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Black-legged Kittiwakes,©Barry Kent Mackay

22 Jan Hooded Merganser in Waukesha, Wauk. Co. 1/22/17, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
22 Jan Second Harlequin Duck in the Milwaukee area - Milwaukee Harbor [Mike Wanger ]
22 Jan Foggy, unproductive Saturday birding [Peter Fissel ]
22 Jan Birdsong []
20 Jan Re: Snowy at Lake Express [Jennifer Ambrose ]
21 Jan Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 19, 2017 [Dennis Casper ]
20 Jan Snowy at Lake Express ["John Mishefske" ]
20 Jan Snowy at Lake Express [ ]
19 Jan Re: Milwaukee County Grounds Petition [Mariette Nowak ]
20 Jan BirdTrax fixed on WSO website [Peter Fissel ]
19 Jan New to WI looking for birding friends [Aaron Balogh ]
18 Jan Menasha gulls, etc! [Gmail ]
18 Jan Snowy owl milwaukee [Mike Wanger ]
17 Jan BirdLife International Program Highlights from 2016 [William Mueller ]
17 Jan Brown Creeper ["Steve Reckner" ]
17 Jan 2016 CBC Plymouth []
17 Jan Grant & Iowa Co. Sunday [Peter Fissel ]
16 Jan California Gull, Winnebago County ["Stuart Malcolm" ]
15 Jan Tufted Titmouse in Green Bay ["Wayne Kuhn" ]
16 Jan Bohemian Waxwings- UW Green Bay [Tom Prestby ]
15 Jan Milwaukee County Grounds Petition [David Freriks ]
15 Jan Birder Met at Three Lakes gas station Sunday morning (no sightings) [Karen Lund ]
15 Jan Announcing 2017 Atlas Regional Kickoffs [Tom Prestby ]
14 Jan Eastern Screech-Owl, Town of Lebanon, Dodge County []
14 Jan Yahara River, Stoughton ["Steve Thiessen" ]
14 Jan Purple Finch--Green Bay [Robert Mead ]
13 Jan Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 12, 2017 [Dennis Casper ]
13 Jan Re: Rough Legged or Golden Eagle [Team Kramer ]
13 Jan Hopkins Road, Rock County ["Steve Thiessen" ]
13 Jan Shrike [Sandy Petersen ]
13 Jan another raptor tale [Sandy Petersen ]
13 Jan Re: Rough Legged or Golden Eagle ["Tom Wood" ]
13 Jan Bohemian Waxwings.... Brown County [donald van duyse ]
12 Jan Rough Legged or Golden Eagle [Team Kramer ]
13 Jan Hoot-a-rama in Southeast Madison [Peter Fissel ]
12 Jan Program, Raptors of Yellowstone National Park. Horicon Marsh Bird Club [Jeffrey Bahls ]
12 Jan WSO Milwaukee Lakefront report [Kim Kreitinger ]
12 Jan Re: Milwaukee County Grounds Development Proposed [Karen Johnson ]
12 Jan WSO Volunteer Opps [Kim Kreitinger ]
12 Jan Milwaukee County Grounds Development Proposed [Andrea Szymczak ]
11 Jan WSO Totals []
11 Jan WSO Research Grant [Kim Kreitinger ]
10 Jan Rosendale Christmas Bird Count []
10 Jan Duck Pond, Madison ["Steve Thiessen" ]
9 Jan Appleton CBC Results ["Dar Tiede" ]
9 Jan Port Washington in Ozaukee County today ["Tom Wood" ]
9 Jan Northern Shrike at Pheasant Branch ["Marty and Terry Evanson" ]
9 Jan Introduction [Kenneth Younger ]
9 Jan BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS - Ephraim Door Co. ["Sue Peterson" ]
9 Jan Kinglets, South Milwaukee [Betsy Abert ]
09 Jan Pied-Billed Grebe -McFarland [Patrick Ready ]
8 Jan Grant County today and a bit more ["Tom Wood" ]
8 Jan Lower Mud Lake, McFarland ["Steve Thiessen" ]
8 Jan Birding Community e-bulletin for January 2017 [William Mueller ]
7 Jan Devil's Lake solitaire ["Steve Thiessen" ]
7 Jan Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists ["Carl Schwartz" ]
7 Jan swans on frozen Lake Mendota [robin stubbs ]
7 Jan Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 5, 2017 [Dennis Casper ]
7 Jan Friendship CBC report ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
6 Jan red-flanked bluetail in Idaho ["Peter McKeever" ]
6 Jan Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists ["Anne Moretti" ]
5 Jan Eurasian Collared-Doves in Sheboygan : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
5 Jan Dead Kumlien's gull South Shore Park (Milwaukee) ["Rita Marie Wiskowski" ]
05 Jan University Bay, Dane Co [PAUL R VAN GINKEL ]
5 Jan Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Grant Co. [Danny Akers ]
5 Jan Oregon Junco plus possible female Cassiar Junco - Milwaukee [Mike Wanger ]
5 Jan Guide to Nocturnal Atlasing - Part I ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
5 Jan Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists ["Seegert, Greg" ]
5 Jan Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists [Mark Korducki ]
5 Jan Hawaii Added to ABA Lists ["Anne Moretti" ]
5 Jan Great Horned Owls - Chippewa County [Rory Cameron ]
4 Jan Johnson Creek, Paradise Valley ["Steve Thiessen" ]
4 Jan MKE - Harlequin Duck - pictures [Jeremy Meyer ]
04 Jan Re: Goofy Cooper's Hawk Monday in Oshkosh [Karen Etter Hale ]
4 Jan Goofy Cooper's Hawk Monday in Oshkosh [Steve Mullen ]
4 Jan Florence CBC [Kay Kavanagh ]

Subject: Hooded Merganser in Waukesha, Wauk. Co. 1/22/17, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:45:03 -0600
Hi all,
A stop at the Fox River in Waukesha late morning today gave nice views of a
Hooded Merganser, male. It hung around with a large flock of Mallards at
times. Once it came up on the shore as someone had tossed out some corn, it
appeared to eat a piece. It stood there as the Mallards ate the corn, like
it did not know what it was suppose to do there. One time on the water I
saw it eat a crayfish. For the most part it felt right at home with the
Mallards. Not much else was on the river where I was other than a few
Canada Geese.

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


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/hooded-merganser-fox-river-waukesha-wisconsin-january-22-2017/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Second Harlequin Duck in the Milwaukee area - Milwaukee Harbor
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:33:33 -0600
Hi Birders,
This morning about 8:30 I spied a first-year male Harlequin Duck in the
Milwaukee Harbor about 100 feet off of Veterans Park in downtown Milwaukee
(viewed from the Kite Store/Sailing Center area at the eastern tip of the
park).

Being a Sunday, and with the mild weather, it's no surprise that one of
several small boats then came by and scattered it and the hundreds of
usuals there.

As many of you know, a female Harlequin has been a steady although
irregular visitor further south along the shoreline at approximately Bender
Park.

Also present in the harbor was a Mute Swan and Ruddy Duck.

Good birding,
Mike Wanger
Milwaukee


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Subject: Foggy, unproductive Saturday birding
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 16:15:57 +0000
Some of us from Madison went over to Lake Michigan yesterday, hoping to pick up 
some gulls, etc., for our year lists. We made a quick stop at Johnson Creek on 
the way over, but all was quiet by the Kohl's outlot and the landfill. On to 
Milwaukee. The fog seemed to be clearing off as we neared Bender Park, but it 
quickly moved back in. We only had a couple common duck species there (no 
Harlequin,) although Chuck and I heard a flyover Lapland Longspur. 


Next stop was Sheridan Park, where our most exciting bird was a Brown Creeper. 
We had some hope of seeing more from the Texas Ave. overlook, since we could 
actually see the breakwall. There were tons of ducks, but nearly all were 
Greater Scaup and Common Goldeneyes, with a few Common Mergs and a couple 
Red-breasted Mergs for variety. One drake Lesser Scaup did fly by, and a single 
Coot was out by the breakwall. We could see birders down by the yacht club, so 
we headed over there. Things were quiet by the boat launch, probably because of 
the Peregrine sitting out on the piers. We caught up to Jim, Jennifer and 
Spence and compared notes. They hadn't seen the Iceland Gull or the Snowy Owl. 



By the time we got to the Lake Express parking lot, visibility was about 50 
yards. We checked under the bridge briefly - again, lots of ducks, but little 
variety. Steve did spot a Glaucous Gull flying by in the murk, but I got on the 
wrong bird and missed it. After a couple attempts, and an extra two-way trip 
over the bridge, I finally remembered the new way to get to the Summerfest 
grounds and we went to check the river mouth, but visibility was down to about 
50 feet over the water, so we gave up. After a quick stop at the parking lot 
south of Bradford Beach (no birds visible,) we decided to head back to Johnson 
Creek. Naturally, the sun was coming out as we passed Miller Park. 



