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Luehders Bush-Shrike,©Barry Kent Mackay

4 Mar Eau Claire Hawk Owl - Yes! ["Wayne Kuhn" ]
05 Mar Fw: Bluebird Trail Walk at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Nature Explorers at Warner Park [Peter Fissel ]
4 Mar WGLBBO water bird watch at Harrington Beach SP [Calvin Brennan ]
4 Mar for those folks looking for (kind of) exotic parids, finches, etc [William Mueller ]
4 Mar Re: Breeding Bird Atlas eBird Portal is now LIVE [Ryan Brady ]
4 Mar Breeding Bird Atlas eBird Portal is now LIVE ["Nick Anich" ]
3 Mar Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas - Block Signup Available (Phase 1) ["Nick Anich" ]
3 Mar Re: Great Tit: Ozaukee County [Karen Mckinley ]
3 Mar Great Tit: Ozaukee County [Douglas Stratton ]
2 Mar International Migratory Bird Day 2015 [William Mueller ]
2 Mar McFarland/Stoughton area [Patrick Ready ]
2 Mar more upcoming atlas presentations in March [William Mueller ]
2 Mar Golden Eagle - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
2 Mar Snowy Owls / Collins Marsh ["WOW" ]
02 Mar Fw: Bird and Nature Walk Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park [Peter Fissel ]
02 Mar Fw: Nature Explorer walks at Picnic Point and Warner Park (Dane Co) [Peter Fissel ]
01 Mar Correction: March 3 atlas presentation in Montello is 6:00 pm [Mike Reese ]
02 Mar Buena Vista (Portage Co.) [Peter Fissel ]
1 Mar Adult Golden Eagle (Marquette County) [Jeff Galligan ]
1 Mar Golden Eagle [Richland County] ["Sharon Swiggum" ]
1 Mar Milwaukee Harbor, 3/1/15 ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
1 Mar Re: Barred Owl duet plus [Sandy Petersen ]
1 Mar The Sea Duck Joint Venture [William Mueller ]
28 Feb SEO's & Harriers Paradise Valley Waukesha County ["Spencer Stehno" ]
28 Feb Barred Owl duet plus [Sandy Petersen ]
28 Feb more junco things [Sandy Petersen ]
28 Feb Re: Peculiar Junco [Richter Museum ]
27 Feb Peculiar Junco ["Barb and Ken Wardius" ]
27 Feb RFI - Sedona area [Chris Petherick ]
27 Feb redpolls Milwaukee County ["R & C Dermody" ]
27 Feb Redpolls in Madison [Nolan Pope ]
27 Feb Cardinal-Think Spring!! ["Barb and Ken Wardius" ]
26 Feb Red-throated Loons at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington OZ Co. 2/26/15 some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
26 Feb Richland County Golden Eagle [Raymond Smith ]
26 Feb Richland County Redpolls [Raymond Smith ]
26 Feb Just Released - Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Strategic Action Plan [William Mueller ]
26 Feb some bird conservation news [William Mueller ]
26 Feb Horicon Nest box seminar March 7 [Jeffrey Bahls ]
25 Feb Greg Septon to speak at Schlitz Audubon Thursday evening! [Lindsay Focht ]
25 Feb Gyrfalcon in Superior, Douglas County- yes ["Tom Wood" ]
25 Feb Fw: Bird and Nature Walk UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve [Peter Fissel ]
25 Feb RFI: Buena Vista Grasslands - any Snowies? ["Anne Moretti" ]
25 Feb Snowy Owl Brown Cty []
24 Feb White-winged Scoters at the Milwaukee River Mouth on Milwaukee's Lakefront MKE Co. 2/23/15 some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
24 Feb Lake Michigan [Daryl Tessen ]
24 Feb Northern Shrike at Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Ladysmith, WI [Victoria Sokolowski ]
24 Feb Seven Eagles on the Rock River in Rockton. 2/23 [DWIGHT ALTON ]
24 Feb 7 Eagles on the Rock River. 2/23 [DWIGHT ALTON ]
24 Feb Robbeye Johnson e-mail address [Alyssa DeRubeis ]
23 Feb Private Lands & Birds Conference March 19-21: Make your reservation now! [Karen Etter Hale ]
23 Feb Las Vegas Trip Report ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
23 Feb RFI: Greater Sage Grouse Leks [Kelly Rueckheim ]
23 Feb C. Redpolls Richland County [Raymond Smith ]
23 Feb Re: (Winter) Wren??? Delafield, WI [Karen Etter Hale ]
23 Feb Northern Hawk Owl [Kathi Johnson Rock ]
23 Feb (Winter) Wren??? Delafield, WI ["Wright Family" ]
22 Feb Gulls, loons, scoters and owls ["Steve Thiessen" ]
22 Feb Red-throated Loons. Port Washington [David Freriks ]
22 Feb Red-throated Loons photos [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Feb Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaup at Lakeshore State Park MKE 2/22/15, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
22 Feb DoorCo Snowy Owl, & Three Springs ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
22 Feb Black-billed Magpie - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
22 Feb Re: Red-throated loons Oz Co [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Feb Southwestern WI yesterday [Peter Fissel ]
22 Feb Red-throated loons Oz Co [Judith Huf ]
22 Feb Red-throated loons Oz Co ["Marilyn Bontly" ]
22 Feb RFI: Red-throated Loons!, Ozaukee County [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Feb updated Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Wisconsin now available [William Mueller ]
21 Feb Bald Eagle, Town of Ashippun, Dodge County ["Eileen Worman" ]
21 Feb short-eared owls -- yes ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
22 Feb Fw: Sherman Nature Explorers Warner Park outing [Peter Fissel ]
21 Feb Red-throated Loons!, others/ Ozaukee County ["Tom Wood" ]
21 Feb Snowy Owl... Wood County [Gwyn Calvetti ]
21 Feb Next Atlas presentation - this Monday in Milwaukee, at Urban Ecology Center [William Mueller ]
21 Feb Climate change is implicated in poleward shifts in the distributions of species [William Mueller ]
21 Feb a Snowy? [Korkor Mary ]

Subject: Eau Claire Hawk Owl - Yes!
From: "Wayne Kuhn" <waylin98 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 23:12:14 -0600
I had a booth at the Eau Claire Farm Show that started this Monday and I was 
hoping to find the reported Northern Hawk Owl. I went over to Lars Road around 
3:30 pm and within 2 minutes I heard a trill sound coming from the top of one 
of the many pine trees in the area. There he was, perched at the very tip. I 
observed him for ten minutes, took a walk to look at a nearby feeder, came back 
and relocated him in a different pine. The next morning I went to the same spot 
and found him again. It is amazing how he seems to stay in the same block area 
with pleanty of 30 foot pines to hunt from. The nearby house feeder had 
goldfinces, chickadees and common redpoles. 

Wayne Kuhn
Green Bay, Brown County
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Subject: Fw: Bluebird Trail Walk at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Nature Explorers at Warner Park
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 2015 03:02:53 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 8:51 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Bluebird Trail Walk at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Nature 
Explorers at Warner Park 


Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2015-03-04 09:00
UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve--Biocore Prairie
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
120 Minutes
Sunny, fresh snow, 6 degrees, light wind
Observers: 4
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This was a special Wed morning walk with Will Waller and Pat Becker 
to check and clean the 16 Biocore Prairie Bluebird Trail boxes. We were joined 
by Dr. Galen Hasler and shared ideas about sparrow deterrence, adding Martin 
Houses and other topics. A highlight was a pair of Redtails that buzzed us with 
very low passes and perched right overhead, apparently fans of Will! Other 
highlights were a Pileated calling and 4 Robins. No Bluebirds yet but due any 
time. 


    2    Red-tailed Hawk
    2    Mourning Dove
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Pileated Woodpecker
    1    Blue Jay
    2    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    4    American Robin
    2    Northern Cardinal
    4    House Sparrow

2015-03-04 15:10
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
90 Minutes
Sunny, fresh snow, 16 deg, light breeze
Observers: 32
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the Wed afternoon Sherman Nature Explorers outing at Warner 
Park with Anke Keuser's UW Nelson Inst. students, MSCR and Madison Audubon Bird 
Mentors. After a bit of sledding on the fresh snow the group took a tour via 
the dog park across the lagoon and Marsh Island to clean and add fresh chips to 
a Wood Duck house and counted at least 4 egg remnants. Science experiments at 
the ice skating area included trying to sail using the Mallard flag and seeing 
how fast cold and hot water froze. A possible Sandhill call was not repeated 
but they are due any time. 


    2    Mourning Dove
    1    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    Northern Cardinal
    5    House Sparrow

The next regularly scheduled Madison area Bird and Nature Walk is Sunday Mar 8 
1:30-3 at Turville Point. 


Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: WGLBBO water bird watch at Harrington Beach SP
From: Calvin Brennan <vermivora AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 16:35:22 -0400
Hi  all,
 
The water bird count has started up again at Harrington Beach and will be run 
six days a week through about the 20th of May or so. Many of the ducks so far 
are just staging on the Lake but there have been fair numbers starting to push 
northward as well. The greatest numbers have been Long-tailed Ducks which are 
massing in the 100's if not 1000's, mostly well off shore. Smaller numbers of 
mergansers, scaup and goldeneyes are being seen as well. Certainly with this 
warming trend over the next week, there should be a good number of birds 
heading north. There has been a Raven seen and heard from the watch the last 
couple of days too, so that's something else to keep your eye out for in you 
are out and about in this area. 

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





 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: for those folks looking for (kind of) exotic parids, finches, etc
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 13:26:08 -0600
Seeing there have been requests for info about Ozaukee County Great Tit
locations, and having recently corresponded at length about these and other
"exotics", here is some info:
!) Great Tit is appearing in Harrington Beach State Park, and at the
feeders of the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve office of the Western Gr.
Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory. If you come to the east end of our building,
you'll see all of our feeders set up there. Recently as many as 2 of these
birds have occasionally been seen there. When we're in the office, you're
welcome to join us to watch for them from inside. Please try not to flush
all the birds on your way in. To avoid flushing them, approach our office
entrance (lower level, east entrance) from the north end of the building -
just a suggestion, and only when we're in the office (the rest of this
week, we'll be there Thurs and Fri from at least late morning into at least
mid-afternoon).

2) The above-mentioned species AND European Goldfinch are both apparently
breeding in small numbers in WI now. Because of the new WBBAII atlas
starting now, this would be a great year to confirm both of these species
as breeders.

3) More reading on the European Goldfinch:
 http://www.rrbo.org/pdf/EUGO-NAB.pdf

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
Belgium, WI


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Subject: Re: Breeding Bird Atlas eBird Portal is now LIVE
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:14:06 -0700
If anyone has observed breeding behaviors already this year, even if prior to 
this date, then please go enter them into the system per the guidance below. I 
was able to confirm Common Ravens carrying nesting material on Monday and quite 
a few people have seen Great Horned Owls and Bald Eagles occupying nests. Much 
more will be happening with every passing day so now is a good time to become 
familiar with how this all works, especially the interaction of the traditional 
Wisconsin eBird portal vs. the new Atlas eBird portal, as well as the Breeding 
Guideline Bar Chart. 

Happy atlasing! 

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


> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:01:47 +0000
> From: dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Breeding Bird Atlas eBird Portal is now LIVE
> 
> The new Atlas eBird portal is available at:http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/
> Here are some guidelines to help you when submitting to the new portal:

1. Atlas eBird should be used whenever you encounter a bird exhibiting a 
behavior that falls under one of our breeding codes. Use traditional Wisconsin 
eBird for entering checklists when you did not observe any breeding codes. More 
information is here: 
http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/announcing-the-wisconsin-breeding-bird-atlas-ii-ebird-portal/ 


2. We encourage you to submit full checklists for every visit just like regular 
eBird. Especially early in the season, this may include only one species with a 
breeding code but several wintering species, and thats fine. 


3. Submit to specific locations within a block, and never cross block lines. 
Keep separate checklists for different counties within a block. Reporting 
checklists specific to one property type (e.g. a specific State Natural Area) 
is highly encouraged. If it makes sense for your block, make different points 
for different habitat types. For example, if there is only one marsh in your 
block, and you visit it repeatedly, make that a personal eBird location. To 
make your data most useful, see our guidelines on locational precision: 
http://wsobirds.org/images/atlas/Locationprecision.pdf 


4. We have prepared a document to serve as a general guide for when to expect 
breeding species. This should help you figure out whether that cardinal singing 
in your area is definitely a local breeder and gets a breeding code this time 
of year (hint: not yet). However this is merely a general guide and your own 
field observations should trump these guidelines, if you see a male-female pair 
interacting a month before the chart says so, feel free to code as P and enter 
comments about your observation. 
http://wsobirds.org/images/atlas/BreedingGuidelineBarChart_PDF.pdf 


5. Read the handbook on our website to make sure you are in line with the atlas 
protocol. http://wsobirds.org/handbook-and-materials 


6. Ask on the forum if you have a question: http://wsobirds.org/wbba-forums

 Nick Anich
 Ashland
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Breeding Bird Atlas eBird Portal is now LIVE
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:01:47 +0000 (UTC)
The new Atlas eBird portal is available at:http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/
Here are some guidelines to help you when submitting to the new portal:1. Atlas 
eBird should be used whenever you encounter a bird exhibiting a behavior that 
falls under one of our breeding codes. Use traditional Wisconsin eBird for 
entering checklists when you did not observe any breeding codes. More 
information is here: 
http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/announcing-the-wisconsin-breeding-bird-atlas-ii-ebird-portal/ 

2. We encourage you to submit full checklists for every visit just like regular 
eBird. Especially early in the season, this may include only one species with a 
breeding code but several wintering species, and that’s fine. 

3. Submit to specific locations within a block, and never cross block lines. 
Keep separate checklists for different counties within a block. Reporting 
checklists specific to one property type (e.g. a specific State Natural Area) 
is highly encouraged. If it makes sense for your block, make different points 
for different habitat types. For example, if there is only one marsh in your 
block, and you visit it repeatedly, make that a personal eBird location. To 
make your data most useful, see our guidelines on locational precision: 
http://wsobirds.org/images/atlas/Locationprecision.pdf 

4. We have prepared a document to serve as a general guide for when to expect 
breeding species. This should help you figure out whether that cardinal singing 
in your area is definitely a local breeder and gets a breeding code this time 
of year (hint: not yet). However this is merely a general guide and your own 
field observations should trump these guidelines, if you see a male-female pair 
interacting a month before the chart says so, feel free to code as P and enter 
comments about your observation. 
http://wsobirds.org/images/atlas/BreedingGuidelineBarChart_PDF.pdf 

5. Read the handbook on our website to make sure you are in line with the atlas 
protocol. http://wsobirds.org/handbook-and-materials 

6. Ask on the forum if you have a question: http://wsobirds.org/wbba-forums
Nick AnichAshland
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Subject: Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas - Block Signup Available (Phase 1)
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:20:35 +0000 (UTC)
Block sign-up is now available for those who participated inthe first Wisconsin 
Breeding Bird Atlas. If you participated in the firstatlas, you may now sign up 
to be the principal atlaser for your old block.  


 
A principal atlaser agrees to complete surveys for the block(3 x 3 miles), 
which we estimate will take about 20 hours, either over one yearor over 
multiple years. This does not prevent others from working in the block,but 
merely serves to ensure we are spreading our effort out efficiently. Onlysign 
up for blocks you plan to start atlasing in 2015. Signup is only availablefor 
Priority and Specialty Blocks (we welcome observations from any block inthe 
state, but must ensure that we complete surveys in Priority and 
SpecialtyBlocks). 



Again, note that this early signup is only available if you worked on the first 
atlas (1995-2000) and only applies to reclaiming the same blocks you surveyed 
in last time. 


 
General sign-up for any block begins March 16.


 
To sign up, visit the Block Request Tool:

http://wiatri.net/projects/WBBA/WBBAmap.cfm


 
County Coordinators will process your request and get backto you soon.


 
For another way to get a look at where blocks are, visit ourinteractive map:

Desktop version: http://dnrmaps.wi.gov/sl/?ViewerA

Mobile/mac version http://dnrmaps.wi.gov/h5/?viewerA


Please spread the word to others who participated in the first atlas!

Nick AnichAshland

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Subject: Re: Great Tit: Ozaukee County
From: Karen Mckinley <kaymack58 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:29:27 -0600
i'd be interested as well!  Karen Mc
On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 12:42 PM, Douglas Stratton <
stratton.douglas AT gmail.com> wrote:

> Would anybody have any specific information regarding the recent ebird
> listings for 1 or 2 great tits in Ozaukee County?  I'm thinking about
> making the 4 hour drive this weekend if there is a good chance I could
> locate it/them.  Thanks.
> --
> Doug Stratton
> Onalaska, La Crosse County
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Subject: Great Tit: Ozaukee County
From: Douglas Stratton <stratton.douglas AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 12:42:24 -0600
Would anybody have any specific information regarding the recent ebird
listings for 1 or 2 great tits in Ozaukee County?  I'm thinking about
making the 4 hour drive this weekend if there is a good chance I could
locate it/them.  Thanks.
-- 
Doug Stratton
Onalaska, La Crosse County

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Subject: International Migratory Bird Day 2015
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:20:51 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/03/international-migratory-bird-day-2015.html 


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
Belgium, WI


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Subject: McFarland/Stoughton area
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:39:27 -0600
(Dane Co.) This aft I had to run up to Madison and on my way back I checked a 
few open water spots. Lower Mud Lk still has TUNDRA SWANS, CANADA GEESE, 
RING-NECKED DUCKS, GADWALL, COMMON GOLDENEYE, COMMON MERGANSER, & MALLARD. 
Fewer ducks than when I checked a few weeks ago. Babcock Park had the same plus 
REDHEAD DUCK & a BALD EAGLE (juv) minus the swans. Fish Camp was pretty froze 
over. From there I headed toward the Hwy B widespread but stopped to check a 
Red-tail Hawk nest. Sure enough a GREAT HORNED OWL was sitting in it. The RTs 
had just built that nest in Oct. The widespread had more Tundra Swans, geese, 
goldeneyes and merganser plus an adult Bald Eagle. Lower Mud is pretty froze 
over and birds are on the north end so the MAS field trip this Saturday should 
have good views of birds. Hopefully more ducks will come in before Sat. 


