 


-- 
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Subject: Lark Sparrow in Racine
From: "Rita Marie Wiskowski" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dona_rita" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 01:16:46 +0000 (UTC)
John Dixon and I stopped by Samuel Myers Park in Racine this afternoon, a 
little after 2 pm. and were delighted to find a Lark Sparrow on the boardwalk 
which we were excited to share with other birders. It was a lifer for some. 

Other highlights were a Baird's Sandpiper, a short-billed dowitcher, and a 
bunch of other peeps (7 species of peeps) scampering along the beach. We heard 
that ruddy turnstones were there in the morning, but we didn't see any in the 
afternoon. 

https://flic.kr/p/Lpi3QR  



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Subject: Racine Co- Yes Buff Breasted 4+ @ Wind Lake Turf
From: Bill Grossmeyer <bill.grossmeyer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:07:09 -0500
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Subject: Merlin in Sheboygan : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:21:55 -0500
Sitting outdoors at 4 p.m. this afternoon, we heard the high, rapid call of
a Merlin.  Looked up to the top of our tall spruce tree in the backyard
(where they have perched before), and... sure enough, there it was!  : )  It
stayed for 10 minutes, preening a bit and generally surveying the
neighborhood.  Then it flew off to the northwest.  A delight to see it
again!  : )  Photos on eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31189949
-- dave & margaret brasser
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Subject: Eastern Screech-owl. Polk County
From: "Joe" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jhudick" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:15:29 -0500
Screech-owl. A single bird calling at 0500 for a few minutes outside my window 
in Osceola. It was a cool evening with the windows open. It went through a 
progression where I heard both the whinny and trill. 


Feeder activity is still high.
10 to 12 Baltimore Orioles including a mix of adults and juveniles
10-12 Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 
Also, Downy, Red-bellied, Hairy, BC Chickadee, WB Nuthatch, Am Goldfinch, and 
House Finch 


The Brown Thrasher and Catbird show up every day as well

Joe Hudick
Osceola

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Racine County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:56:24 -0500
This morning at 9:30 A.M. there were 6 Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the north
side of Burmeister Road at the Wind Lake sod farms. The location was just
short of .4 miles east of the yellow port-a-potty on the south side of
Burmeister that has a sign for the M.A.R.K.S. flying field attached. There
is a large gravel area on the north side of Burmeister with a sign for Wind
Lake Turf. This is where I scoped, and the sandpipers were about 100 yards
away in the area where the sod has been stripped and the field has gone to
weeds. This morning at least, there were several flooded areas in this
field, but the flooding was not extensive and may be short-lived.
My experience at Wind Lake is that the birds seldom stay in one location
very long, but this might be a place to start looking.
At 10:00 A.M., there was another birder looking, so I stopped back at the
spot to make sure that he saw them. I only did a quick scan and quickly
found two; the others may have been hidden by the weeds.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Horicon Marsh this a.m.
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:04:50 +0000
Steve Thiessen, Nolan Pope and I went up to Horicon Marsh this morning. We 
arrived at the pumphouse pond on Hwy 49 around 6:15 a.m., having taken a quick 
look at the willow line west of there to see if the large flock of Cattle 
Egrets were perched there (they weren't.) Steve very quickly spotted a 
Red-necked Phalarope at the east end of the pond, and we eventually found four 
of them working the edge, although two flew off at one point. They were pretty 
flitty in general, and often went behind vegetation, so keep looking if you 
don't find them right away. There were a couple of Wilson's Phalaropes far to 
the south, hanging out with one of several groups of Black-necked Stilts. (I 
believe we had at least nine Stilts in that pond, plus more on the Fond du Lac 
Co. side of the road.) There were also a few Stilt Sandpipers, both Yellowlegs, 
Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, plus a few Semipalm. Plovers. 


Around 6:30 or so, Steve pointed out a large flock of white birds to the west - 
it was the Cattle Egrets, coming from farther south to land in the willows near 
49. Our initial count in the air was 36. Later, when they flew across the 
highway heading north, I counted 40 in the air, plus another 10 still perched 
on the south side of the road. Easily the most I've ever seen at once. 



