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22 Nov Re: Lake Mendota Swans [Mitchell Nussbaum ]
22 Nov Lake Mendota Swans [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
23 Nov Fw: Governor's Island-Tundras and Eagle [Peter Fissel ]
22 Nov Paradise Valley GH Owls ["Spencer Stehno" ]
22 Nov Tundras at Fish Camp [Sandy Petersen ]
22 Nov Snowy Owl - Freedom [Scott Weberpal ]
21 Nov Delafield/Pewaukee Waterbirds (Waukesha Cty) [Tim Hahn ]
21 Nov Humboldt Park - MKE Cty [Karen Johnson ]
21 Nov Swans and Pipit Lake Mendota [James Schwarz ]
21 Nov Common Redpoll-Ozaukee County ["Margo Dolan" ]
21 Nov LOY house wren ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
21 Nov Swans on Lake Monona, Madison [Peter Fissel ]
21 Nov Belted kingfisher [Robert Demge ]
21 Nov pine siskins & purple finches [Kyle Cudworth ]
21 Nov Re: Pine Siskins ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
21 Nov Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 20, 2014 [Dennis Casper ]
21 Nov Dane co. landfill ["Steve Thiessen" ]
20 Nov Screech owl ["K Petersen" ]
20 Nov Pine Siskins [Robert Demge ]
20 Nov University Bay, Madison, Dane Co [Paul van Ginkel ]
20 Nov Re: Osprey Nagawicka Lake-Delafield-Waukesha County ["Biffbradford ." ]
20 Nov Osprey Nagawicka Lake-Delafield-Waukesha County ["Spencer Stehno" ]
20 Nov LOY House wren ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
20 Nov Fwd: Shiocton Christmas Bird Count Date Fri. Dec. 19 [Kyle Lindemer ]
19 Nov Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sauk County [Jodi Anderson ]
19 Nov Common Redpoll Richland County ["Barbara Duerksen" ]
19 Nov Winter finches, Snowy Owl - Ashland/Bayfield [Ryan Brady ]
19 Nov Re: 30+ Snowy Owls ["B.G. Sloan" ]
19 Nov 30+ Snowy Owls [Ryan Brady ]
19 Nov Eagle and Female Harlequin [Jim and Julie Hess ]
19 Nov Re: Safety reminder about deer gun season [kevin seidel ]
19 Nov Safety reminder about deer gun season [Peter Fissel ]
19 Nov Re: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard [Mary Strasser ]
19 Nov LOY House wren Oz county ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
19 Nov New Member Introduction [Dennis Edgar ]
19 Nov Dane co. Landfill ["Steve Thiessen" ]
18 Nov Re: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard ["Tom Schultz" ]
18 Nov Forgot to post location of Cooper's hawk--sorry! [Mary Strasser ]
18 Nov Male adult Coopers hawk in yard [Mary Strasser ]
18 Nov Pardeeville CBC - change in date [Paul Schwalbe ]
18 Nov Winter birdwatching article [Rob ]
18 Nov Hales CBC: SE & SW Mke Co. 12/20 ["" ]
18 Nov LOY warbler (Milwaukee)? [Tim Vargo ]
18 Nov Re: LOY house wren? ["Tom Wood" ]
18 Nov LOY house wren? ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
18 Nov Rare bird documentation [Kim Kreitinger ]
18 Nov Fox sparrow song this morning [Sandy Petersen ]
18 Nov Tomahawk (Lincoln Co.) and BVG this weekend [Mike Duchek ]
17 Nov Sandhills flying over southeast La Crosse [Mary Strasser ]
17 Nov Follow up on previous message. [DWIGHT ALTON ]
17 Nov new species and the Wisconsin Annotated Checklist of Birds [William Mueller ]
17 Nov Whoopers in Winnebago co. Il [DWIGHT ALTON ]
17 Nov Fox Sparrow - MKE - picture [Jeremy Meyer ]
17 Nov Carolina Wren -- Dane County [Matthew Rothschild ]
17 Nov Harris's Sparrow in Col. Co. [Laura Wentz ]
17 Nov TONIGHT: Birds & Climate Change with Nat'l Audubon Society ecologist Chad Wilsey - FREE lecture at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery [Emily Meier ]
17 Nov A fox sparrow in my yard too [Sandy Petersen ]
17 Nov Re: Nectar for Hummers in the Winter [Sandy Petersen ]
17 Nov Fox sparrow - MKE [Jeremy Meyer ]
17 Nov Nectar for Hummers in the Winter ["" ]
17 Nov A reminder, and a request [Peter Fissel ]
17 Nov Anna's Hummingbird [Kathi Johnson Rock ]
16 Nov Sandhill Cranes / Manitowoc County ["WOW" ]
16 Nov Three digits of Pipits near Oshkosh [Mark Benson ]
16 Nov Re: Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.) [Chris West ]
16 Nov Petroleum Pier, Milwaukee, this afternoon [Jennifer Ambrose ]
16 Nov Re: Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.) [Sandy Rueckert ]
16 Nov Dodge Co. Northern shrike and other winter birds ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
16 Nov Harris's Sparrow - Columbia Co. [Sunil Gopalan ]
16 Nov Lake Waubesa, Dane co ["Steve Thiessen" ]
16 Nov Re: Hummingbird Madison area photo [Jennifer Ambrose ]
16 Nov Re: Hummingbird Madison area [Jennifer Ambrose ]
16 Nov Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.) [Alyssa DeRubeis ]
16 Nov Red Polls ["R & C Dermody" ]
16 Nov winter birds [Sandy Petersen ]
16 Nov 111 Tundra Swans, Lake Mendota [ARLENE KOZIOL ]

Subject: Re: Lake Mendota Swans
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <acornwithteeth AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:39:48 -0800

I saw a number of swans on Lake Mendota, near the governor's mansion, west of 
Maple Bluff Beach.I saw a small circle of them beating their wings and hooting, 
looking like a dance. 

I also saw a few on Lake Monona, near Olbrich Park.

