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Black-headed Siskin,©Tony Disley

26 May RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Nine Springs Dane Co [James Schwarz ]
26 May Phalarope on FIRST pond Nine Springs [James Schwarz ]
26 May Birds and Bill Volkert on Wisconsin Public Radio RIGHT NOW! ["Carl Schwartz" ]
26 May Northern Mockingbird - Columbia County [Brian Doverspike ]
26 May Tiny Ryan and Tiny Tom ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
26 May MKE-Sheridan Park - RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS [KAREN JOHNSON ]
26 May Ryan's and Tom's page links ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
26 May Re: AMERICAN AVOCET, Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. [Ida Baumann ]
26 May LEAST BITTERN at Nine Springs [James Schwarz ]
25 May MKE - Blue-winged Warbler - Wehr, Whitnall Park [Jeremy Meyer ]
26 May ID help ["Paula Haubrich" ]
26 May RFI Shearwater tours [jim weyers ]
25 May Re: Could this be a female Orchard Oriole? ["Tom Wood" ]
25 May I forgot..... [Tom Koch ]
25 May American Avocets on Lake Wausau [Dan Belter ]
25 May Could this be a female Orchard Oriole? [Tom Koch ]
25 May ID help.... [Tom Koch ]
25 May AMERICAN AVOCET, Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
25 May Avocet at Dummer's pond (Dunn Co.) ["Janine Polk" ]
25 May MKE - 10 Canada Warblers [Jeremy Meyer ]
25 May Godwit, 9 Springs, Dane co ["Steve Thiessen" ]
25 May Bob Domagalski's segment of the 2015 Long Walk: what he found [William Mueller ]
25 May Wills & Woodcock Jefferson - Walworth Counties ["Spencer Stehno" ]
24 May SAY'S PHOEBE & Eared Grebe - Ashland/Bayfield [Ryan Brady ]
24 May Re: Lake Superior eBirders hitting the field on Sunday [Ryan Brady ]
24 May Big Day Report 5/20/2015 [Tom Prestby ]
24 May Bobolinks-Ozaukee County [Nancy B. ]
24 May The Door Snowy Owl [Sandy Petersen ]
24 May SNOWY OWL - southern Door County ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
24 May Pileated Woodpecker, Town of Lebanon, Dodge County ["Eileen Worman" ]
24 May Re: RED KNOT, Nine Springs, Dane...YES [Sunil Gopalan ]
24 May Blue finch in Pl. Prairie? [John Krerowicz ]
24 May RED KNOT, Nine Springs, Dane...YES [Jeff Galligan ]
24 May Red Knots! Manitowoc Impoundment [Andrea Szymczak ]
24 May Red Knot, Nine Springs, Dane...No [Dale Bonk ]
24 May Acadian Flycatcher- Green Bay [Tom Prestby ]
23 May Lake Superior eBirders hitting the field on Sunday [Ryan Brady ]
23 May Henslow's Sparrow - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
23 May Red Knot at 9 springs, Madison, Dane [Robert Bucci ]
23 May Shorebirds in Kewaunee County ["Tom Wood" ]
23 May RED KNOT, 9 Springs [John K ]
23 May Pine River Warblers Florence Co [Kay Kavanagh ]
23 May PLEGADIS Sp Marathon Co [Rob Pendergast ]
23 May White River Marsh [Ida Baumann ]
23 May Buena Vista Grasslands [Ida Baumann ]
23 May Fwd: eBird Report - Estabrook Park, May 23, 2015 [CHARLES HAGNER ]
23 May Mockingbird - White River Marsh [Ida Baumann ]
23 May Big Day Story Details ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
22 May Big Day Play-by-Play ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
22 May Yellow-breasted Chat, Brillion-5/22/15 [Andrew Reimer ]
22 May Snowy Owl - Brussels. [David Freriks ]
22 May Nighthawks on White Clay Lake, Shawano Co. ["Wayne Kuhn" ]
21 May WGLBBO Water Bird Watch - End of Season [Calvin Brennan ]
21 May Arctic Tern reported at Wisconsin Point (Superior) ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 May Re: Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 May Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc [Gloria Shiraef ]
21 May Re: WSO Convention reminders ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 May WSO Convention reminders [Peter Fissel ]
21 May Little gull [Jim and Julie Hess ]
21 May Marbled Godwits - Kewaunee County [N Walton ]
21 May Big Day Results are in! ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May Sheboygan County-8 Red Knots [Nancy B. ]
20 May Forest & Vilas Counties -almost winter [Ida Baumann ]
20 May CURLEW & SCREECH ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May BT.Blue, Canada warblers at Kenosha Dunes [John Krerowicz ]
20 May CURLEW & SCREECH ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May Big Day competition rages on ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
20 May Red Knot, yes Whimbrel yes then no in Sheboyga []
20 May Riveredge Birdathon/Bandathon results ["Carl Schwartz" ]
20 May Ridiculous day in Ashland/Bayfield: White-eyed Vireo, TWO N. Mockingbirds, Western Kingbird. ["Nick Anich" ]
19 May Myer's Park - 11 shorebirds - photos 5/16 [Jeremy Meyer ]
20 May Lake Maria, NKMSF, Horicon Marsh today [Peter Fissel ]
19 May Re: Western Kingbird - Ashland County [Ryan Brady ]
19 May Long Walk for Birds 2015 update [William Mueller ]

Subject: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Nine Springs Dane Co
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 18:24:13 -0500
There is a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at Nine Springs.
At 5:30 it was on the west end of the FIRST pond. A Coppers Hawk chased it from 
the third pond to the first pond. 

If the bird is not on the first pond, it may have moved back to the third.

Jim Schwarz
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Phalarope on FIRST pond Nine Springs
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 17:54:52 -0500
At 5:30 the RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was on the west end of the first pond. 
A Coopers Hawk caused it to leave the third pond.
If not on the first pond the Phalarope is probably still in the area.

Jim Schwarz
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Birds and Bill Volkert on Wisconsin Public Radio RIGHT NOW!
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 11:20:05 -0500
Naturalist Bill Volkert is on Wisconsin Public Radio right now (11 to 12:30 on 
Tuesday, May 26th. 

Larry Meiller and his producer Judith were both gone for Bill's traditional 
Memorial Day program so they are doing this the day after. Bill will be 
speaking about Wisconsin's spring birds and his around-the-world trip. 

 
Carl Schwartz
Milwaukee County
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Subject: Northern Mockingbird - Columbia County
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 10:51:26 -0500
While out running errands today I happened upon a Northern Mockingbird. It was 
at the intersection of County P and Wardle Rd between Pardeeville and Portage. 
Only a quick look but between size, the gray color of the back and head and the 
prominent white windows on the wings all clinched the ID for me. 

Brian Doverspike and Becky Anderson
Pardeeville, Columbia County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Tiny Ryan and Tiny Tom
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:59:49 +0000
Apologies, everyone, but the links I've posted for Ryan Brady's and Tom 
Prestby's pages are still incomplete when viewed from the list archives, 
although they're complete in the email messages. 



For those viewing the list archives, here are the links in tinyurls:



Ryan Brady: http://tinyurl.com/n36rmfu



Tom Prestby:  http://tinyurl.com/mev7qec



Good luck!



Diane



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Subject: MKE-Sheridan Park - RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 08:56:37 -0500
A pair seen together just east of the playground near the bluff.
GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHERS AND WOOD-PEWEES also in this area.  (0830)
-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: Ryan's and Tom's page links
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 13:35:36 +0000
Hi everyone,


For some reason, the hyperlinks to their Birdathon pages that Ryan and Tom 
posted aren't completely "underlined", so they don't work. Maybe that's why 
somebody invented tinyurls? Trying again here: 




To donate to the Lake Superior eBirders, who impressively got 160 species 
within a 20-mile radius: 



http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid78&uid796&fkroledescid=3 




To donate to Tom's Cleopatra & the Stilts, and be entered for a chance to win a 
$250 Eagle Optics gift card or a subscription to Birdwatching magazine: 





http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid68&uid786&fkroledescid=3 




Let me know if you have difficulties. Thanks!



Diane Packett

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator

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Subject: Re: AMERICAN AVOCET, Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd.
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 06:25:25 -0400
Avocet still here at 5 to 5:30 am south of Elmwood Rd. just west of Pike
Rd. On the south side of road.  Small flock of Dunlins and 1 Lesser
Yellowlegs. Most geese left but feeding flock of Am. White Pelicans near
the back.
Ida and Ty Baumann, Madison
Camping near Horicon
On May 25, 2015 4:29 PM, "Rhonda Schrab"  wrote:
> At 2:45 this afternoon I found 1 AMERICAN AVOCET on Elmwood Rd. southeast
> of Hustisford. It was a ways out and after maybe 10 minutes it moved way
> out to the south but was visible with scope when I left at 3:05. This is on
> the east side of Elmwood Rd. south of the intersection with Pike Rd.
>  Dave Schrab
>  Dodge Co.
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Subject: LEAST BITTERN at Nine Springs
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 00:58:40 -0500
Sorry for the late post but I was a bit slow in making this LEAST BITTERN ID. 
After looking at the Hudsonian Godwit and Red Knot I took a walk around the 
outer road. Near where the water widens on the right side, going east, I saw 
what reminded me of a Green Heron. Seeing streaks on the neck, I got into my 
bad habit of making a wrong assumption, it had to be a first summer Green 
Heron. 


Fortunately, I took a couple of pictures and looked at them more closely this 
evening. Finally realized the bird had the buffy side of the head and neck. 

The back was dark with a curved white line. The bill was orange.

