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Bar-winged Woodwren,©Barry Kent Mackay

30 Jul Shorebird photos/ID help please :) [Jennifer Ambrose ]
30 Jul Gov. Dodge SP- Bell's Vireo + [Ida Baumann ]
30 Jul Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Jul 29, 2014 [Mike Goodman ]
30 Jul Re: Horicon - shorebirds [Jeffrey Bahls ]
30 Jul Re: Horicon - shorebirds ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
30 Jul Horicon - shorebirds [Myles Hurlburt ]
29 Jul Re: Milwaukee County Park Listening Sessions ~ Voice Your Concern [Bob Matyas ]
29 Jul Returning to the Milwaukee lakefront (briefly) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
29 Jul Shorebirds, Myers Beach, Racine [Jennifer Ambrose ]
29 Jul Re: Shorebird Viewing Map ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
29 Jul RFI: Contact info ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
29 Jul Immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron east of Wausau, in Marathon County [Dan Belter ]
28 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Smooth Phlox Waukesha Co. some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
28 Jul Dodge Co. Shorebirds areas ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
28 Jul Wyalusing area - White-eyed Vireo + [Ida Baumann ]
28 Jul Milwaukee County Park Listening Sessions ~ Voice Your Concern [Andrea Szymczak ]
28 Jul Osprey report - Dane Co. [Patrick Ready ]
28 Jul Osprey report - Dane Co. [Patrick Ready ]
28 Jul Shorebird spot near Waupun [Mark Benson ]
28 Jul Shorebirds Sauk City [James Schwarz ]
27 Jul Dodge Co. spots drying up [Peter Fissel ]
27 Jul Re: Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park [Bob Matyas ]
27 Jul Re: Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park [Steven Lubahn ]
27 Jul Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park ["Biffbradford ." ]
27 Jul Question about light brown juvenile Mallard, Manitowoc [Gloria Shiraef ]
26 Jul "to provide birds the best fighting chance of surviving threats, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected" [William Mueller ]
26 Jul Re: Columbia/Dane County shorebird spots ["Steve Thiessen" ]
25 Jul Pelicans - Dane County [Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez ]
25 Jul Re: Shorebird Viewing Map ["Tom Wood" ]
25 Jul Late Notice Madison Birds and Beers [Kyle Lindemer ]
25 Jul Re: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron question [Jim Edlhuber ]
25 Jul Yellow-crowned Night-Heron question ["B.G. Sloan" ]
25 Jul Shorebird Viewing Map ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
25 Jul get ready to count raptors this fall [William Mueller ]
25 Jul Columbia/Dane County shorebird spots ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
25 Jul Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 24, 2014 [Dennis Casper ]
25 Jul RFI: Bell's Vireo [Tom Sykes ]
24 Jul news from the WI Chimney Swift Working Group [William Mueller ]
24 Jul Horicon NWR Trumpeter Swan update/Dodge County ["Tom Wood" ]
23 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, female, male and young male on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha Co. 7/23/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
23 Jul Off topic--Vikings Stadium Harmful to Birds--Take action [Jennifer Ambrose ]
23 Jul Shorebird pond update [Daryl Tessen ]
23 Jul Am Avocet, Dane Co [Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez ]
23 Jul Dodge Co. River Rd., Virginia rails, Sora ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
23 Jul New WSO Field Trip [Kim Kreitinger ]
22 Jul Confirmed Nesting of Acadian Flyc & Hooded Warbler in Milw Co. [Andrea Szymczak ]
22 Jul turkeys ["Bettie R. Harriman" ]
22 Jul Need ID, plus neat experience in Birding, Oshkosh ["Paul Bruce" ]
21 Jul Paul Risch email, phone and address [Schaufenbuel ]
21 Jul Red-headed Woodpecker Fledgling, Milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
21 Jul Snowy Egret - Prairie du Chien [Hotmail ]
21 Jul 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas steering committee meets tomorrow [William Mueller ]
21 Jul American Avocet - Dodge Co. ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Jul Re: Juvenile Balt. Oriole question.... ["Tom Schultz" ]
21 Jul Birds N Beers - Green Bay [Nancy Nabak ]
20 Jul Juvenile Balt. Oriole question.... [Tom Koch ]
20 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly Waukesha Co. 7/20/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
20 Jul Carolina Wren ["Hakim Barrett" ]
20 Jul Re: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI [Susan Jans ]
19 Jul Red-winged BBs [Russell Schrinner ]
19 Jul Re: Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County [Aparna Sridhar ]
19 Jul Re: Shorebird ponds ["Tom Wood" ]
19 Jul Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County ["Tom Wood" ]
19 Jul Shorebird ponds [Daryl Tessen ]
19 Jul Green Heron - Two distinct types found in Tiedeman's pond [Aparna Sridhar ]
18 Jul Pleasant Branch middleton [Dawn ]
18 Jul Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover continues ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
18 Jul Fwd: Milwaukee traffic alert for weekend of July 18-21 ["Peter A. Fissel" ]
17 Jul Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee WI. 7/17/14, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
17 Jul RFI Manitowoc Little Gull [Tim Balassie ]
17 Jul Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 17, 2014 [Dennis Casper ]
17 Jul Plan Commission delays action on bad-for-birds golf course ["Carl Schwartz" ]
17 Jul Ruddy Ducks, Oshkosh ["Paul Bruce" ]
16 Jul Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
16 Jul Re: Eurasian Collared Dove, Seymour, Yes [Rob ]
16 Jul Tennessee Warbler - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]

Subject: Shorebird photos/ID help please :)
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:16:22 -0500
Hello, everyone!
I was hoping to find my foy Semipalmated Sandpiper yesterday, but I am not
sure if I did. I may have been seeing just numerous Leasts of various
ages/in various plumage with muddy legs. In any case, if anyone feels
inclined to check out my IDs, that would be great. Also included are some
nice shots of Pectoral SPs, the Great Blue I saw, plus some of the
Short-billed Dowitcher.

Thanks and good birding!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/49427613 AT N03/sets/72157645632194617/

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Gov. Dodge SP- Bell's Vireo +
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:15:53 -0500
It took a while but we found one Bell's Vireo along with Blue-winged &
Golden-winged Warblers and Black-billed Cuckoo. We parked at the Upland
Trailhead, walked the road toward the entrance to the horse trail north. At
the split, we walked up the hill back east to the top. Just over the ridge
is where we found the Bell's.  The other three birds were at the beginning
of the trail.
We found Willow Flycatchers at the prairie creek area of Stephans Falls. At
the bottom of the falls were families of Acadian Flycatchers.
Wood Ducks, Green Heron and Lesser Yellowlegs were in a pond near Cox
Valley Lake.
Adding some nice birds to our five day old Wis. List and at 476 for NA this
year. Could be recording breaking for us.
Ty & Ida Baumann
Madison (presently at Gov.Dodge State Park)

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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Jul 29, 2014
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:32:01 -0700
 
HOPE YOUR DAY IS JUST GREAT!  -Mike Goodman, South Milwaukee



On Wednesday, July 30, 2014 11:30 AM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
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Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, US-WI
Jul 29, 2014 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     squirrels & chipmunks everywhere
22 species

Canada Goose  21
Wood Duck  8     [1] adult & [7]  young
Mourning Dove  4
Belted Kingfisher  1     female
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  12
House Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Song Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  5
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  3     [1] male & [2]  female
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  2
House Finch  2     pair

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19246837 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Re: Horicon - shorebirds
From: Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls AT wildblue.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:14:50 -0500
there is some shore bird habitat west of the marsh.
Dodge county
A & E had birds yesterday between Horicon and Beaver Dam
Also check the 151 and A on ramp.151 south bound
South of Beaver Dam Just north of Shaw Marsh wildlife area. On Shaw hill rd
East side about 1 mile south of W.
Hwy 16 and 60 between Maiden Lane and Old J rd. held birds on Saturday.
We had 4/10"  of rain last night. That should help.
Birds spotted over the weekend
Yellowlegs,stilt sp, least sp semi-palm sp, dowitchers, spotted Sp,
solitary sp, killdeer and snipe, Egrets and many GB herons
Also see Ryan Brady's map
     https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zrISUUCkqOqc.kfLDCxunuirE

Jeff Bahls
Lowell Wi



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> Was thinking of taking a trip over to Horicon was wondering if many
> shorebirds are present now?
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> Marathon County
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Subject: Re: Horicon - shorebirds
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:25:15 -0500
There was essentially zero habitat for shorebirds at Horicon Marsh on 
Sunday, Myles, but a few fields nearby are still holding enough water to 
interest them.  I do think that if it continues to be so dry, the north 
side of Hwy 49 could drop low enough for shorebirds - maybe we'll get 
lucky by the time the WSO trip on August 17 rolls around...

