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27 Apr Re: Horicon Marsh Sunday ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
27 Apr Wehr Nature Center weekly report [Mike Goodman ]
27 Apr Re: Location Suggestion / Plea ["Michael Rewey" ]
27 Apr Re: Location Suggestion / Plea ["Sharon Swiggum" ]
27 Apr Birch Rd. confusion [Peter Fissel ]
27 Apr Rusty Blackbirds - MKE CTY - Cudahy [KAREN JOHNSON ]
27 Apr Prothonotary Warbler, Dunlin at Nine Springs, Madison - Dane County [Shawn Miller ]
27 Apr Location suggestion/plea ["Peter McKeever" ]
27 Apr Prothonotary Warbler, 9 Springs, Madison/Dane County [Nolan Pope ]
27 Apr Horicon Marsh Sunday [Peter Fissel ]
27 Apr Richland County Rose-breasted Grosbeak [Raymond Smith ]
26 Apr Warblers, more at Whitnall Park, Milwaukee County, this morning, plus Bonaparte's Gulls and Rusty BBs [Jennifer Ambrose ]
26 Apr Tick [Sandy Petersen ]
26 Apr my first day on the 2015 Long Walk for Birds [William Mueller ]
26 Apr Birch Road pond in Dodge County nearly dry, Avocet-no ["Tom Wood" ]
26 Apr White Pelicans Delavan Lake [Kyle Cudworth ]
26 Apr 9 Springs se Madison - rails, shorebirds etc. [Ida Baumann ]
26 Apr Marinette County [Mary Carlson ]
26 Apr Fw: Nature Explorer Walks at Picnic Point and Warner Park [Peter Fissel ]
25 Apr Possible Eared Grebe: South Milwaukee [Betsy Abert ]
25 Apr Saturday birding [Daryl Tessen ]
26 Apr Lone Rock and Spring Green ["Hakim Barrett" ]
25 Apr Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge [Peg Zappen ]
25 Apr Platteville-Palm Warbler ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
25 Apr corrected spelling: AVOCET ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
25 Apr American Avocent, Dodge County ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
25 Apr See great birds, have a good time with Andy and Carl and raise lots of money to conserve key species ["Carl Schwartz" ]
25 Apr Re: Location, please [Peter Fissel ]
25 Apr Summer Tanager - Madison [Patrick Ready ]
25 Apr Re: Location, please [Tom Koch ]
25 Apr LBB Gull, pelicans - Lake Altoona ["Janine Polk" ]
25 Apr Location, please [John Krerowicz ]
25 Apr Re: More AOL trouble [Tom Sykes ]
25 Apr ALERT: possible MISSISSIPPI KITE! [Matthew Rothschild ]
25 Apr Franklin's Gull & Dunlins Dane/Columbia County [Ida Baumann ]
25 Apr WGLBBO news [William Mueller ]
25 Apr Fw: Hwy 26 construction starts Monday [Peter Fissel ]
25 Apr Lions Den Ozaukee County [Spencer Jablonski ]
25 Apr Re: Field Trip Opportunity: Spruce Grouse, May 1 ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
24 Apr Re: Birch Rd and Horicon Today [Maureen Gross ]
24 Apr MKE - Wilson's Snipe and more [Jeremy Meyer ]
24 Apr America's Birdiest City, County . . is WI participating? [Hondo Chica ]
24 Apr Great Horned Owl - owlets and more Waukesha County 4/24/15, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
24 Apr Birch Rd and Horicon Today ["Anne Moretti" ]
24 Apr Friday birding [Daryl Tessen ]
24 Apr Chipping sparrow- Lake Park [Mike Goodman ]
24 Apr Chipping Sparrow is back [Alan & Joan Linquist ]
24 Apr Re: Loggerhead Shrikes, Green Co. [Ryan Brady ]
24 Apr Loggerhead Shrikes, Green Co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
24 Apr Book your spot for "Spectacular Migrants" tour! ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
24 Apr Re: Western Tanager sighting [Spencer Jablonski ]
24 Apr Link to photo of Western Tanager [Robert Demge ]
24 Apr Re: Western Tanager sighting [Chris Petherick ]
24 Apr Western Tanager sighting [Robert Demge ]
24 Apr Pine warbler visiting La Crosse suet feeder [Mary Strasser ]
24 Apr Dodge Co. Birch Rd. Friday morning MARBLED GODWIT-YES ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
24 Apr early House wren ["Hakim Barrett" ]
23 Apr Horicon Stilts Seen in Morning - Dodge ["Spencer Stehno" ]
23 Apr Red-necked Grebes in Ozaukee Co [Mark Korducki ]
24 Apr Old Marsh Rd. at Horicon open this weekend [Peter Fissel ]
23 Apr Dodge Co. Birch Rd. MARBLED GODWIT, Good news, Bad news ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
24 Apr Paid opportunity: Experienced birder needed to lead May hike [Alyssa DeRubeis ]
23 Apr Re: Marbled Godwit (no) ["Tom Wood" ]
23 Apr Re: Atlasing the Irruptive Finches - Red Crossbills Confirmed! ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
23 Apr Atlasing the Irruptive Finches - Red Crossbills Confirmed! ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
23 Apr Marbled Godwit, Eared Grebe. etc [Daryl Tessen ]
23 Apr Colorado Condor Chase ["Peter McKeever" ]
23 Apr Grant Park (Milw. Co.) Migration walks to begin [Betsy Abert ]
23 Apr Fw: Fwd: Warnimont Park story Milwaukee ["Carol Moerke" ]
22 Apr Re: Bald Eagle Delivery [manley olson ]
22 Apr Portal Pandemonium: Where to Submit Your Atlas Observations ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
22 Apr Black-necked Stilts at Horicon [John K ]
22 Apr Re: No sightings--my recent Texas trip talk next Weds [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Apr Re: LBB Gulls - Chippewa Valley [Richter Museum ]
22 Apr No sightings--my recent Texas trip talk next Weds [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Apr LBB Gulls - Chippewa Valley ["Janine Polk" ]

Subject: Re: Horicon Marsh Sunday
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:15:40 -0500
"Dave Schrab's wail of despair". Now that's funny Peter(although very 
nearly true). But seriously, it was a great week of birding at the Birch 
Rd, Dodge Co. location. I personally saw 10 shorebird species, and from 
talking to others and reading the posts I believe a total of 15 species 
were seen  there last week, including a black-necked stilt and that 
beautiful marbled godwit. I also saw a great blue heron drop in one day and 
2 great egret on a different day for short visits. I had not seen these 
previously at this location. One person told me they had a peregrine falcon 
come through. The first day I was looking for the godwit and almost all the 
shorebirds flushed at once was an awesome sight, not one I will soon 
forget. And having them back, with the godwit in the evening was great. 
There was also a good mix of ducks last week including northern pintail, 
wood duck, ruddys, am. widgeon, bufflehead and others. The good numbers of 
Bonaparte's gulls was nice. And lastly there was a pied-billed grebe for a 
few days. Couldn't have had a much better week to be off of work!
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.
  
  
  
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 From: "Peter Fissel" 
Sent: Monday, April 27, 2015 10:31 AM
To: "Wisconsin Birding Network" 
Subject: [wisb] Horicon Marsh Sunday   
Pat Ready and I went up to Horicon yesterday, stopping at the Birch Rd. 
field on the way. At around 8:00 a.m., there were lots of shorebirds, 
including both Yellowlegs, Least and Pectoral SPs, and a Semipalmated 
Plover. Also a few Bonaparte's Gulls. We also checked the flooded field 
farther north along DJ, but the only shorebird was a lone Killdeer. Nice 
selection of ducks, including several No. Pintails, both teal spp., 
Gadwalls and American Wigeons.

At Horicon Marsh, we went first to the Auto Loop. Not much on the first 
pond, but the one across from the red rock was very productive (with a 
corresponding number of birders/photographers - great light yesterday 
morning.) There were at least seven Black-necked Stilts, flying back and 
forth, calling and interacting with each other and any shorebirds unlucky 
enough to get close. Also had Dunlin, both Yellowlegs, and Pectoral SPs 
(and I'm sure I'm forgetting something.) I spotted a single American Pipit 
while scoping the mudflats, and eventually a Sora came out of the cattails. 
There were Forster's Terns and Am. White Pelicans flying all around us. A 
single Yellow-headed Blackbird "sang" (if you can call it that,) and 
briefly sat up on a cattail.

The last pond on the Auto Loop had at least one more BN Stilt, several 
Great Egrets, many Pelicans, and the Trumpeter Swan on her nest. Her head 
and neck are very rusty from the tannins in the water. I also heard 
Yellow-headed BBs there, but couldn't spot them. Hwy 49 had a whole lot of 
Ruddy Ducks on the south side, and not much else. Bud Cook Hiking Area on 
both sides of W. Point Rd. was stunningly quiet. I was hoping for some 
sparrows, as it's one of the few spots there that hasn't been burned this 
spring. Nada. Ledge Rd. was also very quiet. There was an active burn in 
progress around the Federal HQ & Visitor's Center. The whole area around 
Dike Rd., both the entrance grasslands and the cattails along the dike 
itself, were burned recently, so there was nothing there.

