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Poorwill,©Julie Zickefoose

1 Sep Myers Beach in Racine on Saturday and Sunday - late report [Rita Marie Wiskowski ]
31 Aug The 2015 Big Sit at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve [William Mueller ]
31 Aug WBBA II Atlas Update - Get Your Data In! ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
30 Aug Re: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house [Ryan Brady ]
30 Aug Connecticut Warbler photo - Bayfield Co. [Ryan Brady ]
30 Aug Re: Wauk Co Nighthawks [Ryan Brady ]
30 Aug Re: Wauk Co Nighthawks [Tim Hahn ]
30 Aug Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage in Waukesha Co. 8/30/15. some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
30 Aug Cattle Egrets [David Freriks ]
30 Aug Hummingbird Garden Tour [Kathi Johnson Rock ]
30 Aug Learn about the work of The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership [William Mueller ]
30 Aug Blue-winged warbler Sawyer county [Rick Pertile ]
30 Aug BB pipers ["Seegert, Greg" ]
30 Aug Door Co Nighthawks ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
29 Aug Re: Bay Beach Sanct. & Horicon Marsh [Kay Kavanagh ]
29 Aug Bay Beach Sanct. & Horicon Marsh [Daryl Tessen ]
29 Aug Tennessee Warblers [Michelle Abel ]
29 Aug Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 27, 2015 [Dennis Casper ]
28 Aug Menomonie River - MKE [KAREN JOHNSON ]
28 Aug Birding Greenfield Park, West Allis MKE Co. 8/28/15, BC Night Heron, Green Herons, PB Grebes and more some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
28 Aug Racine County today. ["Tom Wood" ]
28 Aug Re: Tennessee Warbler thoughts ["Steve Thiessen" ]
28 Aug yard birds-Door Co. ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
28 Aug Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here [Schaufenbuel ]
28 Aug Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here [Richter Museum ]
28 Aug Tennessee Warbler thoughts [ROBERT SPAHN ]
27 Aug update to WI Shorebird Map [William Mueller ]
27 Aug Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here [Aaron Stutz ]
27 Aug Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here [Aaron Stutz ]
27 Aug Wehr Nature Center []
27 Aug Common NIghthawks- St. Croix County []
27 Aug Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here [Schaufenbuel ]
27 Aug Tennessee Warblers -Brown County [Curt & Jeanne Heuer ]
27 Aug FW: Abbey [donald van duyse ]
27 Aug Warblers, again ["Sue Peterson" ]
27 Aug Warblers - Door County ["Sue Peterson" ]
27 Aug Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here [Daniel Edelstein ]
26 Aug Sandhill Cranes with colt feeding So. KM Waukesha Co. 8/26/15 some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
26 Aug Re: Yard birds, MKE []
26 Aug Bender Park Warblers this morning: Oak Creek [Betsy Abert ]
26 Aug Ruddy Turnstone, Wed. 8/26 Milwaukee ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
26 Aug Bay Beach Sanctuary [Daryl Tessen ]
26 Aug Re: Bird banding [Karen Etter Hale ]
26 Aug Bird banding [donald van duyse ]
26 Aug movement of swallows last night, etc [William Mueller ]
25 Aug Door Co. yard birds ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
25 Aug Ruddy Turnstones - McKinley 8/23 - Pictures [Jeremy Meyer ]
26 Aug Shadylane, Lk. Michigan, Horicon today [Peter Fissel ]
25 Aug Milwaukee Migrants [Chris Petherick ]
25 Aug Ruddy turnstone [Dale Bonk ]
25 Aug Ruddy Turnstone, Cty V ponds, Dane [Dale Bonk ]
25 Aug A few migrants (MKE) and new blog posts [Jennifer Ambrose ]
25 Aug Re: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house [Ryan Brady ]
24 Aug Wehr Nature Center []
24 Aug Horicon Marsh [Paul van Ginkel ]
23 Aug Yard birds [Daryl Tessen ]
23 Aug Re: Ruddy Turnstones at McKinley Beach, Milwaukee 8/23 [Jeremy Meyer ]
23 Aug Ruddy Turnstones at McKinley Beach, Milwaukee 8/23 ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
23 Aug Discouraging House Sparrows from feeders ["B.G. Sloan" ]
22 Aug Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated [David Freriks ]
22 Aug Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated [Gloria Shiraef ]
23 Aug Discouraging House Sparrows from feeders [Peter Fissel ]
22 Aug Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated [Bill Krouse ]
22 Aug Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated [Mary ]
22 Aug 17 shorebird species [Daryl Tessen ]
22 Aug Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated [Gloria Shiraef ]
22 Aug Re: MKE - Whimbrel -Myer's park [Jeremy Meyer ]
22 Aug Peanuts and sparrows ["Katy Penland" ]
22 Aug Re: MKE - Whimbrel -Myer's park [Jeremy Meyer ]
22 Aug MKE - Whimbrel -Myer's park [Jeremy Meyer ]
21 Aug Myers Park Racine and upcoming beach clean-up [Jennifer Wenzel ]
21 Aug Info on today's Piping Plover (no sightings) ["Tom Wood" ]
21 Aug A few warblers, Piping Plover, Ruddy Turnstone/ Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties ["Tom Wood" ]
21 Aug Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 20, 2015 [Dennis Casper ]
21 Aug Re: RFI: Sparrows [Richland County] [Karen Etter Hale ]
21 Aug RFI: Sparrows [Richland County] ["Sharon Swiggum" ]

Subject: Myers Beach in Racine on Saturday and Sunday - late report
From: Rita Marie Wiskowski <dona_rita AT rocketmail.com>
Date: Tue, 1 Sep 2015 15:03:40 +0000 (UTC)
Sorry for the late report. I was somehow kicked off the listserv, but I've 
weaseled my way back. ;) 

On Saturday the 29th, in the rain, I stopped at Samuel Myers Beach in Racine 
and saw many of the usual suspects: semipalmated sandpipers, semipalmated 
plovers, a couple least sandpipers, great blue heron.  Four hooded mergansers 
were in the lake and kind of hard to see, but just enough to ID them. Then Mike 
Wanger showed up, and found one short-billed dowitcher. As we were standing 
there watching the dowitcher the often seen peregrine falcon flew in and gave a 
good show. 

Sunday morning (the 30th) was quite dark and foggy, but my brother David and I 
decided to stop at Myers and see if we could relocate the dowitcher. We 
couldn't, but we were treated with many soras. If we had to make a very 
conservative guess, we'd say four, but because they kept coming in and out of 
the reeds it was hard to say who was who and if we were seeing different 
individuals or the same. So possibly many more. To our excitement as we were 
waiting to see more soras, a virginia rail showed up and gave good views. We 
also saw two green herons. One adult and one with downy whisps on top of his 
head leading us to guess he was a youngster. 

Also, a small group of warblers flew in and let us get quite close. Even still, 
a don't know what they were. Darn fall wablers! 

Myers Beach seems to change every day. You never know what will show up. While 
it wasn't as birdy as it sometimes gets, still good stuff to see. And, it's 
looking quite lovely, thanks to the recent clean up efforts of the Hoy Audubon 
group. 

Rita Flores WiskowskiSouth Milwaukee (but birding in 
Racine)https://www.flickr.com/photos/rwiskowski/ 




  
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Subject: The 2015 Big Sit at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:40:12 -0500
http://wglbbo.org/news

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: WBBA II Atlas Update - Get Your Data In!
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:57:28 +0000
The first of five Atlas field seasons is winding down and it's time for all 
atlasers to make sure their data is submitted and reviewed. This involves 3 key 
steps: 


   1. Submit your checklists to the Atlas eBird portal.
   2. Report your non-birding Atlas-related effort (travel, data entry, etc.).
 3. Report required additional information for Priority Species via eBird or 
separate form. 


For details on these steps and other data round-up tips, please see:


http://us10.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6ee6b510dfbc0ccbb26624263&id=d3b2bf77f4&e=45572e6849 



We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

Ryan Brady
Science Coordinator, WI Breeding Bird Atlas II
Bird Monitoring Coordinator, WI Bird Conservation Initiative
Wisconsin DNR - Wildlife Management
Phone: (715) 685-2933
Cell Phone: (715) 685-8585
Fax: (715) 685-2909
ryan.brady AT wisconsin.gov

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Subject: Re: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:29:09 -0600
A quick report-out on this. We had a great trip, netting 40 birds of 15 
species. Each participant got to hold and release numerous birds while learning 
how bird banding is an important tool used in bird research, monitoring, and 
conservation. A few photos are linked below. As of now I intend to offer a 
similar trip again next year. 


http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/nrfbanding2015


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


From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org; ashlandbirders AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: RE: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:42:20 -0600




A final reminder of this field trip on Friday. Some slots remain available so 
come join us if you can. 

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


> From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org; ashlandbirders AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house
> Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:41:37 -0600
> 
> FIELD TRIP: BANDING BIRDS OF THE NORTHWOODS
> FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 -- WASHBURN, WISCONSIN
> 
> If you need an excuse to come up north, see some warblers and other birds in 
the hand, and learn about improving bird habitat in your backyard, then check 
out the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin field trip that I'm leading 
at my home in Bayfield County on Friday, August 28, from 7-10:30 am. Most of 
the registration fee goes to the Bird Protection Fund. 

> 
> Register today athttp://bit.ly/1Boqlbf (trip #123) and learn more about NRF 
and its awesome field trip program athttp://www.wisconservation.org/. 