Genie Ogden
Madison WI


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On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 11:26 PM CST ARLENE KOZIOL wrote:

>
>There have been 500+ Swans on Lake Mendota in the Middleton -Spring Harbor, 
Madison area. Friday I hid behind a tree so I could observe and photograph 
them. They were quite active and noisy, with many territorial disputes. A few 
times the disputes were quite physical, with one swan biting another on the 
neck. Preening was also interesting to watch . The swans would beat one wing on 
the water, then the other. Next came a barrel role with many rotations, then a 
rising up out of the water to shake off the water. The swans were close to 
shore in Spring Harbor this morning, and by afternoon they were gone. Now there 
are 100’s of Canada Geese. Sandy Peterson reports dozens on the Yahara-Lake 
Kegonsa. Are the swans still in the Madison area or have they moved on? Does 
anyone know where this population migrates to? I read online that many swans 
end up in North Carolina for the winter. I will post a link to my swan photos 
in a few day when I have had a 

 chance to process them. Their 
> behavior is fascinating. 
>
>Arlene Koziol
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Subject: Lake Mendota Swans
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:26:57 -0600
There have been 500+ Swans on Lake Mendota in the Middleton -Spring Harbor, 
Madison area. Friday I hid behind a tree so I could observe and photograph 
them. They were quite active and noisy, with many territorial disputes. A few 
times the disputes were quite physical, with one swan biting another on the 
neck. Preening was also interesting to watch . The swans would beat one wing on 
the water, then the other. Next came a barrel role with many rotations, then a 
rising up out of the water to shake off the water. The swans were close to 
shore in Spring Harbor this morning, and by afternoon they were gone. Now there 
are 100’s of Canada Geese. Sandy Peterson reports dozens on the Yahara-Lake 
Kegonsa. Are the swans still in the Madison area or have they moved on? Does 
anyone know where this population migrates to? I read online that many swans 
end up in North Carolina for the winter. I will post a link to my swan photos 
in a few day when I have had a chance to process them. Their 

 behavior is fascinating. 

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Subject: Fw: Governor's Island-Tundras and Eagle
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:30:47 +0000
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________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Saturday, November 22, 2014 2:25 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Governor's Island-Tundras and Eagle

Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

Just returned from the land of the Snowy Egret to the land of the Snowy Owl, 
and very happy to find Mendota not yet frozen over! A quick loop of Governors 
Island found a couple Tundras still feeding in the bay and more heard offshore 
in the mist. Also spotted a very scruffy and recently wet looking FY Bald Eagle 
watching from a treetop above the sand spit. 


2014-11-22 09:55
Governor's Island
Protocol: Traveling
.5 Miles
30 Minutes
Observers: 4
All birds reported? Yes
    26    Canada Goose
    2    Tundra Swan
    8    Mallard
    8    Bufflehead
    1    Bald Eagle
    5    Ring-billed Gull
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    7    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Brown Creeper
    4    American Robin
    5    Dark-eyed Junco
    2    Northern Cardinal

Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Paradise Valley GH Owls
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:36:33 -0600
Saturday, November 22, 2014 - Paradise Valley Wildlife Area - Waukesha Cnty
- Near Dousman.  Low wind - 44F balmy degrees.
 

Arrived about 3:45 PM to DNR Parking lot and was greeted for the next 45
minutes with three Great Horned Owls calling.  Walked out on marsh road to
ADA Hunter's Shelter looking for Short-eared Owls, but to no avail.

Along the way was a Song Sparrow, Tree Sparrows, a Pheasant, couple BW Teal,
and BC Chickadees.



Around 5:15, it was so quiet...comfortable. and no wind. As I was walking
back, two separate Coyote groups were howling on opposite sides of the
Wildlife Area.

 

The weirdest thing happened as I was listening, seeing nothing,  I heard
this swooshing sound above my head and a soft rustle of wings, otherwise
soundless. and after a few seconds nothing.  Perhaps an owl.



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Subject: Tundras at Fish Camp
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:12:07 -0600
About 10 dozen Tundra Swans
where the Yahara empties into Lake Kegonsa ...
including about 2 dozen young - 3 families had 3 young each ...

They fed and made a racket ... shrieking, whoo-ing and whooping ...

while feeding, about mid-afternoon today ...


Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County


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Subject: Snowy Owl - Freedom
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:12:29 -0600
Just watched (10:30 am) a Snowy Owl at the intersection of County J and
County S east of Freedom. I believe this is Outagamie County.
Scott Weberpal
Whitewater
Walworth Co.


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Subject: Delafield/Pewaukee Waterbirds (Waukesha Cty)
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:32 -0600
I checked out Lake Nagawicka (Delafield) and Pewaukee Lake this afternoon.
Nagawicka is nearly completely open, whereas Pewaukee is nearly completely
frozen over. Both were loonless for the first time in weeks.
Nagawicka had a bunch of TUNDRA SWANS, a raft or two of Athaya species
ducks, i.e. scaup, Redhead, Canvasback, etc, and a BALD EAGLE roosting on
the island.

The only open water on Pewaukee Lake was near the island on the the west
end.  A hundred or so AM. COOTS still lingered but they were out numbered
by a MERGANSER SLAM.  There were well over a hundred COMMON MERGS.
RED-BREASTED MERGS were also there in good numbers, and a handful or so of
HOODED MERGS rounded it out. LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, and REDHEADS
were the most common ducks other than Mallards.

Hopefully the rising temps in the next couple days can keep this water open
for a bit longer to allow the birds to build up in numbers before they're
finally forced out for the winter.

Cheers!

Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
(Waukesha Cty)


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Subject: Humboldt Park - MKE Cty
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:07:30 -0600
50+ Robins at SE corner of the park.  Not sure what they were finding to
eat since there are no berry trees in this area and the ground is frozen.
Heard a Kingfisher from the lagoon island (lagoon is frozen).  Also a
female Cooper's Hawk who has been hunting the park as well as the
surrounding neighborhoods.
She's been in my yard (perched right on top of my hopper feeder at one
point!).
I've seen her on the railings of a couple of other houses on my street.  I
hope she's successful in capturing one or more of the many House Sparrows
at my feeders!

Several Juncos and Tree Sparrows around the park lagoon.
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee County
"BayView"


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Subject: Swans and Pipit Lake Mendota
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:30:47 -0600
Of Madison lakes, Lake Mendota seems to have the most birds on it lately. 
Yesterday there were probably over 1000 TUNDRA SWANS scattered around the lake. 
Over 600 were at the Governor Nelson and Governor's Island end. Those seem to 
shift between the two areas depending on wind direction. Yesterday most were 
nearest Governor Nelson State Park. A variety of ducks are there also. A few 
TRUMPETER SWANS came near the boat launch to give me a chance for a good ID. 

A couple of unexpected birds at the Gov Nelson boat launch were an AMERICAN 
PIPIT and a PILEATED WOODPECKER. The woodpecker flew right overhead. The Pipit 
landed on the concrete about 40 feet away. Some days are more lucky than 
others. 


There were around 300 TUNDRA SWANS at the other end of Lake Mendota along with 
other ducks. Best views were from Marshall Park and Capitol Avenue. Some days 
Mendota County Park can be better. 


University Bay can be good, but I did not have time to stop there yesterday. It 
can be very good depending on wind direction. 