After a lunch stop, we headed west as it clouded back up and the temps fell 
from the mid-50s to mid-40s. It was overcast by the time we got to Johnson 
Creek. There were no gulls to be found anywhere. Steve said he couldn't ever 
remember going there and not seeing a single gull in the air, on the ground, or 
loafing up on the roof of Menards. Bizarre. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, WI


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Subject: Birdsong
From: <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Jan 2017 14:54:27 +0000
Cardinal is singing in my yard today!
Cathy dermody
St. Francis,WI  MKE
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Subject: Re: Snowy at Lake Express
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 15:13:56 -0600
Still present now.  It's pretty close.  Scope not needed.
Jennifer A
Milwaukee

On Jan 20, 2017 11:39 AM, "John Mishefske" 
wrote:

> Let's try this again. Snowy on light post south of building along dock
> since 10 am Friday.
> Milwaukee.
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 19, 2017
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 17:37:57 -0600
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, January 19, 2016
34 degrees
Cloudy
15 birders

Total Species:  14

1 Mallard
6 Herring Gull
5 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Merlin
13 Black-capped Chickadee
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Winter Wren
3 European Starling
4 American Tree Sparrow

6 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Northern Cardinal
5 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow

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Subject: Snowy at Lake Express
From: "John Mishefske" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jmishefske" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 17:38:58 +0000 (UTC)
Let's try this again. Snowy on light post south of building along dock since 10 
am Friday. 

Milwaukee.
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Subject: Snowy at Lake Express
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Subject: Re: Milwaukee County Grounds Petition
From: Mariette Nowak <mmnowak AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:53:30 -0600
I signed the petition, but also want to suggest the possibility that The Nature 
Conservancy might be contacted for support. Usually in the past, they have been 
interested only in pristine areas. However, in their Dec,2016/Jan.2917 issue, I 
just read “The Power of Nature in Cities” by the global managing director 
for cities at TNC. Perhaps the Wisconsin TNC could get involved. I no longer 
live in Milwaukee County and I think it would be more effective for someone in 
Milwaukee County to contact TNC. 

 

> On Jan 15, 2017, at 7:32 PM, David Freriks  wrote:
> 
> In case anyone is interested in following up on Andrea's recent post, here
> is a petition to sign if you feel so inclined. There are other avenues in
> the works as well.
> 
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/392/506/045/stop-the-destruction-of-the-milwaukee-county-groundssancturay-woods/?taf_id2697204&cid_na#bbfb82744026 

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Subject: BirdTrax fixed on WSO website
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:27:46 +0000
Some of you doubtless had noticed (as I did) that the Bird Trax gadget on the 
WSO website hasn't been working for some weeks. Thanks to Webmaster Paul 
Jakoubek, it is now functional once again. Thanks, Paul! 


http://wsobirds.org/rare-bird-alerts


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: New to WI looking for birding friends
From: Aaron Balogh <crotalus269 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:32:09 -0500
Hello All!
My girlfriend and I just moved to Middleton from Kansas and are looking for
folks in the area to bird with. Seems like there's a strong birding
community around Madison and within the state and we'd like to get to know
some fellow birders. Beyond that, we'll be making frequent weekend jaunts
to birding spots across the state (especially to the northwoods and
lakefronts) so would be good to get acquainted with people anywhere and
everywhere. Let me know if you're interested!


Thanks,

-Aaron Balogh
Middleton, WI


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Subject: Menasha gulls, etc!
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 15:03:24 -0600
In between chopping ice on the driveway, I birded mainly the Menasha area 
during the noon hour. I was lucky enough to find some good gulls! All birding 
was along Little Lake Butte des Morts. By the 441/10 bridge a few gulls were 
south of the bridge with the majority on the north side. Here I was able to 
observe, thanks to occasional flushes by eagles a 2nd year Glaucous and Iceland 
Gull, plus the adult CALIFORNIA GULL that Stuart had found on Monday. Checking 
the James Island section of the lake yielded the 1st year FRANKLIN'S GULL 
sitting on the ice with Herrings. It would occasional preen and once flew 
around the area due to an eagle flushing the gulls. The Glau, Ice and Calif 
were actively feeding in some open water and then resting on the ice. The 
Franklin's has been present since Dec. 29, although it is sometimes hard to 
locate. 



Also present near James Island were 6 White Pelicans, 7 Ring-necked Ducks (all 
males), a pair of Redheads and an adult Canvasback, plus several thousand 
Common Mergansers, geese, Mallards, Black Ducks and Com. Goldeneyes and about a 
dozen eagles. 


A Double-cr. Cormorant was by the Theda Clark hospital in Neenah. Also the 
Trumpeter and Tundra Swans were off Jefferson Park in Menasha, along with 
several thousand goldeneyes. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Snowy owl milwaukee
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:50:07 -0600
A snowy owl is present now, viewed from petroleum pier. It is standing on the 
ice almost to the break wall, Best seen with a scope. It has been spotted a 
couple of times in the last few days, so hopefully it will stick around. Thanks 
to Pat Horn for originally finding it! 


Petroleum pier is the first pier to the north of the high-speed ferry building, 
accessed by going under the south end of the Hoan Bridge. 


Mike Wanger , Milwaukee 

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Subject: BirdLife International Program Highlights from 2016
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 18:34:00 -0600
Go to the following link to learn about the worldwide program highlights
from BirdLife Partners during the past year:

http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/01/birdlife-international-highlights-from.html 


"2016 was a busy year for the BirdLife Europe & Central Asia family – a
partnership of 48 national NGOs in 47 countries. As the old proverb
goes, ‘*birds
of a feather, flock together*’ and, together, our local to global approach
to nature conservation shows just what the power of many can achieve for
birds and people alike. We rounded-out the year with a stunning victory –
the safeguarding of the EU’s Nature Directives. But there are so many other
stories to tell."

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

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Subject: Brown Creeper
From: "Steve Reckner" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sixtydegreesnorth" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:09:10 +0000 (UTC)
We spotted a  Brown Creeper on an oak tree outside our window this morning. We 
usually have one, at least briefly, every winter. This is our first sighting 
this year. 

Steve Reckner, North Prairie, Waukesha County

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Subject: 2016 CBC Plymouth
From: <rbrigham AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 5:12:30 +0000
The Plymouth Bird and Nature Club CBC had a winter storm on the 17th. Not being 
able change the count we had to go on with a small group of people braving the 
weather and road conditions. There were 3 field observers and 4 feeder 
observers. WE had total party hours of 11.25. 10.25 hours by car and 1 hour by 
foot. We got 32 species if count the Oregon Junco and total birds seen 1103. We 
had seen 6 birds for the CW. The results are as following 100 Canada Goose; 29 
Mallard; 1 Lesser Scaup; 125 Wild Turkey; CW Sharp-shinned Hawk; 1 Cooper’s 
Hawk; 4 Red-tailed Hawk; CW Rough-legged Hawk; 4 American Kestrel; 1 Coot; CW 
Ringed-billed Gull; 12 Rock Pigeon; 47 Mourning Dove; 1 Long-eared Owl; 1 
Belted Kingfisher; 7 Red-bellied Woodpecker; 17 Downy Woodpecker; 9 Hairy 
Woodpecker; 2 Northern Flicker; 1 Pileated Woodpecker; 39 Blue Jay; 157 
American Crow; 5 Horned Lark; 13 Black-capped Chickadee; 3 Red-breasted 
Nuthatch; 6 White-breasted Nuthatch; CW American Robin; 3 European Starling; 5 
Ce 

 dar Waxwing; 114 Tree Sparrow; 203 Dark-eyed Junco; 1 Oregon Junco; CW Lapland 
Longspur; 31 Northern Cardinal; CW Purple Finch; 47 House Finch; 48 American 
Goldfinch; 66 House Sparrow. 


Robert Brigham
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Subject: Grant & Iowa Co. Sunday
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 02:59:54 +0000
A bunch of us from Madison headed west yesterday. After meeting Peter Gorman in 
Mt. Horeb, we worked our way via back roads over to Hwy 23. We had hoped to 
find Snow Buntings, etc. on some of the farm fields, but never saw so much as a 
Horned Lark all day. 


On Lower Wyoming Rd., we had our first Bald Eagle of the day perched in a tree. 
A little farther on, some of us saw a Pileated Woodpecker in a small woodlot. 
We took County C to Hwy 130 to NN. On the latter road, we had a big flock of 
Wild Turkeys, and Jim Schwarz spotted an Eastern Bluebird at the top of a snag. 
We worked our way over to Muscoda, seeing quite a few Rough-legged and 
Red-tailed Hawks along the way. 