Peter Fissel
Madison WI
(and frequent habitue of Horicon Marsh...)

On 7/30/2014 8:14 AM, Myles Hurlburt wrote:
> Was thinking of taking a trip over to Horicon was wondering if many 
shorebirds are present now? 

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Subject: Horicon - shorebirds
From: Myles Hurlburt <mhurlburt44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:14:05 -0500
Was thinking of taking a trip over to Horicon was wondering if many shorebirds 
are present now? 


Thanks 

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Town of Rib Mountain 
Marathon County
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Subject: Re: Milwaukee County Park Listening Sessions ~ Voice Your Concern
From: Bob Matyas <bobmatyas AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:10:35 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
 
Hello all,
Lu Ann and I attended this mee= ting today. We asked about the proposed
developments, and were questioned = to be specific about what rare for
Milwaukee County birds were seen or hear= d during the breeding season at
thearea of the Whitnall Park Zip Line prop= osal.   Thanks to Andrea, we
toldthem Hooded Warbler, Acadian Flycatc= her, and Cerulean Warbler.
The answer we received was quite positiv= e.  We were told the Zip Line
wouldbe along the tree line, and no tre= es would be cut in the woods, that
they would ensure no trails would be los= t.  For Froemming Park, we were
told and this was seconded by the loca= l Alderman who was present, that no
development was planned for Froemming P= ark.  We then asked if any
development was planned for the county land= ( mostly prairie land )
encircling Froemming Park.  We were told no i= mmediate development was
planned for that area, so if this is correct this = is good news.      Good
Birding,  =    Bob and Lu Ann Matyas     Franklin, = WI.

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>From: Andrea Szymczak 
>Sent: Jul 28, 2014 11:57 AM
>To: "wisbird= n AT freelists.org" 
>Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee = County Park Listening Sessions ~ Voice Your
Concern
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>This lin= k may be of interest to those concerned about recent development
>pro= jects detrimental to birds at both Whitnall and Froemming Parks:
>htt= p://county.milwaukee.gov/PublicInformationInputSessions
>Andrea Szymc= zak
>Waukesha, WI
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Subject: Returning to the Milwaukee lakefront (briefly)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:42:10 -0400
Tomorrow morning (7/30/14) I'll be be boarding a plane in Newark, NJ, for a
direct flight to Milwaukee's Mitchell Field. I'll be in Milwaukee until
Sunday. I plan on birding the lakefront like I did a couple of years
ago...Lakeshore State Park, Veterans Park, McKinley Beach, Bradford Beach,
and Lake Park. If you see a guy with a white beard, glasses, and an
orange-and-blue ball cap with the letter "I" on the front, feel free to say
"hi". :-)
Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean


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Subject: Shorebirds, Myers Beach, Racine
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:00:32 -0500
There is excellent shorebird diversity at Myers Beach in Racine, located on
Lake Michigan just south of the Gateway Technical College campus (you can
google it for directions) right now. Pectoral, Least Sandpipers, possible
Semipalm SP or/and Sanderling, Spotted SP, Killdeer, Semipalm Plover and a
Short or Long billed Dowitcher. Juvenile Hooded Merg, Song Sparrow, terns
and Great Blue Heron also present. This area underwent a controlled burn in
the spring (or last fall? My memory is horrid) and now the shorebirds have
places in the beach area as well as along the shoreline. This has been a
great place for shorebirds for the past few years, and it may get even
better this year! I'm so excited because there is lack of shorebird habitat
anywhere else near me. WHOO HOO
-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Re: Shorebird Viewing Map
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:46:09 -0500
The map should be up to date with everything I could glean from DNR staff, 
facebook, this listserve, and personal contacts. I left "dried up" or potential 
sites on there for now, so read captions for details. If you see any errors or 
have additions, please let me know, and thanks for your contributions thus far. 


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

Ryan Brady
Phone: (715) 685-2933
ryan.brady AT wisconsin.gov


-----Original Message-----
From: Brady, Ryan S - DNR 
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:08 PM
To: 'wisbirdn AT freelists.org'
Subject: Shorebird Viewing Map

Shorebird migration is upon us and should only get better through August. As in 
previous years, DNR staff have highlighted this bird group 
(http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/Article_Lookup.asp?id=3033) and is maintaining a 
map of all suitable shorebird viewing locations in the state on both public and 
private lands. 


But the map is off to a slow start and could use your input. What good spots 
are missing? Are any shown no longer any good? Your feedback would be helpful 
in making this a valuable tool for finding shorebirds in the months ahead. For 
any additions, please provide me with exact location/directions and best 
access/viewing point. Thanks! 


The current map can be viewed at:  http://bit.ly/1qEkuP0


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Ryan Brady
WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator - Bureau of Wildlife Management Wisconsin 
Department of Natural Resources 

Phone: (715) 685-2933
Cell Phone: (715) 421-9018
Fax: (715) 685-2909
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Subject: RFI: Contact info
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:57:01 -0500
If anyone can put me in touch with Barb Kellerman, please contact me 
back-channel. 

Thanks,

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron east of Wausau, in Marathon County
From: Dan Belter <bwhawk55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:27 -0500
Yesterday, an immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was reported and
photographed just east of Wausau. This morning, myself, along with
several other local birders went looking for it, and successfully
found it in the same area it was reported at yesterday. Take Marathon
County Highway N east out of Wausau for about 9 miles to where the
highway crosses the Eau Claire River. Right before the bridge, turn
north onto Eau Claire River Road and park along the the roadside. The
bird seems to hang around in this area the most (anywhere from the
bridge to up the river a few hundred yards), but was seen 150 yards
south of the bridge this morning as well. The bridge over the river
can have steady traffic, and at high speeds, so I would suggest
staying off of the bridge for your own safety. Eau Claire River Road
runs parallel to the river for about 1/2 mile north of the bridge, so
if the bird is not in the area just north of the bridge, try searching
further north of there. Also, this bird does have plenty of trees to
sit and hide in, so also check the tree during your search. I posted
some photos I took of it today on my flickr.com site. Here are the
links; https://www.flickr.com/photos/bwhawk/14589920928/,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bwhawk/14590077927/,
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bwhawk/14589853180/

-- 
Dan Belter
Marathon County, WI
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Smooth Phlox Waukesha Co. some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:20:19 -0500
Hi all,
3 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have been visiting the yard lately and
stopping at a variety of different wildflowers. A male, female and young
male have been present. On one occasion I witnessed one of them going to
the wildflower, Smooth Phlox, Phlox gladerrima interior. I thought I would
share a couple images. If you care to view them, use the link below:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-smooth-phlox-july-25-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding!