> 
> 
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
> http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Connecticut Warbler photo - Bayfield Co.
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:29:18 -0600
Had my first of fall along my driveway while giving the kids a wagon ride! 
Usually have my camera in hand for this very reason :) 

http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/161156053


Ryan Brady
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Subject: Re: Wauk Co Nighthawks
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 20:22:45 -0600
Based on area reports northern WI has been completely filled with nighthawks 
the past 3 nights. Just as two examples, thousands were bottled up on the 
Bayfield Peninsula on Saturday, while Duluth birders tallied 14,000+ just from 
one stationary site the same day. 


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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> Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:01:27 -0500
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Wauk Co Nighthawks
> From: thahnbirder AT gmail.com
> To: khilaryf32 AT gmail.com
> CC: doorcobirding AT yahoogroups.com; wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> 
> While I was at my buddies house today I saw at least 100 nighthawks
> migrating over New Berlin. Based on what I could see, and how many birds
> were not within my view due to trees and houses, the flock was probably
> 200+ birds. There were so high up we barely noticed them. ...and the left
> as quickly as they came.
> Cheers!
> 
> Tim Hahn
> Pewaukee, WI
> (Waukesha Cty)
> 
> On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM, K. Hilary Ford 
> wrote:
> 
> > Apparently the Nighthawks spotted over Washington Island yesterday evening
> > also came over Ellison Bay - near six p.m. yesterday evening there were too
> > many to count - looked like 75 or so - swooping up slightly north of
> > Ellison Bay - Enjoying some flying insects - then they suddenly
> > disappeared.
> > Immature Goldfinches still coming to the feeders as are young Hairy
> > Woodpeckers, BlueJays, Downy and R.B. Woodpeckers. W.B. Nuthatches and R.B.
> > Nuthatches
> > Hilary Ford.  Young Humming birds very feisty over the Nectar Feeders, but
> > consuming a lot.
> > Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay
> >
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Subject: Re: Wauk Co Nighthawks
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 21:01:27 -0500
While I was at my buddies house today I saw at least 100 nighthawks
migrating over New Berlin. Based on what I could see, and how many birds
were not within my view due to trees and houses, the flock was probably
200+ birds. There were so high up we barely noticed them. ...and the left
as quickly as they came.
Cheers!

Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
(Waukesha Cty)

On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 1:04 PM, K. Hilary Ford 
wrote:

> Apparently the Nighthawks spotted over Washington Island yesterday evening
> also came over Ellison Bay - near six p.m. yesterday evening there were too
> many to count - looked like 75 or so - swooping up slightly north of
> Ellison Bay - Enjoying some flying insects - then they suddenly
> disappeared.
> Immature Goldfinches still coming to the feeders as are young Hairy
> Woodpeckers, BlueJays, Downy and R.B. Woodpeckers. W.B. Nuthatches and R.B.
> Nuthatches
> Hilary Ford.  Young Humming birds very feisty over the Nectar Feeders, but
> consuming a lot.
> Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Scarlet Sage in Waukesha Co. 8/30/15. some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:11:02 -0500
Hi all,
A pair of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are still hanging around the yard here
in Waukesha County. One of the plants they really enjoy is the Scarlet
Sage. The stunning scarlet color and great nectar source make this plant a
real hummer favorite. I took a few minutes today to photograph one of them
in action.

Link to the images from today of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the
Scarlet Sage if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-on-scarlet-sage-in-waukesha-county-wisconsin-on-august-30-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Cattle Egrets
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 19:06:34 -0500
We are sitting on 49 right now. Apprx 20 Cattle Egrets same spot as where I
saw them a couple weeks ago. Flew across 49 from the north side to the far
side of the pond east of the pumphouse.
Dave Freriks
West Bend


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Subject: Hummingbird Garden Tour
From: Kathi Johnson Rock <kathijr777 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:32:57 -0500
We will be having our Hummingbird Garden Tour at our home again this year
on the following days:
-Wednesday, September 9, 3-7 p.m.
-Sunday, September 13, 1-5:30 p.m.

Mickey O'Connor will be banding at the Sunday Tour.

To learn more and to receive a flyer for the event, please e-mail me at
kathijr AT yahoo.com.

Please join us.

Kathi and Michael Rock

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

"Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this
glittering
fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with
reverence..."; (J. J. Audubon)


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Subject: Learn about the work of The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 15:15:39 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/08/learn-about-work-of-midwest-coordinated.html 



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WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
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Subject: Blue-winged warbler Sawyer county
From: Rick Pertile <mugzy1960 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:26:26 -0500
So far it's been a rather slow start with warbler migration at the cabin, with 
very few birds moving through to date. However Saturday at about 4 p.m. I had 
the highlight of the fall migration season so far, when a beautiful male 
Blue-winged warbler made a very brief appearance outside my back bedroom 
window. The bird appeared in a maple tree near my bird bath and seemed very 
curious of the dripping water and the chickadee currently taking a drink. I was 
certain it was going to drop in and join so I ran to get my camera but 
unfortunately in the 30 seconds it took me to get back the bird had decided to 
move on. No matter how much I kept saying to myself "please come back", it 
apparently just wasn't meant to be for me to get a photo. 

This is the first Blue-winged warbler for my yard list and only the second ever 
in my life. The other was on a birding event near St Croix Falls back in 2008. 
So if there was any disappointment on my part regarding the lack of other 
species so far, this wiped it all away to say the least and clearly made my 
weekend! 


Other interesting photos I have been able to get have been of a male scarlet 
tanager that's been coming to my meal worm tray since July. The bird is almost 
completely in his winter plumage now and I've captured a few nice shots of the 
transition which I will share next weekend (forgot to bring the camera card 
home today). Hopefully it will still be around next weekend and I'll continue 
to get more shots. I'm leaning to believe that this is the same male tanager I 
had last year which stayed until the second week of September before departing 
south. The bird is not alarmed whatsoever of my presence and comes withing 6 
feet of me to feed when I'm sitting on the back deck. After feeding it goes in 
the balsam trees and just loafs. 


Regards,

Rick Pertile
Edgewater Township, Sawyer County WI


 		 	   		  
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Subject: BB pipers
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:07:06 +0000
All

There currently are 6 buff-breasted sandpipers at the Anderson Sod Farm W of 
Appleton on CTH BB. They are on the S side of the road near the middle of the 
field. But they are a long way back so you will need a scope. 


Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam

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Subject: Door Co Nighthawks
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Aug 2015 13:04:20 -0500
Apparently the Nighthawks spotted over Washington Island yesterday evening
also came over Ellison Bay - near six p.m. yesterday evening there were too
many to count - looked like 75 or so - swooping up slightly north of
Ellison Bay - Enjoying some flying insects - then they suddenly disappeared.
Immature Goldfinches still coming to the feeders as are young Hairy
Woodpeckers, BlueJays, Downy and R.B. Woodpeckers. W.B. Nuthatches and R.B.
Nuthatches
Hilary Ford.  Young Humming birds very feisty over the Nectar Feeders, but
consuming a lot.
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Subject: Re: Bay Beach Sanct. & Horicon Marsh
From: Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:38:01 -0500
Yesterday we easily had over 300 individuals and 11 species of shorebirds
along Hy 49 and the Auto Tour.  Really a great time.
On Sat, Aug 29, 2015 at 4:13 PM, Daryl Tessen  wrote:

> This morning I joined several birders for the 2nd warbler walk at Bay
> Beach Sanctuary.  As on Wed the birds were quiet until near the end when we
> ran into a mixed flock of warblers and vireos plus a few others.  For the
> walk we ended with 9 warbler species, including a Palm (real surprise), and
> 4 vireos including 1-2 Philadelphia.  This early afternoon I decided to
> check out Horicon Marsh.  It was really surprising how quiet it was!!
> There were almost NO shorebirds, especially along 49 (north side) and the
> first pond on the Auto Tour.  The "best" ponds were on the south side of 49
> beyond the historic sign where there were a few yellowlegs and 2
> Black-necked Stilts and the last pond on the Auto Tour where there were 2
> more Black-necked Stilts.  Perhaps the most abundant bird on the Auto Tour
> was the Cedar Waxwing.  Easily over 100 were hawking for insects.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
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Subject: Bay Beach Sanct. & Horicon Marsh
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:13:03 -0500
This morning I joined several birders for the 2nd warbler walk at Bay Beach 
Sanctuary. As on Wed the birds were quiet until near the end when we ran into a 
mixed flock of warblers and vireos plus a few others. For the walk we ended 
with 9 warbler species, including a Palm (real surprise), and 4 vireos 
including 1-2 Philadelphia. This early afternoon I decided to check out Horicon 
Marsh. It was really surprising how quiet it was!! There were almost NO 
shorebirds, especially along 49 (north side) and the first pond on the Auto 
Tour. The "best" ponds were on the south side of 49 beyond the historic sign 
where there were a few yellowlegs and 2 Black-necked Stilts and the last pond 
on the Auto Tour where there were 2 more Black-necked Stilts. Perhaps the most 
abundant bird on the Auto Tour was the Cedar Waxwing. Easily over 100 were 
hawking for insects. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Tennessee Warblers
From: Michelle Abel <michelle17abel AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 09:20:15 -0700
Good Morning,
I am continuing to see 4 Tennessee warblers in my yard and my neighbor's
birch tree. They have been around the area for about a week now. At one
point there was a Nashville warbler with them. I don't often see warblers
here, especially for this long. It sure is nice to be able to watch them
from my living room window!

