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18 Apr Openings on Kirtland's Warbler-Whooping Crane Trip [CHARLES HAGNER ]
18 Apr Nine Springs Ponds, Madison, Dane Co [Paul van Ginkel ]
18 Apr Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Neenah [James Morgenstern ]
18 Apr Fwd: Nine Springs and Shoveler Sink Nature Walks ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
18 Apr Re: Dead woodpecker question [Scott Diehl ]
17 Apr Kinglets & more, Hawthorn Hollow, Somers [John Krerowicz ]
17 Apr Marbled Godwit -- Ashton, Dane Co. [Sunil Gopalan ]
17 Apr Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison [Kyle Lindemer ]
17 Apr helpful reference to window collisions []
17 Apr Black-necked Stilt, 5 Franklin's Gulls, etc [Daryl Tessen ]
17 Apr Re: Dead woodpecker question []
17 Apr Seminary Woods - MKE CTY [Karen Johnson ]
17 Apr Dane Co. Marbled Godwit [Jesse Peterson ]
17 Apr High cliff State Park [Terri Welisek ]
17 Apr Dead woodpecker question [Madison Audubon ]
17 Apr Dodge Co. Yellow-headed blackbird ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
17 Apr WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 17 (Harrington Beach State Park) [Jonathan Stein ]
17 Apr Passenger Pigeon: Lessons for the Future - Sun, April 20 at 4 pm - Wis. Public Radio [Madison Audubon ]
17 Apr Backyard Brown thrasher, Madison [Yoyi Steele ]
17 Apr Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison [Schaufenbuel ]
17 Apr Spotted Towhee [Mike Reese ]
17 Apr Dane Co. Franklin's Gull ["peterson.jesse tds.net" ]
17 Apr Re: Great Blue Herons - Greenfield Park - Mating ["Wright Family" ]
17 Apr New swans arriving-Outagamie Co. [Rob Zimmer ]
17 Apr Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison [Sunil Gopalan ]
17 Apr Spotted Towhee at Nine Springs Weds. evening ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
17 Apr Calumet County: Keeping purple martins alive [Rob Zimmer ]
16 Apr Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison ["Tom Wood" ]
16 Apr Hermit Thrush, RC Kinglets, YR Warblers at Scuppernong Springs Wauk. Co. 4/16/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
16 Apr Dane and Columbia birding [Sandy Rueckert ]
16 Apr Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison [Sunil Gopalan ]
16 Apr WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 16 (Harrington Beach State Park) [Jonathan Stein ]
16 Apr Madison Spotted Towhee [Mark Hodgson ]
16 Apr Re: Devil's Lake SP [Sharon Reilly ]
16 Apr Madison Birds and Beers [Kyle Lindemer ]
16 Apr Great Blue Herons - Greenfield Park []
16 Apr Spotted Towhee still at 9 Springs (Dane Co.) today ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
16 Apr Tiffany Train - Openings Still Available [Bill Hogseth ]
15 Apr Leola Marsh [Mike Reese ]
15 Apr Osprey Nagawicka Delafield Waukesha County ["Spencer Stehno" ]
15 Apr Pewaukee River Parkway - Virginia Rail [Tim Hahn ]
15 Apr Re: Seminary Woods, CGI, MKE County [Jennifer Ambrose ]
15 Apr Yard birds [Jeremy Meyer ]
15 Apr WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 15 (Harrington Beach State Park) [Jonathan Stein ]
15 Apr Seminary Woods, Southeastern Milwaukee County ["R & C Dermody" ]
15 Apr Fw: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Apr 15, 2014 [Mike Goodman ]
15 Apr Re: Clay-colored Sparrow at Weaver Park and Broad-winged Hawk in yard [Zachary Sutton ]
15 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Apr 15, 2014 [Mike Goodman ]
15 Apr Outagaime County swans continue [Rob Zimmer ]
15 Apr Clay-colored Sparrow at Weaver Park and Broad-winged Hawk in yard [Zachary Sutton ]
15 Apr Birds N Beers - GREEN BAY [Nancy Nabak ]
14 Apr fw: Dodge Co., Egrets, Dunlin, Purple Martin ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
14 Apr Tundra swans, horned grebes, and more, Fond du Lac County ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
14 Apr WSO 2014 Convention Registration Deadline Looms ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
14 Apr WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 14 (Harrington Beach State Park) [Jonathan Stein ]
14 Apr Robins and Weather [Kelly Rueckheim ]
14 Apr Devil's Lake SP [Sharon Reilly ]
14 Apr Re: Fwd: Forest County Birds [Kay Kavanagh ]
14 Apr Weather and Robins [Kelly Rueckheim ]
14 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Apr 14, 2014- grebes & waterfowl [Mike Goodman ]
14 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Eagle Lake (Racine Co.), Apr 14, 2014 [Mike Goodman ]
14 Apr Re: RFI - Spotted Knapweed help [Bill Krouse ]
14 Apr RFI - Spotted Knapweed help [Brian Doverspike ]
14 Apr Fwd: Forest County Birds ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
14 Apr Fox River Red Necked Grebes [Art Sonneland ]
14 Apr C. Loons, Friess Lake, Washington Co. [Scott Diehl ]
13 Apr Lake Farm field trip today (Dane Co.) [Peter Fissel ]
13 Apr Re: Article on Milwaukee Wild Turkeys [Scott Diehl ]
13 Apr This Weds, 7pm Wisconsin Metro Audubon Program, MKE County [Jennifer Ambrose ]
13 Apr Article on Milwaukee Wild Turkeys ["B.G. Sloan" ]
13 Apr Bong sightings, Kenosha Co. 04/13 [Steven Lubahn ]
13 Apr WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 13 (Harrington Beach State Park) [Jonathan Stein ]
13 Apr Southern Milwaukee County today, 4-13 ["Tom Wood" ]
13 Apr Wehr Nature Center this afternoon (Milwaukee County) [Jennifer Ambrose ]
13 Apr Dodge Co. Hustisford area FOY's ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
13 Apr Common Loon [Juneau County] ["Sharon Swiggum" ]

Subject: Openings on Kirtland's Warbler-Whooping Crane Trip
From: CHARLES HAGNER <c_hagner AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:19:56 -0500
Hi everyone--

Because of cancellations, two spots have opened in the Kirtland’s 
Warbler-Whooping Crane field trip taking place next month. 


Kirtland’s Warbler-Whooping Crane Field Trip 

Dates: May 23-24, 2014

Cost: $300 per person (includes a lecture on Friday evening, transportation to 
see the birds on Saturday, Saturday lunch, a Saturday-evening lecture by Stan 
Temple, and a $200 tax-deductible contribution to support bird-protection 
projects. The fee does not include transportation to Wisconsin Rapids, evening 
meals, or lodging.) 

 
If you'd like to go, this is your second chance. Act fast. When BirdWatching 
magazine and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin first announced the 
trip, it sold out in only a day or two. I suspect these two spots will fill 
fast too. 


If you're interested, here's whom to contact:

Maria Sadowski
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
maria.sadowski AT wisconsin.gov
(608) 261-4392.

Good luck!

--Chuck

Chuck Hagner
Milwaukee Co., WI
c_hagner AT mac.com


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Subject: Nine Springs Ponds, Madison, Dane Co
From: Paul van Ginkel <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:56:45 -0500
Yesterday at around 5:30-6PM the Spotted Towhee gave some great looks at the 
same location as noted before along the bike path. I arrived at the location at 
around 4PM and hung around for a while without seeing the bird. At some point I 
clearly heard the song of an Eastern Towhee (Drink your tea) from across the 
road. At 5:30 the bird suddenly flew in when a group of us were standing there 
watching the shrubbery from what seemed like behind us so possibly from the 
same location a heard the eastern towhee song from an hour earlier. 

When going online I came across a website of a Minnesota birder talking about 
hybrids 
(http://dantallmansbirdblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/eastern-vs-spotted-towhee.html) 
and interestingly it mentions a spotted towhee having the song of a Eastern. 
Even though I did not see the spotted towhee singing (only giving an ‘angry 
call when right in front of us’), this info could be of interest for further 
discussion/consideration of the hybrid or not status of the bird. 


On the third pond there were a few ring necked ducks, blue winged teals and a 
horned grebe. 


Paul van Ginkel
Madison, WI


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Subject: Ruby-Crowned Kinglet Neenah
From: James Morgenstern <jmorgenstern AT new.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:47:07 -0500
This little guy hung around my office window quite a long time yesterday. I 
think he was trying to intimidate the bird in the window! 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/54414005 AT N07/sets/72157644066156542/

Jim Morgenstern
Neenah, Winnebago County




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Subject: Fwd: Nine Springs and Shoveler Sink Nature Walks
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:41:20 -0500


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Nine Springs and Shoveler Sink Nature Walks
Date: 	Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:59:16 -0500
From: 	paul_noeldner 



Peter - please post to wisbirdnet thanks!


2014-04-16 07:44
Nine Springs Natural Area
.5 Miles 60 Minutes Observers: 16
Comments: this is the Wed morning Nelson Inst Nature Explorers UW
Student Mentors outing at Nine Springs. We spotted a lot of species in
spite of a brisk wind, including a Butterbutt and a Kinglet but we
couldn't find the much touted trailside Spotted Towhee. Highlights were
a welcome by a Bald Eagle and a Great Blue Heron.

      205    Canada Goose
      9    Mallard
      6    Blue-winged Teal
      15    Northern Shoveler
      2    Green-winged Teal
      4    Bufflehead
      11    Common Loon
      1    Great Blue Heron
      1    Bald Eagle
      2    Red-tailed Hawk
      3    Sandhill Crane
      2    Killdeer
      2    Lesser Yellowlegs
      10    Ring-billed Gull
      2    Mourning Dove
      1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
      2    Downy Woodpecker
      2    Northern Flicker
      4    American Crow
      3    Tree Swallow
      4    Black-capped Chickadee
      1    White-breasted Nuthatch
      1    Golden-crowned Kinglet
      10    American Robin
      2    European Starling
      1    Yellow-rumped Warbler
      3    American Tree Sparrow
      6    Song Sparrow
      9    Northern Cardinal
      3    Red-winged Blackbird
      4    Common Grackle
      2    Brown-headed Cowbird
      5    House Finch
      5    American Goldfinch
      3    House Sparrow

2014-04-16 15:00
Shoveler Sink
1.5 Miles 90 Minutes Observers: 16
Comments: this is the Wed afternoon UW Student Mentor Nature Explorers
walk, the Sherman kids are on break so Jack Kloppenburg took us to
Shovelers Sink and explained the glacially morphed geology. Lots of
waterfowl but the wind and waves made id difficult. Hiking down the
glacial dam outwash ravine by the new Ice Age Trail National Park area
offered shelter, the highlight was finding Pasque Flowers and an
unexpected Bluebird on a sunfiltered south ridge slope with restored Oak
Openings.

      6    Canada Goose
      20    Mallard
      2    Blue-winged Teal
      6    Northern Shoveler
      2    Bufflehead
      5    Ruddy Duck
      1    Wild Turkey
      2    Turkey Vulture
      1    Cooper's Hawk
      1    Red-tailed Hawk
      30    American Coot
      2    Sandhill Crane
      1    Killdeer
      3    Red-bellied Woodpecker
      1    Downy Woodpecker
      2    Northern Flicker
      1    Eastern Phoebe
      1    Blue Jay
      3    American Crow
      2    Tree Swallow
      3    Black-capped Chickadee
      1    White-breasted Nuthatch
      1    Eastern Bluebird
      1    Hermit Thrush
      4    American Robin
      1    Eastern Towhee
      2    Song Sparrow
      4    Northern Cardinal
      12    Red-winged Blackbird
      3    American Goldfinch

Paul Noeldner , Maple Bluff
Ps Much enjoyed my first trip to Shovelers Sink, odd how we can live
near a nature nook for 30 years and miss it.
   /
   \
(:>)
   /
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Subject: Re: Dead woodpecker question
From: Scott Diehl <tuftedtitmouse2 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:01:27 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, All,
We are getting in window-collision-victim, migrating YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS 
lately. Leg paresis (weakness of voluntary movement) or paralysis is common for 
this species after a window collision. This condition is likely a result of 
spinal cord trauma. Birds with leg paresis or paralysis typically "wing-walk" 
-- attempt to balance and move forward by "paddling" with their outstretched 
wings. 