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Dodge Co. Shorebirds areas
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:36:58 -0500
There is good shorebird habitat on the SW corner of the intersection of Hwy 
A and Hwy E east of Beaver Dam. There is quite a bit of grassy area in the 
water but still sufficient open shallow water and mud. This afternoon I 
counted roughly 90 birds there. The majority were lesser and greater 
yellowlegs with a few pectorals. Some killdeer of course along with 1 each 
spotted, solitary and least sandpipers. There may have been more. There is 
also water north across the road but it is pretty much full of grass. Saw 
some mallards but no shorebirds there. I also heard a Sora call once while 
there. In Hustisford below the dam the water is still too high to draw 
birds consistently. There is one small exposed bar that has a few birds 
visiting on and off the past few days, five species nothing unusual.
 Dave Schrab
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Subject: Wyalusing area - White-eyed Vireo +
From: Ida Baumann <tynida AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:39:27 -0500
We are back in Wisconsin - happy to see eastern birds after the last 10
months traveling in Western North America.  First stop - 3 days at
Wyalusing State Park. It's not easy finding the specialties here at the end
of July but here are some of the 70 species we found and where:
White-eyed Vireo
Tufted Titmouse       Gasner Hollow 3/4 mile from Bagley Bottoms
Prothonotary Warbler   Bagley Bottoms Landing
Yellow-throated Warbler - Pines by Homestead Picnic Area in S.P.
Cerulean Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - Passenger Pigeon Monument area
Kentucky Warbler - below Wis. Ridge Campground
Acadian Flycatcher - several along Boat Landing Road. S.P.
For our traveling info and photos go to: www.tynida.blogspot.com
Ty & Ida Baumann
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Subject: Milwaukee County Park Listening Sessions ~ Voice Your Concern
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:57:58 -0500
This link may be of interest to those concerned about recent development
projects detrimental to birds at both Whitnall and Froemming Parks:
http://county.milwaukee.gov/PublicInformationInputSessions
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI

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Subject: Osprey report - Dane Co.
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:29:15 -0500
Recently I was able to check a few Osprey nest in Dane Co. Things are looking 
pretty good but 2 nests are quite behind the others. At Mandt Park in Stoughton 
2 chicks near fledge stage. LaFalette Co Park on Lk Kegonsa has 2 fledglings as 
does the cell tower in Madison behind Madison Newspapers. The 2 nest in the bay 
of the Yahara R in Stoughton (behind the hospital) the chicks aren't sitting up 
much yet so hard to see for sure but I believe 1 nest has 2 and the other only 
1. These 2 pairs were in battle with another pair back in April and nesting was 
delayed by a few weeks. I have been seeing lone osprey sitting on towers 
between here and Madison going to or from work. Not sure if they are using the 
towers for feeding perches or resting or hoping for nesting. 

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Subject: Osprey report - Dane Co.
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:23:33 -0500
Recently I was able to check a few Osprey nest in Dane Co. Things are looking 
pretty good but 2 nests are quite behind the others. At Mandt Park in Stoughton 
2 chicks near fledge stage. LaFalette Co Park on Lk Kegonsa has 2 fledglings as 
does the cell tower in Madison behind Madison Newspapers. The 2 nest in the bay 
of the Yahara R in Stoughton (behind the hospital) the chicks aren't sitting up 
much yet so hard to see for sure but I believe 1 nest has 2 and the other only 
1. These 2 pairs were in battle with another pair back in April and nesting was 
delayed by a few weeks. I have been seeing lone osprey sitting on towers 
between here and Madison going to or from work. Not sure if they are using the 
towers for feeding perches or resting or hoping for nesting. 

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Subject: Shorebird spot near Waupun
From: Mark Benson <2718mtb AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:52:44 -0500
Hey All,
On Saturday afternoon, I was on my way to a wedding when I noticed a
flooded field on the south side of 68 approximately 1 or 2 miles southwest
of Waupun.  My kids were napping in the car, so I wasn't able to stop and
survey them, but I'd estimate there were 150 shorebirds present, as well as
a large flock of gulls.

Anyone in the near future looking for shorebirds around Waupun may want to
stop here, though traffic might be a bit heavy on 68.  I plan on stopping
by Wednesday at some point.

Yours in Birding,

Mark Benson
Oshkosh WI


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Subject: Shorebirds Sauk City
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:11:42 -0500
This is the first weekend in a long time that I have seen water levels low 
enough below the Prairie du Sac dam to expose sandbars. 

The most shorebird were seen at the Sauk City Canoe Launch, down Leuders Road 
(the third stop light coming from Madison) 

Most were Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers with a couple Solitary and Lesser 
Yellowlegs. 


No telling how long this area will remain wet. If the river level remains low, 
this area may dry up just as the farm fields have. 


Looking toward the dam from the Prairie du Sac VFW Park I saw a few peeps and 
four Spotted Sandpipers with Killdeer. (scope is needed) This area tends to 
have wet areas no matter what the river level is. But obviously it was not as 
good for birds as the canoe launch today. 


Jim Schwarz
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Dodge Co. spots drying up
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:52:33 -0500
I checked most of the shorebird spots Daryl and Tom have been reporting on 
recently, and found nearly all are bone-dry now. The one on County C west of 
Hwy 151 had one Lesser Yellowlegs (and you can't really stop there anyway - 
busy road and NO shoulder.) Only a couple other areas were even damp, and none 
had birds. The field on 26 between C and I has a little water, but lots of 
vegetation, so if there were birds there, I didn't see them on a quick scan. 

 
On my way back from Oshkosh this afternoon, I cruised the perimeter of Horicon 
Marsh, but with the strong winds, there were few birds to be seen. There were a 
couple of Great Egrets on the north side of Hwy 49, and the water looked pretty 
shallow. It's possible that if it continues to be so dry, that side may go down 
enough to be attractive to shorebirds in a few weeks. The pair of adult 
Trumpeter Swans were on the south side east of the pumphouse, but I didn't see 
the youngsters near them. I hope they were resting in nearby vegetation. 

 
One flooded field that bears watching is at the corner of Dike Rd. and County 
TW. The last couple of times I've gone by, there were several shorebirds, 
although only common species. Today, there was one bird - appropriately, a 
Solitary Sandpiper. There is enough water to last for a while yet. 

 
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Madison WI
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Subject: Re: Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park
From: Bob Matyas <bobmatyas AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:24:41 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
     Hello all,
     We agree with John and Steve, we live in Franklin, and we do vote.   
 Lu Ann and I regularly bird there and this year an Eastern Kingbird family had 
babies in this area. This area has quite of bit of Eastern Meadowlarks, most 
years Bobolinks ( Bobolinks did not stay this year, too wet? ), and various 
prairie sparrows usually not found too easily in Milwaukee County. Also this is 
a great spot for American Woodcock. 

      From the looks of it they plan to destroy a lot of various habitat.
 The Wehr Astromony Club also meets here, a few years ago it was rated the 
darkest area in Milwaukee County. They already have a large ball field just 
south of here that is usually available. I like baseball a lot, but it seems 
like we have enough ball fields, and not enough natural areas in Milwaukee 
County. 

      Bob and Lu Ann Matyas
      Franklin, WI.  

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>From: Steven Lubahn 
>Sent: Jul 27, 2014 6:54 PM
>To: pelotonstar AT gmail.com
>Cc: wisbirdn birdn 
>Subject: [wisb] Re: Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park
>
>That’s a shame to hear about the development John. I discovered this park 
recently and agree, it is a nice natural area. Development is swallowing up our 
natural areas, all around us. 

>
>Steven Lubahn
>Cudahy
>Milwaukee Co.
>
>
>> On Jul 27, 2014, at 6:21 PM, Biffbradford .  wrote:
>> 
>> I just made a short post about my last two mornings birding at Froemming
>> Park, in Franklin on Milwaukee's southwest side that I wanted to share. I
>> wouldn't normally post that here, however, I just read that the city is
>> planning on "improving" this whole natural area with baseball diamonds
>> sometime in the near future. So, if you're in the area of Franklin, enjoy
>> this wonderful area before it's all bulldozed. That is all.
>> 
http://johnwilkephotography.blogspot.com/2014/07/birding-at-froemming-park.html 

>> 
>> John Wilke
>> Greenfield
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Subject: Re: Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park
From: Steven Lubahn <stevenlubahn AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:54:43 -0500
That’s a shame to hear about the development John. I discovered this park 
recently and agree, it is a nice natural area. Development is swallowing up our 
natural areas, all around us. 