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Subject: more upcoming atlas presentations in March
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 18:24:30 -0600
http://wglbbo.org/calendar#year=2015&month=3&day=2&view=month

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: Golden Eagle - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:05:41 -0700
Had my first northbound GOLDEN EAGLE of the spring at my house today. Also Bald 
Eagles aloft in territorial disputes, some Common Ravens moving north, others 
doing courtship flights, and one even carrying nesting material, a pair of Red 
Crossbills, N. Shrike, and Evening Grosbeak. Pine Siskins, C. Redpolls, and P. 
Finches remain very common at feeders and elsewhere. 

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Snowy Owls / Collins Marsh
From: "WOW" <WOW AT tm.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:25:41 -0600
I am sorry to report but Collins Marsh in Manitowoc County are now down to
two snowy owls out of three.  The immature will not be able to be released
back to the wild.  The remaining two have been hanging around the
intersection of Collins Road and Woodcock Road.

Good birding!!

Susan Theys
Manitowoc County



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Subject: Fw: Bird and Nature Walk Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:32:43 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Monday, March 2, 2015 12:18 AM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Bird and Nature Walk Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park

Peter - please also fwd this Sunday walk to wisbirdnet thanks!

2015-03-01 13:43
Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park--North Unit
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 15
Sunny w clouds, light wind, fresh snow, 28 deg
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the 1st Sunday every month Bird and Nature Walk at Cherokee 
Marsh. About 20 people visited the fire and docent table to talk birds and 
drink cocoa and a group including some kids who knew a lot about nature already 
hiked the restored oak opening loop and out to Hickory Island to scope the Bald 
Eagle nest upriver. Several people saw the white head of an eagle on the nest, 
probably brooding eggs since this is their nesting period. A lively 
conversation along the way touched on topics from nests to tracks and Bald 
Eagle facts. 


    37    Canada Goose    Several small flocks on the move
    1    Bald Eagle    Scoped on the nest
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Hairy Woodpecker
    3    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Northern Cardinal

Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Fw: Nature Explorer walks at Picnic Point and Warner Park (Dane Co)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:32:10 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Sunday, March 1, 2015 11:47 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Nature Explorer walks at Picnic Point and Warner Park (Dane Co)

Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2015-02-25 07:56
UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve--Picnic Point
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 10
Light overcast, light wind, 12 deg.
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the Wed morning Nature Explorer UW student mentor training 
walk at Picnic Point. We were greeted by a pale but welcome yellow ball (the 
sun) shining through a light overcast. Birds were relatively inactive and 
nonvocal but the students successfully located several species by sound and 
sight on a loop to the lakeshore 'Audubon Outpost' and the Biocore Prairie. A 
Red-bellied Woodpecker was predictably active and vocal as were Northern 
Cardinals singing territorial songs. On leaving Picnic Point two Red-tailed 
Hawks were observed in a solitary oak along the lakeshore path. A Pileated was 
heard once and a Tufted Titmouse calling was confirmed by another morning 
birder after the walk. 


    2    Red-tailed Hawk
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Pileated Woodpecker
    4    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    Tufted Titmouse
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Brown Creeper
    2    Northern Cardinal

2015-02-25 15:16
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Traveling
.5 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 32
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the Wed afternoon Sherman Nature Explorers walk at Warner 
Park with UW Nelson Inst student mentors. Today was a discovery day with the 
kids taking their mentors to their favorite places in the woods, dog park, and 
along the lagoon after a round of sledding on the fresh falling snow and 
carving snow art from big chunks along the path. Birding was secondary today 
for most of the kids but mentors observed or heard several species along the 
way. 


    12    Canada Goose
    1    Cooper's Hawk
    2    Mourning Dove
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    2    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    Northern Cardinal
    1    House Finch

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Subject: Correction: March 3 atlas presentation in Montello is 6:00 pm
From: Mike Reese <mikereese AT wisconsinbutterflies.org>
Date: Sun, 01 Mar 2015 22:22:42 -0600
Correction: The WI Breeding Bird Atlas presentation to the for the 
MuirLand Bird Club on Tuesday March 3 at Vaughn Hall in Montello, WI is 
at 6:00 pm (not 6:30 as previously listed).

Mike Reese
Wautoma, Waushara County
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Subject: Buena Vista (Portage Co.)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 03:50:57 +0000
On our way back from the WBBA II conference near Wausau, Jim Otto and I cruised 
a few roads in Buena Vista Grasslands this afternoon. We had tried 
unsuccessfully to find Prairie Chickens on the way up Friday, but had better 
luck today. Jim spotted a flock of ~19 north of Lake Rd. They were close enough 
for decent scope views - we could even see the pinnae on the necks. 


A flock of 40-50 Redpolls kept moving ahead of us as we drove east on Lake. All 
we had a good look at were Commons, although I'd initially thought I saw a 
paler one with a pure white rump. (We never could relocate that bird.) We'd had 
another big flock farther south, but they were not as cooperative and stayed 
way out in a field. "Eagle Eyes" Otto also spotted a Snowy Owl south of Lake. 
It's possible this was the same bird we saw flying high over 130th on our way 
up on Friday, as both were quite white. 



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Madison WI


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Subject: Adult Golden Eagle (Marquette County)
From: Jeff Galligan <jgalligan27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:28:09 -0600
On my way back to Madison from the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II Kickoff
Meeting I was lucky enough to see an adult Golden Eagle glide directly in
front of my car on I-39 just north of highway 23 near Montello. It was
being pursued by a Red-tailed Hawk which provided excellent size comparison.

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Subject: Golden Eagle [Richland County]
From: "Sharon Swiggum" <sgswiggum AT mwt.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 18:24:57 -0600
Wow! Wonderful views of an amazingly beautiful juvenile Golden Eagle. Flying 
low along Hwy 80 a few feet south of the intersection of Hwy 80 and Richland 
County Road I. 

After stopping the car, it flew just above the ditch line directly across the 
road from me and then briefly landed in a tree on the west side of the highway. 
Upon leaving the tree, it soared over County Road I and moved on to the 
northeast. 


This was my first opportunity to observe a Golden Eagle so near to me. Watched 
this eagle from 5:32 p.m. to 5:38 p.m. 


Happy March! Spring is coming!

Sharon Swiggum 
Richland County 










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Subject: Milwaukee Harbor, 3/1/15
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:46:58 -0600
Milwaukee Harbor is pretty much frozen up, but there is good birding at the 
entrance from the harbor to the lake near McKinley Marina. This afternoon I 
counted 1 Black and 20 White-winged Scoters (all adult males), and 6 
Long-tailed Ducks (three pairs  one pair in close and two more pairs further 
out flying over the lake). I also had 1 Glaucous and 2 Great Black-backed Gulls 
(all immature birds), plus a flyby Red-throated Loon. Earlier this morning I 
spotted an adult Lesser Black-backed and a first year Great Black-backed Gull 
among a group of Herring Gulls loafing on the ice where the Milwaukee and 
Kinnickinnic Rivers meet just before entering the harbor. Nice day! 

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Re: Barred Owl duet plus
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:02:18 -0600
Yes, calling from the park when you are biking past the boat landing then
along that long stretch and towards that sharp curve (2 dogs barking their
heads off if they are out) and then down towards the bar ...
On Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 6:21 PM, Sandy Petersen 
wrote:

> At 5 pm today a brief duet and then continued whooping- call from one owl
> at Lake Kegonsa State Park.
>
> Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton Dane Co
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Subject: The Sea Duck Joint Venture
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 01:07:20 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-sea-duck-joint-venture.html



William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: SEO's & Harriers Paradise Valley Waukesha County
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 23:47:13 -0600
Went to Delafield along river board walk to look for Winter Wren, but no
success; golden eye, red-breasted mergansers, C. geese, 6 robins, mallards,
bc chickadees.  Then went over to Paradise Valley by Dousman to see what was
going on.  Same ol' appearances. but the owls started around 4:15 PM and
were still going when I left at 5:30 PM.   It was 15F degrees but almost
still and very quiet. 
I was watching  two harriers perched, and one flying.  Separately, there
were 6 SEO's flying around.  I've seen them land in grass numerous times
either not going up again, or at times just jumping back up from a missed
meal.  Tonight was the first time in a long time I saw them perching on a
tall hummock or a tall plant stalk.  There were lots of head-on views while
they were flying.  It was also quiet enough to hear the SEO calls.  The
great horned owls were calling.  There was a N. Flicker that was posing
around the parking lot, and on the open Kincaid Lane there were Horned Larks
graveling. A kestrel flew across the marsh and perched close to the parking
lot before going down the road.  It's a fine birding area!



