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Shama,©Barry Kent Mackay

26 Nov ten ways to make a difference for migratory birds [William Mueller ]
26 Nov Great Tit in Sheboygan [Jim and Julie Hess ]
26 Nov 50+ Snowy Owls in WI so far... [Ryan Brady ]
26 Nov LOY house wren ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
26 Nov WSO Bird TV Steve Betchkal [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
26 Nov Robins in Sheboygan : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
26 Nov Dane co. Landfill ["Steve Thiessen" ]
26 Nov A passing in our birding family in Winnebago Co. ["Paul Bruce" ]
25 Nov Nothing too special - FDL Co. ["Lori Inderdahl" ]
25 Nov Re: Redpolls in Monona [Sandy Petersen ]
25 Nov Redpolls in Monona [James Schwarz ]
25 Nov Harris's Sparrow in Col. Co. [Laura Wentz ]
25 Nov bluebirds [Diane Walder ]
25 Nov South Milwaukee feeder and park birds ["" ]
25 Nov Brussels CBC [donald van duyse ]
25 Nov LOY House wren ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
25 Nov Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory WATERBIRD WATCH fall 2014 final tally [William Mueller ]
24 Nov Madison Tundras today ["" ]
25 Nov Fw: Bird and Nature Walk - UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve - Picnic Point [Peter Fissel ]
24 Nov 50+ Evening Grosbeaks - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
24 Nov Dodge Co. Juneau area SHORT-EARED OWL ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
24 Nov Re: 188 Swans Lake Mendota ["Josh Mayer" ]
24 Nov More swans ... [Sandy Petersen ]
24 Nov Birds This Morning (11/24) at Lakeshore SP (Milw. Co.) ["R. John McCaw" ]
23 Nov Short-eared Owl YES! ["Wayne Kuhn" ]
23 Nov 188 Swans Lake Mendota [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
23 Nov Northern Shrike, Milwaukee 11/23 ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
23 Nov Eared Grebe, Racine [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Nov Re: Lake Mendota Swans [Mitchell Nussbaum ]
22 Nov Lake Mendota Swans [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
23 Nov Fw: Governor's Island-Tundras and Eagle [Peter Fissel ]
22 Nov Paradise Valley GH Owls ["Spencer Stehno" ]
22 Nov Tundras at Fish Camp [Sandy Petersen ]
22 Nov Snowy Owl - Freedom [Scott Weberpal ]
21 Nov Delafield/Pewaukee Waterbirds (Waukesha Cty) [Tim Hahn ]
21 Nov Humboldt Park - MKE Cty [Karen Johnson ]
21 Nov Swans and Pipit Lake Mendota [James Schwarz ]
21 Nov Common Redpoll-Ozaukee County ["Margo Dolan" ]
21 Nov LOY house wren ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
21 Nov Swans on Lake Monona, Madison [Peter Fissel ]
21 Nov Belted kingfisher [Robert Demge ]
21 Nov pine siskins & purple finches [Kyle Cudworth ]
21 Nov Re: Pine Siskins ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
21 Nov Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 20, 2014 [Dennis Casper ]
21 Nov Dane co. landfill ["Steve Thiessen" ]
20 Nov Screech owl ["K Petersen" ]
20 Nov Pine Siskins [Robert Demge ]
20 Nov University Bay, Madison, Dane Co [Paul van Ginkel ]
20 Nov Re: Osprey Nagawicka Lake-Delafield-Waukesha County ["Biffbradford ." ]
20 Nov Osprey Nagawicka Lake-Delafield-Waukesha County ["Spencer Stehno" ]
20 Nov LOY House wren ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
20 Nov Fwd: Shiocton Christmas Bird Count Date Fri. Dec. 19 [Kyle Lindemer ]
19 Nov Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sauk County [Jodi Anderson ]
19 Nov Common Redpoll Richland County ["Barbara Duerksen" ]
19 Nov Winter finches, Snowy Owl - Ashland/Bayfield [Ryan Brady ]
19 Nov Re: 30+ Snowy Owls ["B.G. Sloan" ]
19 Nov 30+ Snowy Owls [Ryan Brady ]
19 Nov Eagle and Female Harlequin [Jim and Julie Hess ]
19 Nov Re: Safety reminder about deer gun season [kevin seidel ]
19 Nov Safety reminder about deer gun season [Peter Fissel ]
19 Nov Re: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard [Mary Strasser ]
19 Nov LOY House wren Oz county ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
19 Nov New Member Introduction [Dennis Edgar ]
19 Nov Dane co. Landfill ["Steve Thiessen" ]
18 Nov Re: Male adult Coopers hawk in yard ["Tom Schultz" ]
18 Nov Forgot to post location of Cooper's hawk--sorry! [Mary Strasser ]
18 Nov Male adult Coopers hawk in yard [Mary Strasser ]
18 Nov Pardeeville CBC - change in date [Paul Schwalbe ]
18 Nov Winter birdwatching article [Rob ]
18 Nov Hales CBC: SE & SW Mke Co. 12/20 ["" ]
18 Nov LOY warbler (Milwaukee)? [Tim Vargo ]
18 Nov Re: LOY house wren? ["Tom Wood" ]
18 Nov LOY house wren? ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
18 Nov Rare bird documentation [Kim Kreitinger ]
18 Nov Fox sparrow song this morning [Sandy Petersen ]
18 Nov Tomahawk (Lincoln Co.) and BVG this weekend [Mike Duchek ]

