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22 Oct Am Tree Sparrows and titmouse, Milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummer [Patrick Ready ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird, Sauk Co. - yes and no [Jeremy Meyer ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird, Sauk Co. - yes and no []
22 Oct Anna's Hummingbird, Sauk Co. - yes and no [Scott Weberpal ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images... ["Sue Peterson" ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird updates [Scott Weberpal ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird updates [Jeremy Meyer ]
22 Oct Pelican Milwaukee lakefront [Mike Wanger ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird -- Baraboo area [Sunil Gopalan ]
22 Oct Fwd: Cherokee and Warner Park Hikes ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird updates [Scott Weberpal ]
22 Oct Re: Monroe County Whooping Cranes [Rob ]
22 Oct Monroe County Whooping Cranes ["Peter McKeever" ]
22 Oct Anna's Hummingbird updates [Jeremy Meyer ]
22 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images... [Jeremy Meyer ]
21 Oct Good mix at Nygrens Wetland west of Rockton today [DWIGHT ALTON ]
21 Oct More photos of the Anna's Hummingbird [Chris West ]
21 Oct Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
21 Oct Anna's Hummingbird [Daryl Tessen ]
21 Oct Re: Anna's Hummingbird -- Baraboo area [Sunil Gopalan ]
21 Oct Dane co Landfill, Thayer's Gull ["Steve Thiessen" ]
20 Oct Anna's Hummingbird -- Baraboo area [Sunil Gopalan ]
20 Oct Pine Pine Siskins in Brown County [Bob Mead ]
20 Oct snow geese, blue morphs, ross's geese in combination ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
20 Oct Osprey/Ellison Bay tower [Patrick Ready ]
20 Oct Short eared Owl: Oak Creek ["" ]
20 Oct Fwd: Adult female Rufous Hummingbird banded in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
20 Oct Snow Bunting and Spruce Grouse [Kelly Rueckheim ]
20 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Peninsula State Park, Oct 18, 2014 [Andrew Reimer ]
19 Oct Tundra Swans and Snowy Egret at Horicon NWR 19 October 2014 [Michael Huebschen ]
19 Oct Weekend Sightings - Six Counties! [Andrea Szymczak ]
19 Oct Rufous Hummingbird and banding the bird at Ft. Atkinson in Jefferson Co. 10/19/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
19 Oct Wehr Nature Center being impacted by budget proposal [Jennifer Ambrose ]
19 Oct Re: Waukesha County Snow Bunting [Judith Huf ]
19 Oct Waukesha County Snow Bunting ["Korkor Mary" ]
19 Oct Dodge Co. American Pipits ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
19 Oct Rufous Hummingbird in Fort Atkinson [Brian Doverspike ]
19 Oct White-winged Scoters--Portage County [Rob Pendergast ]
19 Oct Re: Tales of Duck Tails and Macrophyllous Pigment Pigment at Horicon NWR 17 October 2014 [Mary Zenker ]
18 Oct Re: Tales of Duck Tails and Macrophyllous Pigment Pigment at Horicon NWR 17 October 2014 [Michael Huebschen ]
18 Oct 6th Ave. Marsh, Adams Co. [Mike Reese ]
18 Oct Ft. Atkinson - Rufous Hummingbird [Sunil Gopalan ]
18 Oct Re: [SPAM] Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh ["Tom Wood" ]
18 Oct Snowy Egret returns in Dodge County ["Tom Wood" ]
18 Oct Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh [Daryl Tessen ]
18 Oct Ride needed from UW-Madison Campus Area for Sunday 11/3 MAS Lake Michigan Birding Trip [Aaron Stutz ]
18 Oct Bradford Beach, Milwaukee 10/18 - 5 gull species and Scoters ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
18 Oct Fwd: Re: Rufous Hummingbird in Fort [Peter Fissel ]
18 Oct Fwd: Rufous Hummingbird in Fort [Peter Fissel ]
18 Oct Fwd: Bird and Photography Walks [Peter Fissel ]
18 Oct Bird and Photography Walks [paul_noeldner ]
17 Oct Tales of Duck Tails and Macrophyllous Pigment Pageant at Horicon NWR/17 October 2014 [Michael Huebschen ]
17 Oct Cedar Grove and Lake Michigan today [Peter Fissel ]
17 Oct Horned Grebe [Phil Billings ]
17 Oct Hummingbirds Program this Weds, MKE County [Jennifer Ambrose ]
17 Oct Great Tit at Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County ["Tom Wood" ]
17 Oct Horicon Marsh - Horned Grebe, Snow Geese [Rob Ruddock ]
17 Oct Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, October 16, 2014 [Dennis Casper ]
17 Oct Harrington SP Shrike [Spencer Jablonski ]
16 Oct Great Black-backed Gull, 2nd cycle at Bradford Beach MKE 10/16/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
16 Oct Dodge Co. Purple finches ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
16 Oct Ellison Bay Osprey Nest ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
16 Oct Brooklyn SWA ,Nelson's Sparrow ["Steve Thiessen" ]
16 Oct Fwd: Nature Explorer Walks-Nine Springs and Warner Park ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
15 Oct Re: Rufous Hummingbird? Ft. Atkinson Jefferson Co. 10/15/14, some images... ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
15 Oct Rufous Hummingbird? Ft. Atkinson Jefferson Co. 10/15/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
15 Oct Le Conte's Sparrow, others/ Milwaukee County ["Tom Wood" ]
15 Oct Prairie du Chien Eagle Day [Dennis Kirschbaum ]
15 Oct PT job opening for coordinator of Great Wisconsin Birdathon ["Carl Schwartz" ]
15 Oct Ellison Bay Osprey nest [Patrick Ready ]
14 Oct Red-necked Grebe/Dane Co yes [Patrick Ready ]
14 Oct Great Tit [Kyle Cudworth ]
14 Oct Crane Watch Horicon Marsh Sat Oct 18 [Jeffrey Bahls ]
14 Oct bird i.d. ["John Byrne" ]
14 Oct bird i.d. needed ["John Byrne" ]

Subject: Am Tree Sparrows and titmouse, Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:53:36 -0500
Today, I saw my first of season American Tree Sparrows along the Nojoshing
Trail (WE Energies grassland). There were about ten of them. A Fox Sparrow
was hanging around a Song Sparrow, too.
At Sheridan Park earlier this morning, I heard a call I did not recognize
and found that it was being made by a fast-moving Tufted Titmouse! Other
highlights were dozens of both kinglets and a Winter Wren.

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummer
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:42:29 -0500
Heres what Linda posted this evening re: the Annas Hummer
[Sadly, the Anna's Hummingbird has not returned today..hoping he has found 
another "feeder" and people are enjoying him as much as we did! Thanks all for 
your interest in seeing this delightful guy!] - Linda Atkins 


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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird, Sauk Co. - yes and no
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:58:24 -0500
It still wasn't seen as of 445 when I left.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Oct 22, 2014 1:34 PM,  wrote:

> The hummingbird did not show as of 1:00 PM when I left. It goes on my
> "shoulda been there yesterday list!"
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> ---- Scott Weberpal  wrote:
> > I watched the Anna's Hummingbird feed several times this morning prior
> to 8
> > AM.  The bird was banded shortly after 8 AM and returned to the feeder
> one
> > time (around 8:50) after being banded.  The bird has not been seen since
> > the 8:50 AM feeding.
> > I understand the Rufous Hummingbird in Fort Atkinson didn't return to the
> > feeder until the following morning after being banded, so the Anna's may
> > just be taking his time and feeding on insects for th time being.
> >
> > Scott Weberpal
> > Walworth County
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird, Sauk Co. - yes and no
From: <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:33:46 +0000
The hummingbird did not show as of 1:00 PM when I left. It goes on my "shoulda 
been there yesterday list!" 

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
---- Scott Weberpal  wrote: 
> I watched the Anna's Hummingbird feed several times this morning prior to 8
> AM.  The bird was banded shortly after 8 AM and returned to the feeder one
> time (around 8:50) after being banded.  The bird has not been seen since
> the 8:50 AM feeding.
> I understand the Rufous Hummingbird in Fort Atkinson didn't return to the
> feeder until the following morning after being banded, so the Anna's may
> just be taking his time and feeding on insects for th time being.
> 
> Scott Weberpal
> Walworth County
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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird, Sauk Co. - yes and no
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:15:47 -0500
I watched the Anna's Hummingbird feed several times this morning prior to 8
AM.  The bird was banded shortly after 8 AM and returned to the feeder one
time (around 8:50) after being banded.  The bird has not been seen since
the 8:50 AM feeding.
I understand the Rufous Hummingbird in Fort Atkinson didn't return to the
feeder until the following morning after being banded, so the Anna's may
just be taking his time and feeding on insects for th time being.

Scott Weberpal
Walworth County


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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images...
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:31:29 -0500
Wonderful photos of a beautiful bird, Jim. And thanks for the play-by-play 
rare bird adventure had by you and the group. What a
great day for you all!!

Sue Peterson
Door Co.




-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Edlhuber
Sent: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:26 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images...

Hi all,

I made a run up to Sauk Co. with Cynthia this morning with hopes to see the
very rare visiting bird to the state, the Anna’s Hummingbird. From what 
I 

heard this western bird, will be the 5th ever recorded bird in the state of
Wisconsin. As we arrived, Chris was waiting standing there not looking
happy as he said, I have been here for 1 hour and I have not seen the bird.
In only seconds the sound of the hummer was present. We had not even had
our cameras out of our bags and it was on the feeder. We had a very big
laugh! The bird was on and off all morning with some long periods in
between feedings. It perched high, it perched low, it perched out of sight.
This bird put on I think the biggest show ever of all the years I have been
birding being so photogenic. The colors on the bird were so stunning from
one moment to the next as it’s position changed perched, colors I have
never saw on a bird. All and all a very exciting day! It life bird for me!
It was nice to see some birders too that I have not ran across in a while
like Daryl, Chris and others. Thanks to Sunil for doing what it took to get
this bird for others to see.  Also, a very big thank you to the host Linda
who allowed us all to come on to her property to see this bird and all the
special goodies she provided making us feel so welcome. I hope the bird
continues for others to see.