There are days I think I should get another hobby. It would be less 
embarrassing if I didn't tell you about my mistakes. 

Anyway, I thought you would appreciate knowing that the LEAST BITTERN may still 
be in the area. 


Jim Schwarz
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: MKE - Blue-winged Warbler - Wehr, Whitnall Park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 22:54:28 -0500
Good evening, I went to the Wehr nature area, at Whitnall Park this
afternoon.  The Canada warblers were still present, at the dammed up creek
area, but not providing good looks.  I went looking for and finally saw the
Blue-winged Warbler (my second favorite), I've been hearing since the
beginning of May.  I watched him feed in a group of smaller trees, in the
middle of a clearing in the forest.  This bird is a stunning male and was
very vocal.  I have a few pictures if you are interested.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/


Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: ID help
From: "Paula Haubrich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "madmadpia@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 02:55:30 +0000 (UTC)
Small, olive on top and fading to yellow-green on belly, black cap.  It was 
there, fidgety, then gone so fast that I only had time to repeat that 
description out loud to remember it and grab Peterson's.  I went for Wilson's 
warbler.   New to me.  Any sightings of this bird in these Milwaukee parts? 

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Subject: RFI Shearwater tours
From: jim weyers <jdw1031 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 00:21:30 +0000 (UTC)
Looking for information from birders who have taken a Shearwater tour. We are 
considering a trip in that direction in September. Are interested in advice on 
best airport to fly into/out of, where to stay, general information on the 
tour, other spots to bird in that area. 

My wife has some back issues and we are concerned about the roughness of the 
boat trip. 

Thanks in advance and backchanneling would be wonderful.
Jim WeyersAppletonOutagamie county
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Subject: Re: Could this be a female Orchard Oriole?
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:44:43 -0500
Hi Tom-
Because of the brown streaks on the scapulars and brownish face of this
bird, I believe it is a Baltimore Oriole, possibly a first spring female.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Sent: Monday, May 25, 2015 5:48 PM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] Could this be a female Orchard Oriole?

In the location that I took this photo, I believe I saw a male Orchard fly.
Orchard female- or not?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/y4m0mvil5cypqgs/150525_0027.jpg?dl=0
Tom Koch.............
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Subject: I forgot.....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:07:35 -0500
Tom Koch
Plover 
Portage Co

Tom Koch.............
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Subject: American Avocets on Lake Wausau
From: Dan Belter <bwhawk55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 18:04:27 -0500
Five American Avocets are present on Lake Wausau right now, along with
seven Ruddy Turnstones and other common shorebirds on and around the small
sandbar. Also, at least five Forster's and two Common Terns, and a Caspian
Tern are also present!
-- 
Dan Belter
Marathon County, WI


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Subject: Could this be a female Orchard Oriole?
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:47:44 -0500
In the location that I took this photo, I believe I saw a male Orchard fly. 
Orchard female- or not? 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/y4m0mvil5cypqgs/150525_0027.jpg?dl=0
Tom Koch.............
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Subject: ID help....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 17:45:03 -0500
What are we looking at here? Thanks!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tikr2yhwo0hg7qe/150525_0086.jpg?dl=0
Tom Koch.............
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Subject: AMERICAN AVOCET, Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd.
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 16:28:46 -0500
At 2:45 this afternoon I found 1 AMERICAN AVOCET on Elmwood Rd. southeast 
of Hustisford. It was a ways out and after maybe 10 minutes it moved way 
out to the south but was visible with scope when I left at 3:05. This is on 
the east side of Elmwood Rd. south of the intersection with Pike Rd.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.
  
  


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Subject: Avocet at Dummer's pond (Dunn Co.)
From: "Janine Polk" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "j_l_polk@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 14:18:24 -0700
Just got back from Eagle Crest, where there was an Avocet near the north end of 
Dummer's pond. Also there: W. Phalarope, quite a few Dunlin, and lots of peeps 
(seemed to be mostly Semi. Sands. at this point). 


Janine Polk
Eau Claire
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Subject: MKE - 10 Canada Warblers
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 10:47:23 -0500
Good morning, on Saturday, I spent the entire day out.  I started at Myer's
Park, in Racine.  There wasn't much there.  They have started the
restoration of the beach, and that could've been why.  I then went to North
Beach, and found 2 Sanderlings, 5 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Killdeer and a
bunch of terns and gulls.  One Sanderling was in breeding plumage and the
other, which was about 30 percent larger, was still in transition.  I
stopped at Bender Park, in Oak Creek, and saw a Blue-winged Warbler, and
heard another, which is in the same area I've seen/heard it since the
beginning of May.  Most likely breeding there.  Also saw Wilson's,
Magnolia, American Redstart, Chestnut-sided, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Canada,
Yellow (which are everywhere and breed there) and Northern Parula.  There A
LOT of Red-eyed Vireos!  I probably saw and heard 30+, there were also
decent amounts of Warbling Vireos.  Next, I went to Warnimont Park, in
Cudahy.   Of note, I had 4 Great Crested Flycatchers and a Blackburnian
Warbler  Again, there were a lot of Red-eyed and Warbling Vireos.  Also had
Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Palm, Yellow-rumped, American Redstart and
Northern Parula.  My next stop was Lake Park, in Milwaukee.  There I had 6
Canada Warblers!  I see them every year, but this year they have eluded my
camera.  That wasn't the case Saturday.  I couldn't keep them away from me,
which is fine since it's my favorite warbler.   All this activity was
around the locust ravine area.  I saw them on top, on the sides and bathing
down inthe ravine.  Finally got some awesome pictures of them, which made
my day.  Also saw Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Northern Parula, Palm, Yellow,
American Redstart,  Nashville,  Orange-crowned, Black-and-white and
Wilson's.  There were several Eastern Wood Pewee and a Great Crested
Flycatcher.  I then went to Whitnall Park, Franklin.   I tought the day
couldn't get any better, but I found 3 more Canada Warblers,  one of which
was a female.  I sat and watched them feed over the creek for about an
hour, at times coming within 10 feet of me.  I have never been so close to
them before.  It was just like the day earlier in the month with the
Black-throated Blue,  in the same spot.  They just flew about feeding on
the bugs, not minding I was there.  There was also a Wilson's and American
Redstart.  In the same general area, there is a Blue-winged Warbler that
has been calling since early May, most likely breeding there as well.  I
heard the Tufted Titmouse calling and there are orioles everywhere there.
It was an awesome day to be out.  I have pictures of the Canada Warblers as
well as one of each, Great Crested Flycatcher and Red-eyed Vireo, if you
are interested.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Godwit, 9 Springs, Dane co
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 09:37:19 -0500
 Ellen Hanson called and said there is a rather pale Hudsonian Godwit at 9 
Springs. Knot and turnstonea still there. 

Steve thiessen Dane co.
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Subject: Bob Domagalski's segment of the 2015 Long Walk: what he found
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 07:33:57 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/05/bob-domagalskissegment-of-long-walk.html 

Please support Bob's effort!


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: Wills & Woodcock Jefferson - Walworth Counties
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 May 2015 01:06:59 -0500
Sunday evening went to Young / County Line Road west of Tamarack Rd.  Young
Road is county line for Walworth and Jefferson Counties.  About 2-3/10ths
of a mile west from Tamarack Rd. is an area where the last couple years
Whip-poor-wills have been heard.  I was out to find Lark Sparrows a bit
further west, and about  mile west of Tamarack -  the Grasshopper Sparrows,
Whip-poor-wills, Chuck-wills-widow as reported in area.  Had no success in
Lark Sparrows, but nicely found Grasshopper Sparrows on north side by horse
trail.  
As the evening got later, around 8:30 PM Woodcock started peenting and
air-twittering.  About 8:40 PM the first Whip-poor-will started calling on
north / Jefferson side of road.  About 10 minutes later another
Whip-poor-will was also calling further west down the road, and I moved west
a couple hundred yards, and then the Chuck-wills-widow started calling on
the south / Walworth side of the road, and then there was another
Whip-poor-will on that side, and two on the north side.  The wills were
calling at different speeds, and the overlap was wonderfully strange, and
that along with several woodcocks peenting and twittering, wow, what a
harmonious cacophony of sounds.  The sounds dropped off until by 9:20 there
was nothing calling but the frogs.

 

On Friday evening, listened to single Whip-poor-will and woodcock calling in
Waukesha County north side of Piper Road at horse trail just west of
Ulrickson Road intersection.  Whip was calling out across open field on
north side in wooded area.  At first I thought I was hearing a Barred Owl
calling a strange call, and at 8:45PM after a shot, 3 turkey hunters walked
out who were doing owl calls to get turkeys to gobble.  Whip called at 8:52
PM.

 

Spence Stehno

Ben Goss Bird Club

Waukesha / Oconomowoc 


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Subject: SAY'S PHOEBE & Eared Grebe - Ashland/Bayfield
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:20:30 -0600
Just got a report of a SAY'S PHOEBE seen Sunday (9:30 am) on Hwy 13 at Cty Rd C 
between Marengo and North York in Ashland County. It was apparently on a wire 
on the SW side of the road. That's all I know... 


An EARED GREBE was also photographed by a local birder today but the location 
was not given in the initial email. I'll post it when available. 


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Re: Lake Superior eBirders hitting the field on Sunday
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 21:17:41 -0600
Our Birdathon Big Day is complete! We ran from 2:30am-7:00pm today and had 
unofficial total of 161 species, our team best. And we did it all within only a 
20-mile radius circle centered just northwest of Ashland, which I am most proud 
of. 

