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1 Jul Horicon Marsh [Daryl Tessen ]
1 Jul shorebird arrivals - Dunn Co. [Janine ]
1 Jul Dane County Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake LITTLE GULL YES 6/30/15 ["Jake Mohlmann" ]
30 Jun Worm-eating Warbler - Wyalusing SP - Grant Co [Aaron Holschbach ]
30 Jun Manitowoc imp. [Daryl Tessen ]
29 Jun Re: identification? [Bill Sell ]
29 Jun Fwd: identification? [Bill Volkert ]
29 Jun identification? [Bill Sell ]
28 Jun Jefferson Co. nightjar "slam" [Peter Fissel ]
27 Jun Little Gull still at Patrick Marsh [James Schwarz ]
27 Jun Re: ID help.... [William Mattrisch ]
27 Jun ID help.... [Tom Koch ]
27 Jun Trip Report/Photos -- Finland [Sunil Gopalan ]
26 Jun Re: Question on Chipping Sparrows (and also Catbird) ["Kathleen Stupich" ]
26 Jun Question on Chipping Sparrows ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
26 Jun Mockingbird family in Eau Claire [Janine ]
25 Jun Patrick Marsh, Dane Co [Paul van ginkel ]
25 Jun Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, June 25, 2015 [Dennis Casper ]
25 Jun great video from Smithsonian Migratory Connectivity Project [William Mueller ]
25 Jun Birds of the Cook Arboretum Research Project - call for participants ["Klubertanz, Tom" ]
25 Jun White-eyed Vireos - Arena Boat Landing - Iowa County [Aaron Holschbach ]
25 Jun Re: Directions to Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake (Dane Co.) ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
25 Jun Directions to Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake (Dane Co.) [Peter Fissel ]
24 Jun LITTLE GULL @ Patrick Marsh [Patrick Ready ]
23 Jun Door Cty Snowy []
23 Jun ALERT: Northern Mockingbird Newville ["Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts" ]
23 Jun No Subject ["Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts" ]
23 Jun updated Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative "Issues Papers" [William Mueller ]
23 Jun Fw: June eBird Hotspot of the Month [Peter Fissel ]
23 Jun Another test - ignore [Peter Fissel ]
23 Jun Test - ignore [Peter Fissel ]
22 Jun Wh Th Sparrow- St. Croix County []
22 Jun Re: WI BBA question [Ryan Brady ]
22 Jun Re: WI BBA question [Andrea Szymczak ]
22 Jun Re: WI BBA question ["Tom Wood" ]
22 Jun Re: WI BBA question ["Tom Schultz" ]
22 Jun Oriole and RHWO fledglings: So. Milw [Betsy Abert ]
22 Jun WI BBA question [Judith Huf ]
22 Jun Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Jun 22, 2015 [Mike Goodman ]
22 Jun Re: House Wrens bringing food to the nest hole, Waukesha Co. 6/21/15, some images... [Judith Huf ]
22 Jun House Wrens bringing food to the nest hole, Waukesha Co. 6/21/15, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
22 Jun Little Gull (Dane Co.) there, then gone, tonight [Peter Fissel ]
21 Jun Re: Little Gull-Dane YES Sunday, Caspain Tern YES [Aaron Holschbach ]
21 Jun Hummingbird nest - Pardeeville, Columbia County [Brian Doverspike ]
21 Jun Re: Little Gull-Dane YES Sunday, Caspain Tern YES [Shawn Miller ]
21 Jun Little Gull still at Patrick Marsh [Nolan Pope ]
21 Jun Lots of fledglings and possible Brown-headed Nuthatch? [Paul Noeldner ]
20 Jun Re: House finch [Sandy Petersen ]
21 Jun Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane ["Samuel J. Krerowicz" ]
20 Jun Lakefront Gulls: Iceland, Glaucous & Little Gulls (19 June 2015) [Amar Ayyash ]
20 Jun Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane [Nolan Pope ]
19 Jun Bird Conservation Trip Osa Peninsula!!! [Michelene OConnor ]
19 Jun Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane ["Steve Thiessen" ]
19 Jun Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane [Amar Attach ]
19 Jun Possible Little Gull-Dane [Kyle Lindemer ]
19 Jun Breeding Bird Atlas notes - Columbia County [Brian Doverspike ]
19 Jun UW Arboretum (Dane), major disappointment [Dale Bonk ]
19 Jun Door Co. snowy owl ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
19 Jun more about recent attacks on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act [William Mueller ]
19 Jun Re: Does anyone know if the Snowy Owl is still on hwy 57? ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
19 Jun Does anyone know if the Snowy Owl is still on hwy 57? [Mark Stratton ]
19 Jun House finch ["Jerry Schoen" ]
18 Jun Thursday birding [Daryl Tessen ]
18 Jun Re: House Sparrows [Patricia Keuck ]
18 Jun Pesticides and slugs! ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
18 Jun Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, June 18, 2015 [Dennis Casper ]
18 Jun Re: House Sparrows [John Krerowicz ]
18 Jun House Sparrows ["R & C Dermody" ]
18 Jun Re: Franklin Osprey: RFI [Mike Goodman ]
17 Jun Re: Franklin Osprey: RFI [Brian Hansen ]
17 Jun Re: Franklin Osprey: RFI [Brian Hansen ]
17 Jun Franklin Osprey: RFI ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
17 Jun You Wanna Chat? Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, Waukesha County ["Spencer Stehno" ]
17 Jun Re: Question [John K ]
17 Jun Question ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
17 Jun the big news in bird conservation [William Mueller ]