We took a swing by the DJ and Birch Rd. flooded fields on the way home. 
Still only ducks at DJ, and the Birch Rd. field was almost completely dried 
up by 4:00 p.m. Just a few Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs wandering around. 
It'll be bone dry by the end of today with the sun. That noise you heard 
was Dave Schrab's wail of despair.

Peter Fissel

Madison WI

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Subject: Wehr Nature Center weekly report
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 19:09:02 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee
Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, US-WI
Apr 27, 2015 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling - Property Specific
1.0 mile(s)
24 species
Canada Goose  14
Turkey Vulture  5
Mourning Dove  3
Great Horned Owl  2    in nest box
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Tree Swallow  16
Black-capped Chickadee  5
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  8
American Robin  18    6 breeding code
European Starling  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  2
Song Sparrow  3
White-crowned Sparrow (Eastern)  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  8
American Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23089974 Have a Great day & 
SMILE! 


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Subject: Re: Location Suggestion / Plea
From: "Michael Rewey" <hiwayman AT chorus.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:16:35 -0500
Location posts should be geared to first time users of WISB or those 
ignorant/casual users 

like me.

Mike Rewey
Dane County 



On 27 Apr 2015 at 12:48, Sharon Swiggum wrote:

Thank you, Peter McKeever! My thoughts exactly! I have also wondered for quite 
some time 

where Birch Road is located. Someone did post the county last evening. Not only 
Birch Road, 

but many sites mentioned are unknown to me. On April 21st, someone mentioned 
Lion Den 

Preserve and I had no idea where it was located until someone posted about it 
on the 25th 

and included Ozaukee County.
As Peter said with a gentle request, I ask please, please indicate a county in 
the subject line 

and if the original post tells of the location, let us not hesitate to continue 
using it in following 

same topic posts.

Thanks!
Sharon Swiggum 

Richland Center in Richland County











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Subject: Re: Location Suggestion / Plea
From: "Sharon Swiggum" <sgswiggum AT mwt.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:48:31 -0500
Thank you, Peter McKeever! My thoughts exactly! I have also wondered for quite 
some time where Birch Road is located. Someone did post the county last 
evening. Not only Birch Road, but many sites mentioned are unknown to me. On 
April 21st, someone mentioned Lion Den Preserve and I had no idea where it was 
located until someone posted about it on the 25th and included Ozaukee County. 

As Peter said with a gentle request, I ask please, please indicate a county in 
the subject line and if the original post tells of the location, let us not 
hesitate to continue using it in following same topic posts. 


Thanks!
Sharon Swiggum 

Richland Center in Richland County











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Subject: Birch Rd. confusion
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:46:36 +0000
Well, I obviously would have posted directions to Birch Rd. had I realized so 
many people didn't know where it was (in fact, I wasn't sure where it was, and 
found it within seconds in my DeLorme Atlas, despite only ever having been 
there once before, two years ago.) I have to wonder why, after approximately 12 
posts about it in the last few weeks, only now are several people asking about 
it, when it is completely dried up. 


I just did a Google Maps search for "Dodge County, WI - Birch Rd.", and got two 
hits - one for Beaver Dam, and one for Hustisford. One would hope that since 
Dave Schrab posts about Hustisford and environs at least weekly, that perhaps 
it could be inferred that Birch Rd. might be near there? 



I really am not trying to be sarcastic here - I just get frustrated when people 
don't seem to be able to figure things out from available evidence. You could 
very easily go to eBird and click the "Explore Data" tab. At the bottom, pick 
"Arrivals and Departures". On the "Choose a Location" page, select the Counties 
radio button, then Dodge County, then scroll down the list of species/reports 
until you find one for Birch Rd. and click the "map" link. Voila! And this is 
coming from a guy who doesn't own a GPS unit, and still navigates by paper 
maps! C'mon - if I can do it, so can you! 



Semi-Luddite Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.




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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - MKE CTY - Cudahy
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:39:15 -0500
I also had 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS in and amongst a large group of blackbirds on
the lawn next to the Warnimont Golf Course this morning around 10:30 AM.
I remember reading about an organization that is keeping track of these
birds.  Can anyone get me in contact with them?

Thanks!

-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, Dunlin at Nine Springs, Madison - Dane County
From: Shawn Miller <608shawnmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:29:05 -0500
This morning while entering Nine Springs area in Madison, Dane County,
Marty Evanson and myself encountered a slightly early PROTHONOTARY WARBLER
in the wooded area just north of the bike path.  Marty was on his way out,
I was on my way in and we had just crossed paths/greetings and each gone
about 20 yards our separate ways when we both heard the warbler signing.
We each turned around (not knowing the other had) and began to triangulate
the location of the location of the bird.  Within 30 seconds we had
acknowledged each other's curiosity and then Marty quickly spotted it in a
tree adjacent to the bike path.  Some documentation photos here (
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shawn53558/sets/72157652154203436/).  It was
relocated about an hour later by Nolan Pope and myself in the same general
area; this time about 10 yards east of the cut-though from the bike path to
the Nine Springs ponds.  Of note:  MMSD is currently discharging a good
volume of water from the plant into this small creek corridor that makes
lies at the bottom of that small wooded area.  It is flowing heavily and
flooding the bottoms of that area and in the process making good foraging
habitat for that appreciative Prothonotary.  Also seen in the same general
area were a YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a signing YELLOW WARBLER.
A quick scoping of Ponds 1, 2 and 3 (west to east), yielded 2 GREATER
YELLOWLEGS, at least a dozen LESSER YELLOWLEGS, one PECTORAL SANDPIPER,
several KILLDEER and 1 DUNLIN in breeding plumage (Pond 3).

Ducks seen were the usual MALLARDS, NORTHERN SHOVELERS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
two GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 1 female BUFFLEHEAD and 1 lonely AMERICAN WIGEON.

Good birding all...

--Shawn Miller
McFarland (Dane County)


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Subject: Location suggestion/plea
From: "Peter McKeever" <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:51:50 -0500
Greetings,

A gentle request: One sure way to increase bird conservation is to more
thoroughly engage more people in bird watching.  That requires knowing where
the birds are. Many on this list are experts who know the state very well;
others have less familiarity with the geography.

Take Birch Rd. There have been many recent references to the pond on this
road, but unless I missed it, no indication where it is. Near what city or
town? County? (I assume Dodge, from context,  but I don't know that.)  I
hesitate to think how many Birch Roads there probably are in Wisconsin.  One
can't possibly check them all.

It would help a great deal if we could, at the very least, provide some
general location for these hot spots  known to some, but not all. Even using
Daryl's fantastic compilation of "Wisconsin's Favorite Bird Haunts", it is
sometimes difficult to know where to start to find the cited locations.
Birch Rd, for example, is not listed in the index, although Birch Grove is
as well as Birchwood Lakes Primitive Area.

I know, some of these are like favorite trout ponds....we value our secret
knowledge.  And I realize that too many people at a site disadvantage the
birds. But somebody taught those who know where Birch Road is, and if we
pass on that knowledge, those who follow us will value and appreciate and
honor the birds, and these places, as we do.

Thanks for listening.  And for your passion for bird conservation.

Peter McKeever
Monona







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Subject: Prothonotary Warbler, 9 Springs, Madison/Dane County
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:41:04 -0500
Saw a prothonotary and a yellow warbler at 9 Springs in Madison this
morning about 10:30am.     It was in the brush between the bike path and
the ponds -- east of the cut-over.
Nolan Pope
Madison / Dane Co.


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Subject: Horicon Marsh Sunday
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:30:28 +0000
Pat Ready and I went up to Horicon yesterday, stopping at the Birch Rd. field 
on the way. At around 8:00 a.m., there were lots of shorebirds, including both 
Yellowlegs, Least and Pectoral SPs, and a Semipalmated Plover. Also a few 
Bonaparte's Gulls. We also checked the flooded field farther north along DJ, 
but the only shorebird was a lone Killdeer. Nice selection of ducks, including 
several No. Pintails, both teal spp., Gadwalls and American Wigeons. 


At Horicon Marsh, we went first to the Auto Loop. Not much on the first pond, 
but the one across from the red rock was very productive (with a corresponding 
number of birders/photographers - great light yesterday morning.) There were at 
least seven Black-necked Stilts, flying back and forth, calling and interacting 
with each other and any shorebirds unlucky enough to get close. Also had 
Dunlin, both Yellowlegs, and Pectoral SPs (and I'm sure I'm forgetting 
something.) I spotted a single American Pipit while scoping the mudflats, and 
eventually a Sora came out of the cattails. There were Forster's Terns and Am. 
White Pelicans flying all around us. A single Yellow-headed Blackbird "sang" 
(if you can call it that,) and briefly sat up on a cattail. 