Nick Anich kept official tally but offhand highlights were probably Henslow's 
Sparrow, Great Egret, Red-throated Loon, Long-tailed Ducks, Surf Scoter, 17 
ducks overall, 10 shorebirds, Philly Vireo, both kinglets, 23 warblers, Le 
Conte's Sparrow, and Red Crossbills. Thanks to all who supported our team, and 
there's still time for those who may still want to. Thanks! 


http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid78

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


> From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org; ashlandbirders AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Lake Superior eBirders hitting the field on Sunday
> Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:39:33 -0600
> 
> The "Lake Superior eBirders" (myself, Nick Anich, and Tim Oksiuta) will 
> be running their Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day on Sunday and we have
>  some work yet to reach our fundraising goal. Warbler migration 
> continues strong, the vanguard of the late migrants have arrived, and 
> shorebirds -- well, they're always a crap shoot. New this year is our 
> plan for some extra driving to bring Wisconsin Point into play. Can we 
> best our previous total of 155? Stay tuned to find out, and in the 
> meantime make a quick donation to bird conservation at:
> 
> http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid78
> 
> Thanks!
> 
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
> http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Big Day Report 5/20/2015
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 20:04:13 -0500
On Wednesday Quentin Yoerger, Cynthia Bridge, and I (AKA Cleopatra and the 
Stilts) ran a state Big Day. Since Randy and Al were running their route on the 
same day, we decided to run a different route than I have ever run before. We 
ended up with 191 species, which is near my average on the Hoffman/Shea route 
and my second-best personal WI Big Day total. Their results prove that their 
route is probably still best, but ours prove that other routes can yield high 
totals too. 

We started at Midnight at Tom and Wendy Schultz's garage where they have a 
Carolina Wren nesting. Thanks guys! Definitely a fun way to start a Big Day. 
From there, we birded our way to White River Marsh. There was absolutely no 
wind but there was also no moon so some birds like Catbirds were singing but 
other birds like nightjars and Woodcocks and Snipe were silent. Pine Road 
produced a Saw Whet Owl, a Screech Owl, and quite a few Barred Owls. White 
River Marsh was rather quiet and we did not do well on target birds-- we picked 
up Virginia Rail but no other rails or bitterns. 


We got to Comstock Bog a little after 2am and were hopeful because of the calm 
conditions, even after our bad luck at White River Marsh. After walking out a 
few hundred yards along the edge of the bog we heard our main target, a YELLOW 
RAIL clicking out in the bog. We did not hear any LeConte's Sparrows but we did 
hear an American Bittern giving fragments of it's pumping song. More Barred and 
Great-horned Owls serenaded us-- it was really the night of the Barred Owl as 
we easily heard 25+ on this night. Another major highlight came just before we 
left when a Long-eared Owl called near Edgewood Rd. I always think of them as a 
"bonus" bird as I never expect to actually hear them, especially on a big day. 


Then, we booked it down to the Dane/Iowa County grasslands- our alternate to 
the Buena Vista Grasslands. At the first twinkle of light we listened on the 
hillsides and finally picked up a Whip-poor-will near Cross Plains. We reached 
Thompson Memorial Prairie as twilight began and easily picked Upland Sandpiper, 
Henslow's, Clay-colored, and Grasshopper Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and 
Bobolinks among more common birds that began their morning chorus. The morning 
chorus was in full swing when we stopped at the Mounds View Prairie and our 
targets, Western Meadowlark and Bell's Vireo, were amongst the songsters. We 
also picked up Willow Flycatcher, Ring-necked Pheasant, and a nice variety of 
common birds. On the way out, we heard an early Dickcissel Quentin had scouted 
the previous day. 


Then it was north to the Wisconsin River. We stopped a few times along Cty K in 
Iowa County picking up expected breeders. We didn't find many migrants but our 
only Blue-headed Vireo of the day was a good one. We heard a snipe in a small 
wet area, a key pickup as they are a hard bird on this southern route. 


We arrived at Arena Boat Landing around 630am and picked up Pine Warbler and 
Red-breasted Nuthatch in the pine plantations, then walked the "Aaron 
Holschbach trail" along the sloughs to the east of the boat landing. Along the 
way we picked up Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-bellied 
Sapsucker, Alder Flycatcher, Green Herons and Wilson's Warblers and after about 
a half-hour we heard the WHITE-EYED VIREO. PS, if anybody finds a hat near the 
gate it's Cynthia's-- please let us know. 


We worked west to the Spring Green area where we stopped at Tower Hill SP and 
heard the KENTUCKY WARBLER on territory and a bonus RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, in 
town for EURASIAN-COLLARED DOVE, at the west parcel of the preserve where we 
picked up Lark Sparrow, Orchard Oriole, and Vesper Sparrow but still found no 
signs of last years Blue Grosbeaks, and in the fields to the west where we 
picked up a scouted Brewer's Blackbird. We had hopes of finding a bounty of 
shorebirds at the Bakken's Pond drawdown but were disappointed to only see 
common species- none of which we wouldn't see later. 


The Baraboo Hills were next on the agenda where we picked up Acadian 
Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Canada Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Winter 
Wren, and Swainson's Thrush at Baxter's Hollow and a Cerulean Warbler at the 
end of Burma Road. We dared not turn any of the dry trills at either location 
into a Worm-eating Warbler ID since the abundant Chipping Sparrows at both 
locations have quite flexible vocal chords. Devil's Lake State Park was very 
quiet for migrants (a couple Yellow-billed Cuckoos which we saw in excess 
throughout the day) and we missed a stakeout Hooded Warbler on the Ice Age 
trail. We gambled by taking the Merrimac route to try to save a few minutes and 
were extremely lucky that the ferry was at the dock and just about to leave 
when we arrived. All aboard! 


A quick check of the Dane/Columbia County ponds was next up. The DM/Hahn pond 
had some common shorebirds including our first Short-billed Dowitchers and a 
pair of RED-NECKED GREBES. DM/I provided several first shorebirds of the day 
including White-rumped Sandpipers and our only Wilson's Phalaropes. Goose Pond 
had zero shorebirds but a very late TUNDRA SWAN made this a great stop. 
Schoeneberg's Marsh had another Red-necked Grebe, a pair of Wigeon (our only of 
the day), our only Common Gallinule of the day, and our first of many 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds and Black Tern. 


We headed north to Lake Maria in hopes of lingering ducks and were not 
disappointed. We spotted a couple Ring-necked Ducks (one of the birds we 
thought we sacrificed by not doing the northern route), Canvasbacks, and quite 
a few Lesser Scaup. We were not comfortable turning any of them into Greaters. 
We also had our first Common Tern and Bonaparte's Gull of the day with the 
hoard of Forster's Terns. This productive and efficient stop got us back on 
schedule and en route to Horicon Marsh. 


At Horicon we met up with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones and 
photographer Michael Sears and they followed us through the Auto Tour. 
Thankfully some migrant pickups like Olive-sided Flycatcher and Gray-cheeked 
Thrush put smiles on our faces for most of the pictures they took. The 
Black-necked Stilts put on a good show in the last pond and the nesting 
Trumpeter Swans, Purple Martin and a sniper-like spot of Black-crowned Night 
Heron by Cynthia were our pickups. We ran up to the flooded field on Church Rd 
hoping the Hudsonian Godwit found the day before would still be there and 
BINGO, it was! We worked our way out of Horicon driving east on Hwy 49 and 
found the Bufflehead I had scouted the day before, our last pickup at the 
marsh. En route to the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest we stopped at the 
pond on Sunset Rd north of Campbellsport and didn't add any shorebirds but were 
happy to see our only American Pipits of the day foraging on the mud. 


The Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest (northern unit) was our next stop to 
try to make up for some of the birds we had missed by not running the northern 
route. Spruce Lake Bog was our first stop and it was a great one. This 
beautiful little bog produced our target White-throated Sparrow and Nashville 
Warbler Warblers as well as great looks at a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. Driving 
north through the town of Dundee added Osprey to the list as they nest on an 
obvious platform not far from Hwy 67. From here we made stops along Scenic 
Drive, Pine Rd, Shamrock Rd, and Hwy V on our way toward Sheboygan. A 
plantation on Pine Rd was an excellent stop as it yielded Golden-crowned 
Kinglets I had found the day before while scouting and a surprise flyover 
Sharp-shinned Hawk. The Alder Swamps north of here along the scenic drive 
produced Northern Waterthrushes and Mourning Warblers on territory. The marsh 
along Shamrock Rd finally provided our overdue first Sora of the day. A couple 
more 

 stops to the north produced Cooper's Hawk and Black-throated Green Warbler but 
we could not find a Hooded Warbler- locking it in as a disappointing miss for 
the day. 


We headed east and reached Sheboygan with about an hour of light left. We made 
the most of this by finding 9 new species, the best and highlight of the day 
being a flock of 8 RED KNOTS at North Point. Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings 
were added as well as Herring Gull, Caspian Tern, and Red-breasted Mergansers. 
Unfortunately we could not find the Greater Scaup or Common Loon I had seen 
while scouting and the flock of Bonapartes Gulls was not joined by a Little 
Gull at this time. We walked up the bluff and ran into a small flock of 
warblers where pickups of Magnolia and Palm Warblers helped make up for a 
rather dismal day of migrant warblers. As darkness was falling, we made our way 
out of town in hopes of finding woodcock habitat while it was still light 
enough for them to be displaying. We found several of them giving their 
skydances and it was a great way to put a bow on a very successful big day. We 
decided ending here was a better option than trying for our other nocturna 

 l misses: Common Nighthawk and Least Bittern on our remaining fumes of energy. 


