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Sharp-shinned Hawk,©Barry Kent Mackay

5 May Green Heron and some warblers at Whitnall Park MKE 5/5/16, images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
5 May Re: Prairie Warbler Returns ["Tom Wood" ]
5 May Seminary Woods - MKE Cty [KAREN JOHNSON ]
05 May Re: Prairie Warbler Returns [Paul Kinzer ]
5 May No Western Tanager, etc. (Dane Co.) [Alyssa DeRubeis ]
5 May Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, May 5, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
5 May Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Polk County [Jeff Virant ]
5 May High Cliff SP [Daryl Tessen ]
05 May Re: Bird ID Question [Chris Petherick ]
5 May Re: Bird ID Question ["Stuart Malcolm" ]
05 May Re: Bird ID Question [Chris Petherick ]
05 May Turville Point (Madison) this a.m. [Peter Fissel ]
5 May Re: Bird ID Question ["Tom Schultz" ]
05 May Bird ID Question [Chris Petherick ]
4 May You can still come to the WSO Convention! : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
4 May Warblers & Shorebirds [Daryl Tessen ]
4 May MKE- Whitnall Park - WARBLERS! [Jeremy Meyer ]
4 May Marbled Godwit present this afternoon at Horicon NWR ["Tom Wood" ]
04 May Green Bay area birds [Bill Krouse ]
4 May Strange woodpecker [Sandy Rueckert ]
4 May Racine - Myer's Park [Jeremy Meyer ]
4 May White-faced Ibis continues at Horicon NWR, others []
4 May Re: ALERT: Western Tanager [Mary Hampton ]
4 May Re: Strange woodpecker in Middleton ["Tom Schultz" ]
4 May Strange woodpecker in Middleton [Sandy Rueckert ]
4 May WSO Passenger Pigeon Awards [Kim Kreitinger ]
4 May FOY Orchard oriole OZ county ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
4 May Avocets/Washington County [Pat Denzin-Weber ]
4 May ALERT: Western Tanager [Nolan Pope ]
3 May Seagull Bar SNA, Marinette [Mike Reese ]
3 May Canada Geese goslings at the South Shore Yacht Club MKE 5/2/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
3 May White-faced Ibis - Horicon [Jeremy Meyer ]
3 May Piping Plover in Racine- NO, Avocets, Northern Mockingbird-YES ["Tom Wood" ]
03 May FOY Hummingbird [LIELA KUCHAR ]
3 May MARBLED GODWIT [Nancy Johnson ]
3 May Re: Willet - Calumet County []
03 May Re: What does ENVP stand for? (Grant Co. eBird location) [Peter Fissel ]
3 May What does ENVP stand for? (Grant Co. eBird location) [Alyssa DeRubeis ]
3 May Bay Beach (Green Bay) this morning [Tom Prestby ]
3 May Willet---Calumet co. [Daryl Tessen ]
3 May Prairie Warbler Returns [Andrea Szymczak ]
3 May atlas training workshop at Hoy Audubon this Thursday [William Mueller ]
2 May WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - Neotropic Cormorant [Calvin Brennan ]
2 May Secretary Birds in Wisconsin ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
2 May Piping Plover Racine [Jennifer Ambrose ]
2 May Willets s shore yacht club [Jennifer Ambrose ]
02 May Madison Audubon Warbler Walks start this week [Peter Fissel ]
2 May Spring trip ["Jerry Schoen" ]
2 May White-eyed Vireo [Chuck Heikkinen ]
2 May Radar - no sightings [Jeremy Meyer ]
1 May Horicon marsh birding and Bird festival [Jeffrey Bahls ]
1 May No sightings but I have a question. [DWIGHT ALTON ]
1 May A few new arrivals in Rockton Il [DWIGHT ALTON ]
1 May FW: Summer Tanager ["Howard, Carol" ]
1 May Summer Tanager ["Howard, Carol" ]
30 Apr Green Lake & Dodge County's today [Steve Mullen ]
30 Apr Spruce Grouse photo - Ashland/Sawyer Counties [Ryan Brady ]
30 Apr 16 shorebird species!!! [Daryl Tessen ]
30 Apr Re: Alert - Ruff -Horicon auto tour [Jeremy Meyer ]
30 Apr Re: Alert - Ruff -Horicon auto tour [John K ]
30 Apr Alert - Ruff -Horicon auto tour [Jeremy Meyer ]
30 Apr Horicon - boardwalk [Jeremy Meyer ]
29 Apr Come to the WSO Convention as a "Walk-In"! : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
29 Apr Re: Wehr Summer Tanager? [Paul Kinzer ]
29 Apr Wehr Summer Tanager? [Jeff Galligan ]
29 Apr Willets and more at South Shore Yacht Club MKE Co. 4/29/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
29 Apr Cattle Egret in Fond du Lac County ["Tom Wood" ]
29 Apr Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County today ["Tom Wood" ]
29 Apr Re: Summer Tanager-Milw County-Wehr Nature Center [Jennifer Ambrose ]
29 Apr Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, April 28, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
29 Apr Re: Seeking Chimney Swift Information [Karen Etter Hale ]
28 Apr Seeking Chimney Swift Information ["Spencer Stehno" ]
28 Apr Grant Park Birdwalks commence on Sunday [Betsy Abert ]
28 Apr Canada geese ["K Petersen" ]
28 Apr More details! Re: Female long-tailed duck at mill pond [Jessica Hilt ]
29 Apr Fwd: eBird/Atlas training session- Minocqua- April 30 [Tom Prestby ]

Subject: Green Heron and some warblers at Whitnall Park MKE 5/5/16, images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 20:01:18 -0500
Hi all,
I stopped at Whitnall Park for a routine birding stop to see if there was
any warbler action. There was one period mid-morning where there was some
good warbler action, but it did not last long. Some Black-throated Green
Warblers, 1 Black-throated Blue Warbler, 1 Blackburnian Warbler were the
warbler highlights. Some of the other warbler species present were
Yellow-rumped, Palm, Black and White and Yellow. A Green Heron, FOY, gave a
very brief appearance. It was a pleasant day with low winds, mild temps and
sunny skies.

A few images from today at this link if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/green-heron-and-warblers-at-whitnall-park-in-milwaukee-wisconsin-on-may-5-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Re: Prairie Warbler Returns
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 17:06:57 -0500
I was the lucky one today! Since even with hearing aids, I cannot hear a
Prairie Warbler unless it is very close, I was using a "Song Finder" which
cuts the frequency in half, thus distorting the song but making it audible,
which lets you know you are in the right area. I heard the warbler while
slowly walking the trail, and it kept getting louder. I stopped, turned the
Song Finder off, and could hear the song quite well, so I knew it was very
close. I searched the pines to no avail, but caught some motion just above
me, and there was the Prairie Warbler singing from a bare branch of a
deciduous tree .
It was 20 feet above my head! Much joy!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Paul Kinzer
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 4:13 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Re: Prairie Warbler Returns

I was able to locate the Prairie Warbler early this morning, though it
stayed high in the pines, out of visual, and stopped calling after a few
minutes.  A very neat song to hear!

Paul Kinzer

> On May 3, 2016, at 8:48 AM, Andrea Szymczak 
wrote:
> 
> Returning since 2010 (!) the PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen and heard 
> briefly by Anne Moretti and I this morning.  Same location at 
> Scuppernong Ski Trails, Waukesha Co.
> Andrea Szymczak
> Waukesha, WI
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Subject: Seminary Woods - MKE Cty
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 16:53:16 -0500
Among the usual suspects were 2 OVENBIRDS, VEERY and RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER.  Otherwise, very quiet.
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: Re: Prairie Warbler Returns
From: Paul Kinzer <ptkinzr AT icloud.com>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2016 16:12:51 -0500
I was able to locate the Prairie Warbler early this morning, though it stayed 
high in the pines, out of visual, and stopped calling after a few minutes. A 
very neat song to hear! 