Window collisions are a MAJOR cause of suffering and death for wild birds. 
Please take action to make your home or business safer for birds. You are 
invited to view window treatment ideas on our web 
site:http://www.wihumane.org/wildlife/wings/how-to-home-and-business -- scroll 
down to "How Can Collisions Be Reduced?" 


-Scott Diehl
Richfield, Washington Co., and WI Humane Society Wildlife Rehab Center, 
Milwaukee 



-----Original Message-----
From: Betsyacorn 
To: karen.etter.hale ; wisbirdn 
; melissa.lindstrum  

Sent: Thu, Apr 17, 2014 5:51 pm
Subject: [wisb] Re: Dead woodpecker question


Window kill?  I had one take on an unusual window here and she  sat with 
wings open to get her bearings or balance. It was after a near-catch by  a 
Cooper's Hawk, but I happened to be outside and took her to a  safe spot to 
recover.  It's possible that the collision was such  that Melissa's bird took 
too much damage to the chest or head..  This is a  particularly active window 
collision season, especially with the newcomers  passing through.  Never 
too late to apply window tape (as  sold at the Humane Society and the better 
wildlife stores in Milwaukee for  instance) to our uber-reflective, confusing 
and deadly glass. 
Betsy Abert, So. Milwaukee
 
Betsy Abert
Acorn Landscape  Design
414-531-9249
betsyacorn AT aol.com  

 
In a message dated 4/17/2014 4:40:55 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
karen.etter.hale AT madisonaudubon.org writes:

Hello  Wisbirders,
Melissa contacted us with an interesting question that I hope  some of 
you will have some insight on. Please contact Melissa directly  (and/or 
all of us) at melissa.lindstrum AT gmail.com  


***
My sister found a  dead woodpecker in her yard in Milwaukee this week. 
Its wings were spread  out, almost like it had been sunbathing. Never 
seen a dead bird in this  position before. Any particular reason for it? 
Thanks for any  input!
***

Thanks, as always,
Karen
-- 
Karen Etter  Hale

Chair, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

Citizen  Science Coordinator, Madison Audubon Society

NEW: 1400 E. Washington,  Suite 170

Madison, WI 53703

608/255-BIRD (2473) x  222

NEW: Karen.Etter.Hale AT madisonaudubon.org

OLD:  masoffice AT mailbag.com 

*/
Great  Wisconsin Birdathon 2014
/* Give to the */Finch Gang/  
 *- or  else.

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Subject: Kinglets & more, Hawthorn Hollow, Somers
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:37:24 -0400 (EDT)
The nature preserve had a good variety this morning: Ruby crowned kinglets, 
many Hermit Thrushes, an active E. Phoebe, a Yellow Bellied Sapsucker and 
several Downy woodpeckers and Flickers. 


John Krerowicz
Kenosha
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Subject: Marbled Godwit -- Ashton, Dane Co.
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:52:19 -0500
The Marbled Godwit reported earlier at the Ashton/K pond in Dane Co. hung
around till sunset (at least) and gave some great views.
It didn't seem to be lacking for food and was kept company by several
Wilson's Snipe among others.

Images here: http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Marbled-Godwit/n-h7tLp/

Sunil Gopalan - Madison - Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:23:49 -0500
While I am no expert, I think this bird looks very similar to most from
Colorado that are likely to be pure Spotted Towhee.  I feel the argument
for a hybrid is just as good as the argument for a Arcticus subspecies.
 The hybrid photos in eBird show birds that are lacking the spots of the
bird in Madison.  All I can say is that the record committee has their work
cut out for them.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S10076573

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15894003

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15472081

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15875130

Kyle Lindemer
Madison, Dane County


On Thu, Apr 17, 2014 at 2:52 PM, Schaufenbuel wrote:

> Yes, this bird does show some hybrid features.  Though the lack of spots
> on back may mean it is a still moulting into a more strikingly spotted
> plumage, the extensive white at base of primary feathers combined with
> white edged tertials and coverts seem to be key for a hybrid.  One
> should listen to the bird's call notes as the Eastern has the familiar
> distinct two-part "che-wink" and the Spotted has a rough and rising
> "zureee" to help build a case for identification. Quality images of the
> bird in flight showing the wing and tail patterns may be difficult to
> get, but helpful.
>
> Spots on the back from my experience are very important to ID vagrant
> Spotted as the the Great Plains form (most likely encountered in WI?) of
> the Spotted has the most extensive back spotting (possibly a
> species-level isolating mark from the near-adjacent Easterns).  Suspect
> birds with the combination spotted wings and spotless dark backs are
> more likely hybrids.  But, Northwest forms (another source of vagrants)
> of Spotted have little back spotting and here again is where the
> extensive white patch at primary base and calls may be the deciding
> factors among Spotted, Eastern or Hybrids.
>
> Joe
>
> --
> Joe Schaufenbuel
> Stevens Point
> Portage Co., WI
>
>
>
>
> Spots on the back from my experience are very important to ID vagrant
> Spotted as the the Great Plains form (most likely encountered?) of the
> Spotted has the most extensive back spotting (possible a specific
> isolating mark) and hybrids with he combination spotted wings brown
> backs are more likely hybrids.
> On 4/16/2014 9:38 PM, Tom Wood wrote:
> > I do not have experience with the hybrid Eastern Towhee X Spotted Towhee,
> > but Sunil's images seem to show that combination.
> > Specifically, the white at the base of the primaries is an Eastern Towhee
> > field mark, and none of the field guides I own show white in that
> location
> > on a Spotted Towhee. His photos seem to roughly match  Sibley's painting
> of
> > that hybrid. Do any of you more knowledgeable birders have an opinion?
> > Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:
> wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> > On Behalf Of Sunil Gopalan
> > Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:46 PM
> > To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> > Subject: [wisb] Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
> >
> > The Spotted Towhee was viewed by several birders today -- it was loosely
> > associating with several American Tree and Song Sparrows along the bike
> path
> > leading to the ponds.
> > Some images: http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Spotted-Towhee/n-2w7ZF/
> >
> > Sunil Gopalan - Madison - Dane Co.
> >
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Subject: helpful reference to window collisions
From: Betsyacorn AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:18:38 -0400 (EDT)
I found this helpful article about window collisions/strikes today.   There 
are so many variables as to how birds survive or do not survive  collision 
with glass.  This brief reference may be of help as we try to  discern 
whether or not to take a survivor in for rehab for instance, and really  is 
instructive of all the issues involved in strikes.. 
http://www.birdscreen.com/pdf/klem_afo_injuries1990.pdf 
 
Again, this is an important time to get the screens up, or to  install 
tapes on windows especially if you have highly reflective (of trees or shrubs) 

glass, or windows that may allow views through to views/windows on  the 
opposite side of the house or room.  Betsy Abert, So. Milwaukee
 
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Subject: Black-necked Stilt, 5 Franklin's Gulls, etc
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:32:58 -0500
I spent the day birding various spots in Dane and Columbia county, plus Dodge 
county. Highlights include a BLACK-NECKED STILT on Jersey Rd, south of Breezy 
Pt Rd on the west side (across from Bird's farm, ahem). It was actively feeding 
near the road. Also present were 10 duck species, a Gr. White-fronted Goose and 
of course Canadas. A stop at the Nine Springs spot yielded the Spotted Towhee 
after about a 10 minute wait. 

The Ashton/K pond had 5 FRANKLIN'S GULLS amongst the few Bonaparte's and many 
Ring-billeds. They were all in beautiful breeding plumage, complete with 
pinkish breasts. 


At the DM/Harvey pond, among the snipe, Killdeer and Pectoral Sandpipers was a 
Baird's Sandpiper. Also 4 Cackling Geese were present. 


A Great Egret was seen north of Waunakee, plus another on the east side of 
Horicon Marsh. 2 Ospreys were on the nest by the education center for the 
marsh. 


On Point Rd the flooded field had 6 shorebird species including Killdeer, 
Pectoral Sandpipers, Wilson's Snipe, 2 Dunlins, 1 Am Golden Plover and a 
Baird's Sandpiper. (This makes the 3rd Baird's I have seen already this spring. 
It seems curious that this species is turning up so "often" in April, 
especially considering the posts by other birders of this species.) 


96 species.
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Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Dead woodpecker question
From: Betsyacorn AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:50:43 -0400 (EDT)
Window kill?  I had one take on an unusual window here and she  sat with 
wings open to get her bearings or balance. It was after a near-catch by  a 
Cooper's Hawk, but I happened to be outside and took her to a  safe spot to 
recover.  It's possible that the collision was such  that Melissa's bird took 
too much damage to the chest or head..  This is a  particularly active window 
collision season, especially with the newcomers  passing through.  Never 
too late to apply window tape (as  sold at the Humane Society and the better 
wildlife stores in Milwaukee for  instance) to our uber-reflective, confusing 
and deadly glass. 
Betsy Abert, So. Milwaukee
 
Betsy Abert
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In a message dated 4/17/2014 4:40:55 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
karen.etter.hale AT madisonaudubon.org writes:

Hello  Wisbirders,
Melissa contacted us with an interesting question that I hope  some of 
you will have some insight on. Please contact Melissa directly  (and/or 
all of us) at melissa.lindstrum AT gmail.com  


***
My sister found a  dead woodpecker in her yard in Milwaukee this week. 
Its wings were spread  out, almost like it had been sunbathing. Never 
seen a dead bird in this  position before. Any particular reason for it? 
Thanks for any  input!
***

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Subject: Seminary Woods - MKE CTY
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:35:27 -0500
Several YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, HERMIT THRUSHES, ROBINS, both KINGLETS,
and JUNCOS.  A few FOX SPARROWS, 2 EASTERN TOWHEES, 2 WINTER WRENS, 2
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, 2 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 1 TURKEY VULTURE,1
RED-TAILED HAWK and 1 COOPER'S HAWK were seen.
CHICKADEES and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES seen excavating nest holes.

GREAT-HORNED OWL still sitting tight in nest.

Pairs of DOWNY, HAIRY and RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS drumming and chasing.

Nice morning of birding!





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Milwaukee County
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Subject: Dane Co. Marbled Godwit
From: Jesse Peterson <peterson.jesse62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:12:31 -0500
There is a lone Marbled Godwit at the Hwy K/Ashton Pond.  It is in the
northeast section of the pond very near the road.
Jesse Peterson
Middleton, Dane Co.


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Subject: High cliff State Park
From: Terri Welisek <terriwelisek AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:53:41 -0500
Yellow-rumped Warblers and a golden crowned kinglet we were spotted with a
brown creeper, cedar waxwings sharp shinned hawk, and Belted Kingfisher.