Subject: Horicon Marsh
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 15:45:25 -0500
I spent this morning birding Horicon Marsh. Along 49 the Trumpeter Swan family 
were on the pond east of the pump house. Due to distance there appeared to be 5 
or 6 cygnets at least. On the north side of the highway (Fond du Lac co) there 
was an impressive number of Great Egrets and White Pelicans feeding in a 
relatively small part of the pond. 100+ pelicans were there plus at least 325 
egrets. Unfortunately all were Great E. Also around were several Great Blue 
Herons and Black-cr. Night Herons. 

I walked the western half of the Old Marsh Rd. There is EXCELLENT shorebird 
habitat in the pond beyond the boardwalk pond. I spent almost two hours there 
alone and tallied the following: 30+ Killdeer plus a family group of 4 young 
with their parents, 10+ Spotted Sandpipers, 25+ each Lesser Yellowlegs and 
Least Sandpipers, and single Greater Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper and 
Wilson's Snipe. If the water level continues as it currently is, this should be 
an excellent attraction for migrating shorebirds for hopefully this as well as 
the next month. As the pond is extensive and extends back quite a ways, a scope 
is almost a must. 


Good luck. (Once again no Black-necked Stilts could be found I have not seen 
any for at least the past two weeks.) 


Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: shorebird arrivals - Dunn Co.
From: Janine <jlp228 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 13:18:14 -0500
Fall is oficially here -- had my first southbound shorebirds at
Dummer's pond yesterday following the cold front.  There were 3 L.
Yellowlegs, 1 G. Yellowlegs, and a group of about 10 peeps, some of
which were young Leasts (couldn't make out the rest for sure due to
distance/heat waves).

Janine Polk
Eau Claire
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Subject: Dane County Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake LITTLE GULL YES 6/30/15
From: "Jake Mohlmann" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mohlmann2@yahoo" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2015 03:06:41 +0000 (UTC)
birders -
At 4:00 pm today (6/30/15) the previously reported LITTLE GULL was floating by 
itself in the middle of Brazee Lake just east of Patrick Marsh middle school in 
Dane County. 

cheers,
Jake MohlmannTucson, AZ



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Subject: Worm-eating Warbler - Wyalusing SP - Grant Co
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:23:49 -0500
I spent some time this morning along Long Valley Road at Wyalusing State
Park.  After seeing two YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS in the pines I decided to
continue walking uphill along the road.  After the curve and just past the
"Road Narrows" sign I stopped to try to get a look at a singing CERULEAN
WARBLER.  The very first bird I saw on the downhill side of the road was a
WORM-EATING WARBLER. I watched the Worm-eating for the next few minutes and
during this time the bird never sang, but gave its sharp chip note several
times making it easy to relocate.  After getting several great looks I
continued walking uphill to try to find a bird that that had been singing
further uphill which I thought was a good fit for a Worm-eating.  In about
a half hour of searching I could only find singing Chipping Sparrows but
I'm not certain that I ever saw the bird that was singing the Worm-eating
like song.   One other bonus while I was trying to turn one of the songs
into a second Worm-eating, was a KENTUCKY WARBLER that was carrying food.
The Kentucky was located just after the second curve going uphill on Long
Valley Road.
Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee
Dane Co.


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Subject: Manitowoc imp.
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:37:27 -0500
I checked out the Manitowoc impoundment early this morning. The number of gulls 
and terns has decreased from earlier this month. However there still was nice 
activity. As I walked out a 2nd yr Glaucous Gull was circling overhead, but 
soon disappeared. 99% of the gulls and terns are now loafing on the south end 
of the impoundment, as there is very little shoreline on the north end. Present 
were 20 Caspian Terns, about 20 Common Terns and one interesting one that got 
away from me, but before it did it had field marks suggesting an Arctic Tern! 
45 Bonaparte's Gulls with a LITTLE GULL that put on a fine show all the time I 
was there (resting and flying right in front of me; it is coming into sub-adult 
plumage). Also present was a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER that was joined after some 
time by 4 Least Sandpipers and a Spotted Sandpiper. About 6 Killdeer were also 
around. It looks like the fall shorebird migration is beginning, as indicated 
by the White-rumped and Leasts. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: identification?
From: Bill Sell <sunrise AT bikethehoan.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 22:38:52 -0500
Thanks for the many responses.  My betters say unanimously: European 
Goldfinch.
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*Bill Sell
sunrise AT bikethehoan.com*