Paul Kinzer

> On May 3, 2016, at 8:48 AM, Andrea Szymczak  wrote:
> 
> Returning since 2010 (!) the PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen and heard briefly by
> Anne Moretti and I this morning.  Same location at Scuppernong Ski Trails,
> Waukesha Co.
> Andrea Szymczak
> Waukesha, WI
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Subject: No Western Tanager, etc. (Dane Co.)
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 20:50:43 +0000 (UTC)
Jessica Gorzo, Paul Schilke, and I tried searching for the Western Tanager at 
Cherokee Marsh this morning from ~7:30am-8:30am and were unable to find it. We 
saw several other birders there, and to my knowledge no one saw the tanager. 
Very few warblers were present with Black-throated Green being the highlight. 

Jessica and Paul did manage to see the White-eyed Vireo at Odana Marsh 
yesterday evening, which of course I struck out on. I did hear a Northern 
Parula singing in the morning there and Northern Waterthrushes were singing 
both in the morning and evening. 


Pine Siskins continue to linger in Madison, as I've noted them at several 
locations in the past week. The ones in my neighborhood have quieted down 
recently, so I suspect they're nesting. Currently I've just seen birds chasing 
each other, which would be a territory defense code for probable breeding on 
the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas. Now I just need to catch them in the act of 
carrying nesting material or food for confirmed breeding... 


Good birding! 

Alyssa DeRubeis 
Madison, Dane Co. 


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, May 5, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 15:19:27 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, May 5, 2016
45 degrees
Mostly sunny
29 birders

Total Species:  49

8 Canada Goose
13 Mallard
2 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
14 Sandhill Crane
2 Spotted Sandpiper
1 American Woodcock
1 Ring-billed Gull
4 Herring Gull

4 Rock Pigeon
4 Mourning Dove
12 Chimney Swift
1 Red-headed Woodpecker
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
4 Northern Flicker
1 American Kestrel
4 Blue Jay

5 American Crow
15 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
3 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
8 Black-capped Chickadee
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
8 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Hermit Thrush
30 American Robin

1 Brown Thrasher
17 European Starling
1 Northern Waterthrush
1 Palm Warbler
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
2 Chipping Sparrow
1 Field Sparrow
6 Song Sparrow
4 White-throated Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow

1 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
32 Red-winged Blackbird
10 Common Grackle
6 Brown-headed Cowbird
5 House Finch
25 American Goldfinch
11 House Sparrow

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Subject: Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks, Polk County
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow AT cltcomm.net>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 10:58:29 -0500
Hi all,

Just reporting the arrival as of yesterday of many rose-breasted grosbeaks on 
Rainbow Pond. 


Best birding,

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




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Subject: High Cliff SP
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 10:17:22 -0500
I checked out High Cliff SP this morning. Very quiet!! I had a Nashville 
Warbler, resident Yellow Warblers, 2 Ruby-cr. Kinglets plus (FOY) were 
Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, 2 Warbling Vireos and a Chimney Swift. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: Bird ID Question
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2016 10:16:31 -0500
Hi Stuart - thanks for the response! With your confidence in the ID, I will go 
with it (I had skylark at #3…hahahaha, so much for the “thicker” bill 
theory). 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County (not from UK)

> On May 5, 2016, at 10:06 AM, Stuart Malcolm  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi Chris,
> 
> This is 100% a Eurasian Skylark. If you were on a Cornish clifftop it would 
have been windy and the crest will often be held flatter in windy conditions. 

> 
> Good Birding,
> 
> Stuart Malcolm (from the UK)
> 
> Neenah, Winnebago Cty
> 
>> On May 5, 2016, at 9:54 AM, Chris Petherick  wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Tom - Thanks for the reply. It seems as though the skylark might have a 
bit larger and thicker bill than this does, just looking at various images on 
the internet. Someone else suggested a lesser short-toed lark, which is 
intriguing based on comparing pictures. It would be a rare bird for the area, 
according to eBird, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be there. I am also 
looking at the Meadow Pipit as a possibility, ruling out tree pipit due to 
terrain. There were no trees in the general vicinity and the bird seemed very 
happy and content feeding on the ground and hanging out generally in the 
meadow/open area where we were. I am continuing to look at more pictures and 
reading about characteristics…Thanks again for the comments! 

>> Chris Petherick
>> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
>> 
>>> On May 5, 2016, at 6:59 AM, Tom Schultz  wrote:
>>> 
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Subject: Re: Bird ID Question
From: "Stuart Malcolm" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "stuart.malcolm26" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 10:06:17 -0500
Hi Chris,

This is 100% a Eurasian Skylark. If you were on a Cornish clifftop it would 
have been windy and the crest will often be held flatter in windy conditions. 


Good Birding,

Stuart Malcolm (from the UK)

Neenah, Winnebago Cty

> On May 5, 2016, at 9:54 AM, Chris Petherick  wrote:
> 
> Hi Tom - Thanks for the reply. It seems as though the skylark might have a 
bit larger and thicker bill than this does, just looking at various images on 
the internet. Someone else suggested a lesser short-toed lark, which is 
intriguing based on comparing pictures. It would be a rare bird for the area, 
according to eBird, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be there. I am also 
looking at the Meadow Pipit as a possibility, ruling out tree pipit due to 
terrain. There were no trees in the general vicinity and the bird seemed very 
happy and content feeding on the ground and hanging out generally in the 
meadow/open area where we were. I am continuing to look at more pictures and 
reading about characteristics…Thanks again for the comments! 

> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> 
>> On May 5, 2016, at 6:59 AM, Tom Schultz  wrote:
>> 
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Subject: Re: Bird ID Question
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2016 09:54:33 -0500
Hi Tom - Thanks for the reply. It seems as though the skylark might have a bit 
larger and thicker bill than this does, just looking at various images on the 
internet. Someone else suggested a lesser short-toed lark, which is intriguing 
based on comparing pictures. It would be a rare bird for the area, according to 
eBird, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be there. I am also looking at the 
Meadow Pipit as a possibility, ruling out tree pipit due to terrain. There were 
no trees in the general vicinity and the bird seemed very happy and content 
feeding on the ground and hanging out generally in the meadow/open area where 
we were. I am continuing to look at more pictures and reading about 
characteristics…Thanks again for the comments! 

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On May 5, 2016, at 6:59 AM, Tom Schultz  wrote:
> 
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Subject: Turville Point (Madison) this a.m.
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2016 14:33:07 +0000
Quentin Yoerger and I led a Warbler Walk at Turville Point Conservation Park 
this morning. With cool & breezy conditions, many of the birds were either up 
in the sun, or feeding down low where there were insects. We managed to eke out 
44 or so species, but only six of them were warblers (and 90% of the warblers 
were Yellow-rumps or Palms.) We had a Northern Waterthrush next to the parking 
lot (as usual,) several Tennessees, a couple of Black & Whites that only the 
ones at the front of the line could hear, and some Yellow Warblers chasing each 
other around out by the prairie opening. 


Lots of Baltimore Orioles for sound and color, plus a few Rose-breasted 
Grosbeaks were pretty much it for highlights. Hopefully, next week will be 
better. 



