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Skimmer Etc,©Jan Wilczur

23 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, female, male and young male on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha Co. 7/23/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
23 Jul Off topic--Vikings Stadium Harmful to Birds--Take action [Jennifer Ambrose ]
23 Jul Shorebird pond update [Daryl Tessen ]
23 Jul Am Avocet, Dane Co [Daniel Gmez-Ibez ]
23 Jul Dodge Co. River Rd., Virginia rails, Sora ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
23 Jul New WSO Field Trip [Kim Kreitinger ]
22 Jul Confirmed Nesting of Acadian Flyc & Hooded Warbler in Milw Co. [Andrea Szymczak ]
22 Jul turkeys ["Bettie R. Harriman" ]
22 Jul Need ID, plus neat experience in Birding, Oshkosh ["Paul Bruce" ]
21 Jul Paul Risch email, phone and address [Schaufenbuel ]
21 Jul Red-headed Woodpecker Fledgling, Milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
21 Jul Snowy Egret - Prairie du Chien [Hotmail ]
21 Jul 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas steering committee meets tomorrow [William Mueller ]
21 Jul American Avocet - Dodge Co. ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Jul Re: Juvenile Balt. Oriole question.... ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Jul Birds N Beers - Green Bay [Nancy Nabak ]
20 Jul Juvenile Balt. Oriole question.... [Tom Koch ]
20 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly Waukesha Co. 7/20/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
20 Jul Carolina Wren ["Hakim Barrett" ]
20 Jul Re: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI [Susan Jans ]
19 Jul Red-winged BBs [Russell Schrinner ]
19 Jul Re: Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County [Aparna Sridhar ]
19 Jul Re: Shorebird ponds ["Tom Wood" ]
19 Jul Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County ["Tom Wood" ]
19 Jul Shorebird ponds [Daryl Tessen ]
19 Jul Green Heron - Two distinct types found in Tiedeman's pond [Aparna Sridhar ]
18 Jul Pleasant Branch middleton [Dawn ]
18 Jul Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover continues ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
18 Jul Fwd: Milwaukee traffic alert for weekend of July 18-21 ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
17 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee WI. 7/17/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
17 Jul RFI Manitowoc Little Gull [Tim Balassie ]
17 Jul Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 17, 2014 [Dennis Casper ]
17 Jul Plan Commission delays action on bad-for-birds golf course ["Carl Schwartz" ]
17 Jul Ruddy Ducks, Oshkosh ["Paul Bruce" ]
16 Jul Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
16 Jul Re: Eurasian Collared Dove, Seymour, Yes [Rob ]
16 Jul Tennessee Warbler - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
16 Jul Eurasian Collared Dove, Seymour, Yes ["" ]
16 Jul shorebird spot, NE Fond du Lac County ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
15 Jul tom - 7/15/2014 11:25:09 PM ["tom" ]
15 Jul 2014 Conservation and Education Grants Available ["Carl Schwartz" ]
15 Jul I'm coming back to Milwaukee... ["B.G. Sloan" ]
15 Jul Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Jul 15, 2014 [Mike Goodman ]
15 Jul Apologies and RBA ["Gerald DeBoer" ]
15 Jul Trip Report -- Barrow, AK [Sunil Gopalan ]
15 Jul (no subject) ["jerry937975" ]
14 Jul Bird seen on Washington Island ["John Krerowicz" ]
14 Jul Monday birding [Daryl Tessen ]
14 Jul Re: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI [Mark Korducki ]
14 Jul Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI ["B.G. Sloan" ]
13 Jul Re: Possible Selasphorus hummingbird Sawyer county [Ryan Brady ]
13 Jul Possible Selasphorus hummingbird Sawyer county [Rick Pertile ]
13 Jul Re: Great egret [Aparna Sridhar ]
13 Jul Black-necked Stilts, others in Dodge County ["Tom Wood" ]
13 Jul Re: Try this ID help again.... ["Tom Wood" ]
13 Jul Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Trumpeter Swan update. ["Tom Wood" ]
13 Jul Milwaukee shorebird habitat [steven lubahn ]
13 Jul South Milw. yard arrivals and visitors ["" ]
13 Jul Reminder about attachments on Wisbirdn [Peter Fissel ]
13 Jul ID help please [Chris Allen ]
12 Jul Comment, no sightings ["Susan Benfer" ]
12 Jul Oops- here is the link again... [Tom Koch ]
12 Jul Try this ID help again.... [Tom Koch ]
12 Jul Re: Another one.... [Rowan Stamm ]
12 Jul Re: Another one.... [Elizabeth Palmer ]
12 Jul Another one.... [Tom Koch ]
12 Jul ID help.... [Tom Koch ]
12 Jul Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. south of Hustisford ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
12 Jul Shorebirds---Dodge co [Daryl Tessen ]
12 Jul Additional info for Winn. Co. grackle ["Paul Bruce" ]
12 Jul Sheboygan Gulls: 11 July 2014 ["Amar Ayyash" ]
12 Jul Possible GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, Winnebago Co. ["Paul Bruce" ]
11 Jul Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Lakeshore Park [Jeremy Meyer ]
11 Jul Dodge County shorebirds, Cattle Egrets ["Tom Wood" ]
11 Jul 3-4 White-faced Ibises in Winnebago County ["Tom Wood" ]
11 Jul ride request - no sighting ["Susan Benfer" ]

Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, female, male and young male on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha Co. 7/23/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:49:47 -0500
Hi all,

I enjoyed watching Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting some Royal Catchfly
plants in the yard today in Waukesha Co. Present today was a female, male
and young male. They only appeared one at a time. They work so hard! I
thought I would share a few images from today's event at the link below if
you care to view them:



http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-royal-catchfly-july-23-2014/ 




Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Off topic--Vikings Stadium Harmful to Birds--Take action
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:13 -0500
I think that this issue is relevant for us here in WI, but please do not
reply to the list with any comments! Just read and sign if you are
inclined.
If you want more info, just google Vikings Audubon to see many news
articles.

https://secure.audubon.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1717
Thank you so much.

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Shorebird pond update
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:59 -0500
I checked out the shorebird ponds, mainly west of Horicon Marsh. Many of the 
ponds have dried up or about to. Only 10 shorebird species were seen with just 
2 Short-dowitchers, 1 Stilt Sandpiper plus standard fare for this time of the 
fall migration. Dried up ponds included Redwood/Jersey, Jersey/C, Oakwood/I and 
almost dried up were Breezy Pt/151 ( small amount of water close to road with 
50+ yellowlegs and 40+ peeps squeezed into the limited water), 26 pond south of 
I. Good habitat still although not all had shorebirds were Jersey/A, 2 ponds on 
I south of 49 and on C before the Jersey intersection. If this dry spell 
continues there will probably be almost no ponds by this coming weekend. Good 
luck. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Am Avocet, Dane Co
From: Daniel Gmez-Ibez <dgi AT peacecouncil.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03:40 -0500
American Avocet standing on a tiny islet in Cherokee Lake / Yahara River today.