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On 6/29/2015 10:27 AM, Bill Sell wrote:
> I'd rather bird-watch outdoors, but this video is intriguing for many
> reasons. I tried the Peterson Field Guide, but could not find anything
> resembling the star of this show.  The off-microphone human language
> sounds eastern European; so the locale might not be anywhere near the
> States.
> http://www.chonday.com/Videos/peacwatchju3
>
> Anyone know the species?
>
> Bill



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Subject: Fwd: identification?
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:44:10 -0500
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Bill Volkert 
Date: Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 12:43 PM
Subject: Re: [wisb] identification?
To: sunrise AT bikethehoan.com

European Goldfinch.  This has been a somewhat popular cage bird in parts of
Europe and has also made its way to the U.S. with several birds escaping
into the wild, including in Wisconsin.

On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 10:27 AM, Bill Sell  wrote:

> I'd rather bird-watch outdoors, but this video is intriguing for many
> reasons. I tried the Peterson Field Guide, but could not find anything
> resembling the star of this show.  The off-microphone human language
> sounds eastern European; so the locale might not be anywhere near the
> States.
> http://www.chonday.com/Videos/peacwatchju3
>
> Anyone know the species?
>
> Bill
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Subject: identification?
From: Bill Sell <sunrise AT bikethehoan.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:27:43 -0500
I'd rather bird-watch outdoors, but this video is intriguing for many 
reasons. I tried the Peterson Field Guide, but could not find anything 
resembling the star of this show.  The off-microphone human language 
sounds eastern European; so the locale might not be anywhere near the 
States.
http://www.chonday.com/Videos/peacwatchju3

Anyone know the species?

Bill
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Subject: Jefferson Co. nightjar "slam"
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 15:08:24 +0000
Nolan Pope and I went over to the So. Kettle Moraine St. Forest yesterday 
evening, hoping to hear the continuing Chuck-will's-widow. After grabbing a 
bite to eat in Whitewater, we poked around until sunset. We made a token try 
for the Prairie Warbler at the Mackie Picnic Area, but not many birds were 
singing after 6:00 p.m. 


We got to Young Rd., on the Jefferson/Walworth Co. line, around 7:00 p.m. Heard 
and saw multiple Scarlet Tanagers, a Rose-breasted Grosbeak eating mulberries, 
heard a Blue-winged Warbler doing the alternate call, Wood Thrushes, etc. 
Around 8:00, we headed farther east to the big open area where the power line 
goes through. I parked at the bottom of the hill and we wandered up and down 
the road until dark. Saw a bunch of Orchard Orioles on the Jefferson Co. side 
of the road. An adult male was clearly feeding fledged young, but there was at 
least one and possibly two more adult males near it. All of the birds were in 
mulberry trees that were loaded with fruit, so it may have just been a 
coincidence, unless non-breeding young from the previous year help out with 
feeding the current year young? Also heard Clay-colored Sparrow and Ovenbird on 
the Walworth Co. side. 



Right at 9:00 p.m., the Chuck-will's-widow started up from the pines up the 
hill to the east on the Walworth Co. side. We walked up the hill while he sang 
constantly for about five minutes, although he moved slightly at one point. 
When he stopped, we watched intently, and I saw him fly across the road up near 
the top of the hill. A Whip-poor-will had been singing from the Jefferson Co. 
side for a few minutes, and after a few more minutes, we heard "Chuck" start up 
again, well to the north. More "Whips" were singing by then, as well, on both 
sides of the road. On the way back to Madison, we heard a Common Nighthawk in 
downtown Fort Atkinson, completing our Jefferson Co. nightjar slam. 



Heading towards Madison on Hwy 12, we could see the "Shake the Lake" fireworks 
when they started just after 10:00 p.m. With the bright moon and Jupiter and 
Venus so close in the western sky, it was just a gorgeous evening. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Little Gull still at Patrick Marsh
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 23:48:12 -0500
The Little Gull was still at Patrick Marsh - Dane Co at 3pm today. 
It was at the northeast part of the lake most of the time. A scope was helpful 
at that distance. 


Also present along the edge were Green Heron, 3 Great Egrets, and several Gt 
Blue Heron. 


Jim Schwarz
Madison, Wi. Dane Co
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Subject: Re: ID help....
From: William Mattrisch <mattrisch AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:26:02 -0500
I would say wilsons snipe
On Jun 27, 2015 8:24 PM, "Tom Koch"  wrote:
> Snipe?
> https://flic.kr/p/uX2s1b
> Tom Koch.............
> Plover
> Portage Co.
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Subject: ID help....
From: Tom Koch <helpmerhonda1 AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:23:30 -0500
Snipe?
https://flic.kr/p/uX2s1b
Tom Koch.............
Plover
Portage Co.
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Subject: Trip Report/Photos -- Finland
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 2015 16:16:43 -0500
Hello All --
I spent a week in Finland last month - doing nothing but watching and
photographing birds. I don't think I slept or ate much either. I recall
bars of chocolate on the go and 2:30 am starts.