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Subject: Dead woodpecker question
From: Madison Audubon <karen.etter.hale AT madisonaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:39:57 -0500
Hello Wisbirders,
Melissa contacted us with an interesting question that I hope some of 
you will have some insight on. Please contact Melissa directly (and/or 
all of us) at melissa.lindstrum AT gmail.com 


***
My sister found a dead woodpecker in her yard in Milwaukee this week. 
Its wings were spread out, almost like it had been sunbathing. Never 
seen a dead bird in this position before. Any particular reason for it? 
Thanks for any input!
***

Thanks, as always,
Karen
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Chair, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

Citizen Science Coordinator, Madison Audubon Society

NEW: 1400 E. Washington, Suite 170

Madison, WI 53703

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Subject: Dodge Co. Yellow-headed blackbird
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:31:29 -0500
I visited the Horicon Marsh today and drove the Auto Tour Loop. I was 
viewing a pair of TRUMPETER SWANS working on nest construction, which was 
pretty cool in itself, when I suddenly had my FOY YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD 
in my scope view. I also saw my FOY WHOOPING CRANE  today.
 Dave Schrab
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Subject: WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 17 (Harrington Beach State Park)
From: Jonathan Stein <steinjj19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:35:44 -0500
Another windy one today with good movement for the first two hours but
diminishing returns thereafter. Horned Grebe (42) put in a nice showing and
when the lighting was helpful in the early morning a few flocks
of Canvasback and Redhead offered up spectacular looks.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17932793

Jonathan Stein
Belgium, WI


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Subject: Passenger Pigeon: Lessons for the Future - Sun, April 20 at 4 pm - Wis. Public Radio
From: Madison Audubon <karen.etter.hale AT madisonaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:25:40 -0500
2014: The Year of the Passenger Pigeon
***
The Remarkable Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon Provides Lessons for 
the Future*
*
Wisconsin Public Radio: University of the Air- Sunday, April 20, 2014, 
at 4:00pm

http://www.wpr.org/shows/remarkable-extinction-passenger-pigeon-provides-lessons-future 


In the course of just 50 years, their numbers went from billions to 
zero. 2014 brings the hundredth anniversary of the extinction of the 
passenger pigeon. What actions led to the rapid destruction of one of 
the most prolific species on earth and what were the weaknesses of the 
passenger pigeon that made it vulnerable despite its numerical 
superiority? With modern genetic technology, what are the prospects for 
recreating the passenger pigeon and what would be the consequences?  
Guest forest and wildlife ecologist Stanley Temple provides some Lessons 
from the Passenger Pigeon
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Karen
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Subject: Backyard Brown thrasher, Madison
From: Yoyi Steele <yoyi AT uwalumni.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:14:10 -0500
Greetings,
I spotted a BROWN THRASHER in my backyard on the west side of Madison
earlier this afternoon.  First-ever yard bird for me!

Cheers,
Yoyi Steele
Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
From: Schaufenbuel <schaufenbuel AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:52:43 -0500
Yes, this bird does show some hybrid features.  Though the lack of spots 
on back may mean it is a still moulting into a more strikingly spotted 
plumage, the extensive white at base of primary feathers combined with 
white edged tertials and coverts seem to be key for a hybrid.  One 
should listen to the bird's call notes as the Eastern has the familiar 
distinct two-part "che-wink" and the Spotted has a rough and rising 
"zureee" to help build a case for identification. Quality images of the 
bird in flight showing the wing and tail patterns may be difficult to 
get, but helpful.

Spots on the back from my experience are very important to ID vagrant 
Spotted as the the Great Plains form (most likely encountered in WI?) of 
the Spotted has the most extensive back spotting (possibly a 
species-level isolating mark from the near-adjacent Easterns).  Suspect 
birds with the combination spotted wings and spotless dark backs are 
more likely hybrids.  But, Northwest forms (another source of vagrants) 
of Spotted have little back spotting and here again is where the 
extensive white patch at primary base and calls may be the deciding 
factors among Spotted, Eastern or Hybrids.

Joe

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Stevens Point
Portage Co., WI




Spots on the back from my experience are very important to ID vagrant 
Spotted as the the Great Plains form (most likely encountered?) of the 
Spotted has the most extensive back spotting (possible a specific 
isolating mark) and hybrids with he combination spotted wings brown 
backs are more likely hybrids.
On 4/16/2014 9:38 PM, Tom Wood wrote:
> I do not have experience with the hybrid Eastern Towhee X Spotted Towhee,
> but Sunil's images seem to show that combination.
> Specifically, the white at the base of the primaries is an Eastern Towhee
> field mark, and none of the field guides I own show white in that location
> on a Spotted Towhee. His photos seem to roughly match  Sibley's painting of
> that hybrid. Do any of you more knowledgeable birders have an opinion?
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Sunil Gopalan
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:46 PM
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
>
> The Spotted Towhee was viewed by several birders today -- it was loosely
> associating with several American Tree and Song Sparrows along the bike path
> leading to the ponds.
> Some images: http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Spotted-Towhee/n-2w7ZF/
>
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Subject: Spotted Towhee
From: Mike Reese <mikereese AT wisconsinbutterflies.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:47:29 -0500
I saw the Spotted Towhee at 2:30 at Nine Springs in Madison where everyone else 
has seen it recently. I also saw my FOY White-throated Sparrow, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, and Yellow-rumped Warbler, so it was a very good day. Thanks to 
everyone who posted. 


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Subject: Dane Co. Franklin's Gull
From: "peterson.jesse tds.net" <peterson.jesse AT tds.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:37:27 -0500
A quick lunchtime check of the HwyK/Ashton flooded field just west of Hwy
12 yielded an adult Franklin's Gull.  Many Bonaparte's Gulls as well.
Jesse Peterson
Middleton, Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Great Blue Herons - Greenfield Park - Mating
From: "Wright Family" <thomas657 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:26:02 -0500
About a week earlier, I stopped by Greenfield Park to watch the recent
return of the Great Blue Herons.
 

I saw them on the 9th, but didn't see them on the 10th or 11th.  On the 9th
I was there rather early while the 10th and 11th I was there a little later
in the morning.

 

On the 9th, I watched them mate.  

 

Photos:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/22836210 AT N03/with/13913123405

 

Glad Paul reported that they have returned.

 

Tom Wright

Wales, Wisconsin



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Subject: New swans arriving-Outagamie Co.
From: Rob Zimmer <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:44:48 -0500
New flocks of swans continuing to arrive in Shiocton and surrounding areas
this morning.
200 on the ground on 54 south side by airport. Another 200+ west of
Shiocton, north passed Bear Creek on Highway D. Several scattered smaller
flocks elsewhere.

I don't recall ever seen this many swans here this late into April.

Rob Zinmer
Appleton
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Subject: Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:36:10 -0500
Besides the obvious spots, my first thought on the bird's plumage was - wow
that's a lot of white on the primaries, which is distinct from - wow that's
quite a concentration of white at the base of the primaries. The latter of
course being the key Eastern Towhee field mark.
The bird did vocalize for viewers later in the day who report a Spotted
Towhee song.

FWIW - Sibley does say that some pure Spotted Towhees can show white at the
base of the primaries.

None of this precludes one or the other and the bird is being discussed in
various forums - and I look forward to learning new things as usual.

Sunil Gopalan - Madison - Dane Co.


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 9:38 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

> I do not have experience with the hybrid Eastern Towhee X Spotted Towhee,
> but Sunil's images seem to show that combination.
> Specifically, the white at the base of the primaries is an Eastern Towhee
> field mark, and none of the field guides I own show white in that location
> on a Spotted Towhee. His photos seem to roughly match  Sibley's painting of
> that hybrid. Do any of you more knowledgeable birders have an opinion?
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Sunil Gopalan
> Sent: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 6:46 PM
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
>
> The Spotted Towhee was viewed by several birders today -- it was loosely
> associating with several American Tree and Song Sparrows along the bike
> path
> leading to the ponds.
> Some images: http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Spotted-Towhee/n-2w7ZF/
>
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Subject: Spotted Towhee at Nine Springs Weds. evening
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:16:13 -0500
Pat Ready and I had nice looks at the Spotted Towhee at Nine Springs 
last night around 6:30 p.m.  Pat and another birder from Stoughton had 
gotten a very brief glimpse at it shortly before I got there a little 
after 6:00, but a passing bicyclist had flushed it back into the 
underbrush.  Patience is the key, as it takes a while for the sparrow 
flock to start coming back out after they're flushed by bikers or 
runners.  The order seemed to be Song Sparrows and the one or two House 
Sparrows, then Fox Sparrows, then Am. Tree Sparrows, then finally the 
Towhee.  There was also a Chipping Sparrow or two.  Pat got a couple of 
decent photos of the Towhee (it should be noted that, in person, the 
bird is much more extensively spotted than the photos show.)

With that strong south wind, one wonders what else blew in?

Peter Fissel
Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: Calumet County: Keeping purple martins alive
From: Rob Zimmer <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:38:53 -0500
A great story from Sherwood. AMAZING VIDEO! The man who saved purple
martins. A local man is helping keep early arriving purple martins alive by
hand tossing crickets into the air for them to snatch in-flight!
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Subject: Re: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:38:48 -0500
I do not have experience with the hybrid Eastern Towhee X Spotted Towhee,
but Sunil's images seem to show that combination.
Specifically, the white at the base of the primaries is an Eastern Towhee
field mark, and none of the field guides I own show white in that location
on a Spotted Towhee. His photos seem to roughly match  Sibley's painting of
that hybrid. Do any of you more knowledgeable birders have an opinion?
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: [wisb] Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison

The Spotted Towhee was viewed by several birders today -- it was loosely
associating with several American Tree and Song Sparrows along the bike path
leading to the ponds.
Some images: http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Spotted-Towhee/n-2w7ZF/

Sunil Gopalan - Madison - Dane Co.


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Subject: Hermit Thrush, RC Kinglets, YR Warblers at Scuppernong Springs Wauk. Co. 4/16/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:06:55 -0500
Hi all,
I did some birding late morning at the Scuppernong Springs Nature Trails in
South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha Co. I did get some nice views of the
Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. Some of the
other bird species present were the Brown Creeper, Yellow-bellied
Sapsuckers, Sandhill Cranes and Turkey Vultures. There was some sun today
but the steady winds made it feel like a cold day.

I took a few images to share at the link below if you care to view them:

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/hermit-thrush/
Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Dane and Columbia birding
From: Sandy Rueckert <sandyrueckert AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:04:54 -0500
I took a few hours to drive out to Goose Pond and environs today. Although I 
love watching birds whenever I am able, I especially fond of close up views, 
which abounded today! Schumacher Road in Waunakee yielded many duck species; 
lots of redheads, but also a few canvasbacks, scaup, widgeons, teal,ringnecked 
(why isn't it ring billed?) and shovelers galore. At the DM ponds I finally saw 
a few pintails, which I thought was rather late in the year for them, among 
numerous other species, though shorebirds were not on the mudflats. The birds 
at DM were being strafed by what I thought was a marsh hawk-I saw a white rump 
anyway. At Schoenenburg Marsh I walked out on the road you used to be able to 
drive on, and the water was jammed with ducks of all sorts. Wind however was 
incredible! 

At Goose Pond I immediately noticed a bald eagle harassing the ducks- what a 
sight! And at Whalen Grade there was an osprey low over my head, loons, and 
about 50 pelicans, terns (most of them swimming-was it too windy?). I think 
they may have been Forster's as the wing edge looked whiter on the flyers, but 
they were way out. 

All in all, a fun birding day. Absent were mergansers and swans and white 
fronted geese, but I assume most of them may have moved on. Sandhills were 
everywhere, which brings to mind how rare they were when I started birding in 
the 70's. Bluebirds too- we looked for them for years. On the other hand, 
though, warblers of every sort were to be found on every bush and tree at 
Picnic Point on a May morning. That I do miss! 

Sandy Rueckert
Middleton Wi

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Subject: Spotted Towhee -- Nine Springs/Madison
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:46:03 -0500
The Spotted Towhee was viewed by several birders today -- it was loosely
associating with several American Tree and Song Sparrows along the bike
path leading to the ponds.
Some images: http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Spotted-Towhee/n-2w7ZF/

Sunil Gopalan - Madison - Dane Co.


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Subject: WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 16 (Harrington Beach State Park)
From: Jonathan Stein <steinjj19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:29:23 -0500
Feeling a tad under the weather so a shortened outing on what was a chilly
and windy April morning by the lake. Not much was moving besides
Bonaparte's Gulls (515), which announced their arrival in a big way.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17922667

Jonathan Stein
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Subject: Madison Spotted Towhee
From: Mark Hodgson <mjhodgso AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:30:29 -0500
Thanks to Steve T. for letting me know and thanks to whoever put the seed out.
The bird was coming to the seed regularly at 11 AM.
Nine Springs parking is at 43.031294,-89.348912.
Cross the road and turn left onto the paved bike path and walk to the big tree 
on the left side. About 30 yards past that is a light-colored bush with 
branches that stick out almost to the path about a foot off the ground. The 
birds go from the bush to the seed on the ground under those branches. 