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Subject: Barred Owl duet plus
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:21:32 -0600
At 5 pm today a brief duet and then continued whooping- call from one owl
at Lake Kegonsa State Park.
Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton Dane Co


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Subject: more junco things
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:25:32 -0600
I saw a junco take 4 sips of water from the bird bath -
first time I've seen a junco drink;
they are reputed to be able to convert snow easily ...
Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton Dane Co


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Subject: Re: Peculiar Junco
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:47:26 +0000
Your Junco was infested with bird ticks, See 
www.hiltonpond.org/thisweek060115.html 


Tom Erdman, Curator

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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] on behalf 
of Barb and Ken Wardius [bkw AT crestwoodcreek.com] 

Sent: Friday, February 27, 2015 6:16 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Peculiar Junco

We noticed this junco earlier this winter. Was with other juncos eating but
not quite as quick, seemed a bit slow & "off". First thought the sides of
the head had seed debris, but on closer examination, it appeared to be some
issue with both its' "ear" areas. Have not seen the bird for several weeks.
Any thoughts, please back channel. Thanks.



https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyhawk81/16044566354/



Ken & Barb Wardius

Glendale, Milwaukee County



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Subject: Peculiar Junco
From: "Barb and Ken Wardius" <bkw AT crestwoodcreek.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:16:52 -0600
We noticed this junco earlier this winter. Was with other juncos eating but
not quite as quick, seemed a bit slow & "off". First thought the sides of
the head had seed debris, but on closer examination, it appeared to be some
issue with both its' "ear" areas. Have not seen the bird for several weeks.
Any thoughts, please back channel. Thanks. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/skyhawk81/16044566354/

 

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Glendale, Milwaukee County



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Subject: RFI - Sedona area
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:10:53 +0000 (GMT)
Hello,
I am going to be in the Sedona area in a few weeks and was wondering if anyone 
knew anything about birding spots down there or specific birds found down there 
to keep an eye out for. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you - please 
back channel me if you have any info. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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Subject: redpolls Milwaukee County
From: "R & C Dermody" <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:56:01 -0600
I have a redpoll at my feeder in St. Francis!

Cathy Dermody, Southeastern Milwaukee County

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Subject: Redpolls in Madison
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:53:29 -0600
I had 5 common redpolls at my feeders today on the west side of Madison.
Nolan Pope
Madison / Dane Co.


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Subject: Cardinal-Think Spring!!
From: "Barb and Ken Wardius" <bkw AT crestwoodcreek.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:17:01 -0600
Greetings everyone. Like most of you, we are ready for spring. With
cardinals beginning to sing, it reminded us of a photo we took in our yard
last year. Would appreciate any input on this photo. Can anyone say for
certain whether the chick is a cardinal or a cowbird? Thanks.
 

Ken & Barb Wardius

Glendale, Milwaukee County

 

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Subject: Red-throated Loons at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington OZ Co. 2/26/15 some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:26:54 -0600
Hi all,
I went up to Port Washington this morning to see if the reported
Red-throated Loons were present. I stopped at Coal Dock Park first. After
getting out of my car, I spotted a known birder coming back from the end of
the walk on the east end. He looked cold but I asked him briefly about the
loons, and he pointed right to where they were pretty far out, but inside
the breakwall, thank you! There were 10 present. He said there were up to
11 at once there. He also said the loons had been there 13 days now. The
Red-throated Loons stayed in that area for the time I was there today,
except for one that came in towards the channel. That loon did not really
come in all that close but it provided for some better views. The loon that
came in seemed to spend most of it’s time underwater. It usually was only
on the water surface for ~5-10 seconds. The loon  usually surfaced a long
distance from where it went under so you just had to look everywhere for it
to see it come back up. Other species present were species that had been
recently reported by other birders. It was a very cold day at about 5-10
degrees with good winds out of the northwest, but well worth seeing these
beautiful birds. Thanks to all who kept reports coming on these birds so
others can view them as they are not very common here. Some of the images
look a little foggy as fog was rolling across the harbor water while I was
there today.

Images from today of the Red-throated Loon if you care to view them at the
link below:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/red-throated-loons-at-coal-dock-park-in-port-washington-wisconsin-on-february-26-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: Richland County Golden Eagle
From: Raymond Smith <rrussmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 16:46:48 -0600
One was seen soaring over Murphy Ridge Rd towards Mill Creek.

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Subject: Richland County Redpolls
From: Raymond Smith <rrussmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:56:52 -0600
32 were seen this afternoon on Cty E just west of EE. Approximately 60
Horned Larks spread out along Cty E from EE to G.

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Subject: Just Released - Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Strategic Action Plan
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:27:24 -0600
Conservation strategies aimed at the protection of migratory birds are
incomplete without including migratory bird flyway and stopover habitat
preservation. The Midwest includes areas, such as the Great Lakes, that are
heavily used by migrating landbirds. Migratory landbird monitoring can and
should play an essential role in bird conservation planning, guiding design
of on-the-ground activities and evaluation of implementation practices to
inform adaptive management. Efforts to better coordinate migration
monitoring and stopover conservation activities have taken place for select
species and states but have been lacking for landbirds at the regional
level.
In 2011, a technical working group of the Midwest Coordinated Bird
Monitoring Partnership was organized to begin developing broad goals for a
Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network (MLMMN). Network members
focused on refinement of these goals for the MLMMN to serve as the
foundation for development of this strategic action plan.

   - Determine locations and site characteristics of landbird stopover
   habitat such that landbirds migrating through the Upper Midwest and Great
   Lakes region gain rather than lose resources necessary for optimal
   reproductive success and annual survival.
   - Understand migratory movements through the region in order to
   effectively address conservation challenges posed by proposed wind farms,
   communication towers, and other developmental migratory obstacles.
   - Share information and protocols so that migration data are available
   to address current and potential future questions at multiple spatial and
   temporal scales.

Beginning in January 2014, the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
hired a coordinator to help the MLMMN develop a concise, clear strategic
action plan.  The plan identifies priority migration information needs and
details an organized network of monitoring and research capacity that can
be mobilized to address these needs, both at regional and local levels. The
results of a year-long strategic planning effort led by the MLMMN Steering
Committee are presented in this document.

Chapter 1 provides background and foundation for the plan. This includes
the MLMMN’s vision and mission statements and identifies the plan’s three
strategic areas of focus: 1) research & monitoring, 2) conservation, and 3)
sustaining collaboration. Chapters 2-4 are developed around these three
strategic areas. Each of these chapters is organized via an interlocking
set of goals, objectives, strategies, and actions. Chapter 5 begins to
layout an implementation plan, including a timeline for the next five years
and strategies that will be the focus of the MLMMN Steering Committee.


We welcome the participation of a broad array of academic, agency, tribal
and non-governmental partners in the implementation of this Strategic
Action Plan within the eight-state Midwest Region.

Download your own copy of the plan here: *Midwest Landbird Migration
Monitoring Network Strategic Action Plan

 

(PDF)*

Recommended citation: Roth, AM, KE Koch, WP Mueller, DN Ewert, R Grundel,
AC Peterson, MC Shieldcastle, and TC Will. 2015. Midwest Landbird Migration
Monitoring Network Strategic Action Plan, 2015–2019.

Visit Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership at:
http://midwestbirdmonitoring.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network



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
Belgium, WI

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Subject: some bird conservation news
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:25:40 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/02/national-and-international-bird.html

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: Horicon Nest box seminar March 7
From: Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls AT wildblue.net>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:07:23 -0600
Nest Box seminar 2015
March 7th 9:30 – 3:30 Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.
N7725 Hwy 28 Horicon WI , No charge for admission
Learn more about how to properly place and maintain nest boxes, which
boxes are right for your yard , which species you can attract and how
to make your yard bird friendly.
Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor center will have
bluebird nest box kits for sale.
Also see live cavity nesting raptors with Barb Harvey.
This year we will again focus on Wood Ducks and Bluebirds, Wisconsins
most popular cavity nesters.
New for 2015 will be a talk on Prothonotary Warblers, the only cavity
nesting warbler in the eastern US. In Wisconsin it is listed as a
Species of Greatest Conservation Need due to its reliance on flood
plain forested wetlands for nesting.
Also new will be “Bringing Birds Home” How to attract birds to your
yard. Nest boxes can enhance what you already have in your yard and
learn what type of plants, trees, shrubs to plant that add bird
appeal.