Taking County G west from Muscoda, we stopped on Sand Branch Rd. to check the 
wooded ridge, but very few of the cedars had any berries, so there wasn't much 
birdlife. Chuck and Peter in the other car saw a couple of No. Flickers. Next 
stop was Studnika Rd., where we heard more E. Bluebirds and lots of drumming 
from both sides of the valley. I thought maybe I heard a Red-headed WP at one 
point, but we never did see one. There were multiple Bald Eagles soaring over 
the ridge to the northeast, but we only had one that looked good for a Golden 
Eagle. Unfortunately, it only gave us a couple really quick looks before we 
lost it behind the ridge, and we were reluctant to call it. It was the only 
candidate we had all day, despite seeing lots of Bald Eagles both perched and 
flying. 



Continuing on down G, we took M west and stopped at the intersection with 
Bailey Rd., where Steve Thiessen's group had a No. Mockingbird on New Year's 
Day. Sure enough, the bird was still there. After several false alarms with 
Blue Jays in the dense shrubbery, we finally got a good look at the Mocker. 



From there, we headed over to Hwy 61 and down to Potosi, seeing more Bald 
Eagles and buteos and Am. Kestrels along the way. After lunch, we checked the 
entrance to Potosi Point (the road out to the point itself is ice-covered and 
closed.) I've had good luck with Carolina Wrens in the area in winter, but not 
this time. There was a single Am. Robin by a spring on the ridge to the south. 



We headed for Eagle Point next. Out at the boat landing above the dam, there 
was a small area of open water with a single Common Goldeneye diving in it. We 
were already back at the intersection with Bluff Rd. before I noticed the other 
car wasn't behind us, so Jim called them. Turns out they were looking at a 
Red-shouldered Hawk. We drove back out and spotted a Red-shoulder, but a long 
way from where they were parked, so there must have been two hawks. 



We cruised Bluff Rd. in both directions, hoping we might find the flocks of 
sparrows that Danny Akers reported a couple weeks ago, but it was getting to be 
later afternoon and things were fairly quiet. We did finally find a good feeder 
setup drawing a lot of birds to the north of Eagle Point Rd. a ways, and Jim 
and I both thought we heard what sounded like House Sparrows, but we didn't see 
any. We turned around after a while and stopped there again. I had an 
interesting sparrow lurking under a tangle that I would have liked a better 
look at, but it vanished. We called it a day and headed back to Madison, seeing 
tons more buteos and Kestrels along 151. 



In retrospect, we probably should have reversed our itinerary and looked for 
sparrows early, then worked our way back through the wide valleys farther north 
that are the prime areas to look for Golden Eagles in the afternoon, when there 
was more solar heating and the breeze picked up a bit. Such is birding. 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: California Gull, Winnebago County
From: "Stuart Malcolm" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "stuart.malcolm26" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 21:09:54 +0000 (UTC)
Hi All,
This lunchtime I found an adult CALIFORNIA GULL on Little Lake Butte de Morts 
in Winnebago County in Menasha/Fox Crossing. There is a large Gull flock out on 
the ice and the bird was with these. Viewing is distant but possible from the 
small boat launch at Lakeshore Drive & Francis St on the east side of the lake, 
or by walking onto the ice with the ice fishermen from the 'Wild Ones' car park 
at 2285 W Butte des Morts Beach Rd. 

Be aware that the Gulls are regularly flushed by Eagles so persistence is 
needed! 

This is the 9th species of gull to be on Little Lake Butte des Morts so far 
this winter. 

A video is on the NA Gulls and WI Rare Birds FB pages and I'll be putting 
photos on my ebird checklist asap. 

Good luck,
Stuart Malcolm
Neenah, Winnebago County


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Subject: Tufted Titmouse in Green Bay
From: "Wayne Kuhn" <waylin98 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 21:50:02 -0600
This morning I had some good looks at a Tufted Titmouse in the Bellevue area of 
Green Bay. It was in the area of some feeders located on Ontario Road just 
southwest of the intersection with Warm Springs. 

Wayne Kuhn
Green Bay
Brown County
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings- UW Green Bay
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:49:25 +0000
Today there were about 15 Bohemian Waxwings with Cedar Waxwings and a couple 
robins on the UW- Green Bay campus at the Cofrin library. Enter from Nicolet 
Dr. on Main Entrance Dr. and follow it to it's end at the roundabout in front 
of the library where you can park. I also saw a flyover group of about 50 
Bohemians but I could not relocate them-- they're probably around as there's a 
lot of fruit on campus. See my eBird report below for pics. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33708946


Tom Prestby

A very happy Green Bay

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Subject: Milwaukee County Grounds Petition
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:32:07 -0600
In case anyone is interested in following up on Andrea's recent post, here
is a petition to sign if you feel so inclined. There are other avenues in
the works as well.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/392/506/045/stop-the-destruction-of-the-milwaukee-county-groundssancturay-woods/?taf_id=32697204&cid=fb_na#bbfb=382744026 


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Subject: Birder Met at Three Lakes gas station Sunday morning (no sightings)
From: Karen Lund <catbirder813 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 16:44:40 -0600
I'm trying to contact a birder I met this morning in Three Lakes. In
hindsight I should have exchanged info then. Wanted to talk to you about
the Rhinelander CBC next year. Please contact me directly. Thanks
Karen Lund
Genoa, IL
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Subject: Announcing 2017 Atlas Regional Kickoffs
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2017 01:46:52 +0000
We're pleased to announce that in substitution for the big Wisconsin Breeding 
Bird Atlas II Kickoffs in Wausau the past two years, we will be hosting four 
FREE 1-day regional kickoffs this spring in the Kickapoo valley, Rice Lake, 
Green Bay, and Kenosha. The events will feature beginner and experienced-level 
sessions, a hands-on eBird tutorial, question and answer expert panel, field 
trips (including nocturnal field trips), chances to meet local county 
coordinators and other atlas experts, and much more. See the link below for 
details and signup. I hope to see many of you! 


http://wsobirds.org/atlas-2017-regional-kickoff-workshops



Tom Prestby

Green Bay

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Subject: Eastern Screech-Owl, Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
From: <eileen.worman AT frontier.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:49:01 -0600
I am happy to report that in addition to seeing the gray-colored Eastern 
Screech-Owl, which I believe is the male of the pair in our yard, today I’ve 
been enjoying seeing the red-colored female in our duck box. In late October 
the female was around quite a bit. Then beginning in late November through 
yesterday, each morning and late afternoon I had only been seeing the gray one. 
This morning the female has been sunning herself for hours. 

So, I think it’s safe to say they’re nesting in the box this year, like 
they did last year for the first time. Hopefully whoever buys our house in the 
coming months will be happy to relay any nesting news about ‘our’ pair of 
owls. 

The only other highlights from this winter would be occasional flyovers by Bald 
Eagles, fairly regular visits from a pair of Northern Harriers and one visit 
from a dark-morph Rough-legged Hawk a few weeks ago. We do have a pair of 
nesting Red-tailed Hawks with a nest on an adjacent property that we get to see 
every day, as well as a pair of nesting Great Horned Owls nearby that we have 
visit our yard on many early mornings. 

Eileen Worman
Town of Lebanon, Dodge County

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Subject: Yahara River, Stoughton
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:16:32 -0600
 The widespread, of the Yahara River, north of Cty B, had 3 White-fronted Geese 
and 1 Trumpeter Swan. Not a lot of species, of ducks, but good numbers. 

 Had 2 groups of Herring Gulls migrating north. With the warmer weather coming, 
there maybe a couple of good gulls showing up at Lower Mud Lake. 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Purple Finch--Green Bay
From: Robert Mead <carolbob7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:45:10 -0600
Hello:
We are enjoying at least two pairs of Purple Finches at our feeder on the
West side of Green Bay.

Bob and Carol Mead
Brown County


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 12, 2017
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:28:39 -0600
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, January 12, 2016
17 degrees
Cloudy, light snow
8 birders

Total Species:  13

2 Mallard
1 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Ring-billed Gull
3 Herring Gull
10 Rock Pigeon
1 Hairy Woodpecker
3 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin

56 European Starling
2 American Tree Sparrow
2 American Goldfinch

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Subject: Re: Rough Legged or Golden Eagle
From: Team Kramer <eakbirdink AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:48:40 -0600
Heyo!
I spotted the same bird in very close proximity today half way between hwy
45 and Fremont on hwy 10.
Thanks to some of you and my research last night it made for a quick
identification. Positive ID as a dark morph Rough Legged hawk. Still a
first for me so I am still excited. If anyone knows a place to spot Golden
Eagles, please share. I sort of want to see one now...

Thanks to all.