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Daniel Gmez-Ibez
Madison, Dane County



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Subject: Dodge Co. River Rd., Virginia rails, Sora
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:18 -0500
A short mid-day visit to River Rd.  south of Hustisford produced better 
than expected results. Saw 1 great blue heron, 2 turkeys, 1 belted 
kingfisher, 4 solitary sandpipers, 2 green herons, 3 adult Virginia rails 
with 1 feeding a black chick and best of all my first visual of a Sora this 
year.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co
  


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Subject: New WSO Field Trip
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:07:19 -0500
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology has added a new field trip to the
roster! Join WSO for an evening at the Linwood Springs Research Station in
Stevens Point and have a close encounter with Wisconsin’s smallest owl, the
adorable Northern Saw-whet! You’ll learn about and observe the owls’
capture through infrared video surveillance, then enjoy a walk out to the
nets. You’ll get to see the owls up-close while we make notes and band
them. You might even see a Long-eared Owl, too! There will also be a
presentation on Project SNOWstorm that highlights the Wisconsin owls.
Should be a great evening!
The field trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 pm and will be
led by WSO Field Trip co-chairs Jeff Baughman and Tom Schultz, and raptor
biologist Gene Jacobs. A $15 registration fee is required for this trip and
registration is limited to 28 people. Directions and registration
information can be found raptor at:
http://raptorservices.rezgo.com/details/56750/owl-banding-field-trip


Kim Kreitinger
President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Madison, WI

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Subject: Confirmed Nesting of Acadian Flyc & Hooded Warbler in Milw Co.
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:35:45 -0500
For the past two summers, I've walked the informal trails of a wonderful
woodland at Whitnall Park known as the "Mangan Woods".  Based on data from
the 1st WI Breeding Bird Atlas, there are no confirmed breeding records for
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER or HOODED WARBLER in Milwaukee Co.  In 2013, and again
this summer, these species nested within the Mangan Woods.  The woods is
located across the road from the golf course.  Parking is available by the
Ross's Lodge and the trails are primarily to the south of the lodge
itself.  A Google search will provide additional directions if needed.
Also of interest at this location was a male CERULEAN WARBLER which sang
throughout June and until I last heard him on 2 July.
Unfortunately, the County is in the process of erecting a recreational
ropes course/zipline at this site.  I guess these state-threatened species
will be the losers once again.....
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI

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Subject: turkeys
From: "Bettie R. Harriman" <bettie AT new.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:01:19 -0500
At the moment I am debating (with myself) if I should call our 
property Turkey Territory - in the past we have called it Harriman Haven.

This summer we have at least 23 young turkeys, with 3 Moms, that 
visit the yard daily, usually about this time of late 
afternoon.  They are so cute and funny.  I have learned that very 
young chicks can fly - even up onto the roof of the house and 
certainly onto the hopper feeders in the yard.  They talk to each 
other as they patrol the yard and sometimes Mom talks back to 
them.  They are happy to explore our deck, including taking naps on 
it.  And pay no attention to the cat watching them through the 
screened door.  She sees them, not sure they see her.

Price of the turkey entertainment - cost of shell corn.  I know 
turkeys are not rare (anymore) and not a species that would get 
serious birders out to a particular location, but they sure are fun to observe.

Happy Summer,

Bettie Harriman
in her woods north of Oshkosh

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Subject: Need ID, plus neat experience in Birding, Oshkosh
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:38:25 -0700
Hey folks, what an ethereal event I had on the way back from Ripon last night. 
The place, Bonnie View Rd., 2 miles east from Pickett; conditions - Muggy, 
calm, quiet, full of mosquitos and deer flies, but worth the battle. The 
results- 

at least 5 wood thrushes singing around me, indigo buntings here and there, a 
pewee chasing a redbellied woodpecker at one point, 2 hummingbirds zipping 
overhead twittering like crazy, house wren in the distance, a great crested 
flycatcher hollering over the main pathway in the woods. Something I can 
barely experience these days, being with the family most of the time. Even a 
deer strolled onto the road about 100 ft away from me, my one slight move and 
she was gone.  

 In other nature news, some off-topic, the mortality rate along the hwys this 
year seem to have jumped. Are there more foxes around 'cause there were 2 dead 
ones on Hwy 44 earlier this summer, seen other live ones, too. Odd dead animals 
include a crane, also along 44 and a coyote along Hwy 21 in the Auroraville 
area this past Saturday. Seen more skunks, too, inc. 2 around town here. Need 
an ID on a caterpillar my parents have by L. Butte des Morts, inch1/2 long 
fleshy pale orange with 5 bright white dots alongside. Lastly in this dept. on 
the subject of fishing, I caught a deformed walleye, if stretched out would've 
been 13'', looked like a hunchback, otherwise was perfectly healthy with it's 
fight. Any thoughts from a possible DNR person reading this, what may've 
caused this 

morph. Looked like the Regency symbol from the movies.
 Finally I'm rather content with a modest 74 species for July here in 
Winnebago County so far, there are some other easy misses I could get like 
Forsters tern, either bittern, if I get a chance to walk Uihlein Marsh. Hope 
the weather doesn't get too nasty for you northwoods folks 

 Paul Bruce, you know where!
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Subject: Paul Risch email, phone and address
From: Schaufenbuel <schaufenbuel AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:15:43 -0500
Hi all,

Does anyone have Paul Risch's contact information?

Thanks,

Joe

-- 
Joe Schaufenbuel
Stevens Point
Portage Co., WI

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker Fledgling, Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:33:23 -0500
I observed one fledgling and one adult Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Park
this morning. There are a few photos at the link (and the blog below it
contains some fun photos of young grackles, a crow, and many of several
young Baltimore Orioles).
http://birdspazz.blogspot.com/

Thanks,

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Snowy Egret - Prairie du Chien
From: Hotmail <rory_cameron AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:44:41 -0500
I just received a report from Anne Geraghty of a Snowy Egret in the SW corner 
of the intersection of Hwy 35 and Hwy K north of Prairie du Chien. She saw it 
about 12:30 p.m. today, July 21. 

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Subject: 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas steering committee meets tomorrow
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:44:45 -0500
We are still on track to start the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas
(you'll frequently see it referred to as "WBBA2") in early 2015.
This fall, a series of Atlas Workshops will be held around WI.

Data entry etc will be online this time.

Look for more news in the coming weeks and months, from the Atlas team,
including members of WSO, WDNR, and WGLBBO, plus partners in USFWS and
other agencies and NGOs.

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


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Subject: American Avocet - Dodge Co.
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:14:51 -0500
Sorry I didn't get this posted last evening, but there was a American Avocet 
at a small flooded-field pond in Dodge Co. yesterday afternoon.  This was 
along Hwy. E, just east of Hwy. A -- between Beaver Dam and Horicon. 
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs were also present.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co. 

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Subject: Re: Juvenile Balt. Oriole question....
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:38:42 -0500
Tom, my thought is that both of the birds in your photos are adults -- the 
first one a male and the second a female.  Both birds are molting to some 
extent.  Judging from the worn brown wing feathers of the female that are 
being replaced by fresh darker feathers, this bird was likely born in 2013, 
so now in its second year.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom Koch
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:38 PM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] Juvenile Balt. Oriole question....

For the last week+ I have been watching what I assumed was an oriole family 
feed in my yard. I have attached two male juvenile Balt. Oriole photos. 
There is an obvious difference in their coloration at this point. Does one 
then assume that they are from different broods/families, therefore I have 
been watching more than one family feed?
Thanks!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7vb3dnj725179m/140719_0104.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3yb0whe74hxwl3n/140719_0107.jpg
Tom Koch
Plover
Portage Co.
......from my ipad
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Subject: Birds N Beers - Green Bay
From: Nancy Nabak <nnabak AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:05:16 -0700
Hey Gang,
Just a reminder that Birds N Beers is tomorrow night, Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. 
Titletown Brewery - 2nd floor. 