Subject: ten ways to make a difference for migratory birds
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:56:07 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2014/11/ten-ways-to-make-difference-for.html

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: Great Tit in Sheboygan
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:16:22 -0600
Hello all,
I went down to the lakefront this morning to see if I could find the Harlequin 
but I stuck out on that account. I did, however observe a Great Tit while 
checking out a mixed group of Chicadees, Juncos, and a Downy Woodpecker. It was 
in the trees at the top of the North Point hill ( in Sheboygan )on the North 
side of the road. I watched it for a bit and lost it. It reappeared on the 
South side of the road and I got a great view before it flew off and I didn't 
see it again. I wonder if they are getting more plentiful or if this is just a 
chance encounter with the same individual. Nevertheless, a cool sighting. 

Great Birding,
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Subject: 50+ Snowy Owls in WI so far...
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:54:08 -0700
We now stand at 52 presumed-unique Snowy Owls in Wisconsin already this fall. 
This compares to a mere 5 owls by this date last year. Many of the sighting 
locations can be found on this eBird map -- http://bit.ly/1zwcC2o -- based in 
part on my gleanings from facebook, listserves, personal emails, etc. If you 
don't want your owl to be mapped, just let me know and I'll delete it. If you 
know of other owls not shown, please drop me a line AND add it to the eBird map 
yourself. This will save me a great deal of work. Thanks! 



One final point, most of the owls are not "sticking" on territories yet so 
chasing birds on the map is probably not all that wise. Rather, focus on 
general areas of suitable habitat and/or traditional hotspots. 


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: LOY house wren
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:14:25 -0600
Continues to visit my mealworm feeder.
Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: WSO Bird TV Steve Betchkal
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:12:58 -0600
Check out Steve Betchkal’s  fabulous new Bird TV series on the WSO website.

http://wsobirds.org/bird-tv

Happy Thanksgiving

Arlene Koziol

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Subject: Robins in Sheboygan : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:09:15 -0600
Yesterday, in the middle of snow and ice and 28 degrees, there were 10
Robins on the tree across the street from my church office window, chowing
down berries and trying to look cheerful instead of stupid for not flying
south sooner!  : )

       / \
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Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County

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Subject: Dane co. Landfill
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 02:19:22 -0600
 
 Stopped at the landfill and meet Jeff Gallagher (hope this is right, If not 
sorry) . He had an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull before I arrived. We watched 
the gulls for atleast 15 minutes before seeing anything good. First we had a 1 
winter Thayer's/ Kumlien's. Then had the usual 1 st winter Thayer's. I saw a 
second winter Lesser Black-backed go over the hill. We didn't see any Glaucous. 