By the way, I went to Cherokee Marsh after work Wednesday and looked around for 
an hour plus, but no sign of the Western Tanager seen on that morning's Warbler 
Walk. Typical for that species, I'm afraid. They don't stick around like Summer 
Tanagers usually do. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Bird ID Question
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 5 May 2016 06:59:49 -0500
Hi Chris,

I don't know the ID of this bird for certain, but to me the bill doesn't 
look thin enough for a pipit.  I'm wondering if it could be a Skylark? 
Often they show a raised crest, but not always -- apparently.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Chris Petherick
Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2016 5:47 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird List Wisconsin Bird List
Subject: [wisb] Bird ID Question

Hello -
I have a bird ID question about a bird I saw in the UK recently, if anyone 
can help.  I do not have a UK bird guide so am a bit lost as to where to 
start with this one.  At first I thought Song Thrush, but I don’t think 
that’s correct. I am guessing maybe some sort of pipit, but any help 
with 

ID would be great! Here’s the link - it’s labeled “Unknown 
ID”…. 

https://flic.kr/p/FXmJaJ   The bird was seen in a 
field at the top of some cliffs right along the shore of the Atlantic near 
Padstow, Cornwall, UK.

Thanks for any help!

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Bird ID Question
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 05 May 2016 05:47:57 -0500
Hello - 
I have a bird ID question about a bird I saw in the UK recently, if anyone can 
help. I do not have a UK bird guide so am a bit lost as to where to start with 
this one. At first I thought Song Thrush, but I don’t think that’s correct. 
I am guessing maybe some sort of pipit, but any help with ID would be great! 
Here’s the link - it’s labeled “Unknown ID”…. 
https://flic.kr/p/FXmJaJ  The bird was seen in a 
field at the top of some cliffs right along the shore of the Atlantic near 
Padstow, Cornwall, UK. 


Thanks for any help!

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County


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Subject: You can still come to the WSO Convention! : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 21:55:01 -0500
Yes, you can still come to the 2016 WSO Convention -- to be held in Racine
May 13-16!  You may attend as a "walk-in" at the following low-low prices:
$50 for adults; $25 for students ages 13-22 (children ages 12 and under are
still free!).  If you come to the convention and register and pay at the
Check-in table, this is what you receive:   
Friday 2 p.m. "eBird made Easy" workshop; 
Friday 4 p.m. Member Appreciation Picnic; 
Friday 7 p.m. presentation of awards followed by a reception; 
Saturday morning car caravan field trips; 
Saturday noon lunch; 
Saturday afternoon presentations and workshops about the long-term impact of
wind development on birds of prey, Bong Recreation Area-the making of an
Important Bird Area, Bird Research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
and the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II-Year 1 Accomplishments and
Successes; 
Saturday evening keynote speaker program about the Migratory Bird Treaty-a
centennial assessment; 
and Sunday & Monday all-day car caravan field trips (bus trip has additional
cost, but room is still available on the bus!).  Calling all birders to the
WSO Convention May 13-16 in Racine!
-- Margaret Brasser, WSO Convention Registrar
(WSO = Wisconsin Society for Ornithology)
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Subject: Warblers & Shorebirds
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 18:52:49 -0500
Hurray, a warbler movement after much searching by the morning group at Bay 
Beach sanctuary. 11+ species including Black-thro. Blue, Golden-winged, 
Blackpoll, Cape May, etc plus Blue-headed Vireo, Rose-br. Grosbeaks and a 
Peregrine Falcon. A fun time but it was cold with that strong north wind! 

After reading the posts about the shorebirds at Horicon Marsh while eating 
lunch, I went down there. Several of the Fox Cities birders were by the pump 
house pond looking at the ibis and various shorebirds. They provided great 
looks at the White-faced Ibis, Piping Plover, Marbled Godwit and Stilt 
Sandpiper, plus other "standard" shorebirds. After they left I took a wind 
break behind the pump house and scanned the birds after they had taken flight 
and resettled. A Baird's Sandpiper and White-rumped Sandpiper, plus a 
Black-bellied Plover were now present. While watching this show the Marbled 
Godwit disappeared. 


I then checked the boardwalk pond, which is really down from this past weekend. 
It is not as attractive to the shorebirds. Only 9 shorebird species were 
tallied here, in comparison to 15 at the pump house. The combined shorebird 
list totaled 20 species!! 


Also here it was another fun time with the bird and birders, although that 
north wind was also unreal here. A tally of the morning and afternoon birding 
yielded 105 species that covered about 4 hours in the morning and 3 hours in 
the afternoon, a pleasant surprise! 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: MKE- Whitnall Park - WARBLERS!
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 16:34:45 -0500
Finally, I had my first exciting warbler action of the spring! Only a week
late, but better then never. Along the creek, north of the pond, I had the
following, all about 10 minutes ago:
1 BT Green
1 BT Blue
1 Orange-crowned
3 Yellow
4 Yellow-rumped  (2F)
1 Chestnut-sided
3 Black-and-white
2 Palm
It was a nice wave of birds. Everything was down low feeding on the bugs.
There are also a lot of orioles and they had and Indigo Bunting at the
feeders.

Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Marbled Godwit present this afternoon at Horicon NWR
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 16:23:42 -0500
I returned to STH49 east of the pumphouse at about 12:40 PM and the Marbled
Godwit was there. It wasn't there in the morning so maybe it likes to feed
at that location in the afternoon. Unfortunately the sun angle is bad in the
early afternoon and many of the birds can be seen only as silhouettes.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: Green Bay area birds
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 04 May 2016 16:14:32 -0500
 Hi. Just finished a nice morning of birding at Bay Beach Wildlife
Sanctuary,we had 67 species, with 13 Warblers. More interesting birds were
Black Throated Blue &Cape May Warblers, and a Blue Headed Vireo. Stopped in
Suamico at Sunset Beach Park, and found what appear to be a mating pair of
Horned Grebe straight out from the boat landing. A breif, but very wind
blownwalk on the dike at Sensiba Marsh provided 6+ Yellow Headed Blackbirds.
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Subject: Strange woodpecker
From: Sandy Rueckert <sandyrueckert AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 15:52:57 -0500
Thanks to all who replied! I saw the bird up close at my suet feeder and it is 
definitely a hairy- huge beak and all! Wonder where it's nest is! 


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Subject: Racine - Myer's Park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 14:57:38 -0500
Earlier today, had FOY Wood Thrush, a Brown Thrasher, lots and lots of
White-crowned/throated Sparrows, a bunch of a YR and Palm Warblers, feeding
on the ground. 4 Northern Shovelers, 6 Blue-winged Teal and a Pied-billed
Grebe were also present. Nothing too special, but it was fun!
I was at the Wind Point Lighthouse before that, didn't see the mockingbird,
but saw a Merlin, surprisingly a life bird for me. It was chasing birds the
entire 2 hours I was there, with no luck. 2 extremely close looks at
Northern Flickers. There were 3 singing, male Yellow Warblers in the tree
line. There were also at least 50 White-crowned Sparrows, they were
everywhere. It was very windy, but sunny, there this morning.

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: White-faced Ibis continues at Horicon NWR, others
From: <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 17:07:34 +0000
Although it was hidden in the cattails for most of the morning, the White-faced 
Ibis was out on the mudflats east of the pumphouse south of STH 49 at 11:45 am. 

Also a Piping Plover was intermittently making an appearance, and a 
Black-bellied Plover was quite regular in the flock. 