Steven Lubahn
Cudahy
Milwaukee Co.


> On Jul 27, 2014, at 6:21 PM, Biffbradford .  wrote:
> 
> I just made a short post about my last two mornings birding at Froemming
> Park, in Franklin on Milwaukee's southwest side that I wanted to share. I
> wouldn't normally post that here, however, I just read that the city is
> planning on "improving" this whole natural area with baseball diamonds
> sometime in the near future. So, if you're in the area of Franklin, enjoy
> this wonderful area before it's all bulldozed. That is all.
> 
http://johnwilkephotography.blogspot.com/2014/07/birding-at-froemming-park.html 

> 
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> Greenfield
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Subject: Birding at Franklin's Froemming Park
From: "Biffbradford ." <pelotonstar AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:21:11 -0500
I just made a short post about my last two mornings birding at Froemming
Park, in Franklin on Milwaukee's southwest side that I wanted to share. I
wouldn't normally post that here, however, I just read that the city is
planning on "improving" this whole natural area with baseball diamonds
sometime in the near future. So, if you're in the area of Franklin, enjoy
this wonderful area before it's all bulldozed. That is all.
http://johnwilkephotography.blogspot.com/2014/07/birding-at-froemming-park.html

John Wilke
Greenfield


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Subject: Question about light brown juvenile Mallard, Manitowoc
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:48:34 -0500
I count on the marvelous experts on this list to help with questions I  
have. :-) I really tried to search this out for myself and couldn't  
find much that addressed it. Anyway, does anyone know, when a mallard  
is almost all shades of a smooth light brown to dark brown (without  
the distinct mottling) with white areas, (and still having a normal  
blue speculum patch), is this coloration due to just abnormal  
pigmentation like a genetic defect, or is it due to having some hybrid  
DNA in it's background, or can it be either? Or is it possible that's  
just a phase?

While I could easily find other photo examples of this, I couldn't  
find an explanation for it. As a juvenile that is in a grouping with  
other normal juvenile mallards, how will one like this change at  
maturity in either of the sexes?

I'm sure many of you out there know a lot more about such things than  
I do, and while I realize they do regularly hybrid with other species,  
I'd like to know what the possibilities are that this is just abnormal  
pigmentation. This otherwise in every way matches with classic  
juvenile mallard characteristics.

If pictures are needed to answer the questions, I will gladly provide  
pictures of it.

Thanks in advance!

Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City & County

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Subject: "to provide birds the best fighting chance of surviving threats, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected"
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:52:51 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2014/07/to-provide-birds-best-fighting-chance.html 

William Mueller
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WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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Subject: Re: Columbia/Dane County shorebird spots
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:20:36 -0500

 The Stoughton area is almost all dry, and the larger ponds are full of 
plants. I stopped at 9 Springs today. The eastside of the second pond had 
some shorebirds and the gravel bars on the third pond has promise. A fair 
number of Lesser Yellowlegs and Solitary Sandpipers were present along with 
a few Least and 1 Semi-palmated Plover. A couple Spotted's and many 
Killdeer.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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From: "Peter A. Fissel" 
To: "Wisconsin Birding Network" 
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 1:08 PM
Subject: [wisb] Columbia/Dane County shorebird spots


>I forgot to post this last night.  I had an appointment in Sun Prairie
> yesterday, so after that I went up to check some of the flooded fields
> in Columbia and So. Dane Counties.  Many are now dried up with the lack
> of recent rains.  Harvey Rd. north of Wangsness is now covered in grass
> - looks good for Buff-breasted SPs, although the grass will likely be
> too tall by the time the Buffies come through.  Harvey north of Hwy 60
> is dry on the west side, and the pond on the east side has receded way
> back from the road.  Didn't seem to be much there besides a few Canada
> Geese and maybe a Killdeer.
>
> Goose Pond doesn't have much exposed mud at the edges, although the east
> pond might be worth checking if you're in the area.  DM & I and DM at
> Wibu Rd. both had water and a few shorebirds, but nothing that piqued my
> interest enough to break out the scope.  County V and Patton/Schumacher
> had zip.  Schumacher north of Cuba Valley Rd. is dry on the west side,
> with just a little water on the east side, and very few birds.  Unless
> we get some significant rain in the next week or so, the shorebirds will
> probably be concentrated in a few spots.
>
> Peter Fissel
> Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: Pelicans - Dane County
From: Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez <dgi AT peacecouncil.org>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:51:30 -0500
At 5:45 this evening, a kettle of 26 American White Pelicans soaring over 
Cherokee Lake, gradually moving northward. 


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Subject: Re: Shorebird Viewing Map
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:58:49 -0500
Hi Ryan-
As of yesterday, Breezy Point Rd flooded field had dried up. Hwy 26 flooded
field was close to drying up, may be dry today. Under that same location,
the field north of CTH C (west of 26) has been dry for at least a week.
Today, there were shorebirds on two small flooded areas on the east side of
Dodge CTH I within .5 miles south of STH49. Species seen were Lesser
Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Solitary
Sandpipers, Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, 1 Wilson's Snipe, 1 Wilson's
Phalarope, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, and Killdeer. Yesterday, but not today,
there was 1 Stilt Sandpiper. I suspect those ponds will be dry within a
couple of days.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Brady, Ryan S - DNR
Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 3:08 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Shorebird Viewing Map

Shorebird migration is upon us and should only get better through August. As
in previous years, DNR staff have highlighted this bird group
(http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/Article_Lookup.asp?id=3033) and is
maintaining a map of all suitable shorebird viewing locations in the state
on both public and private lands.

But the map is off to a slow start and could use your input. What good spots
are missing? Are any shown no longer any good? Your feedback would be
helpful in making this a valuable tool for finding shorebirds in the months
ahead. For any additions, please provide me with exact location/directions
and best access/viewing point. Thanks!

The current map can be viewed at:  http://bit.ly/1qEkuP0


We are committed to service excellence.
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Subject: Late Notice Madison Birds and Beers
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:48:02 -0500
There is a Madison Birds and Beers tonight at the Union Terrace. We are below 
the stage as far right as you can go. This is also a farewell party to David La 
Puma as he leaves to take on the role of director of the Cape May Bird 
Observatory. 


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Subject: Re: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron question
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:40:20 -0500
Hi Bernie,
The last time I saw the Yellow-crown Night-Heron was on Friday July 11,
2014 and that was at Lakeshore State Park.
No reports of it either by staff there at the park since that day as of
yesterday.

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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> Is the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron still hanging around the Milwaukee
> lakefront?
> Thanks!
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Former Milwaukeean who is making a visit next week...
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Subject: Yellow-crowned Night-Heron question
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:20:00 -0400
Is the Yellow-crowned Night-Heron still hanging around the Milwaukee
lakefront?
Thanks!

Bernie Sloan
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Subject: Shorebird Viewing Map
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:07:49 -0500
Shorebird migration is upon us and should only get better through August. As in 
previous years, DNR staff have highlighted this bird group 
(http://dnr.wi.gov/news/Weekly/Article_Lookup.asp?id=3033) and is maintaining a 
map of all suitable shorebird viewing locations in the state on both public and 
private lands. 


But the map is off to a slow start and could use your input. What good spots 
are missing? Are any shown no longer any good? Your feedback would be helpful 
in making this a valuable tool for finding shorebirds in the months ahead. For 
any additions, please provide me with exact location/directions and best 
access/viewing point. Thanks! 