Michelle Abel
Greendale, MKE County


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 27, 2015
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 08:20:16 -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, August 27, 2015
60 degrees
Mostly sunny
15 birders

Total Species:  35

57 Canada Goose
9 Mallard
1 Osprey
1 Spotted Sandpiper
25 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
12 Chimney Swift
4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
4 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy Woodpecker
3 Northern Flicker
1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
3 Red-eyed Vireo
4 American Crow
20 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 House Wren

5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Swainson’s Thrush
8 American Robin
50 Cedar Waxwing
1 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
2 American Redstart
1 Ovenbird
5 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting

1 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Baltimore Oriole
22 House Finch
43 American Goldfinch
25 House Sparrow

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Subject: Menomonie River - MKE
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:43:04 -0500
While canoeing this river today we saw several Green Herons, Black-Crowned
Night-Herons, Spotted Sandpipers, Great Blue Herons, a family of Belted
Kingfishers and bunches of passerines that we weren't able to identify (we
forgot the binoculars in the car!) although they were mostly Cedar
Waxwings, Robins and American Goldfinches.  Lots of activity!
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: Birding Greenfield Park, West Allis MKE Co. 8/28/15, BC Night Heron, Green Herons, PB Grebes and more some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:21:39 -0500
Hi all,
Birding at Greenfield Park this morning provided some nice looks at birds
in action. Some of the highlights were species Black-crowned Night Heron,
Green Heron, Pied-billed Grebe, Great Crested Flycatcher and Wood Ducks. An
adult Green Heron set out insects for bait on the water numerous times that
brought in a few prizes. It was a fun morning doing some photography with
Bruce and Lee. An overcast day with little wind. It started to drizzle when
I left early afternoon.

A link to some of the action from today:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/birding-at-greenfield-park-in-west-allis-wisconsin-on-august-28-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Racine County today.
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:37:37 -0500
I checked the Wind Lake Sod Farms and couldn't find any Buff-breasted
Sandpipers. Large numbers of Killdeer were the only shorebird I found. I
think because it is so dry and there are no puddles that the shorebirds are
staying away. There were dozens of Brewer's Blackbirds at various locations
as is usual this time of year. Almost all the birds were using recently
de-sodded areas.
I then went to Racine and checked Samuel Meyer's Park where a Stilt
Sandpiper was foraging for about 15 minutes just a few feet away from the
trail that goes down to the beach. The other shorebirds were common, but a
flyover Osprey was a nice treat as was the Northern Waterthrush which
stopped for several seconds near one of the pools. A Green Heron moved
around over the area and was quite cooperative for viewing. I don't expect
to see Yellow-rumped Warblers in August, but one was in the pines.
Unfortunately, he didn't bring any other warblers with him.
The lighthouse and Shoop Park in Wind Point had the fewest number of species
I've ever seen there, but there was a large raft of Double-crested
Cormorants out on the lake, and with them were 3 early Horned Grebes.
Chimney Swifts were in the skies above the golf course, and I was able to
confirm that at least American Goldfinch is still breeding. A female was
hanging out near the edge of the golf course and once I saw her fly to the
nest where just the bare head of a hatchling was visible. Four Bonaparte's
Gulls were swooping around the piers at Shoop Park.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Re: Tennessee Warbler thoughts
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:13:19 -0500

 I'm really enjoying learning from these posts. I don't really hear anything 
anymore, but have some thoughts on the matter. So we have the Tennessee 
Warbler, that can linger into June and can be on the way back by the end of 
July. Then, do we have non breeding passerines that can linger durning that 
late June and early July time period? It's tougher with passerines, than 
gulls and shorebirds. Both gulls and shorebirds can show up in non-breeding 
plumage at any time of summer. And are way easier to see.
 When I did do some work, on the atlas, I found late Mourning Warblers (Dane 
co.). I really didn't think they stayed for the later part of June. Atleast 
I couldn't refind them. Just thinking out loud, Steve Thiessen Stoughton
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From: "ROBERT SPAHN" 
To: 
Sent: Friday, August 28, 2015 9:11 AM
Subject: [wisb] Tennessee Warbler thoughts


>  Just another thought on Tennessee Warbler. If you check the MI BBA's, 
> you will find the species confirmed breeding only 10's of miles north of 
> Wisconsin in the UP, Dickenson and Menominee counties. Having birded parts 
> of Vilas, Forest, and Oneida counties fairly seriously, mostly in late 
> June and July, for 45 years, I have not recorded a Tennessee in the 
> breeding season there (an entry in Birds of Wisconsin relative to a July 
> 1978 record is an error). In WI BBA 1, I was with a blockbusting group in 
> northern Marinette County when someone else found and most of us later saw 
> a singing Tennessee Warbler in suitable habitat in July.    I would not 
> try to do anything with a Tennessee in August relative to breeding. We 
> regularly see and band them by dates in the 20's in July in Upstate NY 
> well away from any breeding areas.   Actually, unless you are really 
> careful, I would advocate cutting off Atlas work other than for specific 
> late nesters by the late 20's in July. You
>  can find family groups of many passerines still hanging together with the 
> young begging and even being fed hundreds of miles from the nest late in 
> August; no clue where the nest was. Four more years to go!Bob Spahn
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Subject: yard birds-Door Co.
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:36:30 -0500
Birds Galore!
 

Yesterday was the first time we saw our entire Pileated family here at one
time. We thought that there were only two young, but yesterday the parents
were here feeding THREE youngsters all at the same time.

 

We also saw one NIGHTHAWK flying south near Hillside Rd. yesterday
afternoon.

 

Today the front yard was alive with birds. Besides the regulars like
Mourning Doves, Red-bellied, Downy & Hairy Woodpeckers, Goldfinch,
Chickadees and White-breasted Nuthatches, several ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS
ate sunflower seeds and this morning a female SCARLET TANAGER joined them.

Then two adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS ate suet and marvel meal at the same
time.

During the lunch hour the warblers invaded splashing in the four bird baths:

8 Tennessee, 1 Black-throated Green, 1 Black & White, 1 Pine, 2 Wilson's, 1
1st year female Cape May and 1 1st year female Blackburnian!

Love this time of year almost as much as spring!

Enjoy the migrants.

 

Charlotte & Roy Lukes

Egg Harbor, Door County

 



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Subject: Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here
From: Schaufenbuel <schaufenbuel AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 11:31:26 -0500
Thanks Aaron,

A great find! And I like how you inserted the BBS info as a locale list 
report for eBird. That is a lesson for all.   Back to my Iowa July 
sightings of Tennessee Warblers, one was on the 4th of July in extreme 
NE Iowa of a loudly singing bird at the top of a grove of Black 
Willows.  I know Michigan has a few nesting, so that leaves an even 
greater chance of WI breeding - but Iowa? not so much.

Joe

-- 
Joe Schaufenbuel
Stevens Point
Portage Co., WI




On 8/27/2015 6:57 PM, Aaron Stutz wrote:
> The highlight of my Flambeau BBS on 6/29 was a singing male in Rusk Co.
> http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S24091657
>
> The habitat superficially resembled the breeding habitat described here:
> http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tennessee_Warbler/lifehistory.
>
> Although Jack Pine dominated instead of spruce (spruce stands were present, 
but were not adjacent to the road...which is where I saw and heard the bird. 

>
> Here is the WBBA2 map--only 2 sightings during the heart of breeding season:
> 
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/map/tenwar?neg=true&env.minX=-99.40160156249999&env.minY=39.53910787648086&env.maxX=-77.86839843749999&env.maxY=48.85125490631845&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=EBIRD_ATL_WI_2015 

>
> Aaron Stutz
> Lake Mills, Jefferson County
>
>
>> On Aug 27, 2015, at 7:12 AM, Daniel Edelstein  
wrote: 

>>
>> . . . and good morning. . . and some of you may know the so-called 
“early” southward migration observations of TN 

>> Warbler reported here, including Daryl Tessen’s from 8-26-15, are 
interesting for many reasons, including the fact this species is not 
“confirmed” 

>> as a breeder in WI — but, instead, is merely stated as “possible” 
and/or “probable” amid eight northern WI counties, per the most recent 

>> “Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin” (Atlas) (WI Society for 
Ornithology, Inc., 2006). 

>> Perhaps the new effort for the new Atlas by the folks conducting surveys in 
these counties will “confirm” breeding by TN? 

>>
>> It will, obviously, be an interesting result among myriad when the new Atlas 
is done. 

>>
>> Meanwhile, onto the birding fun….enjoy, everyone.
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Daniel Edelstein
>>
>> Ellison Bay, WI
>> &
>> Novato, CA
>>
>> www.warblerwatch.com
>>
>> http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com
>> (my eight-year-old warbler-centric blog site)
>>
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Subject: Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:10:30 +0000
Having worked on woodland nesting raptors in northern Wisconsin, I've seen and 
heard summer TN Warblers in several areas of Forest and Florence counties. 
Another species which is not that uncommon is Cape May. 

Tom Erdman, Green Bay

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Behalf Of Aaron Stutz 

Sent: Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:58 PM
To: danieledelstein AT att.net
Cc: WIS List Serve 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports 
Here 


The highlight of my Flambeau BBS on 6/29 was a singing male in Rusk Co.  
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S24091657

The habitat superficially resembled the breeding habitat described here:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tennessee_Warbler/lifehistory.  

Although Jack Pine dominated instead of spruce (spruce stands were present, but 
were not adjacent to the road...which is where I saw and heard the bird. 


Here is the WBBA2 map--only 2 sightings during the heart of breeding season:

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/map/tenwar?neg=true&env.minX=-99.40160156249999&env.minY=39.53910787648086&env.maxX=-77.86839843749999&env.maxY=48.85125490631845&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=EBIRD_ATL_WI_2015 


Aaron Stutz
Lake Mills, Jefferson County


> On Aug 27, 2015, at 7:12 AM, Daniel Edelstein  
wrote: 

> 
> . . . and good morning. . . and some of you may know the so-called 
> “early” southward migration observations of TN Warbler reported here, 
including Daryl Tessen’s from 8-26-15, are interesting for many reasons, 
including the fact this species is not “confirmed” 

> as a breeder in WI — but, instead, is merely stated as “possible” 
> and/or “probable” amid eight northern WI counties, per the most recent 
“Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin” (Atlas) (WI Society for 
Ornithology, Inc., 2006). 