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Madison









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Subject: Re: Devil's Lake SP
From: Sharon Reilly <reillyhi AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:02:51 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
 body{font-family: Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:=
9pt;background-color: #ffffff;color: black;}Looks like the link I provided
inmy last email did no= t work. Here are direct links to each photoBo=
naparte's Dive - https://www.flickr.com/gp/sharonreilly/W1R473= Bonaparte's
flight just before the dive - https://www.f=
lickr.com/gp/sharonreilly/d9t7rEYellowlegs feed= ing on nymph
https://www.flickr.com/gp/sharonreilly/CyBp35Help confirming that this is a
greater yellowlegs - ht= tps://www.flickr.com/gp/sharonreilly/79V9w7Sh= aron
- Oneida County
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From: Sharon Reilly 
Sent: Apr 14, 2014 1:12 PM 
To: WISC Rare bird 
Subject: Devil's Lake SP 
body{font-family: Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:9pt;b=
ackground-color: #ffffff;color: black;}This is a bit late. Sorry for the de=
lay. On Friday I had the chance to stop by Devil's Lake State Park in Barab=
oo and had some very interesting observations. Even got a few photos
Wood Ducks
Mallards (3.1)
Canada Goose
Common Merganser
Belted= Kingfisher
GB Herons nesting, one sitting as if incubating
Bonaparte= 's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Yellowlegs (pretty sure it is greater due to= the upcurvature of the beak)
see flickr photo.
Cooper's hawk
Turkey = vultures (lots)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-shafted flickerPileated Woodpecker
RW Blackbirds
Eastern Phoebe
American CrowDark-eyed junco
BC Chickadee
WB Nuthatch
RB Nuthatch
Song Spa= rrow
Chipping Sparrow
Starlings
Blue Jay
Cardinal

Most i= nteresting observation was of the Bonaparte's gulls which were
feeding on n= ymphs. On the south shore observed a flock swimming in very
shallow water. = Looked like they were stirring up the bottom with their
feet. Then suddenly= one (or more) would fly up and dive head first into the
water. Visual conf= irmation that they were feeding on nymphs and not FISH. 
Looked like d= ragonfly nymphs. A couple of Ringbilled gulls started doing
the same thing.=  Also observed a yellowlegs feeding on the nymphs too,
wading along t= he shoreline. 

You can see a few images from the day on my flic= kr account.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sharonreilly/13852123905/in/= photostream/

Also spring peepers were calling

Again sorry for= the delay in posting. 

Sharon 
Oneida County



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Subject: Madison Birds and Beers
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:46:45 -0500
Madison Birds and Beers will be this Friday, April 18, at Next Door Brewing 
Company, 2439 Atwood Ave in Madison at 6pm. 


We hope to see everyone there. 

Kyle Lindemer
Madison, Dane County. 

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Subject: Great Blue Herons - Greenfield Park
From: Vitabcaa AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:12:41 -0400 (EDT)
My wife and I have been keeping an eye on a nest in Greenfield Park in West 
 Allis to see if a pair of GREAT BLUE HERONS or another pair would return  
from last season. Last Saturday there was one spotted on the nest and 
yesterday  both were there. 
 
Nest is on the main pond on the south side in a small stand of birch  and 
can be viewed from the main park road. 
 
We were able to scope them for about 20 minutes before they flew off. What  
I assume is the female was in the nest and it would seem that she was 
preparing the nest for further habitation. The male was roosted in the same 
tree 

 about four feet above nest. 
 
We look forward to watching this pair as they raise their young. 
 
Paul  Vita
West Allis - Milwaukee County
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Subject: Spotted Towhee still at 9 Springs (Dane Co.) today
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:03:10 -0500
I received word just now that the previously-reported SPOTTED TOWHEE was 
seen (and photographed) yesterday at Nine Springs, and also seen this 
morning by Jessica Gorzo.  I would assume it's at the entrance woods 
along the bike path.

Peter Fissel
Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: Tiffany Train - Openings Still Available
From: Bill Hogseth <billhogseth AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:04:16 -0500
Please join the Chippewa Savannas Chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts on
Saturday, May 3, 2014 as we take a ride in *an open-air train* deep into
remote areas of the Tiffany Bottoms extensive lowland hardwood wetlands,
wet meadows, open prairies, and floodplain savannas within the heart of the
Lower Chippewa River.
*Late September is the peak of fall bird migration.* The 13,000 acre
Tiffany Wildlife Area (owned and managed by WDNR) is an *excellent location
to witness the migration*. The Tiffany is a concentration area for
waterfowl and songbirds, with numbers exceeding 25,000 on many days in the
fall. It is estimated that as many as 30 species of warblers can be found
in the *Tiffany Wildlife Area*. To maximize the bird watching experience,
our train will be leaving at 7am. Ornithologist Brian Collins will be on
the train to share his extensive knowledge about bird identification, bird
behavior, biology, etc.Along the way, the train will stop and riders will
have the opportunity to venture out on foot and explore various habitats.
We will be focusing on prairie and savanna areas. Riders will be able to
walk with several local experts who will share their knowledge about the
region's ecology, natural history, and habitat management.

*Cost:*  $30 per person (non-TPE members). $25 per person (TPE members).
Space is limited. Payment will confirm your registration and ensure your
seat on the train. *No refunds*.This is a fundraiser: funds will go towards
Chippewa Savannas-TPE efforts to restore prairie and savanna habitats in
the Lower Chippewa River area.

*Registration: * Please make checks out to "TPE-Chippewa Savannas".

*Send checks to:* Katherine Stahl, N7607 1010 St., Elk Mound, WI 54739

*Questions?:* Email:  theprairieenthusiasts.csc AT gmail.com  or call:
715-962-4010

*Time: *Arrive: 6:45 AM; Train departs: 7:00AM; Train returns: 12:00 noon.

*Lunch / Weather:  *There will be a lunch stop during the day. Riders
provide their own lunch, snacks, and water.  Please dress appropriately for
the weather. The ride will occur rain or shine.  A porta-potty is available
for use on the ride.

*Directions: * From Durand take Highway 25 south. As you travel south, you
will notice that highway parallels an old railroad track. Approximately 4
miles south of Durand, Thibodeau Road "T's" with Hwy. 25, on the east
(left) side of Hwy. 25. To the west (right) there is a small Tiffany
Wildlife Area parking lot. Park in the open grass yard on the east (left)
side of the road. We will depart on the train from here. If you see a dozen
or so railroad cars "in storage" along a track, about 200 feet to the west
of the road, you have gone a bit too far south on Hwy 25.

-- 
Bill Hogseth
N2017 County Road Y
Menomonie, WI 54751

Home: 715-664-8002
Cell: 715-491-0952

Personal email: billhogseth AT gmail.com
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Subject: Leola Marsh
From: Mike Reese <mikereese AT wisconsinbutterflies.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:37:47 -0500
Nothing new at Leola Marsh the last two days but the rain and snow 
changed some of the locations to look for the birds. There are many 
ducks now using the field east of the big rock on County W. There were 
many Mallards pus a few Northern Pintails, and Wood Ducks. There were 
also hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and Canada Geese, but the most 
surprising thing today was 23 Greater Prairie Chickens, the most I have 
ever seen there. I watched them in the field in the southeast corner of 
Hwys W&D from 5-6:30pm and was only able to spot 2 males for sure. Below 
is a link to a photo that I took from County W.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29584874 AT N08/13884028873/in/photostream/?rb=1

Mike Reese
Wautoma, Waushara County
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Subject: Osprey Nagawicka Delafield Waukesha County
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:45:55 -0500
Tuesday, April 15, 2014  1:30 PM - 30 F - 13 mph/NW gusting to 20.
 

While coming out of the Delafield, WI post office on Genesee & Exeter
Streets, Ospreys were seen flying over and around St. John's Park pond at
the SW end of Nagawicka Lake near Bark river.

They continued around the area for about an hour, one perching on a tree
branch over the lake.

 

A belted Kingfisher was flying around landing also on the wooden walkway out
on the park's pond dike.

 

Dennis Edgar

Spence Stehno

Waukesha Ben Goss Bird Club



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Subject: Pewaukee River Parkway - Virginia Rail
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:30:41 -0500
I spent a couple hours birding in the Pewaukee River Parkway this evening
and found some great marsh bird habitat, netting me a calling VIRGINIA RAIL
and some SWAMP SPARROWS.  Birds seen throughout the area were HERMIT
THRUSHES & singing FOX SPARROWS. I also managed to kick up a couple
WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and a vocal female AM. KESTREL.
The Pewaukee River Pkwy is one of the larger wild public properties in the
Pewaukee area, and is framed by Hwys 16 & 164 on the west and east, I-94 on
the south, and Cty M to the north. There are a couple of access points, and
one parking lot off Cty JJ on the west.  A variety of subdivisions surround
it, but there is extensive habitat of many types - cattail marsh, prairie,
scrub, upland and riparian forests, and flowing river. I only recently
discovered it, but it's literally outside the front door to my apartment,
so I hope to frequent it throughout the year. It will be interesting to see
what migrates through and nests in this area.

If you do visit, be aware that some of the trails do venture into county
owned huntable land, so wear your blaze orange if you have it. I spoke with
one gentleman who said he will be hunting turkey in there this year, and I
have seen others bow hunting for deer and turkey last year. Also, right now
knee boots are a must to access most of the trails, as the marshes are
overflowing their banks.


http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/uploadedFiles/Media/PDF/Parks_and_Land_Use/Parks_System/HuntingMap_2012%20Pewaukee%2011x17.pdf 


Cheers!


Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
(Waukesha Cty)


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Subject: Re: Seminary Woods, CGI, MKE County
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:11:17 -0500
Hello!
I went to Seminary Woods at around 6:15pm and had a similar experience to
Cathy. It was quite birdy, with sapsuckers, hermit thrushes and
white-throated sparrows flitting all about. I saw the female Great horned
(well, her rump!), some flickers, Golden-crowned kinglets, robins, etc. I
didn't see the wrens, phoebe, or fox sparrow, or hear a towhee, but I
didn't walk very far into the woods.
Afterwards, I went to the CGI, hoping to find a FOY shorebird. No luck, but
I did find (I think) a Vesper Sparrow by the entrance. If someone could
verify, that would be great, as it's only the second time that I've seen
one.

Grackles and RWBBs (and starlings) were ALL over the CGI, and about four
dozen Blue-winged Teal were in the water along the fence, but they all flew
up and back into the center of the berm after I pulled up near them. It was
pretty neat to see them all. Several cold-looking Killdeer were around as
well.