The current map can be viewed at:  http://bit.ly/1qEkuP0


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

Ryan Brady
WBCI Bird Monitoring Coordinator - Bureau of Wildlife Management
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
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Cell Phone: (715) 421-9018
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Subject: get ready to count raptors this fall
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:47:01 -0500
http://hawkwatch.org/blog/item/714-counting-hawks
See some of you at the WGLBBO hawkwatch at Forest Beach Migratory preserve
this fall...

(ALSO COMING SOON: evening nighthawk watches, last 2 weeks of August and
first week of September - more info coming soon...).

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
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Subject: Columbia/Dane County shorebird spots
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:08:25 -0500
I forgot to post this last night.  I had an appointment in Sun Prairie 
yesterday, so after that I went up to check some of the flooded fields 
in Columbia and So. Dane Counties.  Many are now dried up with the lack 
of recent rains.  Harvey Rd. north of Wangsness is now covered in grass 
- looks good for Buff-breasted SPs, although the grass will likely be 
too tall by the time the Buffies come through.  Harvey north of Hwy 60 
is dry on the west side, and the pond on the east side has receded way 
back from the road.  Didn't seem to be much there besides a few Canada 
Geese and maybe a Killdeer.

Goose Pond doesn't have much exposed mud at the edges, although the east 
pond might be worth checking if you're in the area.  DM & I and DM at 
Wibu Rd. both had water and a few shorebirds, but nothing that piqued my 
interest enough to break out the scope.  County V and Patton/Schumacher 
had zip.  Schumacher north of Cuba Valley Rd. is dry on the west side, 
with just a little water on the east side, and very few birds.  Unless 
we get some significant rain in the next week or so, the shorebirds will 
probably be concentrated in a few spots.

Peter Fissel
Madison, Dane Co.
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 24, 2014
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:47:32 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI
 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
Bird Walk
Thursdays,  8am-10am year round, Free and Open to the Public, All Ages
Welcome

Thursday,  July 24, 2014
61 degrees
Sunny
21 birders

Species:  35

4 Canada Goose
4 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Ring-billed Gull
4 Rock Pigeon
4 Mourning Dove
14 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Warbling Vireo
5 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
7 Barn Swallow
8 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

31 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
6 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
7 Song Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
10 Indigo Bunting
8 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Common Grackle


1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
7 House Finch
24 American Goldfinch
26 House Sparrow


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Subject: RFI: Bell's Vireo
From: Tom Sykes <sykes AT motmot.net>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:47:41 -0500
A while back there were some reports of a Bell's Vireo being seen/heard at a 
boat landing north of Fond du Lac. Does anyone have any recent (within the past 
week or so) reports of the Bell's? 


Thanks,

Tom Sykes (currently in Dale, Outagamie County)
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Subject: news from the WI Chimney Swift Working Group
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:34:48 -0500
If you're attending the Midwest Bird Conservation and Monitoring Workshop
in Port Washington (Aug 4-8) stop and take a look at  the poster
presentation which will be viewable from 5:00 - 6:30pm on Tuesday, August
5th. The Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group, WGLBBO, and Bird City Green
Bay have a scientific poster in this event, entitled "Monitoring Roosting
Chimney Swifts in Green Bay, Wisconsin". Our poster explains the Bird City
GB group monitoring effort of more than 100 chimneys, maps the distribution of
both active and inactive chimneys and the number of birds using those
chimneys during the autumn roost period, and provides information on this
citizen science initiative. Bird City Green Bay has done a stellar job, and
is a model for other local monitoring projects.
See the in-progress website of the Working Group at:
http://www.wiswifts.org/

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Horicon NWR Trumpeter Swan update/Dodge County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:10:22 -0500
The Trumpeter Swan family with 3 cygnets and the injured adult has moved
from the pond east of the pumphouse to the large pool
across from the historical marker. The pond east of the pumphouse has a lot
of algae cover, but their new location has lots of open water. Looking at a
google satellite map, there does not seem to be a water connection between
the two ponds and since the cygnets are too young to fly, they must have
walked over land to get there.
The injured swan takes the rear position in the group with the 3 cygnets in
between. Unless you see the left side of the injured swan, you would not
realize anything is wrong with him?/her?. (S?)He is still holding the left
foot up with just a bit of the foot dangling in the water as (s?)he swims,
but (s?)he is able to move along in the water using the good leg. There does
not seem to be a steering problem as the group moves slowly in a straight
line. 
When I left, the entire family was feeding about 250 yards back from the
road near the east side of the pond.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, female, male and young male on Royal Catchfly in Waukesha Co. 7/23/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:49:47 -0500
Hi all,

I enjoyed watching Ruby-throated Hummingbirds visiting some Royal Catchfly
plants in the yard today in Waukesha Co. Present today was a female, male
and young male. They only appeared one at a time. They work so hard! I
thought I would share a few images from today's event at the link below if
you care to view them:



http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-royal-catchfly-july-23-2014/ 




Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Off topic--Vikings Stadium Harmful to Birds--Take action
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:43:13 -0500
I think that this issue is relevant for us here in WI, but please do not
reply to the list with any comments! Just read and sign if you are
inclined.
If you want more info, just google Vikings Audubon to see many news
articles.

https://secure.audubon.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1717
Thank you so much.

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Shorebird pond update
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:59 -0500
I checked out the shorebird ponds, mainly west of Horicon Marsh. Many of the 
ponds have dried up or about to. Only 10 shorebird species were seen with just 
2 Short-dowitchers, 1 Stilt Sandpiper plus standard fare for this time of the 
fall migration. Dried up ponds included Redwood/Jersey, Jersey/C, Oakwood/I and 
almost dried up were Breezy Pt/151 ( small amount of water close to road with 
50+ yellowlegs and 40+ peeps squeezed into the limited water), 26 pond south of 
I. Good habitat still although not all had shorebirds were Jersey/A, 2 ponds on 
I south of 49 and on C before the Jersey intersection. If this dry spell 
continues there will probably be almost no ponds by this coming weekend. Good 
luck. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Am Avocet, Dane Co
From: Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez <dgi AT peacecouncil.org>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:03:40 -0500
American Avocet standing on a tiny islet in Cherokee Lake / Yahara River today.

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Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez
Madison, Dane County



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Subject: Dodge Co. River Rd., Virginia rails, Sora
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:42:18 -0500
A short mid-day visit to River Rd.  south of Hustisford produced better 
than expected results. Saw 1 great blue heron, 2 turkeys, 1 belted 
kingfisher, 4 solitary sandpipers, 2 green herons, 3 adult Virginia rails 
with 1 feeding a black chick and best of all my first visual of a Sora this 
year.
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Subject: New WSO Field Trip
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:07:19 -0500
The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology has added a new field trip to the
roster! Join WSO for an evening at the Linwood Springs Research Station in
Stevens Point and have a close encounter with Wisconsin’s smallest owl, the
adorable Northern Saw-whet! You’ll learn about and observe the owls’
capture through infrared video surveillance, then enjoy a walk out to the
nets. You’ll get to see the owls up-close while we make notes and band
them. You might even see a Long-eared Owl, too! There will also be a
presentation on Project SNOWstorm that highlights the Wisconsin owls.
Should be a great evening!
The field trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 at 7:30 pm and will be
led by WSO Field Trip co-chairs Jeff Baughman and Tom Schultz, and raptor
biologist Gene Jacobs. A $15 registration fee is required for this trip and
registration is limited to 28 people. Directions and registration
information can be found raptor at:
http://raptorservices.rezgo.com/details/56750/owl-banding-field-trip


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President, Wisconsin Society for Ornithology
Madison, WI

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Subject: Confirmed Nesting of Acadian Flyc & Hooded Warbler in Milw Co.
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:35:45 -0500
For the past two summers, I've walked the informal trails of a wonderful
woodland at Whitnall Park known as the "Mangan Woods".  Based on data from
the 1st WI Breeding Bird Atlas, there are no confirmed breeding records for
ACADIAN FLYCATCHER or HOODED WARBLER in Milwaukee Co.  In 2013, and again
this summer, these species nested within the Mangan Woods.  The woods is
located across the road from the golf course.  Parking is available by the
Ross's Lodge and the trails are primarily to the south of the lodge
itself.  A Google search will provide additional directions if needed.
Also of interest at this location was a male CERULEAN WARBLER which sang
throughout June and until I last heard him on 2 July.
Unfortunately, the County is in the process of erecting a recreational
ropes course/zipline at this site.  I guess these state-threatened species
will be the losers once again.....
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI

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Subject: turkeys
From: "Bettie R. Harriman" <bettie AT new.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:01:19 -0500
At the moment I am debating (with myself) if I should call our 
property Turkey Territory - in the past we have called it Harriman Haven.

