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26 Jan Re: FW: monk parakeets in WI? [Peter Fissel ]
26 Jan Re: FW: monk parakeets in WI? ["Gerald DeBoer" ]
26 Jan FW: monk parakeets in WI? [Richter Museum ]
26 Jan Re: Short-eared Owls-Schwengel WPA, Ozaukee Cty [noah mezera ]
26 Jan Bohem. Waxw. & Red Cross. pics - Bayfield Co. [Ryan Brady ]
26 Jan Test ["K Petersen" ]
26 Jan Fw: Bird and Nature Walk UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve [Peter Fissel ]
25 Jan Raptors at Horicon NWR 25 January 2015 [Michael Huebschen ]
25 Jan Snowy Owl Barron County [Rick Pertile ]
25 Jan Common Eider---YES [Daryl Tessen ]
25 Jan She strikes again! (COHA eats HOSP) [Karen Johnson ]
25 Jan Short-eared Owls-Schwengel WPA, Ozaukee Cty ["Howard, Carol" ]
25 Jan Common Eider in Superior [Hotmail ]
25 Jan Horicon 1/24/15 [Jeremy Meyer ]
25 Jan First Ever Yardbird [Michael Huebschen ]
25 Jan Horicon area & Lake Michigan today [Peter Fissel ]
24 Jan Re: ALERT: Common Eider- Douglas Cty. [Tom Prestby ]
24 Jan ALERT: Common Eider- Douglas Cty. [Tom Prestby ]
24 Jan Re: Goshawk, no [Brian Hansen ]
24 Jan Freedom Snowy Owls-1/24/15 [Andrew Reimer ]
24 Jan Goshawk, no [Kim Kreimann ]
24 Jan Horicon Marsh - Snowy Owl, several hawk species, one unknown. []
24 Jan Fowler Lake - Oconomowoc - Geese and Mute Swans []
24 Jan Re: Northern Goshawk - Horicon [Jeremy Meyer ]
24 Jan Northern Goshawk - Horicon [Jeremy Meyer ]
24 Jan ID of Junco changed results [Sid Hamm ]
23 Jan Trinidad & Tobago trip report [Chris West ]
23 Jan Good "gulling" in Racine today ["Tom Wood" ]
23 Jan the next WBBAII atlas presentation/workshop - for those in southeast WI [William Mueller ]
23 Jan Fw: More on Oconomowoc CBC, 29 December [Peter Fissel ]
22 Jan ID of Junco Results [Sid Hamm ]
22 Jan Northern Goshawk and others, Horicon Marsh area FDL Co. 1/22/15, image [Jim Edlhuber ]
22 Jan Lower Mud Lk, McFarland - Dane Co [Patrick Ready ]
22 Jan Redpoll in yard [Daryl Tessen ]
22 Jan Bohemian Waxwings ["Sue Peterson" ]
22 Jan Fw: WSO Trip Saturday [Peter Fissel ]
21 Jan Northern Shrike in Green Bay ["Wayne Kuhn" ]
21 Jan Washington Island Christmas Count 2014 [Sandy Petersen ]
21 Jan Re: Northern Goshawk, Horicon area [David Freriks ]
21 Jan Northern Goshawk, Horicon area [David Freriks ]
21 Jan Oconomowoc, Waukesha Cty, CBC [Brad Webb ]
22 Jan Recent "spam" and Wisbirdn [Peter Fissel ]
21 Jan Rosendale CBC results ["Lori Inderdahl" ]
21 Jan Re: What type of birder? []
21 Jan spam do not open [Tom Prestby ]
22 Jan To: Tom Sykes h ["tom" ]
21 Jan Re: White-throat Cooper's Junco ... ["Betsy Abert" ]
21 Jan White-throat Cooper's Junco ... [Sandy Petersen ]
21 Jan Snowy Owls at Goose Pond + a fundraiser, "Owl Together Now" [Emily Meier ]
21 Jan Townsend's Solitaire - Observatory Hill, Marquette County [Brian Doverspike ]
21 Jan Lifer in Sheboygan! ..and let the debate continue ["Paul Bruce" ]
20 Jan Fw: Bird and Nature Walk at Warner Park [Peter Fissel ]
20 Jan Redpolls, Stoughton ["Steve Thiessen" ]
20 Jan Eau Claire Area and Sax Zim Bog [Rowan Stamm ]
20 Jan Re: Aging and sexing Snowy Owls [Sandy Petersen ]
20 Jan from: Susan Van Den Bosch ["Susan Van Den Bosch" ]
19 Jan Golden Eagles ["Peter McKeever" ]
19 Jan Re: Aging and sexing Snowy Owls [Mark Hodgson ]
19 Jan Lakeshore State Park MKE - 1/19/15 [Chris Petherick ]
19 Jan Re: ID of Junco ["Tom Wood" ]
19 Jan Hoary Redpoll & RHW's Edgewater Sawyer county [Rick Pertile ]
19 Jan Townsend's Solitaire, Marq Co ["Josh Mayer" ]
19 Jan ID of Junco [Sid Hamm ]
19 Jan Merlin, SANC, Milwaukee County [Judith Huf ]
19 Jan newly-updated list of WBBAII Atlas Training Events [William Mueller ]
19 Jan Short Ear Owl - Kenosha County [EjWheeler ]
19 Jan LE and GH Owls: Washington County ["joe meyer" ]
18 Jan Hoary Redpoll pics - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
18 Jan Pioneer Press Snowy Owl & Warbler Articles [Jeff Virant ]
18 Jan Eau Claire Co [Paul van ginkel ]
18 Jan Door County redpolls [Paul Regnier ]
18 Jan Eagles and Hawks in Iowa and Grant Counties today ["Tom Wood" ]
18 Jan Dead Great Blue Heron [Peter Fissel ]
18 Jan Marquette and Columbia Cos. today [Peter Fissel ]
17 Jan Ozaukee Today [Chris Petherick ]
17 Jan Short-eared owls, merlin Dodge Co. ["Rhonda Schrab" ]

Subject: Re: FW: monk parakeets in WI?
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:59:23 +0000
As far as the timeline, I had the same reaction until I looked at the "Sent" 
date on Karl's original message - Oct. 2000. Not sure what time warp it spun 
out of to come up now (and note the "archaic" email address for Wisbirdn...) 


Peter Fissel
Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor
Madison WI

________________________________________
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
of Gerald DeBoer  

Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 3:55 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Re: FW: monk parakeets in WI?

It is my understanding that a Monk Parakeet, or ever a pair of Monk
Parakeets building a nest structure did not necessarily constitute a
nesting. I don't believe any young were ever documented at any of the
nests that were found.

In my recollection, there was the nest in Kenosha. There was a nest on a
utility pole at the Sienna Center just north of Wind Point in Racine
County and a 3rd nest in a park south of downtown Milwaukee (north of
airport a mile or so).

As to the timeline of 8 years, I'm not going to vouch for that. I would
be more prone to say 20 years ago give or take, at least for the Racine
and Milwaukee birds.

Jerry DeBoer
Tapping into my memories while I still have them.

On 1/26/2015 3:19 PM, Richter Museum wrote:
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richter Museum
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 3:19 PM
> To: 'David, Karl'; 'wisbirdn AT lawrence.edu'
> Subject: RE: monk parakeets in WI?
>
> Yes, the first nesting was down in that area back in the late 1970's. I 
remember a picture which was run in newspapers where they had a huge nest on a 
power line transformer. They nested as far north as De Pere in Brown county in 
1983. There is a single observation record from Oconto county. The have since 
been very scarce!! 

>
> Tom Erdman
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David, Karl [mailto:david AT msoe.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 1:00 PM
> To: 'wisbirdn AT lawrence.edu'
> Subject: monk parakeets in WI?
>
> Eric Lundquist of Illinois e-mailed me to say he had Monk Parakeets nesting 
in the lights of the Kenosha baseball stadium about 8 years ago. Does anyone 
know how long that lasted? Could we have or have had an introduced species in 
this state that no one was monitoring? After all, if they persist long enough, 
they could be declared "official." 

>
> Karl David
> Racine
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Subject: Re: FW: monk parakeets in WI?
From: "Gerald DeBoer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jerry937975@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:55:10 -0600
It is my understanding that a Monk Parakeet, or ever a pair of Monk 
Parakeets building a nest structure did not necessarily constitute a 
nesting. I don't believe any young were ever documented at any of the 
nests that were found.

In my recollection, there was the nest in Kenosha. There was a nest on a 
utility pole at the Sienna Center just north of Wind Point in Racine 
County and a 3rd nest in a park south of downtown Milwaukee (north of 
airport a mile or so).

As to the timeline of 8 years, I'm not going to vouch for that. I would 
be more prone to say 20 years ago give or take, at least for the Racine 
and Milwaukee birds.

Jerry DeBoer
Tapping into my memories while I still have them.

On 1/26/2015 3:19 PM, Richter Museum wrote:
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Richter Museum
> Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 3:19 PM
> To: 'David, Karl'; 'wisbirdn AT lawrence.edu'
> Subject: RE: monk parakeets in WI?
>
> Yes, the first nesting was down in that area back in the late 1970's. I 
remember a picture which was run in newspapers where they had a huge nest on a 
power line transformer. They nested as far north as De Pere in Brown county in 
1983. There is a single observation record from Oconto county. The have since 
been very scarce!! 