See you there!

Nancy Nabak
Green Bay

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Subject: Juvenile Balt. Oriole question....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:38:58 -0500
For the last week+ I have been watching what I assumed was an oriole family 
feed in my yard. I have attached two male juvenile Balt. Oriole photos. There 
is an obvious difference in their coloration at this point. Does one then 
assume that they are from different broods/families, therefore I have been 
watching more than one family feed? 

Thanks!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7vb3dnj725179m/140719_0104.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3yb0whe74hxwl3n/140719_0107.jpg
Tom Koch
Plover 
Portage Co.
......from my ipad
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly Waukesha Co. 7/20/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:40:34 -0500
Hi all,

I enjoyed watching a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting some Royal Catchfly
plants in the yard today in Waukesha Co. I thought I would share a few
images from today's event at the link below if you care to view them.

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-royal-catchfly/

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

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Subject: Carolina Wren
From: "Hakim Barrett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "heyheystop@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:29:27 -0700
Hey,
I heard a Carolina Wren singing its slightly slurred "turdle, tur-dle, tur-dle" 
song right outside my bedroom window this morning. Anyway, it really surprised 
me because I've never encountered this bird before! 

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Sauk County


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Subject: Re: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI
From: Susan Jans <heysus99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:05:10 -0500
I saw one yesterday by the dorms at UW-Milwaukee on Maryland Ave.

Susan Jans 
Shorewood, WI


On Jul 14, 2014, at 5:36 PM, Mark Korducki  wrote:

> There was a tom and at least one if not two hens hanging around the 
lighthouse ravines in Lake Park all spring. 

> 
> Mark Korducki, New Betlin
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> On Jul 14, 2014, at 5:14 PM, "B.G. Sloan"  wrote:
> 
>> I'm making a return trip to Milwaukee at the end of this month and I sure
>> would like to take some photos of the Wild Turkeys that hang out near the
>> UWM campus and Lake Park. Since my time in Milwaukee will be limited, I'd
>> sure like suggestions as to the places I'd be most likely to see them.
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Bernie Sloan
>> Highland Park, NJ
>> Former Milwaukee lakefront guy
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Subject: Red-winged BBs
From: Russell Schrinner <schrinner AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:02:43 -0500
The red-winged blackbirds continually snack from the peanut feeder in my yard. 
I have not seen this before. Is this unusual, or am I not very observant? 

By the way, red-headed woodpeckers seem to be fond of grape jelly along with 
many other species. I go through at least one jar per/day. 


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Subject: Re: Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County
From: Aparna Sridhar <apar.sridhar AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:11:10 -0500
I was at Horicon Marsh this afternoon observing the Trumpeter Swan Family.
 As Tom mentions they rest very close to the road in a muddy area.  The
injured swan was resting, while the others were feeding.  They spend a lot
of time as a family, when I returned a few hours later, they were still
feeding nearby and then climbing on to the place where the injured swan was
to rest.  I'm afraid I could only see 3 cygnets as well.  Here are some
pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14691959304/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14694067942/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14694068002/

Aparna Sridhar
Madison, WI


On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

> I have received a request from another birder that I continue to post
> updates on the injured Trumpeter Swan and the family.
> During my last 3 visits to the pond east of the pumphouse south of STH49,
> the swan family has been resting on a small muddy flat area not too far
> from
> the road. I have never seen more than 3 cygnets during these last 3 trips,
> but another birder told me on Thursday that she had seen 4. If anybody else
> sees 4, I would appreciate an update because I thought one had perished.
> There seems to be little progress with the injured swan as it continues to
> stand on one foot, but at least it remains with the family. The cygnets are
> growing but are still covered in gray down. It seems that the injured swan
> is still contributing to the well being of the family, but whether its
> injury will affect its longevity remains to be seen. It is a relief to see
> the family in a resting area away from the road shoulder!
> I was able to confirm that Least Bitterns successfully bred near the red
> rock along the auto tour this year. I saw a juvenile with wispy white crown
> feathers standing along the ditch about 100 yards north of the red rock.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Re: Shorebird ponds
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:00:25 -0500
I don't know if it is significant, but the Breezy Point pond that Daryl
mentioned has had a Red-necked Phalarope during my last two visits. It did
not remain on Thursday after a large piece of farm equipment rumbled by and
spooked the birds, so I did not post it.
However, this morning it was back on Breezy Point pond and remained for
about a half hour. Jeff Bahls saw it fly to the west. Perhaps it makes the
rounds of the ponds in the area during the day. Today I saw it from about
8:40 A.M. until 9:10 A.M. which is nearly the exact time I saw it on
Thursday. The plumage is intermediate between breeding and winter plumage as
Daryl mentioned for the two birds he saw.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Daryl Tessen
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:51 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Shorebird ponds

With the current dry weather shorebird ponds are drying up.  I checked
Church Rd pond in Fond du Lac co, which has no water on the west side and
limited on the east with extensive plant growth.  Mainly some Lesser
Yellowlegs and Killdeer, plus a few Pectorals and Leasts.
In the Horicon Marsh area the best ponds were (in no particular order) 26
pond (between C and I), Oakwood/I pond, Jersey/Redwood pond, Jersey/C pond
(south of C on Jersey), Jersey/A pond, and Breezy Pt/151 pond.  Today the
best were numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.  I ended with 14 shorebird species that
included my first fall RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.  Two were seen with still some
color showing on the necks.  The first was at Oakwood/I (but it was not
present when I went by over an hour later).  The second was at the Jersey/C
pond.  Short-billed Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers were seen at several
ponds totaling 55 and 12 respectively.  A Cattle Egret was on the west side
of the road (I) by a farm (south of C) (Thanks Jeff Bahls for alerting me to
this bird).

The Trumpeter Swan family by the pump house was close to the road's shoulder
as they preened (but not on it).  A lone Trumpeter Swan was by the historic
sign (Fond du Lac co) and the other swam family was in the last pond on the
Auto Tour.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:49:51 -0500
I have received a request from another birder that I continue to post
updates on the injured Trumpeter Swan and the family.
During my last 3 visits to the pond east of the pumphouse south of STH49,
the swan family has been resting on a small muddy flat area not too far from
the road. I have never seen more than 3 cygnets during these last 3 trips,
but another birder told me on Thursday that she had seen 4. If anybody else
sees 4, I would appreciate an update because I thought one had perished.
There seems to be little progress with the injured swan as it continues to
stand on one foot, but at least it remains with the family. The cygnets are
growing but are still covered in gray down. It seems that the injured swan
is still contributing to the well being of the family, but whether its
injury will affect its longevity remains to be seen. It is a relief to see
the family in a resting area away from the road shoulder!
I was able to confirm that Least Bitterns successfully bred near the red
rock along the auto tour this year. I saw a juvenile with wispy white crown
feathers standing along the ditch about 100 yards north of the red rock.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Shorebird ponds
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:51:26 -0500
With the current dry weather shorebird ponds are drying up. I checked Church Rd 
pond in Fond du Lac co, which has no water on the west side and limited on the 
east with extensive plant growth. Mainly some Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer, 
plus a few Pectorals and Leasts. 