Some images from today's exciting event at the link below if you care to
view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/annas-hummingbird-sauk-county-wisconsin-october-21-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird updates
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:55:15 -0500
It has returned to the feeders once since the banding. It's been about an
hour since the last feeding.
Scott Weberpal
Walworth County
On Oct 22, 2014 9:52 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Does anyone know if the bird been back since the banding?  Thank you.
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
> On Oct 22, 2014 8:02 AM, "Scott Weberpal" 
> wrote:
>
>> Anna's still present Wednesday morning. 7:50 am.
>>
>> Scott Weberpal
>> Walworth County
>> On Oct 22, 2014 6:52 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:
>>
>>> Good morning, please keep any updates on whether the bird was seen or not
>>> today.  I think I'm going to take a half day, and probably wouldn't make
>>> it
>>> there until around 1230.  Hopefully it stays around for today, especially
>>> with the perfect weather.  Thank you.
>>> Jeremy Meyer
>>> Franklin, Milwaukee
>>>
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird updates
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:52:20 -0500
Does anyone know if the bird been back since the banding?  Thank you.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Oct 22, 2014 8:02 AM, "Scott Weberpal"  wrote:

> Anna's still present Wednesday morning. 7:50 am.
>
> Scott Weberpal
> Walworth County
> On Oct 22, 2014 6:52 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:
>
>> Good morning, please keep any updates on whether the bird was seen or not
>> today.  I think I'm going to take a half day, and probably wouldn't make
>> it
>> there until around 1230.  Hopefully it stays around for today, especially
>> with the perfect weather.  Thank you.
>> Jeremy Meyer
>> Franklin, Milwaukee
>>
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Subject: Pelican Milwaukee lakefront
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:16:54 -0500
Pelican preening now on the break wall, seen from the sailing club at the 
eastern tip of Juneau park. 

Mike Wanger , Milwaukee 

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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird -- Baraboo area
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:40:54 -0500
Hello all --
There has been a lot of interest in the Anna's so I thought I'd pass on
that the homeowner was very pleased with the visiting birders yesterday -
so everyone has been doing great!

The bird has returned today and I also hear that it was banded today
successfully.

Sunil Gopalan - Madison/Dane Co.


On Tue, Oct 21, 2014 at 9:09 AM, Sunil Gopalan  wrote:

> Hello all --
>
> The homeowner is open to receiving visitors. Please backchannel me for the
> address.
>
> Thanks
>
> Sunil Gopalan - Madison/Dane Co.
>
> On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM, Sunil Gopalan  wrote:
>
>> Hello --
>>
>> An Anna's Hummingbird was photographed in the Baraboo area today. The
>> bird has been hanging out there for the last couple of days - and the
>> homeowner took it for a late Ruby-throated.
>>
>> Will update on visitors when possible.
>>
>> Here are the homeowners photos:
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/noc9c4mc2cpar3x/annas2.jpg?dl=0
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/5485yv4dff1ukn8/annas.jpg?dl=0
>>
>>
>> Sunil Gopalan - Madison/Dane Co.
>>
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Subject: Fwd: Cherokee and Warner Park Hikes
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:32:59 -0500


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Cherokee and Warner Park Hikes
Date: 	Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:03:58 -0500
From: 	paul_noeldner 




Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2014-10-18 11:29 SAT
Cherokee Marsh Park
Protocol: Traveling 1 Miles 90 Minutes
Observers: 25
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This was a special Cherokee Marsh Hikes and Hayrides event
with a campfire and s'mores, wagon rides and family friendly hikes. While
waterfowl activity remained unseasonably low, participants enjoyed
spectacular fall colors and were entertained by a nearby very large and
noisy fall flock of Red-winged Blackbirds.

      8    Canada Goose
      2    Sandhill Crane
      25    Ring-billed Gull
      1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
      1    Downy Woodpecker
      1    Northern Flicker
      2    Blue Jay
      8    American Crow
      2    Black-capped Chickadee
      2    Song Sparrow
      1    White-throated Sparrow
      300    Red-winged Blackbird

2014-10-19 13:43 SUN
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Traveling .5 Miles 90 Minutes
Observers: 9
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: "Sea" Birds Galore! This was the every 3rd Sunday Bird and
Nature Walk at Warner Park co-sponsored by Wild Warner, Madison Audubon
and Madison Parks. The topic was photographing fall beauty. We found all
of our target 'C birds': Coot, Crow, Crane, Cormorant, Canada Goose,
Cedar Waxwing, Chickadee, and Cardinal. Folks also had some success
digiscoping with cellphones and cameras through spotting scopes. We were
delighted to have a Japanese grad student join us again.

      6    Canada Goose
      3    Mallard
      3    Pied-billed Grebe
      1    Double-crested Cormorant
      1    Great Blue Heron
      6    American Coot
      2    Sandhill Crane
      8    Ring-billed Gull
      2    Mourning Dove
      1    Downy Woodpecker
      2    Blue Jay
      3    American Crow
      2    Black-capped Chickadee
      1    White-breasted Nuthatch
      1    Eastern Bluebird
      5    American Robin
      3    Cedar Waxwing
      1    Song Sparrow
      2    Northern Cardinal
      5    American Goldfinch
      1    House Sparrow

Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird updates
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:02:13 -0500
Anna's still present Wednesday morning. 7:50 am.
Scott Weberpal
Walworth County
On Oct 22, 2014 6:52 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good morning, please keep any updates on whether the bird was seen or not
> today.  I think I'm going to take a half day, and probably wouldn't make it
> there until around 1230.  Hopefully it stays around for today, especially
> with the perfect weather.  Thank you.
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: Re: Monroe County Whooping Cranes
From: Rob <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:56:07 -0500
Per guidelines, please do not post exact locations of whooping cranes. 

Rob Zimmer
Outagamie Co

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 22, 2014, at 7:46 AM, "Peter McKeever"  
wrote: 

> 
> There were three adult Whooping Cranes  with a small flock of Sandhills in a
> harvested corn field at mile 47 of westbound I-90-94 yesterday morning, c.
> 9:30. Very close to the highway, and provided great looks.  First time I
> have stumbled on them in the wild, and quite exciting.
> 
> 
> Sorry I could not post earlier, but did not have access to my computer until
> this morning.
> 
> 
> 
> Peter McKeever
> 
> Monona
> 
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Subject: Monroe County Whooping Cranes
From: "Peter McKeever" <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:46:43 -0400
There were three adult Whooping Cranes  with a small flock of Sandhills in a
harvested corn field at mile 47 of westbound I-90-94 yesterday morning, c.
9:30. Very close to the highway, and provided great looks.  First time I
have stumbled on them in the wild, and quite exciting.
 

Sorry I could not post earlier, but did not have access to my computer until
this morning.

 

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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird updates
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:51:48 -0500
Good morning, please keep any updates on whether the bird was seen or not
today.  I think I'm going to take a half day, and probably wouldn't make it
there until around 1230.  Hopefully it stays around for today, especially
with the perfect weather.  Thank you.
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images...
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:38:40 -0500
Good morning, please keep any updates on whether the bird was seen or not
today.  I think I'm going to take a half day, and probably wouldn't make it
there until around 1230.  Hopefully it stays around for today, especially
with the perfect weather.  Thank you.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Oct 21, 2014 8:27 PM, "Jim Edlhuber"  wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I made a run up to Sauk Co. with Cynthia this morning with hopes to see the
> very rare visiting bird to the state, the Anna’s Hummingbird. From what I
> heard this western bird, will be the 5th ever recorded bird in the state of
> Wisconsin. As we arrived, Chris was waiting standing there not looking
> happy as he said, I have been here for 1 hour and I have not seen the bird.
> In only seconds the sound of the hummer was present. We had not even had
> our cameras out of our bags and it was on the feeder. We had a very big
> laugh! The bird was on and off all morning with some long periods in
> between feedings. It perched high, it perched low, it perched out of sight.
> This bird put on I think the biggest show ever of all the years I have been
> birding being so photogenic. The colors on the bird were so stunning from
> one moment to the next as it’s position changed perched, colors I have
> never saw on a bird. All and all a very exciting day! It life bird for me!
> It was nice to see some birders too that I have not ran across in a while
> like Daryl, Chris and others. Thanks to Sunil for doing what it took to get
> this bird for others to see.  Also, a very big thank you to the host Linda
> who allowed us all to come on to her property to see this bird and all the
> special goodies she provided making us feel so welcome. I hope the bird
> continues for others to see.
>
> Some images from today's exciting event at the link below if you care to
> view them:
>
>
> 
http://www.windowtowildlife.com/annas-hummingbird-sauk-county-wisconsin-october-21-2014/ 

>
> Thanks and good birding,
>
> Jim Edlhuber
>
> Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.
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Subject: Good mix at Nygrens Wetland west of Rockton today
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:16:52 -0500
30 Canada Goose 75 American White Pelican 1 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 
Northern Harrier 30 American Coot 50 Sandhill Crane 

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Subject: More photos of the Anna's Hummingbird
From: Chris West <little_blue_birdie AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:57:40 -0500
First of all, apologies for the garbled text this morning. Apparently my phone 
doesn't know what plain text is. 

Secondly, I know you're all going to be sick of seeing photos of this gorgeous 
bird by the end of the week, so I'll share mine now, before that happens. :D 

Here are my favs: https://www.flickr.com/photos/swallowtailphoto/15409929029/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/swallowtailphoto/14975812944/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/swallowtailphoto/
Here's the rest of the story: 
I arrived at the residence around 8:30 this morning (Sunil, apparently I missed 
you by a matter of minutes) and the bird was not present. No singing or 
humming, no sign of the bird. 

About an hour later, Jim and Cynthia arrived and the bird flew in literally 
seconds later (I think Jim had the bird's schedule in his email). 

Over the course of the rest of the morning and early afternoon (yes, I had 
nothing else to do today. lol) the bird spent most of the time either sitting 
in the apple tree or sitting in the bush in front of the house near the feeder. 
I made sporatic exits from time to time and would be gone half an hour or so 
before returning. 


Interestingly enough, it spent most of the morning singing. 

Many thanks to the homeowner for allowing birders to visit and for being such a 
gracious hostess! It was nice to see everyone this morning and catch up with 
some old friends. 