>
> Tom Erdman
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David, Karl [mailto:david AT msoe.edu]
> Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 1:00 PM
> To: 'wisbirdn AT lawrence.edu'
> Subject: monk parakeets in WI?
>
> Eric Lundquist of Illinois e-mailed me to say he had Monk Parakeets nesting 
in the lights of the Kenosha baseball stadium about 8 years ago. Does anyone 
know how long that lasted? Could we have or have had an introduced species in 
this state that no one was monitoring? After all, if they persist long enough, 
they could be declared "official." 

>
> Karl David
> Racine
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Subject: FW: monk parakeets in WI?
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:19:03 +0000

-----Original Message-----
From: Richter Museum 
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 3:19 PM
To: 'David, Karl'; 'wisbirdn AT lawrence.edu'
Subject: RE: monk parakeets in WI?

Yes, the first nesting was down in that area back in the late 1970's. I 
remember a picture which was run in newspapers where they had a huge nest on a 
power line transformer. They nested as far north as De Pere in Brown county in 
1983. There is a single observation record from Oconto county. The have since 
been very scarce!! 


Tom Erdman

-----Original Message-----
From: David, Karl [mailto:david AT msoe.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 1:00 PM
To: 'wisbirdn AT lawrence.edu'
Subject: monk parakeets in WI?

Eric Lundquist of Illinois e-mailed me to say he had Monk Parakeets nesting in 
the lights of the Kenosha baseball stadium about 8 years ago. Does anyone know 
how long that lasted? Could we have or have had an introduced species in this 
state that no one was monitoring? After all, if they persist long enough, they 
could be declared "official." 


Karl David
Racine
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Subject: Re: Short-eared Owls-Schwengel WPA, Ozaukee Cty
From: noah mezera <16nmezera AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:16:40 -0600
I was at Schwengel WPA on Thursday and found 2 Long-eared Owls, not
Short-eared.
On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 12:50 PM, Howard, Carol 
wrote:

> Bemoaning the gray skies Saturday, and thinking it would be so dark by
> sunset that we would not see anything, 5 of us went to Schwengel anyway to
> look for a Snowy Owl while waiting for the Short-eared Owls to appear. Upon
> arriving about 4 pm, we immediately saw one short-eared sitting in a small
> tree, joined a short time later by another, and watched them fly all around
> the car, back and forth across the road and over the fields for 45 min.
> About 4:30 we tore ourselves away for a quick check of Lone Elm Rd where we
> saw another one flying over the field. At "sunset", back on 6 Mile, at
> least one more, maybe 2, joined the first two. Didn't see a snowy, which
> was disappointing after not seeing any at Horicon earlier in the afternoon.
>
> Carol Howard
> Raymond
> Racine County
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Subject: Bohem. Waxw. & Red Cross. pics - Bayfield Co.
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:46:13 -0700
My son and I had a stellar outing along Lake Superior's south shore in Bayfield 
County on Sunday. Highlights were 17 Red Crossbills (most along Cty Hwy C), a 
flock of nearly 300 Bohemian Waxwings in their traditional downtown Cornucopia 
haunts, 20 Evening Grosbeaks also in downtown Corny, 6 Pine Grosbeaks 
(scattered locations), and this winter's regular contingent of C. Redpolls, P. 
Siskins, and P. Finches. Most sites from Corny to Port Wing had open water but 
waterbirds from four vantages totaled only 5 Red-breasted Mergs, 3 C. 
Goldeneye, and 10 Herring Gulls. 


Some photos of the waxwings and crossbills are at:
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/cornyjan2015

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Test
From: "K Petersen" <loonp AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:02:33 -0600
Please ignore - trying to find my WISBIRD file.
Kurt Petersen

Sheboygan County



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Subject: Fw: Bird and Nature Walk UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:39:21 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 1:36 AM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Bird and Nature Walk UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Hi Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet,  thanks!

2015-01-25 13:30
UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve--Picnic Point
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 23
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: About two dozen people including 7 kids enjoyed the blue sky, bright 
winter sun and fresh snow on the 4th Sunday every month Bird and Nature Walk at 
the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve. From an initial Red Fox sighting to the 
Pileated Woodpecker some folks saw at the end, there was lots of excitement. We 
had several people with limited mobility but that didn't stop them from eagerly 
trekking across prairie paths and through the woods. The kids lead the way with 
sharp eyes, kids binoculars and a pair of parabolic sound scopes to find Grey 
Squirrels playing tag, vole and mouse tracks in the snow, owl pellets below an 
owl house research project, and repeated spottings of a perched and flying 
Great Horned Owl (possibly two), a nice variety of woodpecker species and a 
friendly pair of Red-tailed Hawks. 


    2    Canada Goose
    2    Red-tailed Hawk
    3    Ring-billed Gull
    1    Great Horned Owl
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    2    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Hairy Woodpecker
    1    Pileated Woodpecker
    1    Blue Jay
    2    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch

A Great Horned Owl was also hooting the evening before for about 70 people who 
attended the candle and moon light nature walk at Cherokee Marsh. The next 
regularly scheduled Madison area family friendly Bird and Nature Walk field 
trip is at Cherokee Marsh Sunday Feb 1, 1:30-3 pm. 


Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Raptors at Horicon NWR 25 January 2015
From: Michael Huebschen <huebschenhuebschen AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 20:59:43 -0800
Hello All,
The junction of Johnson and Elm Roads brought me the glide of a Kestrel from a 
powerline this afternoon. (No Goshawk.) The refuge proper around Hwy. 49 was 
the afternoon observatory for 2 Rough-legged Hawks, 2 Northern Harriers (both 
female), and two Snowy Owls. The two Rough-legs engaged in airborne combat for 
a bit, but I was too slow with the optical bazooka to capture any images. One 
Snowy Owl vaulted up into a tree around 4:10 P.M. way out on the north fringe 
of the marsh, north of Hwy. 49. If I had not seen it glide to the tree, I 
probably would have missed it entirely. (I do not own a decent scope.) At 4:57 
P.M. (just after sunset), a second Snowy Owl glided to a perch closer to Hwy. 
49 and a bit thereafter, began struggling with a good sized Meadow Vole 
(probable) that it had either just carried in, or had left there during a 
previous visit. It got the prey as far as half way down the hatch and 
eventually put it down on the perch. (I have 

 photos.) Around 5:12 P.M., it scared the proverbial life list out of me by 
gliding low over Hwy. 49 with a very close call with a west bound vehicle. I 
don't think that they made actual physical contact, as it banked up right in 
front of the vehicle at the very last. It lit in a snag very near the highway. 
I managed a few more photos until 5:17 when mother twilight and the owl's 
movement back to the south side of the highway declared the summit conference 
adjourned. The images that I got are a little on the (is that a painting?) 
fringe, but still pleasant. After sunset, those golden eyes volleyed enough of 
the muted glow from the southwestern sky to breath magic to the memory card. 


If you have been experiencing difficulty in getting a closer look at a Snowy, 
try the last hour of daylight and the half hour following sunset. 


Best Wishes,

Michael J. Huebschen
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wi.

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Subject: Snowy Owl Barron County
From: Rick Pertile <mugzy1960 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:24:05 -0600
Found a snowy owl Friday afternoon around 4:30 p.m. on the way up north. The 
bird was located near the Cumberland airport in a field just west of 8th street 
and 21st ave on the south side of the road near Bona Casa foods. I was unable 
to relocate it today. 

A couple pictures here albeit not good ones with the small camera I had.

On another note, there was a very nice increase of redpolls, siskins and purple 
finches at the feeders this weekend. The hoary redpoll I had show up last week, 
was still present as of today. 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/129692973 AT N03/16182430537/in/photostream/

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Subject: Common Eider---YES
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:42:00 -0600
I decided early this morning to make the run to Superior's Barker Island to try 
for the Common Eider. This proved to be a 12 hour day!! However it was fun as 
after freezing on the bridge for 10-15 minutes the female Common Eider was 
relocated by a birder that had seen it a short time before, obtaining excellent 
photos. Today it was on the west side of the bridge, initially resting out on 
the ice. Then it actively began feeding very close to the bridge. It is 
surprising how long it remains under water, especially on contrast to the 
goldeneyes, etc. It was feeding on zebra mussels, doing so quite a few times. 
The bird really bends in with the Mallards, obviously especially the females, 
even when it is swimming, burt especially when it is resting on the ice. A 
local birder arrived as I was racing back to my vehicle to warm up (after 
watching it for 10-15 minutes) and when I informed her of my success, her 
comment was that it will be easy to find. 15 minutes later she ca 

 me racing back to her car to warm up, not having seen it. If you go be patient 
and scan all the Mallards and the few Black Ducks as it is surprising how easy 
it is to miss it. Hopefully it will stay around for some time, especially as 
Canal Park in MN froze over a week ago, hence probably the reason it is now 
here in WI---hurray! 

Other birds seen were a Glaucous and Iceland Gull, flying over with the Herring 
Gulls heading for the dump. 


A most enjoyable day, ending with a colorful sun set.  Good luck if you go!
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: She strikes again! (COHA eats HOSP)
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:53:48 -0600
One more House Sparrow down.  Our Cooper's Hawk is on a roll!
Starting to feel like a grocery store here...