Jim Schwarz
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Common Redpoll-Ozaukee County
From: "Margo Dolan" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "med0018@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:19:01 -0600
Just had two Common Redpolls visit my thistle feeders. They were mixed in with 
a small flock of Pine Siskins. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/18235246 AT N06/15819582516/in/photostream

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Subject: LOY house wren
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:11:57 -0600
Continues to visit as of today, 11/21.
Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: Swans on Lake Monona, Madison
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:15:41 +0000
?On my bus ride in to work this morning, I saw what I presumed was a large 
flock of Tundra Swans out on Lake Monona, as seen from Olbrich Park/Atwood Ave. 
I can't be 100% sure of the ID, since they were pretty far out. I started 
reaching for the mini-binoculars that I normally keep in my backpack, only to 
remember that I had just taken them out to save some weight - figures. 


I'm slightly surprised that I haven' seen or heard any flocks migrating over as 
I'm walking home from the bus stop in the evenings. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Belted kingfisher
From: Robert Demge <robdem02 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:13:56 -0600
I saw and heard a Belted kingfisher along Mineral Springs creek in Port
Washington this am. Bob Demge Port Washington Ozaukee Cty

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Subject: pine siskins & purple finches
From: Kyle Cudworth <kmc AT yerkes.uchicago.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:25:07 -0600
Pine siskins and purple finches have made it to southern Wisconsin this 
week.  We've had several pine siskins at our thistle feeders the past 2 
days, almost forcing out our usual goldfinches at times. A pair of 
purple finches showed up two days ago and the male, at least, was seen 
again yesterday.  For several minutes on Wed. we had a purple finch and 
one of our usual house finches (both males) perched a foot or so apart 
on a branch giving a very nice comparison.

I've been checking the water in Williams Bay for swans this week with 
none seen yet, but could be elsewhere on Geneva Lake, or maybe not here yet.

Kyle Cudworth
Williams Bay, Walworth County
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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:33:14 +0000
Pine siskins have also discovered feeders in northeast Fond du Lac County - had 
5 or 6 that I could see late yesterday afternoon. Also observed a 
yellow-bellied sapsucker chowing down on sunflower. I think the sap's too thick 
to suck at the moment! :) 


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


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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Robert Demge 

Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2014 2:47 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Pine Siskins

I observed 10 Pine Siskins at thistle and sunflower feeders today. Many 
goldfinch present along with house finches and chickadees. No Purples. 

Earlier a Coopers hawk was seen. Bob Demge Port Washington Ozaukee Cty

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 20, 2014
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:04:33 -0600
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI
 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
Bird Walk
Thursdays,  8am-10am year round, Free and Open to the Public, All Ages
Welcome

Thursday,  November 20, 2014
19 degrees
Clear
12 birders

Species:  15

26 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Herring Gull
21 Rock Pigeon
2 Downy Woodpecker
13 American Crow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin

9 European Starling
24 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Northern Cardinal
3 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow

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Subject: Dane co. landfill
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:16:46 -0600

 I stopped for 40 minutes Thursday afternoon. 2 Glaucous, 3 Thayer's and 1 
Kumlien's. The Herring Gulls out numbered Ring-billed Gulls 3 to 1. Makes gull 
watching a bit easier when there is 1200 less Ring-billed Gulls. Steve Thiessen 
Dane co. 

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Subject: Screech owl
From: "K Petersen" <loonp AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:09:52 -0600
This afternoon we had a screech owl resting in a tree cavity in our back
woodlot. It completely filled the entrance hole with the upper half of its
body, so was quite easily observable. It was periodically being harassed by
blue jays, dark eyed juncos, and/or house finches.
 

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Subject: Pine Siskins
From: Robert Demge <robdem02 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:46:59 -0600
I observed 10 Pine Siskins  at thistle and sunflower feeders today. Many
goldfinch present along with house finches and chickadees. No Purples.
Earlier a Coopers hawk was seen. Bob Demge Port Washington Ozaukee Cty

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Subject: University Bay, Madison, Dane Co
From: Paul van Ginkel <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:35:38 -0600
Nice mix of ducks, geese, swans and loons.

Tundra swans (100-200)
Redheads
Canvasbacks
Northern Shovelers
Buffleheads
Gadwalls
Am. Wigeons
Scaup
Goldeneyes
Common mergansers
Common loons
Canada geese

bald eagle


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Subject: Re: Osprey Nagawicka Lake-Delafield-Waukesha County
From: "Biffbradford ." <pelotonstar AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:12:06 -0600
If I may tag along on your post, I was talking to a fisherman at the High
Speed Ferry dock yesterday and he stated that he's seen an Osprey over
there. States it comes from a nearby smoke stack to the north. The fellow
seemed pretty knowledgeable about other birds such as Peregrine Falcons and
such, so that bit of info may have some merit. :^)
John Wilke
Greenfield, WI

On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 10:26 AM, Spencer Stehno 
wrote:

> Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 2:45 PM - 24F - 10-20 mph Winds W;
> I was over at Lake Nagawicka in Delafield at the end of Bleeker Street
> around 2:45PM Wednesday.  I was looking at the swans, coot, gulls,
> mallards,
> and some mergansers, when much to my surprise, an osprey starts circling
> around and then drifted off to the south around the tree line and out of
> sight.
>
> Back in middle of April this year, Dennis Edgar and I watched a couple
> ospreys from St. John's park, just across on the other side of this bay
> from
> Bleeker street.
>
> Spence Stehno / Hartland
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Subject: Osprey Nagawicka Lake-Delafield-Waukesha County
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:26:38 -0600
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 2:45 PM - 24F - 10-20 mph Winds W;
I was over at Lake Nagawicka in Delafield at the end of Bleeker Street
around 2:45PM Wednesday.  I was looking at the swans, coot, gulls, mallards,
and some mergansers, when much to my surprise, an osprey starts circling
around and then drifted off to the south around the tree line and out of
sight.

Back in middle of April this year, Dennis Edgar and I watched a couple
ospreys from St. John's park, just across on the other side of this bay from
Bleeker street.

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Subject: LOY House wren
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:49:47 -0600
Saw it again today, the 20th. Puffed up, but expected with the gusts we've been 
having. 

Taking shelter under a dense, shrubby yew in a wind break.
Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: Fwd: Shiocton Christmas Bird Count Date Fri. Dec. 19
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 09:40:31 -0600
See below for information on the Shiocton Christmas Bird Count.
Kyle Lindemer
WSO CBC Coordinator
Madison, Dane County


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Petznick, Steve J. 
Date: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 8:27 AM
Subject: Shiocton Christmas Bird Count Date Fri. Dec. 19
To: "CBC AT wsobirds.org" 


 Greetings,



The Shiocton Christmas Bird Count will be Friday. Dec. 19th.  Please
contact Steve Petznick, the count coordinator, at either (920) 79-6433
which is Mosquito Hill Nature Center’s number or by email
Steve.Petznick AT outagamie.org if you have questions or wish to sign up.
There is a potluck luncheon at noon at Mosquito Hill Nature Center for
fellowship of birders, report any rare sightings to other counters and we
discuss which areas still need coverage before the day is complete.