Link to Vesper photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49427613 AT N03/

Good birding,
Jennifer Ambrose
Milwaukee

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 4:31 PM, R & C Dermody  wrote:

> I walked Seminary woods for about an hour at noon.  The floor of the woods
> was just
> hopping with HERMIT THRUSHES!  I never see more anywhere than here!  There
> were dozens,
> especially on the west end but they were in all parts.  The GREAT HORNED
> OWL Female
> continues to sit in her chosen nesting spot.  I did not see the male but I
> am sure he saw
> me!  YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were all through the woods calling.  Heard
> and saw my FOY
> WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.  FOY SWAMP SPARROW, FOY (heard only) 2 EASTERN
> TOWHEES, EASTERN
> PHOEBE, EASTERN FLICKER, FOX SPARROWS (not many), 2 WINTER WRENS, still
> plenty of
> DARK-EYED JUNCOS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, 4 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and FOY
> GOLDEN-CROWNED
> KINGLET that accompanied me for about half a block, even when I tried to
> steer it back
> toward the brush, back it came to within 3 feet of me!  If I had a better
> back I could
> have picked it up!
>
> Cathy Dermody, Southeastern Milwaukee County
>
>
> -
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Yard birds
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:49:09 -0500
Good evening, just a little update, so far this spring has been great for
yard birds.  The best since 2010.  Today I saw three Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, two Hermit Thrush, two Golden-crowned Kinglets, Winter Wren,
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Red-tailed Hawk, all the usuals and I still have all
my juncos from the winter (more than 20).  All of these sightings were
after I got home from work, between 3-5pm.  I still haven't seen any WT or
WC sparrows in my yard, yet.  The robins start singing every morning at
4:45.  It seems like they're having a competition to see who will start
earlier each day.
I have a few pictures from the last week, if you care to view them, at the
link below.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/
Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 15 (Harrington Beach State Park)
From: Jonathan Stein <steinjj19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:05:41 -0500
Another slow morning. With this recent cold spell, most of the birds
observed today were undertaking reverse movements, Common Loons in
particular, a significant majority of which were headed in the opposite
direction.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17910213

Jonathan Stein
Belgium, WI


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Subject: Seminary Woods, Southeastern Milwaukee County
From: "R & C Dermody" <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:31:39 -0500
I walked Seminary woods for about an hour at noon. The floor of the woods was 
just 

hopping with HERMIT THRUSHES! I never see more anywhere than here! There were 
dozens, 

especially on the west end but they were in all parts. The GREAT HORNED OWL 
Female 

continues to sit in her chosen nesting spot. I did not see the male but I am 
sure he saw 

me! YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were all through the woods calling. Heard and saw 
my FOY 

WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. FOY SWAMP SPARROW, FOY (heard only) 2 EASTERN TOWHEES, 
EASTERN 

PHOEBE, EASTERN FLICKER, FOX SPARROWS (not many), 2 WINTER WRENS, still plenty 
of 

DARK-EYED JUNCOS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, 4 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, and FOY 
GOLDEN-CROWNED 

KINGLET that accompanied me for about half a block, even when I tried to steer 
it back 

toward the brush, back it came to within 3 feet of me! If I had a better back I 
could 

have picked it up!

Cathy Dermody, Southeastern Milwaukee County



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Subject: Fw: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Apr 15, 2014
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:55:14 -0700 (PDT)
 


 Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee

Cold Morning- Only 21 out

Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, US-WI
Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Protocol: Area
400.0 ac
Comments:     1st Northern Harrier ever seen at Nature Center
36 species

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  2
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Northern Harrier  1     1st Harrier ever seen at Nature Center! Beautiful white 
underside with black tips to wings 

Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  12
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  2
Belted Kingfisher  2     one at Mallard lake & 2nd just before entering NC at 
pond on College 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2     saw one- heard second calling
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Hermit Thrush  14     Wow - everywhere - most seen one time at NC
American Robin  9
American Tree Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  12

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Subject: Re: Clay-colored Sparrow at Weaver Park and Broad-winged Hawk in yard
From: Zachary Sutton <zaksutton2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:41:12 -0500
Sorry everyone, I meant to send this to an Illinois list serve.  Sorry for
the confusion.
Zak


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM, Zachary Sutton wrote:

> This morning I stepped outside and found what I believe to be a
> Broad-winged Hawk in my tree.  That was a nice treat and a new yard bird.
> https://flic.kr/p/n9e7Fs
>
> At Weaver Park in Urbana I stumbled across an early (I'm assuming its
> early since Ebird flagged it) Clay-colored Sparrow.  Here's the Ebird
> checklist if you're interested.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17902350
>
> Zak Sutton
> Urbana
>


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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Apr 15, 2014
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:27:38 -0700 (PDT)
 Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee

Cold Morning- Only 21 out
Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, US-WI
Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Protocol: Area
400.0 ac
Comments:     1st Northern Harrier ever seen at Nature Center
36 species

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  12
Mallard  6
Blue-winged Teal  2
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Northern Harrier  1    1st Harrier ever seen at Nature Center! Beautiful white 
underside with black tips to wings 

Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Ring-billed Gull  12
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  2
Belted Kingfisher  2    one at Mallard lake & 2nd just before entering NC at 
pond on College 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  18
Black-capped Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  2     saw one- heard second calling
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Hermit Thrush  14     Wow - everywhere - most seen one time at NC
American Robin  9
American Tree Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  8
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Common Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  2
American Goldfinch  12

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Subject: Outagaime County swans continue
From: Rob Zimmer <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:58:07 -0500
About 200 swans are feeding near Shiocton right on Hwy 54. Another 200 west
and north of town along Highway D.
The marshes are filled with ringnecked ducks, redheads, teal and other
expected waterfowl.
Large flock of tree swallows sitting in the middle of the muddy road.
Rob Zimmer
Appleton
Outagamie County


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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow at Weaver Park and Broad-winged Hawk in yard
From: Zachary Sutton <zaksutton2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:36:56 -0500
This morning I stepped outside and found what I believe to be a
Broad-winged Hawk in my tree.  That was a nice treat and a new yard bird.
https://flic.kr/p/n9e7Fs
At Weaver Park in Urbana I stumbled across an early (I'm assuming its early
since Ebird flagged it) Clay-colored Sparrow.  Here's the Ebird checklist
if you're interested. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17902350

Zak Sutton
Urbana


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Subject: Birds N Beers - GREEN BAY
From: Nancy Nabak <nnabak AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 03:49:49 -0700 (PDT)
Hey Gang,
Our next Birds N Beers will be Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Titletown 
Brewing Company.  Please rsvp so we can reserve appropriate space.  Bird fever 
is starting, so let's spread it! 


Cheers!

Nancy Nabak
Green Bay
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Subject: fw: Dodge Co., Egrets, Dunlin, Purple Martin
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:34:34 -0500
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 From: "Rhonda Schrab" 
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 8:32 PM
To:
Subject: Dodge Co., Egrets, Dunlin, Purple Martin   
 I actually started my day at Tivoli Island in Watertown. There were 
probably several dozen YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS and about 8 HERMIT THRUSH. 
The thrush and some of the yr warblers were on and near the ground around a 
pool of water from the overnight rain offering excellent looks. Also seen 
there were several BROWN CREEPERS, 1 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, both 
KINGLETS and various other usual residents. I then headed up Hwy 26 on the 
west side of Horicon Marsh and had 3 flyover FOY GREAT EGRETS and a TURKEY 
VULTURE on a deer carcass.  Nothing unusual on the Auto Tour Loop. Same 
along Hwy 49 but with 2 TRUMPETER SWANS on the south side. Ledge Rd. had 
various ducks. Then on Point Rd. I saw 1 FOY DUNLIN with 3 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS. As I was heading south on Hwy Z I saw 2 great egrets on the 
ground and they didn't look too comfortable in the weather. Lastly I 
stopped by the martin houses on the end of Palmatory St. in Horicon and saw 
2 FOY PURPLE  MARTINS. Overall there is extensive field flooding around 
Dodge County and there seemed to be ducks everywhere. Almost forgot, hadn't 
read it anywhere, but Dike Rd. gate is open. I drove in but saw nothing 
notable.
   Dave Schrab
   Dodge Co
    




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Subject: Tundra swans, horned grebes, and more, Fond du Lac County
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:23:06 -0500
In spite of a not-so-great weekend weather-wise, we managed to find a nice 
assortment of birds. Our early Saturday morning venture out on the annual 
sandhill crane count netted, along with sandhills, several snipe, a couple 
great horned owls, eastern phoebes, a virginia rail and an American bittern. 
The osprey pairs have returned to the platforms near Wolf Lake. Later in the 
day we found hermit thrushes, and then came across 8 tundra swans in the 
flooding fields on Church Road NE of Fond du Lac. Must be the stragglers, 
taking their time getting farther north. 


Sunday we took a ride down Horicon way, finding a lot of flooded fields with 
yellowlegs, pintails, wigeon, wood ducks. both teal, and many Canada geese. We 
drove the auto tour through Horicon, stopping to observe the trumpeter swans 
near the end of the tour. As we were watching those white birds, both Dave and 
I saw a sandhill crane fly through our field of view, followed closely by the 
big white crane with black wing tips, our FOY whooping crane! 


Today's highlight was a sighting of 2 horned grebes in the river at Supple's 
Marsh. During the early morning hours in the lagoon at Lakeside Park, we found 
over 30 cormorants - perhaps keeping out of the wind and waves on the lake? 


We have also been keeping an eye on a great horned owl nest in the county, 
mama's got two chicks, and they seemed to have survived the weekend's rain and 
snow. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/25442634 AT N07/13855280864/

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

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Subject: WSO 2014 Convention Registration Deadline Looms
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:23 -0500
"Greetings, Birders! Your mission, should you choose to accept it" (and if you 
haven't already), is to register NOW for the WSO 2014 Convention in Prairie du 
Chien, May 15-18. Registration closes tomorrow (April 15) at midnight (just 
like your taxes!). See the WSO website for details 
(http://wsobirds.org/?page_id=5176) 

--Margaret Brasser, WSO Convention Registrar  : )
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County

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Subject: WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 14 (Harrington Beach State Park)
From: Jonathan Stein <steinjj19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:19:02 -0500
Minimal movement following this morning's messy weather. Bonaparte's
Gull (108) and Redhead (157) were the day's movers and shakers. Songbird
activity was mostly muted. Today's lone first-of-season: Great Egret. We'll
see if tomorrow's continuing cooler temps  gets anything up and moving.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17894145

Jonathan Stein
Belgium, WI


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Subject: Robins and Weather
From: Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel AT wc.k12.wi.us>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:41:26 +0000
Saturday two severe thunderstorms rolled through Hillsboro followed by a 
rain-filled Sunday. After midnight it started snowing and we ended up with 
about five inches of snow. In the bottom of our yard we have a culvert that was 
flooding our lower yard because of all the rain. It was one of the few places 
in town (besides the road) that wasn't buried in snow. I had 65 robins along a 
100 foot stretch of this flooded area this morning. 


Kelly Rueckheim - Hillsboro, Veron County

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wisbirdn Digest Fri, 19 Apr 2013        Volume: 06  Issue: 109

In This Issue:
                [wisb] Brown Thrasher & Rufous-sided Towhee - FDL Cty, Picke
                [wisb] Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help
                [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help
                [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help
                [wisb] St Francis Odd Bird
                [wisb] Northern Shoveler - Neenah
                [wisb] Looking for Photos of 3 Warbler Species
                [wisb] Marbled? Godwit at Coast Guard Impoundment Milwaukee
                [wisb] Re: Free bird bath dropper
                [wisb] Re: Marbled? Godwit at Coast Guard Impoundment Milwau
                [wisb] Mrytle Warblers - northern Chippewa County...
                [wisb] Milwaukee Marbled Godwit CGI-not relocated
                [wisb] Greenhouse wren (Racine)
                [wisb] WIYBC Portage County trip reminder
                [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Marbled Godwit CGI-not relocated
                [wisb] Juneau Park Lagoon-Milwaukee
                [wisb] Mt. Bluebird - sex?
                [wisb] curious about s. WI rainfall stats? (of course it aff
                [wisb] No sightings, Birders in the NYTimes
                [wisb] Horned Grebe., Green Lake co.
                [wisb] Osprey in Lake Mills
                [wisb] Horicon
                [wisb] Log Book
                [wisb] American Bittern, Appleton
                [wisb] Sharp-tailed Grouse - Pershing SWA

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Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2013 22:47:50 -0700 (PDT)
From: Swanson 
Subject: [wisb] Brown Thrasher & Rufous-sided Towhee - FDL Cty, Pickett

If you have the most extensive repertoire of all N.A. songbirds, you wouldn't 
sing from a low bush - but go right to the top of the tallest tree. Even before 
I saw him, I knew immediately it was the Brown Thrasher. This songster is not 
afraid to ad lib - as long as each note is repeated. Even the tree that holds 
this bird must love every note. Meanwhile, down on the ground scratching 
through soggy leaves - the smartly-dressed Rufous-sided Towhee. His chewink 
would surely turn any female head his way. Two stunning visitors - making no 
demands, expecting nothing - only tall trees, earthy floor, and leaves for 
raking. 