-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee County
"BayView"


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Subject: Short-eared Owls-Schwengel WPA, Ozaukee Cty
From: "Howard, Carol" <carol.howard AT ces.uwex.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:50:15 +0000
Bemoaning the gray skies Saturday, and thinking it would be so dark by sunset 
that we would not see anything, 5 of us went to Schwengel anyway to look for a 
Snowy Owl while waiting for the Short-eared Owls to appear. Upon arriving about 
4 pm, we immediately saw one short-eared sitting in a small tree, joined a 
short time later by another, and watched them fly all around the car, back and 
forth across the road and over the fields for 45 min. About 4:30 we tore 
ourselves away for a quick check of Lone Elm Rd where we saw another one flying 
over the field. At "sunset", back on 6 Mile, at least one more, maybe 2, joined 
the first two. Didn't see a snowy, which was disappointing after not seeing any 
at Horicon earlier in the afternoon. 


Carol Howard
Raymond
Racine County
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Subject: Common Eider in Superior
From: Hotmail <rory_cameron AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:41:59 -0600
Pam Campbell and I found the Common Eider at 11:10 this morning at Barkers 
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Subject: Horicon 1/24/15
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:29:23 -0600
Good morning, yesterday I was up at the north end of the marsh area.  I
attempted to find the goshawk, to no avail.  I did have a real nice raptor
day, though.  I was in the area for about four hours, and saw 3 American
Kestrel (2M/1F), 2 Rough-legged (1 light/1dark morph), 2 Northern Harriers
(1M/1F), and 11 Red-tailed Hawks (8 adult/3 juvenile).  I also saw 1 white
Snowy Owl, way out in the field, that didn't move the entire day.  One of
the Red-tailed Hawks I saw was extremely white, the most I've ever seen.  I
think it's a sub-species, but not really sure.  Looking for some thoughts
on the image.  I have one picture of it flying.  I also have a picture of
the light and dark morph Rough-legged Hawks.  Here is the link.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: First Ever Yardbird
From: Michael Huebschen <huebschenhuebschen AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 00:03:12 -0800
Hello All,
No, this is not a retrospective British Blues promotion for geriatric 
musicians. 


I did yesterday, however, observe for several minutes, a female Red-bellied 
Woodpecker working at our backyard peanut feeder. This be the first Red-bellied 
that we have ever encountered here in close to 20 years of habitation on 
Oshkosh's near west side. (We are near enough U.S. 41 to gather the drone of 
the highway traffic whenever the wind be any blend of westerly.) 


That peanut feeder has brought us a lot more visits from nuthatches and 
woodpeckers than we experienced while feeding only black oil sunflower. That 
addition, by the way, was my wife Cindy's idea. If we were feeding raw peanuts, 
we might well be holding our breath for a hostile takeover of the big autumn 
ash nearest the feeders by impromptu peanut plantation. Shucks! Wrong 
substrate! 


Best Wishes,

Michael J. Huebschen
Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., Wi.

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Subject: Horicon area & Lake Michigan today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:52:50 +0000
Nolan, Chuck, Jim Schwarz and I went over to Lake Michigan today. We made a 
short detour to Oak Center Rd. north of Horicon Marsh on the way over. Lots of 
raptors in the Johnson and Elm Rd. area, including a nice "Gray Ghost" (male 
No. Harrier) working the Waterfowl Production Area north of Elm. We had 
multiple Red-tails and Rough-legs, plus a Kestrel, on various roads (no 
Goshawk.) As we headed down Stumpf Rd. to continue our journey, we ran into 
Lester Doyle, who alerted us to the Snowy Owl sitting up on a power pole a ways 
out. We would have completely missed it, so thanks, Lester! 


At Sheboygan, North Point and the beach area were very quiet. Just common ducks 
and gulls. We went to the dead-end by the Coast Guard station and had two or 
three Great Black-backed Gulls out in the harbor. When a Bald Eagle flushed all 
the gulls from the marina, Jim and Chuck spotted an Iceland Gull as it flew 
over the yacht club, but Nolan and I couldn't pick it out of the crowd. We 
moved over to the south side of the river by Blue Harbor, but again had only 
common birds there (lots of Canada Geese, Greater Scaup and C. Goldeneyes in 
the river.) 



We checked the feeders near Majerle's Black River Grill for the reported Great 
Tit, but had only BC Chickadees, RB Nuthatches, and other common birds (plus a 
flyover imm. Bald Eagle.) The feeders at Kohler-Andrae SP had only common 
species. 



We went down to Harrington Beach and checked the lake from the end of County D, 
but didn't see much. Quentin Yoerger happened along and told us he'd seen a No. 
Shrike near the office, so we went back through the park and did see the Shrike 
right next to the road as we approached the office. Thanks, Quentin! Nolan was 
happy, since he hadn't seen one yet this year. 



At Port Washington, we first checked the marina behind the restaurant at the 
north end of the harbor. Chuck spotted a nice adult Thayer's in winter plumage, 
and there was a first-winter bird that we suspected was another Thayer's, 
although it hunkered down and slept nearly the entire time we were there, so it 
was difficult to get field marks. Also had a couple of Redheads, plus the usual 
domestic geese in with the Canadas. There were a couple of Ruddy Ducks out near 
the mouth of the harbor. 



Good day birding with buddies.


Peter Fissel

Madison WI





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Subject: Re: ALERT: Common Eider- Douglas Cty.
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:25:46 -0600
. It should read...
 
The COMMON EIDER that was overwintering in Duluth has moved to Superior because 
Canal Park (MN) froze a few days ago. The Eider was seen with Mallards under 
the bridge at Barker's Island by Duluth birders yesterday afternoon and again 
late this morning by Robbye Johnson and Matt Jahnke who got excellent pictures. 
Other birders did not see the Eider between 3pm and dusk. Robbye mentioned that 
Mallards go in and out this time of day so the Eider may have just gone 
somewhere to roost. There is also still open water at the entry (by the 
lighthouse at the end of Wisconsin Point) so that's another good spot to check 
if it isn't at Barker's Island. Good luck to anybody trying for this fabulous 
bird! 

 
 
Tom Prestby
Green Bay
 		 	   		  
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Subject: ALERT: Common Eider- Douglas Cty.
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 19:20:02 -0600
cause Canal Park (MN) froze a few days ago. The Eider was seen with Mallards 
under the bridge at Barker's Island by Duluth birders yesterday afternoon and 
again late this morning by Robbye Johnson and Matt Jahnke who got excellent 
pictures. Other birders did not see the Eider between 3pm and dusk. Robbye 
mentioned that Mallards go in and out this time of day so the Eider may have 
just gone somewhere to roost. There is also still open water at the entry (by 
the lighthouse at the end of Wisconsin Point) so that's another good spot to 
check if it isn't at Barker's Island. Good luck to anybody trying for this 
fabulous bird! 

 
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Green Bay
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Goshawk, no
From: Brian Hansen <rawshooter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:52:36 -0600
Doubt they are getting stuck in the netting. Probably shot

Brian Hansen
Milwaukee east side


> On Jan 24, 2015, at 6:22 PM, Kim Kreimann  wrote:
> 
> I was up by Horicon today and saw the snowy on the pumphouse and one way out 
in a tree on the north side of 49. I saw something really disturbing at the 
pheasant farm, 1 fairly fresh unidentified hawk carcass and two others that 
were older stuck on top of the netting! The fresher one was upside down so it 
was hard to see any coloring. This was just in the first maybe 100 feet of the 
enclosure, which makes me wonder how many more are stuck further in. Very 
sad.Kim KreimannRubiconDodge County 

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Subject: Freedom Snowy Owls-1/24/15
From: Andrew Reimer <andrew.reimer21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:38:47 -0600
I realize with our second irruption year in a row, Snowy Owls have become a
bit passe, but I took my boys on a ride late this afternoon out to Freedom
to see what we could find.  Three owls, including one adult male in the
middle of a plowed field, one adult female on a telephone pole on Hwy. JJ,
and one immature atop the peak of a house all were in the vicinity of Van
Asten Road.  Further south, near the corner of Hwy. UU and Farrell Rd.,
another beautiful adult male was hunting from on top of some kind marker
post near the road providing beautiful views.
-- 
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Subject: Goshawk, no
From: Kim Kreimann <k9house1 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:22:06 -0600
I was up by Horicon today and saw the snowy on the pumphouse and one way out in 
a tree on the north side of 49. I saw something really disturbing at the 
pheasant farm, 1 fairly fresh unidentified hawk carcass and two others that 
were older stuck on top of the netting! The fresher one was upside down so it 
was hard to see any coloring. This was just in the first maybe 100 feet of the 
enclosure, which makes me wonder how many more are stuck further in. Very 
sad.Kim KreimannRubiconDodge County 

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Subject: Horicon Marsh - Snowy Owl, several hawk species, one unknown.
From: thomas657 AT centurytel.net
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:48:24 -0500
I went up Horicon Marsh hoping to see the Northern Goshawk that's been 
identified around the Pheasant Farm by Johnson Rd, and Oak Center Rd. 