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Re: ALERT: Western Tanager
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 16:21:39 +0000 (UTC)
Madison Audubon warbler walk, twelve birders.  We observed the Western Tanager 
in open woods on north side of trail that begins at SW corner of main parking 
lot of Cherokee Conservation Park - North Unit at top of Sherman Ave.  It is 
yellow with red on head, a black back and wings with distinct wing bars.  
Larger than warblers nearby. 

    On Wednesday, May 4, 2016 6:45 AM, Nolan Pope  wrote:
 

 Brand Smith just called.    A group of birders saw a Western Tanager at
Cherokee Marsh.    If looking at the lake,  it was down the path to the
left.
Nolan Pope,  for Brand Smith
Madison, WI


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Subject: Re: Strange woodpecker in Middleton
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 11:18:40 -0500
Sandy, it may be helpful remember that many woodpeckers are now spending 
considerable time in tree cavities for breeding, and sometimes their white 
breast feathers become stained by the wood they have excavated --  
semi-rotted or otherwise.  This may account for the unusual buffy/rusty tint 
that you have seen -- it happens fairly commonly at this time of year.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.


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From: Sandy Rueckert
Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2016 10:59 AM
To: Apple Inc.
Subject: [wisb] Strange woodpecker in Middleton

I had a woodpecker that I saw in the Hawthorne outside my back porch; I 
regularly have hairy's, downy's, and red bellied and the occasional 
sapsucker or flicker. This bird was seen from the front and looked like a 
big hairy except the breast and normally white areas were a buff with a 
rusty tinge.  It was behaving totally like a woodpecker. An actual hairy 
landed in the tree right after it took off and the white areas were white, 
so I don't think it was a light trick. Btw, it disappeared when I went for 
my camera. I am wondering if there is a color morph these woodpeckers are 
prone to.
Sandy Rueckert
Middleton

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Subject: Strange woodpecker in Middleton
From: Sandy Rueckert <sandyrueckert AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 10:59:57 -0500
I had a woodpecker that I saw in the Hawthorne outside my back porch; I 
regularly have hairy's, downy's, and red bellied and the occasional sapsucker 
or flicker. This bird was seen from the front and looked like a big hairy 
except the breast and normally white areas were a buff with a rusty tinge. It 
was behaving totally like a woodpecker. An actual hairy landed in the tree 
right after it took off and the white areas were white, so I don't think it was 
a light trick. Btw, it disappeared when I went for my camera. I am wondering if 
there is a color morph these woodpeckers are prone to. 

Sandy Rueckert
Middleton

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Subject: WSO Passenger Pigeon Awards
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 09:46:14 -0500
Congratulations to this year's Passenger Pigeon Awards! This year the
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology will be honoring Dave Sample (Noel J.
Cutright Award), Rick Fare (Bronze), Christine Zimmerman, Margaret Brasser
(Silver), Mark Peterson (Certificate of Achievement) and Urban Ecology
Center (Special Recognition Award). The honors will be presented at an
awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Racine Architect Hotel &
Conference Center, headquarters for the annual convention. More information
on the award recipients can be found here:
http://wsobirds.org/about-wso/news
Kim Kreitinger
President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Madison, WI


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Subject: FOY Orchard oriole OZ county
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 09:23:23 -0500
Female at feeders with two male Baltimore's-
Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: Avocets/Washington County
From: Pat Denzin-Weber <2manybooks2littletime AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 09:15:18 -0500
This can be a real hotspot in the spring.  Thanks to Dee Freeman for
letting me know about them.
Pat Denzin-Weber
Slinger, Washington County


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Subject: ALERT: Western Tanager
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2016 06:44:32 -0500
Brand Smith just called.    A group of birders saw a Western Tanager at
Cherokee Marsh.    If looking at the lake,  it was down the path to the
left.
Nolan Pope,  for Brand Smith
Madison, WI


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Subject: Seagull Bar SNA, Marinette
From: Mike Reese <mikereese AT wisconsinbutterflies.org>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 20:41:11 -0500
I wanted to go to Seagull Bar SNA since I went to this State Natural 
Area last November. Today was the day! Bob Bergen and I spent 3.5 hours 
and found 35 species including my first Wisconsin Willet, and FOY 
Eastern Towhee and Yellow Warblers. There was a large emergence of 
chironomids which were annoying and I was hoping that they would provide 
a buffet for some birds but I never saw one bird going after them.

Mike Reese
Wautoma, Waushara Co.
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Subject: Canada Geese goslings at the South Shore Yacht Club MKE 5/2/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 19:55:06 -0500
Hi all,
Birding the lakefront yesterday I came across the cutest Canada Geese
goslings. Had to share them since there was nothing else exciting to report
other than a couple hundred Bonaparte's Gulls feeding at the marina there.

Gosling images at this link if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/canada-geese-goslings-south-shore-yacht-club-milwaukee-wisconsin-may-2-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co


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Subject: White-faced Ibis - Horicon
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 18:22:17 -0500
Present now, off hwy 49 by the pump house
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Piping Plover in Racine- NO, Avocets, Northern Mockingbird-YES
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 17:06:16 -0500
This morning I checked North Beach in Racine and couldn't find the Piping
Plover, but a (FOY) Sanderling was there. I had a very nice consolation
prize at Samuel Myers beach at about 8:20 AM- 5 American Avocets were at the
water's edge.
I went to Colonial Park expecting lots of migrants with the warm weather but
it was not to be. I found only 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler and 1 Palm Warbler,
and may have heard the chip of a waterthrush.
A few days ago there were many Ruby-crowned Kinglets there, but I didn't see
any today.
I did see my (FOY) Baltimore Oriole there and there was a heard-only
Rose-breasted Grosbeak singing. The grosbeak hurried off into the
neighborhoods before I could spot it.
At the Wind Point Lighthouse I saw (FOY) Lincoln's Sparrow and Common
Yellowthroat. A Marsh Wren was feeding in the hedgerow, looking like a
warbler when it foraged. I guess if there are no cattails around, they do
the best with what is there. I had heard a few days ago that a Northern
Mockingbird was here, and it did pop out of the hedgerow a few times to feed
at the edge of the golf course.
I checked South Metro beach in southern Milwaukee County, and Grant Park
beach, but no Piping Plovers were there either.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: FOY Hummingbird
From: LIELA KUCHAR <jodykuch AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 03 May 2016 21:09:06 +0000 (GMT)
FOY ruby throat - in my yard - Manitowoc city.  3:30pm
joyous.
Jody Kuchar, Manitowoc
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Subject: MARBLED GODWIT
From: Nancy Johnson <plantsrfun AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 13:39:13 -0500
The was a MARBLED GODWIT at Horicon on 49 east of the pump house around 12pm 
today. Also a WILLET at the boardwalk along with the recently reported 
shorebirds. LEAST FLYCATCHER on the auto tour. 


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Subject: Re: Willet - Calumet County
From: <crepuscular AT new.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 16:07:06 +0000
Matt King had notified me of this bird before I had seen Daryl's post. The bird 
was still present between 10:15 to 10:30 this morning. Matt and I also found a 
few FOY at High Cliff State Park this morning. This included both Baltimore and 
orchard oriole (male)at the butterfly pond, great crested flycatcher up on top, 
and a male rose-breasted grosbeak behind the general store. 


Dar Tiede
Appleton (Calumet Co)

Subject: * TODAY * [wisb] Willet---Calumet co.
From: Daryl Tessen
Date: Tue, May 3, 2016, 8:51 AM


I checked out High Cliff SP early this morning. Not one passerine migrant!!!! 
No warblers, vireos, flycatchers, sparrows, etc. This certainly seems to be a 
strange spring migration so far. 