> Perhaps the new effort for the new Atlas by the folks conducting surveys in 
these counties will “confirm” breeding by TN? 

> 
> It will, obviously, be an interesting result among myriad when the new Atlas 
is done. 

> 
> Meanwhile, onto the birding fun….enjoy, everyone.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Daniel Edelstein
> 
> Ellison Bay, WI
> &
> Novato, CA
> 
> www.warblerwatch.com
> 
> http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com
> (my eight-year-old warbler-centric blog site)
> 
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Subject: Tennessee Warbler thoughts
From: ROBERT SPAHN <rspahn AT prodigy.net>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:11:23 +0000 (UTC)
  Just another thought on Tennessee Warbler. If you check the MI BBA's, you 
will find the species confirmed breeding only 10's of miles north of Wisconsin 
in the UP, Dickenson and Menominee counties. Having birded parts of Vilas, 
Forest, and Oneida counties fairly seriously, mostly in late June and July, for 
45 years, I have not recorded a Tennessee in the breeding season there (an 
entry in Birds of Wisconsin relative to a July 1978 record is an error). In WI 
BBA 1, I was with a blockbusting group in northern Marinette County when 
someone else found and most of us later saw a singing Tennessee Warbler in 
suitable habitat in July.     I would not try to do anything with a 
Tennessee in August relative to breeding. We regularly see and band them by 
dates in the 20's in July in Upstate NY well away from any breeding 
areas.    Actually, unless you are really careful, I would advocate cutting 
off Atlas work other than for specific late nesters by the late 20's in July. 
You 

 can find family groups of many passerines still hanging together with the 
young begging and even being fed hundreds of miles from the nest late in 
August; no clue where the nest was. Four more years to go!Bob Spahn 

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Subject: update to WI Shorebird Map
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:42:52 -0500
Thanks to Mike Schlotfeldt at WGLBBO for this new update to the 2015
shorebird map:
http://wglbbo.org/2015-shorebird-map

William Mueller
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Subject: Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here
From: Aaron Stutz <agstutz AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:57:53 -0500
The highlight of my Flambeau BBS on 6/29 was a singing male in Rusk Co.  
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S24091657

The habitat superficially resembled the breeding habitat described here:
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Tennessee_Warbler/lifehistory.  

Although Jack Pine dominated instead of spruce (spruce stands were present, but 
were not adjacent to the road...which is where I saw and heard the bird. 


Here is the WBBA2 map--only 2 sightings during the heart of breeding season:

http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/map/tenwar?neg=true&env.minX=-99.40160156249999&env.minY=39.53910787648086&env.maxX=-77.86839843749999&env.maxY=48.85125490631845&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=EBIRD_ATL_WI_2015 


Aaron Stutz
Lake Mills, Jefferson County


> On Aug 27, 2015, at 7:12 AM, Daniel Edelstein  
wrote: 

> 
> . . . and good morning. . . and some of you may know the so-called 
“early” southward migration observations of TN 

> Warbler reported here, including Daryl Tessen’s from 8-26-15, are 
interesting for many reasons, including the fact this species is not 
“confirmed” 

> as a breeder in WI — but, instead, is merely stated as “possible” 
and/or “probable” amid eight northern WI counties, per the most recent 

> “Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin” (Atlas) (WI Society for 
Ornithology, Inc., 2006). 

> Perhaps the new effort for the new Atlas by the folks conducting surveys in 
these counties will “confirm” breeding by TN? 

> 
> It will, obviously, be an interesting result among myriad when the new Atlas 
is done. 

> 
> Meanwhile, onto the birding fun….enjoy, everyone.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Daniel Edelstein
> 
> Ellison Bay, WI
> &
> Novato, CA
> 
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> 
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Subject: Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here
From: Aaron Stutz <agstutz AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:48:17 -0500



> On Aug 27, 2015, at 12:11 PM, Schaufenbuel  wrote:
> 
> 
> Daniel and All,
> 
> The Tennessee Warbler is known to nest in NE Minnesota and north of Lake 
> Superior in Ontario (as well as well-north into the expanses of NW 
> Canada) and could concivably nest in WI. That said the Tennessee 
> Warblers we find in August are likely just migrants. As a warbler it is 
> sort of drab with a lively loud song (which is sometimes heard in fall). 
> Plumage aside, this bird has one of the longer migrations of any of the 
> warblers and is prone to taking early leave, as early as mid-summer. 
> Indeed birders find individuals in July in WI (mostly males) and 
> recently I had my second July record for Iowa. Like Eastern Kingbirds 
> and Bobolinks the Tennessee is a fleet bird on the wing and adapted to 
> making long distance flights. They also have a high mortality and 
> produce rather large broods for a warbler - especially during Spruce Bud 
> Worm outbreaks.
> 
> Joe
> 
> -- Joe Schaufenbuel Stevens Point Portage Co., WI
> 
>> On 8/27/2015 7:12 AM, Daniel Edelstein wrote:
>> . . . and good morning. . . and some of you may know the so-called 
“early” southward migration observations of TN 

>> Warbler reported here, including Daryl Tessen’s from 8-26-15, are 
interesting for many reasons, including the fact this species is not 
“confirmed” 

>> as a breeder in WI — but, instead, is merely stated as “possible” 
and/or “probable” amid eight northern WI counties, per the most recent 

>> “Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin” (Atlas) (WI Society for 
Ornithology, Inc., 2006). 

>> Perhaps the new effort for the new Atlas by the folks conducting surveys in 
these counties will “confirm” breeding by TN? 

>> 
>> It will, obviously, be an interesting result among myriad when the new Atlas 
is done. 

>> 
>> Meanwhile, onto the birding fun….enjoy, everyone.
>> 
>> Regards,
>> 
>> Daniel Edelstein
>> 
>> Ellison Bay, WI
>> &
>> Novato, CA
>> 
>> www.warblerwatch.com
>> 
>> http://warblerwatch.blogspot.com
>> (my eight-year-old warbler-centric blog site)
>> 
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Subject: Wehr Nature Center
From: <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:40:31 +0000 (UTC)
 Mike Goodman- South MilwaukeeWehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Aug 27, 2015 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Also saw: [4] deer, [5] squirrels, & [10] chipmunks]
27 species
Canada Goose  20
Wood Duck  3
Mallard  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  3
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  15
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
American Robin  20
Gray Catbird  3
Brown Thrasher  2
Cedar Waxwing  30
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  4
Common Grackle  5
House Finch  5
American Goldfinch  50

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Subject: Common NIghthawks- St. Croix County
From: <lpersico AT pressenter.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:31:12 -0500
Yesterday evening a very large kettle of Common Nighthawks passed over my house 
in rural St. Croix county. I lost count at around 225 birds. It was an 
incredible sight. The most I have seen in a single kettle. Watch for them 
heading south. 

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Subject: Re: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here
From: Schaufenbuel <schaufenbuel AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 12:11:08 -0500
Daniel and All,

The Tennessee Warbler is known to nest in NE Minnesota and north of Lake 
Superior in Ontario (as well as well-north into the expanses of NW 
Canada) and could concivably nest in WI. That said the Tennessee 
Warblers we find in August are likely just migrants. As a warbler it is 
sort of drab with a lively loud song (which is sometimes heard in fall). 
Plumage aside, this bird has one of the longer migrations of any of the 
warblers and is prone to taking early leave, as early as mid-summer. 
Indeed birders find individuals in July in WI (mostly males) and 
recently I had my second July record for Iowa. Like Eastern Kingbirds 
and Bobolinks the Tennessee is a fleet bird on the wing and adapted to 
making long distance flights. They also have a high mortality and 
produce rather large broods for a warbler - especially during Spruce Bud 
Worm outbreaks.

Joe

-- Joe Schaufenbuel Stevens Point Portage Co., WI

On 8/27/2015 7:12 AM, Daniel Edelstein wrote:
> . . . and good morning. . . and some of you may know the so-called 
“early” southward migration observations of TN 

> Warbler reported here, including Daryl Tessen’s from 8-26-15, are 
interesting for many reasons, including the fact this species is not 
“confirmed” 

> as a breeder in WI — but, instead, is merely stated as “possible” 
and/or “probable” amid eight northern WI counties, per the most recent 

> “Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin” (Atlas) (WI Society for 
Ornithology, Inc., 2006). 

> Perhaps the new effort for the new Atlas by the folks conducting surveys in 
these counties will “confirm” breeding by TN? 

>
> It will, obviously, be an interesting result among myriad when the new Atlas 
is done. 

>
> Meanwhile, onto the birding fun….enjoy, everyone.
>
> Regards,
>
> Daniel Edelstein
>
> Ellison Bay, WI
> &
> Novato, CA
>
> www.warblerwatch.com
>
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> (my eight-year-old warbler-centric blog site)
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Subject: Tennessee Warblers -Brown County
From: Curt & Jeanne Heuer <heuers3 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 10:38:15 -0500
Our pine trees this morning were full of birds including quite a few warblers. 
There were a lot of them and they stayed a long time so we had a chance to 
really observe and identify them. We are pretty confident that we had Tennessee 
Warblers ( about 8 at one time) and at least two Black-throated Greens. 


Along with them were WB nuthatches, Red Belly woodpecker, BC Chickadees, House 
Finches and Goldfinches, but the warblers were the hit of the morning. 