I started along Hwy 49. There wasn't much there except for some raptors soaring 
north of Hwy 49. I then went up to the area where the Goshawk was spotted. No 
luck there either. As I drove north on Johnson Rd. surveying the fields, I 
noticed a couple birds 50 yards out in a farmers field. Shortly thereafter, 
they both took flight. The one behind was a red-tailed hawk. Soon after taking 
flight, it went off in a different direction while the first one continued 
north. It proceeded north until I lost it in the woods several hundred yards 
off Johnson Rd., near Guenther Rd., County Hwy AS, and Hwy 151. I've posted a 
couple photos that I hope others can use to help identify. 

I then went south on Stumpf Rd., where I met a couple birders looking westward. 
A snowl Owl was 200 yards out. 

Back on Hwy 49, I found a Rough-legged hawk finishing a meal on top of a dead 
tree near the west end of Horicon Marsh. It was so interested in eating that I 
was able to idle the car forward. About 10 minutes later, it took off out into 
the field. I liked how well it blended into its surroundings. 

I then made a second trip out to the Pheasant Farm. I saw a Red-tailed Hawk 
surveying the field on the southwest corner of Johnson Rd. and Oak Center Rd. 
And, htere was a Coopers Hawk on a post used to keep the Pheasant Farm's 
netting elevated. 

Photos of what I've described are 
available:https://www.flickr.com/photos/22836210 AT N03/ 

Any help identifying the unknown hawk would be very helpful. 
Thanks,Tom WrightWales  

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Subject: Fowler Lake - Oconomowoc - Geese and Mute Swans
From: thomas657 AT centurytel.net
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:47:42 -0500
On the way back from Horicon Marsh today, I stopped by Fowler Lake. Holy cow - 
hundreds of Canada Geese, a couple dozen Mallards, a pair of Scaup, and 10 Mute 
Swans. Several of the swans were juveniles - two tone gray and black bills. 

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Subject: Re: Northern Goshawk - Horicon
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:28:09 -0600
Sorry, got a closer look and it's only a male harrier
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Jan 24, 2015 1:22 PM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Just saw the hawk flying over the fields just east of Oak Centre and
> Stumpf Rd's
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Subject: Northern Goshawk - Horicon
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 13:22:20 -0600
Just saw the hawk flying over the fields just east of Oak Centre and Stumpf
Rd's
Jeremy Meyer
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Subject: ID of Junco changed results
From: Sid Hamm <sidhamm AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 11:29:01 -0600
Greetings,
More of you commented and now the Junco has been determined to be a Dark
Eyed Slate-Colored Brown Variant Junco. It has been a challenge to ID the
Junco with so many variations.

The photo can be viewed at:

https://thebirdpoint.wordpress.com/category/dark-eyed/

Select the Slate-Covered Brown Variant Junco link.

Thanks again for all of the comments and help,


Sid Hamm   Muskego    Waukesha County


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Subject: Trinidad & Tobago trip report
From: Chris West <little_blue_birdie AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:32:22 -0600
Hello everyone, 
I've been absent from Wisconsin for the last few months (attempting to escape 
winter by hiding out in the southern US where it is ever so slightly warmer) 
but am heading to northern MN next week, so my streak of luck outrunning winter 
has run out. 

I know by this time of year, most of us are sick of winter, so I thought I'd 
share some photos from my tropical travels. I recently returned from leading a 
ten-day tour to the twin islands of Trinidad & Tobago. We spent the first part 
of the tour at the world-famous Asa Wright Nature Center with a few day trips 
out to surrounding areas. The second part of the trip we spent at the Blue 
Waters Inn on Tobago and in Grand Riviere on Trinidad. We were fortunate to see 
every species (or potential species) endemic to Trinidad and Tobago. 


To help break up the monotony of the Wisconsonian winter, I thought I'd share 
some photos I took during the tour: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/swallowtailphoto/sets/72157650422901351/ 



Hopefully these will bring some much-needed warmth to your computer screen. :D 
Enjoy! 


--Chris


Happy Birding! --Chris W, Richland County (Currently in Baton Rouge, LA) Tour 
leader Swallowtail Birding Tours 
http://swallowtailbirdingtours.comhttps://www.facebook.com/Swallowtailbirdingtours?ref=hlhttp://swallowtailedkite.blogspot.com/ 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/swallowtailphoto 


Interpretive Naturalist Mississippi Explorer Cruises
http://mississippiexplorer.com/chris AT mississippiexplorer.com

"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." 


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Subject: Good "gulling" in Racine today
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:43:06 -0600
I started from the overlook at the end of the Christopher Columbus Causeway
and saw a huge number of gulls in the harbor. I was only able to pick out an
adult Great Black-backed Gull among hundreds of Herring Gulls before the
entire flock took flight. They soared very high, and since a large number of
them seemed to be moving south, I went to Samuel Myer's Park hoping they had
moved there. Since there were two Peregrine Falcons on the beach, there was
understandably nothing else in the area. A flock of Herring Gulls started
building north of Myer's Beach, but there was nothing unusual so I continued
north. When I reached North Beach, I could see there were numerous gulls out
on the ice floes, so I stopped there.
The gulls kept moving closer to shore and I was a able to pick out an adult
Great Black-backed Gull, an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, an adult
Thayer's Gull, one adult and one first winter Iceland Gull, and a couple of
Ring-billed Gulls among the hundreds of Herring Gulls. At this point I
stopped searching through the flocks because I thought I was seeing a first
winter Mew Gull. It was smaller than the Ring-billed Gull near it and had
the tiny thin bill expected on a Mew Gull. The head was proportionally
smaller than the Ring-billed Gull, but there weren't any other Ring-billed
Gulls nearby for comparison. It did not tolerate other birds being near it,
so just as I would get a good focus on it, something would land on the ice
flow where it was standing and it would move elsewhere. I eventually lost it
but spent the rest of my time looking for it to no avail. Since first winter
Ring-billed Gulls and first winter Mew Gulls are so similar, I knew this
bird needed a better study to determine that it was not just a small
Ring-billed Gull.
As they did in the harbor, all the gulls eventually took to the air, and
when they settled down it was far out on the lake. If you go "gulling" in
Racine tomorrow, your experience could vary from being very exciting to very
frustrating, depending on where the gulls are situated. And no, for some
reason I did not see a single Glaucous Gull, but with all those birds I
could have missed one.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: the next WBBAII atlas presentation/workshop - for those in southeast WI
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:30:29 -0600
http://wglbbo.org/calendar/g-29-nnamaiqbfq6gstekp8v2o0rkrk_201501260100
BF Goss Bird Club, Waukesha, Retzer Nature Center, Sunday Jan 25th, 7 pm

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
Jan 25th, 7pm
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
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Subject: Fw: More on Oconomowoc CBC, 29 December
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:46:01 +0000

________________________________________
From: Brad Webb 
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:30 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: More on Oconomowoc CBC, 29 December

Hi Peter,
  Could you route this one to the list for me? Having troubles posting
again.
  Thanks for everything,
  Brad

Part of my note about the Oconomowoc CBC was stripped off during
mailing. I have copied it below. Also, I seem to have managed to remove
the Tuffted Titmouse line. Team found six of them.
  Sorry for the need to follow-up,
  Brad

  The spreadsheet has been run by all parties, documentation received
for our count week Black Scoter and so here are the results for the
Oconomowoc CBC. Numbers were down a bit this year, probably due to the
weather and lack of snow. Totals shown include count week birds.
Spreadsheet with individual regions of the circle noted available to
anyone who wants a copy along with URL to our on-line map.
  Brad Webb,
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Subject: ID of Junco Results
From: Sid Hamm <sidhamm AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:58:30 -0600
Greetings,
Thank all of you for your identification comments of the Junco. It took me
some time to learn how to learn the difference from the Sibley guide as the
color pictures are not to clear from the realistic Juncos that I see.

It is a Dark-Eyed Junco of the Oregon Juno population.

Photos of the Dark-Eyed Juno of the Oregon and Slate-Colored populations
can be seen at:

https://thebirdpoint.wordpress.com/category/oregon-junco/

I would appreciate any comments that you might have as the six populations
of Juncos is hard to tell apart in reality.

Thanks again,


Sid Hamm   Muskego    Waukesha County


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Subject: Northern Goshawk and others, Horicon Marsh area FDL Co. 1/22/15, image
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:27:53 -0600
Hi all,
I made a run up to the area north of Horicon Marsh near the pheasant farm
with hopes to see the reported Northern Goshawk. Ryan S joined me for the
run up. When we arrived at 7:20 am the bird was present for about 10
minutes. We left the area for a short time waiting for better light but
when we returned we could not relocate the bird. We birded the general area
till 1:00 pm but could not relocate the Northern Goshawk after 7:20-7:30 am
viewing. A nice life bird for Ryan and I. Thanks to Dave G for finding this
uncommon bird and those who helped in the ID'ing of it. Other species
present 2 Snowy Owls, 1 Merlin, 2 Northern Shrikes, numerous Rough-legged
and Red-tailed Hawks. It was a fun day birding!

One distant image of the Northern Goshawk with low light at the link below
if you care to view it.