 However, at a pond that Ross M. told me about north of the park and Sherwood, 
there was a Willet (FOY) and 20 Lesser Yellowlegs plus a nice variety of ducks. 
The pond is located at the intersection of Schaefer Rd and Peters Rd (page 72 
in the gaz.). Thanks Ross. 

 Daryl Tessen
 Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: What does ENVP stand for? (Grant Co. eBird location)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 03 May 2016 15:17:50 +0000
Eagle Valley Nature Preserve. Unfortunately (for us birders,) it's private. 
They get lots of good birds, including a Prairie Falcon a couple years back. 


Peter Fissel
Madison WI

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Subject: [wisb] What does ENVP stand for? (Grant Co. eBird location)

I'm really curious to know what ENVP stands for. I tried looking on Google and 
found no answers, except for an eBird report that didn't explain what the 
letters stood for. I've noticed that this is a fairly popular Grant County 
birding location but feel silly having know idea what it means! Thanks in 
advance, 

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Subject: What does ENVP stand for? (Grant Co. eBird location)
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150 AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 15:14:16 +0000 (UTC)
I'm really curious to know what ENVP stands for. I tried looking on Google and 
found no answers, except for an eBird report that didn't explain what the 
letters stood for. I've noticed that this is a fairly popular Grant County 
birding location but feel silly having know idea what it means! Thanks in 
advance, 

Alyssa DeRubeis 
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Subject: Bay Beach (Green Bay) this morning
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 14:53:51 +0000
Our first south winds in about 10 nights finally allowed some neotrops to 
penetrate that pesky Madison-to-Horicon firewall and reach Green Bay. Not a 
huge morning at Bay Beach but 10 warbler species including nice looks at FOY 
Blackburnian, Parula, and BT Green. First RB Grosbeaks, Oriole, and Warbling 
Vireo as well. Surprisingly few sparrows! For details, see the attached eBird 
checklist. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S29376154

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Subject: Willet---Calumet co.
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 08:51:31 -0500
I checked out High Cliff SP early this morning. Not one passerine migrant!!!! 
No warblers, vireos, flycatchers, sparrows, etc. This certainly seems to be a 
strange spring migration so far. 

However, at a pond that Ross M. told me about north of the park and Sherwood, 
there was a Willet (FOY) and 20 Lesser Yellowlegs plus a nice variety of ducks. 
The pond is located at the intersection of Schaefer Rd and Peters Rd (page 72 
in the gaz.). Thanks Ross. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Prairie Warbler Returns
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 08:48:02 -0500
Returning since 2010 (!) the PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen and heard briefly by
Anne Moretti and I this morning.  Same location at Scuppernong Ski Trails,
Waukesha Co.
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI

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Subject: atlas training workshop at Hoy Audubon this Thursday
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 May 2016 07:58:56 -0500
If you would like to learn more about the Breeding Bird Atlas, and how you
can participate, and if you live in the far southeastern counties, come to
the next atlas training at the River Bend Nature,
http://riverbendnaturecenterracine.org  - this Thursday, May 5th, at 7 pm,
3600 N Green Bay Rd. Racine, hosted by the Hoy Audubon Society. (Please
note the location change from what had been posted on the atlas website.)
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: WGLBBO Waterbird Watch - Neotropic Cormorant
From: Calvin Brennan <vermivora AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 18:05:49 +0000
Hi all,

At about 9:45am today, there was an individual among a group of northbound 
Double-cresteds that appeared to be a Neotropic Cormorant. The bird was 
obviously smaller (fully a third smaller), small-headed, small-billed and 
long-tailed. The gular patch was not seen well as the whole sighting was less 
than a minute. The bird appeared to an immature, with dark brown plumage 
throughout. 



Calvin Brennan
WGLBBO Waterbird Technician
Belgium, Ozaukee Co.





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Subject: Secretary Birds in Wisconsin
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 17:57:47 +0000
You've seen them: Tom Prestby, Quentin Yoerger, and Mark Korducki are counting 
for conservation as a Signature Team in this year's Great Wisconsin Birdathon. 
They all enjoy evaluating and archiving bird records for Wisconsin's permanent 
record books, therefore they are the Secretary Birds, in honor of the 
charismatic African bird--plus, Tom and Quentin are very tall. As part of last 
year's Big Day challenge, Tom and Quentin found 191 species in a day as part of 
team Cleopatra and the Stilts. This year their Birdathon will start in state 
parks and natural areas of Door County, moving through the Green Bay area, and 
finish up somewhere further south in the eastern part of the state. They will 
post live updates to Facebook so you can follow along! Please support them in 
their effort to see and save Wisconsin's Birds! Donate or pledge at: 
http://wibirdathon.org/teampage.asp?fundid68. 
If the link doesn't work, just go to WIBirdathon.org and search the team name 
under the Donate tab. Thank you! 

Diane Packett
Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator
Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov
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Subject: Piping Plover Racine
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 12:31:59 -0500
There is currently a piping plover sporting 4 leg bands at North Beach in
Racine. Straight out from Snack Bar. From Rick Fare via Facebook earlier
today.
Jennifer A
Milwaukee


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Subject: Willets s shore yacht club
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 11:49:28 -0500
8 on the beach.
Jen A
Milwaukee


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Subject: Madison Audubon Warbler Walks start this week
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 02 May 2016 14:59:34 +0000
Just in time for the return to nice weather (and hopefully the arrival of 
actual, you know, warblers,) the early morning Madison Audubon weekday Warbler 
Walks begin tomorrow (Tuesday.) The basic format is the same for all locations 
- meet at 6:00 a.m., rain or shine (use your best judgment if conditions are 
dicey; walks will be canceled in the event of heavy rain or especially 
lightning.) The group birds until 8:00 a.m. so folks can get to work or school, 
but there are often a few who keep on going if the birding is good. You can 
leave early or stay late at your convenience. You do not need to sign up or be 
a MAS member to attend these (or the vast majority of our field trips,) but 
we'd love to have you join up. 


The current schedule can be found on the MAS website:


http://madisonaudubon.org/calendar


Tuesday May 3 & 10 - UW Arboretum (meet at the Visitor Center parking lot, 
accessible from either entrance); led by Chuck Henrikson and Paul Senner. 



Wednesday May 4 & 11 - Cherokee Marsh (meet at the main parking lot at the 
north end of Sherman Ave.); led by Tim Baker and Jan Axelson/Kyle Lindemer. 



Thursday May 5 & 12 - Turville Point (meet at the south parking lot by Olin 
Park, where Olin Ave. intersects John Nolen Dr.); led by me (Peter Fissel) and 
Marty Evanson/Quentin Yoerger. 



And soon to be added to the calendar:


Monday May 16 - Elver Park (meet at the west parking lot - the 2nd parking lot 
you come to after entering the park from Raymond road); led by Sam Krerowicz 



Hope to see some of you there - birds await!


Peter Fissel

MAS Field Trips Coordinator

Madison, Dane Co.



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Subject: Spring trip
From: "Jerry Schoen" <basketsandbirds AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 09:09:30 -0500
If by chance ,next spring anyone is looking for to recover from the winter and 
would like to be energized I would suggest a trip to Dauphin Island for a great 
birding experience. We just returned from a three week stay. 

Some of the highlights- 40 to 50 Blue Grosbeaks in the front yard, Least 
bittern 10 feet away, to many Prothonotary warblers to count ,,Black-throated 
green, Worm-eating Yellow-throated numerous Indigo buntings, one Painted and 
others. There are many places for shore bird sighting, one was a Gull-billed 
tern. The AOS spring meeting is the third weekend in April. 