9:30 Beth Haffenbredl and Jeff Bahls will give the talk “ Bringing
Birds Home” how nest boxes and native plants can make your yard a bird
friendly place..
10:45 Jack Bartholmai will be talking about Bluebirds and the best
spots to place nest boxes for this colorful bird. Jack is an award
winning photographer and his images tell a wonderful story.
12:30 Jeff Bahls will tell us about the Prothonotary Warbler a
colorful warbler that resides in the southern 2/3 of Wisconsin.
1:30 Tony Abate from Madison Audubon Society will tell us about Wood
Duck ecology and the nest box program at Madison Audubon.
2:30 Barb Harvey, local raptor rehabilitor, will have some live cavity
nesting raptors with her. Barb will explain about the birds role in
the environment and what we can do to keep these vital links in the
food chain healthy


Jeff Bahls
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Subject: Greg Septon to speak at Schlitz Audubon Thursday evening!
From: Lindsay Focht <lafocht AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:07:46 -0600
Hi Everybody!
There is a great opportunity to see Greg Septon present this Thursday on
peregrine falcons.  Please call and RSVP at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center:
414-352-2880.

Environmental Voices: Recovery, Management and Future of Wisconsin’s
Peregrines
Thursday, February 26 | 6:30pm-7:30pm
A richly illustrated presentation by Peregrine Falcon expert Greg Septon
will provide an overview of Peregrine Falcon recovery efforts in Wisconsin
between 1987 and 2013.
Topics will include recovery methods and approaches utilized in the
creation of an urban-nesting population along the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Band returns, dispersal of hacked and wild-produced falcons and the future
of the Peregrine Falcon in our state will also
be covered.
This program is handicap accessible. Pre-registration is required. To
register call 414-352-2880.
Member: $7
Non-Member: $12

Hope to see you there!

Lindsay Focht
Lead Raptor Trainer & Educator
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

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Subject: Gyrfalcon in Superior, Douglas County- yes
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:16:21 -0600
The Gyrfalcon can still be seen on Connor's Point in Superior. When I
arrived, I took the first road east from STH53 north of the Perkin's
restaurant. I could see the Peavey grain elevators in the distance, and
ended up in front of a guard shack of a different business where I set up my
scope and waited. The guard eventually came out and asked what I was up to.
I explained that I was scoping the Peavey grain elevator where a Gyrfalcon
was sometimes being seen. He told me I needed to go back to STH53 and drive
north where I would find another road onto the point which would get me much
closer to Peavey. What perfect timing! As I was driving back to STH53 the
Gyrfalcon landed on a tall silo and remained there for 15 minutes, posing in
the bright sun until a Bald Eagle came by. That was the best view I had. I
followed the guard's instructions and found the entrance gate to Peavey (no
trespassing) so I set my scope up outside this gate and quickly refound the
Gyrfalcon resting on the girders above the grain elevator. This was a more
distant sighting, and a Duluth birder who had never seen one before was
unable to get a photograph. He spotted what he was calling a Hoary Redpoll,
and it showed some promise, but it flew before I could get enough fieldmarks
to call it.
The ebird reports seem to indicate that the Gyrfalcon is irregular and not
always seen. For what it is worth, my sightings occurred between 4:00 P.M.
and 4:45 P.M., but I don't know if it makes the rounds of the point at any
specific times.
When I drove past Barker's Island I saw that there was no open water and no
ducks. There were at least 75 Mallards and 2 Black Ducks flying around on
the Peavey property, probably feeding on spilled grain. I did not see the
Common Eider among them, but because of the no trespassing, I couldn't get
close. Therefore, I can't offer any advice on the eider.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Fw: Bird and Nature Walk UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:44:30 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 9:47 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Bird and Nature Walk UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve

Hi Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2015-02-22 13:42
UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve--Picnic Point
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 12
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the 4th Sunday every month Bird and Nature Walk at UW 
Lakeshore Nature Preserve. Greeted by a swooping Red-tailed Hawk, a dozen 
hearty nature lovers including several kids gathered at the docent table to 
hear Faye Lorenzsonn talk about her owl box research and took a walk to look at 
one of the boxes. Birding expert Roma Lenahan helped identify birds and talked 
about the owls and other breeding bird records. A highlight was sighting a 
Great Horned Owl sitting practically right over our heads near the owl box! 


    1    Red-tailed Hawk
    1    Great Horned Owl
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    2    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch

The next Madison area Bird and Nature Walk is Sunday March 1, 1:30-3 pm at 
Cherokee Marsh. See http://cityofmadison/parks for details. 


Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: RFI: Buena Vista Grasslands - any Snowies?
From: "Anne Moretti" <amoretti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:43:04 -0600
Wisbirders:
 

I'll be driving up to Wausau Friday morning for the Atlas Kickoff Meeting
and am planning to stop by the Buena Vista Grasslands along the way.

 

I haven't heard anything recently about Snowy Owls or any other birds of
interest being seen there. If anyone has any updates, it would be much
appreciated.

 

Anne Moretti

Dousman

Waukesha Co.



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Subject: Snowy Owl Brown Cty
From: bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:15:26 -0600
Hi all. There are still Snowy Owl around. Yesterday just west of DePere a
bigger mottled one on a telephone pole around 3:45pm. This morning around
6:45am a smaller, almost all white one two poles away. Be sure to look up
when you are driving!   :-) 
Bill Krouse
Brown County, Wisconsin 
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Subject: White-winged Scoters at the Milwaukee River Mouth on Milwaukee's Lakefront MKE Co. 2/23/15 some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 20:03:11 -0600
Hi all,
I birded a couple of hours today on the Milwaukee lakefront and it provided
some nice views of White-winded Scoters. This location was at the Milwaukee
River mouth near the lighthouse. There appeared to be 9 scoters present
while I was there. One beautiful adult was present along with some females
and 1st winters. All of the ducks present appeared to be diving for mussels
and resting in between. Also present were many Greater Scaups and Common
Goldeneyes, Common and Red-breasted Mergansers and a female Redhead. South
Shore Yacht Club was froze up with only a couple of gulls and geese. I did
not hang around long with the stiff northwest winds and cold temps, but
nice to get out with some sun. I also had the opportunity to meet some new
birders today, seems like everyone is anxious for more spring like weather,
it is less than a month away! If I have something labeled incorrect please
let me know, thank you.

Images of the White-winged Scoters from today at the link below if you care
to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/white-winged-scoters-at-the-milwaukee-river-mouth-on-the-milwaukee-lakefront-on-february-24-2015/ 


Thank you and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Lake Michigan
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:06:54 -0600
I spent a good part of the day checking out spots along Lake Michigan. It felt 
good to get out and bird, the first in about 2 weeks. The wind was terrible (15 
- 30) but the temp warmed up although my walk at Coal Park in Port Washington 
was bitter cold. Starting in Port Washington I could not find the loons or 
scoter, this after walking way out and running back to the vehicle. As I sat 
warming up, suddenly a Red-throated Loon appeared out in the harbor. Scanning I 
discovered 10 Red-throated Loons. They soon began to feed a lot, with only 8 up 
at any one time. While enjoying them a female White-winged Scoter swam close by 
the park edge. A female Ruddy Duck was also in the harbor. I moved over to the 
north break wall by the restaurant and found the Canvasback in the marina. 
There was a small flock of ducks out on the lake close to the break wall. To my 
surprise almost half of them were scoters. It proved to be a scoter slam, as 
there were 14 (plus the one in the harb 

 or) White-winged Scoters (males, females and immatures), 1 female Surf Scoter 
and 1 male Black Scoter. There were few gulls present. However 2 fly bys were 
good: a 2nd yr Lesser Back-backed and a 2nd yr Iceland. 

Harrington Beach has the ice built up so high (12-15 feet) that it is basically 
impossible to view the lake. (Even worse than the last time I was here, over 2 
weeks ago.) 


Kohler SP had 40 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Glaucous and 1 Great Black-backed Gull, 
plus a few standard birds at their feeders. 


Sheboygan had almost all the ducks and gulls on the river by the ice. Very 
little was in the harbor. Ditto North Pt. 


Cleveland was quiet. Manitowoc had 9 Great Black-backed Gulls. Two Rivers had 2 
Redheads. Point Beach SF literally had no birds! 


Green Bay (mouth of the Fox River) had the Peregrine Falcon, plus several Bald 
Eagles, and only a few Herring Gulls. A White Pelican was present. 


For the day, including my yard birds, I was surprised to tally 54 species.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Northern Shrike at Reclaimed Flambeau Mine Ladysmith, WI
From: Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet AT chibardun.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:35:51 -0600
Just a quick note to say that I saw a Northern Shrike on my morning walk at the 
Reclaimed Flambeau Mine in Ladysmith, WI along with about 25 Common Redpolls 
and a few Chickadees. Picture can be viewed at https://flic.kr/p/rkVxgn 



Vicki Sokolowski
Ladysmith, WI




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Subject: Seven Eagles on the Rock River in Rockton. 2/23
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 13:34:56 -0600
4 juveniles and 3 adults at the dam in Rockton yesterday. It was a food fight 
for the Juvys! 

https://flic.kr/s/aHsk8KSYTw


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Subject: 7 Eagles on the Rock River. 2/23
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 19:24:52 +0000
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Subject: Robbeye Johnson e-mail address
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:49:04 +0000 (UTC)
I am looking for Robbeye Johnson's e-mail address. If anyone knows it, please 
reply off-line. Thank you, 

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Subject: Private Lands & Birds Conference March 19-21: Make your reservation now!
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 21:18:23 -0600
Making Our Private Lands Count for Birds
Thursday-Saturday, March 19-21, 2015

Avalon Hotel & Conference Center, Chippewa Falls, WI 

Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative

2015 Annual Meeting

 
Make your hotel reservations soon! Avalon will release rooms Feb. 27. See all 
information (revised agenda with field trip details, registration form, more) 
at http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/annualmeeting-2015.htm. 