If you want to read about the details and see some photos, head over here:

http://www.sunilsphotos.com/?p=1095

My target species was breeding plumage Ruff and secondary ones were Black
Grouse and Capercaille. Although this May happened to be the rainiest in
Finland in decades (which didn't bode well for photos), the trip was quite
successful. If your plans have you thinking about Scandinavia, drop me a
line!

Sunil - Madison - Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Question on Chipping Sparrows (and also Catbird)
From: "Kathleen Stupich" <kstupich AT execpc.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 13:31:43 -0500
I too am wondering about singing/calling at this time of year, particular
re: a catbird that's been hanging around our yard for a couple of months,
who is still singing. As Hilary asks about the chipping sparrow below, might
this catbird be a still-unmated bird?
Thanks!   Kathy Stupich, Iola, Waupaca Co.
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On Behalf Of K. Hilary Ford
Sent: Friday, June 26, 2015 11:32 AM
To: Doorcobirding; wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Question on Chipping Sparrows

There have been two at least of these Sparrows chipping away in two
locations nearby.  Often they bathe in the fountain.  All the time between
their bathing and feeding they Chip for long periods.  I am wondering
whether this is habitual or they have not found mates yet.  They were first
here in late April.  Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay,Door CO

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Subject: Question on Chipping Sparrows
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:31:49 -0500
There have been two at least of these Sparrows chipping away in two
locations nearby.  Often they bathe in the fountain.  All the time between
their bathing and feeding they Chip for long periods.  I am wondering
whether this is habitual or they have not found mates yet.  They were first
here in late April.  Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay,Door CO

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Subject: Mockingbird family in Eau Claire
From: Janine <jlp228 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:08:29 -0500
Much thanks to Anne Geraghty for finding a singing Mockingbird last
night at the RCU building in downtown Eau Claire.  I followed up on it
this morning and found not just one bird, not two, but a whole family
that flew up in waves from shrubs along the riverside.  I estimate at
least four full-sized young birds, following the parents and begging
for food.  The family moved west and were later seen by others at the
farmers market area.

Thanks to Anne also for alerting me to the presence of gulls at the
old Kmart building along Claremont Ave.  There appears to be a
Ring-billed Gull colony in progress on the roof -- hopefully this
building is not slated for demolition any time soon.

Janine Polk
Eau Claire
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Subject: Patrick Marsh, Dane Co
From: Paul van ginkel <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 22:23:01 -0500
Between 6:45- 7:15PM tonight:
Had great looks of the Little Gull actively feeding around the lake at some 
point accompanied by a Black Tern. Large rafts of white pelicans made for the 
perfect backdrop. 

Thanks Peter Fissel for great directions. The Little Gull left flying north as 
previously described as well. 


Paul van Ginkel
Madison
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, June 25, 2015
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 16:59:27 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, June 25, 2015
63 degrees
Overcast with sprinkles
18 birders

Total Species:  35

2 Canada Goose
20 Mallard
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Herring Gull
2 Mourning Dove
5 Chimney Swift
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Eastern Phoebe

6 Warbling Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
10 American Crow
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Tree Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
5 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
12 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
20 American Robin

3 European Starling
6 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Chipping Sparrow
7 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting
30 Red-winged Blackbird
21 Common Grackle
3 Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Orchard Oriole
2 Baltimore Oriole
3 House Finch
30 American Goldfinch
8 House Sparrow

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Subject: great video from Smithsonian Migratory Connectivity Project
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:14:46 -0500
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/scbi/migratorybirds/blog/?id=1443

William Mueller
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Subject: Birds of the Cook Arboretum Research Project - call for participants
From: "Klubertanz, Tom" <tom.h.klubertanz AT uwc.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:50:15 +0000
Greetings,
The Birds of the Cook Arboretum Research Project is in need of birders to 
assist with sampling of Hooded Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, and Acadian 
Flycatcher on Sunday, 5 July. This project is in its tenth year of a long-term 
study of the birds of the Cook Arboretum in Janesville (Rock County). We use an 
innovative method to sample these three species, but it requires volunteers 
from both the local and birding communities. We would welcome your assistance. 


If interested, please let me know and plan to arrive at the Cook Arboretum just 
before 6 AM. We are done sampling by about 9 AM. The project website is at 
http://pages.uwc.edu/tom.h.klubertanz/cook/cookproject.htm. The website has a 
description of the project and information for participants, including links to 
images and sound recordings of the species we study. People less experienced 
with these species are paired with more experienced birders. 