We headed over to the Old Marsh Rd. and hiked out from the east end. There were 
quite a few smaller birds flitting about in the treeline, although everything 
was likely local nesters. Only warbler was one imm. American Redstart on our 
way back to the car. We flushed a few imm. Black-crowned Night Herons along the 
road, and I heard a Least Bittern call a few times, but we never saw any of the 
latter. There were more BN Stilts, another Red-necked Phalarope (much better 
look this time,) and four Short-billed Dowitchers. We hiked out as far as the 
bend in the road, but didn't see anything new, so headed back. A brief check of 
Hwy 49 didn't get us anything new - there were fewer shorebirds in the 
pumphouse pond, but possibly more peeps on the north side by the historical 
marker (all Least and Semipalm. SPs, as far as we could see.) 


One of the Trumpeter Swans was standing east of the pumphouse, and two more 
flew across 49 from north to south down by the historical marker. 



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Subject: Re: MKE - Night heron stuck?
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:17:48 -0500
And... after 20 minutes of struggle and me hitting the send button, the
bird gets itself out, go figure. All good now
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee

On Aug 21, 2016 8:12 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good morning, it appears that one of the juvenile night herons is stuck on
> something. Looks like some branches, but could be something underwater.
> Seems to be tired out from it. At least the bird is not underwater
> completely. There are 3 of them on the south west side of the lagoon at
> Veteran's Park. Not sure who to contact or if there is anyone to. Thanks
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: MKE - Night heron stuck?
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:12:13 -0500
Good morning, it appears that one of the juvenile night herons is stuck on
something. Looks like some branches, but could be something underwater.
Seems to be tired out from it. At least the bird is not underwater
completely. There are 3 of them on the south west side of the lagoon at
Veteran's Park. Not sure who to contact or if there is anyone to. Thanks
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Blue grey gnatcatchers
From: Sandy Rueckert <sandyrueckert AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:24:55 -0500
Just wondering if anyone knows if these birds nest in Middleton. I have been 
noticing them in my crab apple trees since late July. 

Also, i observed a hummingbird being chased away from a likely flower by a 
large bumblebee! 

Dane County
Middleton

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Subject: 14 warbler sp., incl. 37+ Tennessees - Bayfield Co.
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 01:44:02 +0000
Western Lake Superior saw another nice landbird flight last night. Despite 
persistent rain I managed 14 species of warblers at my house this morning, 
dominated by 37+ Tennessees, 23+ Amer. Redstarts, and a couple hundred 
unidentified flyovers that were probably mostly Tennessees and Nashvilles. 
Hoping the rain clears for another good flight tonight! 



 Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Horicon Marsh
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:30:20 -0500
When most of the showers ended late this morning I made a trip down to Horicon 
Marsh. Of course there was a shower there when i arrived but it soon stopped. 
The shorebirds then appeared, when initially there were only a few, with 12 
species and some nice numbers for several. Best was a Red-necked Phalarope with 
2 Wilson's Phalaropes towards the east end of the pump house pond. Also here 
were 12 Black-necked Stilts, 65 Stilt Sandpipers, 25 Least and 140 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, but only 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, plus both yellowlegs, 10 Semip. 
Plovers, etc. As I was leaving the marsh I found a Olive-sided Flycatcher 
perched in a dead tree, obviously a migrant. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Great-tailed Grackle, Maricopa County, AZ
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow AT cltcomm.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:03:00 -0700
Hi all,

While visiting our place in the desert just south of Phoenix, it has been 
fascinating to watch the behavior of a great-tailed grackle(s). It (they) 
brings apparent food items to our roof gutter and seems to wash them in the 
roof-top air conditioner condensate running into the gutter. I can only guess 
at the reason for the behavior such as washing dust off of the food item or 
maybe even moisturizing it and making it easier to swallow. Who knows? 


Best birding!

Jeff Virant
Deer Park, WI   (Polk County)
rainbow AT cltcomm.net




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Subject: Lake Park Warbler Walk 8/20, Milwaukee - CANCELLED
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:01:40 -0500
WUWM predicts strong thunderstorms and winds up to 30 mph this morning, so the 
Lake Park Warbler Walk has been cancelled. Better luck next week! 