 
Thursday evening: Flying Wild workshop; informal Birds and Beers at the Fill 
Inn Station, Chippewa Falls. 

 
Friday: Full day of presentations and discussions on how you can conserve bird 
habitats on your property, whether it be wetlands, grasslands, forests, or your 
own backyard. Talk to experts, fellow landowners and bird enthusiasts. 

 
Saturday: Special morning field trips to see first-hand from other landowners 
how best practices work (see agenda for complete descriptions). 

 
Who should attend? Landowners, bird enthusiasts, land managers and conservation 
practitioners who are interested in learning more about how they can conserve 
bird habitats (and birds!) on their properties are encouraged to attend. 
Theyll hear from experts on management tools, restoration strategies and 
habitat improvement options specific to their land type. 

 
Our goal is to come up with creative approaches that combine the habitat needs 
of birds with the goals of landowners, said Yoyi Steele, DNR wildlife 
biologist and planner. Landowners have the ability to make a huge impact on 
birds and other wildlife on their land. We're here to help them restore and 
preserve those crucial habitats. 

 
More than 100 species of birds breeding in the U.S. have 50% or more of their 
breeding distributions on private lands. Over 80% of the distribution of both 
grassland and eastern forest breeding birds is on private lands, and about 90% 
of the U.S.s most productive waterfowl breeding grounds (the prairie pothole 
region) is privately owned. 


This conference is a great way private landowners and other citizens can get 
directly involved with conservation efforts and contribute to the strong legacy 
that exists in Wisconsin, said Tom Hauge, director of DNRs Bureau of Wildlife 
Management. This year's meeting, with major financial and logistical support 
from the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, recognizes the significant role 
that private lands play in providing habitat for Wisconsin birds. 

 
Please share this announcement widely with your members, partners, and friends!

Hope to see you there!
 
Karen
-- 
Karen Etter Hale
Lake Mills, WI
chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com

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Subject: Las Vegas Trip Report
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:02:39 -0600
Late last week I spent 4 days in Las Vegas with my wife. I tallied 39 FOY 
birds, including 14 species I likely won't see in WI this year and 6 life 
birds. Other than rock dove the first sp. I saw was GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE on 
cab ride to hotel. The next morning walking to the bus stop I saw a 
PEREGRINE FALCON coasting over the downtown buildings. My plan was to take 
the 20 minute bus ride to Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve and spend the 
morning. From the bus drop off it was a mile or so walk from the highway to 
HBVP. Along the way I picked up EURASIAN-COLLARED DOVES. I spent 4 hours at 
HBVP walking and sitting. My most sought after bird was GREATER 
ROADRUNNER(lifer) which I saw shortly after leaving the Visitor Center. As 
I was looking out over a pond I heard an unfamiliar call from behind me. 
I'm not sure it was the roadrunner, but it did make me turn around and look 
and there it was, as simple(lucky) as that. A gentleman was there for 6 
hours the day before targeting the same bird and never saw it. It offered 
me great looks as it meandered off into cover.
  
 Also shortly after leaving the Visitor Center I heard a bird singing. It 
reminded me a little bit of a brown thrasher and it turned out to be a 
CRISSAL THRASHER(lifer). Also had satisfying looks at this bird. This was 
another target bird.
  
 I saw 11 species of ducks and geese including CINNAMON TEAL(year bird). 
Saw at least a dozen GAMBEL'S QUAIL(year birds) wandering around. Also saw 
FOY PIED-BILLED and EARED GREBES. There were a few COMMON GALLINULE and 
COOT(year birds).
  
 Saw 1 each FOY GREAT EGRET and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON. For shore birds 
I found GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LEAST SANDPIPER AND KILLDEER. Also FOY BLACK 
PHOEBE, SAY'S PHOEBE, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, VERDIN, MARSH WREN, 
BEWICK'S WREN, BLACK-TAILED GNATCATCHER and NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD. And saw 
quite a few YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, my first ever of the Audobon's variety. 
For sparrows I saw SONG AND WHITE-CROWNED. 
  
 Another target bird was COSTA'S HUMMINGBIRD(lifer). I was about ready to 
leave and was sitting outside the Visitor Center resting and both male and 
female Costa's came to the feeders. The violet crown and gorget of the male 
were stunning in the sunlight. That sighting was a highlight to leave the 
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve.
  
 The next day we rented a truck and drove north to Corn Creek Field 
Station. This spot is like a small oasis in the desert. My wife is not a 
birder but she indulged me and came along. She is a very good spotter so 
was glad to have her along. We didn't see many birds there but did get 2 
life birds, PHAINOPEPLA and WESTERN BLUEBIRD. Also had FOY COMMON RAVEN, 
LINCOLN SPARROW and both KINGLETS. I regret I think I missed out on a 
lifer. My wife saw a bird fly that she said had a blue head and looked just 
like the one on the wood interpretive sign, lazuli bunting. We could not 
refind it.
  
 Next up was a drive back across the desert and up onto Mt. Charleston. 
Along the way I found more western bluebirds and 1 FOY WESTERN SCRUB JAY. 
At Mary Jane Falls Trailhead I found 2 lifer BAND-TAILED PIGEON. I heard 
the low, two note cooing and located the birds high in a dead tree. Not 
real good look but could see the white band at the top of the nape. That 
wrapped up the birding for the trip. We also enjoyed lunch at Mt. 
Charleston Lodge high in Kyle Canyon.
  
 Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve reminds me of Nine Springs in Dane County 
near Madison. It is a water reclamation facility nearly 100 acres in size 
with 8 ponds, basins and lagoons. It was my second visit there in 3 years 
and if you're going to Vegas I would highly recommend visiting there. I 
just scratched the surface of the birding in and around Las Vegas. There 
are numerous other parks and natural areas.
  
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Subject: RFI: Greater Sage Grouse Leks
From: Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel AT wc.k12.wi.us>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:56:48 +0000
I am planning a "chicken" trip with some friends in early April. We are having 
trouble finding a lek where we can view Greater Sage Grouse. Conservation 
Colorado has tours but the dates don't work for us. Does anyone have any 
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Subject: C. Redpolls Richland County
From: Raymond Smith <rrussmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:48:11 -0600
There was a flock of approximately 25 on the roadside next to the old Amish
school on County E near the junction with EE. They flew off when a car
passed and weren't relocated.
Raymond Smith

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Subject: Re: (Winter) Wren??? Delafield, WI
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:35:58 -0600
Yes! How wonderful to find one in the winter, Tom. Note how short the tail is 
and how darkish-brown it is overall. Love those guys, especially their song. 
Its as big as they are small. 

Karen
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On Feb 23, 2015, at 12:07 AM, Wright Family  wrote:

> While my son was at Tae Kwon Do in downtown Delafield Saturday morning, I
> ventured down to the Bark River to see what waterfowl was present.  The
> previous evening there were a few common mergansers, goldeneye, and plenty
> of mallards and Canada geese.
> 
> 
> On Saturday (and today), there wasn't much to be seen.  However, for a brief
> moment, there was a little bird that flittered about on the ground.  It's
> total time was about 15 seconds.  It then flew back across to my side of the
> river.  But, I couldn't relocate it.
> 
> 
> 
> The best guess I have is that it is a Winter Wren.  Can anybody help confirm
> or correctly identify this little guy?  Looks like a first for me.
> 
> 
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/22836210 AT N03/
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Tom Wright
> 
> Wales
> 
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Subject: Northern Hawk Owl
From: Kathi Johnson Rock <kathijr777 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:12:30 -0600
We would like to thank everyone from the Wisconsin Birding List who
recently responded to our request for help in locating the Northern Hawk
Owl in Eau Claire this past Saturday.
Unfortunately, despite spending considerable time in the late afternoon
(and two sets of eyes) we were never able to locate the owl.  We were so
disappointed, but that's life.  We even stopped a young man who was out
walking who lived in the neighborhood and he said that the owl was being
seen less and less in the last few weeks.

Many of you were so kind, helpful, and encouraging and we really
appreciated it.  When it was too late, we also received information about
several other interesting and rare birds in that area---maybe next year.

Thank you again.

Kathi and Michael

P.S.  Look for an update soon on the Eastern Screech Owl we have been
observing in our nest box all season.


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Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County
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glittering
fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with
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Subject: (Winter) Wren??? Delafield, WI
From: "Wright Family" <thomas657 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 00:07:55 -0600
While my son was at Tae Kwon Do in downtown Delafield Saturday morning, I
ventured down to the Bark River to see what waterfowl was present.  The
previous evening there were a few common mergansers, goldeneye, and plenty
of mallards and Canada geese.
 