Any questions back channel

Jerry Schoen
Whitewater.. 
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Subject: White-eyed Vireo
From: Chuck Heikkinen <quetzal65 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 08:12:43 -0500
White-eyed Vireo stiletto Donna now on the golf course side just south of
the pons about a quarter of the way toward the Beltline or less than that
so come Park on if you come Park on Wedgewood Way walk straight and once
you get into the golf course I'll turn right
Chuck Heikkinen
Madison


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Subject: Radar - no sightings
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 May 2016 06:00:13 -0500
Good morning, last night we finally had a decent push of birds into our
area. For the last 6 days, not too much has happened as far as movement.
They've been bottled up in the south, with all the storms. Expect to find a
decent amount of new birds today. Enjoy the beautiful, sunny spring day!
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Horicon marsh birding and Bird festival
From: Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls AT wildblue.net>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 21:23:32 -0400 (EDT)
I did a quick spin around Horicon Marsh yesterday. I ended up with 72 species 
in about 4 hours. The best spot was the boardwalk on the auto tour. Some of the 
best shore bird watching I have ever had. Another good spot was long Hwy 49. 
ducks and shorebirds. 

 There are still some seats left on bus tours for the Horicon Marsh Bird 
festival this coming weekend, we've already had WF ibis, Marbled Godwit,Avocets 
and a Ruff in the past week, who knows what will be seen during the festival? 

http://horiconmarshbirdclub.com/bird-festival/bird-festival-events/

Jeff Bahls
Lowell WI


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Subject: No sightings but I have a question.
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 16:19:47 -0500
I want to start keeping a daily log of the birds that come to our backyard. 
Obviously I cannot write down every bird that visits but we look out there 
every hour or so and am wondering if I should document the birds I see at that 
time even if I think they are birds that are around here all the time? The 
Downy's and Harry's are here all day for instance. What is the official 
consensus :)?Thank you 

Dwight AltonRockton, Winnebago Il. 		 	   		  
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Subject: A few new arrivals in Rockton Il
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 16:12:30 -0500
They started showing up on Friday. Gray CatbirdsBaltimore Orioles. One or two 
of which arrived a few days earlier.RB GrosbeaksWhite Crowned Sparrows Red 
Headed Woodpecker White Throated Sparrows Song Sparrows Saturday the weather 
was nasty so not much there except the downy's, harry's, red belly's and the 
Blue Jays. Some Grosbeaks showed up and a House Wren. Today, Grosbeaks, the Red 
Head was back as was the Orioles and the WC Sparrows and some Goldfinches and 
House Finches . Also the ever present smaller woodpeckers. My wife looked out 
the patio door about 1:30 and a Female Coopers was sitting right on top of the 
pole feeder! Half an hour later a Bald Eagle was circling over the river in 
front of the condo. I called the cooper a female because of size. When I went 
back to look a neighbor spooked the bird and she flew about 30 feet in front of 
me and she looked huge! 

Dwight AltonRockton, Winnebago Il. 		 	   		  
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Subject: FW: Summer Tanager
From: "Howard, Carol" <carol.howard AT ces.uwex.edu>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 19:12:31 +0000
Sorry for a second email, I meant to apologize to all those who contacted me 
for updates in the past few days as I was off work on Friday and Saturday and 
have no smart phone or internet service where I live to get emails. 

Carol Howard
Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee

From: Howard, Carol
Sent: Sunday, May 01, 2016 2:10 PM
To: wisbirdn 
Subject: Summer Tanager

As of a few minutes ago, the Summer Tanager is still being seen here at Wehr. 
Mostly on the south side of the building by the deck feeders, but also at the 
north side feeders by my office at times when the photographers let him get 
away! 


Carol Howard
Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee

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Subject: Summer Tanager
From: "Howard, Carol" <carol.howard AT ces.uwex.edu>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 19:09:41 +0000
As of a few minutes ago, the Summer Tanager is still being seen here at Wehr. 
Mostly on the south side of the building by the deck feeders, but also at the 
north side feeders by my office at times when the photographers let him get 
away! 

Carol Howard
Wehr Nature Center
Milwaukee

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Subject: Green Lake & Dodge County's today
From: Steve Mullen <worse.than.costanza AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 21:06:16 -0500
I spent the late morning & afternoon scouting Birdathon spots today. Tried
several spots that have had Cattle Egrets but but whiffed at all including
- KK & B south of the Village of Marquette, Co. Rd E just east of Hwy 22
 just south of the Marquette Co. line, Co. Rd A/W  just west of Waupun.
Whiffed on the forbidden Whooping Cranes south of Monty on Hwy 22, just
north of B.
    It was so dark at Lake Maria & Emily on the Green Lake & Dodge Co. that
i could not make out much. Emily was dead, but it had boats on it. Maria
was slow with no Wow birds that i could make out.
Horicon 49/Pumphouse we got Least Sandpipers & a few usual reported
shorebirds.
The Auto-Loop we got 2 Yellow Rumped Warblers (our only warblers of the
day).
We saw several shorebird species on the boardwalk on the Auto-Loop
including the Ruff & 2 Wilson's Phalaropes & several Black Necked Stilts.
Still had Rusty Blackbirds there also.
Thanks to Matt for the use of his Swarovski Scope.
Hit Oakwood Rd just S/E of Hwy 151 next & saw nothing unusual.
Looped up to Breezy/Jersey/A & saw nothing exciting.
Further west thru Fox Lake we stopped at a pond on the south side of Hwy 33
about a mile & a quarter west of Hwy 73 & had very good looks at 2 closer
to breeding plumage Wilson's Phalaropes than we saw at Horicon. That spot
is east of Friesland in eastern Columbia Co.
      We hit Miller & Co. Rd. A in Green Lake Co. next. It was really
drying up & had zero Bonapartes Gulls left. We saw both Yellowlegs & Pecs,
& Semi-Palmated Sandpipers there.
   Just north of there on Co. Rd. A near fire number N4670 we blew past 9
American Golden Plovers in a damp plowed field. Specifically it was about a
100 yds south of the farm, but on the west side of A. They were very close
to a white plastic bag about 70 yds off the road. 7 of the 9 were in
spectacular plumage that i couldn't even miss at 60 mph.
We tried the Hwy's 44/49 & KK spot next, but it was dry.
KK & just south of Hwy 23 east of Ripon in Fon du Lac Co. still had the 2
Black Necked Stilts, a Wison's Snipe & other shorebirds. That has good
water yet.
    A spot on Co. Rd. M just south of Pickett was drying up but still had
Yellowlegs.
We checked the Hwy 21 & east of Hwy 49 pond but low light hurt ID'ing any
potentially good birds.
I am still missing a Pipit & Creeper on the yr. on my 141 Wis. birds.
Good Luck tomorrow, Steve Mullen, Redgranite, Waushara Co.

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Subject: Spruce Grouse photo - Ashland/Sawyer Counties
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:39:10 +0000
Spruce Grouse are as detectable as they'll be all year right now as males 
perform flutter-flight displays in lowland black spruce bogs and adjacent 
upland conifers in northern-tier counties. I visited one of my Atlas blocks 
near Clam Lake in southern Ashland County on Wednesday and found the male 
pictured below. Also had a Gray Jay and some singing bog breeders like 
Yellow-rumped and Palm Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Purple Finches, and a 
few others. The woods are pretty quiet yet up here, though Hermit Thrushes are 
now prevalent and a host of others will arrive this week. 