As in all big days, we had some unexpected misses (the worst being Hooded 
Warbler and Red-headed Woodpecker) and shorebirds were decent but not great (we 
were unable to call any dowitchers Long-billed, yellowlegs Greaters, or peeps 
Baird's or Solitarys) but as I told my team, complaining is not acceptable when 
you saw a Hudsonian Godwit and a flock of Red Knots in the same day! 


If you made it to the end, congrats and thanks for reading. The Milwaukee 
Journal Sentinel article is here in case you missed it when it was first posted 
and want to read a fun narrative about our stop at Horicon: 



http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/birders-travel-wisconsin-on-a-big-day-count-b99504858z1-304636611.html 


And finally, and most importantly, it is not too late to pledge to the Great 
Wisconsin Birdathon. Please consider pledging if you have not yet or pledging 
again if you have. The money goes toward key bird conservation projects and has 
never been needed more than right now. The link is below. 


http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid68&uid786&role=3

Thanks so much to everyone who helped provide intel (whether we used it or not) 
and to everyone who has pledged! 


Tom Prestby
Green Bay






 		 	   		  
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Subject: Bobolinks-Ozaukee County
From: Nancy B. <backnancy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:33:58 -0500
Saw some nice Bobolinks along Six Mile road just  south of County D west of
Belgium WI  and a few more while hiking Bobolink Trail at Harrington Beach
State Park today in Ozaukee County. Life bird for me.
 

Nancy Back

Sheboygan WI

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Subject: The Door Snowy Owl
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 19:26:38 -0500
I also stopped by to check on the owl this morning and
it was sitting on another sign "FOOD  Belgian Delight"
just south of C on Hwy 57 on the east side.
Both wings were hanging a bit as if it was ready to take off if necessary.
The eyes were kind of slitted - maybe the brightness - but
very alert and followed me when I stopped and took a photo
and then when I drove past the bird.

I did not stop too close or get out of the car.  The other cars just drove
by even though the bird was quite obvious being so white.

Perhaps this is a second year male, not yet breeding, and it decided to
save itself the trouble of migrating to the nesting grounds and back this
season!!??  There is a large farm and a lot of fields in that area so food
may be easy to get ...

Another Snowy (female I believe) was observed on Washington Island
May 26 last year.  That bird's plumage was fluffed and somewhat messy and
its eyes seemed sunken in.

Maybe it is customary for the owls to stay this late and we don't usually
notice it.  Or maybe a new trend due to climate change?

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County and Washington Island, Door
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Subject: SNOWY OWL - southern Door County
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:53:16 -0500
Roy & I were driving home from the WSO convention in Wausau and at about
11:30 am we saw the Snowy Owl atop a sign in the median of highway 57 just
west of the junction with County C. This owl, or another snowy, has been
seen in the area since April 27th.
I snapped a photo and when we got home I downloaded the memory card and have
cropped it and will gladly send it to anyone who is interested. Just
back-channel me and request the photo.

Charlotte Lukes

Egg Harbor, WI

Door County

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Subject: Pileated Woodpecker, Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
From: "Eileen Worman" <eileenworman AT netwurx.net>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:36:57 -0500
I know that having a Pileated Woodpecker isn't exactly an unusual thing around 
here, but it was an exciting bird to have early this morning at our place. The 
female was in the yard for around 45 minutes, calling and knocking. We had two 
sightings last year, but this time I was able to snap a shot of her. A link to 
my photo from today is here: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/18014861746/in/dateposted-public/ 

We've been hosting around 45 or so species each day in our yard for the past 
couple of weeks. I know for all of you who have tons of warblers this is not a 
high number, but we don't get a lot of warblers on this property. We do have 
nesting Common Yellowthroats, Yellow Warblers and Warbling Vireos. We've had a 
handful of other warblers stop by as they do each spring. 


We currently have nesting Tree Swallows, Eastern Meadowlarks, Bobolinks, Field 
Sparrows, Gray Catbirds, Brown Thrashers, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, 
Mallards, Wood Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and Blue-winged Teals, to name a bunch. 
Trust me, there are many other species nesting here. 

We're also enjoying a Willow Flycatcher every day. Swamp Sparrows are hanging 
around in the cattails and we have an occasional visit from Green Herons, too. 
The last two days we had an immature Bald Eagle fly over and we usually have a 
Common Nighthawk or two at sunset time. 

We're on colt-watch for our resident pair of Sandhill Cranes. I'm pretty sure 
they're due very soon. Last year they were unsuccessful, possibly due to 
predation, so we're really hoping to see young ones this year. 

Hopefully the link to my photo works...I've never posted a link before.

Eileen Worman
Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
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Subject: Re: RED KNOT, Nine Springs, Dane...YES
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 11:59:36 -0500
Still present almost by itself on pond two
Sunil - Madison, Dane co

On Sunday, May 24, 2015, Jeff Galligan wrote:

> I was able to relocate the Red Knot on the east side of the second pond at
> Nine Springs at around 8:00 AM this morning.
> Jeff Galligan
> Middleton
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Subject: Blue finch in Pl. Prairie?
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:42:21 -0500
The Kenosha News today published a photo submitted by a Pleasant Prairie woman 
who claimed the blue bird in the picture was a rare blue finch whose range is 
in South America. 

Is this something WSO would want to investigate?


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Subject: RED KNOT, Nine Springs, Dane...YES
From: Jeff Galligan <jgalligan27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 10:03:08 -0500
I was able to relocate the Red Knot on the east side of the second pond at
Nine Springs at around 8:00 AM this morning.
Jeff Galligan
Middleton

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Subject: Red Knots! Manitowoc Impoundment
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 09:04:05 -0500
Three present right now :-)
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha,  WI

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Subject: Red Knot, Nine Springs, Dane...No
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 07:29:20 -0500
I was unable to relocate the reported Red Knot this morning, starting at
about 530.
The sunrise was gorgeous.
There are two Black-bellied Plovers, however.
Dunlins, SP Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, SP Plovers also present in small
numbers.
Dale Bonk
Mt Horeb

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Subject: Acadian Flycatcher- Green Bay
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 06:29:25 -0500
There's an Acadian flycatcher calling along Lineville Rd just east of Lakeview 
Rd. Can be heard from the first parking area. A rather uncommon bird in this 
area. 


Tom Prestby
Green Bay 

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Subject: Lake Superior eBirders hitting the field on Sunday
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:39:33 -0600
The "Lake Superior eBirders" (myself, Nick Anich, and Tim Oksiuta) will 
be running their Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day on Sunday and we have
 some work yet to reach our fundraising goal. Warbler migration 
continues strong, the vanguard of the late migrants have arrived, and 
shorebirds -- well, they're always a crap shoot. New this year is our 
plan for some extra driving to bring Wisconsin Point into play. Can we 
best our previous total of 155? Stay tuned to find out, and in the 
meantime make a quick donation to bird conservation at:

http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1978

Thanks!

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Henslow's Sparrow - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 19:44:06 -0600
It might not sound like news to most of you but it is! First known 
Ashland-Bayfield record since a couple were reported back in the 60s and 70s. 
Found by Nick Anich this morning along N. Sweden Rd near Grand View, about 20 
miles southwest of Ashland. 


It was present later in morning and I got to hear and see it - a life bird for 
me! (I don't travel much obviously...) 


My favorite photo: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160158714


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Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Red Knot at 9 springs, Madison, Dane
From: Robert Bucci <rbucci AT mailbag.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 20:40:30 -0500
The Red Knot noted earlier by John Kivikoski was still at 9 Springs at 
7:00 PM. It had moved along and among the different islands on the third 
pond. Sometimes it was with a flock of Dunlin ans sometimes by itself. 
Other birds included Semipalmated Plovers, White-rumped and Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, Cliff Swallow and Bank swallows.

Bob Bucci
Madison, Dane

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Subject: Shorebirds in Kewaunee County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 18:51:00 -0500
South of Kewaunee, where CTH G ends on the west side of STH42, Lakeshore Rd.
runs east. Approximately .6 miles east of this intersection on the south
side of Lakeshore Rd. is an ephemeral pond in a low spot in a cornfield.
When I first scanned this pond with binoculars, I didn't think there was
much there. I did see a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Dunlin, so I decided to do
some scoping.
In the corn stubble, many shorebirds were feeding and the longer I searched
the more exciting it got.
Highlights were 2 Hudsonian Godwits, 2 Red Knots, breeding-plumaged
Black-bellied Plover (1) and American Golden Plover (1).
Also seen were Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, 2 White-rumped Sandpipers,
Semipalmated Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Killdeer, and the previously
mentioned Dunlins and Lesser Yellowlegs. This pond seems to be constantly
changing and the large plovers were not seen when I left. The godwits left
for a while but then came back.
I stopped at Father Marquette Park in Kewaunee and a Marbled Godwit was on
the beach. he didn't stay long and flew to the north before I left. A
Black-bellied Plover arrived when I walked around the impoundment.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: RED KNOT, 9 Springs
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 22:38:06 +0000
There is a lone RED KNOT on pond 3 at 9 Springs. It is feeding along the
back right gravel bar amongst a small group of Dunlins.
John Kivikoski
Iowa County


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Subject: Pine River Warblers Florence Co
From: Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 15:35:35 -0500
Bob & I had a most delightful 4 hour canoe down the Pine R this morning.
We found over 65 species with 16 warblers singing on territories, including
an amazing 20 Canada's.
Kay Kavanagh
Florence Co


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Subject: PLEGADIS Sp Marathon Co
From: Rob Pendergast <acadiantigerheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:43:05 -0500
Chris West and I just had 2 Plegadis Ibis flying east over Lake Dubay where
I-39 crosses the north end of the lake. Just a few miles north of the
county line.
Maybe heading to Mascoutine Valley Trail?