On Saturday (and today), there wasn't much to be seen.  However, for a brief
moment, there was a little bird that flittered about on the ground.  It's
total time was about 15 seconds.  It then flew back across to my side of the
river.  But, I couldn't relocate it.

 

The best guess I have is that it is a Winter Wren.  Can anybody help confirm
or correctly identify this little guy?  Looks like a first for me.

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22836210 AT N03/

 

Thanks,

Tom Wright

Wales



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Subject: Gulls, loons, scoters and owls
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:46:56 -0600

 Had the erg to go see the loons at Port Washington, this afternoon. 
 I stopped at Johnson Creek (Kohl's area) to check for gulls. I only stayed for 
15 minutes, but got to see 3 Iceland Gulls (1st, 3rd and adult) and 4 Glaucous 
Gulls (1st, 2nd and 2 adults). I think there was a 1st winter Lesser 
Black-backed Gull laying low in a tire track. 

 With the snow and blue sky, the adult Glaucous Gulls were beautiful as they 
flew in. 

 I got to Port, and the loons were there. Thanks, Tom! Great viewing.
 I stopped at Virmond. Not much going on.
 I wasn't going to stop in Milwaukee, but I was just to close to the lake to 
pass it by. The marina, Snack Bar and North Point were slow. The river mouth 
was the best. 2 adult male White-winged Scoters were present. Where's the 
gulls? 

 I stopped at Paradise Valley and saw 3 Short-eared Owls right before 6. I saw 
a GHO out on a tree as I went north. Then had one fly across 94 as I was headed 
west. Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co. 

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Subject: Red-throated Loons. Port Washington
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:33:22 -0600
Hi everyone,
     I made a run up to Port Washington this afternoon to see the RT Loons.
They have been a nemesis Wisconsin bird for me and I never expected to see
them up so close and personal here. A number of them spent a good amount of
time fishing very close to the walks and the fishermen by the powerplant
outlet.  Lots of other waterfowl in the harbor right now as others have
mentioned. A few photos are at this link if anyone would like to look.
http://www.pbase.com/dhfreriks/new_photos

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West Bend, WI


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Subject: Red-throated Loons photos
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:02:45 -0600
I had hoped that the large group would move in closer, but they didn't
while I was there. Maybe some other people were luckier. However, it was
still nice to see so many loons together. I have a one nice close up, one
photo of a loon enveloped in steam, and one distant shot of 3/4s of the
group (when I got there, I counted eight together).
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49427613 AT N03/

Good birding,

-- 
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Subject: Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaup at Lakeshore State Park MKE 2/22/15, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:44:26 -0600
Hi all,
I birded the Milwaukee lakefront this morning and it was pretty much the
winter ducks with mostly Common Goldeneye and Greater Scaups. I had hoped
to find a couple of Red-throated Loons since some are being reported in
Port Washington. One never knows what shows up at the lakefront here from
hour to hour. Some open water in a few locations on the lakefront. Some of
those locations were the Lighthouse at the Milwaukee River mouth, and
Lakeshore State Park. These locations had nice numbers of Common Goldeneye
and Greater Scaup, with a few Common Mergansers. South Shore Yacht Club had
just a little bit of open water, just a few ducks were present there. No
Snowy Owl at the Lake Express Ferry. I ran into Mike W and he showed me
some of his hot birding locations along the Menomonee River downtown. They
were slow today with an American Coot and Common Mergansers and the typical
winter ducks. They have been great spots for Mike over the years and I’ll
have to get them on my list of places to hit in the future. Best views for
ducks today was Lakeshore State Park. It was a fun day out birding but it
was very cold with a stiff wind right out of the NW in the big open park,
sun felt good when you were out of the wind.

Some images from today of the Common Goldeney and Great Scaup at Lakeshore
State Park if you care to view them at this link:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/common-goldeneye-and-greater-scaup-at-lakeshore-state-park-in-milwaukee-wisconsin-on-february-22-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: DoorCo Snowy Owl, & Three Springs
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 16:02:43 -0600
A report & photo of a Snowy Owl in Forrestville was in the Advocate
Newspaper for Saturday - does anyone know exactly where - please give
directions.
It was reported by one of the wardens of Three Springs Natural Area that
the pond is very full and has not frozen due to the constant flow in and
out of it from the river there.  This person found a mass of duck on it
yesterday and they all rose in mass when they saw him approach.  He took a
photo and it seems they were all mallard.

Most of the Shorelines are frozen solid around the county except perhaps in
the Baileys Harbor area.  We have seen no waterfowl however.
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Subject: Black-billed Magpie - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:57:19 -0700
Just saw a Black-billed Magpie along the lakefront in Washburn, Bayfield 
County. Unfortunately it was flying (southwesterly) and I lost it so I have no 
idea where it ended up. Didn't even get any photos. Had a secondhand report of 
one in the same area back in January but the details were sparse. Assuming that 
was the same bird, it's obviously still around but quite difficult to relocate. 
No surprise there - it's a magpie in Wisconsin! Exact location of my sighting, 
for what it's worth, was here: http://binged.it/1wdLk3K 




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Subject: Re: Red-throated loons Oz Co
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:58:02 -0600
Still present.  Most are further out toward the orange warning
sign/breakwall.  One or two occasionally come in closer. Dress like you're
in the Arctic, seriously.
Young bald eagle fly over as well.

Jennifer A
Milwaukee
On Feb 22, 2015 11:58 AM, "Judith Huf"  wrote:

> I must have just missed Marilyn and Kathy, because I was at Coal Dock Park
> this am too. Saw 9 RT Loons as well as a single WW Scoter and pretty much
> all the same birds as Tom Wood saw. If you visit, wear a face mask, my
> cheeks froze. I'm going back out after I warm up.
>
> Judith Huf
> Milwaukee
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Subject: Southwestern WI yesterday
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:17:06 +0000
Chuck Heikkinen, Jim Otto and I went on an expedition to the southwestern 
counties of Wisconsin yesterday. We took County F south of Blue Mounds down 
past the various restored prairie parcels. There were lots of Turkeys out in 
corn fields, including an enormous flock of well over a hundred birds on Mounds 
View Rd. just off of F in Iowa County. We saw Turkeys pretty much everywhere we 
went, along with Kestrels (which is likely attributable to the fairly sparse 
snow cover down there,) Red-tails and Rough-legs. 


We checked the grasslands east of Mineral Point on Hwy 39, but couldn't find 
any Gray Partridge (nor have I seen any eBird reports of them so far this 
year.) We continued southwest on Hwy 151 to Eagle Point Rd., which goes out to 
Lock and Dam 11 on the Mississippi. Just a few Bald Eagles hanging around the 
limited open water below the dam. There was a Song Sparrow in with the flock of 
Am. Tree Sparrows and Juncos along the road. We worked our way north to Potosi 
and the Grant River Rec. Area. Everything was still frozen and quiet, but there 
was a lot of activity on the bluffside across from the entrance. Jim spotted a 
flock of birds near the top of the bluff that turned out to be Am. Robins. 
There were close to 50 of them, and they eventually headed north. We couldn't 
decide if they were the advance scout team, or had been overwintering. 
Considering we saw a similar number a few miles north by Potosi Landing, and 
those were flying back south, they may not have been e 

 arly migrants. Had Tufted Titmouses at both of those locations, along with 
other usual suspects (no Carolina Wren at Potosi Landing, where we often get 
one in winter.) A half-dozen E. Bluebirds across the road from the road to the 
Landing was a nice reminder that Spring might actually come at some point. 
Maybe. Oh, and Chuck had a very brief glimpse at what he thought was a 
Red-shouldered Hawk, just before it disappeared behind the bluff. 



After lunch at the Potosi Brewery (thanks to Dorothy Legler for the 
suggestion,) we headed north to Cassville. As expected, there were several Bald 
Eagles around the open water by the first power plant, as well as three Common 
Mergansers and an immature Trumpeter Swan. We were disappointed to find the 
road at Nelson Dewey State Park still closed for the season. Working north from 
there, we looked for field birds, but all we could come up with were Horned 
Larks. Again, lots of Kestrels (and way too many Starlings by dairy farms) 
along the roadsides. We finally found a few Lapland Longspurs on Breuer Rd. 
east of Patch Grove. Coming back on Hwy 18, we spotted three Eurasian Collared 
Doves in two locations in Fennimore. Curiously, we didn't see them in any of 
the other towns along Hwy 18, although we didn't really make much of an effort. 



Very nice day to be out and about. Thanks, as usual, to Chuck for doing all the 
eBirding. 



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Madison, WI

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Subject: Red-throated loons Oz Co
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:57:22 -0600
I must have just missed Marilyn and Kathy, because I was at Coal Dock Park this 
am too. Saw 9 RT Loons as well as a single WW Scoter and pretty much all the 
same birds as Tom Wood saw. If you visit, wear a face mask, my cheeks froze. 
I'm going back out after I warm up. 