Elliot Kramer

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:54 PM, Team Kramer  wrote:

> Hello all...
>
> I have a silly question...
> Opinions on identification of dark morph Rough Legged hawk vs Golden
> Eagle. I have never seen a dark morph Rough Legged Hawk before and never
> considered its similarity to a golden eagle...
> I believe what I saw was a Rough Legged hawk due to the fact I saw it
> hovering above the median from maybe a 1/4 mile away and it remained
> hovering as long as I could see it in my rear view mirror. Also spent a
> good amount of time facing into the wind holding elevation without
> flapping, sort of a stationary soar. However, there did not appear to be
> NEAR enough white on the bottom of the wings. I specifically noted a white
> "window" in the bottom of the wing surrounded by very dark brown, but Rough
> Legged hawks have so much color variation, it is hard for me to say. Once I
> turned around I watched it perched in a tree and noted the head seemed
> reddish brown, just slightly lighter than the body... The tail really stood
> our with a really thick black band NEAR the bottom but tipped in white.
> I would have thought the size would make it obvious, but with nothing else
> around to give it reference...
> What do you all think?
>
> Sighted a few miles west of Hwy 10 and 45 east of Appleton, South of New
> London.
>
> Thank you for any thoughts!
>
> Elliot Kramer
>


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Subject: Hopkins Road, Rock County
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:49:54 -0600
 I'd heard good things and seen ebird reports for this area. It's on the Rock 
and Green County line. With Cty T being the west side. I started seeing 
Rough-legged Hawks ,on T before I got there. I believe I had at least 8 in the 
area. Had 4 harriers, 1 shrike, 1 Short-eared Owl and 2 Bald Eagles. I didn't 
stay real late, because the Short-eared landed close by. Really couldn't have 
had a better look. It was 4:05 when I first saw the owl. 

 Other interesting birds were 20 robins ,22 Cedar Waxwings and 2 flickers.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Shrike
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:46:32 -0600
A shrike was sitting in the very top of a tree
on Hwy N,
south of the dog park near Stoughton -
about 2 pm today.
I turned around to get a closer look and
it flew east.

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County


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Subject: another raptor tale
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:22:09 -0600
Hi all!
Two days ago,
I noticed an all-dark hawk-like bird
sitting low in a tree near County MM
east of McFarland

I turned around to get a better look and
maybe a photo
drove by the bird -
it seemed to have dark circles around the eyes too (???)

I turned again to drive by slowly and
stopped for a minute ...
the bird seemed alarmed, stood up
and ... quickly flew to the north ...

it was all black except
for an all-red tail!

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County


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Subject: Re: Rough Legged or Golden Eagle
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 08:23:32 -0600
I don't consider this to be a silly question since I found myself to be in a
similar quandary yesterday!
In Elliot's case, I think the fact that he saw the bird hovering for an
extended period would point to the Rough-legged Hawk. I've seen Golden
Eagles soar for long periods, and when I was in Idaho many years ago, I saw
their incredible dive to the ground for prey a couple of times, but I never
have seen them hover. Additionally, Elliot mentioned a white tip on the
tail, which I don't believe would be seen on Golden Eagles.
Yesterday, I was birding Stumpf Road in Fond du Lac County, which along with
Oak Center Road was a terrific spot for hawks. There were 8-10 Rough-legged,
3 Red tailed, 2 Northern Harriers, and a Kestrel. Over a quarter mile away I
saw a completely dark bird, most of the time perched, but briefly going to
the ground and to other trees. When I saw the uppertail, it was completely
dark except for thin white bands. Since I am used to seeing a broad white
base on the tail of a Rough-legged Hawk, I entertained the thought that this
might be a Golden Eagle. I concentrated on the head and nape for a long time
and discerned nothing but black, so I eliminated the Golden Eagle. I never
got a satisfactory look at the underparts because the bird stayed fairly
low, the distance was great, and since there was snow on the ground and
bright sunlight, I believe some coloration may have been washed out.
Lighting conditions may also have contributed to what appeared to be a lack
of white seen by Eliot on the underwing of his bird.
When I got home, I tried to figure out what I had seen. Fortunately, Sibley
shows a completely dark uppertail with banding on his illustration of a male
dark morph Rough-legged Hawk, so I think that is what I saw. I had hoped the
bird would fly over in my direction while I was there, but it continued to
stay distant.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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On Behalf Of Team Kramer
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:55 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Rough Legged or Golden Eagle

Hello all...
I have a silly question...
Opinions on identification of dark morph Rough Legged hawk vs Golden Eagle.
I have never seen a dark morph Rough Legged Hawk before and never considered
its similarity to a golden eagle...
I believe what I saw was a Rough Legged hawk due to the fact I saw it
hovering above the median from maybe a 1/4 mile away and it remained
hovering as long as I could see it in my rear view mirror. Also spent a good
amount of time facing into the wind holding elevation without flapping, sort
of a stationary soar. However, there did not appear to be NEAR enough white
on the bottom of the wings. I specifically noted a white "window" in the
bottom of the wing surrounded by very dark brown, but Rough Legged hawks
have so much color variation, it is hard for me to say. Once I turned around
I watched it perched in a tree and noted the head seemed reddish brown, just
slightly lighter than the body... The tail really stood our with a really
thick black band NEAR the bottom but tipped in white.
I would have thought the size would make it obvious, but with nothing else
around to give it reference...
What do you all think?

Sighted a few miles west of Hwy 10 and 45 east of Appleton, South of New
London.

Thank you for any thoughts!

Elliot Kramer


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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings.... Brown County
From: donald van duyse <dvanduyse AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:46:37 +0000
I came across a mixed flock of Robins and Waxwings yesterday while running an 
errand. There were maybe 15 - 20 Bohemian Waxwings and some robins. I did not 
have time to count them. They were located on Waube Lane , between Packerland 
drive and Ridge Rd. by the Pepsi Plant. Sorry for the late post. 

Don Van Duyse

Brown County.

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Subject: Rough Legged or Golden Eagle
From: Team Kramer <eakbirdink AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:54:53 -0600
Hello all...
I have a silly question...
Opinions on identification of dark morph Rough Legged hawk vs Golden Eagle.
I have never seen a dark morph Rough Legged Hawk before and never
considered its similarity to a golden eagle...
I believe what I saw was a Rough Legged hawk due to the fact I saw it
hovering above the median from maybe a 1/4 mile away and it remained
hovering as long as I could see it in my rear view mirror. Also spent a
good amount of time facing into the wind holding elevation without
flapping, sort of a stationary soar. However, there did not appear to be
NEAR enough white on the bottom of the wings. I specifically noted a white
"window" in the bottom of the wing surrounded by very dark brown, but Rough
Legged hawks have so much color variation, it is hard for me to say. Once I
turned around I watched it perched in a tree and noted the head seemed
reddish brown, just slightly lighter than the body... The tail really stood
our with a really thick black band NEAR the bottom but tipped in white.
I would have thought the size would make it obvious, but with nothing else
around to give it reference...
What do you all think?

Sighted a few miles west of Hwy 10 and 45 east of Appleton, South of New
London.

Thank you for any thoughts!

Elliot Kramer


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Subject: Hoot-a-rama in Southeast Madison
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 02:41:23 +0000
Picked up an easy "year" bird tonight on my walk home from the bus stop. There 
was a dueting pair of Great Horned Owls in the next block over, and I could 
hear another answering from much farther away. 


Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Program, Raptors of Yellowstone National Park. Horicon Marsh Bird Club
From: Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls AT wildblue.net>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:22:19 -0500 (EST)
Program details  
Join us at 7 PM Jan 19th 2017 at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center 
for a program by Julie Church. Julie will tell us about her time in Yellowstone 
National Park working on locating nesting raptors there. Julie studied biology 
as an undergraduate at St. Olaf College and first became interested in the bird 
world after taking a vertebrate biology course her third year in college. Julie 
interned with the Yellowstone Association, working with the National Park 
Service on the Yellowstone Raptor Initiative. After working with the 
Yellowstone Raptor Initiative, Julie acquired her master's degree in Biology 
studying bird behavior at Eastern Kentucky University. Julie is the Friends of 
Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center Business Manager. 

The Yellowstone Raptor Initiative was a 5-year-long study, now completed, on 
raptors in Yellowstone National Park. Yellowstone ornithologists had 
historically monitored Bald Eagles, Ospreys, and Peregrine Falcons due to their 
noticeable population declines in 

the 1970s and '80s. The purpose of the Yellowstone Raptor Initiative was to 
explore movements, breeding success, and populations of raptors that had not 
been previously monitored such as Golden Eagles, Red-Tailed Hawks, Swainson's 
Hawks, and American Kestrels. 

HMBC programs are free and open to the public

Jeff Bahls
Lowell Wi
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Subject: WSO Milwaukee Lakefront report
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:10:56 -0600
Approximately 40 hardcore birders showed up in the subzero temperatures
last Saturday to bird the Milwaukee lakefront. Great Black-backed Gull,
Long-tailed Duck, and Red-breasted Mergansers were a few of the highlights
from the trip. Read the full summary here:
http://wsobirds.org/about-wso/news. Thanks to our field trip leaders Tom
Schultz and Jeff Baughman!
Kim Kreitinger
Madison, WI


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Subject: Re: Milwaukee County Grounds Development Proposed
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:03:19 -0600
Please be aware that the public will not be able to speak at the January 17th 
meeting of the Wauwatosa Common Council, however, there will be a public open 
house in early February. 