We meet at Mosquito Hill Nature Center, N 3880 Rogers Rd. New London WI
54961, at 7:45 AM  for last minute instructions and arrange any last minute
counting parties before heading into the field.



Questions, please contact Steve Petznick directly.



Thank you



Steve



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Madison, Dane County

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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sauk County
From: Jodi Anderson <sonotcool AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:24:48 -0600
This week, I had three known visits from a YBSS with juvenile markings at
one of my suet feeders. I managed a poor phone photo. I needed evidence!
Jodi Anderson
Sauk City, Sauk County


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Subject: Common Redpoll Richland County
From: "Barbara Duerksen" <bduerksen AT mwt.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:14:26 -0600
One Common Redpoll at the feeder this afternoon.  Also have had two Fox
Sparrows in the yard. 
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Subject: Winter finches, Snowy Owl - Ashland/Bayfield
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:50:30 -0700
My day started with 9 EVENING GROSBEAKS at my feeders near Washburn - they've 
been present since Friday. Then I had 16 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS (with Starlings) 
along Hwy 13 in Washburn. Then I hit a nice mixed flock of 35 PINE SISKINS, 10 
COMMON REDPOLLS, 3 Amer. Goldfinches, and 6 Purple Finches gritting at the 
north end of McDonald Rd on the east side of Ashland. Then I found 15 PINE 
GROSBEAKS - all imm/female types - gritting on Cty A just east of the 
McDonald/Holmes Rd intersection. The Bohemians and Pine Grosbeaks were my first 
of the season. 


Lower Chequamegon Bay is mostly covered in ice now. A heavily-barred SNOWY OWL 
was roosting on the ice way out near the breakwall lighthouse, at the limit of 
scope range. 


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Subject: Re: 30+ Snowy Owls
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:58:18 -0500
Ryan, et al:
I recently read Noah Strycker's book "The Thing With Feathers". The book
has an interesting chapter about last winter's Snowy Owl irruption...

Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean

On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 3:12 PM, Ryan Brady  wrote:

> I'm tracking unique Snowy Owl observations again this year. We already
> stand at 31+ individuals statewide, compared to only 1 by this date last
> winter. The map for some of these is linked below. If you know of others,
> please submit to eBird and drop me a note so I can add it to the tally.
>
> http://bit.ly/1zwcC2o
>
> It's too early to say why it's happening or how it will ultimately compare
> in magnitude to last year but you might enjoy reading this blog entry from
> Project SNOWstorm's Scott Weidensaul:
>
> http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/another-snowstorm/
>
> Thanks,
>
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: 30+ Snowy Owls
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:12:47 -0700
I'm tracking unique Snowy Owl observations again this year. We already stand at 
31+ individuals statewide, compared to only 1 by this date last winter. The map 
for some of these is linked below. If you know of others, please submit to 
eBird and drop me a note so I can add it to the tally. 


http://bit.ly/1zwcC2o

It's too early to say why it's happening or how it will ultimately compare in 
magnitude to last year but you might enjoy reading this blog entry from Project 
SNOWstorm's Scott Weidensaul: 


http://www.projectsnowstorm.org/posts/another-snowstorm/

Thanks,

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Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Eagle and Female Harlequin
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:38:04 -0600
Greetings,
I spent some time at the lakefront this morning. I was looking for the male 
Harlequin which has eluded me for the past week or so. I didn't see the male 
Harlequin but did see the female which had first been pointed out by Dar Tiede 
last Saturday. Today it was seen swimming close to the last jetty south of 
North Point. I met Phil Wynveen later and we saw the bird again in the same 
area. Later as I was walking home, Phil drove by and reported that there was a 
Bald Eagle at the Point. I drove along the lakefront later with my wife and we 
saw a gorgeous adult Eagle sitting in a tree at the top of the North Point 
hill. A beautiful creature! We watched it for just a moment before it was 
chased by a pair of Crows. This was the first time I've seen one in Sheboygan 
in a while. 

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Subject: Re: Safety reminder about deer gun season
From: kevin seidel <seidelkevin25 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:26:06 -0600
Worst weekend of the year for many.
On Nov 19, 2014 11:13 AM, "Peter Fissel"  wrote:
> ?Almost forgot to post a reminder about deer gun season starting this
> Saturday.  As always, if you're out birding in an area where hunting is
> allowed, wear bright clothing (blaze orange may even be required in certain
> areas for non-hunters) and stay alert.  You can check whether an area
> you're thinking of birding is open for hunting at these links:
>
> http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/hunt/index.html
>
>
> http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/deer.html
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> Stay safe!  (not to mention warm and dry...)
>
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Subject: Safety reminder about deer gun season
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:46 +0000
?Almost forgot to post a reminder about deer gun season starting this Saturday. 
As always, if you're out birding in an area where hunting is allowed, wear 
bright clothing (blaze orange may even be required in certain areas for 
non-hunters) and stay alert. You can check whether an area you're thinking of 
birding is open for hunting at these links: 


http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/hunt/index.html


http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/deer.html



Stay safe!  (not to mention warm and dry...)


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Subject: Re: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:18:46 -0600
Hi, Tom,
I was basing my thought about the sex of the Cooper's on the darkness of the 
coloration of the hawk. The hawk seemed to best match the illustration of the 
male adult Cooper's in the Sibley Guide. The hawk may very well have been an 
adult female from the standpoint of size. 


Mary Strasser
La Crosse County

> From: trschultz AT centurytel.net
> To: mrstrass AT msn.com; wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: Re: [wisb] Male adult Coopers hawk in yard
> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:12:22 -0600
> 
> Very cool, but if the Cooper's was "big" and "burly", was it not likely a 
> female?
> 
> Tom Schultz
> Green Lake Co.
> 
> 
> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Mary Strasser
> Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:01 PM
> To: Wisconsin Bird Network
> Subject: [wisb] Male adult Coopers hawk in yard
> 
> At 8:45 this morning there was a big burly male Cooper's hawk hunting near 
> my bird feeders.  I knew something was up when I heard the jays giving alarm 
> calls.  The hawk dove into some brush at the edge of the yard and seemed to 
> be searching the area to flush out a meal.  He didn't seem to be successful 
> in his efforts, and then flew up to peruse the yard from a tree for awhile 
> before making several flight passes over the area.  He then flew out across 
> the road in front of my house.
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Subject: LOY House wren Oz county
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:12:16 -0600
Visited again this am. Looks to be in very good shape, fed heavily on live 
mealworms. Since the winds are very light right now, I expect he/she is 
gleaning goodies out of our large prairie. Yesterday, in the heavy winds, 
he/she stayed inside the feeder- presumably to keep out of the breeze. 