Jeanne & Curt Heuer
New Franken
Brown County

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Subject: FW: Abbey
From: donald van duyse <dvanduyse AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 08:13:12 -0500
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 01:35:39 +0000
From: fgostrander AT att.net
To: dvanduyse AT hotmail.com
Subject: Abbey

  Don 
We saw over2,000 swifts at the Abbey this evening. Impressive sight. Pass along 
to folks who would appreciate it. 

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Subject: Warblers, again
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:17:08 -0500
Sorry for the unfinished email, a blip. The seventh warbler was a 
Black-throated Green, 4. There were also several Brown Creepers with a few 
Chickadees and Nuthatches. 

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Subject: Warblers - Door County
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:11:18 -0500
Yesteday I found seven species of warblers at Blossomberg Cemetery in the 
Peninsula State Park. They were mostly high in the pine trees, feeding and 
moving through. The ones I could id were: 

Tennessee 3, Black & White 3, Redstart 4, Chestnut-sided, 1 Blackburnian 3, 
Pine 1 

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Subject: Thought That Relates To Recent TN Warbler Sighting Reports Here
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 05:12:21 -0700
. . . and good morning. . . and some of you may know the so-called “early” 
southward migration observations of TN 

Warbler reported here, including Daryl Tessen’s from 8-26-15, are interesting 
for many reasons, including the fact this species is not “confirmed” 

as a breeder in WI — but, instead, is merely stated as “possible” and/or 
“probable” amid eight northern WI counties, per the most recent 

“Atlas of the Breeding Birds of Wisconsin” (Atlas) (WI Society for 
Ornithology, Inc., 2006). 

Perhaps the new effort for the new Atlas by the folks conducting surveys in 
these counties will “confirm” breeding by TN? 


It will, obviously, be an interesting result among myriad when the new Atlas is 
done. 


Meanwhile, onto the birding fun….enjoy, everyone.

Regards,

Daniel Edelstein

Ellison Bay, WI
&
Novato, CA

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes with colt feeding So. KM Waukesha Co. 8/26/15 some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:56:50 -0500
Hi all,
Doing some birding out in the South Kettle Moraine today I came across this
family of Sandhill Cranes. I enjoyed the show they put on with two adults
and one colt that is almost adult size now.

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


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/sandhill-cranes-with-colt-feeding-in-the-south-kettle-moraine-in-waukesha-county-on-august-26-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Re: Yard birds, MKE
From: <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 20:27:30 +0000
-Nice birds coming thru my yard here in St. Francis.A Whole family of Baltimore 
Orioles! Hummingbirds everywhere! Spotted a Northern Waterthrush at my 
daughter's yard a block away from mine. 


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Subject: Bender Park Warblers this morning: Oak Creek
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:05 -0500
A nice little wave among a young grove of poplars included a probable
juvenile Golden winged, Tennessee and Blackburnian.  This is only the
second Golden winged for me, but the single bright yellow wing panel seemed
a clear indicator even as the bird lacked a distinctive face mask; the
muted golden/green crown gave me pause as well.  Heard my first yard thrush
last night.
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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone, Wed. 8/26 Milwaukee
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:43:04 -0500
I spotted a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone this morning around 1130 at McKinley Beach 
in Milwaukee. It was on the algae mat for just a short time (with a 
Semipalmated Sandpiper), then it flew around the northern rocks at the place 
where the lake enters the cove to the lake side of the rocks. Last seen working 
its way north along the lake-side rocks on either side of the flag pole. 

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Subject: Bay Beach Sanctuary
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 12:31:26 -0500
I joined the Green Bay group for the first fall warbler walk at Bay Beach 
sanctuary. As expected it was overall quiet although we did run into one nice 
passerine wave that included 6 warblers---Tennessee, Nashville, Redstart, 
Blackburnian and Chestnut-sided, 2 vireos---Warbling and Red-eyed, 3 
flycatchers---Phoebe, Wood Pewee and Least. However the best bird was a 
Broad-winged Hawk that put on an excellent show for quite some time---perching 
in various trees and circling low overhead. It was an immature. 

A few minutes ago I had a Swainson's Thrush at one of the bird baths in my 
yard. 

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Subject: Re: Bird banding
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:29:38 -0500
Don - That sounds like a homing pigeon (all wild birds must be banded with a 
FWS aluminum band, as well as any colored bands if a study is being conducted). 
Without any other info (numbers or other id), I doubt the pigeon fanciers 
(several websites) could tell who it might have belonged to. 

Karen
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Lake Mills, WI
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On Aug 26, 2015, at 10:31 AM, donald van duyse  wrote:

> I found what I think were the remains of some type of pigeon. It had two 
bands on one leg, one Blue and one White. The bands did not have any markings 
on them. If anyone knows what they are please back-channel me. Thanks.Don Van 
DuyseBrown County 

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Subject: Bird banding
From: donald van duyse <dvanduyse AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:31:37 -0500
I found what I think were the remains of some type of pigeon. It had two bands 
on one leg, one Blue and one White. The bands did not have any markings on 
them. If anyone knows what they are please back-channel me. Thanks.Don Van 
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Subject: movement of swallows last night, etc
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:42:30 -0500
Many hundreds - perhaps thousands - of Cliff and Bank swallows were moving
southward yesterday evening ( I counted > 650 CLSW and estimated >150 BANS)
along the Lake Michigan shoreline at FBMP. I was watching for only 90
minutes, so I am certain there were many more than the number I saw. These
2 spp "move out" relatively early - although they continue to pass through
into September.
A big push of Purple Martins has already taken place, and I was told of a
large staging flock in Oshkosh (~4000 individuals) last week.  I had only
one last evening, plus small numbers of Barns and Trees.

The WGLBBO Waterbird Watch at Harrington Beachn SP starts its fall season
on Sept 1.

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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office  262-285-3374
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Subject: Door Co. yard birds
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:55:31 -0500
We enjoyed a nice assortment of birds in the yard today. A new family of
five immature Rose-breasted Grosbeaks fed on sunflower seeds together. We
also have three older ones that appeared more than a month ago and are
changing into their winter plumage.
 

Our Pileated Woodpeckers have been feeding the two youngsters suet and
marvel meal for the past few weeks. Now the kids are getting the food by
themselves and visit the feeders several times a day.

 

More American Goldfinches are showing up at the feeders. Perhaps the young
will make an appearance within the next few weeks.

 

There were nice migrating warblers at the bird baths today. First a Black &
White came in. Then a 1st winter Common Yellowthroat, a Canada and then an
American Redstart.

 

The last visitors to the baths at 7:20 pm were two Hermit Thrushes. They
have been here all summer.

 

The Red-headed Woodpecker was at the marvel meal on Sunday and we have many
young Downy, Hairy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers at the feeders.

 

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Subject: Ruddy Turnstones - McKinley 8/23 - Pictures
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 22:20:28 -0500
Good evening, I just wanted to share a few photos of the turnstones with
you.  I went down there as soon as I heard and found the both of them.
Thank you Jym, for reporting the birds.  I watched the two of them for a
few hours, along with the Sanderlings, taking photos of the birds working
the algae covered beach.  Getting to see a turnstone in breeding plumage,
up real close, is very cool.  Photos are at the link, if you are interested.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Shadylane, Lk. Michigan, Horicon today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2015 03:03:58 +0000
Jim Otto and I went to Lake Michigan today. On the way over, we stopped briefly 
at the pond on Shadylane Rd. south of Juneau. Shorebirds there were fairly 
standard, with a few Stilt Sandpipers and a Wilson's Phalarope being the best. 


The Lion's Den Gorge preserve south of Port Washington had some migrants, with 
multiple Yellow-bellied Flycatchers being the highlight for us. We ran into Tom 
Wood, who'd had several Swainson's Thrushes and a few warblers we didn't see. 
Our next stop was the harbor in Port Washington, which had Herring, Ring-billed 
and a single Bonaparte's Gull, and nearly nothing else. A brief stop at Forest 
Beach Migratory Preserve yielded no migrating hawks as we'd hoped it might. At 
Harrington Beach St. Park, there were a couple of Sanderlings among the gulls 
down near the rocky point (which is mostly underwater.) 



Kohler-Andrae, like Harrington Beach, has almost no beach due to the high lake 
level, and very few birds besides swallows overhead. We checked various beaches 
and North Point in Sheboygan. Lots of gulls, but other than a couple of 
Bonaparte's on North Point, we couldn't pull any other species out of all the 
Ring-bills and Herrings. There were a few Semipalmated Sandpipers on the Point, 
and a Semipalm. Plover working the algae mats by the piers. 



At Horicon Marsh, there were only a few Great Egrets along Hwy 49. A family of 
Common Gallinules was in the same place I saw them last week, right on the 
south side of the road just east of the historical marker. On the north side, 
there was a nice selection of shorebirds, including a Ruddy Turnstone and quite 
a few Baird's Sandpipers. Very little on the first pond on the Auto Loop, but 
the last pond had some shorebirds, including one BN Stilt. A young Sora was 
working the mud on the edge. 



Despite the gray skies and cool temps, it was a good day birding.


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Milwaukee Migrants
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 21:29:22 +0000 (GMT)
I hadn't seen much activity until yesterday. I had 2 Tennessee warblers, a 
red-start and a magnolia warbler at Lion's Den in Ozaukee Cty. Just now, 
coincidentally after Jennifer's email, I had a Swainson's thrush and a Canada 
Warbler in my yard. Very cool! Looks like things are starting up....and I guess 
weather is going to start getting cooler. Have been seeing nighthawks each 
night and a lot of swallows overhead at my house the past few nights - probably 
75 to 100 total, made up of various species. 