Good Birding!

Rob Pendergast
Plover
Portage Co


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Subject: White River Marsh
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:46:34 -0400
The Bay Area Bird Club arrived near the marsh around 9.  First sighting a
N. Mockingbird (reported earlier) and a Black-billed Cuckoo in the same
area on county DD. went south on D and had a WHOOPING CRANE standing in a
corn stubble field with one Sandhill.  Just south of there we had a
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the road. Traveled the White River Road and
found lots of Flycatchers, Vireos and Sedge Wrens and added another 30
species to our day list.  Best sighting - Tom & Carol Sykes beginning their
Wisconsin birding.
Ida & Ty Baumann. Madison
Birding Green Lake & Marquette County

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Subject: Buena Vista Grasslands
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 13:36:01 -0400
We met up with the Bay Area Bird Club this morning to find all the birds we
had scouted out on Friday. Successful day! Starting out on Elm Rd. about a
half mile south looking west we had booming PRAIRIE CHICKENS  that we were
able to get in the scope for everyone to see the dancing.  We had Western
Meadowlarks singing right in front of us.  On W between Elm and Timberline
on the south  side we had 7 UPLAND SANDPIPERS and Brewer's Blackbirds.
Going north on 130th we found a late flying SHORT-EARED OWL.   All along
this road we had BOBOLINKS; CLAY-COLORED,  GRASSHOPPER,  SAVANNAH,  FIELD,
and a great look at HENSLOW'S SPARROWS.  Alder Flycatchers & Com.
Yellowthroats sang everywhere .  We had 47 species before leaving for White
River Marsh.
Ida & Ty Baumann   Madison
Birding in Portage County

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Estabrook Park, May 23, 2015
From: CHARLES HAGNER <c_hagner AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 12:32:51 -0500
Seven warblers, including Mourning, were in Estabrook Park, Milwaukee Co., this 
morning. 

I you go, beware that a male Red-winged Blackbird is defending territory along 
the paved path on the east side of the lagoon. He dove at me, epaulets blazing, 
three times. 


—Chuck

Chuck Hagner
Milwaukee Co., WI
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> 
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Estabrook Park, May 23, 2015
> Date: May 23, 2015 at 12:24:33 PM CDT
> To: c_hagner AT mac.com
> 
> Estabrook Park, Milwaukee, US-WI
> May 23, 2015 6:45 AM - 10:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 46 species (+3 other taxa)
> 
> Canada Goose  10
> Mallard  12
> Killdeer  1
> Herring Gull  1
> gull sp.  6
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
> Mourning Dove  3
> Chimney Swift  6
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
> Downy Woodpecker  5
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Eastern Wood-Pewee  6
> Empidonax sp.  1
> Great Crested Flycatcher  2
> Red-eyed Vireo  15
> Blue Jay  6
> American Crow  6
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
> Tree Swallow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  7
> White-breasted Nuthatch  3
> House Wren  9
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
> Gray-cheeked Thrush  1
> Swainson's Thrush  6
> Catharus sp.  1
> American Robin  39
> Gray Catbird  7
> European Starling  2
> Cedar Waxwing  6
> Northern Waterthrush  1
> Mourning Warbler  1
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> American Redstart  4
> Yellow Warbler  1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  8
> Wilson's Warbler  1
> Chipping Sparrow  2
> Song Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  17
> Red-winged Blackbird  16
> Common Grackle  19
> Brown-headed Cowbird  6
> Baltimore Oriole  7
> House Finch  4
> American Goldfinch  12
> House Sparrow  7
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23593537 

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Subject: Mockingbird - White River Marsh
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 10:20:22 -0400
9:15 am N. Mockingbird on DD west of D at address W5220 in apple trees next
to shed.  Green Lake County.
Ida and Ty Baumann
Madison

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Subject: Big Day Story Details
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 01:28:27 +0000
Apologies for the post that turned into gibberish earlier; hope this one works.

If you missed all the tweeting and posting from the Big Day competition, here 
it is all Storified with photos and videos, so you can follow the play-by-play: 


https://storify.com/WisConservation/big-day-teams-competition

If the story of the teams' skill and endurance inspires you, it's not too late 
to donate to them! 


To donate to Curlew & Screech:  http://bit.ly/1Abm8gg
To donate to Cleopatra and the Stilts:  http://bit.ly/1Puz4EF

Congratulations to both teams!

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Subject: Big Day Play-by-Play
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:25:50 +0000
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Subject: Yellow-breasted Chat, Brillion-5/22/15
From: Andrew Reimer <andrew.reimer21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 12:37:19 -0500
Walked one of my Atlas routes on the west end of Brillion State Wildlife
Area early this morning and ran across a Yellow-breasted Chat at the edge
of a willow thicket. Only the second time I have ever seen one, and first
time since moving to the Fox Valley 17 years-ago.  Complete checklist
below...
Brillion SWA, Conservation Rd., Calumet, US-WI
May 22, 2015 6:15 AM - 7:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling - Property Specific
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Light frost from night before, but sunny and warming quickly.
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  4
Great Blue Heron  1
Osprey  1
Sandhill Crane  X
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Eastern Kingbird  2
Blue Jay  1
Tree Swallow  X
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  1
Sedge Wren  6
American Robin  X
Gray Catbird  2
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  X
Yellow Warbler  X
Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     Individual bird sighted at close distance for
several minutes on edge of willow thicket in marsh bottomland.
Clay-colored Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  X
Swamp Sparrow  4
Bobolink  3
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Brown-headed Cowbird  X
Baltimore Oriole  X
American Goldfinch  2

-- 
*Andrew Reimer*
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Subject: Snowy Owl - Brussels.
From: David Freriks <dhfreriks AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:52:06 -0500
Mark Mueller just messaged me that he found a Snowy Owl sitting on a sign
pole on Hwy 57 near Brussels Wi. Photo on Birding Wisconsin Facebook.
Dave Freriks
West Bend.


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Subject: Nighthawks on White Clay Lake, Shawano Co.
From: "Wayne Kuhn" <waylin98 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 06:43:01 -0500
During a late day fishing trip on Wednesday to White Clay Lake near Shawano 
Lake fellow birder Brian Pierce and I observed 300+ Cliff Swallows flying over 
the lake as well as Caspian Terns and a pair of Ospreys. Marsh Wrens were 
singing all around us and a Common Loon floated near our boat. As we watched a 
georgeous red sunset it was apparent that a bayfly hatch was going on and we 
witness about six Common Nighthawks taking advantage of it. It really is a 
beautiful lake. 

Also, leaving the Bay Area Bird Club meeting at the Wildlife Sanctuary in Green 
Bay last night I observed two Common Nighthawks near the parking lot. 


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Subject: WGLBBO Water Bird Watch - End of Season
From: Calvin Brennan <vermivora AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:45:38 -0300
Hi all, 
 
Today saw the end of our spring waterbird watch at Harrington Beach SP. Since 
March 1st, we surveyed on 67 days and ended up with just over 186 thousand 
birds represented by 187 species. Below is a list of the water birds that broke 
the thousand bird tally. 

 


	
	
		
			Long-tailed Duck  42,053
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Red-breasted Merganser  33,138
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Bonaparte's Gull  17,498
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Double-crested Cormorant  16,409
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Greater Scaup  12,990
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Herring Gull  9,428
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Ring-billed Gull  7,935
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Common Tern  4,992
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Caspian Tern  4,830
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Mallard  4,425
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Lesser Scaup  3,738
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Canada Goose  2,314
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Green-winged Teal  1,955
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Common Loon  1,883
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Common Goldeneye  1,786
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Redhead  1,359
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Gadwall  1,018
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			

			

			

			

			

			

			

		
		
			Total for all species  186,266
			

			

			

			

			

			

		
	


Calvin Brennan
Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Waterbird Technician
Belgium, Ozaukee County





 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Arctic Tern reported at Wisconsin Point (Superior)
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 14:06:45 -0500
Robbye Johnson just posted a nice photo on the Wisconsin Birding Facebook page 
of an Arctic Tern that she observed with Common Terns around noon today – on 
the rocks near the lighthouse breakwall. 

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Green Lake Co.
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Subject: Re: Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:52:10 -0500
Hi Gloria,

Yes, I would agree with your ID of this warbler as a female Bay-breasted. 
It was great that you were able to obtain photos!  I illustrated this 
species for the Peterson Series "Warblers" field guide, so I got to know 
them pretty well -- and yes, there is quite a bit of variation in the spring 
females.  Some have a very pronounce facial pattern, and others are more 
plain-faced (like this one, or even more so).  Your bird is likely a 
first-year individual, which would be approaching one year in age.

Congrats on your Summer Tanager, too!

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Gloria Shiraef
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 11:55 AM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in 
WI-Manitowoc

I am not 100% on the identification of this pretty little visitor,
even though it appears to have all the field marks of a female Bay-
breasted Warbler. I must have looked at close to a hundred photos in
my books and online of this species yesterday, and there seemed to be
nothing else that fits what I saw. For most purposes, it's typical of
the species/sex, but the vast majority of the photos of females that I
looked at did not have such a distinctly solid rufous 'cap', nor were
they usually as yellow unless they were nearly all yellow. I wondered
if it was a juvenile male, but by the time the juvenile male starts
getting his reddish 'cap', his black face markings are also well-
developed. Even the few females I saw that had some reddish on the
heads also had darker face markings. Anyway, perhaps this is an
unremarkable variation, I don't know, but it seemed unique enough that
I should defer to those with more experience.