In the Horicon Marsh area the best ponds were (in no particular order) 26 pond 
(between C and I), Oakwood/I pond, Jersey/Redwood pond, Jersey/C pond (south of 
C on Jersey), Jersey/A pond, and Breezy Pt/151 pond. Today the best were 
numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. I ended with 14 shorebird species that included my 
first fall RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. Two were seen with still some color showing 
on the necks. The first was at Oakwood/I (but it was not present when I went by 
over an hour later). The second was at the Jersey/C pond. Short-billed 
Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers were seen at several ponds totaling 55 and 12 
respectively. A Cattle Egret was on the west side of the road (I) by a farm 
(south of C) (Thanks Jeff Bahls for alerting me to this bird). 


The Trumpeter Swan family by the pump house was close to the road's shoulder as 
they preened (but not on it). A lone Trumpeter Swan was by the historic sign 
(Fond du Lac co) and the other swam family was in the last pond on the Auto 
Tour. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Green Heron - Two distinct types found in Tiedeman's pond
From: Aparna Sridhar <apar.sridhar AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:06:17 -0500
So I was out birding in Tiedeman's pond today and we had a heron galore (a
rare sight for me within the city).  5 great blue herons and 4 green herons
were spotted near dusk.
Interesting thing about the Green Herons was there were two distinct
looking ones.  The stout ones with the thick neck and just had the slender
long neck that is similar to blue herons.  Any idea if is a subspecies or
just a juvenile?   Here are the pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14707836983/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14430614260/

Other birds:

Ruby throated hummingbird - 1
Mallards - 3
Great Blue Heron - 5
Green Heron - 4
Sandhill Crane - 2
Goldfinch - 1 couple
Redwings - 30+
Swallows - 30+
Sparrows - 20+

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Madison, WI


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Subject: Pleasant Branch middleton
From: Dawn <iciegolden AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:16:56 -0500
> I plan to go to Pleasant Branch for the first time this weekend.
I am looking for suggestions in where is the place to see variety of birds.

Thanks,
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Sun Prairie
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Subject: Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover continues
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:05:00 -0500
Late this afternoon the semi-palmated plover was still present along with a 
small number of 5 other common shorebird species. The water and mudflat are 
on the west side of Elmwood Rd and Pike Rd intersection. Viewing would be 
best in the morning. The birds here are quite close to the road.
 Dave Schrab
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Subject: Fwd: Milwaukee traffic alert for weekend of July 18-21
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:12:06 -0500
Repeating for those who may have forgotten...

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee traffic alert for weekend of July 18-21
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:28:43 -0500


If anyone is pining to see the YC Night Heron at Lakeshore St. Park in
Milwaukee, you might want to go this weekend.  Work on the Zoo
Interchange near State Fair Park will require a full closure of I-94
between Hwys 45 and 100 starting next Friday night and lasting until
early Monday morning (18th-21st.)  As they say, expect delays (in other
words, avoid the area like the plague...)

Peter Fissel
Madison WI
(where we know all too well about road construction... sigh...)
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee WI. 7/17/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:01:49 -0500
Hi all,
I did some birding at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee this morning. The
highlight was a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird working some native plants
there. The Green Heron was also present along with the common Ring-billed
and Herring Gulls. It was a beautiful day to be out birding with mild
temps, sunshine and lows winds.

Some images from today's event if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-lakeshore-state-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-july-17-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: RFI Manitowoc Little Gull
From: Tim Balassie <tbalassie AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:25:39 -0700
I am hoping one of you would be kind enough to let me know where the best 
viewing location might be for the Little Gull(s) at Manitowoc Harbor.  The 
point on the south side of the river looks nice per Google Earth, but is there 
any parking? On the north side, can you park at the Best Western, or will they 
kick you out? 

Thanks for any assistance.

Tim Balassie

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 17, 2014
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:22 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI
 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
Bird Walk
Thursdays,  8am-10am year round, Free and Open to the Public, All Ages
Welcome

Thursday,  July 17, 2014
65 degrees
Sunny
20 birders

Species:  29

11 Canada Goose
5 Mallard
2 Peregrine Falcon
13 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Warbling Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo

5 American Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
13 Cedar Waxwing
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Eastern Towhee

6 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal
6 Indigo Bunting
10 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
6 House Finch
13 American Goldfinch
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Subject: Plan Commission delays action on bad-for-birds golf course
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:44:56 -0500
Among those appearing before the Town of Wilson Plan Commission Wednesday night 
in opposition to the Kohler Company's request for a conditional use permit that 
would violate the Sheboygan County town's 20-year Comprehensive Plan were 
representatives from Bird City Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology 
and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. Here is the story from 
this morning's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (also linked below along with 
coverage from the Sheboygan Press) 



Town of Wilson - A 247-acre parcel of land bordering Lake Michigan has become a 
battleground for Kohler Co., which owns the land and wants to build a 
championship-caliber golf course on it, and area residents and environmental 
groups who are opposed to such a development. 


During a Town of Wilson plan commission public hearing Wednesday night, more 
than 70 people spoke and only four supported the proposed 18-hole course. 


About 300 people attended the hearing, which lasted nearly three hours.

The plan commission decided to defer action on Kohler's request for a 
conditional use permit. 


"I will say this is the largest turnout we've ever had for a simple meeting 
since I've been on the plan commission," Doug Fuller said. "And I appreciate 
that. It shows there's interest. 


"We, the town plan commission, are here to hear your concerns."

Priority was given to Town of Wilson residents, who were asked to keep their 
comments to three minutes. Many went over their allotted time and were cut off 
by Fuller. 


Kohler officials contend that the course, which would be designed by architect 
Pete Dye, would create jobs, add to the tax base, attract tourism and be 
sensitive to the environment. 


Six Kohler officials attended the meeting, including Michael Belot, general 
manager of Destination Kohler, who spoke for the company. 


Those opposed said the course would pollute the environmentally sensitive Black 
River and that tree removal would ruin a pristine old-growth forest. 


Opponents also said a golf course would not meet provisions in the town's 
20-year master plan designed to limit impact on environmental corridors. 


Others expressed concern that the course would create traffic congestion in a 
residential area and do irreparable harm to an important shoreline habitat for 
migratory birds. 


"This is a community that has risen up as people who love and appreciate the 
environment," said Jan Anderson, a town resident. 


"This is such a high-quality habitat," said state Rep. Brett Hulsey, who 
attended the hearing. "Farmland to golf course is an improvement on the 
environment. This would not be an improvement." 


Earlier Wednesday, Herbert V. Kohler Jr., president and CEO of Kohler, 
announced in a statement that he would pursue Audubon Signature Course 
certification for the proposed golf course. 


But some at the hearing pointed out that Audubon International, which would 
certify the course, is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. 


"(Kohler) is doing it to pacify the audience," said Gary Zimmerman of 
Sheboygan. "It's an insult to the entire population of this state." 




http://www.jsonline.com/sports/golf/kohlers-plans-for-lakefront-golf-course-draws-strong-opposition-b99312101z1-267443371.html 



http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2014/07/16/hulsey-kohler-golf/12755325/ 



http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2014/07/16/residents-speak-proposed-golf-course/12767513/ 


Carl Schwartz
Steering Committee Chair, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory
Coordinator, Bird City Wisconsin
Milwaukee County
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Subject: Ruddy Ducks, Oshkosh
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:42:23 -0700
It always seems to happen, my avian enthusiastic friends, that I'll find some 
diving duck hanging around this area after migration and so this time I find 2 
ruddy ducks in Miller;s Bay yesterday hanging around with a sick looking 
pelican, IT'S bill was very fleshy pink in color. 