Karen Johnson
> On Jan 12, 2017, at 9:23 AM, Andrea Szymczak  wrote:
> 
> One of the last remaining woodlands in Milwaukee County is being targeted
> for development.  Public hearings are coming up soon, so speak now or
> forever hold your peace!
> 
https://www.milwaukeemag.com/2017/01/09/wauwatosa-master-plan-bulldoze-last-corner-county-grounds/ 

> 
> Andrea Szymczak
> Waukesha, WI
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Subject: WSO Volunteer Opps
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:34:05 -0600
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology is seeking a volunteer to join our
Development Committee to lead the annual Honey Creek Birdathon/Bandathon,
now in its 33rd year! This is a seasonal job, with most of the effort
concentrated from late April to early June to collect donations and
pledges, help lead the mid May event and then write a summary report. If
interested, contact Mary Korkor at development AT wsobirds.org.

WSO Is also seeking a volunteer Communications Committee Chair. We are
looking for someone with the ability to assemble a team to distribute
eAlerts and our eBadger Birder newsletter via MailChimp, update WSO’s web
site and populate Facebook and Twitter accounts. If interested, contact
Michael John Jaeger at president AT wsobirds.org


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Subject: Milwaukee County Grounds Development Proposed
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:23:43 -0600
One of the last remaining woodlands in Milwaukee County is being targeted
for development.  Public hearings are coming up soon, so speak now or
forever hold your peace!

https://www.milwaukeemag.com/2017/01/09/wauwatosa-master-plan-bulldoze-last-corner-county-grounds/ 


Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI


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Subject: WSO Totals
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:43:31 -0500
It is the start of a new birding year and, thus, it is that time again to share 
your birding numbers from the year just past. For those who wish to do so, the 
WSO will again be publishing in the Badger Birder your totals from 2016. The 
deadline for submitting totals is March 1, 2017. You do not need to be a member 
of the WSO to participate. Any birder who meets the threshold numbers is 
welcomed to submit. To do so, one need only reply back channel to this message 
and share your totals for the following categories. And THANKS for sharing! 


  --Bob Domagalski, St. Nazianz

Categories --

1. 2016 Wisconsin Year Total (threshold 200)

2. Wisconsin Life Total (threshold 200)

3. ABA Area Life Total (threshold 400) -The ABA Checklist delineation of the 
"ABA Area" will be used. Thus the ABA Area encompassed "the 49 continental 
states of the US, Canada, the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon (which 
will add numerous birds to most totals), the adjacent waters to a distance of 
200 nautical miles from land or half the distance to a neighboring country, 
whichever is less. Excluded by these boundaries are Bermuda, the Bahamas, 
Hawaii, and Greenland." Participation in submitting this total is limited to 
those who have a claim to at least part time residence in Wisconsin. 


4. 2016 BIGBY Total (sometimes called a Green Year) with a threshold of 100.  
This number is the total of species seen by selecting a center point (most 
likely your residence) and then noting all the birds found when walking, 
biking, canoeing, etc. from this central location. Any species found with the 
aid of a motorized form of transportation are not countable. 


5. County Life Totals (threshold 125).  For any county in which one has found 
125 or more species, enter the name of the county followed by the number of 
species found. 


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Subject: WSO Research Grant
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:52:00 -0600
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology sponsors three research grants, all
of which have a Jan. 31 deadline to submit applications. In general, only
projects conducted in Wisconsin will be considered for funding. Amounts
awarded will range up to a maximum of $500 per grant per year. Application
details and more information can be found here:
http://wsobirds.org/what-we-do/grants

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Subject: Rosendale Christmas Bird Count
From: <dinderdahl AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:52:47 -0600
Our count was done on Monday, Dec. 26th. It was in the mid-thirties and clear 
but very windy. We had 10 observers in the field and one at feeders. Nothing 
exceptionally high or low and nothing too unusual. 

36 Species and 2922 individuals, nothing new during count week.
Canada Goose     134
Mallard     62
Common Merganser     44
Wild turkey     66
Northern Harrier     3
Cooper’s Hawk     1
Bald Eagle     1
Red-tailed Hawk     23
Rough-legged Hawk     5
Ring-billed Gull     1
Herring Gull     1
Rock Pigeon     160
Mourning Dove     74
Red-bellied Woodpecker     9
Downy Woodpecker     22
Hairy Woodpecker     5
Northern Flicker     1
American Kestrel     21
Blue Jay     39
American Crow     214
Horned Lark     18
Black-capped Chickadee     89
Red-breasted Nuthatch     1
White-breasted Nuthatch     21
Brown Creeper     1
American Robin     23
European Starling     828
Cedar Waxwing     34
American Tree Sparrow     415
Dark-eyed Junco     126
Northern Cardinal     32
House Finch     44
Purple Finch     5
American Goldfinch     39
House Sparrow     360
Blackbird – unidentified     1

Thanks to all who braved the wind to count and to Kerry Selhoff for gathering 
the data and answering all my questions! 


Lori Inderdahl
Rosendale, WI

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Subject: Duck Pond, Madison
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 01:31:46 -0600
 I decided to make a quick stop, on the way to work, at the Duck Pond, on 
Nakoma Road. Needed some easy year birds. I got out of the car and a Robin flew 
over. Walk 10 yards and there went a Fox sparrow. A pish pish pish and there 
were 3 White-throated Sparrows. Gosh birding is easy. 

 I walked to the back to pish for winter finches, yes even the ducks were 
laughing at me. Atleast it sounded like they were. Seemed like everything in 
the area came in, but no finches. What a wonderfull place to stop for 10 
minutes ,of birding. 

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Subject: Appleton CBC Results
From: "Dar Tiede" <crepuscular AT new.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 19:37:19 -0600
The 2016 Appleton CBC was conducted on December 31 after being cancelled for 
the winter storms on the 17th.  Seven feeder and twenty-nine field observers 
in 18 parties combined for 25 hours on foot, 6 hours by bike and 26 hours by 
car to find 70 species and tabulate 17,533 individuals.  An additional 12 
species were observed during count week but missed on count day.  Average 
count day species for the most recent 10-year period (2006-2015) is 70 
species with a low of 63 (2008) and a high of 84 (2011). The total 
individual bird tally of 17,533 is below the average of 22,548 for the same 
previous 10-year period. That period ranged from a low of 13,982 (2008) to a 
high of 34,664 birds (2006).

Historical comments that follow are based on count results from 1939 to the 
present.

Franklin's gull was added to the list as a new count day species bringing 
the count history to 151 species (or 152 if I count Oregon junco that was 
countable as a species in former years - and may be again soon?).  Daryl 
Tessen first reported this gull in some advance scouting on the 29th and 
Andy Gruse was able to relocate it on count day.  Other notables included a 
female harlequin duck which as of 1-8-17 still was remaining in the Kaukauna 
power canal location.  The only previous Appleton CBC record for this duck 
was in 1992.  Green-winged teal appeared for only the fifth time having 
first been recorded in 1976 and most recently in 2004.  Lesser black-backed 
gull was found for the third time with all records from the past ten years.

An interesting historical fact is that the Appleton CBC has never recorded 
any scoter species on a count day.  Until this year’s count, the only 
previous Appleton CBC scoter record was a count week surf scoter in 1992. 
This year we recorded both surf scoter and white-winged scoter for the count 
week, but both of these species eluded our collective eyes on count day.

Record high numbers were reported for two species. A total of 19 ring-necked 
ducks replaced the previous record high of 9 from the 2001 count. The count 
of 1,695 common mergansers eclipsed the previous high of 1,475 from the 1994 
count. Average count for this merganser species in the past ten years has 
been 450.  The cedar waxwing count was low with only 16 birds reported.

Notable misses (and the number of times recorded in our previous 10 counts, 
2006-2015) included the following species: eastern screech owl (9), northern 
flicker (10), song sparrow (8) and pine siskin (9).