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/northern-goshawk-near-horicon-marsh-january-22-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Lower Mud Lk, McFarland - Dane Co
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:56:23 -0600
waterfowl. The lake is about 1/2 open and open on the far south end. Bins
are fine for viewing birds on the north but a scope is best looking south.
From the Lewis Park overlook: CANADA GEESE, COMMON GOLDENEYE, MALLARDS,
GADWALL, N. SHOEVELER, TRUMPETER SWAN, TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON MERGANSER,
HOODED MERGANSER, & BLACK DUCK. Might be more but my time was limited.
Usually see Bald a Eagles here but not this time. Better photo opps are at
Babcock Co Park but fewer species.
Patrick Ready
Stoughton


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Subject: Redpoll in yard
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:20:37 -0600
I was pleased to find a Common Redpoll joining my other finches in my yard 
yesterday afternoon. It was around for quite a long time. However I have not 
seen it so far today. My wintering White-throated Sparrow continues, with it 
feeding exclusively on my deck, either the floor or railing. 

I did some birding in the southern part of the state a number of days ago. The 
only thing of note were 70 cowbirds total at two farms along Hwy 26 south of 
151. The one farm had 10 feeding with other birds in the barn yard (could have 
been more), while the other farm had all 60 lining the wires along the road, 
plus of course numerous Starlings. I checked Port Washington last Sunday after 
church, and before the Packer "game". It took me over a half hour before I 
located one Red-throated Loon out on the lake. While searching for it I also 
found 2 Surf Scoters. Harrington Beach, Kohler and Sheboygan were remarkably 
quiet! 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:35:13 -0600
This morning at 11 am I saw 35 Waxwings; 28 BOHEMIAN, and 7 Cedar, or close to 
that count. They were in a tall tree next to BayLake Bank in Sister Bay. Though 
I saw them feed in a berry tree once, they mostly seemed to be warming 
themselves in the sun. 

Sue Peterson
Ephraim
Door County 
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Subject: Fw: WSO Trip Saturday
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 16:02:01 +0000
Can anyone in the Madison area help Gary out?

Peter Fissel

Madison WI

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From: gjjahnke AT gmail.com 
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 6:21 AM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: WSO Trip Saturday


Good morning,


I saw there is a WSO trip on Saturday to BVG and Necedah. Do you know of 
someone in the Madison area who might be going? I'm from Rockford, IL and would 
love the opportunity to carpool and share gas expenses... 



Thanks in advance,

Gary J. Jahnke

gjjahnke AT gmail.com



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Subject: Northern Shrike in Green Bay
From: "Wayne Kuhn" <waylin98 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:26:22 -0600
I've been trying to get my FOY Northern Shrike during a couple of recent 
business trips to Northern Wisconsin. Driving slow, taking the back roads and 
examining every tree top along the way. After about 400 miles and no shrike, I 
decided to take a short trip to a local spot that has been successful in the 
past - the far north end of Lineville Road near the access to the Cat Island 
Causeway. In less than five minutes I had him! Now I can travel at normal speed 
again. 

Wayne Kuhn
Green Bay, Brown County
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Subject: Washington Island Christmas Count 2014
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:31:29 -0600
The Island count was held Dec 14, 2014
weather foggy, 37 - 41 degrees F, winds 3-5 mph SW
7 field observers, 14 feeder watchers
total party hours 20
Species/numbers:
Canada Goose 30
Mute Swan 1
Tundra Swan cw
Redhead 1
Greater Scaup 22
Long-tailed Duck cw
Bufflehead 19
C. Goldeneye 25
Hooded Merganser 2
Common Merganser 11
Red-breasted Merganser 5
R.n. Pheasant 14
Wild Turkey 58
N. Bobwhite 1
Common Loon 2
Horned Grebe 3
Bald Eagle 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Rough-legged Hawk 1
American Coot cw
Ring-billed Gull 3
Herring Gull 221
Iceland Gull cw
Lesser Black-backed cw
Mourning Dove 56
Snowy Owl cw
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 10
Downy Woodpecker 16
Hairy Woodpecker 9
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 20
Blue Jay 59
American Crow 86
Common Raven 9
Horned Lark cw
Black-capped Chickadee 326
Red-breasted Nuthatch 22
White-breasted Nuthatch 16
Brown Creeper 4
Golden-crowned Kinglet 6
European Starling 56
Cedar Waxwing 1
Am. Tree Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco 19
Snow Bunting cw
Northern Cardinal 56
Red-winged Blackbird cw
Common Grackle 2
Purple Finch 2
Common Redpoll cw
Pine Siskin 4
American Goldfinch 36
House Sparrow 15
Total Species 46
Count week 9 spp

"Sandy" Petersen, compiler
rural Stoughton, Dane County and
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Subject: Re: Northern Goshawk, Horicon area
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:22:46 -0600
I've been told the Facebook photo is not viewable to anyone not on Facebook
so Dave gave me permission to put the photo up on my pbase site. Here is
the link.
http://www.pbase.com/image/158902066

Dave Freriks
West Bend

On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:09 PM, David Freriks  wrote:

> Hi All,
>     Dave Gares found and photographed a Northern Goshawk in the Oak Center
> Rd and Johnson Rd area just north of the Horicon Marsh today. He got a
> great photo of it and posted to the Birding Wisconsin Facebook site.
> Beautiful bird and a great find down this way!  Hopefully it sticks around
> the area and it can be relocated.
>
> Here's a link to his photo on the Facebook page. Hopefully it's viewable
> to everyone not on Facebook.
> 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205633547788588&set=a.10205633446226049.1073741962.1550645833&type=1&theater 

>
>
> Dave Freriks
> West Bend
>
>
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Subject: Northern Goshawk, Horicon area
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:09:00 -0600
Hi All,
    Dave Gares found and photographed a Northern Goshawk in the Oak Center
Rd and Johnson Rd area just north of the Horicon Marsh today. He got a
great photo of it and posted to the Birding Wisconsin Facebook site.
Beautiful bird and a great find down this way!  Hopefully it sticks around
the area and it can be relocated.
Here's a link to his photo on the Facebook page. Hopefully it's viewable to
everyone not on Facebook.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10205633547788588&set=a.10205633446226049.1073741962.1550645833&type=1&theater 



Dave Freriks
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Subject: Oconomowoc, Waukesha Cty, CBC
From: Brad Webb <brad286465 AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:04:36 -0600
Oconomowoc CBC, 29 December, 2014 Results

1      Snow Goose
3110   Canada Goose
18     Gadwall
2      Am. Black Duck
462    Mallard
1      Scaup sp.
1      Black Scoter
4      Bufflehead
97     Common Goldeneye
226    Common Merganser
148    Wild Turkey
3      Great Blue Heron
6      Bald Eagle
3      Sharp-shinned Hawk
3      Cooper’s Hawk
62     Red-tailed Hawk
1      Rough-legged Hawk
4      American Kestrel
131    American Coot
61     Ring-billed Gull
33     Herring Gull
706    Rock Pigeon
161    Mourning Dove
4      Great Horned Owl
2      Belted Kingfisher
38     Red-bellied Woodpecker
46     Downy Woodpecker
22     Hairy Woodpecker
3      Northern Flicker
71     Blue Jay
487    American Crow
10     Horned Lark
336    Black-capped Chickadee
62     White-breasted Nuthatch
1      Brown Creeper
7      Eastern Bluebird
19     American Robin
1112   European Starling
34     Cedar Waxwing
171    Am. Tree Sparrow
430    Dark-eyed Junco
181    Northern Cardinal
2      Purple Finch
175    House Finch
4      Pine Siskin
87     American Goldfinch
692    House Sparrow

8250 individuals
49 species (includes count week only birds)

Sky conditions AM :        Partly Sunny
Sky conditions PM :        Partly Cloudy
Snow Cover (inches):        0
Wind direction & velocity (mph) AM :        Northerly, 5-12 MPH
Wind direction & velocity (mph) PM :        Northerly, 5-12 MPH
Low Temperature :        10
High Temperature :        29
Total Field Observers:        27
Total Field Parties:        11
Total Feeder Watchers:        2
Time in the field :        61:35:00
Time on foot :        14:25:00
Time by car :        47:10:00
Hours Owling :        00:25:00
Miles in car:        480.5
Miles on foot:        10.6

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Subject: Recent "spam" and Wisbirdn
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 02:48:53 +0000
With two hacked accounts sending spam to Wisbirdn in such a short time frame, I 
fear that a LOT of addresses whose email servers bounced Wisbirdn posts back to 
the Freelists.org server may get booted off automatically. The last couple of 
Error Watch reports I got had tons of addresses with fatal errors. 
Unfortunately, Tom Sykes and I no longer can resubscribe people ourselves, due 
to a rule change by Freelists related to an act of the Canadian Parliament (I 
kid you not.) 


If you suspect you got booted off of Wisbirdn and are reading this on one of 
the archived versions (such as through the aba.org website or Sialia.com via 
the WSO website,) check to see if there are other posts that you didn't get 
yet. If so, it's likely you've been booted off by the server, and will have to 
resubscribe yourself, using the links at the bottom of this (or any other) 
Wisbirdn post. If all else fails, contact me or Tom (sykes AT motmot.net) and 
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Subject: Rosendale CBC results
From: "Lori Inderdahl" <dinderdahl AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:40:47 -0600
Our count took place on December 27th.
7 birders; 6 traveling, one feeder watch.
Weather: foggy early, light rain off & on all day
Temp. 30-40 degrees, Winds SSW, WSW
31 Species for the day

Canada Goose  76
Mallard  30
Ring-necked Pheasant  2
Wild Turkey  11
Bald Eagle  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  20
Rough-legged Hawk  5
American Kestrel  13
Herring Gull  2
Ring-billed Gull  20
Rock Pigeon  304
Mourning Dove  45
Great Horned Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  9
Hairy Woodpecker  2
Blue Jay  16
American Crow  181
Horned Lark  1
Black-capped Chickadee  72
White-breasted Nuthatch  5
European Starling  724
American Tree Sparrow  126
Chipping Sparrow  2
Dark-eyed Junco  124
Northern Cardinal  17
House Finch  72
American Goldfinch  51
House Sparrow  306
(2 unidentified hawks)

Thanks to Kerry Sehloff for guiding me through the data input process.  This 
was my first time!