As a side note - I went to McKinley Beach in Milwaukee Sunday evening looking 
for the Turnstones and did not find them. I did see 5 sanderlings and a number 
of semipalmated sandpipers. No plovers either. I also struck out on the piping 
plovers in Sheboygan on Saturday. The Canada warbler today kind of makes up for 
that. Kind of. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Ruddy turnstone
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:13:21 -0500
I forgot...
Dale Bonk
Mt Horeb, Dane

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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone, Cty V ponds, Dane
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 16:13:21 -0500
I spotted a single ruddy turnstone at the V ponds in Dane Co. I'm not sure
if it's immature or just non-breeding plumage. I'll check photos at home.
Otherwise, the usual fare.

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Subject: A few migrants (MKE) and new blog posts
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:12:00 -0500
Hello everyone,
It's still been pretty quiet for migrant songbirds, but yesterday at Grant
park Wil-O-Way, I saw an Ovenbird and Swainson's Thrush. This morning at
Sheridan Park, I heard and got a glimpse of a Least Flycatcher and saw an
Olive-sided Flycatcher.

I have written two new blog posts with photos; one regarding Ruddy
Turnstones and one about Great Blue Herons at Mill Pond. Web site:
www.birdspazz.com

Thanks,

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Re: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 08:42:20 -0600
A final reminder of this field trip on Friday. Some slots remain available so 
come join us if you can. 

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

> From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org; ashlandbirders AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: NRF Field Trip Aug 28 - Bird Banding at my house
> Date: Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:41:37 -0600
> 
> FIELD TRIP: BANDING BIRDS OF THE NORTHWOODS
> FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 -- WASHBURN, WISCONSIN
> 
> If you need an excuse to come up north, see some warblers and other birds in 
the hand, and learn about improving bird habitat in your backyard, then check 
out the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin field trip that I'm leading 
at my home in Bayfield County on Friday, August 28, from 7-10:30 am. Most of 
the registration fee goes to the Bird Protection Fund. 

> 
> Register today at http://bit.ly/1Boqlbf (trip #123) and learn more about NRF 
and its awesome field trip program at http://www.wisconservation.org/. 

> 
> 
> Ryan Brady
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Subject: Wehr Nature Center
From: <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 21:10:40 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee
Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Aug 24, 2015 8:15 AM
Protocol: Incidental
18 species
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  1
Tree Swallow  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
American Robin  1
Cedar Waxwing  8
Tennessee Warbler  1    1st winter plumage
Song Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  1
House Finch  3
American Goldfinch  8
Have a Great day & SMILE!

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Subject: Horicon Marsh
From: Paul van Ginkel <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:41:30 -0500
Yesterday late afternoon after the sun came back out:
Black crowned night heron (in the dead tree along Highway 49)
American Bittern (in the ditch behind the floating boardwalk in the autoloop)
Whooping Crane (observed from the observation deck on the boardwalk flying in 
behind a group of Sandhill Cranes in the more eastern part of the marsh) 

2 Green backed herons
Pectoral sandpipers, Yellowlegs and a Dowitcher along with the more regular 
birds along the auto loop 


Earlier in the afternoon saw a juvenile Glaucous gull on the S pier and a few 
Bonaparte gulls along the north pier of Manitowoc harbor. 


Paul van Ginkel
Madison
  
Paul van Ginkel
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Subject: Yard birds
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:50:32 -0500
This change to fall like weather has started the migration here. In my yard 
today were a Redstart, Black & white and Canada Warbler. Nice to see them 
again. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: Ruddy Turnstones at McKinley Beach, Milwaukee 8/23
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 14:51:36 -0500
Still present, along the north side of the beach
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Aug 23, 2015 1:27 PM, "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <
hopmoon AT milwpc.com> wrote:

> I found an adult male Ruddy Turnstone feeding on the algae mat at McKinley
> Beach in Milwaukee this morning around 11.  When I checked the beach again
> at 1, it had been joined by a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone, plus 10
> Sanderlings, 7 Semi-palmated Sandpipers, and 2 Semi-palmated Plovers.
> Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Ruddy Turnstones at McKinley Beach, Milwaukee 8/23
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 13:26:42 -0500
I found an adult male Ruddy Turnstone feeding on the algae mat at McKinley 
Beach in Milwaukee this morning around 11. When I checked the beach again at 1, 
it had been joined by a juvenile Ruddy Turnstone, plus 10 Sanderlings, 7 
Semi-palmated Sandpipers, and 2 Semi-palmated Plovers. 

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Subject: Discouraging House Sparrows from feeders
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 11:41:43 -0400
For what it's worth, a few years ago I wrote this blog piece about keeping
House Sparrows away from feeders:
http://bird-bs.blogspot.com/2010/01/keeping-house-sparrows-away-from-bird.html
I did some Internet searching and posted a request for information to a
couple of birding e-mail lists. The blog post summarizes what I learned,
and highlights a solution that worked for me.

Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean


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Subject: Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:48:08 -0500
There is nothing natural about House Sparrows or Starlings on this side of
the Atlantic. We as humans screwed this up and put populations of our
native birds at risk. Not that I find glee from it, but after witnessing
many times what these exotics do to our native birds, I would much rather
see the destruction of every last one of these two species on this side of
the Atlantic than see them kill or displace one more native bird. Putting a
psychiatrist type spin on this situation is naive. These birds kill and
displace our native species. The simple answer for anyone that loves our
native birds should be to control these two species.... not to give them a
pass because it isn't their fault. They get complete impunity? What is that?
Dave Freriks - owner of a well used sparrow trap.
West Bend WI


On Saturday, August 22, 2015, Gloria Shiraef  wrote:

> Mary, I understand just how heartbreaking these things are, believe me.
> But they are natural, even though as people, we can't help but find them
> unnaturally abhorrent. No, nature is seldom fair by our standards.
>
> It's even less fair, however, to put human parameters on correct social
> behavior for any wildlife.
>
> It's not right to assign blame to birds for what are to them, activities
> they carry out instinctively, not with intent, as we humans do.
>
> That's why I get so fascinated when I see birds or other wildlife mirror
> some of our values, because I never expect it of them.
>
> That said, your indignation and disgust is something I'm sure most of us
> can relate to, it's just that we can't rightly direct blame or anger at
> wildlife that doesn't know any better or different, and that factor gives
> them complete impunity, (not unlike how we can't prosecute the mentally
> deficient).
>
> Gloria Shiraef
> Manitowoc City, County
>
>
>
> On Aug 22, 2015, at 6:16 PM, Mary wrote:
>
> > Wish I could agree. That would be the path of least resistance. But I
> have seen non-native House Sparrows drop baby Cliff Swallows from their
> nest as the parents try in vain to drive them away. I've gone to check on
> Bluebirds a week or so from fledging in boxes I am monitoring only to find
> a dead parent and 2 babies in the ground at the base of the pole and the
> other dead baby under a jumbled nest of sparrow nest material (aka, junk).
> Rape as a form of mating? Maybe for Mallards... I just don't find it
> amusing for House Sparrows.
> >
> > Guess I am having a hard time finding the joy in watching them chase off
> my native songbirds...
> >
> > Mary Korkor, Waukesha County
> >
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> >> On Aug 22, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Gloria Shiraef  > wrote:
> >>
> >> I have an opinion on this subject, but I am not singling out those who
> bring it up now, as there have been similar discussions on this list for
> years, and I would finally like to address this as the general topic of
> birds who aren't appreciated.
> >> I am assuming 'house' sparrows was being referred to, as I can't think
> anyone on this list would want to be rid of the more 'exotic' sparrow
> species.
> >>
> >> At this point in my life, I no longer understand why people who like
> birds even want to choose what species to feed and not feed, because first
> and foremost, it's a losing battle no matter what you try to do.
>
> "snip"
>
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Subject: Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 21:01:51 -0500
Mary, I understand just how heartbreaking these things are, believe me. But 
they are natural, even though as people, we can't help but find them 
unnaturally abhorrent. No, nature is seldom fair by our standards. 


It's even less fair, however, to put human parameters on correct social 
behavior for any wildlife. 


It's not right to assign blame to birds for what are to them, activities they 
carry out instinctively, not with intent, as we humans do. 


That's why I get so fascinated when I see birds or other wildlife mirror some 
of our values, because I never expect it of them. 


That said, your indignation and disgust is something I'm sure most of us can 
relate to, it's just that we can't rightly direct blame or anger at wildlife 
that doesn't know any better or different, and that factor gives them complete 
impunity, (not unlike how we can't prosecute the mentally deficient). 


Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City, County



On Aug 22, 2015, at 6:16 PM, Mary wrote:

> Wish I could agree. That would be the path of least resistance. But I have 
seen non-native House Sparrows drop baby Cliff Swallows from their nest as the 
parents try in vain to drive them away. I've gone to check on Bluebirds a week 
or so from fledging in boxes I am monitoring only to find a dead parent and 2 
babies in the ground at the base of the pole and the other dead baby under a 
jumbled nest of sparrow nest material (aka, junk). Rape as a form of mating? 
Maybe for Mallards... I just don't find it amusing for House Sparrows. 

> 
> Guess I am having a hard time finding the joy in watching them chase off my 
native songbirds... 

> 
> Mary Korkor, Waukesha County
> 
> 
> Sent from my iPad
> 
>> On Aug 22, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Gloria Shiraef  wrote:
>> 
>> I have an opinion on this subject, but I am not singling out those who bring 
it up now, as there have been similar discussions on this list for years, and I 
would finally like to address this as the general topic of birds who aren't 
appreciated. 

>> I am assuming 'house' sparrows was being referred to, as I can't think 
anyone on this list would want to be rid of the more 'exotic' sparrow species. 

>> 
>> At this point in my life, I no longer understand why people who like birds 
even want to choose what species to feed and not feed, because first and 
foremost, it's a losing battle no matter what you try to do. 