Judith Huf
Milwaukee

Sent from my iPhone

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morning. It was very cold and windy but could even make out the group from the 
car. 

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Subject: Red-throated loons Oz Co
From: "Marilyn Bontly" <mbontly AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:07:16 -0600
Kathy Gallick and I observed 6 red-throated loons from Coal Dock Park this 
morning. It was very cold and windy but could even make out the group from the 
car. 

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Subject: RFI: Red-throated Loons!, Ozaukee County
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:00:36 -0600
If anyone sees the loons today, could you please report to the list? I
would love to know how many are being seen and what the wind/cold
conditions are like. I'm trying to muster the energy to make it up there,
but am feeling under the weather, so a report would be great.
Thanks, Tom, for reporting this great find!

Jennifer Ambrose
Milwaukee

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 8:06 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

> I took advantage of the break in the cold weather to do a little birding in
> Ozaukee County this afternoon.
> Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve was quite dead. A single heard-only
> singing
> Northern Cardinal was the highlight there. It was hard to find even a
> single
> Chickadee!
> Coal Dock Park in Port Washington was much better. There were at least 11
> Red-throated Loons in the harbor. At one point 10 of them were in one
> binocular view and I quickly scanned to the harbor entrance where I had
> seen
> a single bird, and it was still there. At times a Red-throated Loon would
> be
> diving so close to the park that binoculars were unnecessary.
> There was a White-winged Scoter east of the park in the largely walled-off
> area among many scaup, and 2 Ruddy Ducks were also in the harbor. Just
> before I left,  1 adult and 1 first winter Great Black-backed Gull flew
> onto
> a breakwall east of the park. A single Redhead was diving in the canal that
> appears to be the outflow from the WE energies plant. The bird sanctuary
> was
> birdless. Either the flock of sparrows that was there last month has moved
> on, or they were just laying low. The other birds were the common wintering
> waterfowl- Canada Geese, Red-breasted and Common Mergansers, Mallards,
> American Black Ducks, Common Goldeneye, both scaup and Bufflehead.
> I did a quick check of the marina and located a single Canvasback, but
> didn't spend much time there.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
>
>
>


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Subject: updated Annotated Checklist of the Birds of Wisconsin now available
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 07:14:31 -0600
Now available on the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology website, at:
http://wsobirds.org/images/pdfs/Checklist-02212015.pdf
This online checklist contains all of the valid spe
cies on the Wisconsin state list as of late February, 2015. Nomenclature
and sequence follow theSeventh Edition of the Check-List of North American
Birds, provided by theClassification Committee of the American Ornitholog
ists’ Union, and the recently-published 54thsupplement to that Check-List.
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
Belgium, WI

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Subject: Bald Eagle, Town of Ashippun, Dodge County
From: "Eileen Worman" <eileenworman AT netwurx.net>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:36:15 -0600
Today on our way back home from Milwaukee, taking our usual route that includes 
the stretch of Harding Rd. between County O and County P in Ashippun, my 
husband and I were treated to seeing an adult Bald Eagle in the middle of a 
farm field atop some prey. This is the second recent sighting of an eagle in 
this general area for us. I'm really hoping there's a nest in the far southeast 
part of Dodge County somewhere. 

We also saw an adult eagle in a tree over the Rock River along Hwy. 60 in 
Hustisford this morning, but that is very likely one of the adults from the 
Lake Sinissippi nest, so it certainly was no surprise to see one there. 

Eileen Worman
Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
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Subject: short-eared owls -- yes
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:01:19 -0600
This afternoon we went to Six-Mile Road in Ozaukee County in search of owls.
We arrived at the intersection of Six-Mile Road & Jay Road at 4:45 p.m.,
anticipating an hour-long wait in a cold car before any action.  About a
half-mile south, much to our surprise, we saw a large bird perched at the
top of a small tree west of Six-Mile Road, not too far away.  We thought it
might be a buteo, but when we looked through binoculars we found it was a
Short-eared Owl!  : )  We got satisfactory looks at this bird.  Then, just
100 yards further south on the road, we looked west and saw ANOTHER large
bird at the top of a much taller tree.  We again thought it might be a
buteo, but when looking through binoculars found it was ANOTHER Short-eared
Owl!  : )  Proceeding another 100 yards or so, we spotted a large bird
perched in a small bushy tree quite close to the road on the east side.
This time we felt it was another Short-eared Owl... and it WAS!  : )  We got
very nice looks at this bird before continuing south.  We saw no more birds
for the next three miles, so we turned around and started back north.  When
we got back to the general area of the three birds we originally saw, we
found a car stopped along the east side of the road.  Since we couldn't see
what they were looking at, we rolled down our window (and they rolled down
theirs) andwe  asked, "Whatcha got?"  They pointed east and whispered,
"Short-eared Owl, only about 10 feet away!"  We looked... and:  Sure enough,
there on the ground, 10 feet from the edge of the road, and well-camouflaged
against the weedy lumpy soil was a Short-eared Owl on the ground!  Talk
about great looks!!!!  It was phenomenal!!!!  After a lengthy observation we
moved north, and found "our" original owl was still perched on the top of
the small tree west of the road.  We had hoped to see a Snowy Owl or two,
but struck out on that.  A thrill to see 3 Short-eared Owls though!
-- Dave & Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County


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Subject: Fw: Sherman Nature Explorers Warner Park outing
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 02:40:00 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:07 AM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Sherman Nature Explorers Warner Park outing

Hi Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2015-02-18 15:15
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Stationary
90 Minutes
Observers: 32
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the Wed afternoon Sherman Nature Explorers outing with UW 
Nelson Inst student mentors. There was a dangerously cold wind chill so the 
group did a variety of fun and educational indoor bird and nature activities 
and games. UW students presented their collections of bugs and bones, helped 
the kids draw pictures of nature stories and do a bird list of bird pictures 
hidden around the classroom, and led a great dart frog detective game. We also 
talked about the Snowy Owl recently outfitted with a transmitter at Goose Pond. 
Hopefully next week we can get back outdoors! 


    2    American Crow
    1    House Finch

Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Red-throated Loons!, others/ Ozaukee County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 20:06:41 -0600
I took advantage of the break in the cold weather to do a little birding in
Ozaukee County this afternoon. 
Lion's Den Gorge Nature Preserve was quite dead. A single heard-only singing
Northern Cardinal was the highlight there. It was hard to find even a single
Chickadee!
Coal Dock Park in Port Washington was much better. There were at least 11
Red-throated Loons in the harbor. At one point 10 of them were in one
binocular view and I quickly scanned to the harbor entrance where I had seen
a single bird, and it was still there. At times a Red-throated Loon would be
diving so close to the park that binoculars were unnecessary. 
There was a White-winged Scoter east of the park in the largely walled-off
area among many scaup, and 2 Ruddy Ducks were also in the harbor. Just
before I left,  1 adult and 1 first winter Great Black-backed Gull flew onto
a breakwall east of the park. A single Redhead was diving in the canal that
appears to be the outflow from the WE energies plant. The bird sanctuary was
birdless. Either the flock of sparrows that was there last month has moved
on, or they were just laying low. The other birds were the common wintering
waterfowl- Canada Geese, Red-breasted and Common Mergansers, Mallards,
American Black Ducks, Common Goldeneye, both scaup and Bufflehead.
I did a quick check of the marina and located a single Canvasback, but
didn't spend much time there.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: Snowy Owl... Wood County
From: Gwyn Calvetti <gwyntells AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:53:23 -0600
I was traveling home from an event at Mead Wildlife Area around 4PM today,
riding shotgun while my husband was driving.  I spotted a heavily barred
Snowy Owl atop a silo, but we were unable to stop for photos at that
point.  It was between Marshfield and Auburndale and I have already eBirded
it in case it was not one reported in that area already.  I can't seem to
locate the most recent maps of sightings in the state.
Gwyn Calvetti
LaCrosse County
-- 
Gwyn Calvetti
Oh, the stories I could tell you!
Contributing Author, "Telling Stories to Children," NSN
Wisconsin Humanities Council Speakers Bureau Member, 2006-10


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Subject: Next Atlas presentation - this Monday in Milwaukee, at Urban Ecology Center
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 16:32:43 -0600
Next Atlas presentation: Milwaukee – Monday, February 23, – 5:30 pm - Urban
Ecology Center - Riverside Park

William Mueller
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WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
Belgium, WI

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Subject: Climate change is implicated in poleward shifts in the distributions of species
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 15:50:59 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/02/climate-change-is-implicated-in.html

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wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
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Subject: a Snowy?
From: Korkor Mary <marykorkor AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 07:46:01 -0600
I offered to take a friend birding this morning and to my surprise she jumped 
at the chance. Think we all have a little cabin fever. She is dying to see a 
Snowy but I havent kept up on recent sitings. Can anyone help me?!?! I am in 
Waukesha County, (SE quarter of the state) but will drive to Milw, Horicon, 
even Buena Vista if necessary! 


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