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: "Flying Ant Day" and Nighthawks in Sheboygan : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:22:52 -0500
We have noticed that every year around mid-August -- when the temperature and 
humidity are "just right" -- just before sunset winged ants come out of every 
anthill on our yard and sidewalk and driveway and the surrounding neighborhood 
and take to the skies. This evening was again "Flying Ant Day". The first to 
recognize this are the gull scouts: one gull finds the swarms of ants flying 
skyward, soundlessly communicates this to another gull, and -- wow! -- 
instantaneously there's an explosion of gulls swooping just above roof-top 
level all around our house and neighborhood, jerkily grabbing flying ants out 
of the air. It's like the Alfred Hitchcock movie, "The Birds"!!!! After 15 
minutes the Common Nighthawks come from the north and glide over -- higher than 
the gulls -- snatching flying ants along the way. The first group of nighthawks 
numbered about 25 tonight, and 10 minutes later another group of 35 came over 
-- all heading south, snacking on ants along the way. We miss see 

 ing the nighthawks flying and diving and "buzzing" over Sheboygan every 
evening all summer long: They disappeared when the city was completely sprayed 
for Gypsy Moths several years ago. But at least we can see nighthawks every 
August, whenever there's a "Flying Ant Day"! : ) 

-- Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County



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Subject: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative launches eNews service
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 22:01:40 +0000
Hello birders, the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative is launching a new, 
monthly eNews service featuring the latest events, projects, and news related 
to bird conservation in the state. Signing-up is fast and easy at the link 
below. 


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Those who sign up should expect the first issue sometime next week. Please help 
us spread the word by sharing the link with your bird-loving friends and 
family. Thank you! 



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

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Subject: why the Migratory Bird Treaty deserves your interest and support
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:25:07 -0500
https://theconversation.com/beyond-borders-why-we-need-global-action-to-protect-migratory-birds-62070 


William Mueller
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WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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Subject: Night Hawks
From: LIELA KUCHAR <jodykuch AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 17:00:31 +0000 (GMT)
Manitowoc County, City of Manitowoc
Saw a flock of night hawks around 6:15PM heading due east over city.   At 
around 7:15PM, saw about 8 night hawks, not in 'bird ball', but traveling 
together east/southeast. 

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Subject: updating shorebird map on WGLBBO website
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 11:20:10 -0500
We are updating the Shorebird Map; see it at:
http://wglbbo.org/shorebird-map
If you have shorebird observations in the coming weeks and if you do NOT
use eBird, please write to my e-mail address with your details if you'd
like them to be added to the map.

We'll attempt to update the map approximately bi-weekly until about 5
October.

William Mueller
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Subject: W. Gr. Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory website update
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:04:12 -0500
The Observatory website has had some recent updates; see some of these
items at these links:
Home page: http://wglbbo.org/ (Subscribe to the ENews, partway down that
page)

Plus:
http://wglbbo.org/join-us/volunteer

http://wglbbo.org/about/director-updates

http://wglbbo.org/news

http://wglbbo.org/what-we-do/waterbird-watch

http://wglbbo.org/what-we-do/midwest-landbird-migration-monitoring-network

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Subject: White-winged Dove Green Co 7/16/16, delayed post due to location, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:46:47 -0500
Hi all,
I decided to try for the rare White-winged Dove that was reported a while
back, late June in Green County Wisconsin. I did some digging with
information I observed and tried my luck and found the bird. The location
of this bird was not revealed at the time because of the location. With
recent updates I have received, the bird has not been seen for some time
now. The bird had been hanging around this location, the town of Argyle for
a couple of weeks at the time and I had been serious about getting this
bird on my life list. I headed out early in the morning back on the 17th of
July just as some storms were passing through the area but great weather
was on the horizon. As I pulled up at the reported location, still inside
the car, I heard the unique call of the White-winged Dove. A beautiful life
bird!!  Many thanks to the finder of this bird and information provided.

Images of the White-winged Dove and more to the story at this link if you
are interested:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/white-winged-dove-argyle-green-county-wisconsin-july-17-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Re: Horicon NWR in Dodge County today
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 20:39:22 +0000 (UTC)
Yes!  Cattle Egrets (36), today, 7:30AM, Thursday.  Departed sometime after 
8AM.  West of Pump House, in short trees lined above channel.  Thanks Tom! 
 Continuing, 100s of shorebirds on pool east of Pump House.  