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Subject: Discouraging House Sparrows from feeders
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 01:21:40 +0000
Since we are getting WAY far afield from the original question, I'll repost the 
very simple suggestion that Pat Ready originally gave us some time back. Just 
tie a couple of short lengths (a foot or so long) of monofilament fishing line 
to the top of the feeder. For some reason, House Sparrows don't like it, but 
other species don't seem to be bothered by it. If the HOSPs do adjust to it in 
a few weeks, you may need to take the feeders down for a few days (or remove 
the fishing line for a while,) then put it back up. 


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Madison WI


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Subject: Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 19:24:14 -0500
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Subject: Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated
From: Mary <marykorkor AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 18:16:22 -0500
Wish I could agree. That would be the path of least resistance. But I have seen 
non-native House Sparrows drop baby Cliff Swallows from their nest as the 
parents try in vain to drive them away. I've gone to check on Bluebirds a week 
or so from fledging in boxes I am monitoring only to find a dead parent and 2 
babies in the ground at the base of the pole and the other dead baby under a 
jumbled nest of sparrow nest material (aka, junk). Rape as a form of mating? 
Maybe for Mallards... I just don't find it amusing for House Sparrows. 


 Guess I am having a hard time finding the joy in watching them chase off my 
native songbirds... 


Mary Korkor, Waukesha County


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> On Aug 22, 2015, at 3:27 PM, Gloria Shiraef  wrote:
> 
> I have an opinion on this subject, but I am not singling out those who bring 
it up now, as there have been similar discussions on this list for years, and I 
would finally like to address this as the general topic of birds who aren't 
appreciated. 

> I am assuming 'house' sparrows was being referred to, as I can't think anyone 
on this list would want to be rid of the more 'exotic' sparrow species. 

> 
> At this point in my life, I no longer understand why people who like birds 
even want to choose what species to feed and not feed, because first and 
foremost, it's a losing battle no matter what you try to do. 

> 
> We get overrun with starlings, far more than sparrows, but we get a lot of 
house sparrows at times, too. 

> 
> The starlings are messy, they chase away other species, and they devour 
everything, including and in particular, any suet we put out. 

> 
> Of course, I have had times in my life when I also wished I could just 
attract/ feed the birds I especially like, and save the seed and $ from the 
hungry hordes! But I will say, it's never made me wish them death, as some do 
when they gleefully report (or wish) their demise to predation. Some birders 
have less respect for life than I expect them to have, but to each his own, as 
the adage goes. 

> 
> Problem is, most birds are attracted by the same foods! You make things 
inhospitable for one, chances are that will affect others. 

> 
> Later in life, I have arrived at a simple way of looking at it.
> 
> All God's creatures gotta eat, and feeding the starlings and house sparrows 
(or other plentiful species) is what I consider the worthy COST of bringing in 
the more attractive birds I wish to see. 

> 
> If we weren't feeding all the birds without exclusion, we most likely 
wouldn't get the rare treats of unusual species that stop and get dutifully 
recorded from our kitchen window, such as the Summer Tanager last May who only 
visited once, ever, for 2 seconds and 3 stunning photos taken by my husband. 

> 
> As far as I am concerned, those 2 precious seconds were worth the previous 11 
years of feeding every other backyard species, daily! lol! 

> 
> Years ago I had less of an attachment to house sparrows than I do now, but I 
started watching them to see what I could learn, and learned to really enjoy 
them. 

> 
> One of the first things I noted was a male feeding his young with delicate 
gentleness. Even house sparrows are better social examples than most humans, I 
guess. :-) 

> 
> Similarly, Canada Geese display the most amazing familial bonds and circles 
of protection. They parent with patient grace and a ferocity of purpose, and I 
can't help but enjoy watching their behaviors. 

> 
> And I can't count how many times my patience has been rewarded when studying 
a large number of gulls until I would find a special one among the masses of 
Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. The one special one quite possibly won't have 
been there without the mass! 

> 
> Likewise, there are 'exotic' species of sparrows sometimes hidden among the 
house sparrows. 

> 
> Some birds get a bad name with people, and often their only 'sins' are being 
plentiful and hungry! I often hear gulls referred to as 'flying rats', or 
'winged garbage cans', which I kind-of expect from the general populace, but I 
am a bit more surprised when I hear any REAL animosity toward any bird coming 
from birders. Maybe it's like hunting, and some are only in it for the 
trophies? If that's true of anyone, I hope that's rare. 

> 
> So if anyone asks me how to get rid of house sparrows, there's only one real 
way, and that's to stop feeding all of the birds, period, (and even that might 
not curtail them). I suppose you could also remove all your trees and other 
vegetative growth, and especially, make sure there are no water sources! ;-) 

> 
> Easier to work instead toward finding new appreciation for these 'rogues' of 
nature, it's like anything else, you more-or-less have to accept what bad comes 
with the good, so for me, it was win/win to decide that the bad was not so bad, 
after all. 

> 
> And even house sparrows have some unique and unusual behaviors that have 
surprised me, the more I paid attention to what they are doing. 

> 
> My argument will always be, just because something is plentiful, does not 
mean it's unworthy of appreciation, or without value. 

> 
> I guess it depends on what drives us as individuals to feed birds. Personally 
I find it most rewarding to swing the door wide open to all species, and if 
that sometimes means feeding bulk numbers of single species now and then, (or a 
squirrel or 2 or 20) then so be it. 

> 
> My best advice is, try to learn to love 'em all! Sometimes the path of least 
resistance is the best one. :-) 

> 
> Nest regards-
> Gloria Shiraef
> Manitowoc City, County
> 
> 
>>> On Aug 21, 2015, at 11:42 AM, Sharon Swiggum  wrote:
>>> 
>>> What can be done to keep the orioles, cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatch, 
finches, and chickadees coming to my feeders and to discourage the large flocks 
of sparrows? 

> 
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Subject: 17 shorebird species
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:11:27 -0500
This morning I found 17 shorebird species at two spots---Horicon Marsh and the 
Shady Lane pond. Horicon yielded 14 while Shady Lane added 3 more. While the 
variety of species is impressive, the number of individuals is not. I, too, 
birded Horicon on Thursday (as did Tom Wood), but I was there early in the 
morning. Literally along the north side of 49 there was a total of 10 
shorebirds (and that is not species). Later that morning when I went back there 
were somewhat better numbers, but given today and Thursday it appears that the 
number of shorebirds occurred last weekend (for whatever reason). Best today at 
Horicon were 4 Black-necked Stilts (2 each on the last pond on Auto Tour and 
the pond west of the historic sign on 49 but on the south side---this pond is 
going down and is attracting a large number of yellowlegs, 10+ Stilt 
Sandpipers, 4 Baird's Sandpipers, a Sanderling, 5 Short-billed Dowitchers and 1 
Black-bellied Plover. The Shady Lane pond had 3 Wilson's and 1 

 Red-necked Phalarope. The latter did not appear until quite some time after I 
started watching the Wilson's. They hide behind the small island. 

There is an immature Peregrine Falcon cruising Horicon Marsh. It zipped through 
while I was watching the birds on the last pond. All the peeps left and never 
returned, while some of the yellowlegs went low in the water or mud. However 
the BN Stilts never paid any attention to it, just kept on feeding. 


When I checked the 49 pond late in the morning there were almost no shorebirds 
along the highway. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: House Sparrows and those less appreciated
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 15:27:12 -0500
I have an opinion on this subject, but I am not singling out those who bring it 
up now, as there have been similar discussions on this list for years, and I 
would finally like to address this as the general topic of birds who aren't 
appreciated. 

I am assuming 'house' sparrows was being referred to, as I can't think anyone 
on this list would want to be rid of the more 'exotic' sparrow species. 


At this point in my life, I no longer understand why people who like birds even 
want to choose what species to feed and not feed, because first and foremost, 
it's a losing battle no matter what you try to do. 


We get overrun with starlings, far more than sparrows, but we get a lot of 
house sparrows at times, too. 


The starlings are messy, they chase away other species, and they devour 
everything, including and in particular, any suet we put out. 


Of course, I have had times in my life when I also wished I could just attract/ 
feed the birds I especially like, and save the seed and $ from the hungry 
hordes! But I will say, it's never made me wish them death, as some do when 
they gleefully report (or wish) their demise to predation. Some birders have 
less respect for life than I expect them to have, but to each his own, as the 
adage goes. 


Problem is, most birds are attracted by the same foods! You make things 
inhospitable for one, chances are that will affect others. 


Later in life, I have arrived at a simple way of looking at it.

All God's creatures gotta eat, and feeding the starlings and house sparrows (or 
other plentiful species) is what I consider the worthy COST of bringing in the 
more attractive birds I wish to see. 


If we weren't feeding all the birds without exclusion, we most likely wouldn't 
get the rare treats of unusual species that stop and get dutifully recorded 
from our kitchen window, such as the Summer Tanager last May who only visited 
once, ever, for 2 seconds and 3 stunning photos taken by my husband. 


As far as I am concerned, those 2 precious seconds were worth the previous 11 
years of feeding every other backyard species, daily! lol! 


Years ago I had less of an attachment to house sparrows than I do now, but I 
started watching them to see what I could learn, and learned to really enjoy 
them. 


One of the first things I noted was a male feeding his young with delicate 
gentleness. Even house sparrows are better social examples than most humans, I 
guess. :-) 


Similarly, Canada Geese display the most amazing familial bonds and circles of 
protection. They parent with patient grace and a ferocity of purpose, and I 
can't help but enjoy watching their behaviors. 


And I can't count how many times my patience has been rewarded when studying a 
large number of gulls until I would find a special one among the masses of 
Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. The one special one quite possibly won't have 
been there without the mass! 