The last pond on the Auto Loop had at least one more BN Stilt, several Great 
Egrets, many Pelicans, and the Trumpeter Swan on her nest. Her head and neck 
are very rusty from the tannins in the water. I also heard Yellow-headed BBs 
there, but couldn't spot them. Hwy 49 had a whole lot of Ruddy Ducks on the 
south side, and not much else. Bud Cook Hiking Area on both sides of W. Point 
Rd. was stunningly quiet. I was hoping for some sparrows, as it's one of the 
few spots there that hasn't been burned this spring. Nada. Ledge Rd. was also 
very quiet. There was an active burn in progress around the Federal HQ & 
Visitor's Center. The whole area around Dike Rd., both the entrance grasslands 
and the cattails along the dike itself, were burned recently, so there was 
nothing there. 



We took a swing by the DJ and Birch Rd. flooded fields on the way home. Still 
only ducks at DJ, and the Birch Rd. field was almost completely dried up by 
4:00 p.m. Just a few Killdeer and Lesser Yellowlegs wandering around. It'll be 
bone dry by the end of today with the sun. That noise you heard was Dave 
Schrab's wail of despair. 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Richland County Rose-breasted Grosbeak
From: Raymond Smith <rrussmith AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:37:07 -0500
There is a singing male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Murphy Ridge Rd this
morning.
Raymond Smith
Richland County


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Subject: Warblers, more at Whitnall Park, Milwaukee County, this morning, plus Bonaparte's Gulls and Rusty BBs
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 21:45:12 -0500
I had a great morning of birding at Whitnall Park in Milwaukee County. I
saw four warbler species, including seven Pine Warblers feeding together in
the grass and perching in short berry/fruit trees, plus two Palm Warblers,
several Yellow-rumped and a surprise Orange-crowned Warbler. I also watched
numerous Ruby-crowned Kinglet males put on shows for the females, a
chickadee pair excavating a nest hole, a stand off for breeding territory
between a pair of Tree Swallows and bluebirds, a few other highlights.
Later, I walked my dog at Wilson Park and at least 60 Bonaparte's Gulls
were gleaning insects, maybe the midges, from the water. They were making
quite a scene, especially when they vocalized. Some teens boys were
commenting on whether or not the gulls would attack! LOL! I can't blame
them for wondering with all of the noise. Adding to it the spectacle was a
loud Caspian Tern. Just as I was leaving, I saw a bird that didn't quite
strike me as a grackle in some bramble. I was happy to find that it was
indeed a Rusty Blackbird male. Two females and another male flew in as
well. I got a few decent looks at them before my dog decided to bark at
some poodles.

I am hoping to get a new blog started soon, so I will share my photos then.

Good birding,

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Tick
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 20:02:47 -0500
Hi all!
Great bird day out but
while scratching my head repeatedly tonight
my fingers encountered a tick!

I was birding Sauk City environs and Schoeneberg Marsh NE of Goose Pond.

Take precautions (sox over pant legs, spray etc) and check yourself.

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton Dane County


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Subject: my first day on the 2015 Long Walk for Birds
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 17:43:25 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/04/my-first-day-of-2015-long-walk-for-birds.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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Subject: Birch Road pond in Dodge County nearly dry, Avocet-no
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 16:53:01 -0500
I stopped by the pond at about 3:30 P.M. this afternoon and there was a
little water left in the middle, but by morning the field will probably be
dry. This afternoon I saw only 1 Killdeer. It was fun while it lasted!
This morning I checked the pond on CTH DJ south of Juneau twice and did not
see the Avocet.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Subject: White Pelicans Delavan Lake
From: Kyle Cudworth <kmc AT yerkes.uchicago.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 14:38:18 -0500
As I came out of the Delavan Walmart on Sat. afternoon I saw a flock of 
9 White Pelicans in flight heading toward Delavan Lake.  They were 
rather distant but I got to my car (and thus my binoculars) in time to 
be sure that's what I was seeing.  On my way home I saw them on the 
water at the inlet to Delavan Lake, just south of Highway 50 and had 
another good look at them.  Although I've seen them elsewhere, I've 
never before seen them on the lakes near here (Delavan, Geneva, Como), 
though maybe I've simply missed them.

I also saw a Great Egret in flight near the west edge of the Village of 
Williams Bay, again a first for me in this immediate area.  This trip 
running errands turned out to be better for birding than for finding the 
things I was shopping for...

Kyle Cudworth
Williams Bay
Walworth County





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Subject: 9 Springs se Madison - rails, shorebirds etc.
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 12:49:48 -0400
We had both SORA &VIRGINIA RAILS past third pond. Shorebirds were both
Yellowlegs, PECTORALS, Snipe, Spotted & Killdeer. Buffleheads,
Shovelers,Ring-necked, both Teal, etc.. Caspian Terns, Herring, Ring-billed
& Boneparte's Gulls,  Swamp & Song Sparrows,  and the usual marsh birds.
Lake Farm Park had E. TOWHEE, WINTER WREN, WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS &
BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS.
Ida & Ty Baumann
Madison Dane County


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Subject: Marinette County
From: Mary Carlson <iub AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:45:36 -0500
totally agree with John Krerowicz and his request for a location!
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Subject: Fw: Nature Explorer Walks at Picnic Point and Warner Park
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 02:37:15 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2015 9:36 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Nature Explorer Walks at Picnic Point and Warner Park

Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet, thanks!

2015-04-22 08:05
UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve--Biocore Prairie
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 11
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: The Wed morning Last Child in the Woods UW student mentor outing 
braved a light spring snow flurry to find resident birds and returning migrants 
at Picnic Point and the Biocore Prairie. A highlight was finding a juvenile 
Common Loon on the bay. 


    2    Canada Goose
    2    Wood Duck
    2    Mallard
    2    Blue-winged Teal
    1    Greater/Lesser Scaup
    1    Common Loon    juvie
    2    Ring-billed Gull
    1    Herring Gull
    3    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Hairy Woodpecker
    1    Northern Flicker
    1    Blue Jay
    2    American Crow
    3    Tree Swallow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    20    American Robin
    3    European Starling
    2    Song Sparrow
    1    Northern Cardinal
    28    Red-winged Blackbird
    7    Common Grackle

2015-04-22 16:12
Warner Park (Dane Co.)
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 26
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: The every Wed afternoon Sherman Nature Explorer kids helped mix 
Madison Audubon provided Prairie Sunflower and Indian Grass seed with wood 
chips and then did scrape and stomp plantings in the upper and lower meadow 
prairie areas. The nature adventures continued with exploration of their 
favorite places with their UW Nelson Inst student mentors and hot cocoa and 
shared stories at the Gathering Oak. 


    2    Canada Goose
    1    Mallard
    1    Pied-billed Grebe
    1    Turkey Vulture
    1    Northern Harrier
    2    Cooper's Hawk
    1    Sandhill Crane
    2    Ring-billed Gull
    2    Mourning Dove
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Northern Flicker
    1    American Crow
    2    Tree Swallow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    Eastern Bluebird
    2    American Robin
    1    European Starling
    1    Song Sparrow
    2    Northern Cardinal
    4    Red-winged Blackbird
    1    House Finch
    2    American Goldfinch
    4    House Sparrow

The next regularly scheduled family and kid friendly Bird and Nature Walk is 
Sunday 1:30 at Lakeshore Nature Preserve. 


Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Subject: Possible Eared Grebe: South Milwaukee
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:33:38 -0500
While at Grant Park Beach this afternoon, I noted a small grebe just east
of the main beach with a pronouncedly black neck.  I unfortunately was
working from my ten power binocs and not scope to really determine if, in
the wavy surf, it was a golden plume vs the horned grebe's solid yellow
patch emanating from the eye, but the dark neck stood out to me in good
light.
Maybe we'll get this bird tomorrow during the first walk.  Loads of Caspian
Terns passing through today (thanks Mike Wanger) even as the heeeuuuuge
swarm of Bonapartes Gulls seems to have made their move over the last two
days.

Praying for a wind switch and some warmth, even as the woods today were
thick with ruby crowned kinglets and their lyrical calls.

Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee


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Subject: Saturday birding
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 20:19:37 -0500
After reading Ida's post about the Franklin's Gull on Schumacher Rd I headed 
down this afternoon. It was present briefly with the numerous Bonaparte's 
Gulls, etc, until everything decided to take flight. Some of the Bonie's and 
the Franklin's departed, while the majority of the gulls returned. 

Heading back I decided to check the Birch Rd pond. Quite a few birder were 
there in the late afternoon (around 4:00). The usual birds were there plus 2 
Short-billed Dowitchers, a Semip. Sandpiper and a STILT SANDPIPER just coming 
into breeding plumage. It was on the northwest part of the pond, visible from 
Birch and the deadened road. I was able to point it out to a couple who had 
seen it earlier but were not certain what it was. It eventually flew with many 
Pectoral Sandpipers towards the south end of the pond. I was not able to 
relocate it. 


Birding the Auto Tour Rd in the marsh I ran into Brian and Becky who were 
watching the Black-necked Stilts. They kindly informed me of the Avocet on DJ 
south of Juneau. I went back down there to find it sleeping with the majority 
of other shorebirds on the pond. Beautiful bird. Thanks guys for the info. 