Even among the different professional bird sites, there seems to be
some inconsistency about what the females are typically supposed to
look like, so that didn't help me. Could be there's just a lot of
variation?

These photo samples are fairly dreadful, I'm afraid, but probably
decent enough to work with. I'd estimate length to be roughly 5", not
as small as the tiniest warblers, at any rate. As always, I didn't
alter anything over the original photos other than cropping/sizing. I
wish she or I could have been closer!

http://bit.ly/1EZXavV

http://bit.ly/1JDG2mb

The 2nd part I wanted to mention, is to thank everyone that so kindly
responded to, and confirmed our recent sighting/photos of the male
Summer Tanager. Mr. Fissel tells me there's been numerous sightings
this year, having also some theories about why some recent regional
weather patterns could be responsible for the sudden uptick.

And then to hear of a Western Tanager being sighted, wow, this is all
pretty unusual, isn't it?

We almost never see tanagers of any kind in our yard, just a couple of
long-distance glimpses and one female at the oranges over the course
of 11 years in this location. In just one weekend (May 16-17), we had
that Summer Tanager, 3 or 4 different adult male Scarlets, and one
adult female Scarlet! All I know is that was an amazing bird weekend
for us in many ways!

I looked on ebird maps at Summer Tanager photos from what others in
Wisconsin have seen, and some were the less mature males that still
had lots of yellow. What an extraordinary plumage those juvenile males
have! Wow!

Our sighting was a nearly all red guy, and my husband and I thought it
was pretty special and lucky to have such a visitor and that he was
prepared with a camera at that moment! I was especially pleased
because it really lit a fire under him to have 'hit the jackpot',
since his birding interest had been light and occasional. Now he's
really caught the bug, so I really want to thank that tanager for
doing in 10 seconds what I've failed to do in over 10 YEARS! ;-)

Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City and County

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Subject: Bay-breasted Warbler female, comments re: Tanagers in WI-Manitowoc
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 11:55:19 -0500
I am not 100% on the identification of this pretty little visitor,  
even though it appears to have all the field marks of a female Bay- 
breasted Warbler. I must have looked at close to a hundred photos in  
my books and online of this species yesterday, and there seemed to be  
nothing else that fits what I saw. For most purposes, it's typical of  
the species/sex, but the vast majority of the photos of females that I  
looked at did not have such a distinctly solid rufous 'cap', nor were  
they usually as yellow unless they were nearly all yellow. I wondered  
if it was a juvenile male, but by the time the juvenile male starts  
getting his reddish 'cap', his black face markings are also well- 
developed. Even the few females I saw that had some reddish on the  
heads also had darker face markings. Anyway, perhaps this is an  
unremarkable variation, I don't know, but it seemed unique enough that  
I should defer to those with more experience.

Even among the different professional bird sites, there seems to be  
some inconsistency about what the females are typically supposed to  
look like, so that didn't help me. Could be there's just a lot of  
variation?

These photo samples are fairly dreadful, I'm afraid, but probably  
decent enough to work with. I'd estimate length to be roughly 5", not  
as small as the tiniest warblers, at any rate. As always, I didn't  
alter anything over the original photos other than cropping/sizing. I  
wish she or I could have been closer!

http://bit.ly/1EZXavV

http://bit.ly/1JDG2mb

The 2nd part I wanted to mention, is to thank everyone that so kindly  
responded to, and confirmed our recent sighting/photos of the male  
Summer Tanager. Mr. Fissel tells me there's been numerous sightings  
this year, having also some theories about why some recent regional  
weather patterns could be responsible for the sudden uptick.

And then to hear of a Western Tanager being sighted, wow, this is all  
pretty unusual, isn't it?

We almost never see tanagers of any kind in our yard, just a couple of  
long-distance glimpses and one female at the oranges over the course  
of 11 years in this location. In just one weekend (May 16-17), we had  
that Summer Tanager, 3 or 4 different adult male Scarlets, and one  
adult female Scarlet! All I know is that was an amazing bird weekend  
for us in many ways!

I looked on ebird maps at Summer Tanager photos from what others in  
Wisconsin have seen, and some were the less mature males that still  
had lots of yellow. What an extraordinary plumage those juvenile males  
have! Wow!

Our sighting was a nearly all red guy, and my husband and I thought it  
was pretty special and lucky to have such a visitor and that he was  
prepared with a camera at that moment! I was especially pleased  
because it really lit a fire under him to have 'hit the jackpot',  
since his birding interest had been light and occasional. Now he's  
really caught the bug, so I really want to thank that tanager for  
doing in 10 seconds what I've failed to do in over 10 YEARS! ;-)

Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City and County

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Subject: Re: WSO Convention reminders
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 10:27:44 -0500
Thanks, Peter -- and I would add another reminder to folks who have "Family 
Band" portable radios to bring them along (sort of like walkie-talkies). 
Jeff Baughman and I have a number of WSO radios to loan out, but not nearly 
enough to have one for every vehicle.

Note:  If you are buying your own radio, the brand we use is Motorola. 
Other brands may work for listening to our communications on Channel 11, but 
we also use a sub-code of 22, and if you don't have that function on your 
radio you won't be able to broadcast yourself.

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.



-----Original Message----- 
From: Peter Fissel
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:15 AM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] WSO Convention reminders

Just a couple of reminders for those attending this weekend's WSO Convention 
in Wausau.  Remember to pack your rain gear for the Sunday/Monday field 
trips, as both days look wet (although Sunday's forecast seems to be 
improving every time I check it.)

Second, remember that traffic will be heavy on the interstates and other 
highways because of the holiday weekend, particularly Friday afternoon, and 
especially coming back on Monday.  I would urge anyone who was planning to 
come back south and east on the interstate on Monday afternoon to find an 
alternate route, as the southbound traffic on I-39/90/94 is usually backed 
up well north of Madison (occasionally as far as Wisconsin Dells - really.)


Stay safe!


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: WSO Convention reminders
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:15:04 +0000
Just a couple of reminders for those attending this weekend's WSO Convention in 
Wausau. Remember to pack your rain gear for the Sunday/Monday field trips, as 
both days look wet (although Sunday's forecast seems to be improving every time 
I check it.) 


Second, remember that traffic will be heavy on the interstates and other 
highways because of the holiday weekend, particularly Friday afternoon, and 
especially coming back on Monday. I would urge anyone who was planning to come 
back south and east on the interstate on Monday afternoon to find an alternate 
route, as the southbound traffic on I-39/90/94 is usually backed up well north 
of Madison (occasionally as far as Wisconsin Dells - really.) 



Stay safe!


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Little gull
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 09:23:53 -0500
Hi all,
I just returned from North Point where some kind birders from Racine found and 
pointed out a beautiful adult little gull. A group of us enjoyed great views of 
this bird. No Red Knots as of this time. 

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Subject: Marbled Godwits - Kewaunee County
From: N Walton <geekhawk AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 08:48:23 -0500
Hi everyone,
Adam Sinkula just asked me to post a message from him.  He's on HWY G east
of US 42 (Kewaunee County, south of Kewaunee).  Among the 12 shorebirds
species he found, there area 2 Marbled Godwits.

Cheers,
Nick


Nick Walton
Green Bay, WI
Brown Co.


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Subject: Big Day Results are in!
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 03:16:29 +0000
Species: Curlew & Screech, 219; Cleopatra & the Stilts, 191
Funds raised: Cleopatra & the Stilts $1425; Curlew & Screech, $491

You can still donate to these teams at WIBirdathon.org.



Thanks to these awesome birders who spent an exhausting day in the field, 
allowing themselves to be shadowed, questioned, tweeted, and photographed to 
raise awareness and funds for bird conservation. That's dedication. Their 
efforts were never more needed, or more appreciated. 




Thanks also to the embedded reporters Lindsay Renick-Mayerof the Natural 
Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, and Emily Meier of Madison Audubon Society 
for allowing us to live this day vicariously through their tweets. 




Congratulations, everyone!





Diane Packett

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator

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Subject: Sheboygan County-8 Red Knots
From: Nancy B. <backnancy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 21:48:07 -0500
Tonight at around 7:45 PM-8:00pm at North Point on the rock shelf:
 

8 Red Knots

10 Dunlins

8 Ruddy Turnstones

 

Go late when all the pedestrian activity has gone away.

 

Nancy Back

Sheboygan, WI

Sheboygan County 



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Subject: Forest & Vilas Counties -almost winter
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 19:33:12 -0400
I guess we missed winter so much we decided to do north woods birding on
the coldest May days in years.  We woke up Tuesday morning at Pine River
wayside to a half inch of snow on the RV. But that didn't keep the warblers
from singing. All through that cold day and the next with it 20 degrees we
counted 18 species of warblers of the 76 species we found.  EVENING
GROSBEAKS & PINE SISKINS were at the feeders in Alvin along with at least 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds swarming the nectar feeders. Had a Red Fox run
through the yards in town.  On the forest roads we had Gray Jays  & Spruce
Grouse on Sheltered Valley  Rd. Not too far east of Military Rd. East of
Three Lakes off 32.   Purple Finch were near Giant Pine Rd as well as in
Alvin.  No luck on Boreal Chickadees but found all thrushes and kinglets
and singing Winter Wrens. We had a wolf sighting and 3 black bears in
different areas of the forest. Ruffed Grouse were drumming in many areas.
Probably the most species we've ever had in two days in these counties.
Ida & Ty Baumann   Madison
Camping out up north

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Subject: CURLEW & SCREECH
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 23:32:43 +0000
Team Curlew and Screech crossed the 200-species mark with Eurasian Collared 
Dove and Redhead. They just arrived at Horicon, where they will meander about 
for the evening hours. 