Not too much else of note, aside from bluebirds at my folks house. Also a late 
afternoon cruise up Ctk M. Uihlein Marsh found me 5 new month birds including 1 
FOY of all things, some wood thrushes. A tough bird for me to get these days. 
 

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Subject: Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:35:44 -0500
The mudflat at the intersection of Elmwood Rd and Pike Rd this afternoon 
had a small selection of shorebirds including 1 semi-palmated plover. Also 
heard sora and barred owl and there was a pelican on the water across the 
road.
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Subject: Re: Eurasian Collared Dove, Seymour, Yes
From: Rob <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:07:34 -0500
Excellent! Thank you so much for the update! The call was unmistakable so I 
knew they had to be there. 


Glad you found them! 
Rob Zimmer
Appleton, Outagamie County

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> On Jul 16, 2014, at 1:13 PM, ""  (Redacted 
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> 
> I had 2 birds in the vicinity of the water tower mid-morning, 7/16 - 
specifically 924 Lincoln St. on pole. I checked the address Jack Swelstad 
mentioned last wk, then rode some streets in the area. Heard a bird near tower, 
then found one on a power line. Again, thanks to Rob Zimmer for his initial 
discovery/post. 

> Ross Mueller
> Appleton, Outagamie County.
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Subject: Tennessee Warbler - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:30:30 -0600
First southbound Tennessee Warbler of the year at my house this morning. 
Otherwise, bird song way down and fledgling activity way up! 

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Subject: Eurasian Collared Dove, Seymour, Yes
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "roamu@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:13:40 -0400 (EDT)
I had 2 birds in the vicinity of the water tower mid-morning, 7/16 - 
specifically 924 Lincoln St. on pole. I checked the address Jack Swelstad 
mentioned last wk, then rode some streets in the area. Heard a bird near tower, 
then found one on a power line. Again, thanks to Rob Zimmer for his initial 
discovery/post. 

Ross Mueller
Appleton, Outagamie County.

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Subject: shorebird spot, NE Fond du Lac County
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:41:43 +0000
The fields along Church Road, town of Taycheedah, NE Fond du Lac County are 
flooded and are providing good shorebird habitat. Hundreds of yellowlegs were 
seen on the west side this morning, along with peeps and a pectoral sandpiper 
or two, a small flock of dowitchers, and at least one wilsons phalarope. Wish 
we would have had more time to look! 

Kerry & Dave Sehloff
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NE Fond du Lac County



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Subject: tom - 7/15/2014 11:25:09 PM
From: "tom" <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2014 11:25:09 +0000
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Subject: 2014 Conservation and Education Grants Available
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:52:39 -0500
2014 Conservation and Education Grants Available (Deadline: September 6)

Does your nature center, land trust, local municipality, or other non-profit 
have a conservation project that needs funding? Are you a teacher in need of 
extra funding to take your students on field trips or do an environmental 
project?

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin's C.D. Besadny Conservation 
Grant and Teachers' Outdoor Environmental Education Grant applications are 
now available for small-scale natural resources projects and programs that 
support the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin's natural resources at the 
local level.

Grants ranging from $100-$1,000 are awarded annually to projects or programs 
in Wisconsin that benefit the public, involve management and restoration of 
Wisconsin's natural resources, and/or contribute to knowledge about 
Wisconsin's natural resources through education. Recipients are required to 
match the grant award on a 1:1 basis with funds or in-kind services.

Past funded projects have included citizen-based monitoring in the Bad River 
watershed, expanding hiking opportunities in southwest Wisconsin's savannas 
and prairies, garden planting by Green Bay Area Public Schools to reduce 
flooding and attract native species, and installing signage about wildlife 
at the Tamarack Preserve in Waukesha County. In 2013, our Foundation awarded 
more than $26,000 to 30 community partners across Wisconsin.

For more information and to apply, please visit our website at 
wisconservation.org. Applications must be postmarked by September 6, 2014. 
Questions about the program may be directed to Caitlin Williamson at (866) 
246-4096, or caitlin.williamson AT wisconsin.gov.

Sincerely,


Caitlin Williamson
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

The Natural Resources Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization that 
raises private funding for publicly owned lands and waters in Wisconsin. Our 
mission is to connect generations to the wonders of Wisconsin's lands, 
waters, and wildlife.

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Subject: I'm coming back to Milwaukee...
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:40:35 -0400
...for a few days at the end of this month. Looking forward to birding the
Milwaukee lakefront again (Lakeshore State Park, Veterans Park, Lake Park).
Hope the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron hangs on until then. Anyways, if you
happen to see someone on the lakefront with a white beard, glasses, and an
orange and blue ball cap feel free to say "hi".
Bernie Sloan
Highland Park, NJ
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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Jul 15, 2014
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:37:28 -0700
Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee





Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, US-WI
Jul 15, 2014 8:00 AM
Protocol: Incidental
18 species

Canada Goose 12
Wild Turkey 3
Mourning Dove 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Northern Flicker 1
Barn Swallow 6
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 1
European Starling 3
Eastern Towhee 1   female
Song Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 6
Common Grackle 6
Brown-headed Cowbird 3
Baltimore Oriole 1   female feeding on orange
American Goldfinch 12

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19110336 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Apologies and RBA
From: "Gerald DeBoer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jerry937975@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:29:57 -0500
My apologies for a "weird" email any of you might have gotten from me 
this morning. I was trying to send an email from my cell phone but 
apparently it came out gibberish.  I had seen an immature Yellow-crowned 
Night Heron at the Veterans Park lagoon this morning and was trying to 
send an immediate "alert" for anyone interested. Also present were a 
couple BC Night Herons.

Jerry DeBoer
Racine County
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Subject: Trip Report -- Barrow, AK
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 11:20:21 -0500
Hello ---
I spent a week in mid-June hanging out with the breeding species of the
arctic tundra in Barrow, Alaska in the company of a group of photographers.

Photographs and other details are available here:
http://www.sunilsphotos.com/?p=18

Along with several of the local specialties (Eiders - King, Steller's, and
Spectacled, Jaegers - Pomarine, Parasitic and a lonesome Long-tailed), I
had the pleasure of the company of several mroe familiar species in full
breeding colors - with shorebirds like Pectoral Sandpiper, Dunlin,
Long-billed Dowitcher, Red/Red-necked Phalaropes, Baird's Sandpiper and Am.
Golden Plover - as well as Snow Buntings (the Barrow Sparrow), Lapland
Longspur, Pacific Loon, Sabine's Gull and several Snowy Owls.

And an un-photographed Yellow-billed Loon in the form of a fly-over.

From Barrow, I proceeded onwards to spend a few days on St. Paul Island in
the Bering Sea. That post is as yet a work in progress as I whittle down
the 13K images I took in Alaska.




Sunil Gopalan - Middleton, WI


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Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:19:29 -0500
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Subject: Bird seen on Washington Island
From: "John Krerowicz" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dedlnr@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:57:11 -0400 (EDT)
A friend said a vulture-type bird has recently been seen on Washington Island. 
Supposedly it is not seen often north of Texas. I don't recall seeing any 
Wisbird posting. Is this a well kept secret or do I need to be awake when I 
scan the postings? 


John Krerowicz
Kenosha
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Subject: Monday birding
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:49:54 -0500
Two Rivers had standard gulls along the beach. By the Manitowoc impoundment 
(beginning of the walk out) there were 200+ Bonaparte's Gulls, 12 Common Terns, 
1 Forster's Tern and THREE Little Gulls (2 1st/2nd yr and 1 2nd/3rd yr). 