Happy Birding! --Chris W, Richland CountyTour leader Swallowtail Birding Tours 
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Interpretive Naturalist Mississippi Explorer Cruises
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"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first 
material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the 
composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no 
more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be 
again." 


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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird in Sauk County 10/21/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:26:16 -0500
Hi all,

I made a run up to Sauk Co. with Cynthia this morning with hopes to see the
very rare visiting bird to the state, the Anna’s Hummingbird. From what I
heard this western bird, will be the 5th ever recorded bird in the state of
Wisconsin. As we arrived, Chris was waiting standing there not looking
happy as he said, I have been here for 1 hour and I have not seen the bird.
In only seconds the sound of the hummer was present. We had not even had
our cameras out of our bags and it was on the feeder. We had a very big
laugh! The bird was on and off all morning with some long periods in
between feedings. It perched high, it perched low, it perched out of sight.
This bird put on I think the biggest show ever of all the years I have been
birding being so photogenic. The colors on the bird were so stunning from
one moment to the next as it’s position changed perched, colors I have
never saw on a bird. All and all a very exciting day! It life bird for me!
It was nice to see some birders too that I have not ran across in a while
like Daryl, Chris and others. Thanks to Sunil for doing what it took to get
this bird for others to see.  Also, a very big thank you to the host Linda
who allowed us all to come on to her property to see this bird and all the
special goodies she provided making us feel so welcome. I hope the bird
continues for others to see.

Some images from today's exciting event at the link below if you care to
view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/annas-hummingbird-sauk-county-wisconsin-october-21-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:33:42 -0500
An update on the Anna'a Hummingbird in Sauk county (between Prairie du Sac and 
Baraboo). I arrived a little after noon where several birders had been watching 
and photographing it. They indicated that the bird was coming in about every 
half hour. Shortly after it appeared perched in the applet tree and then went 
to the feeder on the deck where it really put on a great show. I waited with 
the others, joined by additional birders, for the bird to return. It first came 
into an adjacent tree where it remained for a number of minutes before going to 
the feeder. Another great show. A big thank you to Sunil for getting the 
address and suggested directions to me, to the owners for allowing us to enjoy 
this beautiful bird---and the goodies she also provided. It was a fun time with 
a great bird and great company (Chris, Cynthia, Jim, Aaron, Al, etc)!! 

On the way home I checked Goose Pond where there was a nice variety of ducks 
and 20 Tundra Swans (FOF). 


I also checked I/49 pond where the Snowy and Great Egret arrived while I was 
scanning the birds. Present were a few hundred Ring-billed Gulls and 65 Greater 
and 5 Lesser Yellowlegs and 25 Long-billed Dowitchers. A nice end to a great 
day. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird -- Baraboo area
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:09:23 -0500
Hello all --
The homeowner is open to receiving visitors. Please backchannel me for the
address.

Thanks

Sunil Gopalan - Madison/Dane Co.

On Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM, Sunil Gopalan  wrote:

> Hello --
>
> An Anna's Hummingbird was photographed in the Baraboo area today. The bird
> has been hanging out there for the last couple of days - and the homeowner
> took it for a late Ruby-throated.
>
> Will update on visitors when possible.
>
> Here are the homeowners photos:
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/noc9c4mc2cpar3x/annas2.jpg?dl=0
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/5485yv4dff1ukn8/annas.jpg?dl=0
>
>
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Subject: Dane co Landfill, Thayer's Gull
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:38:37 -0500

 I stopped at the Dane County Landfill on the way to work Monday. There was a 
1st year Thayer's gull, that I saw twice. It's very hard to refind birds out 
there, at times. When they all take off, you have a layer of Starlings, then 
Ring-billed Gulls and then the mix. 

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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird -- Baraboo area
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:23:22 -0500
Hello --
An Anna's Hummingbird was photographed in the Baraboo area today. The bird
has been hanging out there for the last couple of days - and the homeowner
took it for a late Ruby-throated.

Will update on visitors when possible.

Here are the homeowners photos:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/noc9c4mc2cpar3x/annas2.jpg?dl=0
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5485yv4dff1ukn8/annas.jpg?dl=0


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Subject: Pine Pine Siskins in Brown County
From: Bob Mead <carolbob7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:09:04 -0500
A dozens Pine Siskins have been in our yard all morning on the West Side of 
Green Bay. 

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Subject: snow geese, blue morphs, ross's geese in combination
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:39:40 +0000
The past couple weeks have been good for white geese at the southern end of 
Lake Winnebago, Fond du Lac County. Several white and dark-morph snows have 
been seen off Lakeside Park on different occasions, and today three more white 
geese have popped in with a flock of canadas on the grounds of the UW Fond du 
Lac. 

Here is a shot of 6 snows on the lake, about 10 days ago:

https://flic.kr/p/pJS9Bz

and here are the three I found today:

https://flic.kr/p/psDrh7

Would I be barking up (or perhaps perching in...) the wrong tree to suggest the 
second group of three might be hybrid snow/ross? The bills seem stubbier and 
less pronounced, yet the size of the birds points to snow, IMHO these three 
just weren't petite enough to be considered ross's. :) Thanks in advance for 
all opinions expressed. 


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Subject: Osprey/Ellison Bay tower
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:23:48 -0500
According to Steve Easterly (DNR) the tower needed service.
Apparently the old nest was removed but they plan to put a platform up in time 
for next season. 

As of 2013 DNR have 8 active Osprey nest in Door Co. This means when they check 
there is a hen in the nest, or eggs visible or chicks seen. 

A few years back (5-6 at least) there were only 2 the DNR knew of. I notified 
them of the Fish Creek cell tower nest, the Ellison Bay one and the Gills Rock 
tower nest. 

Others they found on their own. The Gills Rock one has to be the worlds 
largest Osprey nest. I estimate the diameter to be over 12 wide and the height 
over 8. A site to see! 

Patrick Ready
Stoughton
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Subject: Short eared Owl: Oak Creek
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:16:57 -0400
I just scared up, quite unexpectedly, a Short Eared Owl which flew off an 
eastern bluff and well out over Lake Michigan at Bender Park in Oak Creek. 
Beautiful bird. It was attacked by a couple gulls which I couldn't ID at the 
distance, but didn't return to land while I was there. Maybe will relocate at 
Colonial Park? 


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Subject: Fwd: Adult female Rufous Hummingbird banded in Fort Atkinson, Jefferson Co
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:22:48 -0500
More on the Rufous Hummer in "Fort"...






Hi Peter,

Can you please post to the list. Thanks.

Hello All,

As Jim E. indicated earlier, the female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD was banded
this afternoon at my home. Thanks to Mickey OConnor for coming out with
her assistant Jayne to band the bird. I encourage other vagrant
hummingbird host homes to consider this quick safe contribution to
understanding the natural history and migration of these birds.

As indicated in the subject header, this bird was identified as an adult
(aka after hatch year) female.  Ive attached a link to a photo album
Ive compiled of the bird.  Included in the album are several photos
showing the diagnostic R2 (2^nd retrice from the center) which supports
the ID of the bird being a female Rufous.  This birds R2 pattern is
most typically associated with adult (AHY)  female Rufous Hummingbirds.
However, in consulting with Allen Chartier and Scott Weidensaul who have
been banding this species for numerous years, they have, on rare
occasion also seen this R2 pattern on a few hatch year females. In this
case we know from Mikeys inspection of the upper bill surface during
the banding process that this bird indeed is an adult. Her bill was
smooth as opposed to being corrugated (striations on the upper bill
surface) on a bird born this year (a hatch year bird).

Today marked Day 5 of this birds visit to my yard.

Heres the link to photos including some macros of the banding process:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsk5wEe3V

Cynthia Bridge

Fort Atkinson , Jefferson Co.



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Subject: Snow Bunting and Spruce Grouse
From: Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel AT wc.k12.wi.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:18:32 +0000
On Saturday I went out in search of a few northern specialties in Forest 
County. I spent most of my time in the Pine River bridge area (Sheltered Valley 
Road) and vicinity. I found the follwing: 


Spruce Grouse -2 (one male, one female)
Ruffed Grouse - 3
Fox Sparrow - 1
Trumpeter Swan - 26 (Shelp Lake)
Ringed Necked Duck - 99 (Shelp Lake)
Mallard -12 (Shelp Lake)
Golden Crowned Kinglet - 2
Junco - many
B.C. Chickadee - many

I did not find Boreal Chickadee, Gray Jay or Black Backed Woodpecker, but it 
was not for lack of trying. 


I also had a single snow bunting on Spider Lake Rd between McNaughton and Three 
Lakes. 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Peninsula State Park, Oct 18, 2014
From: Andrew Reimer <andrew.reimer21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:09:45 -0500
Spent some family time in Door County this last weekend enjoying the last
of the Fall colors.  Did not focus particularly on birds, but hard to pass
up the opportunities while there.  Highlights included a flock of 40+ Pine
Siskins feeding in the cedar trees on Weborg Point, one raven while hiking
near the group campgrounds, and a small flock of Red-necked Grebes working
their way along the shoreline in Nicolet Bay.  Complete lists from the two
days below...
Peninsula State Park, Door, US-WI
Oct 19, 2014 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Observed birds while participating in other activities at the
park.
17 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  4
Hooded Merganser  1
Red-necked Grebe  6     Birds feeding near-shore in Nicolet Bay.
Ring-billed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  X
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  X
American Crow  X
Common Raven  1
Black-capped Chickadee  X
Golden-crowned Kinglet  2
Eastern Bluebird  6
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
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From: 
Date: Mon, Oct 20, 2014 at 7:56 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Peninsula State Park, Oct 18, 2014
To: andrew.reimer21 AT gmail.com


Peninsula State Park, Door, US-WI
Oct 18, 2014 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Observed birds secondarily to other activities at the park.
16 species

Canada Goose  X
Mallard  6
Hooded Merganser  3
Common Merganser  50
Ruffed Grouse  1
Wild Turkey  6
Bald Eagle  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Ring-billed Gull  X
Mourning Dove  X
Belted Kingfisher  1
Blue Jay  X
Black-capped Chickadee  X
American Robin  X
European Starling  X
Pine Siskin  40

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20284547

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/wi)



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*Andrew Reimer*
*Darboy (Appleton), Calumet County*


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Subject: Tundra Swans and Snowy Egret at Horicon NWR 19 October 2014
From: Michael Huebschen <huebschenhuebschen AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:15:15 -0700
Hello All,
The late afternoon of 19 October brought to this apprentice observer the 
descent from the firmament of 11 Tundra Swans into the pool east of the pump 
house, south of Hwy. 49. The greeting/bonding ritual that the group performed 
on lighting on the water AND their definitive call assured me that they were 
Tundras. 