A fun afternoon and evening, although a bit hectic.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Lone Rock and Spring Green
From: "Hakim Barrett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "heyheystop@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 01:04:08 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all,In Lone Rock at Sauk County Forest I saw a White-throated sparrow. Along 
Laudon I was surprised to see a Field sparrow in the middle of the road. At 
west Bakken's I saw a Belted kingfisher. On Kennedy Rd. I heard a lot of 
Chipping and Field sparrows. Highlights at east Bakken's are below: 

Green heronNorthern shoveler 3Northern harrier3 species of swallows (Cliff, 
Barn, and Tree) 

Hakim Barrett, Sauk County


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Subject: Trempealeau Wildlife Refuge
From: Peg Zappen <pzappen AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:59:54 -0500
My husband and I saw our first palm warblers and eastern kingbirds on the
wildlife drive this morning.
Peg Zappen
Trempealeau County


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Subject: Platteville-Palm Warbler
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:48:28 -0500
Visiting my son in Platteville and wouldn't you know it, an avocet shows up 
on Birch Rd. I was really hoping for one to show up there and when it does 
I'm not home! Hopefully it will stick around till tomorrow afternoon. Took 
a long walk on the trail here in Platteville and had pretty good birding 
including my FOY PALM WARBLER. I would have gladly traded it for the 
avocet!
 Dave Schrab
 Temporarily in Grant Co NOT in Dodge Co looking at an avocet ;)


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Subject: corrected spelling: AVOCET
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:18:36 +0000
Good grief!

Kerry S

NE FdL Co.

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Subject: American Avocent, Dodge County
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 19:17:16 +0000
Just south of Juneau on DJ, way back on a flooded field/farm pond, Saturday AM 
under cloudy and windy conditions. With a nice flock of bonaparte's gulls, 
green wing teal, pintails and the usual other assorted waterfowl. We had just 
departed from the Birch Road shorebird pond - lots of birds, but no godwit. The 
avocet is a fantastic consolation prize! 


Document shot here:


https://flic.kr/p/siTbtt



Kerry & Dave Sehloff

making the rounds out of NE Fond du Lac Co.

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Subject: See great birds, have a good time with Andy and Carl and raise lots of money to conserve key species
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:02:03 -0500
Space is still available to join the two-day Birdathon Tour "Spectacular 
Migrants: Southern Wisconsin's Best Migration Hotspots" on May 14-15 with 
DNR biologist and former WBCI ccoordinator Andy Paulios and former WSO 
president and Bird City Wisconsin steering committee chair Carl Schwartz.

But sign up soon, because registration closes May 7.

The tour begins at Frog Alley near Mukwonago and ends the first day at 
Prairie du Chien. After experiencing the dawn chorus at Wyalusing State 
Park, the tour will head back east. Stops are tentatively planned at Kettle 
Moraine southern unit, Brooklyn and Albany Wildlife Areas, Schurch-Thompson 
Prairie, Spring Green Prairie and desert, Patch Grove, Governor Dodge State 
Park, and the Arena boat landing. The $500 registration fee covers two full 
days of high-quality birding, lodging in Prairie du Chien, lunches, 
transportation, and a tax-deductible donation to the Bird Protection Fund. 
Read more about the tour at
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1950

It's part of the Great Wisconsin Birdathon and as coordinator Diane Packett 
points out:

"It's true that it's an expensive trip, because it's a fundraiser. It's like 
paying $10 for a spaghetti dinner at the school, or $100 to have cocktails 
for a cause, or $1,000 for a gala. But birds are way more fun."

The vans are rented, hotel rooms reserved; all you need to do is sign up 
today.

Carl Schwartz
Chair, Bird City Wisconsin Steering Committee
Milwaukee County 

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Subject: Re: Location, please
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:39:31 +0000
This is a good reminder from John. While putting a location in the subject line 
is not exactly a requirement, it certainly is much appreciated by just about 
everyone. The rarer the bird you're reporting, the more important it is to put 
at least the county in the subject line. 


I also get a lot of requests to ask people to use ALL CAPS for bird names in 
their posts, especially as migration heats up and people may report 20 species 
of warblers at one location. Personally, I'm ambivalent about that one, which 
is why I don't require it (or do it much myself.) If you want to do it, please 
do. You might do as I sometimes do and just put the highlights in all caps, if 
you saw a lot of stuff. 


However, it IS a requirement to put your name (first AND last) and location (at 
least to city/town and preferably county, especially for smaller towns) at the 
end of your posts. 


  Peter Fissel
Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy
Madison, Dane Co.

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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
of John Krerowicz  

Sent: Saturday, April 25, 2015 12:24 PM
To: Wisbird
Subject: [wisb] Location, please

Maybe this is no longer required, but having a location in the subject line is 
extremely helpful in deciding whether to open an email posted to this forum. I 
sort through 100s of emails weekly, and every little clue as to whether I want 
to spend the time opening a particular message and reading through it is 
greatly appreciated. I live in the far southeast corner of the state, so I'm 
not likely to be able to get to Crex Meadows, for example, or Superior or even 
LaCrosse to see an appealing bird, unfortunately. 

Thanks much. Now go back to birding....


John Krerowicz, Kenosha


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Subject: Summer Tanager - Madison
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:37:07 -0500
A customer brought in a photo for ID this morning. Bright red bird eating
safflower seeds at her feeder. Definitely a male Summer Tanager. She lives
on the north side of Madison near Lk Mendota. Keep your eyes peeled!
Pat Ready
Wild Birds Unl
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Subject: Re: Location, please
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:51:47 -0500
At the very least at the bottom of your message- most of the ones I am seeing 
today don't have county and city. 


Tom Koch.......sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 25, 2015, at 12:24 PM, John Krerowicz  wrote:
> 
> Maybe this is no longer required, but having a location in the subject line 
is extremely helpful in deciding whether to open an email posted to this forum. 
I sort through 100s of emails weekly, and every little clue as to whether I 
want to spend the time opening a particular message and reading through it is 
greatly appreciated. I live in the far southeast corner of the state, so I'm 
not likely to be able to get to Crex Meadows, for example, or Superior or even 
LaCrosse to see an appealing bird, unfortunately. 

> Thanks much. Now go back to birding....
> 
> 
> John Krerowicz, Kenosha
> 
> 
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Subject: LBB Gull, pelicans - Lake Altoona
From: "Janine Polk" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "j_l_polk@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:42:24 -0700
Three pelicans (east end of the lake) and a lingering Lesser Black-backed Gull 
were at Lake Altoona last night. 


Janine Polk
Eau Claire
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Subject: Location, please
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:24:02 -0500
Maybe this is no longer required, but having a location in the subject line is 
extremely helpful in deciding whether to open an email posted to this forum. I 
sort through 100s of emails weekly, and every little clue as to whether I want 
to spend the time opening a particular message and reading through it is 
greatly appreciated. I live in the far southeast corner of the state, so I'm 
not likely to be able to get to Crex Meadows, for example, or Superior or even 
LaCrosse to see an appealing bird, unfortunately. 

Thanks much. Now go back to birding....


John Krerowicz, Kenosha


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Subject: Re: More AOL trouble
From: Tom Sykes <sykes AT motmot.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 10:06:31 -0700
Following up on Peter’s post about AOL issues on the Wisbirdn error list:
IF the AOL subscribers currently in the daily error report we’ve been 
receiving wind up being unsubscribed via the server software, they will not be 
reinstated. This is a shame because several of the addresses are long time 
Wisbirdn users. Of course there is always the chance that these AOL addresses 
may pass the 30 days “returned errors” period unscathed, in which case, we 
will not manually delete any AOL addresses. 


The constant error status for AOL addresses has become burdensome. Therefore, 
we will no longer be accepting any subscription requests from an AOL users, 
either returning or new. 


As Peter suggested, AOL subscribers may use a free mail account (gmail accounts 
seem to be the most stable) for their listerv mail. This will not require 
giving up AOL. Some AOL have already done so. If you have an alternate mail 
account for receiving Wisbirdn posts and need help deleting your AOL account, 
please contact Peter or myself back channel. 


If you are an AOL account user but don’t care about posting to the list, you 
may always follow the most recent postings via the Wisbirdn archives 
(http://www.freelists.org/archive/wisbirdn/ 
) or via ABA’s Birding News 
Central (http://birding.aba.org/maillist/WI 
). 


AOL subscription issues have been ongoing. Our change in policy with AOL should 
not be construed as anything personal but rather, as a direct result of changes 
at AOL. These issues are not specific to just the Wisbirdn listserv but to 
listservs in general. 


If you have any questions about our policy change, please let us know.

Tom
Tom Sykes
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> On Apr 16, 2015, at 7:32 AM, Tom Sykes  wrote:
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> Date: Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 10:15 AM
> Subject: [wisb] More AOL trouble
> To: Wisconsin Birding Network > 

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> A heads-up to subscribers with aol.com  email addresses - 
many of them just popped up on the Error Watch report from Freelists yet again 
(this, after the last watch had expired for all of them at the end of March.) 
The AOL email servers do not get along with Freelists emails. Listowner Tom 
Sykes is about fed up with this ongoing issue, and may stop allowing aol.com 
 addresses to resubscribe if they get kicked off by the 
Freelists server. We both strongly urge anyone with an aol.com 
 email address to sign up for a free gmail account, even if 
you only use it for Wisbirdn (some people like to do that anyway, even if they 
don't have an AOL account.) 