This summer we have at least 23 young turkeys, with 3 Moms, that 
visit the yard daily, usually about this time of late 
afternoon.  They are so cute and funny.  I have learned that very 
young chicks can fly - even up onto the roof of the house and 
certainly onto the hopper feeders in the yard.  They talk to each 
other as they patrol the yard and sometimes Mom talks back to 
them.  They are happy to explore our deck, including taking naps on 
it.  And pay no attention to the cat watching them through the 
screened door.  She sees them, not sure they see her.

Price of the turkey entertainment - cost of shell corn.  I know 
turkeys are not rare (anymore) and not a species that would get 
serious birders out to a particular location, but they sure are fun to observe.

Happy Summer,

Bettie Harriman
in her woods north of Oshkosh

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Subject: Need ID, plus neat experience in Birding, Oshkosh
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:38:25 -0700
Hey folks, what an ethereal event I had on the way back from Ripon last night. 
 The place, Bonnie View Rd., 2 miles east from Pickett; conditions -  Muggy, 
calm, quiet, full of mosquitos and deer flies, but worth the battle. The 
results- 

at least 5 wood thrushes singing around me, indigo buntings here and there, a 
pewee chasing a redbellied woodpecker at one point, 2 hummingbirds zipping 
overhead twittering like crazy, house wren in the distance, a great crested 
flycatcher hollering over the main pathway in the woods.  Something I can 
barely experience these days, being with the family most of the time. Even a 
deer strolled onto the road about 100 ft away from me, my one slight move and 
she was gone.   

  In other nature news, some off-topic, the mortality rate along the hwys this 
year seem to have jumped. Are there more foxes around 'cause there were 2 dead 
ones on Hwy 44 earlier this summer, seen other live ones, too. Odd dead animals 
include a crane, also along 44 and a coyote along Hwy 21 in the Auroraville 
area this past Saturday. Seen more skunks, too, inc. 2 around town here.  Need 
an ID on a caterpillar my parents have by L. Butte des Morts,  inch1/2 long 
fleshy pale orange with 5 bright white dots alongside.  Lastly in this dept. on 
the subject of fishing, I caught a deformed walleye, if stretched out would've 
been 13'', looked like a hunchback, otherwise was perfectly healthy with it's 
fight.  Any thoughts from a possible DNR person reading this, what may've 
caused  this 

morph.  Looked like the Regency symbol from the movies.
  Finally I'm rather content with a modest 74 species for July here in 
Winnebago County so far, there are some other easy misses I could get like 
Forsters tern, either bittern, if I get a chance to walk Uihlein Marsh. Hope 
the weather doesn't get too nasty for you northwoods folks 

   Paul Bruce, you know where!
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Subject: Paul Risch email, phone and address
From: Schaufenbuel <schaufenbuel AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:15:43 -0500
Hi all,

Does anyone have Paul Risch's contact information?

Thanks,

Joe

-- 
Joe Schaufenbuel
Stevens Point
Portage Co., WI

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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker Fledgling, Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:33:23 -0500
I observed one fledgling and one adult Red-headed Woodpecker at Lake Park
this morning. There are a few photos at the link (and the blog below it
contains some fun photos of young grackles, a crow, and many of several
young Baltimore Orioles).
http://birdspazz.blogspot.com/

Thanks,

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Snowy Egret - Prairie du Chien
From: Hotmail <rory_cameron AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:44:41 -0500
I just received a report from Anne Geraghty of a Snowy Egret in the SW corner 
of the intersection of Hwy 35 and Hwy K north of Prairie du Chien. She saw it 
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Subject: 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas steering committee meets tomorrow
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:44:45 -0500
We are still on track to start the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas
(you'll frequently see it referred to as "WBBA2") in early 2015.
This fall, a series of Atlas Workshops will be held around WI.

Data entry etc will be online this time.

Look for more news in the coming weeks and months, from the Atlas team,
including members of WSO, WDNR, and WGLBBO, plus partners in USFWS and
other agencies and NGOs.

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: American Avocet - Dodge Co.
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:14:51 -0500
Sorry I didn't get this posted last evening, but there was a American Avocet 
at a small flooded-field pond in Dodge Co. yesterday afternoon.  This was 
along Hwy. E, just east of Hwy. A -- between Beaver Dam and Horicon. 
Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs were also present.

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Green Lake Co. 

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Subject: Re: Juvenile Balt. Oriole question....
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:38:42 -0500
Tom, my thought is that both of the birds in your photos are adults -- the 
first one a male and the second a female.  Both birds are molting to some 
extent.  Judging from the worn brown wing feathers of the female that are 
being replaced by fresh darker feathers, this bird was likely born in 2013, 
so now in its second year.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Tom Koch
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:38 PM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] Juvenile Balt. Oriole question....

For the last week+ I have been watching what I assumed was an oriole family 
feed in my yard. I have attached two male juvenile Balt. Oriole photos. 
There is an obvious difference in their coloration at this point. Does one 
then assume that they are from different broods/families, therefore I have 
been watching more than one family feed?
Thanks!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7vb3dnj725179m/140719_0104.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3yb0whe74hxwl3n/140719_0107.jpg
Tom Koch
Plover
Portage Co.
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Subject: Birds N Beers - Green Bay
From: Nancy Nabak <nnabak AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:05:16 -0700
Hey Gang,
Just a reminder that Birds N Beers is tomorrow night, Tuesday, at 6:30 p.m. 
Titletown Brewery - 2nd floor. 


See you there!

Nancy Nabak
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Subject: Juvenile Balt. Oriole question....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 22:38:58 -0500
For the last week+ I have been watching what I assumed was an oriole family 
feed in my yard. I have attached two male juvenile Balt. Oriole photos. There 
is an obvious difference in their coloration at this point. Does one then 
assume that they are from different broods/families, therefore I have been 
watching more than one family feed? 

Thanks!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/k7vb3dnj725179m/140719_0104.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3yb0whe74hxwl3n/140719_0107.jpg
Tom Koch
Plover 
Portage Co.
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly Waukesha Co. 7/20/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:40:34 -0500
Hi all,

I enjoyed watching a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting some Royal Catchfly
plants in the yard today in Waukesha Co. I thought I would share a few
images from today's event at the link below if you care to view them.

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-royal-catchfly/

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Carolina Wren
From: "Hakim Barrett" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "heyheystop@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 18:29:27 -0700
Hey,
I heard a Carolina Wren singing its slightly slurred "turdle, tur-dle, tur-dle" 
song right outside my bedroom window this morning. Anyway, it really surprised 
me because I've never encountered this bird before! 

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Subject: Re: Milwaukee Wild Turkeys - RFI
From: Susan Jans <heysus99 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:05:10 -0500
I saw one yesterday by the dorms at UW-Milwaukee on Maryland Ave.