The day there began with a wonderful smorgasbord of waterfowl along the drive 
through trail. My oculars tallied Mallards, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged 
Teal, Northern Shovelers, Gadwalls, Ring-necks, Ruddy Ducks, and a sizeable 
number of Northern Pintails (at least 50). Among all of the Pintails that I 
glassed, I noted only one hen. I am given to wonder if in that portion of the 
flyway, Pintail genders migrate differentially either in chronology, geographic 
location, wetland type or more than one of the above. I have photos of the 
males in nearly full autumn plumage and the female if anyone be interested. 
When looking for females, watch for the solid gray bill versus the 
gray/barred-by-black bill and striated gray flank feathers emerging on the 
males. Numerous Pied-billed Grebes, Double-crested Cormorants, an American 
White Pelican, a few Great Egrets, and a Horned Grebe added to the tally. I 
almost overlooked the presence of the ubiquitous American 

 Coot, possibly because of their shy, reclusive affect. Actually, I believe 
that I more than once noted Ruddy Ducks rapidly fleeing a locale as a flotilla 
of Fulica came steaming through. I sometimes think of them as the Wetland 
Gestapo. The visual harvest was further enhanced at the small pond on the east 
side of Hwy. I, just south of Hwy. 49. Upon my arrival around 11:30 A.M., the 
Snowy Egret was busy foraging in that pond, along with at least 18 Yellowlegs, 
14 Dowitchers, and a small number of smaller shorebirds whose ID eluded me. I 
was unable to be certain of the species of either the Yellowlegs or Dowitchers. 
The Yellowlegs more than once put on a great display by feeding frenetically in 
a tightly compact group in water that took them swimming a bit. I am given to 
wonder if this be a bonding precursor to migration. (I have noted that as 
ice-up approaches, American Coots flock up tightly and move on the water thusly 
in great synchrony. I puzzle as 

 to whether they be Bolshoi or Bolshevik. Perhaps a bit of each. Any of ye who 
be ice hockey affectionados may notice a paradoxical parallel.) The Snowy Egret 
has legs that are bicolored, with black on the fore of the leg and olive-yellow 
on the back. The feet are the definitive "golden slippers". While there, I 
noted one American Kestrel and got to watch an adult Red-tailed Hawk break out 
of a circular soaring pattern and swoop down upon what appeared to be Meadow 
Vole lunch. 


I lingered along Hwy. 49 as the sinking sun painted robustly and delicately on 
the cumulo-stratus canvas in the southwestern sky with moving waterfowl 
punctuating the work in progress. Benediction PERFECTED! 


Best Wishes,

Michael J. Huebschen
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wi.

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Subject: Weekend Sightings - Six Counties!
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:28 -0500
Tom & I went a little bird crazy this weekend:
Saturday 10/18 -
While at the County Park on Shawano Lake we saw one RED-NECKED GREBE and
had 2 adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS.
Found 5 SNOW BUNTINGS along Oconto harbor breakwall and a NORTHERN SHRIKE
near Little Suamico.  Several thousand Scaup sp. were present in Green Bay
by Little Suamico as well and the flock was almost perfectly homogenous.
Spotted a LE CONTE'S SPARROW at the Ken Euers Natural Area in Brown
Co......my first visit there ever!
Sunday (today) 10/19 -
Checked out Harrington Beach SP in Ozaukee Co. and found it to be rather
quiet.  A couple of AMER TREE SPARROWS were seen and several small flocks
of PURPLE FINCHES moved through.  Orange-crowned was the only warbler
species seen other than Yellow-rumped.
At Kohler-Andrae SP in Sheboygan Co. there was more activity with
Yellow-rumped Warblers joined by 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 1 BLACKPOLL & a
RED-EYED VIREO.
A final stop at Bradford Beach/North Pt in Milwaukee yielded SURF and BLACK
SCOTERS, GREAT BLACK-BACKED and GLAUCOUS GULL.
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI

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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird and banding the bird at Ft. Atkinson in Jefferson Co. 10/19/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:26:04 -0500
Hi all,
I had a couple extra hours  today so I decided to make a run out to Ft.
Atkinson in Jefferson County to see if the Rufous Hummingbird was still
hanging around. It had been reported late morning so I thought I would give
it a shot. The bird was present when I arrived and seemed to hang out in
one specific tree in the yard each time after feeding. It gave nice views.
On Monday when I view this bird it was out of sight after each feeding in a
large spruce tree. It was well worth the trip. Also on tap was banding this
bird. I have never viewed banding a bird so I thought it it was a great
opportunity. On a second attempt they got the bird and banded. I was amazed
at how fast the banding went and how professionally it was done. The bander
Mickey and her assistant Jane made the job look like they have did it 1
million times before. Great job! Also present was Cynthia and Scott. It was
nice to catch up on birding talk with them in the waiting time for the
Rufous Hummingbird to appear. A big thank you to Cynthia for letting folks
in to view this beautiful bird in her yard. I have included some images too
of the banding that took place.

Some images of the Rufous Hummingbird and the bird banding that took place
at the link below if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/rufous-hummingbird-ft-atkinson-wisconsin-october-19-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Wehr Nature Center being impacted by budget proposal
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:27:26 -0500
Good evening,
I am forwarding an email from the Friends of Wehr for informational
purposes only, as many people who are on this list enjoy birding at the
Wehr Nature Center. Please do not engage in any discussion about the issue
on the list.

Dear Friend of the Wehr Nature Center:

For the past *40 years* the county park system has maintained a contract
with UW Extension for environmental education programming staff at the Wehr
Nature Center. This partnership has resulted in national award winning
environmental and educational programs that I know you, your family and the
community have enjoyed. *The 2015 Budget that has been submitted to the
County Finance Committee eliminates this contract, and with it, several UW
Extension positions at the Wehr Nature Center.*  The positions slated for
elimination are the Director’s position, held by Deb McRae; the Volunteer
Coordinator position, held by Mary Gaub; the Natural Areas Manager
position, held by Mark Verhagen; the Outreach Coordinator position, held by
Pat Fojut and the Educator positions held by Carol Howard, Holly Walz, Barb
Lukaszewski, and Jill Hagen-Smith. The county proposes to offset these
eliminations by creating four county positions, although *only one* of the
positions would be assigned to the Wehr Nature Center.

More info about the center:

   - Each year the Center hosts public facing educational and family events
   such as Maple Sugar Days, Owl Prowl, Bug Day, Cider Sunday and Halloween
   Haunts – just to name a few. These events would most certainly be
   eliminated as a result of the proposed staff reductions.


   - Wehr's volunteers provide *thousands of hours* of high quality work to
   enable Wehr to serve schools and families throughout southeastern Wisconsin
   and maintain 220 acres of natural area.  It is well known by those working
   in the volunteer community, that it takes personal relationships to foster
   volunteer commitment.  A wholesale elimination of Wehr's key staff would
   significantly harm the Wehr volunteer corps, and the very valuable work
   that they do.


   - The staff, volunteers and Friends of Wehr are actively working to
   improve handicap accessibility of Wehr's building and trails.  Significant
   effort has gone into building and trail redesign. Work has begun on
   soliciting funding for these changes.  This work would be severely
   curtailed, if not eliminated as a result of the proposed staff reductions.


*So how can you help?*


   1. *Contact your Milwaukee County Supervisor.*  If you are unsure of
   whom your supervisor is, use this link -
   http://county.milwaukee.gov/FindSupervisor
 
 

   . If you know who your County Supervisor is, this link will provide you
   with his or her contact information -
   http://county.milwaukee.gov/CountyBoard
 
 

   .


   1. *Contact either one of the two Co-Chairs of the Finance Committee.*
   Their contact information is:


   - Willie Johnson, Jr.  414-278-4233, willie.johnson AT milwaukeecountywi.gov
   - David Cullen, 414-278-4263, david.cullen AT milwaukeecountywi.gov


   1. *Contact John Dargle, Milwaukee County Parks Director*, 414-257-4774,
   john.dargle AT milwaukeecountywi.gov.


   1. *If you are a non-Milwaukee Country Resident – your voice matters.*
   Please contact either one of the two Co-Chairs of the Finance Committee
   (contact information noted above)
    There will also be a MEETING
   2.

In addition, if you would like, there is a petition available to sign at
the Friends of Wehr mailbox at the Nature Center.  Please stop by and sign
it as soon as you are able. If you have questions, please feel free to
contact me at pbrings AT att.net. *Time is of the essence – the Finance
Committee is already considering this budget.*  Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Paul Brings, President
Friends of Wehr Board


-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Re: Waukesha County Snow Bunting
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:29:45 -0500
I had a single Snow Bunting this morning at Concordia College in Ozaukee County 
this morning also. It was very tame and let me get close enough to take a photo 
with an iPhone. 

Judith Huf
Milwaukee
Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 19, 2014, at 2:17 PM, Korkor Mary  wrote:
> 
> Is this a sign of things to come? The WSO Conservation Committee isn’t all 
work and no play. We headed to Vernon Marsh this morning before our meeting for 
a little inspiration only to come across our first Snow Bunting of the season. 
Little fellow was in winter plumage and seemed unconcerned by our close 
proximity. He feeds and flits on the first dike road on the right just before 
entering the parking lot area off Frog Alley. Hope this doesn’t mean we are 
in for it too soon! 

> Mary Korkor
> Waukesha County
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Subject: Waukesha County Snow Bunting
From: "Korkor Mary" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "marekor@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:16:21 -0500
Is this a sign of things to come? The WSO Conservation Committee isnt all work 
and no play. We headed to Vernon Marsh this morning before our meeting for a 
little inspiration only to come across our first Snow Bunting of the season. 
Little fellow was in winter plumage and seemed unconcerned by our close 
proximity. He feeds and flits on the first dike road on the right just before 
entering the parking lot area off Frog Alley. Hope this doesnt mean we are in 
for it too soon! 