Likewise, there are 'exotic' species of sparrows sometimes hidden among the 
house sparrows. 


Some birds get a bad name with people, and often their only 'sins' are being 
plentiful and hungry! I often hear gulls referred to as 'flying rats', or 
'winged garbage cans', which I kind-of expect from the general populace, but I 
am a bit more surprised when I hear any REAL animosity toward any bird coming 
from birders. Maybe it's like hunting, and some are only in it for the 
trophies? If that's true of anyone, I hope that's rare. 


So if anyone asks me how to get rid of house sparrows, there's only one real 
way, and that's to stop feeding all of the birds, period, (and even that might 
not curtail them). I suppose you could also remove all your trees and other 
vegetative growth, and especially, make sure there are no water sources! ;-) 


Easier to work instead toward finding new appreciation for these 'rogues' of 
nature, it's like anything else, you more-or-less have to accept what bad comes 
with the good, so for me, it was win/win to decide that the bad was not so bad, 
after all. 


And even house sparrows have some unique and unusual behaviors that have 
surprised me, the more I paid attention to what they are doing. 


My argument will always be, just because something is plentiful, does not mean 
it's unworthy of appreciation, or without value. 


I guess it depends on what drives us as individuals to feed birds. Personally I 
find it most rewarding to swing the door wide open to all species, and if that 
sometimes means feeding bulk numbers of single species now and then, (or a 
squirrel or 2 or 20) then so be it. 


My best advice is, try to learn to love 'em all! Sometimes the path of least 
resistance is the best one. :-) 


Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City, County


> On Aug 21, 2015, at 11:42 AM, Sharon Swiggum  wrote:
> 
>> What can be done to keep the orioles, cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatch, 
finches, and chickadees coming to my feeders and to discourage the large flocks 
of sparrows? 



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Subject: Re: MKE - Whimbrel -Myer's park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 11:57:53 -0500
Sorry, it was at Myer's Park in RACINE  not Milwaukee. I saw it for less
than a minute and was chased by a Peregrine. There is a decent variety
there this morning, including 3 Baird's, 1 Solitary & 2 Lesser YL among the
usual peeps. 2 Green Herons and a GBH.  There were also 3 mink along the
rocks.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Aug 22, 2015 6:54 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> A Peregrine flew over and I don't see it anymore. Everything scattered and
> I lost it
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
> On Aug 22, 2015 6:42 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:
>
>> Good morning, there is a Whimbrel, now on the beach.
>>
>> Jeremy Meyer
>> Franklin, Milwaukee
>>
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Subject: Peanuts and sparrows
From: "Katy Penland" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "kwpenland@yahoo" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:12:33 +0000 (UTC)
Roasted, unsalted peanuts, or peanut butter, are not a threat to birds. RAW 
peanuts, however, are. If peanuts are not roasted to kill any possible mold 
spores, the mold can produce aflatoxin, which is lethal to our feathered 
friends. 

 I don't know of anything, short of destroying sparrow nests so they can't 
reproduce, that will discourage them from taking over your yard feeders. If you 
live in an urban setting, you're more likely to be feeding more sparrows than 
native songbirds. I'd also be leery of putting suet out this time of year. The 
birds don't need it (plenty of insect life out there), and it can go off 
quickly in hot weather. 

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Madison, WI
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Subject: Re: MKE - Whimbrel -Myer's park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:54:59 -0500
A Peregrine flew over and I don't see it anymore. Everything scattered and
I lost it
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Aug 22, 2015 6:42 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good morning, there is a Whimbrel, now on the beach.
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: MKE - Whimbrel -Myer's park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 06:42:00 -0500
Good morning, there is a Whimbrel, now on the beach.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Myers Park Racine and upcoming beach clean-up
From: Jennifer Wenzel <miloloki AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:24:30 -0500
8 different species of shorebirds at Myers Park in Racine Co. today! Highlights 
were Baird's Sandpiper and Stilt Sandpiper. Also enjoyed a Green Heron and Sora 
amongst a nice variety of other birds......see the following about beach 
cleanup there this Sunday!! The more help the better! And of course we'll be 
checking out the birds!!! This area sure is a gem!!!! 


Jenny Wenzel
Hoy Audubon Society
Racine Co.
---------------

Clean Up Myers Beach in Racine!! 

Members of the Hoy Audubon Society are inviting members and the public to join 
us for an impromptu field trip to Myers Beach in Racine this Sunday at 8am. Our 
goal is to clean up the beach!!! Myers continues to be a great birding spot 
with many shorebirds recently, but there sure is a lot of trash on the beach. 


Join us at 8am with your gloves, trash bags, boots, rakes, grabbers, etc. and 
we'll work on picking up the trash!! 


Today there were 8 species of shorebirds there, most noteworthy being a Baird's 
Sandpiper and a Stilt Sandpiper as well as a Green Heron and Sora, so I'm sure 
we'll be looking for birds, too. :) 


There is rain in the forecast, so if it is moderately or heavily raining, we'll 
put it off until 9 or 10, but the plan now is to start at 8 am. I'll be there 
and wearing a raincoat if it's raining lightly at 8!!! 


Hope to see you there!!!!!

Myers Beach is just south of Racine's Gateway Technical College. At the end of 
11th street at the lake. 


http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/beaches/maps/racine.pdf

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Samuel-Myers-Park/611500822301135

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Subject: Info on today's Piping Plover (no sightings)
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:12:22 -0500
Alice Van Zoeren from the Great Lakes Piping Plover Conservation Team has
confirmed from the band information I recorded from the Piping Plover at
North Point today that it is a sibling of the bird that I saw on August 14
(hatch year bird from Muskegon, MI). Now, if I can find the 3rd Piping
Plover, perhaps we can say it was one big family outing to Sheboygan!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: A few warblers, Piping Plover, Ruddy Turnstone/ Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:20:09 -0500
At Harrington Beach State Park this morning I came across a few southbound
warblers, my first of the season. Species seen were Blackburnian, Ovenbird,
Magnolia, Black-and White, and American Redstart. Admittedly, I have no way
of knowing if the Ovenbirds or American Redstarts were migrants or locals,
but they were traveling with the others.
At Sheboygan's North Point a Piping Plover was foraging on the rocks. At
first glance, I thought it was the bird I had seen on August 14 since the
color bands looked the same. Closer inspection revealed that the dots on the
left tibia band were green, not red!
Nancy Back and Jim Hess have seen 3 of this species recently, so I suspect
this might be a sibling of the bird I saw previously which is a hatch year
bird from Muskegon, MI.
The Ruddy Turnstone just touched down on the point for a few seconds and
then flew off. I wouldn't be surprised to find it on the rocks alongside one
of the two piers because I have seen Ruddy Turnstones there before.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 20, 2015
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 12:37:38 -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, August 20, 2015
63 degrees
Mostly cloudy, windy
21 birders

Total Species:  35

20 Canada Goose
1 Mallard
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Green Heron
1 Broad-winged Hawk
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Herring Gull
2 Rock Pigeon
5 Mourning Dove
1 Common Nighthawk

101 Chimney Swift
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Northern Flicker
1 Great Crested Flycatcher
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow

7 Barn Swallow
15 Black-capped Chickadee
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
150 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 American Redstart
1 Song Sparrow

4 Northern Cardinal
2 Baltimore Oriole
20 House Finch
35 American Goldfinch
8 House Sparrow

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Subject: Re: RFI: Sparrows [Richland County]
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:55:17 -0500
We, too, have loads of sparrows - more or less, depending on the time of year. 
I really dont have an answer for you, Sharon, but would like to know about the 
danger of peanuts. Thats news to me. Weve fed peanuts to birds for years, 
with many, many species using it, including such birds as orioles - and 
sparrows, who love them. 

Karen
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Lake Mills, WI
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On Aug 21, 2015, at 11:42 AM, Sharon Swiggum  wrote:

> What can be done to keep the orioles, cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatch, 
finches, and chickadees coming to my feeders and to discourage the large flocks 
of sparrows? 

> House Sparrows eat lots and lots of black oil sunflower seeds and grape 
jelly. It appears that they are eating suet also. In hopes that these sparrows 
would move to a new food source, my feeders were down for three weeks. The 
sparrows came immediately when the feeders went back up. For years, birds were 
fed in my yard with very few sparrows in attendance, but recently two neighbors 
fed a mix of bird seed and attracted hundreds of sparrows. Even though the 
neighbors no longer feed the birds, the sparrows have adjusted to my food which 
delights their palate. 

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> Perhaps feeding peanuts would dissuade sparrows, but I have seen articles 
about the danger of that bird food source. 

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> Any help and advice given will be greatly appreciated! 
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> Thanks,
> Sharon Swiggum 
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> Richland Center in Richland County 
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Subject: RFI: Sparrows [Richland County]
From: "Sharon Swiggum" <sgswiggum AT mwt.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:42:55 -0500
What can be done to keep the orioles, cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatch, 
finches, and chickadees coming to my feeders and to discourage the large flocks 
of sparrows? 

House Sparrows eat lots and lots of black oil sunflower seeds and grape jelly. 
It appears that they are eating suet also. In hopes that these sparrows would 
move to a new food source, my feeders were down for three weeks. The sparrows 
came immediately when the feeders went back up. For years, birds were fed in my 
yard with very few sparrows in attendance, but recently two neighbors fed a mix 
of bird seed and attracted hundreds of sparrows. Even though the neighbors no 
longer feed the birds, the sparrows have adjusted to my food which delights 
their palate. 


Perhaps feeding peanuts would dissuade sparrows, but I have seen articles about 
the danger of that bird food source. 


Any help and advice given will be greatly appreciated! 

Thanks,
Sharon Swiggum 

Richland Center in Richland County 











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