Sheboygan only had 4 Lesser Black-backed and 1 Great Black-backed Gull for 
diversity. 


I then worked over to the Horicon Marsh area, mainly checking the ponds in the 
area. The best was the 26 pond (between I and C) where FIVE Black-necked Stilts 
were feeding along with 7 other shorebird species. Redwood/Jersey pond had 
about 20 Short-billed Dowitchers and 1 Wilson's Phalarope plus other standard 
shorebirds. Breezy Pt/151 pond had 12 Stilt Sandpipers and 45 Short-billed 
Dowitchers, plus several other species. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:36:20 -0500
There was a tom and at least one if not two hens hanging around the lighthouse 
ravines in Lake Park all spring. 


Mark Korducki, New Betlin

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 14, 2014, at 5:14 PM, "B.G. Sloan"  wrote:

> I'm making a return trip to Milwaukee at the end of this month and I sure
> would like to take some photos of the Wild Turkeys that hang out near the
> UWM campus and Lake Park. Since my time in Milwaukee will be limited, I'd
> sure like suggestions as to the places I'd be most likely to see them.
> Thanks,
> 
> Bernie Sloan
> Highland Park, NJ
> Former Milwaukee lakefront guy
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Subject: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:14:23 -0400
I'm making a return trip to Milwaukee at the end of this month and I sure
would like to take some photos of the Wild Turkeys that hang out near the
UWM campus and Lake Park. Since my time in Milwaukee will be limited, I'd
sure like suggestions as to the places I'd be most likely to see them.
Thanks,

Bernie Sloan
Highland Park, NJ
Former Milwaukee lakefront guy


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Subject: Re: Possible Selasphorus hummingbird Sawyer county
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 19:26:47 -0600
Rick, prime time for adult male Rufous hummers is mid-July to mid-August, so 
the timing fits okay for that age-sex class. They are one of the earliest 
non-shorebird migrants. 

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Possible Selasphorus hummingbird Sawyer county
> Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:48:01 -0500
> 
> Saturday morning at about 8:30 a.m. I had a rust colored hummingbird approach 
one of my feeders which was immediately chased off by a male ruby-throated. The 
whole scenario lasted only a few seconds but I got a good look at this bird and 
it was not something I've seen before. 

> My guess would be Rufous only because of past reports/sightings in Wisconsin, 
however I don't recall ever hearing a report at this time of year, more likely 
in the fall. 

> 
> I watched my feeders the rest of the day for the bird to return as well as 
all morning today with no luck. 

> 
> My feeders are full and hopefully whatever it was sticks around and I'll get 
another view and hopefully a photo for confirmation. With all the wildflowers 
in bloom now throughout the area, it's probably going to be hit or miss I'd 
guess whether this bird might even appear again. 

> 
> If it does, I'll update immediately.
> 
> Rick Pertile
> Edgewater township, Sawyer County
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Subject: Possible Selasphorus hummingbird Sawyer county
From: Rick Pertile <mugzy1960 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:48:01 -0500
Saturday morning at about 8:30 a.m. I had a rust colored hummingbird approach 
one of my feeders which was immediately chased off by a male ruby-throated. The 
whole scenario lasted only a few seconds but I got a good look at this bird and 
it was not something I've seen before. 

My guess would be Rufous only because of past reports/sightings in Wisconsin, 
however I don't recall ever hearing a report at this time of year, more likely 
in the fall. 


I watched my feeders the rest of the day for the bird to return as well as all 
morning today with no luck. 


My feeders are full and hopefully whatever it was sticks around and I'll get 
another view and hopefully a photo for confirmation. With all the wildflowers 
in bloom now throughout the area, it's probably going to be hit or miss I'd 
guess whether this bird might even appear again. 


If it does, I'll update immediately.

Rick Pertile
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Subject: Re: Great egret
From: Aparna Sridhar <apar.sridhar AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:39:35 -0500
Thank you Jerry and Peter for the location.  I have some good and bad news.
Went down to see the egrets.  There are upwards of 25.  I saw them in a
field off hwy 106 right before the intersection of Curtis Mills Road.  They
are definitely easily visible because of the large flock, bring your scope
to get a closer look.  They might be hiding on the tall trees on that same
field when they aren't feeding.  I arrived there around 11:15 AM and did
not find them - took a walk through rustic road and when I got back I saw
the flock flying in at about 12:30 PM.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14644164881/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14460990637/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14644282581/

I found that rustic road was closed to vehicles , but I found two dead
birds on the road.  They were fairly large (around the size of a duck) and
had dark brown feathers with a violet/blue tint.  The feet were yellow.
 They looked like they had been completely run over.  I'm not sure what the
cause of death is or if this a concern.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14647576335/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14460900380/

Species:

Great Egret - 25+
Black Tern - 3
Great Blue Heron - 2
Sandhill Crane - 2
Mallards - 5


Aparna Sridhar
Madison WI



On Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 1:27 PM, Jerry Schoen 
wrote:

> The large flooded field on Hy 106  on the east side of Fort Atkinson has
>  25-30 egrets  and several GBH
> Jerry Schoen
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Subject: Black-necked Stilts, others in Dodge County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 17:18:18 -0500
Today I saw the female Black-necked Stilt from Old Marsh Rd. , not too far
from the bend in the road, but still about 300 yards south of the road. The
highlight along the road was a Sora that came out to the road to preen for 5
minutes about 20 feet away from me.
I also saw a Black-billed Cuckoo just a little east of the auto tour
entrance. For some reason, NO Forster's Terns were out there this morning.
Another birder suggested that their fall migration may have started.
The pond on STH26  .5 miles north of CTH C had 4 Black-necked Stilts (2
pairs) this afternoon. I still haven't found young anywhere, so I hope some
successful breeding has occurred near or in Horicon Marsh.
I went to the Breezy Point Pond to see if the Stilt Sandpipers that Daryl
Tessen reported yesterday were still around. They were, and I saw four.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Re: Try this ID help again....
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:54:33 -0500
Hi Tom-
For me, the presence of orange on the underparts and the blotchy coloration
on the breast and belly indicate a Baltimore Oriole. The juvenile Orchard
Orioles have a more uniform yellow, so much so that when I have seen one
briefly without a good look, my first impression was that I was seeing a
goldfinch! You should have noticed a size difference between the Orchard and
Baltimore Oriole. The Orchard is about an inch smaller than the Baltimore.
I have had two young Baltimore Orioles that look just like your oriole
coming to a pine cone I stuffed with peanut butter and bird seed that I hang
outside my unit. Amazing how so many types of birds like peanut butter!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Sent: Saturday, July 12, 2014 8:33 PM
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Subject: [wisb] Try this ID help again....

I believe I saw the female oriole with an Orchard and that is why I guessed
she was an Orchard. I need someone to tell me what makes them believe it is
what they think it is- how are female Baltimores and Orchards different-
besides who they hang out with!

Tom Koch 
Plover
Portage Co
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Subject: Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Trumpeter Swan update.
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 16:28:24 -0500
I checked on the Trumpeter Swans east of the pumphouse on the south side of
STH49 today, and as Daryl Tessen mentioned yesterday, there are now only 3
cygnets. Perhaps one was lost to a predator.
There are some signs of improvement in the condition of the injured swan: it
stayed with the family instead of resting away from the other members, I saw
it stand briefly on the bad leg, and when it was in shallow water it was
able to limp a few steps before raising its foot above water again.
Hopefully, this means healing is taking place.