Spruce Grouse pic: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/163119274


Yesterday I led 20 participants on a field trip for the Natural Resources 
Foundation of Wisconsin and we found 6 males at several locations in 
northeastern Sawyer County. This trip is an important fundraiser for the Great 
Wisconsin Birdathon and NRF's Bird Protection Fund. Look for it again next 
year! 



Back in Ashland, I had 4 Greater White-fronted and 4 Cackling Geese amid some 
Canadas yesterday. Nick Anich had 21 Willets at the head of Chequamegon Bay 
just west of town. 





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 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: 16 shorebird species!!!
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:32:08 -0500
I spent a few hours early this morning on the warbler walk at Bay Beach 
Sanctuary. Like everyone else in the state, what warblers. Today we had 3 
species (Myrtle, N. Waterthrush and Tennessee) and not much else. A similar 
result was on the walk this past Wed (Myrtle, N. Waterthrush and Palm). 

After an early lunch I decided to head for Horicon Marsh. As I arrived at the 
board walk Jeff Baughman was coming off, asking me if I came to see the Ruff. I 
had no idea one was being seen. We went back out and spent a few hours of great 
shorebird birding, with other birders. For the three hours I was there (a short 
while at the pump house pond) a total of 16 shorebird species was tallied, and 
this just the end of April---makes up for the lack of warbler and other 
passerine migrants. The best was the male Ruff, just coming into breeding 
plumage. Second was the Western Sandpiper that Jeff and I discovered at the end 
of the board walk---great looks at it, as did a few other birders. 
Unfortunately it eventually disappeared when all the shorebirds did one of 
their flights around the pond. The Baird's Sandpiper appeared later in close, 
as did a Long-billed Dowitcher. The only different shorebird at the pump house 
pond was a Semip. Sandpiper, in the 150 Dunlins and Lesser Yellowle 

 gs.

What a great several hours enjoying the birds and birders, despite the cold 
wind. It started to rain as most of us left. And to provide dessert to the time 
there, the Whooping Crane landed in a small wet area along 49 just beyond the 
refuge and before the river. What a great finish to the 3 hours at the marsh! 
This was one of those special times that one remembers for a long time! 

 
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Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Alert - Ruff -Horicon auto tour
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 16:28:56 -0500
Here are a couple of images of the bird. I originally saw it around 7:30am
but passed it off as something else. Then when I heard there was a Ruff
here, I went back and realized that was what I saw earlier. Had I known, I
would've gotten the word out sooner, sorry.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/
Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee

On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 3:04 PM, John K  wrote:

> Ruff continues as of 3:00 PM on the south side of the boardwalk. Rain is
> starting to fall so bring rainwear.
>
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County.
> On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 13:07 Jeremy Meyer  wrote:
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>> be seen from the boardwalk.
>> Jeremy Meyer
>> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: Re: Alert - Ruff -Horicon auto tour
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 20:04:39 +0000
Ruff continues as of 3:00 PM on the south side of the boardwalk. Rain is
starting to fall so bring rainwear.
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County.
On Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 13:07 Jeremy Meyer  wrote:

> I suppose I should've done it like this. Sorry for the extra emails.  Can
> be seen from the boardwalk.
> Jeremy Meyer
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Subject: Alert - Ruff -Horicon auto tour
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 13:06:25 -0500
I suppose I should've done it like this. Sorry for the extra emails.  Can
be seen from the boardwalk.
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Subject: Horicon - boardwalk
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Apr 2016 12:55:07 -0500
There is a Ruff present now
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Subject: Come to the WSO Convention as a "Walk-In"! : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 22:20:52 -0500
Did you miss the April 15 registration deadline for the 2016 WSO Convention
-- to be held in Racine May 13-16?  SURPRISE:  You may attend as a
"walk-in"!  It will cost a little more than if you had registered by the
deadline (Walk-in prices are:  $50 for adults; $25 for students ages 13-22;
children ages 12 and under are still free!)  If you come to the convention
and register and pay at the Check-in table, this is what you receive:
Friday 2 p.m. "eBird made Easy" workshop, Friday 4 p.m. Member Appreciation
Picnic, Friday 7 p.m. presentation of awards followed by a reception,
Saturday morning car caravan field trips, Saturday noon lunch, Saturday
afternoon presentations and workshops, Saturday evening keynote speaker
program, and Sunday & Monday all-day car caravan field trips (bus trip has
additional cost, but room is still available on the bus).  You really get a
lot of bang for your buck at a WSO Convention!
-- Margaret Brasser, WSO Convention Registrar
(WSO = Wisconsin Society for Ornithology)
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Subject: Re: Wehr Summer Tanager?
From: Paul Kinzer <ptkinzr AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 21:00:48 -0500
The Summer Tanager was present at 5:30pm today, visiting the suet feeder about 
every 10 minutes, for a minute or two. 


Paul Kinzer
Racine County

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> I am wondering if anyone saw the Summer Tanager at the Wehr Nature Center
> this afternoon?
> 
> OI might make the trip tomorrow if it was still there.
> 
> Thanks,
> 
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Subject: Wehr Summer Tanager?
From: Jeff Galligan <jgalligan27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 20:17:13 -0500
Hi All,
I am wondering if anyone saw the Summer Tanager at the Wehr Nature Center
this afternoon?

OI might make the trip tomorrow if it was still there.

Thanks,

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Middleton, Dane County

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Subject: Willets and more at South Shore Yacht Club MKE Co. 4/29/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 19:51:55 -0500
Hi all,
I birded the lakefront in Milwaukee from mid-morning till later afternoon
and the highlight were 4 Willets at South Shore Yacht Club. They were
feeding just south of the beach area and then moved onto a pier to rest.
There were a few dog walkers and do not think they will hang around long
there. There were 100's of Bonaparte's Gulls south of the boat landing
there and a few hanging around the beach area. I saw the first
Black-crowned Night-Heron of the spring at Veteran's Park near the lagoon.
One Semipalmated Sandpiper and a few Caspian Terns at McKinley Marina and
that was about it. I walked what I thought was a good part of Lake Park,
not one warbler and only one Ruby-crowned Kinglet!