The species gap will narrow as we go into the home stretch and new ones will be 
harder to find, so show your support for Curlew & Screech with a friendly tweet 
to  AT Wisconservation, a post on the Great Wisconsin Birdathon Facebook page, or 
a pledge to 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid67&uid785&role=3 




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Subject: CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 23:25:33 +0000
Although they were hit hard by the lack of passerine migrants earlier in the 
day, birding picked up for Cleo and company when they reached Horicon Marsh. 
With Hudsonian Godwit, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
(okay, so that's not a bird), they were closing in on 200 species. Next, 
Cedarburg Bog brought White-throated Sparrow and a handful of other species. 



The gap will narrow as both teams pass 200 species and we go into the home 
stretch, so show your support for Cleo & the Stilts with an encouraging tweet 
to  AT MadisonAudubon, a post on the Great Wisconsin Birdathon Facebook page, or a 
pledge or donation to 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid68&uid786&role=3 




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Subject: BT.Blue, Canada warblers at Kenosha Dunes
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 16:09:43 -0500
Kenosha Dunes this morning featured a Black-throated Blue warbler, a few 
Wilson's Warblers and a sneaky Canada Warbler. 



John Krerowicz, Kenosha


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Subject: CURLEW & SCREECH
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:43:53 +0000
At 3:40 PM, Al Shea and Randy Hoffman reported 194 species in the Great 
Wisconsin Birdathon's Big Day Competition. When Al & Randy started doing Big 
Days in the '70s, it was nearly impossible to find bald eagles, bluebirds, 
Cooper's hawks, orchard orioles, trumpeter swans, whooping cranes & osprey 
nests, but they've seen (or heard) nearly all of these today. Other hot finds 
include Bell's vireo, yellow-bellied flycatcher, and Louisiana waterthrush. 



Support Team Curlew & Screech (http://bit.ly/1Abm8gg) to ensure many more bird 
conservation success stories in the years to come! 




The Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day-where the birds always win.


Diane Packett
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Subject: CLEOPATRA & THE STILTS
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 20:20:05 +0000
Fifteen hours into the Great Wisconsin Birdathon's Big Day Competition, 
Cleopatra & the Stilts have reported in with 161 species! Tom Prestby, team 
captain, says "We haven't even made it to Lake Michigan yet and it's still 
anyone's game." 

Commentator Andy Paulios predicts that the competition will come down to 
Sheboygan County vs Wood County. 


Help the Stilts score bigtime for bird conservation: consider a pledge to their 
team at 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/participantpage.asp?fundid68&uid786&role=3. 


Great Wisconsin Birdathon Big Day-where the birds always win.


Diane Packett
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Subject: Big Day competition rages on
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 19:27:05 +0000
Hi everyone, Curlew & Screech (Al Shea & Randy Hoffman) and Cleopatra & the 
Stilts (Tom Prestby, Cynthia Bridge, and Quentin Yoerger) are birding their 
tailfeathers off in the Great Wisconsin Birdathon's Big Day competition! At 
last count, Curlew & Screech were at 150-160 species and Cleo & company at 153. 
The day's still young, and if donations are any indication of odds, Cleo's team 
is favored by about 2:1. 

See the starting lineup here: http://ow.ly/MY4dI
Pledge at least $0.10 per species to either team for a chance to win a $250 
gift certificate to Eagle Optics or a subscription to Birdwatching magazine. 
www.wibirdathon.org. 


You can follow the rapid-fire birding by going to Twitter.com and typing in 
#BigDayWI. No account required, and it's fun! 


Diane Packett
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Subject: Red Knot, yes Whimbrel yes then no in Sheboyga
From: <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 16:51:54 +0000
One of the Red Knots was still present this morning along with a beautiful 
breeding-plumaged Black Bellied Plover. 

Bob Domagalski, who is on the Long Walk for Birds, and I watched them and other 
shorebirds on the Deland Park beach just north of the north pier. The birds 
were sometimes being disturbed by walkers and beach grooming machinery but the 
knot was still present as of 10 AM. Thanks Nancy, Red Knots are a real treat! 

Bob found a Whimbrel on the point at North Point Park. It remained on the rocks 
for over an hour until it was harassed by an aggressive Herring Gull. It then 
flew east over the lake. I don't know if this was the same bird as yesterday. 

This is normal migration time for Whimbrels.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Riveredge Birdathon/Bandathon results
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 10:29:40 -0500
2015 Riveredge Birdathon & Bandathon

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sponsored by the Noel J. Cutright Bird Club to benefit the Riveredge Nature 
Center, 

 underwrite the dues-free club's activities and support avian conservation 

A report by Carl Schwartz, program chair: 

SYNOPSIS:

We got off to a slow start with relatively few migrants. but another good year 
of teamwork on the trails and a great effort by the banding crew allowed us to 
finish the day just slightly below our long-term averages -- with 97 species 
seen or heard and 23 species banded. That was the same number banded as last 
year and just four fewer seen or heard. 


AND NOW THE REST OF THE STORY:

This was our 28th annual Riveredge Birdathon/Bandathon and just the second time 
we had done this without Riveredge Bird Club founder Noel Cutright, who 
launched the club almost three decades ago and whose ability to recruit birders 
and banders for this event and to hear and identify so many species had helped 
ensure the success of this annual fundraiser. 


Last year was a rebound year after two impacted heavily by the weather. As Noel 
annually reminded us, this is the club's only fundraiser and donations fund the 
club's functions, pay a small stipend to our speakers, financially support the 
Riveredge Nature Center, and contribute to other important bird-related 
projects and activities. 


Over the event's first quarter century, we had been able to identify an average 
of 102 species during the Birdathon and band an average of 23.7 species during 
the Bandathon - all on Riveredge Nature Center's 378 acres. Totals are 
weather-dependent and also can vary with the number of experienced birders we 
can assemble. (That's why I continue to encourage an all-hands-on-deck effort.) 


In only 7 years have we failed to hit the century mark. After only reaching 90 
species in 2012, the 2013 tally of 80 tied 1998 for our all-time low. But 2014 
would see us get back to our normal range with 101 species. 


The May 9 weather - about 49 degrees when we started the day at 4 a.m. and 
reaching the low 60s -- was really pretty normal for the day and very much like 
last year. When I arrived at 4:15 a.m. in the center's west parking lot, Dani 
Baumann and Dee Freeman had been on hand since just before 4 (just like last 
year, too) and already had heard a Barred Owl. A robin and a cardinal were also 
early risers, but we failed to call in an Eastern Screech Owl, although we did 
hear one in the main parking lot 20 minutes later. 


A peenting American Woodcock in the field to the east of the nature center was 
heard at 4:35 a.m., followed by Tree Swallows, a Baltimore Oriole, Red-winged 
Blackbird and Field and Song Sparrows. A quacking Mallard would get us to 10 
species in the first hour. We felt like we were off to a slower start than in 
some years, and a later check of the records showed that we had indeed recorded 
15 species by 5 a.m. in 2014. Things would pick up in the next half hour before 
dawn, and the three of us took turns recognizing and calling out the day's next 
new singers after adjourning to the nature center's back porch and then later 
walking out as far as the ephemeral pond. 


By 6 a.m., we had reached 37 species, down from 44 last year, but about even 
with the 38 tallied on a much less hospitable morning in 2013. We would remark 
then -- and again and again throughout the day -- about the scarcity of 
migrants, although we would find single individuals of a representative number 
of species. 


This is a good point to share Al Sherkow and Debbie Hartman's Bandathon report. 
They found a similar pattern, banding the same number of species as last year, 
but over many more hours and with far fewer total individuals (48 this year 
versus 72 in 2014). Al writes: 


"It was an unusual day. The second bird of the day was a Cape May Warbler; only 
the second one banded during 28 bandathons. The next net run brought in two 
birds, and two new species: Wilson's Warbler and Western Palm Warbler (a 
subspecies). Typically we expect the most activity early in the morning before 
9 a.m. At that point we had only 7 birds of 5 species. By 11 a.m., our totals 
reached 15 birds of 11 species. 


"Fortunately we kept at it. The birds were interesting, as you can see in the 
list below and we were enjoying the day. The sun came out briefly and at 1:30 
in the afternoon we extracted 18 birds of 9 species (including 4 new warbler 
species). Of those 18 birds, 12 were in a single net. 


"We finished the day with 11 warbler species banded. This year there were no 
recaptured birds, and this was the first year when we did not capture a single 
sparrow of any species. 


"Banding along the river (instead of up near the nature center as in recent 
years) we had fewer visitors but we were still able to discuss bird banding and 
the birds with them. Many children and a few adults released birds after 
banding. 


"Many thanks to our team this year: Vicky Piaskowski, Joan Sommer, Lora Loke, 
Mary Holleback, Jacquie Branchford, and Dr. Jacquie Augustine (all the way from 
Ohio State University where she was just awarded tenure)." 


Meanwhile, the birdathon volunteer ranks swelled with the arrival by 6 a.m. of 
Bob Benning, Sue Holcomb, Marilyn Bontly, Kathy Gallick, Dwight Sargent, 
Christy Jost and Bob Raffel. The 10 of us would head out for "Mayhew Woods," 
the Riveredge property north of the Milwaukee River near the Wellspring organic 
farm. Kate Redmond would show up separately to work the south side of the river 
and would be joined in late morning by John O'Donnell leading the "Wizards of 
Oz," a Natural Resources Foundation birding blitz fund-raising tour of Ozaukee 
County. 