The cygnets copy the parents, and when they came close to the road to preen
in shallow water, the cygnets joined in with the motions. They also raised
their tiny pink feet up over their back. Whether they were doing this as a
natural behavior or emulating the injured swan will probably go unanswered,
but it was fun to watch.

I received permission from the conservation officer, John Below, to post his
contact information on Wisbirdnet, so if anybody sees something going on
with the swan that would require the attention of refuge personnel, please
give him a call. The more eyes watching out for the swan, the better. John
said he would also appreciate a call if there are any other issues with
wildlife needing refuge intervention. I think he would be the guy to go to
if laws or regulations violations are observed.

Contact:

John J. Below , Refuge Officer

cell: 920/948-2579

email: john_below AT fws.gov

Please note that here is an underscore between john and below in the
address. My email underlines the address and obscures the underscore. John
hasn't checked email too frequently, but if you have photos of something
significant you observed , you could get them to him through that address.

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: Milwaukee shorebird habitat
From: steven lubahn <stevenlubahn AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 13:10:04 -0500
Thanks to last nights heavy rains, anyone who might be interested in looking 
for shorebirds in Milwaukee county now have two nice areas on the south eastern 
portion of the county. 


There is a flooded agricultural field on Forest Hill Rd. west of Pennsylvania 
Ave. just west of the railroad tracks. There is very little shoulder here so be 
cautious. Ironically, I found this location from checking Google maps which 
showed a flooded field. Please do not trespass. 


Pennsylvania Ave. south of Puetz Rd. is now heavily flooded after being only 
moist since late May. This area can be productive and warrants frequent visits 
as the water levels decline and mud is exposed. 


Oakwood Rd. at 60th street is also worth checking but I rarely visit this area.

Tis' the season.

Steven Lubahn
Cudahy
Milwaukee Co.


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Subject: South Milw. yard arrivals and visitors
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 11:29:49 -0400 (EDT)
Today marks the arrival of possibly two Red Bellied Woodpeckers and a Flicker 
towing new families. So, I put out the nuts again, recently withheld in the 
presence of starling and grackle invasions. Nighttime surprises: I was startled 
to hear a single call from a Cardinal at 12:30 a.m. the night before last. Was 
it having a great dream, or reacting to the brightness of the full moon? The 
pair here have been engaged in rituals this week with the male feeding the 
female. I believe their first attempt failed, as I noted the male feeding a 
single fledgling for only one day before it disappeared. Two nights ago, at 
3a.m. I was awakened by a very persistent adult Great Horned Owl in the tree 
next to the house. It was, after a good five minutes of calls finally followed 
by a little croaking "in between" voice of a juvenile. Maybe a juvenile with 
its mouth full? Could be that they found one of the plague of this year's 
bunnies in the yard. Begging calls from juvie Orioles con 

 tinue, and though are lessening, this is a bit late, as they usually go on 
sabbatical by early July to learn to forage for the good stuff (insects) and 
not that paltry jelly meal. The Catbird is bringing the kids in for 
Serviceberries and jelly, and the chickadees arrived with three in tow and have 
finally trained me to come when they call at the screen door. They are fans of 
mealworms. And, looking out now, I see that a Robin has grabbed a peanut even 
as it has gorged on the serviceberry over the last week. They have a penchant 
for peanuts and jelly until the fruit arrives. Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers have 
brought their young this year, with the Hairy fledgling, a particularly 
beautifully clean guest in comparison to his somewhat greasy and worn folks. 


Betsy Abert, So. Milw., southeastern Milw. County
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Subject: Reminder about attachments on Wisbirdn
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 07:52:45 -0500
Just a reminder that attachments of any sort (including photos) are not allowed 
on Wisbirdn - the Freelists.org server will block them. This is a security 
measure, since viruses and malware can be embedded in the code. Moreover, 
trying to post an attachment will often cause other email servers to mark 
anything from freelists.org as spam, which causes no end of grief for those 
folks who may then get booted off the list through no fault of their own, so 
please, just don't try it. You can provide a link to an online photo-sharing 
website or gallery, or ask if someone would be willing to have you send them 
your photo directly to help you ID it. 

 
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Subject: ID help please
From: Chris Allen <fidkent AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 01:18:07 -0500
My best guess is a SOLITARY SANDPIPER.  Seen in a flooded field at Jersey
Road, Fox Lake.  Confirmation or otherwise would be much appreciated, as if
my guess is correct, it would be a lifer.  I apologize for the quality of
the picture from my lowly point & shoot camera.
Many thanks
Chris Allen
Fond Du Lac
FDL County


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Subject: Comment, no sightings
From: "Susan Benfer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "bsusanbee13@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:44:14 -0700
Thanks Jeff for the ride this am in search of the Yellow-crowned Night Heron 
etc., too bad the weather was so lousy. It was great to finally get out of the 
house with the camera. 


Susan Benfer
NW side Milwaukee

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Subject: Oops- here is the link again...
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:33:50 -0500
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b0ommkagbgg7w0p/140712_0104.jpg
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Subject: Try this ID help again....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 20:32:45 -0500
I believe I saw the female oriole with an Orchard and that is why I guessed she 
was an Orchard. I need someone to tell me what makes them believe it is what 
they think it is- how are female Baltimores and Orchards different- besides who 
they hang out with! 


Tom Koch 
Plover
Portage Co
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Subject: Re: Another one....
From: Rowan Stamm <rowan.stamm AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:26:14 -0500
Dickcissel male.

Rowan Stamm, Dane County.

> On Jul 12, 2014, at 5:24 PM, Elizabeth Palmer  wrote:
> 
> Dickcissel/ male?
> Elizabeth Palmer, Poynette, Columbia Co
>> On Jul 12, 2014, at 5:07 PM, Tom Koch wrote:
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>> What is this?
>> Thanks!
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/95yqujlxrxco95t/140712_0066.jpg
>> Plover
>> Portage Co
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Subject: Re: Another one....
From: Elizabeth Palmer <deer2palmers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:24:38 -0500
Dickcissel/ male?
Elizabeth Palmer, Poynette, Columbia Co
On Jul 12, 2014, at 5:07 PM, Tom Koch wrote:

> What is this?
> Thanks!
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/95yqujlxrxco95t/140712_0066.jpg
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Subject: Another one....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:07:39 -0500
What is this?
Thanks!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/95yqujlxrxco95t/140712_0066.jpg
Plover
Portage Co
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Subject: ID help....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:04:53 -0500
Orchard Oriole? Female ? 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/b0ommkagbgg7w0p/140712_0104.jpg
Thanks
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Subject: Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. south of Hustisford
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 17:00:43 -0500
With the Birch Rd. field presently dried up, this morning I took a short 
drive to look for other shorebird habitat close to home. I found a good 
area with water and mud at the intersection of Elmwood Rd. and Pike Rd. 
with 80-90 birds present. Most were killdeer, lesser yellowlegs and least 
sandpiper, but I found 3 pectoral,  5 solitary and 1 spotted sandpiper. 
While there I had 2 white pelicans fly over and a sora was calling from the 
marshy area across the road.
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Subject: Shorebirds---Dodge co
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:36:09 -0500
Checking the various shorebird ponds in the Horicon Marsh/Beaver Dam areas 
yielded 13 species. The best ponds in descending order were Jersey/Redwood, 
Breezy Pt/151 and Oakwood west of I/26. Best species were 100 Short-billed 
Dowitchers (80 at Jersey/Redwood and 20 at Breezy Pt/151; 3 Stilt Sandpipers 
(also Breezy Pt/151; 10 Wilson's Phalaropes (various ponds); Black-necked Stilt 
(Oakwood area);and 1 Long-billed Dowitcher (Jersey/Redwood). The nice thing 
about almost all the dowitchers and Stilt Sands were they were still in full 
breeding plumage. 