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Subject: New Member Introduction
From: Dennis Edgar <dennisj1875 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:09:09 -0600
Just joined the List.  The guidelines suggested that new members introduce
themselves, so here goes.
I moved here from Iowa in 2009, but haven't birded in WI much until this
year (sold Iowa house in January). Been birding since late 1970s.
Especially enjoy seeing the warblers during their Spring and
Fall migrations. I remember birding with my Dad and brother during the
spring migrations in the 70s & 80s, and the warblers would just seem to
pass through the trees and bushes in "waves," ... first from one direction,
and then they would seem to come back and pass by from the other
direction.... good memories.

Joined the BFGoss Bird Club in Waukesha and enjoying their programs, field
trips, and fellowship.

Favorite birding spot so far (that is not too far away) is Paradise Springs
area, but looking forward to finding more.

Favorite spot for finding "Birds in Art" is Leigh Yawky Woodson Art Museum
in Wausau.

Good birding to all.

Dennis Edgar
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Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Dane co. Landfill
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:58:33 -0600
 Another stop on the way to work. I had 1st winter Glaucous, Thayer's and a 
2nd/3rd winter Kumlien's. Also saw a gull that I feel I've seen before that I 
can never really get a good look at. When flying it seems like an odd plumaged 
1st winter Ring-billed, but seems to big. Strikes me as being a possible 2nd 
winter California, but I have zero experience . Wings always seem long and 
narrower than Herrings. Was some gray in the back white rump and black tail. It 
was cloudy and it was hit and miss keeping an eye on it. 

 Good news is that there weren't as many Ring-billed Gulls as before.
 The lakes sure look wintery, with Goldeneyes, Common Mergansers and 
Buffleheads as the main waterfowl. 

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Subject: Re: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:12:22 -0600
Very cool, but if the Cooper's was "big" and "burly", was it not likely a 
female?

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.


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From: Mary Strasser
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 3:01 PM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: [wisb] Male adult Coopers hawk in yard

At 8:45 this morning there was a big burly male Cooper's hawk hunting near 
my bird feeders.  I knew something was up when I heard the jays giving alarm 
calls.  The hawk dove into some brush at the edge of the yard and seemed to 
be searching the area to flush out a meal.  He didn't seem to be successful 
in his efforts, and then flew up to peruse the yard from a tree for awhile 
before making several flight passes over the area.  He then flew out across 
the road in front of my house.

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Subject: Forgot to post location of Cooper's hawk--sorry!
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:53:50 -0600
I apologize for omitting my name and location with the post of my Cooper's hawk 
sighting. It's been a busy day! 

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Subject: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:01:35 -0600
At 8:45 this morning there was a big burly male Cooper's hawk hunting near my 
bird feeders. I knew something was up when I heard the jays giving alarm calls. 
The hawk dove into some brush at the edge of the yard and seemed to be 
searching the area to flush out a meal. He didn't seem to be successful in his 
efforts, and then flew up to peruse the yard from a tree for awhile before 
making several flight passes over the area. He then flew out across the road in 
front of my house. 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Pardeeville CBC - change in date
From: Paul Schwalbe <p.g6schwalbe AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:50:22 -0600
Dear Birders:
Due to several date comflicts with some observers we have changed the date
of the Pardeeville CBC to Wednesday, 17 Dec. 2014.

Good birding.........................     Paul & Glenna

-- 
Paul & Glenna Schwalbe
Pardeeville, Columbia Co.


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Subject: Winter birdwatching article
From: Rob <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:02:51 -0600
Check out my story on winter birdwatching in today's Appleton Post-Crescent: 
http://post.cr/11ozNzu 


Rob Zimmer
Appleton
Outagamie County


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Subject: Hales CBC: SE & SW Mke Co. 12/20
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:49:41 -0500
We welcome birders who'd like to join this count circle in southern Milwaukee 
County. It's on Sat. Dec. 20th, and covers the areas along the lakefront, south 
of Texas Avenue and down to WE Energies northern boundary, and west 
approximately to the Landfill. I include a message from the compiler at Wehr 
Nature Center (below) regarding having to sign up in advance by calling Wehr. 


I would appreciate having a heads-up from volunteers also, as I often try to 
coordinate the lakefront aspect of the count especially. It is my hope that 
Wehr will get the forms to whomever signs up, though I will have them as well. 
We hope to put together a couple teams to do some owling early and late in the 
day. As well, Wehr hosts a count walk at the nature center and features a chili 
lunch. Lunch here for east siders. 

 
For anyone who has not done this, but would like to, we can figure out a way to 
team you up with someone more experienced. Also, monitoring feeders is a 
welcome part of the count. 


Message from Mark Verhagen from Wehr in red below my sign-off. Also, note that 
you will have to type my email into your response since aol.com is not in the 
good graces of the freelists folks and I just haven't gone over to gmail yet. 
Thanks. 


Betsy Abert
betsyacorn AT aol.com


Hi Betsy – Anyone can sign up with Wehr’s front desk to participate and 
they don’t need to contact me. Anyone who doesn’t get signed up, whether 
they count on your side or here doesn’t get included in reporting. There is 
no charge and signing up takes less than a minute. I’ll send you the official 
tally sheet as soon as I can. It may not be until after deer hunting, but 
it’s on my list of things to do before I go. If anyone has questions, ask 
them to get in touch with me by phone or email. 

 
Mark Verhagen
Natural Areas Management Specialist
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave.
Franklin, WI 53132
414-425-8550      
414-425-6992 (fax)
800-947-3529 (TDD)
mark.verhagen AT ces.uwex.edu

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Subject: LOY warbler (Milwaukee)?
From: Tim Vargo <tvargo AT urbanecologycenter.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:35 -0600
Speaking of surprising Last of Years, an Orange-crowned Warbler was seen last 
week and again today by the Menomonee Valley Urban Ecology Center on 37th & 
Pierce (Milwaukee) 


Timothy Vargo
Manager of Research and Citizen Science
Urban Ecology Center
1500 E Park Pl
Milwaukee WI  53211
 
(414) 964-8505 x116 
Fax: (414) 964-1084
 
tvargo AT urbanecologycenter.org
www.urbanecologycenter.org

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Tom Wood 

Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:43 AM
To: Wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Re: LOY house wren?

I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last House Wren seen in the state this 
year, since per WSO records, the previous latest date in November was on 
November 15, 1979! There are 3 December records, the latest being in 1994, so 
Dan's wren is a very unusual sighting. 

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 Dan and Mary Pat Panetti
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:23 AM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] LOY house wren?

Today- I have a house wren eating live mealworms in a sheltered feeder which 
collects a little solar heat and has a wind break. This is the latest I've ever 
had one. Also a screech owl (gray phase) roosting in an old snag. 

Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: Re: LOY house wren?
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:42:45 -0600
I wouldn't be surprised if this is the last House Wren seen in the state
this year, since per WSO records, the previous latest date in November was
on November 15, 1979! There are 3 December records, the latest being in
1994, so Dan's wren is a very unusual sighting.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Dan and Mary Pat Panetti
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:23 AM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] LOY house wren?

Today- I have a house wren eating live mealworms in a sheltered feeder which
collects a little solar heat and has a wind break.  This is the latest I've
ever had one.  Also a screech owl (gray phase) roosting in an old snag.
Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: LOY house wren?
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:22:54 -0600
Today- I have a house wren eating live mealworms in a sheltered feeder which 
collects a little solar heat and has a wind break. This is the latest I've ever 
had one. Also a screech owl (gray phase) roosting in an old snag. 

Dan Panetti
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Subject: Rare bird documentation
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:08:16 -0600
With recent reports of Anna's and Rufous Hummingbirds in the state, this is
a good opportunity to remind folks to document their rare bird sightings!
The reporting process has never been easier thanks to the updated Wisconsin
Society for Ornithology website. Visit
http://wsobirds.org/what-we-do/records to read about the importance of rare
bird documentation and learn how to document your sighting. You can also
now directly upload your photos on the rare bird documentation form!

Good Birding!
Kim Kreitinger
President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Madison, WI


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Subject: Fox sparrow song this morning
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:32:06 -0600
Hi all!
At 6:10 am - brrrrrr -

while filling the bird bath and connecting the heater ... ..

I witnessed (by ear) 3 renditions of the lovely Fox Sparrow song ...

coming from the dried-up stand of white snake-root by the west elm tree ...

before hurrying back to the warm living-room ...

Which was more warming???

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane county


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Subject: Tomahawk (Lincoln Co.) and BVG this weekend
From: Mike Duchek <mikeduchek AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:38:50 -0600
Just thought I'd post that I was up in Tomahawk (Lincoln Co.) this weekend and 
took several drives around town to check the crabapples. I believe I saw 
another person post that she's had cedar waxwings in them of late. I didn't 
even have those, but they are all loaded and bear watching this winter. I did 
have a lone purple finch at one point (female) in one, and we later had one 
visit our deck briefly on Sunday. First time we'd ever had one. I tried birding 
Swamp Rd. Sunday morning, but came up mostly empty. Siskins were the most 
plentiful bird there, with a few flocks flying over. Otherwise quiet and cold. 

And as others have posted, lots of rough-legged hawks and snow buntings at 
Buena Vista. 

-Mike Duchek, Madison, Dane Co. 		 	   		  
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Subject: Sandhills flying over southeast La Crosse
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:21:38 -0600
A flock of 50-60 sandhill cranes flew southeast over my yard just before 1:00 
pm. They had strong northwest winds aiding their flight. 

Mary Strasser in southeast La Crosse area
La Crosse County 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Follow up on previous message.
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:57:57 -0600
My comment on the newspaper article disappeared from the last message. 
I guess they did not get the memo down here about not posting locations!
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Subject: new species and the Wisconsin Annotated Checklist of Birds
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:54:57 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2014/11/new-species-on-wisconsin-checklist.html 


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
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Subject: Whoopers in Winnebago co. Il
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:42:36 -0600
Click the link.
http://rrstar.com/article/20141114/NEWS/141119609

 Dwight Alton. Rockton, Winnebago Co. Il 		 	   		  
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Subject: Fox Sparrow - MKE - picture
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:26:40 -0600
Hi, I just thought I'd share a photo of the Fox Sparrow that is still
currently feeding with the other birds.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/15814415842/

Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Carolina Wren -- Dane County
From: Matthew Rothschild <mattr AT progressive.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:51:25 -0600
Hi,
I saw a Carolina Wren eating peanuts on the ground under my feeders in the Town 
of Dunn, Dane County, yesterday. 

Also had purple finches and pine siskins.
Best,
Matt Rothschild
Dane County

On Nov 17, 2014, at 10:48 AM, Laura Wentz  wrote:

> The Harris's Sparrow continued to show up in my yard (just outside of
> Portage) along with the usual birds including Blue Jays, Titmice,
> Chickadees, Downy, Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  There were more
> Goldfinches & House Finches but no Pine Siskins yet.  I also saw a Northern
> Harrier while checking on cows on the far side of the farm.
> Laura
> -- 
> Laura Wentz
> Portage, Columbia County
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow in Col. Co.
From: Laura Wentz <lauralwentz AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:48:41 -0600
The Harris's Sparrow continued to show up in my yard (just outside of
Portage) along with the usual birds including Blue Jays, Titmice,
Chickadees, Downy, Hairy & Red-bellied Woodpeckers.  There were more
Goldfinches & House Finches but no Pine Siskins yet.  I also saw a Northern
Harrier while checking on cows on the far side of the farm.
Laura
-- 
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Portage, Columbia County

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Subject: TONIGHT: Birds & Climate Change with Nat'l Audubon Society ecologist Chad Wilsey - FREE lecture at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery
From: Emily Meier <emily.meier AT madisonaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:24:54 -0600
*Hello all - One more reminder that tonight Dr. Chad Wilsey will be
presenting the National Audubon Society's report regarding birds and
climate change - we hope to see you there!*
*Click for location and parking information.

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*Lecture is co-sponsored by the Madison Audubon Society
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Cheers & Happy Monday!
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Subject: A fox sparrow in my yard too
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:06:16 -0600
Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton

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Subject: Re: Nectar for Hummers in the Winter
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:04:57 -0600
Thanks for this info, Mickey!
We needed it!

Keep warm!

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton

On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Redacted sender sharpbill AT aol.com for
DMARC  wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> There seems to be some question in regards to appropriate nectar solutions
> for hummingbirds when the temps are colder.
>
> The reason it isn't a good idea to make a stronger nectar solution is the
> nectar becomes syrupy and the bird can't get it off their tongue as easily.
> Also  the kidneys don't assimilate the  stronger sugars and it can cause
> edema in the birds. A friend of mine has banded where folks made a stronger
> solution and found the hummers to have notable puffiness and swelling. The
> host just thought they were fat. If the hummer needs more sugar it will
> feed  more. The most important thing is to keep the feeder from freezing.
> It isn't necessary to add anything to the feeder but sugar water--4:1 ratio.
>
> The bird will leave when it can't get the nutrition it needs from the
> insects it catches.  Hummers glean from dead leaves and the bark of trees
> for bugs.  Hope this information is helpful.
>
> Cheers, Mickey
>
> Michelene O'Connor
> Avian Zookeeper
> Milwaukee County Zoo
> Milwaukee, WI
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Subject: Fox sparrow - MKE
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 09:54:24 -0600
Good morning, I was watching the birds outside when I noticed a larger
sparrow.  I quickly grabbed my camera and looked through it to find a Fox
Sparrow.  Haven't seen one of those in my yard in 5 years.  Good thing I
have the day off from work today, otherwise I would've missed out.
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Subject: Nectar for Hummers in the Winter
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sharpbill@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:18:00 -0500
Hello All,

There seems to be some question in regards to appropriate nectar solutions for 
hummingbirds when the temps are colder. 