Elaine Swanson
rural Pickett
FDL County

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 06:59:44 -0500
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help
From: david flores 

Hi all,
I am feeling a little gun shy on making an ID on this sparrow.
I originally thought this was a song sparrow, but the eye-ring made me
think differently. White eye-ring, pink legs, streaked chest and the upper
mandible is dark. Vesper may fit, but their bill is one color. I did not
here this one sing. Any thoughts? Please let me know how you are making
your decision.
Thanks
Here is a link to a photo I took of the bird in question:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/floresdavid/8662000021/



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From: "Tom Wood" 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:05:21 -0500

Hi David-
There are not many sparrows that have such a prominent eyering, streaked
breast with a dark central breast spot, and lack of a
well defined crown pattern. The white in the malar region hooks up a bit
around the back of the face and the center of the auricular patch is pale
and is partially framed in black. This is all good for a Vesper Sparrow.
I honestly haven't looked at the bills of this species very closely because
they just don't stand out like the bill of a Field, Harris's, or
White-crowned Sparrow, so I can't say if the bill of the bird in your photo
is typical or not. My very old Peterson guide shows a dark upper mandible
and pale lower mandible as on your bird. I would not eliminate Vesper
Sparrow based on the bill coloration, so I think your initial ID is correct.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 7:00 AM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help

Hi all,
I am feeling a little gun shy on making an ID on this sparrow.
I originally thought this was a song sparrow, but the eye-ring made me think
differently. White eye-ring, pink legs, streaked chest and the upper
mandible is dark. Vesper may fit, but their bill is one color. I did not
here this one sing. Any thoughts? Please let me know how you are making your
decision.
Thanks
Here is a link to a photo I took of the bird in question:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/floresdavid/8662000021/


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From: "Tom Schultz" 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 07:58:06 -0500

Yes, I would go along with the Vesper ID on this one.  The bold white
eye-ring is a good fieldmark, as is the rest of the facial pattern, with a
white band below the brownish auriculars (cheeks).  The dark breast streaks
are also good, and one can even see a bit of the reddish shoulder.

The pinkish bill is helpful, although as you say, there is quite a bit of
brown on the upper mandible.  The amount of brown is variable on Vespers,
and there is usually some present along the culmen (upper ridge of the
bill).  This may be a first year bird, or one that is not fully transitioned
into breeding condition -- so it may eventually acquire more pink.

Usually Vespers have white outer tail feathers, which can be seen on the
underside of the tail when it's folded.  This bird does not appear to have
those -- so perhaps it is missing those feathers for some unknown reason.
In all other respects, however, this looks like a solid Vesper Sparrow ID.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: david flores
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 6:59 AM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Co Sparrow ID help

Hi all,
I am feeling a little gun shy on making an ID on this sparrow.
I originally thought this was a song sparrow, but the eye-ring made me
think differently. White eye-ring, pink legs, streaked chest and the upper
mandible is dark. Vesper may fit, but their bill is one color. I did not
here this one sing. Any thoughts? Please let me know how you are making
your decision.
Thanks
Here is a link to a photo I took of the bird in question:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/floresdavid/8662000021/


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From: "R & C Dermody" 
Subject: [wisb] St Francis Odd Bird
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:53:27 -0500

I have an unusual Dark-eyed Junco in my yard this morning.  He has large white
patches under his eyes!

Cathy Dermody, Southeastern Milwaukee County


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From: James Morgenstern 
Subject: [wisb] Northern Shoveler - Neenah
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 08:59:34 -0500

Can't see my shore thanks to a massive ice shove, but neighbors have had 4 or 5 
northern shovelers off their shore. 

Jim Morgenstern
Neenah, Winnebago County








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From: Steve Betchkal 
Subject: [wisb] Looking for Photos of 3 Warbler Species
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:22:42 -0500

I am looking for photographs of these three wood warbler species to use in a 
published book (and potentially the cover photograph!). Photos must be high 
resolution -- a minimum of 1500 pixels on the shortest side! 

Cerulean Warbler
Connecticut Warbler
Kirtland's Warbler

Thanks for your help!

Many More Birds to You

Steve Betchkal


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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:43:42 -0500
From: Jennifer Wenzel 
Subject: [wisb] Marbled? Godwit at Coast Guard Impoundment Milwaukee

Hi All,

I just read a post on the facebook Southern Wisconsin Birdwatching page
that David Flores found what looks like a Godwit at the Coast Guard
Impoundment this morning. My guess based on the photo posted is Marbled
Godwit as it had extensive barring on the belly and the long bi-colored
bill half orange, half black). Just wanted to share with the group.

Jenny Wenzel
Racine Co.


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Subject: [wisb] Re: Free bird bath dropper
From: Ann Hamon 
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:58:51 -0500

It's already promised to someone.  Thanks.

Ann Hamon

Sent from my iPad

On Apr 18, 2013, at 4:36 PM, Ann Hamon  wrote:

> We're cleaning house and have a bird bath dripper to give away. Looks like 
the one with a pebbled base on this page 

> http://www.songbirdgarden.com/store/scripts/prodView.asp?idproductE67
>
> Back channel me and we can arrange for pickup or shipping at your expense.
>
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> East side of Madison
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From: "Tom Schultz" 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Marbled? Godwit at Coast Guard Impoundment Milwaukee
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:05:29 -0500

Jenny, I just looked at the Facebook photo, and I would concur with the
Marbled Godwit ID for this bird.  The back pattern (without larger dark
blotches of Hudsonian) as well as the finely barred underparts look good to
me for Marbled.  This is likely a pretty good-sized bird.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jennifer Wenzel
Sent: Friday, April 19, 2013 9:43 AM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] Marbled? Godwit at Coast Guard Impoundment Milwaukee

Hi All,

I just read a post on the facebook Southern Wisconsin Birdwatching page
that David Flores found what looks like a Godwit at the Coast Guard
Impoundment this morning. My guess based on the photo posted is Marbled
Godwit as it had extensive barring on the belly and the long bi-colored
bill half orange, half black). Just wanted to share with the group.

Jenny Wenzel
Racine Co.

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:20:41 -0500
From: applenroy 
Subject: [wisb] Mrytle Warblers - northern Chippewa County...

FOY MYRTLE WARBLERS in the snow
eating suet dough and plain suet!

Mary Hatleberg
Cornell, WI
northern Chippewa Co.

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Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Marbled Godwit CGI-not relocated
From: Jennifer Wenzel 
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 11:08:34 -0500

I didn't have any luck relocating the Godwit who was seen in the big puddle in 
the lawn at the CGI. Rita Wiskowski told me it was seen for over 40 minutes 
this morning. I wish one would be able to look over the berms behind the fence 
at the CGI to see what's in there!!! 


Jenny Wenzel
Racine

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 19, 2013, at 9:43 AM, Jennifer Wenzel  wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I just read a post on the facebook Southern Wisconsin Birdwatching page
> that David Flores found what looks like a Godwit at the Coast Guard
> Impoundment this morning. My guess based on the photo posted is Marbled
> Godwit as it had extensive barring on the belly and the long bi-colored
> bill half orange, half black). Just wanted to share with the group.
>
> Jenny Wenzel
> Racine Co.
>
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Subject: [wisb] Greenhouse wren (Racine)
From: betsyacorn AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:24:32 -0400 (EDT)

Late yesterday afternoon, while walking through the maze of Milaeger's 
greenhouses on Hwy 32 in Racine, I was greeted by a darting Winter Wren. It 
wove its way through a slew of potted plants and disappeared. While improbable, 
it occured to me that it could've possibly been a Pacific wren that hitched a 
ride from Washington state where the large supplier nurseries are. Wishful 
thinking, eh.... 


Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee


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From: Chris West 
Subject: [wisb] WIYBC Portage County trip reminder
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 12:37:37 -0500

Hey everyone,
Just one final reminder that the Wisconsin Young Birders Club "Spring" 
Prairie-chicken field trip to Portage County meets in Buena Vista Grasslands 
tomorrow morning at 5:30am! 

And if you can't make that time and still want to come, contact us and we'll 
arrange where to meet you. 


All details are here:
http://swallowtailedkite.blogspot.com/2013/04/wiybc-field-trip-on-saturday.html


See you tomorrow morning!




Happy Birding! --Chris W, Richland CountyTour leader Swallowtail Birding Tours 
https://www.facebook.com/Swallowtailbirdingtours?ref=hl 


Interpretive Naturalist Mississippi Explorer Cruises
http://mississippiexplorer.com/chris AT mississippiexplorer.com
http://swallowtailedkite.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swallowtailphoto 


"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first 
material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the 
composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no 
more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be 
again." 


(From William Beebe's "The Bird: Its Form and Function," 1906)

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Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Marbled Godwit CGI-not relocated
From: Steven Lubahn 
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:10:14 -0500

The berms at CGI conceal many untold mysteries.

Steven Lubahn
Cudahy


On Apr 19, 2013, at 11:08 AM, Jennifer Wenzel wrote:

> I didn't have any luck relocating the Godwit who was seen in the big puddle 
in the lawn at the CGI. Rita Wiskowski told me it was seen for over 40 minutes 
this morning. I wish one would be able to look over the berms behind the fence 
at the CGI to see what's in there!!! 

>
> Jenny Wenzel
> Racine
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Apr 19, 2013, at 9:43 AM, Jennifer Wenzel  wrote:
>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> I just read a post on the facebook Southern Wisconsin Birdwatching page
>> that David Flores found what looks like a Godwit at the Coast Guard
>> Impoundment this morning. My guess based on the photo posted is Marbled
>> Godwit as it had extensive barring on the belly and the long bi-colored
>> bill half orange, half black). Just wanted to share with the group.
>>
>> Jenny Wenzel
>> Racine Co.
>>
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Subject: [wisb] Juneau Park Lagoon-Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Wenzel 
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:21:02 -0500

Hi All,

After I checked out the Coast Guard Impoundment where I picked up my FOY Field 
Sparrow and Chipping Sparrow, but missed the Marbled Godwit, I went to the 
Juneau Park lagoon where the Black-crowned night herons have been seen. 


Rita Flores came down and pointed out the Black Crowned Night Herons for me (2 
of them) which was great because I would have been looking close to the ground, 
not in a tree! After that I went back to the car while it hailed small pellets 
for a while (!) then I took another stroll around the lagoon when the sun 
popped out. 


Around the lagoon were RB Mergansers, Caspian Terns, PB Grebes, both Kinglets, 
a few Swamp Sparrows, Song Sparrows, a Hermit Thrush, Kingfisher, YR Warbler, 
Flickers, and flyover Cormorants. 


Just before I left to go to my car a Sora flew into the cat tails! An 
unexpected surprise! 


Good birding, everyone!

Jenny Wenzel
Racine Co.

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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:05:22 -0500
Subject: [wisb] Mt. Bluebird - sex?
From: "pready tds.net" 

Not sure why the gender of this bird is unknown? ( last report mentioned
him/her)
Looks like a male definitely. Females are much greyer and lack blue tones.
This guy looks pretty darn blue from the photos I've seen.
Nice vagrant from the west.
Pat Ready
Dane Co.