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Subject: ALERT: possible MISSISSIPPI KITE!
From: Matthew Rothschild <mrbirdwatcher1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:44:06 -0500
Hi friends,
At 11:05 this morning at the corner of Highway B and White Oak Trail in Oregon, 
WI (Dane County), I saw what I believe to be a Mississippi Kite. 

I didnt have my binoculars, so I cant be positive, but it was flying like no 
bird Id ever seen before in 50 years of birding. 

It was gliding, then miking sharp cuts, and zigging and zagging and swooping.

When I first saw its size and shape, I was thinking coopers hawk or peregrine 
falcon, and then when it started the weird flying pattern, I said, What the F 
is that? And watched it for a minute or so before it flew west toward 
Stoughton. I just tried to find it again but couldnt. 


Again, I cant confirm it, but please be on the lookout!

Best,
Matt Rothschild
Southern Dane County



On Apr 25, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Ida Baumann  wrote:

> The Franklin's Gull was on Schumaker Rd. Just north of Cuba Valley Rd on
> the east side pond. Dane County. North of Waunakee.  There were 200+
> Boneparte's Gulls and a huge flock of Lapland Longspurs flew over.
> Three Dunlins were on the DM/I south side pond.  Otherwise the ponds were
> pretty quiet.
> It's good to be back in Wisconsin for Spring birding again but how about
> some warmer weather?
> Ida & Ty Baumann
> Madison Dane County
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Subject: Franklin's Gull & Dunlins Dane/Columbia County
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:33:47 -0400
The Franklin's Gull was on Schumaker Rd. Just north of Cuba Valley Rd on
the east side pond. Dane County. North of Waunakee.  There were 200+
Boneparte's Gulls and a huge flock of Lapland Longspurs flew over.
Three Dunlins were on the DM/I south side pond.  Otherwise the ponds were
pretty quiet.
It's good to be back in Wisconsin for Spring birding again but how about
some warmer weather?
Ida & Ty Baumann
Madison Dane County

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Subject: WGLBBO news
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:31:44 -0500
http://wglbbo.org/news

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: Fw: Hwy 26 construction starts Monday
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:00:47 +0000
FYI - I hadn't heard about this, and it's not on the WisDOT construction 
website yet. 

(http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/road/workzones.htm) I presume it'll be on 
there as of Monday, when it's an active construction zone. 


Jim and I both tend to use County M as a detour, rather than Hwy 41 (excuse me, 
now officially I-41,) especially at high-traffic times (like holidays, or any 
nice summer weekend.) County M goes north from Waupun and eventually to Pickett 
on Hwy 44 (and keeps going north if you want to take the really scenic route 
past Rush Lake. Some interesting spots to stop and poke around for marsh 
birds.) 


Peter Fissel
Madison WI  

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From: James Otto
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 8:31 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Hwy 26 construction starts Monday

On the way up to Oshkosh today we noticed that HWY 26 will be under 
construction and closed to though traffic beginning on Monday. Construction 
zone seems to be from the interchange with HWY 151 north of Waupun all the way 
up to CTH FF north of Rosendale. Construction is scheduled to run from Monday 
April 27 to Friday Sept. 4, 2015. If I decide to drive up that way I guess that 
I'll be using CTH M to the west, or HWYs 151 & 41 to the east. 



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Subject: Lions Den Ozaukee County
From: Spencer Jablonski <spencer.jablonski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:23:07 -0500
Good morning! 

I spent some time out at the Lions Den Nature Preserve this morning looking for 
possible new arrivals. The numbers have been increasing over the past couple 
days, here are the highlights. 


FOY YELLOW WARBLER
FOY PINE WARBLER
3 B.G. Gnatcatchers 
3 Palm Warblers
10 Caspian Terns 
6 Y.R. Warblers 
14 R.C. Kinglets 

Good luck birding today!! 

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Subject: Re: Field Trip Opportunity: Spruce Grouse, May 1
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 13:03:32 +0000
Space is still available for my Spruce Grouse trip coming up this Friday. 
Weather forecast as of now looks warm and dry. Should be a spectacular show! I 
hope some of you can make it. Registration details below. 


Ryan
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Subject: Field Trip Opportunity: Spruce Grouse, May 1

Hello birders,

Space is still available for my Natural Resources Foundation field trip, In 
Search of Spruce Grouse. The trip will be held (short of heavy rain/snow/wind) 
on the morning of Friday, May 1, near the town of Clam Lake in southwestern 
Ashland County. Cost is $100, most of which goes to NRFs Bird Protection Fund 
and the high priority bird conservation projects it supports. 


Barring unforeseen bad luck, you will be treated to displaying Spruce Grouse at 
close range in off-road forest habitats. We may also stumble onto some other 
boreal birds but well be focusing on the grouse. I can also promise some 
wonderful scenery and good company. Participants will receive more details 
after signing-up. 


To register visit http://www.cvent.com/d/qrq07s/4W and use the passcode JoinNRF 
to get a discounted NRF membership. The Spruce Grouse trip is #11 in NRFs 
spectacular lineup of 151 field trips statewide this year. 


I hope some of you can join us.

Ryan

We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

Ryan Brady
WBBA II Science Coordinator
WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator  Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: (715) 685-2933
Cell Phone: (715) 685-8585
Fax: (715) 685-2909
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Subject: Re: Birch Rd and Horicon Today
From: Maureen Gross <cygnusbuccinator AT centurytel.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:34:42 -0500
Dale and I made the same trip today.  We got all the target birds except 
the Eared Grebes.  I managed to get a very brief video of copulating 
Black-necked Stilts along the Horicon Marsh auto tour today.  There were 
5 Stilts while we were there and another person reported 6 Stilts.

Maureen Gross
Mukwonago, Waukesha County



On 4/24/2015 8:40 PM, Anne Moretti wrote:
> With thanks to Daryl T, Tom W and Dave S, several of us drove to Birch Rd,
> where we encountered Jesse Peterson, who pointed out the Marbled Godwit.
> Thanks, Jesse! The best vantage point was along Hilltop View Rd towards the
> SW part of the pond.  There were also a few Dowitchers and many Greater and
> Lesser Yellowlegs present. We did not spot any of the other shorebirds
> mentioned, however. Shovelers, Green-winged teal, Blue-winged teal, a single
> Pintail and Mallards, along with Bonaparte's gulls were seen.
>   
>
> As mentioned, the Auto Trail Loop had been burned yesterday, but the 4
> Black-necked stilts were still on the pond to the west, opposite the red
> rock. A Great egret, plus a few Forster's terns were also spotted.
> Continuing on to the next pond, we saw many white pelicans and could see a
> Trumpeter Swan back in the area where they are nesting. From the overlook,
> we could see her on the nest hunkered down, probably wondering what had
> happened to the neighborhood with all those rambunctious pelicans frolicking
> about!
>
>   
>
> Driving back east along 49, we saw a single Horned grebe about 20 feet from
> shore to the south. The Whooping crane was also seen along 49, as previously
> reported. We tried for the Eared grebe that Daryl had reported, but did not
> see it.
>
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Subject: MKE - Wilson's Snipe and more
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:33:40 -0500
Good evening, I stopped at Bender Park after work today, to see if there
was any new bird movement.  It was quite active, but nothing to exciting.
I did have FOY Blue-gray gnatcatcher and Field Sparrow.  The gnats or
midges or whatever they're called, have hatched, and were covering the
trees.  In the old apple orchard I saw more 50 Yellow-rumped Warblers
having a buffet, along with dozens of RC kinglets.  There are also still a
lot of thrushes, a decent amount of towhees and the White-throated Sparrows
are everywhere.  I checked down by the beach area, and found about
30 Bonaparte's Gulls.  It started to rain so I figured I'd go home for the
evening.  On my way home, I stopped along Pennsylvania Ave, in Oak Creek,
to check the ditch lines and fields.  Right away I found a Wilson's Snipe,
in the ditch line, 15' from the road.  I haven't seen one of those in a
long time, so it made my night.  Otherwise the fields were quiet, with only
a few gulls and ducks.  I have a couple pictures of the snipe, if you'd
like to see it.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: America's Birdiest City, County . . is WI participating?
From: Hondo Chica <hondochica AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:00:53 -0700
Greetings;
Kelly here from southern CA - I just learned that "America's Birdiest . . .
City, County" is this weekend.  Can't find anything about it on the web -
except past year winners.

Is WI participating??  Haven't seen anything on the List about it.  It's
apparently a nationwide event that started today (fri) and ends Sunday at
Midnight - so there's time!

Here's a post from LA Birding group on Yahoo for info: it's an open group
so you should be able to read it.

 https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LACoBirds/conversations/messages/17027

Sounds like fun - thought I'd pass it along.

It's a blustery weekend here -

Have fun!