    On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 4:08 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:
 

 I arrived at about 7:30 AM, just in time to see 34 of the 50 Cattle Egrets
that Daryl Tessen reported Sunday. About 3 minutes after I arrived, the
majority of them flew off, and 10 minutes later, all were gone. They were
seen in the willow line west of the pumphouse on the south side of STH49 and
east of the historical marker pond. Apparently, this is their overnight
roosting spot.
A Red-necked Phalarope was easy to see in the pumphouse pond, only about 40
yards from the road. This could be the same bird that was along Old Marsh
Road last week because I later walked out on that road and did not see one.
Along STH49, I could only find 2 Wilson's Phalaropes today. Other highlights
were the family of 5 Trumpeter Swans and 1 more which eventually took up its
usual position east of the pumphouse, 5 Black-necked Stilts, 11 Stilt
Sandpipers, and 11 dowitchers (sp). This spot has also been good for
Semipalmated Plovers with at least 15 seen today.
The highlights along the eastern half of Old Marsh Road were 12 Black-necked
Stilts, 14 Stilt Sandpipers, and a nice scope look at a foraging Virginia
Rail. Tern numbers have plummeted, with only 2 Black Terns and no Forster's
Terns seen today. Maybe they have just moved to another area in the marsh,
because it seems a little early for migration.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Night hawks and warblers - Ozaukee
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:58:30 -0500
I was at Lion’s Den last evening and saw 3 night hawks overhead, my first 
this fall. I also had about a dozen warblers, but was only able to ID 2 
Nashville and 2 Yellow. There were 8 roosting great egrets in the pond there as 
well, which is the first time I have ever seen egrets there (other than a 
fly-over maybe). Looks like migration is in swing! 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Nighthawks too
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:41:26 -0500
Hi all!
About Nighthawks:
Friends reported a group of about 30
in northern Wisconsin
on/near August 12!

I used to witness their migration
along Lake Michigan
close to Labor Day.

What is happening with the timing of their migration - if anything?

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County and
Washington Island, Door County


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Subject: Retry broken Piping Plover link
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:30:07 -0500

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/2016/08/12/piping-
plovers-find-breeding-habitat-cat-island/88273756/
 

 

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Subject: Information about Racine Piping Plover
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:10:11 -0500
I received a quick response from Alice Van Zoeren from the Great Lakes
Piping Plover Conservation Team about the origin of the Piping Plover at
Samuel Myer's Beach in Racine. It hatched at Cat Island in Green Bay.
Hooray, a Wisconsin bird!
Alice was kind enough to send me a link to a Green Bay Press-Gazette article
which gives some background on Cat Island, the work of Tom Prestby, who
occasionally posts here, and the connection of the leg band colors to the
Packers! I'll copy the link here for those who are interested:

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/sports/outdoors/2016/08/12/piping-
plovers-find-breeding-habitat-cat-island/88273756/

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Subject: Piping Plover in Racine/Racine County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:22:55 -0500
A Piping Plover was found and first reported ( via eBird) on Sunday morning,
August 14 at Racine's Samuel Myer's Beach. This juvenile bird was still
present when I left at 11:25 AM today, August 17.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Horicon NWR in Dodge County today
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:07:33 -0500
I arrived at about 7:30 AM, just in time to see 34 of the 50 Cattle Egrets
that Daryl Tessen reported Sunday. About 3 minutes after I arrived, the
majority of them flew off, and 10 minutes later, all were gone. They were
seen in the willow line west of the pumphouse on the south side of STH49 and
east of the historical marker pond. Apparently, this is their overnight
roosting spot.
A Red-necked Phalarope was easy to see in the pumphouse pond, only about 40
yards from the road. This could be the same bird that was along Old Marsh
Road last week because I later walked out on that road and did not see one.
Along STH49, I could only find 2 Wilson's Phalaropes today. Other highlights
were the family of 5 Trumpeter Swans and 1 more which eventually took up its
usual position east of the pumphouse, 5 Black-necked Stilts, 11 Stilt
Sandpipers, and 11 dowitchers (sp). This spot has also been good for
Semipalmated Plovers with at least 15 seen today.
The highlights along the eastern half of Old Marsh Road were 12 Black-necked
Stilts, 14 Stilt Sandpipers, and a nice scope look at a foraging Virginia
Rail. Tern numbers have plummeted, with only 2 Black Terns and no Forster's
Terns seen today. Maybe they have just moved to another area in the marsh,
because it seems a little early for migration.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: still time to register for the State of Stopover Symposium, Oct 5-7, in Milwaukee
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:52:33 -0500
There is still time to register for this excellent conference; learn more
at:
https://stopover2016.wordpress.com/
The latest on the science of stopover ecology of migratory birds...don't
miss it.