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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 14:19:52 -0500
Subject: [wisb] curious about s. WI rainfall stats? (of course it affects birds
From: william mueller 


http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=mkx&storyid=94025&source=0 

--
William P. Mueller
Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: 
 http://wglbbo.org/
Blog:http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
414-698-9108
Milwaukee, WI



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From: Paul van Ginkel 
Subject: [wisb] No sightings, Birders in the NYTimes
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 15:56:40 -0500


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/21/opinion/sunday/what-do-the-bird-watchers-know.html?hp 



Paul van Ginkel, Madison
prvangin AT wisc.edu




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From: "Dave & Diane Czoschke" 
Subject: [wisb] Horned Grebe., Green Lake co.
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:27:52 -0500

First post
Saw 3 Horned Grebes Out front of the Green Lake Conference Center.
New bird for me.
There was a Common Loon out there as well.

Dave Czoschke
Green Lake County

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From: "Kevin" 
Subject: [wisb] Osprey in Lake Mills
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:36:38 -0500

Flying over the north end of a very violent Rock lake this afternoon


Kevin Kearns

Lake Mills




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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:48:19 -0500
Subject: [wisb] Horicon
From: Jeffrey Bahls 

Did a lap of Horicon Marsh today. Good spots and birds. Z and Point Rd.
Ledge rd going into marsh had White fronted geese.  Hwy 49 had lots of coot
and many ducks mostly divers. Auto tour had Trumpeter swans. along with
Great Egrets. North of the Marsh on Church Rd  where is crosses the Wild
Goose trail  had  Wilson's Phalaropes and Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs .
Jeff Bahls
Lowell Wi
Dodge Co



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Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 17:33:36 -0500
Subject: [wisb] Log Book
From: Bill Lamon 

I am looking for a leather bound, log book with parchment paper to record
community sightings. I'd like it nice enough to keep at our public library.
Thank you in advance.


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Subject: [wisb] American Bittern, Appleton
From: roamu AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 19:05:53 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Birders,
Today, I had a remarkable yard bird - about 4 blocks from downtown Appleton. 
American Bittern. Initially, thid AM, I saw it as it flew from my garden and 
landed on a neighbors garage roof. I was unable to photograph it as if flew 
when I approached w/ camera. This PM, the bird was roosting in cedars in my 
yard and flew onto my house. I was able to get a very decent photo of the 
Bittern on my roof...... 

Ross Mueller
Outagamie County.


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From: Adam Sinkula 
Subject: [wisb] Sharp-tailed Grouse - Pershing SWA
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 2013 18:13:11 -0500

Went out to Pershing SWA with some friends and despite the miserable weather, 
was thoroughly entertained by 4 males. No females, so I am curious to ask if 
they hens are on nests or if we were unfortunate in them not showing up to that 
lek? 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/asinkula/8663240459/in/photostreamhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/asinkula/8663241267/in/photostream/ 
Adam SinkulaGreen Bay - Brown County 


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Subject: Devil's Lake SP
From: Sharon Reilly <reillyhi AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:12:18 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
 body{font-family: Geneva,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;font-size:=
9pt;background-color: #ffffff;color: black;}This is a bit late. Sorry for
thedelay. On Friday I had the chance t= o stop by Devil's Lake State Park in
Baraboo and had some very interesting = observations. Even got a few photos
Wood DucksMallards (3.1)Canada GooseCommon Merganser
Belted Kingfisher
GB = Herons nesting, one sitting as if incubatingBonaparte's Gull
= Ring-billed GullYellowlegs (pretty sure it is greater due to the=
upcurvature of the beak) see flickr photo.Cooper's hawkTurkey v= ultures
(lots)
Yellow-bellied SapsuckerYellow-shafted fl= icker
Pileated Woodpecker
RW Blackbirds
Eastern Phoebe
American= Crow
Dark-eyed junco
BC Chickadee
WB Nuthatch
RB Nuthatch
S= ong Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Starlings
Blue Jay
Cardinal
Most interesting observation was of the Bonaparte's gulls which wer= e
feeding on nymphs. On the south shore observed a flock swimming in very s=
hallow water. Looked like they were stirring up the bottom with their feet.=
Then suddenly one (or more) would fly up and dive head first into the wate=
r. Visual confirmation that they were feeding on nymphs and not FISH.  =
;Looked like dragonfly nymphs. A couple of Ringbilled gulls started doing t=
he same thing.  Also observed a yellowlegs feeding on the nymphs too, =
wading along the shoreline. 

You can see a few images from the = day on my flickr account.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sharonreilly/1= 3852123905/in/photostream/
Also spring peepers wer= e calling

Again sorry for the delay in posting. 

Sharon&= nbsp;Oneida County



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Subject: Re: Fwd: Forest County Birds
From: Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:21:10 -0500
Well, last night we had another 4" of heavy snow up here in northland so
many of those birds that Mary spoke about are struggling to find any food.
 We are just a little farther north than southern Forest Co. We had
approximately 400-500 individuals at our feeders this morning including,
1 Bald Eagle
1 N Goshawk
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Am Robin
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
7 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Common Grackle
15 Am Tree Sparrow
8 Fox Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow
85 Dark-eyed Junco
7 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Common Grackle
150 Am Goldfinch
24 Purple Finch
We have started bringing in our feeders in at night to avoid the bears as
they will soon be out.

Hopefully this snow will be gone in a few days so spring can bring in more
migrants and summer breeders.

Kay Kavanagh
Aurora Florence



On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 8:52 AM, Peter A. Fissel
wrote:

>
> I'm forwarding this for Mary, who unfortunately was caught up in the
> Yahoo problem:
>
>
>
>
>
> I had only 21 species for the year in Forest County last Friday and
> added a whopping 18 over the weekend! It was so nice to have most of the
> snow gone and the birds singing away. FOY for the county were:
> Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow,
> American Tree Sparrow, Wood Ducks, Mallard, Canada Goose, Green-winged
> Teal, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Bald Eagle, Turkey
> Vulture, Killdeer, Northern Flicker, American Robin, American Kestrel,
> and Eastern Phoebes. The farm pond we, and others, like to bird off of
> Hwy 52 was all open and had lots of water. We saw Canadas, Mallards and
> Green-winged Teals here but very few blackbirds and grackles around yet.
>
> We do only spend weekends in this area and had missed the prior weekend
> with the ice/snow so of course, some birds may have been there awhile.
> The feeders were very busy with Dark-eyed Juncos and Fox Sparrows and
> Red-winged Blackbirds with the usuals. We took all accessible to bear
> feeders down before we left so winter better just go away already!
>
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> Wabeno area of Forest County
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Subject: Weather and Robins
From: Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel AT wc.k12.wi.us>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:13:04 +0000
Saturday two severe thunderstorms rolled through Hillsboro followed by a 
rain-filled Sunday. After midnight it started snowing and we ended up with 
about five inches of snow. In the bottom of our yard we have a culvert that was 
flooding our lower yard because of all the rain. It was one of the few places 
in town (besides the road) that wasn't buried in snow. I had 65 robins along a 
100 foot stretch of this flooded area this morning. 

Kelly Rueckheim - Hillsboro, Veron County

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Apr 14, 2014- grebes & waterfowl
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:15:33 -0700 (PDT)
 Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee


Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, US-WI
Apr 14, 2014 9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Area
200.0 ac
23 species

Canada Goose  12
Wood Duck  6
Gadwall  3
Mallard  6
Ruddy Duck  7
Pied-billed Grebe  9
Ring-billed Gull  5
Mourning Dove  2
Great Horned Owl  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
American Kestrel  1     1st one seen this season & for a while in Nature area
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  5
Black-capped Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1     heard before saw
American Robin  6
Cedar Waxwing  15
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Common Grackle  8

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17889906 


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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Eagle Lake (Racine Co.), Apr 14, 2014
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:14:15 -0700 (PDT)
 Also saw [5] male yellow-headed blackbirds Hwy 75 pond-Kansasville
Mike Goodman-South Milwaukee


Eagle Lake (Racine Co.), Racine, US-WI
Apr 14, 2014 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Protocol: Stationary
39 species

Canada Goose  5
Wood Duck  12
Gadwall  25
American Wigeon  6
Mallard  16
Northern Shoveler  4
Green-winged Teal  4
Canvasback  20
Redhead  30
Ring-necked Duck  60
Bufflehead  20
Common Goldeneye  6
Red-breasted Merganser  60
Ruddy Duck  6
Common Loon  15    10 swimming together center lake & rest towards NW side Lake 

Horned Grebe  30     Most I've seen on inland lake
Northern Harrier  1     In field just before entering subdivision Eagle Lake
American Coot  60
Ring-billed Gull  12
Caspian Tern  4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  6
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
American Robin  20
European Starling  10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
Song Sparrow  5
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  6
House Sparrow  10

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Subject: Re: RFI - Spotted Knapweed help
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:03:18 +0000
Spotted Knapweed is a serious threat in the western plain states like Montana, 
Wyoming and the Dakotas. 

Here is a link to a paper put out by North Dakota, which has some suggestions 
for control; 

"http://www.nd.gov/ndda/files/resource/SPOTTEDKNAPWEED.pdf" 
The landowner would be wise to get it under control as early as possible. 
Mowing or burning, then an application of reccomended herbacide is what I 
gathered to be the best method. In Dakota, the law requires land owners to 
erradicate Spotted Knapweed because it spreads quickly and completely overtakes 
native plant communities. The plant is actually capable of chemical warfare 
with other plants underground. Left unchecked, it will cause errosion issues, 
leave no livestock grazing grasses, or native habitat for wildlife including 
for grassland birds to nest. 

 
Bill Krouse 
Suamico, Brown County, WI 

Be a Wild One and landscape with native plants! 
"http://wildonesgreenbay.blogspot.com/" 
 
Attract Bluebirds with BRAW. 
"http://www.braw.org/" 
 
Be a Friend of Whitefish Dunes State Park. 
"http://www.friendsofwhitefishdunes.org/" 

Ask me how to adopt a Greyhound! 
"http://retiredgreyhoundathletes.org/  or  http://www.gpawisconsin.org/" 
 


---- Brian Doverspike  wrote: 

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A little off topic but bird related anyway. I run a Bluebird trail on land 
owned by a local company. The plant manager has expressed interest, much to my 
delight, in working on curbing the rampant Spotted Knapweed on the property. He 
is looking for help with ideas for removal. Any help with best methods for 
removal, best time for removal and how often repeat measures would be needed 
would be much appreciated. Unfortunately there are acres and acres of this 
invasive plant so hand pulling is not an option. Thanks. 

Brian Doverspike and Becky Anderson
Pardeeville, Columbia County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: RFI - Spotted Knapweed help
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:17:25 -0500
A little off topic but bird related anyway. I run a Bluebird trail on land 
owned by a local company. The plant manager has expressed interest, much to my 
delight, in working on curbing the rampant Spotted Knapweed on the property. He 
is looking for help with ideas for removal. Any help with best methods for 
removal, best time for removal and how often repeat measures would be needed 
would be much appreciated. Unfortunately there are acres and acres of this 
invasive plant so hand pulling is not an option. Thanks. 

Brian Doverspike and Becky Anderson
Pardeeville, Columbia County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Fwd: Forest County Birds
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:52:45 -0500
I'm forwarding this for Mary, who unfortunately was caught up in the 
Yahoo problem:





I had only 21 species for the year in Forest County last Friday and 
added a whopping 18 over the weekend! It was so nice to have most of the 
snow gone and the birds singing away. FOY for the county were: 
Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Grackles, Song Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, 
American Tree Sparrow, Wood Ducks, Mallard, Canada Goose, Green-winged 
Teal, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Hermit Thrush, Bald Eagle, Turkey 
Vulture, Killdeer, Northern Flicker, American Robin, American Kestrel, 
and Eastern Phoebes. The farm pond we, and others, like to bird off of 
Hwy 52 was all open and had lots of water. We saw Canadas, Mallards and 
Green-winged Teals here but very few blackbirds and grackles around yet.

We do only spend weekends in this area and had missed the prior weekend 
with the ice/snow so of course, some birds may have been there awhile. 
The feeders were very busy with Dark-eyed Juncos and Fox Sparrows and 
Red-winged Blackbirds with the usuals. We took all accessible to bear 
feeders down before we left so winter better just go away already!