The reason it isn't a good idea to make a stronger nectar solution is the 
nectar becomes syrupy and the bird can't get it off their tongue as easily. 
Also the kidneys don't assimilate the stronger sugars and it can cause edema in 
the birds. A friend of mine has banded where folks made a stronger solution and 
found the hummers to have notable puffiness and swelling. The host just thought 
they were fat. If the hummer needs more sugar it will feed more. The most 
important thing is to keep the feeder from freezing. It isn't necessary to add 
anything to the feeder but sugar water--4:1 ratio. 

 
The bird will leave when it can't get the nutrition it needs from the insects 
it catches. Hummers glean from dead leaves and the bark of trees for bugs. Hope 
this information is helpful. 


Cheers, Mickey

Michelene O'Connor
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Subject: A reminder, and a request
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:42:30 +0000
?Just a reminder that all posts to Wisbirdn must have your name and location, 
at least to county or municipality, appended to them. I've been a bit lax in 
enforcing that in the last couple of months. 


Also, I had a request to ask folks to trim down lengthy message strings when 
they're replying to the list. That would include my own pet peeve, when Digest 
subscribers simply hit "Reply All" (or "Reply List", depending on your email 
system) to the digest post they received, and don't bother even changing the 
subject line, which reads something along the lines of "Wisbirdn Digest for 
Nov.16" or the like. Not terribly helpful to anyone scanning subject lines in 
their Inbox. I realize it's not so easy to do from a smart phone, but make an 
effort, please. The rest of us will thank you for it. 



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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: Kathi Johnson Rock <kathijr777 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 00:09:11 -0600
We went to try and see the Madison Anna's hummingbird in the late afternoon
and spent some time waiting around in the cold with no bird ever appearing
(or perched in the nearby trees).  We did see the feeder with the heat tape
that someone so thoughtfully provided though (and we also brought one as
well.)  We can only hope that the bird has now moved on to a warmer
location.
If anyone has any other photos of the bird other than the one posted on the
list, we would love to see them.  Thank you.

Kathi and Michael

-- 
Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County
Zone 4/5
e-mail: kathijr AT yahoo.com
website: www.hummingbirdgardening.net
telephone: (608) 233-7397

"Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this
glittering
fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes / Manitowoc County
From: "WOW" <WOW AT tm.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 22:55:00 -0600
Just reporting we saw 300+ Sandhill Cranes on Sunday, 11/16, just across
from Collins Marsh on the corner of Collins Marsh Road and Moschel Road.
What an awesome sight!
 

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Wildlife Of Wisconsin

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Subject: Three digits of Pipits near Oshkosh
From: Mark Benson <2718mtb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:27:40 -0600
Hey All,
This afternoon I took a drive north and west from Oshkosh hoping to find a
Snowy Owl or possibly some Snow Buntings or Northern Shrikes. No luck on
those species, but when I pulled over to survey a flock of Canada Geese
near County S and Nickels Drive (no other goose species was found), a large
flock of small brown songbirds swooped into the picked corn field.  My
first thought was that they must be Horned Larks or Lapland Longspurs, but
no.  Every one that I saw was an American Pipit.  It was a pretty big
flock, I'd guess 150 birds or so.  I got photos of a few of them, but
getting photos was tricky, because they kept hiding in the furrows of the
corn field.  This particular corn field forms the southern border of a
waste water treatment facility, and I wonder if that is part of why it's so
popular with the geese and pipits.  Ebird flagged this as a high count for
pipits, and that's exactly what I expected - I've never seen so many pipits
in one place.

Yours in birding,

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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.)
From: Chris West <little_blue_birdie AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 20:00:07 -0600
That would be a very firm no. 
This bird is well within the dates of seasonal occurrence for this species and 
quite hardy enough to withstand the current temps just fine, and, in all 
probability, has a decent chance of surviving and moving on. 


If you want to hear about the cons of capturing it, please refer to the ongoing 
saga of the Rufous Hummingbird in Minneapolis and the national discussion that 
capturing it has sparked. 



--Chris

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"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)

> CC: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> From: sandyrueckert AT gmail.com
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.)
> Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:50:01 -0600
> To: tiger150 AT comcast.net
> 
> Should this hummingbird be rescued? I remember years ago there was a woman in 
Sauk City who would rescue them and overwinter them. 

> SandyRueckert
> Cold in dane county
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
> > On Nov 16, 2014, at 1:15 PM, Alyssa DeRubeis  wrote:
> > 
> > Several people followed up on Bill Holton's report of a hummingbird over 
the past two hours at the UW-Madison campus (as fowarded to the list-serve by 
Bob Matyas). It turns out that it's an adult male Anna's Hummingbird, feeding 
on semi-frozen flowers no less! Photos have been obtained and shared, along 
with other details, on the Wisconsin Birding Facebook page. 

> > Here are details that I was able to glean from the page (from multiple 
birders--thanks for your descriptions!): 

> > 
> > "At the far end of the "hoop" feeding in the purple flowers. As you're 
looking at the garden from univ, it's to the left." 

> > 
> > "It's right behind Birge Hall, where the Botany Dept. is. Offiical address 
appears to be 1090 University Ave 

> > Madison, WI 53706." 
> > 
> > "It's directly across University from Mill's, where MIll intersects with 
University. Right next to Chamberlain Hall." 

> > 
> > "In the (somewhat frozen) dark purple Salvia flowers right off the sidewalk 
in the Botany Gardens on University Ave. at the end of Mills Rd. We parked on 
Observatory Dr and walked down." 

> > 
> > It's days like these that I wish I wasn't 10 hours away...anyways, good 
luck and good birding! 

> > 
> > Alyssa DeRubeis 
> > Huntsville, AR 
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Subject: Petroleum Pier, Milwaukee, this afternoon
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:45:36 -0600
I birded along the lakefront mid-morning. I made six stops but didn't see
much. I just wanted to report that the pier is still accessible and that
large rafts of Greater Scaup are starting to arrive. I saw a few Lesser
Scaups, too, a Bufflehead pair, and a few female Red-breasted Mergs. There
were gulls lined up all along the breakwall, but it's so far out that even
with a scope IDing was difficult.
No Snowy Owls present there or at the CGI...yet!