 The usual pattern for the gulls is to go to Lake Waubesa, after dining out. 
But the lake had froze over last week and the pattern has changed ,even though 
the lake is open again. I stopped at Olin Boat Landing , after checking the 
gulls. I could see many gulls coming from the direction of the landfill. Some 
were going into Monona Bay and many landing on the lake (Monona). 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: A passing in our birding family in Winnebago Co.
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:30:28 +0000 (UTC)
Ready for bed, but first, something far more important -- birds!  After the 
snow was done we had a migration of sorts, which included 5 red-tailed hawks 
and a an uncanny number of southbound Canada geese, in which I found a pair of 
Cacklers among the 10 flocks, at least, of geese heading southward  Tuesday. 
  On my way home from Ripon tonight, ( this sounds redundant 'cause it's the 
same thing again) same spot - boat landing, east side of Rush Lake along Cty M 
Short-eared Owl calling, just 1 bird, but this time more interesting. It got 
much closer in which I could've seen it against the background city lights of 
Oshkosh.And finally, should anybody have known the name Marylin Foust of 
Oshkosh, she had passed away at age 93 of a stroke. She and her husband 
Vernonwere members of the Oshkosh Bird Club many years ago, like the 70's, 
early 80s. She had been going thru a bit of Alzheimers sort of conditions and 
other medical issues. God rest her soul. They both live(d) next door 

 to my folks, Town of Algoma.   Paul Bruce, Oshkosh
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Subject: Nothing too special - FDL Co.
From: "Lori Inderdahl" <dinderdahl AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:43:24 -0600
Lately I've had some unusual birds for my yard, at least in the fall.  I had 
1 Fox Sparrow, which I usually only get a brief visit from in the spring. 
Today, I had some White-throated Sparrows and a Song Sparrow.  I've had Song 
Sparrows in the summer but never this late and, like the Fox Sparrow, the 
White-throated have only visited in the spring.  My other usual birds have 
been around...a Hairy Woodpecker, a Downy Woodpecker pair, a couple 
White-breasted Nuthatches, House Finches, Goldfinches, Chickadees, a 
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Mourning Doves, a Cardinal pair, and Pine Siskins 
(for a day).  A Cooper Hawk makes an occasional appearance just to shake 
things up!

Lori Inderdahl
Rosendale, FDL Co. 


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Subject: Re: Redpolls in Monona
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:57:17 -0600
Great news about the Redpolls, Jim.
I had 50+ Siskins today and
tons of Goldfinches but
no Redpolls ...

Also Juncos, Tree Sparrows
plus the usuals ... but

the Fox Sparrow did not show ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County

On Tue, Nov 25, 2014 at 5:49 PM, James Schwarz 
wrote:

> There were three REDPOLLS in a birch tree at Graham Ave and Midwood Ave in
> Monona at 1:20 today.
> A PINE SISKIN was in the same tree.
> A good variety of Swans and Ducks were seen on Squaw Bay from Graham Park
> at the end of Graham Ave. A scope is helpful.
>
> Jim Schwarz
> Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Redpolls in Monona
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:49:17 -0600
There were three REDPOLLS in a birch tree at Graham Ave and Midwood Ave in 
Monona at 1:20 today. 

A PINE SISKIN was in the same tree.
A good variety of Swans and Ducks were seen on Squaw Bay from Graham Park at 
the end of Graham Ave. A scope is helpful. 


Jim Schwarz
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow in Col. Co.
From: Laura Wentz <lauralwentz AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 13:41:10 -0600
The Harris's Sparrow was there early this morning right after I cleaned out
& refilled feeders.  It stuck around for a few minutes eating and then flew
off.  I only had 20 minutes to watch birds later in the morning and didn't
see it again.  But the Red-headed, Hairy, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers
were there along with Fox, White-crowned and American Tree Sparrows,
Titmice, Chickadees, Blue Jays, Pine Siskins and the other regular
visitors.
Laura
-- 
Laura Wentz
Portage, Columbia County

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Subject: bluebirds
From: Diane Walder <diane.walder AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:36:20 -0600
For the first time ever, bluebirds showed up in my yard last week at the 
bird baths. They're still here and I'd like to keep them here. What 
should I feed them? Thanks.
Diane Walder
Madison WI