Mary Korkor
Waukesha County


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Subject: Dodge Co. American Pipits
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:28:33 -0500
I found 20+ American pipits on S. Grove Rd. southeast of Juneau this 
morning.
 Dave Schrab
  
  


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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird in Fort Atkinson
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:24:35 -0500
Thanks to the generosity of Peter and Cynthia Bridge we were able to get our 
lifer Rufous Hummingbird yesterday afternoon at their home. We arrived around 
3:45 PM and were put on the bird almost immediately. She was present until 4:30 
PM provided many great looks and chances to observe behavior. Coincidentally, 
we already had plans to be in Fort Atkinson yesterday to see Les Miserables at 
the Fireside Theatre so this was icing on the cake! Thanks again Cynthia and 
Peter! 

Brian Doverspike and Becky Anderson
Pardeeville, Columbia County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: White-winged Scoters--Portage County
From: Rob Pendergast <acadiantigerheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:20:08 -0500
Good Morning,
I just had 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS on Lake DuBay in northern Portage County.
They were sitting when I got here (6:50) then got up and flew over the dike
a few moments ago. They were heading down river. Other than that fairly
quiet otherwise.

Good Birding!

Rob Pendergast
Plover
Portage County


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Subject: Re: Tales of Duck Tails and Macrophyllous Pigment Pigment at Horicon NWR 17 October 2014
From: Mary Zenker <dmzenker AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 06:45:40 -0500
We'll forgive you as long as you keep the tales of tails coming!
Mary Zenker
Sauk City, Sauk County, WI

On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 11:27 PM, Michael Huebschen <
huebschenhuebschen AT sbcglobal.net> wrote:

> Hello All,
>
> I woopsied on my 17 October post by botching my signature.
>
> Best Wishes,
>
> Michael J. Huebschen
> Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wi.
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Subject: Re: Tales of Duck Tails and Macrophyllous Pigment Pigment at Horicon NWR 17 October 2014
From: Michael Huebschen <huebschenhuebschen AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 21:27:24 -0700
Hello All,
 
I woopsied on my 17 October post by botching my signature.
 
Best Wishes,
 
Michael J. Huebschen
Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wi.
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Subject: 6th Ave. Marsh, Adams Co.
From: Mike Reese <mikereese AT wisconsinbutterflies.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:04:16 -0500
I counted over 3,000 Sandhill Cranes entering 6th Ave. Marsh tonight; 
mostly shortly before sunset until 30 minutes after sunset. I stopped 
counting because it was hard to see them against the trees in the 
background but there was a lot still flying in and I would estimate that 
there was easily more than 4,000 Sandhill Cranes this evening.

Mike Reese
Wautoma, Waushara County
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Subject: Ft. Atkinson - Rufous Hummingbird
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:24:56 -0500
Hello --
This bird continued to hang out at Cynthia/Peter's place in Ft Atkinson
remaining almost always within sight in some manner.

The light was subpar with light rain/dark clouds most of the morning - but
here are some images anyway:
http://www.sunilsimages.com/Other/Rufous-Hummingbird-Ft-Atkinson/n-N6kQf/


Thanks for hosting C/P!

Sunil Gopalan - Madison/Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: [SPAM] Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:49:56 -0500
RE: Horicon Marsh.
I was on the autotour at about 9:00 A.M. this morning and there were 28
Long-billed Dowitchers and 2 Least Sandpipers on the south side of the first
pond. I watched the Trumpeter Swan family (both adults and 6 juveniles) for
a while, and when I got back to the shorebirds, all that was left were
yellowlegs. Similarly, when I arrived at the marsh, there were 8 Tundra
Swans on the pond south of STH 49 east of the pumphouse, but when I passed
by later, all were gone.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Daryl Tessen
Sent: Saturday, October 18, 2014 3:07 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [SPAM] [wisb] Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh

I spent part of the morning birding Harrington Beach (in the light rain),
before heading over to Horicon Marsh and the "shorebird" ponds.  Harrington
for the first 1.5 hours was excellent.  I sat in my vehicle at the end of
Cty D and used my window scope.  Conservative estimates were 30+ Surf, 25+
Black and 5 White-winged Scoters, 10+ Common, 2 Red-throated and a probable
Pacific Loon,  FOF Long-tailed Duck (1), Bufflehead (10) and C. Goldeneye
(3).  Also seen were single Horned and Red-necked Grebes plus Greater Scaup
and Red-br. Mergansers.  Curiously the initial scoters were a few flying
south with other ducks, but soon all the scoters were in their own flocks
flying north!  Observation time at this spot was between 7:30 and 9:00.
After 9:00 the lake became very quiet.  Passerines were very few although I
did not check that carefully as it was still raining.
Kohler SP was quiet except for 3 fly by Surf Scoters.  Sheboygan had an
adult Great Black-backed Gull and pounding waves on the shore and break
walls.

Horicon Marsh had the usual birds.  The two Auto Tour ponds now have almost
too much water for shorebirds.  99% were yellowlegs.  The I/49 pond has good
habitat but only yellowlegs.  The Point pond and Jersey/A pond have good
habitat but no birds, literally.

About 75 species were tallied for the morning of birding.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Snowy Egret returns in Dodge County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 16:35:58 -0500
As of 10:20 A.M., the juvenile Snowy Egret and his/her sidekick the Great
Egret were back at the pond on CTH I just south of STH49. I don't know what
time Daryl Tessen was there, but I'm sure he would have mentioned it in his
report had he seen it, so it may again be irregular at that location . The
only shorebirds I saw were 41 Greater Yellowlegs (not a Lesser among them!),
but there were 4 Hooded Mergansers and 26 Green-winged Teal.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 15:07:05 -0500
I spent part of the morning birding Harrington Beach (in the light rain), 
before heading over to Horicon Marsh and the "shorebird" ponds. Harrington for 
the first 1.5 hours was excellent. I sat in my vehicle at the end of Cty D and 
used my window scope. Conservative estimates were 30+ Surf, 25+ Black and 5 
White-winged Scoters, 10+ Common, 2 Red-throated and a probable Pacific Loon, 
FOF Long-tailed Duck (1), Bufflehead (10) and C. Goldeneye (3). Also seen were 
single Horned and Red-necked Grebes plus Greater Scaup and Red-br. Mergansers. 
Curiously the initial scoters were a few flying south with other ducks, but 
soon all the scoters were in their own flocks flying north! Observation time at 
this spot was between 7:30 and 9:00. After 9:00 the lake became very quiet. 
Passerines were very few although I did not check that carefully as it was 
still raining. 

Kohler SP was quiet except for 3 fly by Surf Scoters. Sheboygan had an adult 
Great Black-backed Gull and pounding waves on the shore and break walls. 


Horicon Marsh had the usual birds. The two Auto Tour ponds now have almost too 
much water for shorebirds. 99% were yellowlegs. The I/49 pond has good habitat 
but only yellowlegs. The Point pond and Jersey/A pond have good habitat but no 
birds, literally. 


About 75 species were tallied for the morning of birding.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Ride needed from UW-Madison Campus Area for Sunday 11/3 MAS Lake Michigan Birding Trip
From: Aaron Stutz <agstutz AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:58:46 -0500
Hi all,

If you are planning on attending the Madison Audubon Society Lake 
Michigan Field Trip on Sunday 11/3 and would be willing to pick up a 
graduate student interested in participating in the trip from the campus 
area, then please contact me back channel for details.

Thank you!!

Aaron Stutz
Lake Mills
Jefferson County, WI


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Subject: Bradford Beach, Milwaukee 10/18 - 5 gull species and Scoters
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:21:57 -0500
This morning we had the second cycle Glaucous and Great Black-backed Gulls 
again present, plus a first year Thayers Gull and the usual Herring and 
Ringed-bill Gulls. Far out on the very choppy lake was a group of 15-20 
scoters; White-winged Scoters for sure, plus possible Surf Scoters, but hard to 
get a fix given the distance and wave action. 

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Fwd: Re: Rufous Hummingbird in Fort
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:49:02 -0500
Cc: Peter Fissel 
  
> A little further clarification...if you aren't aware we have a Rufous 
Hummingbird (likely AHY female per consult with two hummingbird banders) coming 
to our feeders in Fort Atkinson. She is still present today. So I expect her to 
provide excellent looks and continued presence throughout the day as she has 
been doing the past 3 days. 

> 
> Cynthia Bridge
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> > On Oct 18, 2014, at 6:58 AM, Peter Bridge  
wrote: 

> > 
> > Peter,
> > 
> > Could you please post a message to Wisbirdnet letting everyone know if they 
wish to come see the Rufous Hummingbird they can contact me at: 
josiahbridge AT spamcop.net ? 

> > 
> > Thank You,
> > Peter Bridge
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Subject: Fwd: Rufous Hummingbird in Fort
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:44:59 -0500
Date: Oct 18, 2014 6:58:17 AM
Subject: Rufous Hummingbird in Fort
  
> Peter,
> 
> Could you please post a message to Wisbirdnet letting everyone know if they 
wish to come see the Rufous Hummingbird they can contact me at: 
josiahbridge AT spamcop.net ? 

> 
> Thank You,
> Peter Bridge
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Subject: Fwd: Bird and Photography Walks
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:42:58 -0500
Date: Oct 18, 2014 8:38:38 AM
Subject: Bird and Photography Walks
To: wisbirdnet , Peter Fissel 

  
> 
> 
> 
> Peter - please fwd if the orig comes up garbled on wisbirdnet thanks. 
> 
> 
> Two fun Madison area bird and photography walks this weekend! Catch some fall 
colors and migrants. Bring the kids! See CityofMadison.com/parks for details. 

> 
> 
> SAT Hikes and Hayrides 9-noon at Cherokee Marsh, take N Sherman to the gate 
at the very end and continue into the park to the parking lot and restroom. 

> 
> 
> SUN Photographing Warner Park Fall Beauty - regular 3rd Sunday 1:30-3pm Birds 
and Nature Walk, meet at the Tin Can Shelter by the lagoon, we will share 
nature photo and digiscoping tips. 