Mary Maertz
Wabeno area of Forest County
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Subject: Fox River Red Necked Grebes
From: Art Sonneland <asonneland AT new.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:47:09 -0500
Had a float by of 3 Red-necked Grebes at my house on the Fox River 1.5 miles 
south of De Pere dam. Two in breeding plumage. Took some pics through a 
blinding snow squall which suck. Still quite exciting! Art Sonneland. 
Ledgeview. Brown County 


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Subject: C. Loons, Friess Lake, Washington Co.
From: Scott Diehl <tuftedtitmouse2 AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:25:28 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,
The ice finally went out on Friess Lake in Richfield in Washington Co. last 
night. This morning there were 10 COMMON LOONS on the lake. Also seen were six 
BUFFLEHEADS. 


Regards,

Scott Diehl, Richfield, Washington Co.

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Subject: Lake Farm field trip today (Dane Co.)
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:34:45 -0500
It looked like the rain would stay south of Madison this morning, so I didn't 
cancel the Lake Farm field trip. That turned out to be a good call, as we had a 
very nice variety of birds. The wind even cooperated so that scoping Lake 
Waubesa wasn't too much of a challenge. There was an excellent selection of 
ducks, with very few "misses" (we lacked only Pintail, Hooded and RB Merganser, 
and Wood Duck for expected species - I'd had Red-breasted Mergs on Waubesa 
yesterday, and Steve Thiessen emailed me that he had Wood Ducks after the rest 
of the group headed back to the parking lot today.) Also at least a dozen 
Common Loons (a few of which were calling,) tons of Pied-billed and a couple 
Horned Grebes, and a lone Am. White Pelican way across the lake. 

 
Highlights on the paths were E. Towhee, Brown Thrasher (although only a couple 
of us actually saw it - very vocal bird,) lots of Fox Sparrows and Hermit 
Thrushes, an active flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, and both Kinglets, 
including a singing Ruby-crowned. We did have a few singing Rusty Blackbirds, 
which is always one of the target birds on this trip. All in all, a very 
productive couple hours of birding, and much better weather than expected. 

 
Peter Fissel
Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: Re: Article on Milwaukee Wild Turkeys
From: Scott Diehl <tuftedtitmouse2 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:47:26 -0400 (EDT)
Thanks, Bernie.

I was misquoted on one point, though: I did not say that Wild Turkeys 
disappeared from WI in the '70s, I said the reintroduction started in the 70s. 


Scott Diehl
Richfield, Washington Co., WI


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From: B.G. Sloan 
To: wisbirdn 
Sent: Sun, Apr 13, 2014 7:49 pm
Subject: [wisb] Article on Milwaukee Wild Turkeys


Here's a link to an online article from today about Milwaukee area Wild
Turkeys:
http://bit.ly/1eobYOg

And here's a link to a related article:

http://bit.ly/1nlTMVv

When I lived on Milwaukee's east side a couple of years ago the most
turkeys I ever saw at once was two (Lake Park). Sounds like their numbers
are increasing.

Bernie Sloan


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Subject: This Weds, 7pm Wisconsin Metro Audubon Program, MKE County
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:02:55 -0500
> Wisconsin Metro Audubon Program*
> Please join us for our program
> Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:00 p.m.
> Wehr Nature Center
> 9701 W. College Avenue
> Wisconsin's Natural Heritage
>  OurThreatened and Endangered Species List
> Presented by Wisconsin Department of Resources Educator Dianne Robinson
>
>           Dianne Robinson, Wisconsin DNR educator, will provide
information about our present day threatened and endangered species.  The
list was updated in January of 2014.  Find out which species were added and
deleted from the list, and how this is decided.  We'll learn what special
protections are offered to plants and animals on the list.  There were no
protections 100 years ago for the Passenger Pigeon before it became
extinct, and this anniversary has us thinking about our relationship to
present day threatened species.
>
> Please forward an invitation to a friend.  The program is open to the
public and free.
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Subject: Article on Milwaukee Wild Turkeys
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 20:48:10 -0400
Here's a link to an online article from today about Milwaukee area Wild
Turkeys:
http://bit.ly/1eobYOg

And here's a link to a related article:

http://bit.ly/1nlTMVv

When I lived on Milwaukee's east side a couple of years ago the most
turkeys I ever saw at once was two (Lake Park). Sounds like their numbers
are increasing.

Bernie Sloan


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Subject: Bong sightings, Kenosha Co. 04/13
From: Steven Lubahn <stevenlubahn AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 19:01:54 -0500
I birded all day from Milwaukee -Racine -Kenosha until the clouds finally 
opened up an p’d on me around 3pm. 

Bong was the expected highlight with low waters on Wolf Lake. I started scoping 
from a trail off of 75 then made my way over to the fishing pier. Teal numbers 
here high for SE Wisconsin. I’ve never seen so many GWTE. This place is worth 
checking in the coming weeks for the possibility of an unusual duck or 
shorebird. No Henslow’s yet. 


Richard Bong SRA, Kenosha, US-WI
Apr 13, 2014 1:27 PM - 3:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1 37 species (+2 other taxa) Canada Goose 7 Gadwall 62 American Wigeon 5 American Black Duck 1 Mallard 31 American Black Duck x Mallard (hybrid) 1 Blue-winged Teal 110 Northern Shoveler 36 Northern Pintail 2 Green-winged Teal 358 Actual careful count. Ring-necked Duck 45 Greater/Lesser Scaup 2 Pied-billed Grebe 1 Northern Harrier 1 Red-tailed Hawk 1 American Coot 251 Sandhill Crane 2 Killdeer 5 Greater Yellowlegs 6 Lesser Yellowlegs 11 Dunlin 1 About half size smaller than Pec with long black bill, down curved at tip, black legs and dark underbelly. Pectoral Sandpiper 110 Wilson's Snipe 1 Bonaparte's Gull 9 Ring-billed Gull 25 Herring Gull (American) 2 American Kestrel 1 Tree Swallow 3 Hermit Thrush 2 American Robin 6 Brown Thrasher 1 Song Sparrow 3 Swamp Sparrow 1 White-crowned Sparrow 1 Northern Cardinal 2 Red-winged Blackbird 11 Eastern Meadowlark 4 Common Grackle 4 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17874547 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org) #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn
Subject: WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - April 13 (Harrington Beach State Park)
From: Jonathan Stein <steinjj19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:50:14 -0500
Tough to get to my normal spot after last night's rain, the count was moved
slightly northward today as a result. Even with some early fog limiting
visibility, there was still significant activity to be seen from the
get-go. Teal and bay ducks were again on the move with 281 Blue-Winged, 420
Green-Winged, 61 Canvasback, 149 Redhead and 866 Greater Scaup counted over
the course of the morning. Other dabblers besides teal put in a nice
showing, led by Mallard (230), American Wigeon (78) and Northern
Shoveler. Additional highlights included a nice Caspian Tern (15) flight
and our first Forster's Tern of the season as well as some great looks at
Red-throated Loon and Horned Grebe foraging near shore.
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Jonathan Stein
Belgium, WI


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Subject: Southern Milwaukee County today, 4-13
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:43:41 -0500
I started my birding day at Bender Park where a flock of at least 50 Tree
Swallows were soaring over the bluff and occasionally dropping down to the
boat ramp. There were a couple of Barn Swallows and at least one (FOY)
Rough-winged Swallow in the flock. At the boat ramp parking lot I had no
trouble seeing (FOY) Savannah Sparrows as three were perched in a sapling
near my car and another sang from the hillside. The next FOY were two
Caspian Terns flying north. Over 40 Bonaparte's Gulls followed them, and a
couple of lines of  Double-crested Cormorants also moved north.  As soon as
I spotted a large raft of puddle ducks out on the lake, the fog rolled in
and made viewing impossible. I moved to the top of the bluff and saw my
(FOY) Eastern Towhee, a female.
As I was entering Grant Park (Wil-O-Way), Steve Lubahn was leaving, and he
informed me that he had seen an Oregon ssp. of Dark-eyed Junco. I later
relocated possibly the same bird between the playground and the overnight
cabin. It was a dull-colored female with dingy brown on the mantle, just a
faint wash of rust on the flanks, and rust color extending upward in front
of the lesser coverts, but I didn't get a good enough look at the breast to
see if the hood was convex. My junco could have been either the Oregon or a
Cassiar junco.
I had a much too brief and frustrating look at a towhee which was showing a
lot of white spotting on the wings and wing coverts, but I could not
determine if it had the white patch at the base of the primaries which is
found on Eastern Towhee. It would not come out for another look, but it
(presuming the same bird) frequently gave the "drink" call of an Eastern
Towhee. I do not hear that call for Spotted Towhee on the Stokes recordings,
so I am assuming the mystery towhee has at least Eastern parentage if it is
not pure Eastern.
My only FOY here was a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher which foraged in view for a
long time.
Choosing a "bird of the day" is difficult because of the large numbers of
Hermit Thrushes and Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. The former probably
outnumbered the latter by 2:1, but I have never seen so many sapsuckers in
one day. All told, I estimate at least 20, 12 in Wil-O-Way alone, but there
were probably many more. It was wonderful to hear the White-crowned Sparrows
alternating songs with the Fox Sparrow. Yellow-rumped Warbler numbers were
modest; I saw only 5, but there was a Winter Wren and 2 Brown Creepers.
When I arrived at Sheridan Park I located 6 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers within
15 minutes and found 2 more below the bluffs. Down below, Hermit Thrushes
abounded, and there were at least 4 Swamp Sparrows. Both kinglets were
represented, and I finished off the cool and foggy afternoon with a (FOY)
Brown Thrasher.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County 

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Subject: Wehr Nature Center this afternoon (Milwaukee County)
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:32:44 -0500
Wehr was hoppin'! The birds were enjoying the moisture. I saw several FOY,
including an Osprey, Winter Wren, Ring-necked Ducks, Wood Duck, Great Blue
Heron, Pied-billed Grebes (so MANY!), plus a few more AND FOY turtle and
muskrat! It was a fun afternoon. Full list:
    X    Canada Goose
    X    Wood Duck
    X    Mallard
    X    Blue-winged Teal
    X    Green-winged Teal
    X    Ring-necked Duck
    X    Wild Turkey
    X    Pied-billed Grebe
    X    Great Blue Heron
    X    Turkey Vulture
    X    Osprey
    X    Sandhill Crane
    X    gull sp.
    X    Belted Kingfisher
    X    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    X    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    X    Downy Woodpecker
    X    Northern Flicker
    X    Eastern Phoebe
    X    Blue Jay
    X    Tree Swallow
    X    Black-capped Chickadee
    X    White-breasted Nuthatch
    X    Winter Wren
    X    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    X    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    X    Hermit Thrush
    X    American Robin
    X    Cedar Waxwing
    X    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    X    American Tree Sparrow
    X    Chipping Sparrow
    X    Song Sparrow
    X    Dark-eyed Junco
    X    Northern Cardinal
    X    Red-winged Blackbird
    X    Common Grackle
    X    American Goldfinch

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Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Dodge Co. Hustisford area FOY's
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:21:35 -0500
Today I found 4 FOY birds. This morning it was several SAVANNAH SPARROWS. 
They were chasing each other around and taking turns singing. Then on 
Elmwood Rd. by the bridge there were a couple dozen swallows including BARN 
and NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED along with the tree swallows. But the best came 
last. I found my first ever WINTER WREN in my little woods right at home. I 
was pretty happy about that. Enjoyed watching him forage through my brush 
piles for a half hour and he was still at it when I left.
 Dave Schrab
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Subject: Common Loon [Juneau County]
From: "Sharon Swiggum" <sgswiggum AT mwt.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:55:09 -0500
New Lisbon Lake just south of Interstate 90 / 94. 
Yesterday afternoon, Saturday the 12th, one Common Loon near the park’s 
shore. Close views were possible at Primrose Lane. 


Sharon Swiggum
Richland Center in Richland County
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