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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Subject: aerial insectivores in the Midwest
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 20:01:37 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/08/aerial-insectivores-in-midwest.html

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Subject: Re: Door County first of fall night hawk
From: <lpersico AT pressenter.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:43:23 -0500
On the other side of the state, I had my first Nighthawk three days ago
Larry Persico
Hudson, St. Croix County

Original message sent on the Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:27:36 -0500 by Paul Regnier 
 

> First of the fall night hawk flew over yesterday as we were wining and
> dining with the pileateds.
> Good birding in the yard yesterday.  Started off with a sharpie chasing
> morning doves then shortly after, but still early yesterday morning, a
> family of 4 pileateds came to the feeders and spa.  Watched parents stuff
> suet down the youngsters mouths then took baths. They came back later near
> sunset.
>
>
> Paul
>
> Paul Regnier
> Door County Nature & Travel LLC
> P. O. Box 136
> Baileys Harbor, WI 54202 USA
> 920-493-1572
> doorcountypaul AT gmail.com
> doorcountytours.com
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Subject: Door County first of fall night hawk
From: Paul Regnier <doorcountypaul AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:27:36 -0500
First of the fall night hawk flew over yesterday as we were wining and
dining with the pileateds.
Good birding in the yard yesterday.  Started off with a sharpie chasing
morning doves then shortly after, but still early yesterday morning, a
family of 4 pileateds came to the feeders and spa.  Watched parents stuff
suet down the youngsters mouths then took baths. They came back later near
sunset.


Paul

Paul Regnier
Door County Nature & Travel LLC
P. O. Box 136
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202 USA
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Subject: Is this a Merlin?
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 22:44:20 -0500
https://www.dropbox.com/s/fuev7izkfcxfu2g/160814_0035.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/zkr4k321onacvao/160814_0124.jpg?dl=0

Thanks!
Tom Koch.......sent from my iPhone
Plover
Portage Co

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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Juneau park
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:45:44 -0500
I was in Milwaukee late today and stopped at the lagoon where the
Yellow-Crowned NH has been reported. I walked south & spotted 2 Juvie
herons but both were Black-crowned. I also found a Juvie Green Heron hiding
along the shore. After walking to the north end I decided to try the south
end again. Just after 7 pm I found it in the SE corner sitting on a snag
about 3 feet above water. Nice looks at the Juvie YCNH from near the
willows. The little black flies were pesky biting my ankles as I looked
thru my bins.
Pat Ready
Madison


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Subject: Swallow tailed kites - Door County
From: Ted Treska <ttreska AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 21:45:46 -0500
We were enjoying some wine and music at the Simon Creek Winery north of
Sturgeon Bay this afternoon when a friend indicated an odd bird flying
over.  Looking up it first seemed like a gull except for the very forked
tail.  Having heard reports of kites in Door Co, this was my second
thought.  Distinctive black and white under wing markings, along with
 un-tern like flight pattern (and the fact that we were a ways inland) made
it pretty clear that it was a swallow tailed kite.  There were two riding
the winds that preceded a small cell of rain that was coming across the
bay..  They came from the north and circled off to the south, so I can't
give a good location, but was great to see!
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Luxemburg WI


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Subject: Warbler migration - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 01:21:57 +0000
Duluth's radar indicated good migration last night, and this morning I was 
treated to an influx of birds at my house in Bayfield County. Nothing major but 
the first significant landbird flight of the season by my judgment. I ended up 
with 11 species of warblers, including 4 Tennessees. 