Thanks,

Tom Klubertanz (Janesville)
Co-Investigator
UW-Rock County

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Subject: White-eyed Vireos - Arena Boat Landing - Iowa County
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:04:55 -0500
This morning I hiked the trail to the east of the Arena Boat Landing to the
location of the WHITE-EYED VIREO.  I was happy to immediately hear a
White-eye singing, and even better I soon found a second White-eye as the
two birds scolded me for being in their territory.  After watching them for
about 10 minutes I saw one of the White-eyed Vireos flying around with a
bug in its beak for a few minutes before flying into the thick brush where
I would have to assume a nest is located.  This current pair of vireos are
located about 75 yards to the north of the location where the pair of
White-eyed Vireos nested several years ago.
In case anyone is interested in trying for these vireos I want to give a
heads up on the condition of the trail to their location.  The first 1/4 to
1/2 mile of the trail is a little overgrown but a pretty easy hike.  As you
hike east you will run into the marsh and this is where the trail pretty
much disappears.  From hear you need to continue hiking another 1/2 mile
straight east though tall grass (over 6' high in places) and through areas
of water that are as deep as knee deep.  The hike might not be too
enjoyable but the birding out there is pretty good.  Some other birds I was
able to confirm breeding in this location this morning included VEERY, GRAY
CATBIRD, YELLOW WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, and
BOBOLINK.  I also had YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and BELL'S VIREO in the area but
was unable to confirm breeding for either of these species.

Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee
Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Directions to Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake (Dane Co.)
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 11:48:51 -0500
Just thought I'd mention I was there at 9:00 this morning and the LITTLE 
GULL was still present. I first spotted it flying over the lake and then it 
flew in and landed on debris next to the cattails only about 50 yards from 
the parking area offering me excellent viewing. It stayed there preening 
and resting for maybe 20 minutes. When it took off and flew I saw the 
distinctive black M on the upper wings.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co
  
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 From: "Peter Fissel" 
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2015 8:55 AM
To: "Wisconsin Birding Network" 
Subject: [wisb] Directions to Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake (Dane Co.)   
Apologies for not posting this sooner - I started it last week and got 
distracted. There it sat in my "Drafts" folder. I hate Microsoft Outlook.

Anyway. Patrick Marsh started out as a WisDOT wetland mitigation site, and 
then became a joint DNR/Dane County Parks project. While the lake itself 
shows as "Brazee Lake" on Google Maps (and maybe in newer DeLorme atlases? 
Not sure about that,) everyone calls it Patrick Marsh (the middle school 
down the road is named that, and the sign by the parking lot says "Patrick 
Marsh".) It's a bit tricky to get to if you don't know how, even though 
it's clearly visible from Hwy 151 just northeast of Sun Prairie.

You have to take the County N/Bristol St. exit off of 151 and go to the 
north side of 151 (opposite side of where the marsh is.) Turn right onto 
Wilburn Rd. at the light. This is also the north frontage road along 151 
and goes past the business park. Take that about a half a mile, past the 
big pond with the fountain, to Columbus St. Turn right and go under 151, 
then make an immediate left onto Stone Quarry Rd. and take that another 
half mile or so to the parking lot for Patrick Marsh. There is a trail/old 
road going out from the parking lot back to the trees, although the Little 
Gull may be visible without any hiking if it's out on the water.

Longtime Wisbirdn members will fondly (or bitterly, in the case of those of 
us who waited a day too long) recall that back in October 2000 (if I 
remember correctly,) there was a Fork-tailed Flycatcher there for a couple 
days back in the brushy area. (Note to self: do not wait to go look for 
mega-rarities that are less than ten miles from where you live.) The last 
few summers, large numbers of Am. White Pelicans have taken to hanging out 
on the lake for much of June and into early July.

Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.

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Subject: Directions to Patrick Marsh/Brazee Lake (Dane Co.)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:54:08 +0000
Apologies for not posting this sooner - I started it last week and got 
distracted. There it sat in my "Drafts" folder. I hate Microsoft Outlook. 


Anyway. Patrick Marsh started out as a WisDOT wetland mitigation site, and then 
became a joint DNR/Dane County Parks project. While the lake itself shows as 
"Brazee Lake" on Google Maps (and maybe in newer DeLorme atlases? Not sure 
about that,) everyone calls it Patrick Marsh (the middle school down the road 
is named that, and the sign by the parking lot says "Patrick Marsh".) It's a 
bit tricky to get to if you don't know how, even though it's clearly visible 
from Hwy 151 just northeast of Sun Prairie. 



You have to take the County N/Bristol St. exit off of 151 and go to the north 
side of 151 (opposite side of where the marsh is.) Turn right onto Wilburn Rd. 
at the light. This is also the north frontage road along 151 and goes past the 
business park. Take that about a half a mile, past the big pond with the 
fountain, to Columbus St. Turn right and go under 151, then make an immediate 
left onto Stone Quarry Rd. and take that another half mile or so to the parking 
lot for Patrick Marsh. There is a trail/old road going out from the parking lot 
back to the trees, although the Little Gull may be visible without any hiking 
if it's out on the water. 