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Subject: South Milwaukee feeder and park birds
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:09:01 -0500
Noted an influx of Pine Siskin this morning, and a single Fox and White 
Throated Sparrow apiece among the dozen or so Juncos and bazillion House 
Sparrows and a half dozen starlings about which I dream of target practicing 
on. A small family of Blue Jays remain, one obviously a precocious hatch year 
bird who is bolder than the rest, and who seems to respond to the "Peanuts!" 
call with its own higher pitched call. So too, the half dozen squirrels. Trying 
to isolate one feeder with meal worms for my chickadee buddies is futile, as 
the squirrels have some sort of CIA-level decoding device, and mess with my 
party plans even as they have their own dedicated fixings. The Woodpeckers are 
less casual now that we have daily visits from a juvie Cooper's Hawk, and 
include the regulars: Hairy, Downy and Red Bellied. Cardinal numbers have 
dwindled remarkably this year, with only a single hatch year female along with 
its probable father visiting. MIA are Cedar Waxwing, though I counted 

 at least 60 at the Grant Park Solitaire tree on Sunday. (sorry, no Bohemians 
or Solitaire) Early this morning, I witnessed the wonderful courtship 
conversation of Great Horned Owls at Grant Park Area 2. Seems early, but so 
does the weather pattern. 


Betsy Abert, So. Milwaukee

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Subject: Brussels CBC
From: donald van duyse <dvanduyse AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:31:09 -0600
On Saturday while hunting off of Cty C in Door Cty. , I saw a Belted Kingfisher 
twice and a Winter Wren. Hope they can be found for the CBCDon Van DuyseBrown 
Cty. 

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Subject: LOY House wren
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 09:18:13 -0600
Appeared again today as I restocked the live mealworm feeder. It dashed out of 
shrubby cover, giving me a quick scold note- only to disappear into a heavily 
snow covered yew. 

Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county
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Subject: Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory WATERBIRD WATCH fall 2014 final tally
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 07:38:34 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2014/11/western-great-lakes-bird-bat.html


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


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Subject: Madison Tundras today
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:01:49 -0500
Just a brief add-on to previous reports: I spent a good bit of today at the UW 
Vet clinic with Duffy the arthritic canine companion, and during a break, went 
outside to hear the incredible chorale that's already been described of the 
Tundra Swans on Mendota. It was magical. With the heavy fog and snow, I 
wondered if they might even have been lifting up and off for the southeast 
wintering grounds, seeming so close. I thank Mendota for hosting these beauties 
that I suspect, given my torturous winter drive back to Milwaukee, will be 
heading out shortly if they haven't already. 


Betsy Abert (and Duffy)(and the homebound Butter)
South Milwaukee


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Subject: Fw: Bird and Nature Walk - UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve - Picnic Point
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:41:07 +0000
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________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 8:23 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Bird and Nature Walk - UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve - Picnic Point

Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2014-11-23 13:30
UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve--Picnic Point
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 3
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: A small group of enthused birders trusted Aaron Rogers to do his 
thing and braved the 48 deg rain and mist for a surprisingly lovely end of fall 
every 4th Sunday Bird and Nature Walk at UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve. We were 
rewarded with the awesome sight and sound of over 300 Tundra Swans feeding on 
University Bay and at least 50 on Lake Mendota with glimpses of many more in 
the mist scattered across the lake. The highlight was a Red-tailed Hawk that 
perched quite low over the trail as we walked by. Co-sponsored by Friends of 
the Lakeshore Nature Preserve and Madison Audubon. 


    85    Canada Goose
 350 Tundra Swan "mixed tundra swan, canada goose, mallard, bufflehead and coot 
flocks thickly scattered across university bay and less densely scattered on 
lake mendota as far as one could see into the light rain mist. 350 is a 
conservative rough count. many more likely there than could be easily viewed 
and counted from picnic point" 

    45    Mallard
    35    Bufflehead
 2 Horned Grebe "hard to distinguish waterfowl in mist even with 60x 85mm scope 
but at least a couple horned grebes graced the bay, winter plumage white neck 
black cap" 

 1 Red-tailed Hawk flew by near eagle heights gardens and perched low overhead 
not moving evrn when we walked by quietly on the trail only 25 feet under it 

    45    American Coot
    4    Ring-billed Gull
    2    Mourning Dove
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Blue Jay
    9    Black-capped Chickadee    very active by wetland
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    1    Eastern Bluebird    in the old orchard
    2    American Robin
    5    European Starling
    7    White-throated Sparrow
 4 Dark-eyed Junco many more small passerines active in the bushes along the 
trail and lakefront but hard to distinguish in the light drizzle 

    3    Northern Cardinal
    5    American Goldfinch

If you want to see these magnificent Tundras up close, there were still 22 in 
the Tenny Park bay today (Monday) afternoon taking shelter from the strong wind 
that may sit out the gathering snowstorm there. 