Images of the Willets and some of the other species from today at this link:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/willets-at-south-shore-yacht-club-in-milwaukee-wisconsin-on-april-29-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Cattle Egret in Fond du Lac County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:48:39 -0500
While birding with Peter Fissel at Horicon National Wildlife refuge today,
Peter mentioned that he had seen Cattle Egrets in their usual location near
Van Dyne along Lone Elm Road. By the time I got there, I could find only
one. It was at the back of the pond on the south side of Lone Elm Road just
west of W6464 Lone Elm Road.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: Horicon National Wildlife Refuge in Dodge County today
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:44:50 -0500
I got to the refuge rather late in the morning because I had been looking
for shorebirds north of Beaver Dam. The area is very dry and few shorebirds
were seen.
Since I got to STH49 so late, the lighting was bad for the pond east of the
pumphouse on the south side of the road. Still, 2 Black-necked Stilts were
there, and many, many, Dunlin along with the expected yellowlegs and
Pectoral Sandpipers.
The shorebirds are utilizing the rapidly disappearing boardwalk pond for all
it is worth, and it was exciting and challenging today. 14 Black-necked
Stilts were in this pond along with 3 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1 a stunning
female. Four Semipalmated Plovers, 1 Dunlin, Least Sandpipers, Pectoral
Sandpipers, and scores of yellowlegs were working this pond. Only one
dowitcher was left and it got close enough to where I felt fairly confident
in calling it a Long-billed Dowitcher. Unfortunately it didn't call, but the
white-fringed scapulars, densely spotted upper breast, and rufous coloration
from the breast to the undertail were good for that species. I didn't see as
much barring on the sides of the breast and flanks as I would expect.
Fortunately, Peter Fissel showed up and he is much better than I at judging
the degree of "hunchbackedness" on these birds, and he also felt this was a
Long-billed. It is probably one of the remaining 4 that were here a few days
ago.
A couple on the boardwalk compared notes with me, and they said if I wanted
to see Spotted and Solitary Sandpipers to look from the very end of what
remains of the boardwalk. Well that we did, because not only did we see
those species, we had some real ID challenges. There were 3 small shorebirds
huddled together that were quite gray and only the heads and scapulars could
be seen due to them being behind a clump of cattails. Peter and I mulled
over some possibilities, but nothing seemed to fit. Finally one got up and
decided to feed, and we could see by its feeding posture and yellow legs
that they were Least Sandpipers! I had dismissed that possibility because I
had been looking at many breeding-plumaged Least Sandpipers which of course
are quite rufous, and I had overlooked the possibility that there could be
basic-plumaged Leasts in the pond.
Having solved that mystery, we soon noticed another peep that was much
larger than a nearby Least Sandpiper, had primary extension beyond the tail,
and pitch black legs. We quickly got down to either Baird's or White-rumped
Sandpipers. Peter's first thought was Baird's, and several field marks
pointed to that. I see far more White-rumped Sandpipers in spring, so I
don't have much experience with spring Baird's. This bird had no streaking
on the flanks and there was no red whatsoever on the bill; the lack of these
features pointed to Baird's. However, having been fooled by basic plumage
Least Sandpipers, I entertained the possibility that these could be
basic-plumaged White-rumps. Fortunately, Peter had seen a black bar down the
middle of the rump so White-rumped could be ruled out. Additionally, this
bird fed out of the water, which Baird's frequently do, and White-rumps
usually feed in the water. When I got home my Sibley guide had an
illustration of the scattered black-centered scapulars that I had seen on
this bird, further supporting the identification. Thanks to Peter for
helping me with the sandpipers today.
Also interesting to me were 7 Rusty Blackbirds still hanging on, waiting for
the Rusty Blackbird blitz to end, I guess.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Re: Summer Tanager-Milw County-Wehr Nature Center
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:14:10 -0500
It has present off and on this am. South side of building. Hopping in tree
overlooking feeders. A Cooper's went after it twice.
Jennifer A
Milwaukee
On Apr 27, 2016 4:44 PM, "Howard, Carol"  wrote:

> A first spring male Summer Tanager (almost entirely red except for his
> wings) has been eating all day at the brown hanging bird feeders on the
> north side of Wehr Nature Center. Also hanging out in the shrubs and trees
> behind the brown map sign board. Nice!
> Photos by Mark Verhagen, Wehr Natural Areas Manager:
> https://www.zonerama.com/orwellian/Album/1509367
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> The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are back too!
>
> Carol Howard
> Wehr Nature Center
> Milwaukee County
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, April 28, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:24:21 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, April 28, 2016
40 degrees
Heavily overcast
14 birders

Total Species:  42

24 Canada Goose
16 Mallard
2 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
3 Herring Gull
1 Caspian Tern
3 Rock Pigeon
3 Mourning Dove

2 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
12 Northern Flicker
1 Eastern Phoebe
10 American Crow
3 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow

15 Black-capped Chickadee
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
1 House Wren
7 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Eastern Bluebird
36 American Robin
26 European Starling
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler

1 Eastern Towhee
4 Chipping Sparrow
4 Song Sparrow
9 White-throated Sparrow
1 White-crowned Sparrow
6 Northern Cardinal
20 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Common Grackle
5 Brown-headed Cowbird
5 House Finch

15 American Goldfinch
7 House Sparrow

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Subject: Re: Seeking Chimney Swift Information
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:18:35 -0500
Hi Spence,

Do you have specific questions? The Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group 
(several of us) are in the midst of an upgrade to our website (wiswifts.org) so 
there's a lot of info that's not yet up there. I could send something if I know 
better what you're looking for? 


Karen

Karen Etter Hale
Lake Mills, WI
NW Jefferson County

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> and use please?
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Subject: Seeking Chimney Swift Information
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 22:07:30 -0500
Seeking who may be a Chimney Swift specialist regarding their chimney habits
and use please?
Thank you!

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Oconomowoc, WI

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Subject: Grant Park Birdwalks commence on Sunday
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 21:25:17 -0500
We'll begin our migration walks this Sunday, May 1st.  We meet at Area 7-8
parking lot accessed via the Grant/Wiloway entry drive off of South Lake
Drive in South Milwaukee.  For the sake of consistency and newcomers, we
always meet at 8 a.m. at this site, though often we head to Warnimont
Park's shrubby areas north of the Kelly Senior Center.  And this year we'll
head down the Oak Leaf Trail off of the Oak Creek Parkway as well depending
on conditions.  All skill levels welcome.
Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee


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Subject: Canada geese
From: "K Petersen" <loonp AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:58:49 -0500
Hi all -
 

We had a C. goose nest near a pond behind our property with 5 eggs. This
morning both parents were on the pond with 3 goslings, for several hours.
Later I noticed the goose back on the nest sitting on the other two eggs.
This seemed odd to me. Do the hatchings vary that much that some of the eggs
are that far behind the ones that hatched first? Later she left and has not
returned.

 

Kurt Petersen

Sheboygan County



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Subject: More details! Re: Female long-tailed duck at mill pond
From: Jessica Hilt <jhilt626 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:43:49 -0500
Sorry I am new to this and am being told to provide more detail!
Female long-tailed duck seen in the middle of Mill pond in South Milwaukee
at 7:30pm this evening.  The pond is located on the Oak Leaf Parkway
at Mill Road.

Happy birding!

Jessica Hilt
Cudahy WI

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, Jessica Hilt  wrote:

> There as of 7:30pm.
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Subject: Fwd: eBird/Atlas training session- Minocqua- April 30
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:47:44 +0000
A reminder that this special session in Woodruff/Minocqua is on Saturday 
morning. Still plenty of room. Come enjoy the beautiful weather and 
surroundings, all while learning how to participate in the Atlas!! RSVP to me 
if interested. 

Tom Prestby
Green Bay

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From: Tom Prestby >
Date: April 25, 2016 at 6:29:27 PM CDT
To: Wisbird >
Subject: eBird/Atlas training session- Minocqua- April 30


The following is an announcement for a special eBird/Atlas training session in 
Minocqua this Saturday. Hope to see some of you there!! 



Join me and several area WBBA II county coordinators for a special eBird and 
Atlas training session in the great north woods of Wisconsin on Saturday, April 
30th! I'll lead a field trip at 9am looking for northern birds and migrants, 
meet at the Trig's parking lot in Woodruff at 9am. Then, we'll use a classroom 
at Kemp Natural Resources Station to learn the basics of eBird data entry and 
how to eBird for WBBA II. The training session will last until 1pm. Bring a 
laptop or tablet if you have one. If you don't, no worries because there will 
be several available for use. Feel free to come to only the training session if 
you cannot attend the field trip. In that case, meet at Kemp Natural Resources 
Station office at 11am. Anybody is welcome, this is particularly perfect for 
those who haven't eBirded or atlased yet or would like to improve their skills. 
Kemp NRS is offering their discounted research rate of $22/night for anybody 
who wants to stay at the excellent lodging facilities on Fri 

 day night. Contact Tom for details. So, if you don't live nearby, make it a 
weekend trip! Please RSVP to me at jjprestby AT msn.com 
by April 29. 



Tom Prestby

WBBA II data and training specialist

Green Bay

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