> 
> 
> Also Scope Day at Goose Pond, see MadisonAudubon.org for details. 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Paul Noeldner 608-698-0104ethicalguidebook.com
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Subject: Bird and Photography Walks
From: paul_noeldner <paul_noeldner AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:38:34 -0500
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Subject: Tales of Duck Tails and Macrophyllous Pigment Pageant at Horicon NWR/17 October 2014
From: Michael Huebschen <huebschenhuebschen AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:56:25 -0700
Hello All,
 
I spent the afternoon at Horicon NWR, where tails were one of the visual cues 
of the day revealing clues to the species ID of ducks present. The fanned 
retrices of many Ruddy Duck tails were busy on both sides of Hwy. 49 navigating 
the subsurface while mining the bottom sediments for invertebrate cuisine. A 
few individuals (probably adult males) sported the white cheek patch that is 
the signature of the spring male. Two Double-crested Cormorants and many 
Pied-billed Grebes were having great luck fishing on the south side of the 
culvert opposite the Hwy. 49 historical site sign. In the impoundments along 
the drive-through trail, many Northern Pintails exhibited the "tale" of the 
acutely pointed set of retrices, elongated necks and gray bills marked with 
black that are their autumn "passport". The groups that I observed, appeared to 
exhibit a heavy preponderance of males. While an excess of males is common in 
all North American duck populations that have 

 made my acquaintance in the literature, the ratio in the Pintails that I 
observed today seemed quite steep. At one point, I observed a group of at least 
twenty five gull sized birds circling about 150 yards up, north of the 
boardwalk. Their shape, slow flight pattern, protruding legs, crooked up neck, 
and call revealed the largest group of Black-crowned Night-Herons that I have 
ever observed circling in a fairly tight group. In many birds, this whispers to 
me "migrating soon", or "migration in progress". Many Mallards, Green-winged 
Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shovelers, a regal pair of Canvasbacks, a 
single Gadwall and a single Ring-necked Duck rounded out the representatives 
from the quackery kingdom for the afternoon. Bald Eagle and Northern Harrier 
were also added to the retinal tally. 

 
Is your leaf acumen acuminate? By afternoon's end, this would-be botanist's 
certainly longed to be. Sugar Maples were garbed in their last gasps of gold 
and orange. (I have been unable to determine whose gasps were greater, theirs 
or mine.) Quite a number of Oaks and Dogwoods were accoutered in tuxedoes in 
varying shades of Maroon and Burgundy. Many Sumac communities were still 
brilliant with the scarlet and crimson gown that is their annual autumn salute 
to the arbitrary taste buds of this intruder. In the rush of another windy 
blast from the northwest, Aspens, Cottonwoods and Willows were engaged full 
throttle in the distillation of Carotenoid Gold that is their autumn vestment. 
Me thinks that they be brewing one of the heartiest color cloaks that I have 
been witness to in recent years. All ye who be so inclined, make haste to feast 
mightily on this optical elixir before said sculpting takes piecemeal, its' 
final repose in the O Horizon and beyond. 

 
Best Wishes, 
Michael J.
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Subject: Cedar Grove and Lake Michigan today
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 21:15:21 -0500
I accompanied Jim Otto on a visit to the Cedar Grove raptor banding station 
today. They put Jim to work on one of the net lines, and I helped spot. We 
picked a pretty good day, with lots of Sharp-shinned and a few Cooper's hawks 
being caught while we were there. I got to release one of the Sharpies after it 
was measured and banded, which was one of the coolest things I've ever done. 

 
We stopped briefly at Kohler-Andrae St. Park on the way over, but it was very 
quiet. We also went to Harrington Beach afterwards, as Tom Wood mentioned. Not 
much on the lake except for a few Common Loons and Horned Grebes. Twice, we saw 
No. Harriers coming in from pretty far out on the lake, which was a bit odd, 
although I've seen it before over there. There were a lot of Yellow-rumps and 
some GC Kinglets, but not a lot of other migrants. We didn't find anything rare 
or unusual, and headed back home when the drizzle became more persistent later. 

 
Peter Fissel
Madison WI
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Subject: Horned Grebe
From: Phil Billings <plb19485 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 18:45:08 -0500
We used the warm day to one more time pontoon on Lake Mendota. There was a
large flock of Grebe on the far east side of the lake.
I assume Horned but will let better eyes change my mind.

Link to images:

http://www.photographyinourtime.com/f72308009

Phil Billings
Photography In Our Time
Dane County
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Subject: Hummingbirds Program this Weds, MKE County
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:28:04 -0500
*October 22, 2014*
*Hummingbirds: Their Life Cycle, Behaviors and How to Attract Them to Your
Yard*
Presenters:  Emily & Larry Scheunemann & Mickey O'Connor
Many people, even those who would not describe themselves as “birders,”
love viewing hummingbirds each summer in Wisconsin. At this program, the
Scheunemanns will explain how to create a habitat that will attract and
nurture Ruby-Throated Hummingbirds and share some of their wonderful photos
of hummingbirds.  The photos will help demonstrate the varied habits of the
aggressive little bird.  Additionally, Mickey O’Conner, who works as
zookeeper of the avian wing at the Milwaukee County Zoo, will show us the
special equipment that is used to band hummingbirds in order to track their
migration patterns, age, and more. This will be a delightful evening, so
please consider joining us.

7pm at Wehr Nature Center!



-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Great Tit at Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:17:15 -0500
There were two just north of the restroom building at the south picnic area.
They did not remain long and left with a fast moving Chickadee flock. I met
Peter Fissel and Jim Otto who had been at Kohler-Andrae State Park earlier,
and they said there were no birds at the feeders there, and it appeared the
feeders might have been empty. Since Kohler-Andrae is only about 15 miles
from Harrington Beach, I suspect these are the same two birds that Andrea
Szymczak discovered near the feeders at Kohler-Andrae 5 days ago. Perhaps
Bill Mueller will soon see them at his feeders just south at Forest Beach
Migratory Preserve. Not a countable bird, but very fun to see!
Other interesting birds I saw in the park today were Common Loons, Purple
Finch, Pine Siskin, Fox Sparrow, both kinglets, 2 Bald Eagles, 1 Northern
Harrier, 2 Bonaparte's Gulls, Brown Creeper, Hermit Thrushes, White-throated
and White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, a single Palm warbler, and
many Yellow-rumped Warblers. I saw what was probably a Blackpoll Warbler,
but couldn't get my binoculars up quickly enough to confirm.
Horned Grebe numbers were way down, but there were Cormorants and
Red-breasted Mergansers aplenty!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Horicon Marsh - Horned Grebe, Snow Geese
From: Rob Ruddock <rcruddock AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 12:37:10 -0500
Had a Horned Grebe in the large pond north of 49, across from the pump
house, along with many waterfowl and Great Egrets.  Observed 8 Trumpeter
Swans at the first large pond on the auto tour.  Also, many shorebirds were
present here and enjoyed a Green Heron within a few feet of us. Six Snow
Geese flew over while we were in this area as well as a group of Sandies
with at least 2 Whooping Cranes accompanying them.  An American Kestrel on
a power line on Point Rd. started this day nicely.  Haven't seen too many
this year.
Rob Ruddock
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, October 16, 2014
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 11:30:19 -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,  October 16, 2014
50 degrees
Overcast
13 birders

Species:  34

2 Mallard
3 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Red-tailed Haewk
1 Ring-billed Gull
2 Herring Gull
20 Rock Pigeon
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
3 Downy Woodpecker

1 Northern Flicker
2 Blue Jay
30 American Crow
15 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
5 Eastern Bluebird
2 Hermit Thrush
4 American Robin

2 Gray Catbird
2 Palm Warbler
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Savannah Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
45 White-throated Sparrow
10 White-crowned Sparrow
5 Dark-eyed Junco


2 Northern Cardinal
16 House Finch
35 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow

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Subject: Harrington SP Shrike
From: Spencer Jablonski <spencer.jablonski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:42:57 -0500
Hey all, 

I went out looking for some sparrows this morning with lots of WC and WT to 
been seen! Also an Orange-crowned and several YR and palms. Bird of the morning 
so far is what I am about 90% sure is a Loggerhead Shrike. It was about .25 
mile away from me in the open prairie trails. I tried to follow it around but 
it kept getting further away. I managed several doc shots of it which will be 
good enough to ID. At first thought it was a Northern S. but a fellow birder 
pointed out a few features that look better for Loggerhead. Last seen bouncing 
around the smaller trees/shrubs by the small pond out in the prairie. Hope it 
sticks around! 


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Subject: Great Black-backed Gull, 2nd cycle at Bradford Beach MKE 10/16/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 21:52:20 -0500
Hi all,
I did some birding on Milwaukee’s lakefront late morning today. The
highlight was a 2nd cycle Great Black-backed Gull at Bradford Beach. Also
still hanging around was the beautiful Glaucous Gull that has been in the
area since about October 8th. They hung out in the same area on the beach.
It was another day of clouds with a little mist thrown in, but a pleasant
day with mild temps. There was a little excitement when the Glaucous Gull
was defending its territory with a Herring Gull. If I have some mislabeled
please let me know, thank you!

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


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/great-black-backed-gull-bradford-beach-milwaukee-wisconsin-october-16-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: Dodge Co. Purple finches
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:35 -0500
I had 2 purple finches at my feeders late this afternoon. This is only the 
second time I have seen them in my yard.
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Subject: Ellison Bay Osprey Nest
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:21:40 -0500
We talked with the Tower Storage Owner today who mentioned that the Osprey
nest was found on the ground by another owner/renter of the storage barns
who is a birder.  I must have missed it as I walked around or it may have
been found outside the fence.
This person told him there was a dead Osprey youngster among the sticks as
well.

Melody Walsh - a Washington Island birder - contacted Stephen Easterly of
the DNR to report the loss of the nest and he has communicated back that
his group took a flight over the area checking the nests and there was a
successful hatch, but he was not sure if it was one or two.
Apparently these flights are made with donated funds (not sure what group
to donate to) and funds were too low this year for a second flight.