Species tally
Canada goose (1,753), mute swan (CW), trumpeter swan (6), tundra swan (5), 
wood duck (3), gadwall (2), American black duck (19), mallard (1.732), 
northern pintail (CW), green-winged teal (1), canvasback (1), redhead(1), 
ring-necked duck (19), greater scaup (4), lesser scaup (7), harlequin duck 
(1), surf scoter (CW), white-winged scoter (CW), long-tailed duck (CW), 
bufflehead (6), common goldeneye (1,875), hooded merganser (2), common 
merganser (1,695), red-breasted merganser (3), ruddy duck (4), ring-necked 
pheasant (1), wild turkey (77), double-crested cormorant (4), American white 
pelican (CW), bald eagle (102), northern harrier (CW), sharp-shinned hawk 
(1), Cooper's hawk (8), red-tailed hawk (66), rough-legged hawk (7), 
Franklin's gull (1), ring-billed gull (8), herring gull (2,186), Thayer's 
gull (CW), Iceland gull (CW), lesser black-backed gull (1), glaucous gull 
(6), great black-backed gull (1), rock pigeon (839), mourning dove (533), 
great horned owl (3), barred owl (3), short-eared owl (CW), belted 
kingfisher (1), red-bellied woodpecker (31), downy woodpecker (86), hairy 
woodpecker (27), pileated woodpecker (1), American kestrel (22), merlin (1), 
peregrine falcon (CW), northern shrike (1), blue jay (32), American crow 
(587), horned lark (4), black-capped chickadee (209), tufted titmouse (1), 
red-breasted nuthatch (13), white-breasted nuthatch (73), brown creeper (3), 
winter wren (1), American robin (93), European starling (3,609), cedar 
waxwing (16), Lapland longspur (CW), snow bunting (20), American tree 
sparrow (140), fox sparrow (1), white-throated sparrow (2), dark-eyed junco 
(383), northern cardinal (133), red-winged blackbird (1), brown-headed 
cowbird (20), purple finch (2), house finch (245), American goldfinch (221), 
house sparrow (568).

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Subject: Port Washington in Ozaukee County today
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 17:04:47 -0600
For those of you who don't follow eBird, a Ross's Goose has been seen
intermittently in the Port Washington harbor since at least January 1. Up
until today I had missed it, but this morning at 9:20 AM it was present in
the marina and I saw it from Coal Dock Park. By 10:35 it had disappeared,
probably to feed in a cornfield outside of town.
The highlight of my day was a Short-eared Owl which flushed from the grasses
on the east side of Coal Dock Park. I was able to track it for several
minutes as it flew over the lake and it then returned to land, south of the
park and over land owned by the power company up on the bluff.
Other birds that may be of interest to those starting on their year lists
are Hooded Mergansers (at least 4 in the marina), a Green-winged Teal (there
have been 2, but I saw only 1 today in the marina), a Pied-billed Grebe, 3
Ruddy Ducks (seen from Coal Dock Park), a Great Black-backed and Glaucous
Gulls (both intermittent in the marina), 2 Ring-necked Ducks (1 in the
marina, 1 in the warm water outflow from the power plant), and 1 Northern
Pintail (marina).
Yesterday there were eBird reports of Greater White-fronted Geese, but I
couldn't find them today.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Subject: Northern Shrike at Pheasant Branch
From: "Marty and Terry Evanson" <mtevanson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:44:04 -0600
The Northern Shrike, reported by Mary Hampton yesterday, was still present
at Pheasant Branch early this afternoon. It was seen south of the hill and
just east of the spring and the wood duck house. There was also a Great Blue
Heron foraging in the spring somewhat  further south of the Shrike location.


Marty Evanson
Madison 

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Subject: Introduction
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 16:22:48 -0600
Hello everyone. As etiquette dictates, I'll introduce myself. Based on
the archives I skimmed, I already know a few of you :)

My name is Kenny Younger. I live in Madison, and am an avid beginner
birder. I started birding last April and just recently marked my 200th
life bird. Eager for more. You can find me mostly in the UW Arboretum,
UW Nature Preserve, 9 Springs... i.e. the usual Dane County hotspots,
but I enjoy to travel as well. I post all my sightings to eBird.

I'm always looking to learn from others, and hopefully I can
contribute to the discussion.

Thanks,
Kenny Younger, Madison, Dane County
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Subject: BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS - Ephraim Door Co.
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 14:13:46 -0600
At 1:15 today two of us saw about 45-50 Bohemian Waxwings in north Ephraim, in 
a tall tree next to the UU Fellowship building, or eating berries in a smaller 
berry tree near the parking lot. Look for the Green Gables Shops and scan the 
trees. 

Sue Peterson
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Subject: Kinglets, South Milwaukee
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:56:40 -0600
While walking the Grant Park golf course yesterday, I came upon two
Gold-crowned Kinglets foraging primarily on the open ground in the roughs.
Left my binoculars in the car, but the golden crown stood out beautifully.
One Fox Sparrow continues at the feeding station, as does a single
Red-breasted Nuthatch.  I did not see the Oregon Junco who's been a regular
there, and the Savannah Sparrows noted there on our CBC on 12/17 have moved
on as well.
Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee

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Subject: Pied-Billed Grebe -McFarland
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:15:27 +0000
1/9 McFarland at Babcock Park open water by the dam I found a PIED-BILLED
GREBE, HOODED MERGANSER, N SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK, COOTS, COMMON
MERGANSERS, COMMON GOLDENEYES & lots of CANADA GEESE.

Pat Ready

Madison


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Subject: Grant County today and a bit more
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 18:35:25 -0600
Last weekend, Steve Thiessen posted about his eagle trip, so I thought I
would give it a try today. There was very little wind; hence, few raptors
soaring.
The best spot was along CTH M where Steve had seen a Golden Eagle and a
Northern Mockingbird. I didn't see the Mockingbird, but while looking, the
immature Golden Eagle flew by, my only sighting of that species for the day.
I birded Bailey Road, and it was quite birdy with highlights of Pileated
Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Song Sparrow,
and Tufted Titmouse.
Sand Branch Road had a Rough-legged Hawk and a Red-tailed Hawk. Studnika
Road had another Rough-legged Hawk and a Bald Eagle.
On the way home I checked south of Spring Green on Lower Wyoming Road but
saw only one Bald Eagle, but 3 more Tufted Titmice (they sure are increasing
in numbers), and at least 10 Northern Cardinals.
By the time I got to the Arena area it was getting late so I missed the
Red-shouldered Hawk, but did see 7 Bald Eagles soaring over the bluff across
the river.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Lower Mud Lake, McFarland
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 15:46:08 -0600
 Stopped on both sides of Lower Mud Lake, this after noon. From the south side 
there 227 Tundra Swans and many Canada Geese. No water and no ducks. 

 From the McFarland side, I under counted 257 Tundra Swans (white lumps). Just 
a few Tundras were swimming around, but 4 Trumpeter Swans were. 

 A pair of Hooded Mergansers, a few Gadwall and 8 Ring-necked Ducks, many 
Mallards, C. Goldeneyes and C. Mergansers. 

 Out of the 100's of geese ,I only noticed Canada's.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Birding Community e-bulletin for January 2017
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Jan 2017 10:50:48 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-birding-community-e-bulletin-for.html 

The Birding Community e-bulletin for January 2017
The Birding Community E-bulletin is distributed to active and concerned
birders, those dedicated to the joys of birding and the protection of birds
and their habitats.


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
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Subject: Devil's Lake solitaire
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:50:01 -0600
 I hiked up Balanced Rock Trail, and was lucky to see one Townsend's Solitaire. 
Then I went down the Pothole Trail. Both trails had some very icy areas. So I 
don't recommend either way. The longer walk ,from the north, would be safer. 

 Juniper berries are almost non-existant. Steve Thiessen  Stoughton Dane co.

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Subject: Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 15:28:03 -0600
I believe this language on the ABA blog moots the issue for now and allows 
WSO to solicit updates without changing procedures:

So Can I Count Hawaiian Birds Immediately?

No. Officially the ABA Checklist Committee (CLC), with input from the 
Hawaiian Bird Records Committee, will address which birds will be included 
on the ABA Checklist. We expect this process to take a few months, and 
hopefully no longer than a year. The updated ABA Checklist, including all 
countable Hawaiian birds, will be included in the next issue of Birder's 
Guide to Listing & Taxonomy. We estimate that Hawaii will add something on 
the order of 100-115 species to the ABA Checklist. Of course this doesn't 
preclude anyone from making provisional estimates now, based on what is 
likely to be included. All native birds, for instance, are shoe-ins.