The Trumpeter Swan family on the pond by the pump house were swimming along the 
dike toward the highway, but only three cygnets were with them. A lone 
Trumpeter was on the pond by the historic sign. I did not see the other 
Trumpeter family with 6 cygnets. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Additional info for Winn. Co. grackle
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 08:24:32 -0700
In case anyone does go in search for this bird, I failed to specify Fletcher 
Rd. is about 2 miles east of the FdL Co. line. Best of luck. 

Paul Bruce, Oshkosh
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Subject: Sheboygan Gulls: 11 July 2014
From: "Amar Ayyash" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "amarayyash@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 06:50:58 -0700
I spent yesterday afternoongull watching between Deland and North Point parks 
on theSheboygan lakefront. 

Highlights:
2 Laughing Gulls (both at North Point; adult with full hood and an adult with 
white speckling at the base of the bill). 

1 Great Black-backed Gull (1st summer).
20 Lesser Black-backed Gulls (majority 1st summer individuals; 5 second 
summers; 2 third summers).* 

1 Thayer's Gull (1st summer).**

All the Bonaparte's andLittle Gulls (as well asthe sterna terns) have moved 
on. 


*The Lesser Black-backed count constitutes a personal species high count for me 
on Lake Michigan. I always imagined this high count would come in the winter 
months, but Sheboygan has proven to be a summer stronghold for this species. I 
don't knowof any other site on the Great Lakeswhere Lesser Black-backed is as 
abundant (and reliable) in the breeding season. Still, not one adult to speak 
of. I'd like to add that my count of 20 is a conservativenumber.16 
individuals were observed simultaneously near the gazeebo at North Point. I 
drove back and forth to Deland several times to confirm thata few more LBBGs 
were still on the beaches in between. If therewas any way to accurately count 
these birds the number would likely be between 25-30. Truly amazing!! 


**The 1st summer Thayer's is NOT the same bird Ethan Gyllenhall, Alex Haleand 
I observedat Deland Park on 08 June. 


Common species (between both parks):
Ring-billed Gull (~2,100; only 8 juveniles observed).
Herring Gull (350; 4 juveniles observed, 2 with partial down being guarded by 
parent). 


Photos:
http://goo.gl/evR5L3

Thanks,
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort IL

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Subject: Possible GREAT-TAILED GRACKLE, Winnebago Co.
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 01:06:17 -0700
Very late night report, very important sighting, but the area of Fletcher Rd. 
and Hwy 44 has to be scrutinized carefully. Here's my report: Coming home 
from Ripon I saw this "large" black bird in the middle of Fletcher Rd. I was 
driving and we were having transmission issues with our car so we had to get 
back home ASAP, BUT, the bird in question, seen quite well from 44, appeared to 
be, like either a crow with a long tail, or a small black pheasant. The tail 
was definitely keel shaped and it's posture was very grackle-like, bill pointed 
skyward. The quickest report I could do when I got back to town was to text 
Mark Benson who then sent the msg. out to the Fox Valley Club and hopefully 
we'll get some definite answers. 

 I believe I may have failed to mention the report of seeing a red-headed 
woodpecker flying along Bowen St. here in Osh. about a week ago. But first, 
lets figure out this grackle issue. 

 Paul Bruce
 Winn. Co.
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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night Heron - Lakeshore Park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:08:37 -0500
Good evening, I watched the Heron from 5:00am - 6:30am, catch and eat 4
large crayfish, before it flew away.  If you're interested in taking
pictures of the bird, the lighting isn't very good until about 5:30.  There
was also a Green Heron present.  There is not much to add that hasn't
already been reported today.  Just thought I'd share some photos and say
thank you for the original report, as it was a life bird for me.  Here is
the link to my photos, if you're interested.  Have a great night.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Dodge County shorebirds, Cattle Egrets
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:54:36 -0500
Birch Road pond was completely dry this morning and Killdeer were the only
shorebird I could find. Many swallows were in the area.
STH26 .5 miles north of CTH C had 11 Killdeer, 54 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3
Wilson's Phalarope, 3 Short-billed Dowitchers, 1 Least Sandpiper, and 1
adult male Black-necked Stilt (this bird flew, and I believe it went to CTH
C and CTH I pond, about .7 miles away).

CTH C and CTH I pond had what was probably the same Black-necked Stilt that
was on the STH26 pond, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 45 Lesser
Yellowlegs, and 1 Wilson's Phalarope.

CTH C and Jersey ponds had Lesser Yellowlegs (didn't count them), and a
Solitary Sandpiper.

Jersey-Redwood pond had 3 Wilson's Phalarope, 8 Killdeer, 17 Lesser
Yellowlegs and 19-20 Short-billed Dowitchers. One of the dowitchers had a
bill that was much longer than the bills of the Short-billed Dowitchers,
seemed to have more spotting on the breast, and more barring on the flanks,
but its plumage was quite worn, I didn't hear a call, it seems too early for
Long-billed Dowitcher, and I am not so good at separating worn-plumaged
dowitchers, so I had to let this one go.

Jersey and CTH A ponds seemed empty of shorebirds.

Breezy Point pond had 12 Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Short-billed Dowitchers, 21
Least Sandpipers, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, 2 Wilson's Phalarope, and 3
Killdeer. One or more Soras were heard-only.

Unexpected were 3 Cattle Egrets on the east side of CTH I .3 miles south of
CTH C. I watched 1 pick insects off the face of a disinterested cow. They
didn't remain long and flew west to the farm across the street. They may
have been in the feedlot out of view.

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: 3-4 White-faced Ibises in Winnebago County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:31:20 -0500
When I arrived at the Mascoutin Valley Trail northwest of Rush Lake, I
spotted 3 ibises, 2 east of the picnic table mentioned by Art Sonneland, and
1 to the west, not too far from the old duck blind. A squall was moving
through, so scoping was difficult, but I was able to see the complete white
facial border and pink facial skin on the two to the east before they flew
east. I concentrated on the remaining bird, then checked on other birds in
the area. As I was doing so, I spotted another White-faced Ibis not too far
from where the two that had flown were initially spotted. Whether this was a
fourth bird, or if one of the flyaways returned is anybody's guess.
After the squall moved out, the winds became less troublesome, and I was
able to watch the two remaining ibises for 45 minutes. They were still there
when I left.

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Subject: ride request - no sighting
From: "Susan Benfer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "bsusanbee13@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:39:57 -0700
I live at 53rd & Custer, 2 blocks south of Silver Spring in Milwaukee & my 
birding partner/driver is unable to go to Lakeshore State Park tomorrow. 

Would anyone going there be willing to take me & my walker there? I am willing 
to be ready any hour of day, don't smoke, just take pictures. If anyone is 
willing please call 414-438-1004. 


Thanks in advance to all willing to read this.


Susan Benfer
NW side Milwaukee

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