Best pic of the day was this adult male Golden-winged at my bird bath:
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/163873588


 Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
 http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Black-crowned Night-Heron Juvenile fishing and catching fish at Greenfield Park MKE 8/14/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:55:37 -0500
Hi all,
I checked out Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County this morning to see what
was happening. Surprisingly the park seems to always have something
happening with birds. There have been a couple of juvenile Black-crowned
Night-Herons hanging around. Today when I was present one of the
Black-crowned Night-Herons gave nice views fishing and catching some fish
too. The other Black-crowned Night-Heron present remained in a tree farther
away just resting.

Some images of the Black-crowned Night-Heron fishing and catching fish from
today at this link if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/juvenile-black-crowned-night-heron-catching-fish-greenfield-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-august-14-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co


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Subject: 50 Cattle Egrets
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:50:25 -0500
Arriving early at Horicon Marsh WSO field trip some of us enjoyed 50 Cattle 
Egrets in the short row of trees along 49. They soon headed off to the east. It 
was a fun trip that followed, lead by Tom & Jeff, who are in their 30th year of 
leading WSO field trips!!! In recognition of this cake was provided after a few 
hours of scanning the shorebirds, etc along 49. They will post the highlights 
of the all morning field trip. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Advice and guidelines for late-season atlasing
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Aug 2016 14:43:23 +0000
Hey everyone,

I hope everyone has had a fun summer of atlasing. Although it's winding down, 
it isn't over yet! Here's some valuable late-season atlasing advice including 
how to decipher if a young bird is local, dispersed, a migrant, or even a 
ragged adult, which codes are most appropriate for late-season situations, and 
some tips for finding confirmations in late-summer. Give this a read before 
your last atlasing trips of the summer and good luck with those late 
confirmations! 




http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/tricky-codes-iv-atlasing-season-is-almost-over-but-not-yet/ 



Tom Prestby

Green Bay

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Subject: Information about South Metro (Milwaukee County) Piping Plover (no sightings)
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:32:38 -0500
I received information from Alice Van Zoeren (Great Lakes Piping Plover
Conservation Team) that the Piping Plover found by Jym Mooney on South Metro
Beach in Oak Creek on July 31 was hatched at Sleeping Dunes National
Lakeshore, Michigan on North Manitou Island. Like the Piping Plovers seen
last fall in Sheboygan that were hatched in Muskegon, it was able to make it
across Lake Michigan. Alice says it has been a  "very busy plover breeding
season." Good news.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County 

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Subject: American White Pelicans fishing Dodge Co. 8/10/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 19:09:46 -0500
Hi all,
I checked out a birding spot coming home from Horicon Marsh and found some
American White Pelicans on Lake Sinnissippi. They were fishing in groups
which pelicans typically do and missed fish on most occasions under the
water. They did get a few fish while I was there and it was pretty exciting.

A link to some of the images taken while I was there at this link if you
care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/american-white-pelicans-lake-sinissippi-dodge-county-wisconsin-august-10-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Kestrel: new yard bird, So. Milw
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:55:20 -0500
Working in my second floor office, and gazing (far too) often into the yard
, I realized there was a whole passle of upset dialogue going on among the
4 peanut feeding Red Headed Woodpeckers in particular.  I gather that the
subject of their discussion was the male kestrel preening and stretching
atop a dead birch for over five minutes. I hoped he might take a starling,
tho as I momentarily looked away, he lifted off and swooped down to where a
hummingbird had been perched just 10 feet away.   I don't know if he got
the hummer, but there should be 4 of them duking it out in the final count
today. Fingers crossed s/he made it; the kids were late arrivals this year,
and this looked like a juvenile. Anyway, enough excitement for the day.
Back to work.
Betsy Procrastinatress Abert
South Milwaukee


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Subject: a great new radio interview about the WI Breeding Bird Atlas II
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:34:35 -0500
http://tinyurl.com/jsue457

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Rose-ringed Parakeet photos
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:35:06 -0500
p.s.  I posted photos of the Rose-ringed Parakeet to eBird.
           http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31066025