The next regularly scheduled every 1st Sunday Bird and Nature Walk is Dec 7 at 
Cherokee Marsh, 1:30-3pm. Happy Thanksgiving! 


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Subject: 50+ Evening Grosbeaks - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:34:01 -0700
The flock of Evening Grosbeaks I've had at my feeders for the past 10 days has 
now grown to at least 54 birds, by far the largest number I've ever had in 5+ 
years at my current residence. They are a joy to have, even if my bird seed 
budget is draining more rapidly... 


Some photos are at: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/dslr

Or cut to my two favorites...

Male: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/158341013
Female: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/158341018

A flock of 40+ birds is also frequenting feeders in "downtown" Clam Lake in 
southwestern Ashland County and there have been numerous local reports of small 
flocks at feeders that haven't hosted them in some time. 



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Subject: Dodge Co. Juneau area SHORT-EARED OWL
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:23:51 -0600
At 2:30 this afternoon I found 1 short-eared owl on S. Grove Rd. southeast 
of Juneau. It was hunkered down against the storm behind some big round 
haybales right next to the road. It flushed as I drove by but returned and 
settled down in the same spot. I approached in the truck very slowly and 
ended up parking 30' from it. I enjoyed viewing it for about 15 minutes and 
left very slowly with it remaining there. This is the same exact spot I 
found 2 short-eared owls last winter.
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Subject: Re: 188 Swans Lake Mendota
From: "Josh Mayer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "wackybadger@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:19:05 +0000 (UTC)
I can hear the swans at night from my house which is 1/2 mile away and across 
University Ave from Spring Harbor.  On campus, hundreds of swans continue in 
University Bay.  Very noisy and active.  Best views today were closer to 
Willow Creek than the boat launch.  Smaller number of other species are there 
including mallards, Canada geese, northern shovelers, buffleheads, and 
ring-billed gulls. 

 Josh
Madison, WI (Dane)
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Flickr Photos: 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/wackybadger/collections/72157639655216163/ 


 On Monday, November 24, 2014 1:17 PM, Josh Mayer  
wrote: 

   

 I can hear the swans at night from my house which is 1/2 mile away and across 
University Ave from Spring Harbor.  On campus, hundreds of swans continue in 
University Bay.  Very noisy and active.  Best views today were closer to 
Willow Creek than the boat launch. 

 Josh
Madison, WI (Dane)

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Flickr Photos: 
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 On Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:09 PM, ARLENE KOZIOL  
wrote: 

   

 I could hardly see the white dots in the fog on Lake Mendota, Spring Harbor. 
With my binocs I can now  see about 188 Swans sleeping in the middle of Lake 
Mendota. There is also a huge raft of waterfowl that I cannot see well enough 
to identify. Hopefully, these spectacular birds will stay for a while for 
everyone to enjoy. 


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Subject: More swans ...
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:13:29 -0600
I could hear them from the window this morning
and a long look from the neighbor's lakeside property confirmed

150 - 200 Tundra Swans at Fish Camp ... making a racket and

feeding ... no doubt.

Will they leave as the wind shifts to NW?

Best wishes for Thanksgiving to all...
we are very fortunate to be able to think about things like bird migration
and to take everyday life for granted - more or less ...

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Subject: Birds This Morning (11/24) at Lakeshore SP (Milw. Co.)
From: "R. John McCaw" <rjmccaw AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:32:06 +0000
My decision to brave the wind and rain today paid off: I finally saw my first 
Snow Bunting of the year at Lakeshore SP, and also had good views of an 
American Pipit (on rocks bordering lagoon), Common Loon (in water near parking 
lot), and White-winged Scoter (near the Loon). Some other birds in attendance 
were Buffleheads, Ruddy Ducks, and lots of Horned Grebes. Now it's time to dry 
off and warm up! 




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Subject: Short-eared Owl YES!
From: "Wayne Kuhn" <waylin98 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 19:01:06 -0600
Thanks to Stuart Malcom's post and Darwin Tiede's Ebird report, I was able to 
find a Short-eared Owl this evening. I decided to listen to the Packer post 
game while I drove down to the site on Shady Lane in Neenah. It only took me 
about 5 minutes to spot a large bird fly low over the road and settle in a 
field. The Owl woiuld turn his head quickly left and right for awhile and then 
fly to a new spot on the ground. He prefered a short-grass area between a farm 
field with large square bales on the left and the marsh area on the right. This 
is on the south side of Shady Lane just west of the intersection with Center 
Road in Neenah. 