CF: http://blog.aba.org/2016/11/the-aba-adds-hawaii-now-what.html

Carl Schwartz
Editor, The Badger Birder
Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
414-416-3272
cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Anne Moretti" 
To: "'WISBIRDN'" 
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 9:18 AM
Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists


> Thanks to Mark and Greg for their comments. It makes sense to me to wait a
> year in order to decide how to handle this.
>
> Anne Moretti
> Dousman
> Waukesha Co.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Seegert, Greg [mailto:gseegert AT eaest.com]
> Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:05 AM
> To: korducki AT earthlink.net; amoretti AT wi.rr.com
> Cc: WISBIRDN
> Subject: RE: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
>
> All
>
> It might be pretty cumbersome for Bob to include both a with and a w/o HI
> list so he needs to weigh in on this.  I have no problem with going with
> only a w/o HI list for 2016.  That would give ABA a chance to sort out the
> exotics issue Mark brought up.
>
> Greg Seegert
> Beaver Dam
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Mark Korducki
> Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 8:51 AM
> To: amoretti AT wi.rr.com
> Cc: WISBIRDN 
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
>
> I have seen people list them as ABA without Hawaii or old ABA.  There is
> also a question on which Hawaiian exotics of which there are many are
> established and countable. It's kind of a mess from a listing standpoint 
> but
> positive from a conservation point of view
>
> Mark Korducki
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 5, 2017, at 8:41 AM, Anne Moretti  wrote:
>>
>> Birders:
>>
>>
>> I just read this statement and wondered how this would affect our ABA
>> totals that we submit to Bob D.
>>
>>
>>
>> Hawaii added to ABA Area: Members of the American Birding Association
>> voted overwhelmingly to approve adding Hawaii
>>   to the ABA Area.
>> The area is covered by the ABA Checklist and is the basis for many of
>> the lists kept by birders. October 28
>>
>>
>>
>> Your thoughts?
>>
>>
>>
>> Anne Moretti
>>
>> Dousman
>>
>> Waukesha Co.
>>
>>
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Subject: swans on frozen Lake Mendota
From: robin stubbs <rfstubbs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 14:25:11 -0600
I just drove over the hill by Waters Residence Hall UW Madison and noted
that the lake seemed totally frozen. There was one really white "line" out
there, farther out than picnic point and more east. I thought the line was
lifted ice but with the bins it was a big row of pure white birds which I
assume are tundra swans. I thought they would have left. They are
apparently just standing on the ice in a row?
Maryan Stubbs, Dane Co, Madison, WI.


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 5, 2017
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 14:11:34 -0600
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, January 5, 2016
5 degrees
Mostly Sunny
9 birders

Total Species:  13

1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Herring Gull
11 Rock Pigeon
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
9 American Crow
11 Black-capped Chickadee
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 European Starling
6 American Tree Sparrow

2 Dark-eyed Junco
5 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

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Subject: Friendship CBC report
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Jan 2017 09:57:38 -0600
The 2016 Friendship CBC was held in Adams/Juneau Counties on January 2, 2017. 
This was our 11th annual event. Eleven field observers participated in this 
years count. This years results were below average, with a record low number 
of species found (33). The total of individual birds observed (2469) was the 
fifth lowest count in the circles history. This is especially noteworthy in 
relation to the previous years numbers, which had the highest number of 
individuals (3552) and second highest number of species (43) for the circle. 
Apart from significant increases in the numbers of Canada Geese, Wild Turkeys, 
and American Crows observed, most species counts were down from last year. 
Dark-eyed Junco was again our highest ranking species, but even at 583 
individuals showed a 48% decline from last year. More feeders were noted to be 
empty this year. Our only finches were House Finch and American Goldfinch. 



Below are the final tallies for the count:



Canada Goose  381

Mallard  12

Common Merganser  3

Ruffed Grouse  1

Wild Turkey  273

Bald Eagle  7

Northern Harrier  1

Coopers Hawk  1

Red-tailed hawk  12

Rough-legged Hawks  3

Merlin  1

Rock Pigeon  126

Mourning Dove  71

Great Horned Owl  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  10

Downy Woodpecker  24

Hairy Woodpecker  13

Pileated Woodpecker  3

Blue Jay  68

American Crow  319

Common Raven  17

Black-capped Chickadee  229

Tufted Titmouse  3

Red-breasted Nuthatch  4

White-breasted Nuthatch  52

European Starling  32

Cedar Waxwing  8

American Tree Sparrow  71

Dark-eyed Junco  583

Northern Cardinal  28

House Finch  32

American Goldfinch  35

House Sparrow  45



Thanks to all of the observers who worked hard and shared the camaraderie for 
this years count! 




Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Subject: red-flanked bluetail in Idaho
From: "Peter McKeever" <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 10:34:37 -0600
http://trib.com/lifestyles/recreation/people-from-across-nation-came-to-see-
red-flanked-bluetail/article_908a305e-3e65-565d-bee4-8a8d3fca0b63.html

Peter Mckeever
Monona

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Anne Moretti
Sent: Friday, January 06, 2017 9:18 AM
To: 'WISBIRDN' 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists

Thanks to Mark and Greg for their comments. It makes sense to me to wait a
year in order to decide how to handle this.

Anne Moretti
Dousman
Waukesha Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Seegert, Greg [mailto:gseegert AT eaest.com]
Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:05 AM
To: korducki AT earthlink.net; amoretti AT wi.rr.com
Cc: WISBIRDN
Subject: RE: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists

All

It might be pretty cumbersome for Bob to include both a with and a w/o HI
list so he needs to weigh in on this.  I have no problem with going with
only a w/o HI list for 2016.  That would give ABA a chance to sort out the
exotics issue Mark brought up.

Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Mark Korducki
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 8:51 AM
To: amoretti AT wi.rr.com
Cc: WISBIRDN 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists

I have seen people list them as ABA without Hawaii or old ABA.  There is
also a question on which Hawaiian exotics of which there are many are
established and countable. It's kind of a mess from a listing standpoint but
positive from a conservation point of view

Mark Korducki
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 5, 2017, at 8:41 AM, Anne Moretti  wrote:
> 
> Birders:
> 
> 
> I just read this statement and wondered how this would affect our ABA 
> totals that we submit to Bob D.
> 
> 
> 
> Hawaii added to ABA Area: Members of the American Birding Association 
> voted overwhelmingly to approve adding Hawaii 
>   to the ABA Area.
> The area is covered by the ABA Checklist and is the basis for many of 
> the lists kept by birders. October 28
> 
> 
> 
> Your thoughts?
> 
> 
> 
> Anne Moretti
> 
> Dousman
> 
> Waukesha Co.
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
From: "Anne Moretti" <amoretti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2017 09:18:01 -0600
Thanks to Mark and Greg for their comments. It makes sense to me to wait a
year in order to decide how to handle this.

Anne Moretti
Dousman
Waukesha Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Seegert, Greg [mailto:gseegert AT eaest.com] 
Sent: Thursday, January 5, 2017 9:05 AM
To: korducki AT earthlink.net; amoretti AT wi.rr.com
Cc: WISBIRDN
Subject: RE: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists

All

It might be pretty cumbersome for Bob to include both a with and a w/o HI
list so he needs to weigh in on this.  I have no problem with going with
only a w/o HI list for 2016.  That would give ABA a chance to sort out the
exotics issue Mark brought up.

Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam

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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Mark Korducki
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 8:51 AM
To: amoretti AT wi.rr.com
Cc: WISBIRDN 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists

I have seen people list them as ABA without Hawaii or old ABA.  There is
also a question on which Hawaiian exotics of which there are many are
established and countable. It's kind of a mess from a listing standpoint but
positive from a conservation point of view

Mark Korducki
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 5, 2017, at 8:41 AM, Anne Moretti  wrote:
> 
> Birders:
> 
> 
> I just read this statement and wondered how this would affect our ABA 
> totals that we submit to Bob D.
> 
> 
> 
> Hawaii added to ABA Area: Members of the American Birding Association 
> voted overwhelmingly to approve adding Hawaii 
>   to the ABA Area.
> The area is covered by the ABA Checklist and is the basis for many of 
> the lists kept by birders. October 28
> 
> 
> 
> Your thoughts?
> 
> 
> 
> Anne Moretti
> 
> Dousman
> 
> Waukesha Co.
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Eurasian Collared-Doves in Sheboygan : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 19:07:57 -0600
The 8 Eurasian Collared-Doves we saw on Monday (on a utility wire by the
Coast Guard station at the east end of Pennsylvania Avenue in Sheboygan)
were seen at 10:15 a.m. today on the ground right next to the sidewalk by
the Armory (on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Broughton Drive;
kitty-corner from the Coast Guard station), eating berries that had fallen
from the shrubby trees there.  : )
-- Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
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Subject: Dead Kumlien's gull South Shore Park (Milwaukee)
From: "Rita Marie Wiskowski" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dona_rita" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 22:15:41 +0000 (UTC)
This past weekend we observed two Kumlien's gulls at the South Shore Beach in 
Milwaukee. Today, Todd Leech, a local nature photographer found and 
photographed a dead Kumlien's gull on the beach. It didn't have any noticeable 
injuries that would cause its death. There is a Peregrine Falcon that is 
usually seen on the boat docks, and although it usually didn't appear to have 
any interest in the gulls, maybe it had something to do with it. Prey that was 
dropped perhaps? I'm not sure, but was sad to hear of the death of this bird. 

Rita Flores WiskowskiSouth Milwaukee
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Subject: University Bay, Dane Co
From: PAUL R VAN GINKEL <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 05 Jan 2017 20:31:40 +0000
Today at 1PM
A pair of green winged teals is hanging out where willow creek flows into the 
bay accompanied by the belted kingfisher reported earlier. 


Paul van Ginkel
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Subject: Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Grant Co.
From: Danny Akers <birdmandan1231 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 17:32:53 +0000
Hi All,
I just found a EURASIAN TREE SPARROW along Bluff Rd. (just off the Mississippi 
River) southwest of Kieler in Grant Co. I'm working the immediate area 
specifically looking for this species, so I'll report back later if I find 
others. 