Kelly Goocher
Lancaster, CA
(will be in Milw in a couple weeks)


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Subject: Great Horned Owl - owlets and more Waukesha County 4/24/15, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:00:48 -0500
Hi all,
I birded the Milwaukee lakefront early this morning and the lake was still
along with the birding. Large flocks of 100’s – Double-crested Cormorants
on the lake, and some flying north was one of the highlights. I saw 2
Black-crowned Night Herons at the lagoon in the trees from Memorial Drive
looking east. The few parts of Lake Park I birded and Lakeshore State Park
were quiet. I few stops out in Waukesha Co surprised me with Great Horned
Owl owlets. No adults were present while I was there. 4 owlets total out of
the nest, I did not hang around but grabbed a few pics. At the same
location I flushed a Wild Turkey from a nest, scared the heck out of me and
I quickly exited the area and took a distant photo of the eggs. Not a lot
of bird species today but some nice action!

Some images of the owlets and the Wild Turkey nest with eggs at the link
below if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/great-horned-owl-owlets-in-waukesha-county-wisconsin-on-april-24-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: Birch Rd and Horicon Today
From: "Anne Moretti" <amoretti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:40:29 -0500
With thanks to Daryl T, Tom W and Dave S, several of us drove to Birch Rd,
where we encountered Jesse Peterson, who pointed out the Marbled Godwit.
Thanks, Jesse! The best vantage point was along Hilltop View Rd towards the
SW part of the pond.  There were also a few Dowitchers and many Greater and
Lesser Yellowlegs present. We did not spot any of the other shorebirds
mentioned, however. Shovelers, Green-winged teal, Blue-winged teal, a single
Pintail and Mallards, along with Bonaparte's gulls were seen.
 

As mentioned, the Auto Trail Loop had been burned yesterday, but the 4
Black-necked stilts were still on the pond to the west, opposite the red
rock. A Great egret, plus a few Forster's terns were also spotted.
Continuing on to the next pond, we saw many white pelicans and could see a
Trumpeter Swan back in the area where they are nesting. From the overlook,
we could see her on the nest hunkered down, probably wondering what had
happened to the neighborhood with all those rambunctious pelicans frolicking
about!

 

Driving back east along 49, we saw a single Horned grebe about 20 feet from
shore to the south. The Whooping crane was also seen along 49, as previously
reported. We tried for the Eared grebe that Daryl had reported, but did not
see it.

 

Anne Moretti

Dousman

Waukesha Co.

 

 



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Subject: Friday birding
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:28:50 -0500
I checked early this morning the B pond east of Sherwood--DRY! High Cliff SP 
was very quiet except for 35 Turkey Vultures! 

This afternoon I was going to check a few spots along Lake Michigan so I 
started at Lions Den. As expected no tanager but had a nice time birding with 
Tom W and Joan S. Added Palm Warbler to my year list. We also had nice looks at 
several gnatcatchers. 


Harrington Beach SP had an adult Glaucous Gull chasing Bonaparte's Gulls, 
nothing else of note. Caspian Terns were also present, about 5. 


Sheboygan had an unbelievable number of migrating Bonaparte's Gulls. Many were 
on the water but eventually there was a steady stream of them moving by North 
Pt plus still unreal numbers on the water. Easily 3000 were estimated and it 
probably was closer to 4000. I have not seen a number like this in years! 
Adding to the enjoyment was an adult LITTLE GULL, that fortunately was in the 
front of one flock on the water. However when the birds started shifting around 
I eventually lost it. Fly-by were 2 Surf and 2 Black Scoters. 50+ Caspian Terns 
were also on the point. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Chipping sparrow- Lake Park
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:04:39 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Goodman- SouthMilwaukeeVery slow morning but did have one chipper
Lake Park - General, Milwaukee, US-WI
Apr 24, 2015 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM
Protocol: Area
800.0 ac
15 species
Double-crested Cormorant  2    flyover
Ring-billed Gull  5
Downy Woodpecker  1    male
American Crow  2
Black-capped Chickadee  3
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
Hermit Thrush  5
American Robin  30
European Starling  8
Chipping Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  10
 
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Subject: Chipping Sparrow is back
From: Alan & Joan Linquist <linquists AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:42:04 +0000 (UTC)
Our chipping sparrow is back in the yard.  This will be his fourth year 
here.  

Alan LinquistWest BendWashington County
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Subject: Re: Loggerhead Shrikes, Green Co.
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:04:07 -0600
Steve et al., a great course of action in cases like this is to contact the 
County Coordinator in question so they can arrange for follow-up. These are 
listed, with email contact info, at: 


http://wsobirds.org/atlas-county-coordinators

Thanks for the great report.

Ryan

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> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Loggerhead Shrikes, Green Co.
> Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:29:37 -0500
> 
> 
> I came across a pair of Loggerhead Shrikes, while birding around Green co.. 
Seeing that it's a pair, I don't feel comfortable giving out the location. If 
the person doing BBA down there wants to back channel me (or anyone else?). 
They weren't really in good breeding habitat. Newer houses on one side and corn 
stubble on the other. Steve Thiessen Dane co. 

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Subject: Loggerhead Shrikes, Green Co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:29:37 -0500
 I came across a pair of Loggerhead Shrikes, while birding around Green co.. 
Seeing that it's a pair, I don't feel comfortable giving out the location. If 
the person doing BBA down there wants to back channel me (or anyone else?). 
They weren't really in good breeding habitat. Newer houses on one side and corn 
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Subject: Book your spot for "Spectacular Migrants" tour!
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 20:16:49 +0000
Space is still available for the two-day Birdathon Tour "Spectacular Migrants: 
Southern Wisconsin's Best Migration Hotspots" on May 14-15 with former WSO 
president and Bird Cities Coordinator Carl Schwartz and DNR Biologist Andy 
Paulios. But sign up soon, because registration closes May 7. The tour begins 
at Frog Alley near Mukwonago and ends the first day at Prairie du Chien. After 
experiencing the dawn chorus at Wyalusing State Park, the tour will head back 
east. Stops are planned at Kettle Moraine southern unit, Brooklyn and Albany 
Wildlife Areas, Schurch-Thompson Prairie, Spring Green Prairie and desert, 
Patch Grove, Governor Dodge State Park, and Arena boat landing. The $500 
registration fee covers two full days of high-quality birding, lodging in 
Prairie du Chien, lunches, transportation, and a tax-deductible donation to the 
Bird Protection Fund. Read more about the tour at: 
http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid50. 

Good birding, all!

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Subject: Re: Western Tanager sighting
From: Spencer Jablonski <spencer.jablonski AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:12:05 -0500
I searched for over an hour and was unable to relocate the bird! 

Spencer Jablonski 

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> On Apr 24, 2015, at 11:14 AM, Robert Demge  wrote:
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> Around 8:30 am today I sighted a and photographed a Western Tanager at
> Lions Den in Ozaukee County. It was up in a tree along Wetland Way trail. I
> will try to post the photo.
> Robert Demge
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> Ozaukee County
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Subject: Link to photo of Western Tanager
From: Robert Demge <robdem02 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:05:56 -0500
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131198979 AT N06/
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Subject: Re: Western Tanager sighting
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:03:01 -0500
That's twice in the past few years that one has been seen there. Very cool! I 
was there last evening and saw very little at all. Hope it sticks around. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Apr 24, 2015, at 11:14 AM, Robert Demge  wrote:
> 
> Around 8:30 am today I sighted a and photographed a Western Tanager at
> Lions Den in Ozaukee County. It was up in a tree along Wetland Way trail. I
> will try to post the photo.
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Subject: Western Tanager sighting
From: Robert Demge <robdem02 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:14:58 -0500
Around 8:30 am today I sighted a and photographed a Western Tanager at
Lions Den in Ozaukee County. It was up in a tree along Wetland Way trail. I
will try to post the photo.
Robert Demge
Port Washington
Ozaukee County

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Subject: Pine warbler visiting La Crosse suet feeder
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:56:12 -0500
Several times this morning, I had a lovely male PINE WARBLER snacking on bits 
of a suet cake at my cage style feeder. This is a new yard bird for me at this 
location. He must've flown in overnight, since he wasn't around earlier this 
week. 

Mary Strasser in south La Crosse
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Subject: Dodge Co. Birch Rd. Friday morning MARBLED GODWIT-YES
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:02:57 -0500
Ran over to check and MARBLED GODWIT was back. The flooded field is loaded 
with birds this morning, hundred of Yellowlegs, Bonaparte's gulls, ducks, 
few geese, 1 Sanhill Crane, etc. I also saw the Solitary Sandpiper near 
where the culvert goes under Birch Rd., the 2 Semi-palmalted Plovers 
continue and 1 Dowitcher. I stayed just 10 minutes so I could get back to 
the computer. The Marbled Godwit was about 75 yards off the road out from 
the 3rd light pole down Hilltop View Rd. It was there when I left at 6:50.
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Subject: early House wren
From: "Hakim Barrett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "heyheystop@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:56:36 +0000 (UTC)
Hey, I saw my FOY House wren this morning singing at around 7 AM. This was at 
the edge of the Sauk County Forest. 