-- 
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.)
From: Sandy Rueckert <sandyrueckert AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:50:01 -0600
Should this hummingbird be rescued? I remember years ago there was a woman in 
Sauk City who would rescue them and overwinter them. 

SandyRueckert
Cold in dane county

Sent from my iPad

> On Nov 16, 2014, at 1:15 PM, Alyssa DeRubeis  wrote:
> 
> Several people followed up on Bill Holton's report of a hummingbird over the 
past two hours at the UW-Madison campus (as fowarded to the list-serve by Bob 
Matyas). It turns out that it's an adult male Anna's Hummingbird, feeding on 
semi-frozen flowers no less! Photos have been obtained and shared, along with 
other details, on the Wisconsin Birding Facebook page. 

> Here are details that I was able to glean from the page (from multiple 
birders--thanks for your descriptions!): 

> 
> "At the far end of the "hoop" feeding in the purple flowers. As you're 
looking at the garden from univ, it's to the left." 

> 
> "It's right behind Birge Hall, where the Botany Dept. is. Offiical address 
appears to be 1090 University Ave 

> Madison, WI 53706." 
> 
> "It's directly across University from Mill's, where MIll intersects with 
University. Right next to Chamberlain Hall." 

> 
> "In the (somewhat frozen) dark purple Salvia flowers right off the sidewalk 
in the Botany Gardens on University Ave. at the end of Mills Rd. We parked on 
Observatory Dr and walked down." 

> 
> It's days like these that I wish I wasn't 10 hours away...anyways, good luck 
and good birding! 

> 
> Alyssa DeRubeis 
> Huntsville, AR 
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Subject: Dodge Co. Northern shrike and other winter birds
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:43:16 -0600
Had my second Northern shrike sighting of the fall/winter season on St. 
Helena Rd. about a quarter mile south of Hwy 60. This is the same spot I 
had one on and off last winter. On Shady Lane Road south of Juneau I saw my 
first of season Lapland longspurs. A flock about 50 or so. At home this 
afternoon I had a purple finch at the feeder and also my foy pine sisken. 
Now I'm waiting for redpolls and rough-legged hawk.
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow - Columbia Co.
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 18:01:49 -0600
Hello ---
The Harris's Sparrow reported by Laura last week continued at her feeders
-- and I managed to snag a couple of photos. Very active yard with all the
fresh snow.

http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Harriss-Sparrow/n-494rL/


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Subject: Lake Waubesa, Dane co
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 16:33:42 -0600
 From Lake Farm Park, I could see a 1st year Thayer's Gull, on the far ice 
shelf. I think it was different than the one I've been seeing at the landfill. 
The primaries pale edging seem more pronounced. 

 I could also see a White-winged Scoter.
 Off the end of McConnell Street, I could see 14 Common Loons, 2 Horned Grebes, 
1 Red-necked Grebe and the more usual stuff. 

 I'm using a scope and most of this stuff is very distant. Steve Thiessen 
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Subject: Re: Hummingbird Madison area photo
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:19:12 -0600
https://flic.kr/p/q5BQKe
Ugh. Sorry!
On Nov 16, 2014 1:18 PM, "Jennifer Ambrose"  wrote:

> Here is a photo of the hummingbird that Bill saw.  his email is pasted
> above if you would like to email him.
>
> Jennifer A
> Milwaukee
> On Nov 16, 2014 9:48 AM, "Bob Matyas"  wrote:
>
>>
>>       Hello all,
>>       This sighting is from Bill Holton, a very good birder who may have
>> some pictures latter off his phone of this hummingbird.
>>       Bill just had a hummingbird with a reddish  sheen on its head on
>> University Avenue in Madison, at  the Botany Garden just across from the
>> Chemical Blg.   It was by some old natural flowers trying to find some food.
>>       Those living nearby may want to go look for  it and maybe consider
>> putting back up a hummingbird feeder or two if it will not freeze over, if
>> you live nearby.
>>        Bob Matyas
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Subject: Re: Hummingbird Madison area
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 13:18:23 -0600
Here is a photo of the hummingbird that Bill saw.  his email is pasted
above if you would like to email him.
Jennifer A
Milwaukee
On Nov 16, 2014 9:48 AM, "Bob Matyas"  wrote:

>
>       Hello all,
>       This sighting is from Bill Holton, a very good birder who may have
> some pictures latter off his phone of this hummingbird.
>       Bill just had a hummingbird with a reddish  sheen on its head on
> University Avenue in Madison, at  the Botany Garden just across from the
> Chemical Blg.   It was by some old natural flowers trying to find some food.
>       Those living nearby may want to go look for  it and maybe consider
> putting back up a hummingbird feeder or two if it will not freeze over, if
> you live nearby.
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>        Franklin, WI.
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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird (Dane Co.)
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150 AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 19:15:33 +0000 (UTC)
Several people followed up on Bill Holton's report of a hummingbird over the 
past two hours at the UW-Madison campus (as fowarded to the list-serve by Bob 
Matyas). It turns out that it's an adult male Anna's Hummingbird, feeding on 
semi-frozen flowers no less! Photos have been obtained and shared, along with 
other details, on the Wisconsin Birding Facebook page. 

Here are details that I was able to glean from the page (from multiple 
birders--thanks for your descriptions!): 


"At the far end of the "hoop" feeding in the purple flowers. As you're looking 
at the garden from univ, it's to the left." 


"It's right behind Birge Hall, where the Botany Dept. is. Offiical address 
appears to be 1090 University Ave 

Madison, WI 53706." 

"It's directly across University from Mill's, where MIll intersects with 
University. Right next to Chamberlain Hall." 


"In the (somewhat frozen) dark purple Salvia flowers right off the sidewalk in 
the Botany Gardens on University Ave. at the end of Mills Rd. We parked on 
Observatory Dr and walked down." 


It's days like these that I wish I wasn't 10 hours away...anyways, good luck 
and good birding! 


Alyssa DeRubeis 
Huntsville, AR 


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Subject: Red Polls
From: "R & C Dermody" <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:39:32 -0600
I saw several flocks, of course I cheated! I saw them slightly northwest of 
Watersmeet in 

the Ottawa Nat'l Forest, Michigan!

Cathy Dermody, Southeastern Milwaukee County

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Subject: winter birds
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 11:46:46 -0600
Hello all!
Siskins have increased to a dozen at my feeders this morning;

Still 3 female and 1 male Purple Finches;

Up to 60 Goldfinches yesterday ...

Still all the regulars plus occasional others ...

Everyone came in this morning trying to find food in the snow ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County


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Subject: 111 Tundra Swans, Lake Mendota
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 10:50:10 -0600
There are 111 tundra Swans, Spring Harbor, Lake Mendota, Madison. Also 
Buffleheads, Scaup, Mergansers and many Canada Geese. 

Arlene Koziol
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