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Subject: 188 Swans Lake Mendota
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:08:07 -0600
I could hardly see the white dots in the fog on Lake Mendota, Spring Harbor. 
With my binocs I can now see about 188 Swans sleeping in the middle of Lake 
Mendota. There is also a huge raft of waterfowl that I cannot see well enough 
to identify. Hopefully, these spectacular birds will stay for a while for 
everyone to enjoy. 


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Subject: Northern Shrike, Milwaukee 11/23
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:35:38 -0600
I saw a Northern Shrike this morning at the Milwaukee Urban Ecology 
Center/Riverside Park. It was on a phone line at the edge of the arboretum 
section on the southwestern part of the property. I understand it has been 
reported in this location for a couple of weeks. Apparently early mornings are 
best to find it. 

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Subject: Eared Grebe, Racine
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:39:51 -0600
The Eared Grebe found during the Hoy bird walk yesterday is still present
off the Racine harbor boat launch (Pershing Park) just north of Myers
Park/Gateway Tech. No scope needed. Easy views.
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Subject: Re: Lake Mendota Swans
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <acornwithteeth AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:39:48 -0800

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

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

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

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

 behavior is fascinating. 

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

Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

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


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

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

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

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



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

 

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



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

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

while feeding, about mid-afternoon today ...


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Subject: Snowy Owl - Freedom
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:12:29 -0600
Just watched (10:30 am) a Snowy Owl at the intersection of County J and
County S east of Freedom. I believe this is Outagamie County.
Scott Weberpal
Whitewater
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Subject: Delafield/Pewaukee Waterbirds (Waukesha Cty)
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:32 -0600
I checked out Lake Nagawicka (Delafield) and Pewaukee Lake this afternoon.
Nagawicka is nearly completely open, whereas Pewaukee is nearly completely
frozen over. Both were loonless for the first time in weeks.
Nagawicka had a bunch of TUNDRA SWANS, a raft or two of Athaya species
ducks, i.e. scaup, Redhead, Canvasback, etc, and a BALD EAGLE roosting on
the island.

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

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

Cheers!

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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



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

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

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

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


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


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Subject: [wisb] Pine Siskins

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

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

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

Thursday,  November 20, 2014
19 degrees
Clear
12 birders

Species:  15

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

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

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

 I stopped for 40 minutes Thursday afternoon. 2 Glaucous, 3 Thayer's and 1 
Kumlien's. The Herring Gulls out numbered Ring-billed Gulls 3 to 1. Makes gull 
watching a bit easier when there is 1200 less Ring-billed Gulls. Steve Thiessen 
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Subject: Screech owl
From: "K Petersen" <loonp AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:09:52 -0600
This afternoon we had a screech owl resting in a tree cavity in our back
woodlot. It completely filled the entrance hole with the upper half of its
body, so was quite easily observable. It was periodically being harassed by
blue jays, dark eyed juncos, and/or house finches.
 

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

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

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

bald eagle


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

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

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

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

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

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


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


 Greetings,



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



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



Questions, please contact Steve Petznick directly.



Thank you



Steve



-- 
Kyle Lindemer
Madison, Dane County

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


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Subject: Common Redpoll Richland County
From: "Barbara Duerksen" <bduerksen AT mwt.net>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:14:26 -0600
One Common Redpoll at the feeder this afternoon.  Also have had two Fox
Sparrows in the yard. 
Barbara Duerksen, Richland County



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


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


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

Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean

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

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


http://bit.ly/1zwcC2o

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


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

Thanks,

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

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


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


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



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


Peter Fissel

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


Mary Strasser
La Crosse County

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

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

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

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

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

Good birding to all.

Dennis Edgar
Delafield
Waukesha Co.


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

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

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

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.


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

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

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

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

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

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

-- 
Paul & Glenna Schwalbe
Pardeeville, Columbia Co.


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


Rob Zimmer
Appleton
Outagamie County


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


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

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


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


Betsy Abert
betsyacorn AT aol.com


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

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

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


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

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Behalf Of Tom Wood 

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

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

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Which was more warming???

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane county


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

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

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