Longtime Wisconsin Society of Ornithology members and Oshkosh residents Bettie 
Harriman and Anita Carpenter came down to spend the morning along the south 
side of the river, and added several key species, including Wood Duck, 
Yellow-throated Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Veery, Tennessee Warbler and 
Black-throated Blue Warbler. 


The northern route - as usual -- yielded good birds, including a number of 
warblers, Great Blue and Green Heron and three raptors. We would wind up the 
day with 21 warbler species, up from 19 last year. 


But the lesson for the day was teamwork: many birders in many places. So as the 
day rolled along, the banders would pursue a mob of crows to see the Great 
Horned Owl they were after, and Joan would record Pine Siskins near "The 
Mushroom" banding site. Bob and Christi would find Solitary Sandpipers on the 
river later in the day, while our other Bob (Benning) would watch the nectar 
feeder long enough to record a Ruby-throated Hummingbird. 


 Kate would be in the right place to see two Sharp-shinned Hawks, and John 
would add Cape May and Wilson's Warblers, as well as Cedar Waxwing - all near 
that cedar stand along the river. 


One final note: Almost as intriguing as what you see on a birdathon is what you 
DON'T see. The list below shows in bold 11 species recorded this year but not 
last. But 15 other species seen last year were not recorded this year: 
Ring-necked Pheasant, Double-crested Cormorant, Osprey, Broad-winged Hawk, 
Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Blue-headed 
Vireo, Tufted Titmouse, Hermit Thrush, Clay-colored Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, 
Swamp Sparrow, Bobolink and Yellow-headed Blackbird. 


Thanks to everyone who helped find the birds, as well as those who supported 
this effort. And it's still not too late to contribute! Donations made out to 
the NOEL J. CUTRIGHT BIRD CLUB can be sent to the bird club in care of: Carl 
Schwartz, 7239 N. Barnett Lane, Fox Point, WI 53217 


Bird Species Observed (97) and Banded # (23)
 on Saturday May 9, 2015 on Riveredge Nature Center property


11 species not recorded in 2014 are in bold; see narrative for 15 species 
recorded in 2014 but missed in 2015 







Canada Goose 
Wood Duck 
Mallard 
Wild Turkey 
Great Blue Heron 
Green Heron 
Turkey Vulture 
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle 
Red-tailed Hawk 
Sandhill Crane 
Killdeer 
Spotted Sandpiper 
Solitary Sandpiper
American Woodcock 
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 
Mourning Dove 
Eastern Screech-Owl 
Great Horned Owl 
Barred Owl
Chimney Swift 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 
Red-bellied Woodpecker  # 
Downy Woodpecker  
Hairy Woodpecker  
Northern Flicker 
Pileated Woodpecker 
Least Flycatcher 
Eastern Phoebe  #
Great Crested Flycatcher 
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo 
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo 
Blue Jay 
American Crow 
N. Rough-winged Swallow 
Tree Swallow  #
Barn Swallow 
Black-capped Chickadee   # 
Red-breasted Nuthatch 
White-breasted Nuthatch   
Brown Creeper
House Wren   #
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 
Eastern Bluebird 
Veery 
Gray-cheeked Thrush 
Swainson's Thrush  #
Wood Thrush 
American Robin   
Gray Catbird   #
Brown Thrasher   
European Starling 
Cedar Waxwing 
Ovenbird  #
Northern Waterthrush   
Blue-winged Warbler 
Black-and-white Warbler 
Tennessee Warbler   
Orange-crowned Warbler  #
Nashville Warbler  #

Common Yellowthroat   
American Redstart 
Cape May Warbler #
Northern Parula   #
Magnolia Warbler #
Bay-breasted Warbler 
Blackburnian Warbler 
Yellow Warbler #
Chestnut-sided Warbler # 
Black-throated Blue Warb.
Palm Warbler  #
Yellow-rumped Warbler  #
Black-throated Green Warbler 
Wilson's Warbler  #
Eastern Towhee 

Carl Schwartz
Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Ridiculous day in Ashland/Bayfield: White-eyed Vireo, TWO N. Mockingbirds, Western Kingbird.
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 03:39:14 +0000 (UTC)
I had a ridiculously good day of birding in Ashland/Bayfield Counties today 
highlighted by a WHITE-EYED VIREO, two different NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRDS, and a 
WESTERN KINGBIRD found by my wife Paula. 


I was headed out to Stockton Island for a NPS Bioblitz. Before I left the 
mainland, the first Northern Mockingbird was at the Roy's Point Marina sign on 
Hwy 13 between Bayfield and Red Cliff (Bayfield County). 

http://www.pbase.com/image/160122873 

On Stockton Island (Ashland County), in spruces just northeast of the main 
station, I was shocked to encounter the White-eyed Vireo. Last seen working the 
shore southwest of the main station. This is the first area record for the 
Chequamegon Bay region, and as far as I can tell, northern Wisconsin(?). 

http://www.pbase.com/nanich/image/160122875 

Later on Stockton, right at the main station, a second N. Mockingbird flew in 
for a brief visit. 


And then I got off the island to find, as Ryan has already posted, my wife 
Paula found a Western Kingbird south of Ashland (Ashland County). I believe 
this is a first Ashland County record. Ryan Brady photo: 
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160122996 

Location: http://binged.it/1HsYrm8 
It was still around this evening, a bit further west than that point but still 
working the fences in the same field. 


Gotta love mid-May up here! 

Nick Anich 
Ashland
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Subject: Myer's Park - 11 shorebirds - photos 5/16
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 22:13:01 -0500
Good evening, I finally had a chance to go through all the pictures I took
on Saturday (2300), at Myer's Park, in Racine.  That day was amazing,
with 100+ birds, being so close to me. They were feeding, bathing,
preening, chest bumping, playing and occasionally, they would poke each
other with their beaks.  It really fun to watch.  The only downfall to it,
was the fog.  I tried to find a long-billed in the group of 60+
Short-billed Dowitchers, but I couldn't, at least in any of my pictures.
In case you didn't see the original post from Saturday, there were 60+
Short-billed Dowitchers, 20+ Dunlins, 10 Least Sandpipers, 5
Semipalmated Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 1
White-rumped Sandpiper, 1 Baird's Sandpiper 1 Semipalmated Plover, 2
Killdeer, and 1 Marbled Godwit.  I didn't get to see the godwit, it flew
before I got there and never came back.  I have photos to share with you,
if you're interested, at the link below.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Lake Maria, NKMSF, Horicon Marsh today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 20 May 2015 03:05:25 +0000
I had to go up to Oshkosh today, so stopped at Lake Maria in Green Lake Co. on 
the way up. I didn't find the Eared Grebe that had been reported - in fact, I 
only saw one Pied-billed Grebe. There were quite a few Am. White Pelicans and 
several DC Cormorants, along with tons of Ruddy Ducks. 


In Oshkosh, I went down to look for Common Terns on Lake Winnebago, and saw at 
least three offshore behind the water treatment plant. There was a single 
Bonaparte's Gull loafing with the Herrings and Ring-bills on the beach at 
Menominee Park. 



I checked Lone Elm Rd. (Winnebago/Fond du Lac County Line) and Ridge Rd., which 
is the east frontage road for Hwy 41, but didn't find any Cattle Egrets. 



In the No. Kettle Moraine St. Forest, I birded Haushalter Lane, which goes 
north off of County SS just west of where SS turns south to Haskell Noyes Woods 
(just barely in Fond du Lac County.) I hit a nice pocket of warblers at the top 
of one of the hills. A singing Hooded Warbler eventually gave me a nice look, 
as did two Bay-breasteds and a Blackpoll. There were multiple Tennessees 
singing, and an elusive one that was either a Redstart or a Chestnut-sided 
(probably the former.) A Red-eyed Vireo gave me pause by singing what sounded 
for all the world like a Blue-headed's song, until I actually spotted it 
singing. It did switch to a more usual, raspier Red-eyed song after that. 



At the end of the road, there were lots of Veerys calling and one singing - I 
saw two or three lurking in the shrubbery. A Nashville Warbler was quite vocal 
and probably on territory. Heard and then saw a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher right 
by the parking lot. Blue-wings were also probably on territory, and doing the 
alternate song more than the "bee-buzz." Twice, I thought I heard a fragment of 
a White-eyed Vireo's song, but I was never sure. I walked out the trail to the 
north and went left as far as the bridge, where I saw four Crows harassing a 
Red-shouldered Hawk to the north. Also finally saw a Chestnut-sided Warbler. 



As I came back south, I was almost to SS when I heard a rolling song. I stopped 
to listen for a while, and finally decided it had to be a Mourning Warbler, 
given the habitat (fairly moist and shrubby.) It lacked the final "whew" they 
usually have in each phrase - really more like a Kentucky's song. But I heard 
another Mourning farther off seeming to answer it with a more normal song. 



Horicon Marsh was really dead - almost no shorebirds except for a pair of BN 
Stilts on the last pond on the Auto Loop. Really not a lot else. 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Re: Western Kingbird - Ashland County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:25:38 -0600
Here are a couple docs shots of the kingbird.

http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160122999
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160122996



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


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> From: ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: Western Kingbird - Ashland County
> Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 15:49:24 -0600
>
> Paula Anich found a Western Kingbird south of Sanborn and Marengo in Ashland 
County this morning and it was still present as of 4pm. Here's the exact 
location of the bird - it never moved more than 30 yards the whole time I 
watched it. 

>
> http://binged.it/1HsYrm8
>
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
> http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
>
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Subject: Long Walk for Birds 2015 update
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 20:49:52 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/05/long-walk-for-birds-2015-update.html

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


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