Susan Jans 
Shorewood, WI


On Jul 14, 2014, at 5:36 PM, Mark Korducki  wrote:

> There was a tom and at least one if not two hens hanging around the 
lighthouse ravines in Lake Park all spring. 

> 
> Mark Korducki, New Betlin
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Jul 14, 2014, at 5:14 PM, "B.G. Sloan"  wrote:
> 
>> I'm making a return trip to Milwaukee at the end of this month and I sure
>> would like to take some photos of the Wild Turkeys that hang out near the
>> UWM campus and Lake Park. Since my time in Milwaukee will be limited, I'd
>> sure like suggestions as to the places I'd be most likely to see them.
>> Thanks,
>> 
>> Bernie Sloan
>> Highland Park, NJ
>> Former Milwaukee lakefront guy
>> 
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Subject: Red-winged BBs
From: Russell Schrinner <schrinner AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 20:02:43 -0500
The red-winged blackbirds continually snack from the peanut feeder in my yard. 
I have not seen this before. Is this unusual, or am I not very observant? 

By the way, red-headed woodpeckers seem to be fond of grape jelly along with 
many other species. I go through at least one jar per/day. 


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Subject: Re: Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County
From: Aparna Sridhar <apar.sridhar AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:11:10 -0500
I was at Horicon Marsh this afternoon observing the Trumpeter Swan Family.
 As Tom mentions they rest very close to the road in a muddy area.  The
injured swan was resting, while the others were feeding.  They spend a lot
of time as a family, when I returned a few hours later, they were still
feeding nearby and then climbing on to the place where the injured swan was
to rest.  I'm afraid I could only see 3 cygnets as well.  Here are some
pictures:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14691959304/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14694067942/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14694068002/

Aparna Sridhar
Madison, WI


On Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 5:49 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

> I have received a request from another birder that I continue to post
> updates on the injured Trumpeter Swan and the family.
> During my last 3 visits to the pond east of the pumphouse south of STH49,
> the swan family has been resting on a small muddy flat area not too far
> from
> the road. I have never seen more than 3 cygnets during these last 3 trips,
> but another birder told me on Thursday that she had seen 4. If anybody else
> sees 4, I would appreciate an update because I thought one had perished.
> There seems to be little progress with the injured swan as it continues to
> stand on one foot, but at least it remains with the family. The cygnets are
> growing but are still covered in gray down. It seems that the injured swan
> is still contributing to the well being of the family, but whether its
> injury will affect its longevity remains to be seen. It is a relief to see
> the family in a resting area away from the road shoulder!
> I was able to confirm that Least Bitterns successfully bred near the red
> rock along the auto tour this year. I saw a juvenile with wispy white crown
> feathers standing along the ditch about 100 yards north of the red rock.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Re: Shorebird ponds
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:00:25 -0500
I don't know if it is significant, but the Breezy Point pond that Daryl
mentioned has had a Red-necked Phalarope during my last two visits. It did
not remain on Thursday after a large piece of farm equipment rumbled by and
spooked the birds, so I did not post it.
However, this morning it was back on Breezy Point pond and remained for
about a half hour. Jeff Bahls saw it fly to the west. Perhaps it makes the
rounds of the ponds in the area during the day. Today I saw it from about
8:40 A.M. until 9:10 A.M. which is nearly the exact time I saw it on
Thursday. The plumage is intermediate between breeding and winter plumage as
Daryl mentioned for the two birds he saw.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Daryl Tessen
Sent: Saturday, July 19, 2014 4:51 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Shorebird ponds

With the current dry weather shorebird ponds are drying up.  I checked
Church Rd pond in Fond du Lac co, which has no water on the west side and
limited on the east with extensive plant growth.  Mainly some Lesser
Yellowlegs and Killdeer, plus a few Pectorals and Leasts.
In the Horicon Marsh area the best ponds were (in no particular order) 26
pond (between C and I), Oakwood/I pond, Jersey/Redwood pond, Jersey/C pond
(south of C on Jersey), Jersey/A pond, and Breezy Pt/151 pond.  Today the
best were numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6.  I ended with 14 shorebird species that
included my first fall RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.  Two were seen with still some
color showing on the necks.  The first was at Oakwood/I (but it was not
present when I went by over an hour later).  The second was at the Jersey/C
pond.  Short-billed Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers were seen at several
ponds totaling 55 and 12 respectively.  A Cattle Egret was on the west side
of the road (I) by a farm (south of C) (Thanks Jeff Bahls for alerting me to
this bird).

The Trumpeter Swan family by the pump house was close to the road's shoulder
as they preened (but not on it).  A lone Trumpeter Swan was by the historic
sign (Fond du Lac co) and the other swam family was in the last pond on the
Auto Tour.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Horicon Marsh NWF Refuge Trumpeter Swan update, Least Bittern/Dodge County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:49:51 -0500
I have received a request from another birder that I continue to post
updates on the injured Trumpeter Swan and the family.
During my last 3 visits to the pond east of the pumphouse south of STH49,
the swan family has been resting on a small muddy flat area not too far from
the road. I have never seen more than 3 cygnets during these last 3 trips,
but another birder told me on Thursday that she had seen 4. If anybody else
sees 4, I would appreciate an update because I thought one had perished.
There seems to be little progress with the injured swan as it continues to
stand on one foot, but at least it remains with the family. The cygnets are
growing but are still covered in gray down. It seems that the injured swan
is still contributing to the well being of the family, but whether its
injury will affect its longevity remains to be seen. It is a relief to see
the family in a resting area away from the road shoulder!
I was able to confirm that Least Bitterns successfully bred near the red
rock along the auto tour this year. I saw a juvenile with wispy white crown
feathers standing along the ditch about 100 yards north of the red rock.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Shorebird ponds
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:51:26 -0500
With the current dry weather shorebird ponds are drying up. I checked Church Rd 
pond in Fond du Lac co, which has no water on the west side and limited on the 
east with extensive plant growth. Mainly some Lesser Yellowlegs and Killdeer, 
plus a few Pectorals and Leasts. 

In the Horicon Marsh area the best ponds were (in no particular order) 26 pond 
(between C and I), Oakwood/I pond, Jersey/Redwood pond, Jersey/C pond (south of 
C on Jersey), Jersey/A pond, and Breezy Pt/151 pond. Today the best were 
numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. I ended with 14 shorebird species that included my 
first fall RED-NECKED PHALAROPES. Two were seen with still some color showing 
on the necks. The first was at Oakwood/I (but it was not present when I went by 
over an hour later). The second was at the Jersey/C pond. Short-billed 
Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers were seen at several ponds totaling 55 and 12 
respectively. A Cattle Egret was on the west side of the road (I) by a farm 
(south of C) (Thanks Jeff Bahls for alerting me to this bird). 


The Trumpeter Swan family by the pump house was close to the road's shoulder as 
they preened (but not on it). A lone Trumpeter Swan was by the historic sign 
(Fond du Lac co) and the other swam family was in the last pond on the Auto 
Tour. 

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Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Green Heron - Two distinct types found in Tiedeman's pond
From: Aparna Sridhar <apar.sridhar AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 08:06:17 -0500
So I was out birding in Tiedeman's pond today and we had a heron galore (a
rare sight for me within the city).  5 great blue herons and 4 green herons
were spotted near dusk.
Interesting thing about the Green Herons was there were two distinct
looking ones.  The stout ones with the thick neck and just had the slender
long neck that is similar to blue herons.  Any idea if is a subspecies or
just a juvenile?   Here are the pictures.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14707836983/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/47269106 AT N02/14430614260/

Other birds:

Ruby throated hummingbird - 1
Mallards - 3
Great Blue Heron - 5
Green Heron - 4
Sandhill Crane - 2
Goldfinch - 1 couple
Redwings - 30+
Swallows - 30+
Sparrows - 20+

Aparna Sridhar
Madison, WI


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Subject: Pleasant Branch middleton
From: Dawn <iciegolden AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:16:56 -0500
> I plan to go to Pleasant Branch for the first time this weekend.
I am looking for suggestions in where is the place to see variety of birds.