Danny Akers
Spirit Lake, IA

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Subject: Oregon Junco plus possible female Cassiar Junco - Milwaukee
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 10:32:30 -0600
Hello All, 
Steve Lubahn and I are watching a male Oregon junco and a female (either Oregon 
or Cassiar) now at the Grant Park feeders, which are located in a small parking 
lot a bit north of the Grant Park golf course. 

I will post pictures later.
Mike Wanger, 
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Subject: Guide to Nocturnal Atlasing - Part I
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:39:16 +0000
As Great Horned Owls kick into gear, year 3 of the Wisconsin Breeding Bird 
Atlas is just about upon us. Get tips on nocturnal atlasing for owls and other 
night birds in our new three-part series to be unveiled throughout the month. 
In this first part we provide an overview of the process, with intention of 
digging deeper in parts 2 and 3 coming in the weeks ahead. 



http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/guide-to-nocturnal-atlasing-part-i-an-overview/ 



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Subject: Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 15:05:05 +0000
All

It might be pretty cumbersome for Bob to include both a with and a w/o HI list 
so he needs to weigh in on this. I have no problem with going with only a w/o 
HI list for 2016. That would give ABA a chance to sort out the exotics issue 
Mark brought up. 


Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Mark Korducki 

Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 8:51 AM
To: amoretti AT wi.rr.com
Cc: WISBIRDN 
Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists

I have seen people list them as ABA without Hawaii or old ABA. There is also a 
question on which Hawaiian exotics of which there are many are established and 
countable. It's kind of a mess from a listing standpoint but positive from a 
conservation point of view 


Mark Korducki
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 5, 2017, at 8:41 AM, Anne Moretti  wrote:
> 
> Birders:
> 
> 
> I just read this statement and wondered how this would affect our ABA 
> totals that we submit to Bob D.
> 
> 
> 
> Hawaii added to ABA Area: Members of the American Birding Association 
> voted overwhelmingly to approve adding Hawaii 
>   to the ABA Area.
> The area is covered by the ABA Checklist and is the basis for many of 
> the lists kept by birders. October 28
> 
> 
> 
> Your thoughts?
> 
> 
> 
> Anne Moretti
> 
> Dousman
> 
> Waukesha Co.
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:51:23 -0600
I have seen people list them as ABA without Hawaii or old ABA. There is also a 
question on which Hawaiian exotics of which there are many are established and 
countable. It's kind of a mess from a listing standpoint but positive from a 
conservation point of view 


Mark Korducki
Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 5, 2017, at 8:41 AM, Anne Moretti  wrote:
> 
> Birders:
> 
> 
> I just read this statement and wondered how this would affect our ABA totals
> that we submit to Bob D. 
> 
> 
> 
> Hawaii added to ABA Area: Members of the American Birding Association voted
> overwhelmingly to approve adding Hawaii
>   to the ABA Area.
> The area is covered by the ABA Checklist and is the basis for many of the
> lists kept by birders. October 28
> 
> 
> 
> Your thoughts?
> 
> 
> 
> Anne Moretti
> 
> Dousman
> 
> Waukesha Co.
> 
> 
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Subject: Hawaii Added to ABA Lists
From: "Anne Moretti" <amoretti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 08:41:05 -0600
Birders:
 

I just read this statement and wondered how this would affect our ABA totals
that we submit to Bob D. 

 

Hawaii added to ABA Area: Members of the American Birding Association voted
overwhelmingly to approve adding Hawaii
  to the ABA Area.
The area is covered by the ABA Checklist and is the basis for many of the
lists kept by birders. October 28

 

Your thoughts?

 

Anne Moretti

Dousman

Waukesha Co.



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Subject: Great Horned Owls - Chippewa County
From: Rory Cameron <rory_cameron AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2017 09:02:01 +0000
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Subject: Johnson Creek, Paradise Valley
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 18:37:00 -0600
 Went over to Johnson Creek, for gulls. Nothing was at the Kohl's area, but I 
spotted the gulls SE in a farm field. I went south to Cty B, and just as I got 
the scope set up they all took off. The only good one I could pick out was an 
adult Glaucous. 

 Then over to the pond area,north of I-94. I used the van for a wind block. Had 
1 adult Thayer's and 1 Thayer's/Iceland and 1 probable 1st winter Lesser 
Black-backed gull. I never saw it in flight to confirm and it was blocked some 
,while on the ice. Then they headed back to Cty B. There I had a 3rd winter 
Iceland (Kumlien's) and a 2nd winter gull that didn't look just right for 
Thayer's or Iceland. Would have liked a better(closer) look. The lighting mid 
afternoon, in winter, can really make the shades and tones seem different than 
what the really are. 

 I headed over to Paradise Valley to try for Short-eared Owls. It was a nice 
walk , into the wind. I'm really glad the have they duck blind. Acually the 
footing was fine, going out. Lots of bare areas. Parking lot, lumpy ice. 

 I spotted a Short-eared hunting ,way to the south. After it went down and 
didn't come back up, I called it good. I saw it at 4:10. 

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Subject: MKE - Harlequin Duck - pictures
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 17:41:31 -0600
Good evening, I decided to brave the weather and try for the Harlequin
Duck, that has been reported on the north end of Bender Park, in Oak Creek.
I stopped out there yesterday, but didn't give it much effort and couldn't
see over the bluff. Today I parked, walked to down the drive, to the waters
edge. I located the ducks about 150' to the south. I was bundled up in
my winter camo gear and sat along the fenced in area, for about an hour. I
used some smalls shrubs, growing close to the metal edge, as cover. There
were 2 Bufflehead, 5 Common Goldeneye and 1 Harlequin Duck. I was able to
get some real nice looks at all the ducks. The Harlequin is a life bird.
There are images at the link below, if you are interested.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/


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Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Re: Goofy Cooper's Hawk Monday in Oshkosh
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Wed, 04 Jan 2017 16:53:34 -0600
Loved the story about the old Coot, Steve. My elderly neighbor (98+) adopted 
the Amer. Coot for the Atlas because, he said, he was an old coot. In addition, 
he'd always liked the team name, the Toledo Mudhens. 

Karen
-- 
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> On Jan 4, 2017, at 4:40 PM, Steve Mullen  
wrote: 

> 
> During Monday's Badger football game i had a banded Cooper's Hawk hunting
> my feeder birds.
> The bands were white on left leg & red on right leg. The goofy part was how
> the bird ran around my houses hedges trying to scare a House Sparrow out of
> them. it  eventually did but it i think it missed the bird after the chase.
> It seemed quite tame and or oblivious to being watched during the 15 minute
> ordeal.
> I forgot to mention the Double Crested Cormorant & Am. Coot from last
> Sunday that we saw on the Fox River by the Seniors Center in Oshkosh. It is
> directly across from UW-Oshkosh at the Carl Steiger boat Launch. For those
> not not local, the attraction to winter birds (and fish) is the warmer
> water discharge from the waste water sewage plant nearby.  Oh, when i told
> Pops about the Coot by the Senior Center, he says, "was it an old Coot?"
> What a beauty.
> Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago County.
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Subject: Goofy Cooper's Hawk Monday in Oshkosh
From: Steve Mullen <worse.than.costanza AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 16:40:48 -0600
During Monday's Badger football game i had a banded Cooper's Hawk hunting
my feeder birds.
The bands were white on left leg & red on right leg. The goofy part was how
the bird ran around my houses hedges trying to scare a House Sparrow out of
them. it  eventually did but it i think it missed the bird after the chase.
It seemed quite tame and or oblivious to being watched during the 15 minute
ordeal.
I forgot to mention the Double Crested Cormorant & Am. Coot from last
Sunday that we saw on the Fox River by the Seniors Center in Oshkosh. It is
directly across from UW-Oshkosh at the Carl Steiger boat Launch. For those
not not local, the attraction to winter birds (and fish) is the warmer
water discharge from the waste water sewage plant nearby.  Oh, when i told
Pops about the Coot by the Senior Center, he says, "was it an old Coot?"
What a beauty.
Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago County.

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Subject: Florence CBC
From: Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Jan 2017 15:13:36 -0600
We held the Florence CBC on Jan 1.  We found 28 species (tied for all time
low) with highlights that included 1 American Robin (3rd time on the
count), Pine Grosbeak 1, and  Evening Grosbeak 24. We had good numbers of
Wild Turkey 243, Red-bellied Woodpecker 9, and Purple Finch 65. Low count
numbers were recorded for  Ruffed Grouse 4, Mourning Dove 80, Blue Jay 63,
Common Raven 30 (all time low), Red-breasted Nuthatch 32, Pine Siskin 2,
and House Sparrow 3. Crossbills and Redpolls were absent.
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Florence Co


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