-- margaret brasser

Sheboygan

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Subject: Strange Bird in Sheboygan
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:54:55 -0500
Working in my garden this morning, I heard a loud unfamiliar bird call.
Following the call, I walked a half block, and around the corner the call
was louder.
I looked up into the tall maple trees and found...
a Rose-ringed Parakeet!
I assume it's an escape, but I thought I should report it anyway,
just in case.
It's currently on the east side of 9th Street, between Geele Ave & Logan
Ave.
-- Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County


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Subject: Humboldt Park - MKE
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:22:37 -0500
For all of you MKE southsiders:  4 B-C Night-Herons (flying and "quorking")
and one Great Egret perched in a tree on the east side of the large island
in the lagoon.  This is the first time that I have ever seen a Great Egret
here!
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: Warbler ID Question - Response Summary
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:46:56 -0500
I appreciate everyone’s responses on this and feel free to keep them coming.

There is no consensus as to what this bird is. It’s roughly a 50/50 split 
between a Pine Warbler and a Bay-Breasted Warbler. 


Pine Warbler ID comments
- The length of tail being longer than would be expected with a Bay-Breasted, 
when looking at length from under tail coverts 

- Defined markings on the under tail itself
- Relatively thicker bill
- Apparent lack of streaking on the back
- White under tail versus what would be a more buff-colored under tail for 
Bay-Breasted (my comment is that this is difficult to tell if it’s lighting 
or actual coloration) 

- Expected at this time of year whereas this would be early for a Bay-Breasted

Bay-Breasted Warbler ID comments
- Apparent chestnut tinge on the flanks near the legs (my comment is whether or 
not the chestnut is, again, lighting or actual markings) 

- More olive toned coloration around the head and mantle
- Dark coloration between the wing bars, admittedly difficult to tell due to 
very little space showing between bars, but what little shows is dark versus 
what would be much less contrast in Pine 


Thank you to everyone who responded. Overall, it seems to be pretty difficult 
to get an ID on this one, but would love to hear more comments! 


thanks again!

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Re: Warbler/Vireo ID Help
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:16:44 -0500
Thanks Tom - I appreciate your thoughtful response! I’m taking in comments 
and I continue to review and will report back later with a summary of the lists 
thoughts. At this point I am pretty comfortable saying it’s NOT a 
yellow-throated vireo!!! There seems to be differing views among those who have 
commented to me about whether this is a Pine or a Bay-Breasted warbler. I have 
added one additional photo showing the back of the bird. Here is the updated 
link… https://flic.kr/p/KWrqqX  This appears to be 
the same link as before, hopefully this new photo is accessible. If you look at 
the photos, it appears that on the photo “Unknown 2” that there is very 
slight chestnut coloring on the flank near the leg, which would be consistent 
with a Bay-Breasted warbler rather than the Pine, but it’s quite faint and 
it’s possible that it’s just lighting. 

Anyway, please keep the comments coming, this has been fantastic for learning. 
I will share a summary of the comments with the list later! 


thanks everyone!

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Aug 11, 2016, at 1:31 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:
> 
> Hi Chris-
> I would go with Pine Warbler too. I don't think a Yellow-throated Vireo would 
be that dull and the "spectacles" just aren't there. The undertail has a nicely 
defined black "V" at the termination of the undertail coverts which differs 
from the rather plain undertail of the vireo. 

> My first impression was that your bird was either Pine Warbler, Blackpoll 
Warbler, or Bay-breasted Warbler, which are often confused during fall 
migration. There doesn't seem to be any streaking on the back of this bird and 
I would expect to see some on Blackpoll or Bay-breasted. The toes are black and 
I believe they would be yellow to pink on a Blackpoll. 

> Another feature which points toward Pine Warbler is the very long tail. The 
bill is quite stout which is also good for Pine Warbler. The undertail pattern 
also matches with a Pine Warbler since it is largely white with aforementioned 
"V" at the base and black at the edges of the tip. 

> In short, I can find features to eliminate Blackpoll and Bay-breasted, but I 
can't see anything that would eliminate a Pine Warbler. Nice bird to have at 
your birdbath! 

> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> 
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Behalf Of Chris Petherick 

> Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:47 AM
> To: Wisconsin Bird List Wisconsin Bird List
> Subject: [wisb] Warbler/Vireo ID Help
> 
> Hello - 
> 
> With fall migration starting up I had a visitor to the yard which, at first 
glance I immediately thought “Yellow-Throated Vireo”, but seeing it 
land at my birdbath and getting some photos, I’m not so sure. Here are 4 
photos of different angles… https://flic.kr/p/KWrqqX 
 Help with the ID would be greatly appreciated! The 
ID points I am looking at are 1.) the eye ring, which is broken and 
doesn’t fully form the “glasses” I have seen on other 
vireos, 2.) prominent wing bars, 3.) apparent lack of streaking on the chest, 
4.) pale stomach/breast area, dull brownish coloration across head and slightly 
darker across back with dark wings, 5.) somewhat thick/large bill that seems 
fairly consistent with its angle to a point, 6.) Undertail having prominent 
dark markings near back end of bird and at tips with a pretty white rear-end, 
7.) lighter coloration on the very lower back/rearend. 

> 
> The issue as i look at these are that some of the ID points seem to push for 
YT Vireo while others push toward Pine Warbler. I’ve looked at a bunch 
of pictures online as well as 3 field guides and 2 specific warbler guides. 
I’m leaning toward Pine Warbler due to the bill shape and the broken 
eye-ring, but I’d love others’ input on this as fall IDs are 
tough! It seems like ID points 2, 3 and 4 could be either and 7 would be more 
vireo. #6 has me wondering if maybe it’s neither of these and I’m 
missing the ID altogether. Thanks for taking a look. 

> 
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County 
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Subject: Re: Warbler/Vireo ID Help
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:31:41 -0500
Hi Chris-
I would go with Pine Warbler too. I don't think a Yellow-throated Vireo would 
be that dull and the "spectacles" just aren't there. The undertail has a nicely 
defined black "V" at the termination of the undertail coverts which differs 
from the rather plain undertail of the vireo. 

My first impression was that your bird was either Pine Warbler, Blackpoll 
Warbler, or Bay-breasted Warbler, which are often confused during fall 
migration. There doesn't seem to be any streaking on the back of this bird and 
I would expect to see some on Blackpoll or Bay-breasted. The toes are black and 
I believe they would be yellow to pink on a Blackpoll. 

Another feature which points toward Pine Warbler is the very long tail. The 
bill is quite stout which is also good for Pine Warbler. The undertail pattern 
also matches with a Pine Warbler since it is largely white with aforementioned 
"V" at the base and black at the edges of the tip. 

In short, I can find features to eliminate Blackpoll and Bay-breasted, but I 
can't see anything that would eliminate a Pine Warbler. Nice bird to have at 
your birdbath! 

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Behalf Of Chris Petherick 

Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2016 11:47 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird List Wisconsin Bird List
Subject: [wisb] Warbler/Vireo ID Help

Hello - 

With fall migration starting up I had a visitor to the yard which, at first 
glance I immediately thought “Yellow-Throated Vireo”, but seeing it 
land at my birdbath and getting some photos, I’m not so sure. Here are 4 
photos of different angles… https://flic.kr/p/KWrqqX 
 Help with the ID would be greatly appreciated! The 
ID points I am looking at are 1.) the eye ring, which is broken and 
doesn’t fully form the “glasses” I have seen on other 
vireos, 2.) prominent wing bars, 3.) apparent lack of streaking on the chest, 
4.) pale stomach/breast area, dull brownish coloration across head and slightly 
darker across back with dark wings, 5.) somewhat thick/large bill that seems 
fairly consistent with its angle to a point, 6.) Undertail having prominent 
dark markings near back end of bird and at tips with a pretty white rear-end, 
7.) lighter coloration on the very lower back/rearend. 


The issue as i look at these are that some of the ID points seem to push for YT 
Vireo while others push toward Pine Warbler. I’ve looked at a bunch of 
pictures online as well as 3 field guides and 2 specific warbler guides. 
I’m leaning toward Pine Warbler due to the bill shape and the broken 
eye-ring, but I’d love others’ input on this as fall IDs are 
tough! It seems like ID points 2, 3 and 4 could be either and 7 would be more 
vireo. #6 has me wondering if maybe it’s neither of these and I’m 
missing the ID altogether. Thanks for taking a look. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County 
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