Hilary Ford, Door CO Ellison Bay


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Subject: Brooklyn SWA ,Nelson's Sparrow
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:09:51 -0500
 After Tom's LeConte's report , I had to get out and give the fields another 
try. 

 I walked some of Lerner Park ,in Oregon. Lots of sparrows, but mostly Song and 
Swamp with a few others. No ammodramus sparrows. 

 Then I went to Brooklyn SWA. I walked part of a field where Henslow's nested. 
May have seen one ,but I didn't pursue it. 

 Then further east on Bellbrook Road, there's a planted partial sunflower and 
foxtail (?) field. It's in 2 parts and I walked both. After the rains it's very 
wet. I didn't get any LeConte's. but had 1 possibly 2 Nelson's Sparrows. The 
first one flew and landed on a tiny willow. It was backlit and I had a hard 
time getting color. I really tried to make it into a LeConte's, but I could 
finally see that it didn't have a white median crown stripe. It turns and I 
could see white streaks on the back and the tail coming down to 2 points. It 
flew further down. In the same general direction, but over a bit, I got good 
looks at a Nelson's. 

 This was at the southend of the field near the creek bridge.
 They were planting pheasants in the area today, so hunting will open this 
Saturday. 

 Then further east, I had to stop and check out a farm field with some low 
foxtail. It's open to public use. As I was walking towards the weeds ,I saw a 
bird that I took as a Vesper Sparrow. Bright white outer tail feathers. But 
when I got in that area, a longspur took off. I flew up and up and circled 
around, but never came back. I sure was hoping, because the tail looked more 
smithy to me. 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Fwd: Nature Explorer Walks-Nine Springs and Warner Park
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:29:19 -0500


-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Nature Explorer Walks-Nine Springs and Warner Park
Date: 	Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:27:43 -0500
From: 	paul_noeldner 




Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

2014-10-15 07:39 45deg 10mph E wind
Nine Springs Natural Area
Protocol: Traveling .5 Miles 90 Minutes
Observers: 20. All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the every Wed morning UW Nelson Inst Nature Explorer
student mentors training walk. We braved the 45 deg drizzle to hike the
dikes at Nine Springs and were rewarded with a mix of waterfowl on the
ponds and a Harrier hovering in the stiff breeze. With recent rain the
water was apparently a bit too high for shorebirds. The soundscape
listening target exercise netted some birds such as Wood Ducks that
would otherwise have not been seen. Highlight was watching some Northern
Shovelers circle and shovel and Coots alone, in dense bands, and
exhibiting atypical social mixing with some Mallards.

      42    Canada Goose
      2    Wood Duck
      2    Gadwall
      4    Mallard
      4    Blue-winged Teal
      10    Northern Shoveler
      1    Great Blue Heron
      1    Northern Harrier
      1    Red-tailed Hawk
      35    American Coot
      1    Ring-billed Gull
      1    Mourning Dove
      1    Belted Kingfisher
      2    Downy Woodpecker
      1    Blue Jay
      2    American Crow
      2    Black-capped Chickadee
      4    American Robin
      1    Gray Catbird
      2    Cedar Waxwing
      2    Song Sparrow
      2    White-throated Sparrow
      2    Northern Cardinal
      25    Red-winged Blackbird
      11    American Goldfinch

2014-10-15 16:20 50deg 8mph E wind
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Traveling .5 Miles 90 Minutes
Observers: 27 All birds reported? Yes
Comments: This is the every Wed afternoon Sherman Nature Explorers
outing in Warner Park led by Anke Keuser and UW student mentors assisted
by MSCR and Wild Warner and Madison Audubon volunteers. The kids
explored the Warner wetland, woods and meadow, did 'soundscape'
listening and competed to find the days target red birds: Redwing and
Redtail. While Redtailed Hawk proved elusive some students spotted the
mature Bald Eagle that frequents Warner Park. Climbing trees and
scrambling over the new rock riprap in the Castle Creek restoration were
popular activities.

      10    Canada Goose
      2    Mallard
      2    Double-crested Cormorant
      1    Great Blue Heron
      1    Osprey
      1    Bald Eagle
      3    Ring-billed Gull
      1    Downy Woodpecker
      1    Eastern Phoebe
      2    Blue Jay
      1    American Crow
      2    Black-capped Chickadee
      1    White-breasted Nuthatch
      4    American Robin
      3    Cedar Waxwing
      2    White-throated Sparrow
      1    Dark-eyed Junco
      2    Northern Cardinal
      6    Red-winged Blackbird

Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Re: Rufous Hummingbird? Ft. Atkinson Jefferson Co. 10/15/14, some images...
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:09:52 -0500
I think I can see the notched tail feather that defines it as Rufous 
Hummingbird in the second photo on Jim's website.  Tough bird to ID, though!

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

-----Original Message----- 
From: Jim Edlhuber
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:37 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Rufous Hummingbird? Ft. Atkinson Jefferson Co. 10/15/14, 
some images...

Hi all,
I got a tip on the hummingbird out in Ft. Atkinson, Jefferson Co. Wisconsin
at a private residence. I had hope to get some shots to help in the ID'ing
this bird. Cynthia had some excellent shots of this bird. I did get some
shots and think it is most likely a Rufous Hummingbird,* Selasphorus fufus*.
I see nothing to nail it down as an Allen's Hummingbird. If anyone can turn
it into a Allen's by the images I have, that would be great. I was there
for a couple of hours and it was gloomy with light rain the whole time. I
apologize for some of these images as they are not the best, but for ID
purposes I put them up.   The bird hit the same feeder each time it came
into the yard, which was under an overhang. I never saw the bird sit
perched out in the open, probably because of the light rain that never
stopped. One time after feeding I saw it fly into a large spruce tree, so
it probably was hanging out in that tree under cover between feedings which
were about every 30-45 minutes. This bird very seldom spread its tail
feathers while I was present. Wow, what a beautiful bird! Thanks to who got
the information out on this bird!

Images of the what I think is likely a Rufous Hummingbird at the link below
if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/rufous-hummingbird-ft-atkinson-wisconsin-october-15-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.



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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird? Ft. Atkinson Jefferson Co. 10/15/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:37:31 -0500
Hi all,
I got a tip on the hummingbird out in Ft. Atkinson, Jefferson Co. Wisconsin
at a private residence. I had hope to get some shots to help in the ID'ing
this bird. Cynthia had some excellent shots of this bird. I did get some
shots and think it is most likely a Rufous Hummingbird,* Selasphorus fufus*.
I see nothing to nail it down as an Allen's Hummingbird. If anyone can turn
it into a Allen's by the images I have, that would be great. I was there
for a couple of hours and it was gloomy with light rain the whole time. I
apologize for some of these images as they are not the best, but for ID
purposes I put them up.   The bird hit the same feeder each time it came
into the yard, which was under an overhang. I never saw the bird sit
perched out in the open, probably because of the light rain that never
stopped. One time after feeding I saw it fly into a large spruce tree, so
it probably was hanging out in that tree under cover between feedings which
were about every 30-45 minutes. This bird very seldom spread its tail
feathers while I was present. Wow, what a beautiful bird! Thanks to who got
the information out on this bird!

Images of the what I think is likely a Rufous Hummingbird at the link below
if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/rufous-hummingbird-ft-atkinson-wisconsin-october-15-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Le Conte's Sparrow, others/ Milwaukee County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:32:32 -0500
Today brought a nice group of migrants to Milwaukee. I birded only Veteran's
Park and lower Lake Park because I got a late start, and since good things
kept popping up, I didn't feel compelled to go elsewhere!
Highlights were a Le Conte's Sparrow in lower Lake Park, and 53 Rusty
Blackbirds on the soccer/rugby field in lower Lake Park. The sparrow popped
up on a branch in a small tree right along the lake and stayed up for about
45 seconds before flying down into the rocks. I think it was just curious; I
never saw it feeding in the grass with the other sparrows. It will be
interesting to see if Steve Thiessen starts finding Le Conte's Sparrows in
the Dane County fields.
I saw 7 species of warblers (possibly 8 if what I thought was an Ovenbird in
a 3 second look at only the head was actually an Ovenbird). I saw 8 species
of sparrow, but inexplicably did not see a single Fox Sparrow.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Prairie du Chien Eagle Day
From: Dennis Kirschbaum <kad9801 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:16:12 -0500
Our Bald Eagle Day event was just notified that the group that normally 
provides an eagle presentation at our Bald Eagle Days will not have a 
bird available for our event.  Does anyone know of a person, group, etc. 
that has a bald eagle and does bald eagle day type presentations?   
Please back channel me and I will make the contact(s).  Thanks.  Denny

-- 
Dennis and Alice Kirschbaum
1505 E. Parrish St.
Prairie du Chien, Wi 53821
608-326-2718

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Subject: PT job opening for coordinator of Great Wisconsin Birdathon
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:57:10 -0500
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Position Announcement

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Date Announced:              October 15, 2014

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Title:                                    Great Wisconsin Birdathon =
Coordinator

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Location:                            Madison, Wisconsin  (116 King =
Street)

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Hours/Term/Rate:           15 hours per week;  Limited Term (December 1 =
- July 31); $14/hour, no benefits

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Application Deadline:    November 5, 2014

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Great Wisconsin Birdathon:  This is the third year of a program that =
raises funds and friends for statewide and local bird conservation =
initiatives.  It is a partnership between the Natural Resources =
Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative, Madison =
Audubon Society, Wisconsin DNR, and Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.  =
Individuals and conservation organizations are urged to form birding =
teams, collect pledges online, and conduct a Big Day birdathon any time =
from April 15 - June 15.  Proceeds go to the Bird Protection Fund to =
support statewide initiatives and to participating conservation =
organizations to support local bird conservation projects. =20

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Position description:  The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin =
seeks to fill a part-time position for December through July to assist =
with promoting and implementing the 2015 Great Wisconsin Birdathon.  =
Hours are flexible, but will entail office hours at least three days per =
week. =20

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Responsibilities and expectations:=20

Manage the Birdathon website (WIBirdathon.org) and Facebook page under =
the guidance of the Communications Director, coordinate fundraising =
field trips, assist with promotional efforts, provide customer =
assistance and communications to Birdathon teams and donors,  manage =
spreadsheets for Birdathon donations and results, help to process =
donations, collate and distribute Birdathon checklists and results, and =
assist with follow-up communications.  Work closely with a team of =
representatives from the partner organizations listed above.