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Subject: Horicon Stilts Seen in Morning - Dodge
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:32:16 -0500
Desired to see the Stilts at Horicon.  Appeared to be some thin ice coatings
on edges of ponds.  Got to Horicon early and took the auto-tour as planned
to the ponds by the "red rock" after Egret trail by board walk.  At 6:15 AM
there were 4 Black-Necked Stilts in the west pond, at the northwest end.
Clearly obvious in morning sun.  Thanks for good directions by Tom Wood &
others.
Was kindly informed of Whooping Crane on Hwy 49, so drove over to see "the
one" on north side of Hwy 49 about 1/2  mile west of Historic Marker, and
1/2 mile north of road, with about 15 other sand hill cranes.  Only "white"
critter in field.

Went back over to auto-tour after looking at Hwy 49 ponds, and when I got
back to the Stilt area, they were not to be seen.  

During the tours, had a Virginia Rail fly across and land a few feet from
me; Sora and Snipe also sounding.  Some other birds seen were Bonaparte's
Gulls, Forester's Terns, Great Egret, B. Eagle, Pelicans, Semi-palmated
Plover, Greater & Lesser Yellow Legs, Pectorals, DC Cormorants.

 

The US Fish & Wildlife folks did say they were going to do a couple of
"controlled"/ "prescribed" burns today Thursday, in the Auto-Tour area, and
invited me to leave.  They also had a worker driving the area performing a
monthly bird survey.  The Auto-Tour was closed at 10 AM to all traffic and
I'm not sure when it reopened or what exact areas were to be burned. 

 

Spence Stehno

Waukesha County

 

Up in Florence County Wisconsin on way to Iron County in U.P. Michigan and
found Osprey on huge nest on electric tower Hwy D&N.  Some remaining snow in
shade and it was 20F last night and down to 15F tonight.



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Subject: Red-necked Grebes in Ozaukee Co
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:20:15 -0500
Jim Frank forwarded me this impressive sighting from today...

This morning at Virmond Park I saw 103 Red-necked Grebes! I know........ but I 
counted them 3 times! 

You don't even need a scope they were so close.                 

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Subject: Old Marsh Rd. at Horicon open this weekend
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:58:17 +0000
Dave's mention of Horicon reminds me that I meant to post this again. The Old 
Marsh Rd. at Horicon Marsh will be open for hiking/biking Friday-Monday (April 
24-27) for the annual Earth Day weekend celebration. After that, you'll have to 
wait until June. Please observe all rules - specifically, don't wander down the 
side dikes, which are only open December-March. 


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Madison WI


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Subject: Dodge Co. Birch Rd. MARBLED GODWIT, Good news, Bad news
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:44:19 -0500
I was at Birch Rd. early this morning and saw nothing unusual. I left to do 
errands for a couple hours. When I got back Darrel Tessen and Tom Wood were 
there and informed me a MARBLED GODWIT was out there. Just as I was 
starting to look 95% of the birds spooked and left, heading south. I didn't 
see the bird. I was pretty disappointed as it would have been a life bird 
for me. I checked back midday and a some of the birds were back but not 
many. At 7:00 this evening I went to look again. It was again loaded with 
birds. I was working my way south on Hilltop View Rd., about halfway down 
there it was, looking magnificent in the low, late day sun 50 yards from 
the road. I had excellent scope views and got some pictures. It foraged 
actively for maybe 20 minutes, then started preening. I was excited to see 
this life bird practically in my backyard and enjoying the moment 
immensely. That's all the good news. The bad news is at 7:40 the Godwit and 
about 15 other birds took off and headed north till out of sight. I will 
check the area early morning again but I think anyone in the Horicon Marsh 
area tomorrow should check all the shorebird habitat carefully. 
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Subject: Paid opportunity: Experienced birder needed to lead May hike
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150 AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 01:40:13 +0000 (UTC)
I am sharing this opportunity again: I am looking for an experienced birder to 
lead a bird hike in central Wisconsin on the morning of Saturday, May 16, 2015. 
It is to my understanding that you would be paid for your leading efforts. 
Please back-channel message me if you're interested and/or are looking for more 
details. 

I didn't originally post that this was a paid opportunity, as I was hoping that 
someone would be enthusiastic enough to do it without the bribery of money. But 
seeing as May is a very busy month, I understand the (initial) lack of 
availability/interest. 


Thanks! 

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Huntsville, AR 


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Subject: Re: Marbled Godwit (no)
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:46:15 -0500
I stopped by Birch Rd. on my way home this afternoon and as of 2:50 P.M. the
Marbled Godwit had not returned.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2015 2:28 PM
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Subject: [wisb] Marbled Godwit, Eared Grebe. etc

Despite the cold weather (30 degrees early this morning) it proved to be an
excellent day for birding!  I only checked the Horicon Marsh area and the
Birch Rd pond, but both proved very productive!  On the Auto Tour early this
morning I had my first Forester's Terns, plus a few shorebird species in the
first pond that included a Spotted Sandpiper.  The red boulder pond was
mainly ice except for the north part.  Here 3 Black-necked Stilts plus many
yellowlegs were present.  A pair of Trumpeter Swans were in the last pond,
along with 50+ White Pelicans.  Ledge Rd had singing Sora and Virginia
Rails, the latter called constantly by the shoulder of the road for 10+
minutes.  Northern Rd woods had my FOY Brown Thrasher and Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher.  They have burned the fields leading onto the Main Dike Rd and
out quite a ways.  Nothing of note was found.
The Birch Rd pond proved excellent for quite some time after I arrived.
200+ Bonaparte's Gulls and 200+ yellowlegs (both species) were present plus
a MARBLED GODWIT, single Least and Semip Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, 2
Semip. Plovers and a Dunlin.  Tom Wood was already present when I arrived.
About 3/4 hour later most of the gulls and shorebirds disappeared.  Perhaps
a Peregrine was cruising by.  A similar exit happened when I was at the pond
on Tuesday.

I worked back to Horicon Marsh and found another pair of Trumpeter Swans
along 49  (north side by the pump house).  Many people were stopping to take
photos.  Beyond the historic sign on the north side a large white bird was
feeding in the marsh---the WHOOPING CRANE.

  Several Sandhills were nearby.  I had hoped to go back on the Auto Tour
but they had it shut down due to a burn they were conducting---not pleasing
many people.  However my disappointment changed to wow as I started up
Stumpf Rd on the east end of the marsh.  In a small pond on the west side I
noticed some ducks---proved to be Mallards.   However just in back of them
was an EARED GREBE actively diving, a real surprise!

For a leisurely half day of birding the tally was 86 species, despite the
cold weather and the northwest wind.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Atlasing the Irruptive Finches - Red Crossbills Confirmed!
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:13:49 +0000
Update: Iron County Atlas Coordinator, Bruce Bacon, reports fledged Pine 
Siskins there as of 2 days ago. Just hasn't gotten into the Atlas eBird data 
system yet... 


Thanks Bruce!


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Subject: Atlasing the Irruptive Finches - Red Crossbills Confirmed!

Of the irruptive finch species that made moves into Wisconsin this winter, the 
Pine Siskin and Red Crossbill are most likely to stay and breed in 
above-average numbers. Indeed, just this past week both Tim Oksiuta and I were 
able to confirm Red Crossbills in separate Bayfield County blocks as some have 
already fledged young. Pine Siskins have several Probable records so far but 
none have been confirmed quite yet. It seems likely some fledged young could 
surface any time now. 


The upshot? NOW is the time for atlasers to get out looking for these early 
nesters, especially given the uncertainty that any other irruptions will occur 
during the five-year life of the Atlas project. Our latest Atlas eBird feature 
helps you find them: 



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Subject: Atlasing the Irruptive Finches - Red Crossbills Confirmed!
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 19:53:21 +0000
Of the irruptive finch species that made moves into Wisconsin this winter, the 
Pine Siskin and Red Crossbill are most likely to stay and breed in 
above-average numbers. Indeed, just this past week both Tim Oksiuta and I were 
able to confirm Red Crossbills in separate Bayfield County blocks as some have 
already fledged young. Pine Siskins have several Probable records so far but 
none have been confirmed quite yet. It seems likely some fledged young could 
surface any time now. 


The upshot? NOW is the time for atlasers to get out looking for these early 
nesters, especially given the uncertainty that any other irruptions will occur 
during the five-year life of the Atlas project. Our latest Atlas eBird feature 
helps you find them: 



http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/species-survey-strategy-irruptive-finches-2015/ 


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WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator - Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Phone: (715) 685-2933
Cell Phone: (715) 685-8585
Fax: (715) 685-2909
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Subject: Marbled Godwit, Eared Grebe. etc
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:27:33 -0500
Despite the cold weather (30 degrees early this morning) it proved to be an 
excellent day for birding! I only checked the Horicon Marsh area and the Birch 
Rd pond, but both proved very productive! On the Auto Tour early this morning I 
had my first Forester's Terns, plus a few shorebird species in the first pond 
that included a Spotted Sandpiper. The red boulder pond was mainly ice except 
for the north part. Here 3 Black-necked Stilts plus many yellowlegs were 
present. A pair of Trumpeter Swans were in the last pond, along with 50+ White 
Pelicans. Ledge Rd had singing Sora and Virginia Rails, the latter called 
constantly by the shoulder of the road for 10+ minutes. Northern Rd woods had 
my FOY Brown Thrasher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. They have burned the fields 
leading onto the Main Dike Rd and out quite a ways. Nothing of note was found. 