Longtime Wisbirdn members will fondly (or bitterly, in the case of those of us 
who waited a day too long) recall that back in October 2000 (if I remember 
correctly,) there was a Fork-tailed Flycatcher there for a couple days back in 
the brushy area. (Note to self: do not wait to go look for mega-rarities that 
are less than ten miles from where you live.) The last few summers, large 
numbers of Am. White Pelicans have taken to hanging out on the lake for much of 
June and into early July. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: LITTLE GULL @ Patrick Marsh
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:24:43 -0500
the LITTLE GULL was still hanging around this morning between 9:30 &10.
Still likes the west side of the lake, down on the cat tail stubs. From the
parking lot I walked about 100 yards or so then looked back & spotted it.
It took to the air for a few minutes which was nice to see. Small gull
compared to the Ring-billed ones flying around there.
Added distraction were all the White Pelicans flying around. Almost forgot
my target bird!!
Pat Ready
Dane Co


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Subject: Door Cty Snowy
From: bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 20:40:45 -0500
Well, I never expected to post this. I had to go to Sturgeon Bay today for
work. So I looked for the Snowy Owl near Brussels as I traveled Hwy 57
around9am - no luck. On the way home around 7pm, there it was in a field
about 50 yards off the highway in the aformentioned location. Stuck out like
a sore thumb, a big white bird in a lush green field.  That is a first for
me. A Snowy Owl in Wisconsin in late June. 
Bill Krouse
Brown County, Wisconsin 
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Subject: ALERT: Northern Mockingbird Newville
From: "Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts" <warbugs.smallwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:59:51 -0500
Bird confirmed with audio recordings and photographs.  Still singing in
backyard right now, corner of Crestview and Maple Beach in Mallwood
Estates, Newville, Rock County.  Northern-most sighting for me.  I've seen
them in Clinton Cemetery in the past, and also South of Evansville, years
ago.
-- 
Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts
Newville, Rock County


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Subject: No Subject
From: "Richard L. Smallwood-Roberts" <warbugs.smallwood AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:44:56 -0500
ALERT:  Northern Mockingbird at corner of Crestview and Maple Beach Road
right now, Newville, Rock County.  Bird has been singing for the last hour
or so, and is in my backyard.  I have many photos.
-- 
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Subject: updated Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative "Issues Papers"
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:32:06 -0500
The Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative Issues Committee has published
"Issues Papers" on a number of bird conservation topics since about 2003.
The Committee is currently working on updating the papers, as some were
first published online more than a decade ago.
The following papers have now been updated - (with more in the works):

Wind Power and Birds:
http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/windpower.htm

The Effects of Pesticides on Birds:
http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/effectspesticides.htm

Ethical Standards in Birding:
http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/ethicalstandards.htm

Check back at the Issues Committee's webpage; more updates will be
available soon.

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
Co-Chair, WBCI Issues Committee
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
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Subject: Fw: June eBird Hotspot of the Month
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 01:03:43 +0000 (UTC)
  
 Hi Peter, Would you be so kind as to share the current eBird Hotspot of the 
Month article to wisbirdn? Back after a hiatus, the Hotspot of the Month 
series brings us to Shawano County for the month of June. Kay Brockman-Mederas, 
a Wildlife Biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Tim 
Ewing, Director/Naturalist of Navarino Nature Center, Inc., take us on a tour 
of the rich diversity of habitats and species at the eBird hotspot, Navarino 
State Wildlife Area. Find out more 
here:http://ebird.org/content/wi/?p'04 Thanks, Cynthia BridgeWI eBird 
reviewer and hotspot editor 


  
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Subject: Another test - ignore
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:35:24 +0000
Sent a 7:35 p.m.

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Subject: Test - ignore
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:32:57 +0000 (UTC)
Sent at 7:32 p.m.


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Subject: Wh Th Sparrow- St. Croix County
From: <lpersico AT pressenter.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:24:57 -0500

Doing some WBBA2 work around Oakridge Lake in northern St. Croix County 
yesterday, I heard a White Throated Sparrow sing the 'Sam Peabody' song several 
different times. This is highly unusual for this time of year in St. Croix 
County. Now the real challenge begins. See if it is breeding. Also, A Tree 
Swallow makes a very scary whooshing sound when it dive-bombs your head. This 
happened on multiple occasions. Good birding. LP 

Larry Persico
St. Croix County


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Subject: Re: WI BBA question
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:14:47 -0600
Thanks for all the good input from folks so far! I agree with just about 
everything that's been said. Only addition I'd like to make is that context can 
mean a lot in terms of how to use the breeding codes. For example, if I saw two 
Cedar Waxwings passing berries amidst a flock, then that doesn't mean much as 
breeding evidence for the reason Tom S. mentioned. But if I had been watching 
two Cedars flying around together and otherwise interacting in a relatively 
small area outside the context of a flock, then I'd be more inclined to go with 
Probable - Pair and would elevate to Probable - Courtship if they were also 
passing berries. 


The breeding guidelines bar chart (http://wsobirds.org/handbook-and-materials) 
was built from various sources and represents our best knowledge to date. But 
we'll continue to refine it based on our observations from this inaugural year 
of the Atlas, which is off to a spectacular start! Thanks to all those have 
contributed so far. 