Lori Inderdahl
Rosendale, FDL Co.


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Subject: Re: What type of birder?
From: <drrkuech55 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:49:53 -0500
Hi all:

Al brought up a point that reflects back. Thanks to his post, he got me 
thinking. 


After 65 years of being associated with birds, there are several issues as to 
what type of birder I am. 


First of all, 65 years ago the term "birder" did not even exist that I knew of. 
Birdwatching was the name that others called people looking at birds. 

I am not even sure what "birder" really means.

What kind of birder am I...

1. I am a birdwatcher. I live to watch the behavior of birds that I am viewing. 
Male Cardinal feeding a female Cardinal. A murder of crows sitting on and/or 
harassing a Red-tailed Hawk, a Brown Creeper working its way up and around a 
tree, just to drop down and start over again. Many more as all of you know. 


2. I am a bird lister. I have lists for each state within the USA, lists for 
every country I have been in, lists for each county in WI and other states that 
I have live in. I have yearly lists, not just WI but every where I go during 
the years. It is very interesting to go back and look through the yearly lists. 
Some include being in Germany for 6 months, the US for three and Panama for 
three (military movement). Brings back fond memories. (some pretty extensive 
lists also. 


3. I am a bird surveyor. I surveyed for WI DNR for years, The federal 
government for military installations around the US. The first Breeding Bird 
Atlas for WI. Surveying is broken into two parts of which I have done both. 
Migratory and Breeding. 


4. I am a bird photographer. I have my own website with over 800 species in it 
and it changes as I get different positions, angles, better shots etc. 


5. I am a bird artist. I have had numerous drawings published in various 
magazines and also the Passenger Pigeon. Many drawings have been given to 
friends and relatives. 


6. I have been involved with bird banding. Mostly with the federal government. 
Ospreys, Kestrels and Blue-birds are my specialties. 


7. I am a bird journalist of sorts. I was the editor for the LaCrosse Bird 
Club. I have put together several check lists for various refuges and places of 
which three are still in use. 


8, I used to chase hot line bird reports just to see the bird and add it the 
check lists for the country, state, county, etc. 


So: Al, what type of birder am I? An all purpose birder? A bird hobbyist? A 
bird nut? I really do not know what type of birder I would be able to call 
myself. 


Thanks for the post Al.

Dennis Kuecherer
Mequon, WI

 
---- Al Schirmacher  wrote: 
> Ever discovered you're more than one kind of birder?
> 
> Large part of me is a local birder, enjoying my patch a walk at a time, 
content to see & hear whatever is out there. 

> 
> Small part of me is a chaser, and I want everything rare the target 
destination has to offer, preferably right away:) 

> 
> Significant part of me is an appreciator, relishing whatever happens, writing 
poetry about it when inspired. 

> 
> Another significant part of me is a lister, enjoying numerical growth towards 
a goal. 

> 
> But, despite appreciating others' scientific efforts within ornithology, only 
a very small part is a scientist. Which is not to depreciate scientists. I'm 
just not one. 

> 
> You?
> 
> Al Schirmacher
> Muscotah, KS
> formerly Madison, WI
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Subject: spam do not open
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:21:53 -0600
Hi everyone,
The last message posted by my email was clearly spam. Don't follow any link 
from my email if you cannot tell the message is actually from me. My email 
seems to do this every few months. Sorry, 


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Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2015 12:04:03 +0000
 
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Subject: Re: White-throat Cooper's Junco ...
From: "Betsy Abert" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 17:53:45 -0500
It is a jarring moment to see your friends meet their end. My hardest letting 
go was with a chickadee just days shy of laying her eggs getting taken; she was 
very plump and unable to get away fast enough for the speedy Cooper's. 


The yard has hosted a single white throated sparrow over this winter compared 
to two last year. It sang a couple days in early January as well, though has 
been quiet of late. 

Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Sandy Petersen 
To: Wisconsin Bird net 
Cc: Patricia Spinosa 
Sent: Wed, Jan 21, 2015 4:29 pm
Subject: [wisb] White-throat Cooper's Junco ...


Heard and Heart  Jan 21 2015
Brushing off my car this morning,
I hear a the soft White-throated Sparrow song
from the big brushpile ...
Who could be imitating?  No starlings hanging nearby ...

Sitting down for a contemplative cup of tea.
I notice the backyard is empty of birds
except ... for a cooper's standing in the snow ...
it lifts its left fist with a stream of junco feathers ...

Oh no, they are my favorites in the yard ...
What to do???!!!  Nothing ... it is too late for the junco ...
The cooper's looks around and leaves ... the junco in hold  ...
It is always sneaking around this neighborhood ...

How to set the feeders up differently ...
spread the seed in a safer way for the ground-feeders ...
a constant challenge: keep them healthy, safe, full ...
they provide so much enjoyment for us ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County


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Subject: White-throat Cooper's Junco ...
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:29:14 -0600
Heard and Heart  Jan 21 2015
Brushing off my car this morning,
I hear a the soft White-throated Sparrow song
from the big brushpile ...
Who could be imitating?  No starlings hanging nearby ...

Sitting down for a contemplative cup of tea.
I notice the backyard is empty of birds
except ... for a cooper's standing in the snow ...
it lifts its left fist with a stream of junco feathers ...

Oh no, they are my favorites in the yard ...
What to do???!!!  Nothing ... it is too late for the junco ...
The cooper's looks around and leaves ... the junco in hold  ...
It is always sneaking around this neighborhood ...

How to set the feeders up differently ...
spread the seed in a safer way for the ground-feeders ...
a constant challenge: keep them healthy, safe, full ...
they provide so much enjoyment for us ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County


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Subject: Snowy Owls at Goose Pond + a fundraiser, "Owl Together Now"
From: Emily Meier <emily.meier AT madisonaudubon.org>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 14:37:51 -0600
Hello WisBirders!
Madison Audubon is working with Project SNOWstorm to fund a GPS transmitter
for one of the Snowy Owls that has been hanging out around the Goose Pond
Sanctuary near Arlington.

*You can contribute to the project by donating, OR by sharing the campaign
on social media - please help us spread the word, it is more valuable than
you may think! *

Find out more here: igg.me/at/owltogethernow
**To share, click the Facebook icon at the top-left of the web page - and
THANK YOU in advance for sharing!*

Also, if you're interested in staying up to date with the owl sightings and
the GPS project, our Sanctuary staff Mark Martin, Sue Foote-Martin, and
Tony Abate send weekly email updates. You can sign up for the updates here:

http://madisonaudubon.us4.list-manage.com/subscribe?uŻ6dac97289463e73245022f5&idťc9f6b91e 


Here's a photo of one of the Snowy individuals with barred plumage. Lester
Doyle is the talented photographer - enjoy!


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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire - Observatory Hill, Marquette County
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 11:47:59 -0600
The second time was the charm today as we had great looks at the Townsend's 
Solitaire this morning. Unlike the first time a week ago when we spent over an 
hour with no luck, today it took less than five minutes at the first overlook 
on the south side. The bird perched on top of a cedar and gave its call note 
for about five minutes. Beautiful! 

Brian Doverspike and Becky Anderson
Pardeeville, Columbia County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Lifer in Sheboygan! ..and let the debate continue
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:08:27 +0000 (UTC)
Hey Folks -  what a day I had along the shoreline of Sheboygan. Aside from 
seeing the 5 Great black-backed and 2 adult Glaucous gulls in and around the 
marina I cruised south of town, where I ended up on Evergreen Rd. N/Samong 
mature red pines, and near the Black River Grill, a closeby site where I saw an 
actively feeding and calling GREAT TIT. Beautiful bird and great looks at it 
with a dark background. I pished it, and the chickadees I was 
intentionallypishing for, then that beauty showed up, giving harsh 
chickadee-like notes. Yellow sides, black stripe down the belly and the white 
cheek patch stood out so clearly. Quite active, it would not have held still 
for photos. It was a little larger thanit's nearby relatives. So now, do we 
claim a bird such as this to be wild?, 'cause it sure seemed that way to me. 
And it stilldoes not appear at all in my Nat'l Geo. guide.  Siberian Tit does 
so why not Great? As far as I'm concerned, and reiterating,it  looked as wild 
as any 

 other bird out there. I want to publicly thank Mark Benson for his services 
today as his job tookhim into Sheboygan, and him allowing me to use his 
vehicle, thank you ever so much, pal. I got 34 species for the day inSheboygan 
County and was bummed out big-time  not getting into Kohler/Andre SP, 'cause I 
needed a sticker.Paul Bruce, Oshkosh and You-know-where else. 

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Subject: Fw: Bird and Nature Walk at Warner Park
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:02:14 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 1:17 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Bird and Nature Walk at Warner Park

Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet, thanks!