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Desired qualifications:  =20

Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills; proficient =
with Internet, social media, Word, and Excel; highly organized with =
great attention to detail; event planning experience; passionate about =
conservation; basic knowledge of birds and birding; and ability to work =
well independently and as a member of a team. =20

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To apply: submit a resume and cover letter to Barb Barzen at =
barbara.barzen AT wisconsin.gov.  Please include "GWB Coordinator" in the =
subject line.  Only online resumes and those who meet the qualifications =
will be responded to.  No phone calls please. We are proud to be an =
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1111 E. Brown Deer Rd.
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Subject: Ellison Bay Osprey nest
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 07:40:06 -0500
Re: Hillarys post. I think I know the nest Hillary is referring to. I noticed 
the pair building the nest when I was on my way up to the Washington Is. Bird 
Fest a few years back. At the time I wondered if that nest site would work. The 
sticks were being piled up on top of a microwave dish and the nest had a bad 
lean to it. Over the years the Osprey managed to add enough sticks to level it 
off. That pair usually managed to fledge 2 young per season. So what happen to 
the nest? Well my guess is it may have collapsed and fallen to the ground. Or 
blown off. What happened at the original nest site here in Stoughton back in 
2003 was high winds blew the 5 year nest off the utility cross beam. The 
problem being that after 5 years the base starts to rot and or become brittle 
and can no longer support the weight. It seems strange to me that Hillary 
didnt find the pile of sticks at the base of the tower. Perhaps someone 
cleaned it up? Or a strong wind blew it some distance? It is poss 

 ible the tower crew had to do maintenance on the tower or dish and removed the 
nest. I believe they can do this as long as the nest is unoccupied. Door Co 
does have a DNR person who monitors the eagle and osprey nest sites. They 
should be contacted about this. Ill see if I can find out who to reach. Next 
spring when the osprey return they will most likely try to rebuild their nest 
on this tower. Keep your fingers crossed. 


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Subject: Red-necked Grebe/Dane Co yes
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 22:42:02 -0500
this morning (Tues) the Red-necked Grebe was just north of Goodland Co Park
on Lk Waubesa. I walked out on the pier and scoped looking north and it was
feeding along the west shore. There are plenty of Pied-billed Grebes out
there as well.
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Stoughton


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Subject: Great Tit
From: Kyle Cudworth <kmc AT yerkes.uchicago.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:33:33 -0500
In the spring of 2005 we had a Great Tit at our feeders for a few days, 
apparently hanging around with our usual Chickadees. Someone at Wild 
Birds Unlimited in Lake Geneva told us that he had heard there had been 
some escapees from somewhere in northern Illinois, so we assumed that 
was the origin. That fall we noticed some of our Chickadees had a little 
yellow on their breasts and wondered whether there had been interbreeding.

Kyle Cudworth
Williams Bay
Walworth County

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From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Great Tit, Sheboygan Co.
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 07:57:22 -0500

There has been a pair in the Oostburg area for 3 or 4 years now. They 
have brought young to feeders occasionally, so perhaps dispersal birds? 
Dan Panetti S.E. Ozaukee county

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From: "Andrea Szymczak" 
To: 
Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:55 PM
Subject: [wisb] Great Tit, Sheboygan Co.
>> There's no good way to write this without causing laughter, so here it
>> goes:
>> I saw at least 2 Great Tit this morning adjacent to the feeders at the
>> entrance to Kohler-Andrae SP.  This species has been reported on and off
>> by
>> a number of observers over the last couple of years in Sheboygan Co.
>> Trying not to crack a smile ;-)
>> Andrea Szymczak
>> Waukesha, WI
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> ------------------------------
>
> From: "Michael Rewey" 
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:08:43 -0500
> Subject: [wisb] Madison CBC
>
> When is the Madison CBC?
>
> Mike Rewey
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Madison CBC
> From: Kyle Lindemer 
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:25:31 -0500
>
> The Madison CBC is Saturday, December 20.
>
> Kyle Lindemer
> Madison, Dane County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Oct 13, 2014, at 08:08, Michael Rewey  wrote:
>>
>> When is the Madison CBC?
>>
>> Mike Rewey
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>
> From: Kyle Lindemer 
> Subject: [wisb] RED-NECKED GREBE (Dane)
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:26:26 -0500
>
> There is currently a Red-necked Grebe on Lake Waubesa (Dane) visible from 
Goodland Park. The only other birds here are Pied-billed and Horned Grebes. 

>
> Kyle Lindemer
> Madison, Dane County
>
> Sent from my iPhone
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:34:37 -0500
> Subject: [wisb] Winter Wren -- Madison
> From: Nolan Pope 
>
> This morning I saw my FOF winter wren in Owen Park, on Madison's west side.
> Nolan Pope
> Madison / Dane Co
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 13:29:27 -0500
> Subject: [wisb] CGORS mid season update
> From: Rick Hill 
>
> Trapping at the Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station is in full
> swing with this year’s numbers up substantially from last year.  As of
> 10/11 we have banded 267 raptors compared to 147 last year. Birds of note
> have been a 3rd year, previously unbanded, adult male peregrine, 2
> broad-wing hawks, 4 northern harriers, a screech owl and a female blue
> grosbeak that wandered into our mist nets.
>
>
> Now that we set up the nets for owls at night we are running the station
> 24/7. One change this year is we have gone back to using audio lure. This
> electronic saw-whet owl call broadcasts on loudspeakers behind the mist
> nets. The core group of banders and interns is running on short stretches
> of sleep and naps while checking the nets through the night, but it is
> paying off in a big increase in saw-whet bandings.  We have 23 Saw-whets so
> far in comparison to 4 last year.
>
>
>
> In its 60+ years of operation CGORS has caught over 1,000 previously banded
> raptors, banded over 40,000 raptors and recorded over 280,000 migrating
> raptors overhead, but the biggest highlight of the this year has been all
> the extra support that the birding community has shown us. Our thanks to
> the local neighbors who supply us with clean well water and let us take a
> shower or do laundry. Thanks to the folks who visited yesterday and then
> came back with donations of their home canned salsa, venison, ham, pork and
> brats to feed the crew. Kudos to the past volunteer, Jim who heard about
> our financial needs and stopped in and gave a nice cash donation.  (We then
> put him to work running the trapping rigs again.) Thank you to Lora,who
> moved here from Georgia, stopped to see what we were doing and taught me
> how to fix nets properly.  Many thanks to all of you who have donated
> pumpkin pies, pastry, vegetables, lasagna, money and hours and hours of
> your time.  We need it and we appreciate it.
>
>
>
> Be kind to your birds and your friends,
>
> The team at CGORS
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: James Schwarz 
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:47:24 -0500
> Subject: [wisb] Red-necked Grebe moved on Lake Wabesa
>
> Thanks to Kyle Lindemer for posting the Red-necked Grebe near Goodland Park 
on Lake Wabesa. 

> Unfortunately it did not stay there. It was after 1pm when I saw it at the 
other end of the lake, off of Lake Farm County Park. The bird was far enough 
out that a scope was helpful in finding it. At that time it was south (to the 
right) of Lake Farm boat launch. 

> Also nearby were three Horned Grebe.
>
> Jim Schwarz
> Madison
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: "Tom Wood" 
> Subject: [wisb] Dodge County Snowy Egret-No, shorebirds and ducks
> Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 20:09:44 -0500
>
> I stopped briefly at the CTH I pond just south of STH49 this afternoon and
> the juvenile Snowy Egret and the Great Egret that were seen there this
> weekend were not present.
> The Horicon Marsh Auto Tour on the south side of STH49 is still good for
> shorebirds and ducks at the two ponds Daryl Tessen mentioned. My shorebird
> tally was (rough estimates): 39 Lesser Yellowlegs, 19 Greater Yellowlegs, 18
> Long-billed Dowitchers, 4 Wilson's Snipe, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 Least
> Sandpipers, and 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper. I saw what may have been a Stilt
> Sandpiper (broad white supercilium), but it was fairly distant and lighting
> was very poor under overcast skies.
> I saw 14 species of ducks. Northern Pintail and Green-winged Teal were
> numerous. I also saw the first adult male Bufflehead I've seen this fall ( I
> saw one female along Lake Michigan earlier in the month). I was unable to
> locate Daryl's Harris's Sparrow; passerines were few along the auto tour
> today.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Crane Watch Horicon Marsh Sat Oct 18
From: Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls AT wildblue.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:29:46 -0500
Oct. 18: 5-7 pm
Crane Watch
Location: Palmatory Street Overlook, Horicon marsh, In the City of Horicon.

Join our naturalist and members of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club an hour
before sunset for an informative talk on the cranes and other birds
you will see flying overhead. From how to identify common waterfowl of
the marsh to interesting facts you can share with your friends. This
will be a night to remember. After the talk, sit back, relax and enjoy
the splendid show. Picnic dinners are encouraged and don’t forget your
cameras. Sunset is at 6:12 pm.

Hope to see you there

Jeff Bahls
Lowell Wi
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Subject: bird i.d.
From: "John Byrne" <jbyrne5004 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:11:56 -0500
Thanks everyone. It is an eastern towhee. I guess I need to brush up on my 
research methods. 

 John Byrne - Milwaukee
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Subject: bird i.d. needed
From: "John Byrne" <jbyrne5004 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:53:34 -0500
Here is a description of a bird which was scratching about under one of my 
feeders this morning. I would appreciate any suggestions as to its identity. It 
is about the size of a house sparrow, a rich medium brown on the head neck and 
back, the brown color coming to a sharply delineated V shape on an otherwise 
white breast; orange sides, pink legs, dark bill shaped more like a sparrows 
than a juncos. It was very actively feeding on spilled seed and when it hopped 
it flicked its tail, showing white tail feathers similar to a juncos. I have 
some pretty good pictures of it, but would have to send them by email as I have 
not posted them on the internet (don't know how). If you have an idea as to the 
i.d. of this bird, or would like me to email some pictures, contact me at 
jbyrne5004 AT sbcglobal.net 

 

John Byrne, Milwaukee

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