The Birch Rd pond proved excellent for quite some time after I arrived. 200+ 
Bonaparte's Gulls and 200+ yellowlegs (both species) were present plus a 
MARBLED GODWIT, single Least and Semip Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, 2 
Semip. Plovers and a Dunlin. Tom Wood was already present when I arrived. About 
3/4 hour later most of the gulls and shorebirds disappeared. Perhaps a 
Peregrine was cruising by. A similar exit happened when I was at the pond on 
Tuesday. 


I worked back to Horicon Marsh and found another pair of Trumpeter Swans along 
49 (north side by the pump house). Many people were stopping to take photos. 
Beyond the historic sign on the north side a large white bird was feeding in 
the marsh---the WHOOPING CRANE. 


 Several Sandhills were nearby. I had hoped to go back on the Auto Tour but 
they had it shut down due to a burn they were conducting---not pleasing many 
people. However my disappointment changed to wow as I started up Stumpf Rd on 
the east end of the marsh. In a small pond on the west side I noticed some 
ducks---proved to be Mallards. However just in back of them was an EARED GREBE 
actively diving, a real surprise! 


For a leisurely half day of birding the tally was 86 species, despite the cold 
weather and the northwest wind. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Colorado Condor Chase
From: "Peter McKeever" <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:40:33 -0500
This is the kind of spark that causes us to try our luck:
http://www.durangoherald.com/article/20150422/NEWS01/150429860

Peter McKeever
Monona


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Subject: Grant Park (Milw. Co.) Migration walks to begin
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:04:30 -0500
We return to the Area 7-8 parking lot this Sunday, April 25 at 8 a.m. to
begin our Sunday series of walks during migration.  We will likely find
ourselves heading to Warnimont Park as well, just up the road, after we've
checked at Grant.  Just south of College Avenue, and from South Lake Drive
in South Milwaukee, enter the park at the Wiloway-Grant sign and head
straight back.  All skill levels are welcome.  WIth the Avocets stopping at
Bender yesterday, we may get some at the Grant beach as well.  A brimmed
hat helps with the sun on the lake, btw.
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Subject: Fw: Fwd: Warnimont Park story Milwaukee
From: "Carol Moerke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "cmoerke@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:19:38 +0000 (UTC)
    ----- Forwarded Message -----
  From: "hase1 AT milwpc.com" 
 To: cmoerke AT yahoo.com 
 Sent: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 3:10 PM
 Subject: FW: Fwd: Warnimont Park story is online (gun club)
   
Carol,

Maybe you've seen this article Mary Smith passed along?  Such a shame
to think shooting has to go on in Milwaukee County parks.

Carol H.

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Subject: Fwd: Warnimont Park story is online (gun club)
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:55:35 -0400 (EDT)


Margee, if you like this, (I did,) then please forward it to your
friends and neighbors.  Thanks.  Mary

cc: other civic minded friends!

p.s. Eddee Daniel is on the board of Preserve Our Parks. 
Sent: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:42:04 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Warnimont Park story is online

Milwaukee Magazine just posted my story about the gun club issue. 
http://www.milwaukeemag.com/2015/04/22/bullseye-view-warnimont-park-cu
dahy-shooting-range/

Feel free to pass it along.

Eddee

Eddee Daniel
2013 Ludington Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
www.eddeedaniel.com











  
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Subject: Re: Bald Eagle Delivery
From: manley olson <manleyolson AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:06:34 -0500
I am reminded of thr old joke"How can you spot a birder? Yell "duck" and
most people crouch down but the birder looks up". But the joke doesn't
assume the duck is coming at you.
Manley Olson
On Wed, Apr 22, 2015 at 9:48 AM, Richter Museum  wrote:

> I've read about it happening to other people, eagles and ospreys dropping
> fish on boats and autos. Well last evening I had one of our local adult
> Bald Eagles drop a mostly eaten drake Mallard in the dead center of my
> windshield on my moving auto, while driving through the Pensaukee WA. That
> was an amazing shot!
> Tom Erdman, Oconto, WI
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Subject: Portal Pandemonium: Where to Submit Your Atlas Observations
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:29:53 +0000
With the Atlas off and running and breeding activity picking up it appears some 
Wisconsin birders are confused about where/how to submit sightings to the 
Atlas. At first blush having two state-based eBird portals may seem perplexing 
but in reality knowing when to use the new Atlas eBird portal 
(www.ebird.org/atlaswi) instead of the traditional Wisconsin eBird portal 
(www.ebird.org/wi) is remarkably simple. We first covered this topic in 
February and are hoping to further clarify the issue in this article. 


Read the full article here:

http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/portal-pandemonium-where-to-submit-your-atlas-observations/ 


In short, if one or more species on your checklist has a breeding code of 
Possible or higher, use the Atlas eBird portal. If it doesn't, use the 
traditional Wisconsin eBird portal. Even though the traditional Wisconsin eBird 
portal will accept breeding codes as part of its global system, Atlas 
observations should not be entered there! They will not be related to the 
Atlas's unique block system or integrated into Wisconsin-specific atlas results 
and outputs. 


Have a checklist you mistakenly entered to the wrong portal? You can fix it 
without having to re-enter it. Read the article to find out how. 


Thanks!

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Cell Phone: (715) 685-8585
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Subject: Black-necked Stilts at Horicon
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:08:40 +0000
I was able to locate the 4 Black-necked Stilts at Horicon today. They were
along the auto tour route as previously described, BUT while I was scoping
the last pond, the four of them flew over my car and landed in the last
pond and started to nap. There is a tall section of cat tails about midway
along the road and about 30 yards out. It has a goose nest in the middle.
That's where they were sleeping when I departed.
John Kivikoski
Iowa County


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Subject: Re: No sightings--my recent Texas trip talk next Weds
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:01:42 -0500
My talk will be at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W College Ave, Franklin, WI
53132. 7pm 4/29.
I'm so sorry,

Jennifer A
Milwaukee

Please consider joining us! I will spend the first ten minutes or so
> discussing the hightlights of my 2013 trip  and the rest of the time
> discussing my 2015 trip.
>
> *Birding Port Aransas and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas*
> * April 29, 2015 7:00PM*
>
> *The annual meeting of the Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society will begin at
> 6:30*
> Presenter: Jennifer Ambrose, WMAS newsletter editor and university writing
> instructor
>
>
> Jennifer, an avid birder and amateur photographer, visited the south Rio
> Grande Valley of Texas in spring 2013 and in early April of 2015, when she
> also traveled to Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. Birds she encountered
> include Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, Plain Chachalacas, Reddish Egrets,
> Olive Sparrows, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and dozens more. She will
> share her photos and stories right after the meeting. Please join us for a
> fun event.
>
> --
> Jennifer Ambrose
> Bayview, Milwaukee County
>



-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Re: LBB Gulls - Chippewa Valley
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:39:39 +0000
They have to be breeding North America, but so far no one has come with 
documentation! I would suspect James or Hudson Bay or Labrador. They do nest in 
Greenland and Iceland and it be "assumed" that is where the birds we see are 
coming from. However we see juvenal birds too early for them to be coming from 
that far away. I've spoken with Canadian researchers about this and they too 
find it hard to understand why we haven't found nesting pairs. Great Lakes 
nesting is certainly a possibility. Birders should be aware of this when they 
get a chance to view a gull colony. Watch for dark mantled gulls. 


Tom Erdman

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Subject: [wisb] LBB Gulls - Chippewa Valley

Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (dark type as usual) were at Lake Altoona 
last night and the night before. I also saw one on Friday evening at Lake 
Wissota. Maybe this species is breeding somewhere to our north at this point. 
Also notable were about 80 Horned Grebes at Lake Altoona on Monday. 


Janine Polk
Eau Claire
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Subject: No sightings--my recent Texas trip talk next Weds
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:36:16 -0500
Please consider joining us! I will spend the first ten minutes or so
discussing the hightlights of my 2013 trip  and the rest of the time
discussing my 2015 trip.
*Birding Port Aransas and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas*
* April 29, 2015 7:00PM*

*The annual meeting of the Wisconsin Metro Audubon Society will begin at
6:30*
Presenter: Jennifer Ambrose, WMAS newsletter editor and university writing
instructor


Jennifer, an avid birder and amateur photographer, visited the south Rio
Grande Valley of Texas in spring 2013 and in early April of 2015, when she
also traveled to Port Aransas and Corpus Christi. Birds she encountered
include Green Jays, Great Kiskadees, Plain Chachalacas, Reddish Egrets,
Olive Sparrows, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and dozens more. She will
share her photos and stories right after the meeting. Please join us for a
fun event.

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: LBB Gulls - Chippewa Valley
From: "Janine Polk" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "j_l_polk@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:05:04 -0700
Two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls (dark type as usual) were at Lake Altoona 
last night and the night before. I also saw one on Friday evening at Lake 
Wissota. Maybe this species is breeding somewhere to our north at this point. 
Also notable were about 80 Horned Grebes at Lake Altoona on Monday. 


Janine Polk
Eau Claire
j_l_polk AT yahoo.com 
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