2015-01-18 13:30
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 12
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
A welcome warm winter sun and three Redtailed Hawks (possibly a family given 
sizes and coloration) greeted about a dozen people including some UW students, 
families and kids on the 3rd Sunday of every month Bird and Nature Walk at 
Warner Park co-sponsored by Wild Warner, Madison Parks and Madison Audubon. The 
hawks flew ahead and perched for easy viewing several times, made a low hunting 
pass right in front of us, and circled overhead bright in the sun. One man 
jokingly suggested they must be stuffed birds arranged for the walk! Sharon 
Yildiz who recently returned from 5 years in Istanbul where she researched 
Hooded Crows and works in wildlife rehab, helped lead the group. She and other 
participants including a young Scout shared fascinating nature insights about 
frog hibernation, what to do when you find a baby bird or animal, and squirrel 
nests, oaks, acorns and symbiotic relationships. 


    7    Canada Goose   overflight
    3    Red-tailed Hawk
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    2    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Northern Cardinal
    3    House Sparrow    by warner park center

Sunday noon before the walk about a dozen people gathered about 15 minutes 
straight north of Madison along County K south of Madison Audubon's Goose Pond 
Sanctuary to share hot chocolate and take digiscope pictures with their phones 
of two beautiful Snowy Owls. These owls consume about 1,400 lemmings (small 
mouse like creatures) every year and some migrate south for the winter when 
populations expand. One of the participants said a Snowy was recently sighted 
on Madisons east side. 


The next regularly scheduled Bird and Nature Walk family friendly field trip is 
Sunday Jan 25 at the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve, meet at the entrance to 
Eagle Heights Gardens. 


Paul Noeldner  Maple Bluff
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Subject: Redpolls, Stoughton
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:09:47 -0600
 There were 5 Common Redpolls in birches, near the corner of Kings Lynn and 
Felland. This was at noon. 

 Stoughton area is so slow right now. I've bikes 48 miles and birded the area 
on the way to work, and haven't found any R-l Hawks, Shrikes ,longspurs or 
buntings. 

 The redpolls were the first good winter bird. And I got to bigby them.
 I took the dog for a walk at Badfish WA and only saw 2 species. A few 
Red-winged Blackbirds and a Downy. 

Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Eau Claire Area and Sax Zim Bog
From: Rowan Stamm <rowan.stamm AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:16:43 -0600
We had a wonderful trip to the northwoods and picked up some great birds
this past week and weekend.
We kicked off the trip Thursday with a trip to Eau Claire to see "Lars" the
hawk owl. It put on a great show flying around and we were lucky enough to
see it catch a vole. After the Lars we headed to Menominee and found one
Snowy Owl. A failed search for the Long Tailed Duck in Chippewa Fallls sent
us to our cabin in Sawyer County for the night where we found a Pileated
Woodpecker.

The next morning we woke up early and headed to Duluth and superior. A
quick run around the airport and middle school led to one Snowy Owl and
some Snow Buntings. From there we stopped in Canal Park where we found the
Common Eider and a few Northern Pintails and Black Ducks among the
Mallards.

In Sax Zim we found no shortage of Common Redpolls at every feeder along
with one Hoary. The CR 444 led to a large flock of Evening Grosbeaks and a
few roadside Pine Grosbeaks gave us good looks. The rest of the day was
spent searching for Great Gray Owls. Magpies, Northern Shrikes, and Rough
Legged Hawks provided good looks during the search. Boreal Chickadees and
Gray Jays were found at the Admiral Road feeders. Finally just before dark
we found a Great Gray hunting roadside and could head back to Duluth.

Saturday was spent looking for Snowy Owls and Hawk Owls. Two Hawk Owls were
observed in Duluth and another pass around Superior led to four more Snowy
Owls. We ended the trip with around 45 species and all of our target birds.


Rowan Stamm. Dane County.


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Subject: Re: Aging and sexing Snowy Owls
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 00:16:22 -0600
Hi Mark!
Yes, I have heard Norm Smith speak.

I had very good help with my descriptions starting in 1987 from Dr. Paul
Kerlinger.

However, I agree that internal examination is the way to go:

The owls in my photos had that by UW Zoology Museum staff.


Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County

On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Mark Hodgson  wrote:

> Hi Sandy and list,
>
> There seems to be differing opinions on this.  I clipped this from a
> similar discussion:
>
> "Norm Smith, who is perhaps "the" snowy owl expert in the lower 48, of
> Mass Audubon, has been studying snowy owls for more than 25 years. He
> believes it's largely impossible to determine sex or age in the field by
> plumage ..."
>
> Mark Hodgson
> Madison
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Subject: from: Susan Van Den Bosch
From: "Susan Van Den Bosch" <vandenbosch_s AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 07:05:16 +0100
Good morning WIBirdnet

http://bombkigepard.pl/clear.php?cattle=6g21bqmr6xs


vandenbosch_s AT hotmail.com


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Subject: Golden Eagles
From: "Peter McKeever" <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:03:49 -0600
My son and I undertook our annual search for Golden Eagles today. Following
Tom Woods (thank you), lead, we headed to Wyoming Valley Road; just before
we got to the junction of Wyoming Valley  and CTH C, we spotted one on the
ground in the field south of the road.  We turned off C to stop and within
minutes saw two more...another on the ground in the stubble, and one flying
in.   Local farmer stopped to say he had seen 7 eagles in that field last
week, apparently on the carcass of a deer.

Wandering up and down some our favorite roads and hollows, we found 8 Bald
Eagles right where "Wisconsin's Favorite Bird Haunts" said they were, at the
end of Closing Dam Road.  Five more Bald Eagles at Cassville, three more on
CTH O, with a possible Golden, or perhaps an immature...it was getting dark.

Not sure if a flock of Cardinals has a name (a "convocation?") but saw more
than we recall seeing in one place at Closing Dam and CTH VV.  Perhaps 10-12
males, and several females.  Went looking for Eurasian Collared Doves  in
two known haunts, to no avail. Eagles were nice, but overall, a very quiet
day, birdwise.

Peter McKeever
Monona

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Subject: Re: Aging and sexing Snowy Owls
From: Mark Hodgson <mjhodgso AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 18:30:52 -0600
Hi Sandy and list,

There seems to be differing opinions on this. I clipped this from a similar 
discussion: 


"Norm Smith, who is perhaps "the" snowy owl expert in the lower 48, of Mass 
Audubon, has been studying snowy owls for more than 25 years. He believes it's 
largely impossible to determine sex or age in the field by plumage ..." 


Mark Hodgson
Madison









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Subject: Lakeshore State Park MKE - 1/19/15
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 23:44:12 +0000 (GMT)
I did a quick walk around the park this morning. I came across the usual 
suspects - goldeneye, scaup, herring, ring-billed, 2 common mergansers, 
mallards, 2 AM Black ducks. No bufflehead. The most interesting find came on 
a single, small piece of ice floating about 20 yards off the east walk. There 
was a GBB Gull and a Glaucous Gull sitting on the ice with a number of 
ring-billed gulls and Herring Gulls. While watching them a Thayer's Gull flew 
in and landed in between the GBB and Glaucous. Pretty cool to be able to get 
the wing-tip ID points in flight, much easier than when sitting already. 

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Re: ID of Junco
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:20:05 -0600
Hi Sid-
The junco appears to be a female Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored population).
Sibley states "overall color varies from pale brown to dark gray...." so
your bird is on the browner side of that variation.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Sid Hamm
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2015 3:42 PM
To: wbirdn
Subject: [wisb] ID of Junco

Greetings,
I noticed a Junco with different coloring than I usually see at my  feeders.
Could someone help identify it?

It can be seen at:

https://thebirdpoint.wordpress.com/category/identification/

Are they male or female?

Thanks,

Sid Hamm   Muskego    Waukesha County


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Subject: Hoary Redpoll & RHW's Edgewater Sawyer county
From: Rick Pertile <mugzy1960 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 16:53:40 -0600
Greetings all~
This male hoary redpoll showed up at my feeders last Saturday and it was again 
present on Sunday with 13 common redpolls. Only one pine siskin to date with a 
few purple finches and goldfinches which have fluctuated in numbers weekly. 
Blue jays galore and high numbers of red-bellied woodpeckers again this year as 
well -- counted 11 in one sitting a few weeks back (including 7 females) but 
have at least 13 visiting feeders including 6 individual males I've seen in one 
sitting as well. 


Red-headed woodpeckers are overwintering in the area again which is always 
nice. I've had 2 adults coming since September and there is at least one other 
immature bird visiting a neighbors feeder, perhaps one I had earlier this year 
which was driven off by the adults. There are also 4 possibly 5 birds 
overwintering at a feeder in Stone Lake in Washburn county. I was able to 
confirm 2 adults and 2 immature birds last Saturday. Pictures of all can be 
viewed below. 


Regards and good birding in 2015!

Rick Pertile
Edgewater township, Sawyer county

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Subject: Townsend's Solitaire, Marq Co
From: "Josh Mayer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "wackybadger@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:44:20 +0000 (UTC)
I found the Townsend's Solitaire, first reported last weekend at Observatory 
Hill in Marquette County.  It made a couple brief appearances over the course 
of an hour this morning from 9-10am.  Very quiet there otherwise. 