Thanks,
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Subject: Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover continues
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:05:00 -0500
Late this afternoon the semi-palmated plover was still present along with a 
small number of 5 other common shorebird species. The water and mudflat are 
on the west side of Elmwood Rd and Pike Rd intersection. Viewing would be 
best in the morning. The birds here are quite close to the road.
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Subject: Fwd: Milwaukee traffic alert for weekend of July 18-21
From: "Peter A. Fissel" <pfissel AT library.wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:12:06 -0500
Repeating for those who may have forgotten...

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Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee traffic alert for weekend of July 18-21
Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:28:43 -0500


If anyone is pining to see the YC Night Heron at Lakeshore St. Park in
Milwaukee, you might want to go this weekend.  Work on the Zoo
Interchange near State Fair Park will require a full closure of I-94
between Hwys 45 and 100 starting next Friday night and lasting until
early Monday morning (18th-21st.)  As they say, expect delays (in other
words, avoid the area like the plague...)

Peter Fissel
Madison WI
(where we know all too well about road construction... sigh...)
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Subject: Ruby-throated Hummingbird Lakeshore State Park Milwaukee WI. 7/17/14, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:01:49 -0500
Hi all,
I did some birding at Lakeshore State Park in Milwaukee this morning. The
highlight was a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird working some native plants
there. The Green Heron was also present along with the common Ring-billed
and Herring Gulls. It was a beautiful day to be out birding with mild
temps, sunshine and lows winds.

Some images from today's event if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-lakeshore-state-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-july-17-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: RFI Manitowoc Little Gull
From: Tim Balassie <tbalassie AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:25:39 -0700
I am hoping one of you would be kind enough to let me know where the best 
viewing location might be for the Little Gull(s) at Manitowoc Harbor.   The 
point on the south side of the river looks nice per Google Earth, but is there 
any parking?  On the north side, can you park at the Best Western, or will they 
kick you out? 

Thanks for any assistance.

Tim Balassie

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 17, 2014
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:12:22 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI
 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
Bird Walk
Thursdays,  8am-10am year round, Free and Open to the Public, All Ages
Welcome

Thursday,  July 17, 2014
65 degrees
Sunny
20 birders

Species:  29

11 Canada Goose
5 Mallard
2 Peregrine Falcon
13 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
2 Chimney Swift
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Warbling Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo

5 American Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
6 Black-capped Chickadee
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
13 Cedar Waxwing
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Eastern Towhee

6 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal
6 Indigo Bunting
10 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
6 House Finch
13 American Goldfinch
170 House Sparrow


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Subject: Plan Commission delays action on bad-for-birds golf course
From: "Carl Schwartz" <cschwartz3 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:44:56 -0500
Among those appearing before the Town of Wilson Plan Commission Wednesday night 
in opposition to the Kohler Company's request for a conditional use permit that 
would violate the Sheboygan County town's 20-year Comprehensive Plan were 
representatives from Bird City Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology 
and the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory. Here is the story from 
this morning's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (also linked below along with 
coverage from the Sheboygan Press) 



Town of Wilson - A 247-acre parcel of land bordering Lake Michigan has become a 
battleground for Kohler Co., which owns the land and wants to build a 
championship-caliber golf course on it, and area residents and environmental 
groups who are opposed to such a development. 


During a Town of Wilson plan commission public hearing Wednesday night, more 
than 70 people spoke and only four supported the proposed 18-hole course. 


About 300 people attended the hearing, which lasted nearly three hours.

The plan commission decided to defer action on Kohler's request for a 
conditional use permit. 


"I will say this is the largest turnout we've ever had for a simple meeting 
since I've been on the plan commission," Doug Fuller said. "And I appreciate 
that. It shows there's interest. 


"We, the town plan commission, are here to hear your concerns."

Priority was given to Town of Wilson residents, who were asked to keep their 
comments to three minutes. Many went over their allotted time and were cut off 
by Fuller. 


Kohler officials contend that the course, which would be designed by architect 
Pete Dye, would create jobs, add to the tax base, attract tourism and be 
sensitive to the environment. 


Six Kohler officials attended the meeting, including Michael Belot, general 
manager of Destination Kohler, who spoke for the company. 


Those opposed said the course would pollute the environmentally sensitive Black 
River and that tree removal would ruin a pristine old-growth forest. 


Opponents also said a golf course would not meet provisions in the town's 
20-year master plan designed to limit impact on environmental corridors. 


Others expressed concern that the course would create traffic congestion in a 
residential area and do irreparable harm to an important shoreline habitat for 
migratory birds. 


"This is a community that has risen up as people who love and appreciate the 
environment," said Jan Anderson, a town resident. 


"This is such a high-quality habitat," said state Rep. Brett Hulsey, who 
attended the hearing. "Farmland to golf course is an improvement on the 
environment. This would not be an improvement." 


Earlier Wednesday, Herbert V. Kohler Jr., president and CEO of Kohler, 
announced in a statement that he would pursue Audubon Signature Course 
certification for the proposed golf course. 


But some at the hearing pointed out that Audubon International, which would 
certify the course, is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. 


"(Kohler) is doing it to pacify the audience," said Gary Zimmerman of 
Sheboygan. "It's an insult to the entire population of this state." 




http://www.jsonline.com/sports/golf/kohlers-plans-for-lakefront-golf-course-draws-strong-opposition-b99312101z1-267443371.html 



http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2014/07/16/hulsey-kohler-golf/12755325/ 



http://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/local/2014/07/16/residents-speak-proposed-golf-course/12767513/ 


Carl Schwartz
Steering Committee Chair, Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory
Coordinator, Bird City Wisconsin
Milwaukee County
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Subject: Ruddy Ducks, Oshkosh
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 06:42:23 -0700
It always seems to happen, my avian enthusiastic friends, that I'll find some 
diving duck hanging around this area after migration and so this time I find 2 
ruddy ducks in Miller;s Bay yesterday hanging around with a sick looking 
pelican, IT'S bill was very fleshy pink in color. 

Not too much else of note, aside from bluebirds at  my folks house. Also a late 
afternoon cruise up Ctk M. Uihlein Marsh found me 5 new month birds including 1 
FOY of all things, some wood thrushes.  A tough bird for me to get these days. 
  

 Paul Bruce Oshkosh
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Subject: Dodge Co. Elmwood Rd. Semi-palmated plover
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:35:44 -0500
The mudflat at the intersection of Elmwood Rd and Pike Rd this afternoon 
had a small selection of shorebirds including 1 semi-palmated plover. Also 
heard sora and barred owl and there was a pelican on the water across the 
road.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co
  
  


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Subject: Re: Eurasian Collared Dove, Seymour, Yes
From: Rob <robzeeee AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:07:34 -0500
Excellent! Thank you so much for the update! The call was unmistakable so I 
knew they had to be there. 


Glad you found them! 
Rob Zimmer
Appleton, Outagamie County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 16, 2014, at 1:13 PM, ""  (Redacted 
sender "roamu AT aol.com" for DMARC) wrote: 

> 
> I had 2 birds in the vicinity of the water tower mid-morning, 7/16 - 
specifically 924 Lincoln St. on pole. I checked the address Jack Swelstad 
mentioned last wk, then rode some streets in the area. Heard a bird near tower, 
then found one on a power line. Again, thanks to Rob Zimmer for his initial 
discovery/post. 

> Ross Mueller
> Appleton, Outagamie County.
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Subject: Tennessee Warbler - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:30:30 -0600
First southbound Tennessee Warbler of the year at my house this morning. 
Otherwise, bird song way down and fledgling activity way up! 

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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