 Josh
Madison, WI (Dane)
Life Bird List: http://wiscsnablog.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/lifebirds/
Flickr Photos: 
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Subject: ID of Junco
From: Sid Hamm <sidhamm AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:41:34 -0600
Greetings,
I noticed a Junco with different coloring than I usually see at my
 feeders. Could someone help identify it?

It can be seen at:

https://thebirdpoint.wordpress.com/category/identification/

Are they male or female?

Thanks,

Sid Hamm   Muskego    Waukesha County


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Subject: Merlin, SANC, Milwaukee County
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:30:23 -0600
This morning several birders got good looks at a Merlin which hung around 
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Bayside for several hours. Two of us watched 
it for about 45 minutes as it ate a small bird. After finishing it’s meal, it 
was frightened off by a Cooper’s Hawk, but then was relocated elsewhere on 
the property (near Teal Pond) where it stayed for another hour. 


Judith Huf
Milwaukee County

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Subject: newly-updated list of WBBAII Atlas Training Events
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:21:42 -0600
More presentations/workshops have been added to the list:
http://wsobirds.org/atlas-events

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: Short Ear Owl - Kenosha County
From: EjWheeler <ejwheeler AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 10:04:11 -0600
Good morning every one:   
I had a wonderful drive in to work this morning. A Short Ear Owl flew right 
above me/in front of and across I-94 as I was heading south. It was exactly at 
7:19a.m by exit 347 in Pleasant Prairie. I couldn't believe he was so close. 


Elizabeth J. Wheeler
Hoy Audubon - Racine/Kenosha County
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Subject: LE and GH Owls: Washington County
From: "joe meyer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "myrmtnmn@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:24:22 +0000 (UTC)
Last night, as I went outside around 8pm to close up the chicken coop, I was 
treated to a calling long-eared owl in the woods not more than 50 yards from my 
house.  It continued for the next hour or so from various spots. In addition, 
there were 2 great horned owls calling throughout the night. Just a little pick 
me up after the game last night. 

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Subject: Hoary Redpoll pics - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:32:04 -0700
I had a brief visit from a male Hoary Redpoll at my feeders today. A few of 
many doc photos are at: 


http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/horejan2015

Redpolls remain most abundant away from feeders, mostly at birch, alder, 
tamarack/spruce, and weedy fields. Thus Hoary reports have been relatively 
scarce given the large numbers of redpolls present across northern Wisconsin 
this winter. 


My feeders continue to host good numbers of Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and 
Evening Grosbeaks. 


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Pioneer Press Snowy Owl & Warbler Articles
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow AT cltcomm.net>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:58:53 -0600
Hi everyone,

I hope I’m not duplicating someone else’s post, but I wanted to provide links 
to excellent articles in the St. Paul Pioneer Press today (Sunday) on snowy 
owls and golden-winged warblers. The snowy owl link is: 

 
http://www.twincities.com/News/Breaking/ci_27265899/Majestic-snowy-owls-return-to-Wisconsin-in-big-numbers 


The link to the excellent article on habitat restoration for the Golden-winged 
warblers is: 

 
http://www.twincities.com/News/State/ci_27331019/Feds-aim-to-keep-Minnesota-songbird-off-endangered-species-list 


Best birding,

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

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Subject: Eau Claire Co
From: Paul van ginkel <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 21:52:37 -0600
Enjoyed great looks of the Hawk owl on Saturday around noon. Thanks for all the 
responses to my request for sightings. Unfortunately some individuals present 
thought it necessary to bait the owl to obtain an (UN)natural picture of the 
owl feeding (on a white mouse) on the ground. Nevertheless, the bird was a 
beautiful first for me. 

Paul van Ginkel
Dane Co
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Subject: Door County redpolls
From: Paul Regnier <doorcountypaul AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 19:16:57 -0600
This morning I saw a flock of 75+ redpolls on the north shoulder of Highway
57 just west of Mathey Rd. This 73+ more than I've seen at my feeders this
year.
Fairly quiet on the feeders.  We have regular group of 5 A. tree sparrows
that have stayed for most of the winter.  A red-tailed was hanging around
yesterday giving the crows a thrill.  A shrike stopped by on Tuesday.  Saw
13 snow buntings just north of the house last week.  Two starlings showed
up earlier this week, dining on suet - they're still here.  Yellow-bellied,
hairy, downy and the occasional pileated regularly entertain us.  Been
seeing horned larks on the gravel shoulders of our roads up until
yesterday's snow melt.

Looking forward to the Breeding Birds II meeting in Wausau next month.

Paul

Paul Regnier
Door County Nature & Travel LLC
P. O. Box 136
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202 USA
920-493-1572
doorcountypaul AT gmail.com
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Subject: Eagles and Hawks in Iowa and Grant Counties today
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:04:34 -0600
At the Arena boat landing, there were at least 3 Bald Eagles, a Rough-legged
Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk, and I heard what I'm pretty sure was the
Red-shouldered Hawk that winters there. I'm not going to count it because
there were at least 15 Blue Jays in the vicinity and they do a great
impression of a Red-shouldered Hawk call. The road out to the boat landing
had good numbers of American Robins and Dark-eyed Juncos.
I checked Lower Wyoming Road and as Steve Thiessen mentioned, it was quite
birdy with about 5 Bald Eagles, several Red-tailed Hawks, and what I thought
was an adult Golden Eagle. It was soaring on the east side of the road and
lighting was poor, so I wasn't sure.
I moved on to the Muscoda area and just north of Sand Branch Rd. on CTH G
there were 7 Bald Eagles feeding on what I believe was a dead calf. Sand
Branch was as dead as I have seen it and I could find no Bluebirds or
Flickers this time. There were 2 more Bald Eagles and some Rock Pigeons, but
nothing else.
I drove CTH G and CTH Q and a couple of side roads, but only added a couple
more Bald Eagles.
Since Lower Wyoming Road seemed to have the most promise for finding a
Golden Eagle, I returned this afternoon. I set up my scope in the area where
I thought I had seen the adult in the morning. The lighting was now ideal
and eventually an immature Golden Eagle made an appearance. Soon after an
adult rushed it, but I guess it was all in fun because they soared together
for about 15 minutes before going into a power dive on the other side of the
bluff.
I returned to Arena on the way home, hoping the Red-shouldered Hawk would
show himself. He did not call, and the only thing new there was a heard-only
Barred Owl.
It was a beautiful sunny day to be out looking, and especially fun when the
birds are out too!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Dead Great Blue Heron
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:18:55 +0000
I forgot to mention this in my previous post, but when we were poking around up 
in Columbia Co. yesterday, I wanted to check the area where Rowan Creek crosses 
Loveland Rd., just southeast of Poynette. The creek normally stays open all 
winter, and there is frequently a Great Blue Heron wintering there. Jim Otto 
thought maybe he'd seen one there earlier in the week, although it was just a 
quick look at something disappearing around a curve in the stream bank. 


As we pulled up to the bridge, I spotted something in the water. It was a dead 
GB Heron - apparently recently deceased. We're not sure if it succumbed to the 
cold, was hit by a car, or suffered some unknown malfeasance. Darn shame. 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Marquette and Columbia Cos. today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 03:51:28 +0000
The two Jims (Otto and Schwarz) and I went up to Marquette Co. this morning. 
Thanks to Tom Schultz's group, we had outstanding looks at the Townsend's 
Solitaire up on Observatory Hill. (As was mentioned, a hiking staff is 
immensely helpful, especially if you're as gimpy as I am.) 


A little ways south of there on 13th Rd., we ran into a really interesting 
mixed flock of birds that were feeding on sumac heads and weed seeds. There 
were at least six E. Bluebirds, Juncos, Hairy and Downy WPs, a couple of No. 
Flickers, and other usual suspects. There was also a Kestrel in the same area. 
(I was having trouble keeping up with my "year" list, we were racking up 
species so fast.) We poked around the French Creek Wildlife Area periphery and 
had a couple of Rough-legs, including a lovely dark-morph. Also found a 
White-throated Sparrow in with a bunch of Tree Sparrows. 



Near Arlington, we had at least 18 E. Collared Doves in the tree across from 
the farm on Bullen Rd. South of Goose Pond, we found the gorgeous nearly-pure 
white Snowy Owl that has been spotted off and on in the area (we couldn't find 
the darker female that has also been reported in the area.) Best advice is to 
slowly drive roads all around Goose Pond and keep your eyes open - that white 
plastic bag out in a field might not actually be a bag... 



We also found a Northern Shrike on Kroncke Rd. north of Hwy 60 - hard to say if 
it was the same bird Jim O had seen earlier this week in the Schoeneberg's 
Marsh vicinity. 



Just a really fun day birding with ace spotters Jim and Jim.


Peter Fissel

Madison, WI


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Subject: Ozaukee Today
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:05:49 -0600
Hello,

In addition to the already reported RT Loon, saw 5 kestrels, 1 Merlin, no 
snowies snd a bunch of horned larks, Am Tree Sparrows and a house finch. Back 
at Port WAshington, also saw common mergansers, black ducks and 3 ruddy ducks. 


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Subject: Short-eared owls, merlin Dodge Co.
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:49:43 -0600
This afternoon I saw 3 short-eared owls and 1 merlin near Juneau.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co
  
  


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