Ryan Brady
WBBA II Science Coordinator
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady


> Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:50:33 -0500
> Subject: [wisb] Re: WI BBA question
> From: harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com
> To: tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com
> CC: Wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> 
> Those breeding charts are a guideline.  While it shows this species
> typically getting started later in the summer, this year they are
> definitely getting the process going earlier!
> Nest building (a confirmation of breeding) was already seen in northern
> counties early June.
> In the case of your birds Judith, I wouldn't enter as anything beyond
> Probable.
> Andrea Szymczak
> Waukesha, WI
> On Jun 22, 2015 3:25 PM, "Tom Wood"  wrote:
>> Cedar Waxwings are one of the latest nesting species; in fact, the breeding
>> guide for the atlas shows them starting breeding the third week of June
>> (now). Due to the fact that your bird was marked as a first year bird, and
>> it would be unlikely to see a juvenile if breeding is just beginning, I
>> don't believe you could confirm breeding at this point.
>> Passing berries is part of the courtship ritual, but since your bird is
>> immature, the question arises as to whether it is capable of breeding or
>> not. Birds of North America online is not too helpful in this regard. I
>> found this under sexual behavior for Cedar Waxwing:
>>
>> "Red appendages on secondaries of Cedar Waxwings increase in number and
>> size
>> with a bird's age, at least until attainment of Definitive Basic plumage
>> (see Appearance, below); individuals with zero or few (?6) waxy tips are
>> presumably immatures, while those with ?9 are thought to be older (Yunick
>> 1970, Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b). Individuals within these 2 categories
>> tend to associate as mates (Howell 1973, Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b).
>> Pairs of older birds (those with ?9 waxy tips) nest earlier and raise more
>> young than do immature birds (Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b), suggesting
>> that
>> this plumage character is an important signal in mate choice and social
>> organization."
>>
>> I infer from this that immature birds associate as mates and produce fewer
>> young than mature birds. I always thought that immaturity meant a bird was
>> not yet capable of reproduction. In any event, if you wish to apply a
>> breeding code to these birds,
>> a "C" Probable for courtship behavior would be the highest level you could
>> assign to tour observation.
>> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
>> On Behalf Of Tom Schultz
>> Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:48 PM
>> To: judith_huf AT hotmail.com; Wisbirdn
>> Subject: [wisb] Re: WI BBA question
>>
>> In the case of many birds, this might be considered courtship feeding, and
>> this might be the case here also.  The problem is that it's a recognized
>> behavior of Cedar Waxwings to pass berries to their neighbors.  It's a fun
>> observation, but I guess I wouldn't apply a breeding code for this in the
>> case of waxwings.
>>
>> http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/cedar-waxwing
>>
>> Tom Schultz
>> Green Lake Co.
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Judith Huf
>> Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:06 PM
>> To: wisbirdn
>> Subject: [wisb] WI BBA question
>>
>> I watched an adult Cedar Waxwing feeding berries to another Cedar Waxwing
>> this morning. The other was not a new fledgling, but it was marked like a
>> 1st year bird, it had a plain grey wing with no red wing-tips. From the
>> behavior, it appeared to be a parent feeding a youngster. How do I ebird
>> this one for the WI Breeding Bird Atlas?
>>
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Subject: Re: WI BBA question
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:50:33 -0500
Those breeding charts are a guideline.  While it shows this species
typically getting started later in the summer, this year they are
definitely getting the process going earlier!
Nest building (a confirmation of breeding) was already seen in northern
counties early June.
In the case of your birds Judith, I wouldn't enter as anything beyond
Probable.
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI
On Jun 22, 2015 3:25 PM, "Tom Wood"  wrote:
> Cedar Waxwings are one of the latest nesting species; in fact, the breeding
> guide for the atlas shows them starting breeding the third week of June
> (now). Due to the fact that your bird was marked as a first year bird, and
> it would be unlikely to see a juvenile if breeding is just beginning, I
> don't believe you could confirm breeding at this point.
> Passing berries is part of the courtship ritual, but since your bird is
> immature, the question arises as to whether it is capable of breeding or
> not. Birds of North America online is not too helpful in this regard. I
> found this under sexual behavior for Cedar Waxwing:
>
> "Red appendages on secondaries of Cedar Waxwings increase in number and
> size
> with a bird's age, at least until attainment of Definitive Basic plumage
> (see Appearance, below); individuals with zero or few (?6) waxy tips are
> presumably immatures, while those with ?9 are thought to be older (Yunick
> 1970, Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b). Individuals within these 2 categories
> tend to associate as mates (Howell 1973, Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b).
> Pairs of older birds (those with ?9 waxy tips) nest earlier and raise more
> young than do immature birds (Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b), suggesting
> that
> this plumage character is an important signal in mate choice and social
> organization."
>
> I infer from this that immature birds associate as mates and produce fewer
> young than mature birds. I always thought that immaturity meant a bird was
> not yet capable of reproduction. In any event, if you wish to apply a
> breeding code to these birds,
> a "C" Probable for courtship behavior would be the highest level you could
> assign to tour observation.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Tom Schultz
> Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:48 PM
> To: judith_huf AT hotmail.com; Wisbirdn
> Subject: [wisb] Re: WI BBA question
>
> In the case of many birds, this might be considered courtship feeding, and
> this might be the case here also.  The problem is that it's a recognized
> behavior of Cedar Waxwings to pass berries to their neighbors.  It's a fun
> observation, but I guess I wouldn't apply a breeding code for this in the
> case of waxwings.
>
> http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/cedar-waxwing
>
> Tom Schultz
> Green Lake Co.
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Judith Huf
> Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:06 PM
> To: wisbirdn
> Subject: [wisb] WI BBA question
>
> I watched an adult Cedar Waxwing feeding berries to another Cedar Waxwing
> this morning. The other was not a new fledgling, but it was marked like a
> 1st year bird, it had a plain grey wing with no red wing-tips. From the
> behavior, it appeared to be a parent feeding a youngster. How do I ebird
> this one for the WI Breeding Bird Atlas?
>
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Subject: Re: WI BBA question
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:28:53 -0500
Cedar Waxwings are one of the latest nesting species; in fact, the breeding
guide for the atlas shows them starting breeding the third week of June
(now). Due to the fact that your bird was marked as a first year bird, and
it would be unlikely to see a juvenile if breeding is just beginning, I
don't believe you could confirm breeding at this point.
Passing berries is part of the courtship ritual, but since your bird is
immature, the question arises as to whether it is capable of breeding or
not. Birds of North America online is not too helpful in this regard. I
found this under sexual behavior for Cedar Waxwing:

"Red appendages on secondaries of Cedar Waxwings increase in number and size
with a bird's age, at least until attainment of Definitive Basic plumage
(see Appearance, below); individuals with zero or few (?6) waxy tips are
presumably immatures, while those with ?9 are thought to be older (Yunick
1970, Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b). Individuals within these 2 categories
tend to associate as mates (Howell 1973, Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b).
Pairs of older birds (those with ?9 waxy tips) nest earlier and raise more
young than do immature birds (Mountjoy and Robertson 1988b), suggesting that
this plumage character is an important signal in mate choice and social
organization."

I infer from this that immature birds associate as mates and produce fewer
young than mature birds. I always thought that immaturity meant a bird was
not yet capable of reproduction. In any event, if you wish to apply a
breeding code to these birds,
a "C" Probable for courtship behavior would be the highest level you could
assign to tour observation.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
-----Original Message-----
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On Behalf Of Tom Schultz
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:48 PM
To: judith_huf AT hotmail.com; Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Re: WI BBA question

In the case of many birds, this might be considered courtship feeding, and
this might be the case here also.  The problem is that it's a recognized
behavior of Cedar Waxwings to pass berries to their neighbors.  It's a fun
observation, but I guess I wouldn't apply a breeding code for this in the
case of waxwings.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/cedar-waxwing

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.


-----Original Message-----
From: Judith Huf
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:06 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] WI BBA question

I watched an adult Cedar Waxwing feeding berries to another Cedar Waxwing
this morning. The other was not a new fledgling, but it was marked like a
1st year bird, it had a plain grey wing with no red wing-tips. From the
behavior, it appeared to be a parent feeding a youngster. How do I ebird
this one for the WI Breeding Bird Atlas?

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Subject: Re: WI BBA question
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:47:43 -0500
In the case of many birds, this might be considered courtship feeding, and 
this might be the case here also.  The problem is that it's a recognized 
behavior of Cedar Waxwings to pass berries to their neighbors.  It's a fun 
observation, but I guess I wouldn't apply a breeding code for this in the 
case of waxwings.

http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/cedar-waxwing

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Judith Huf
Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 2:06 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] WI BBA question

I watched an adult Cedar Waxwing feeding berries to another Cedar Waxwing 
this morning. The other was not a new fledgling, but it was marked like a 
1st year bird, it had a plain grey wing with no red wing-tips. From the 
behavior, it appeared to be a parent feeding a youngster. How do I ebird 
this one for the WI Breeding Bird Atlas?

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Subject: Oriole and RHWO fledglings: So. Milw
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:46:40 -0500
The yard is awash in murmuring oriole babies.  Yesterday, the first visit
of an apparently scouting Red Headed Woodpecker adult was compounded by its
youngster's arrival today.  Frustration over starlings found me pulling the
suet and any sign of nuts for a week.  But with the RHWOs arrival, I've
rescinded the moratorium.
Three batches of chickadee have trained me, as Laura Erikson puts it, to
feed them upon demand.  The parents are thin as rails and appear ready for
a break.
A Cooper's Hawk blew in yesterday, underestimating the power of a
multi-specie parents' league.  Literally, amidst much wingbeat
and fluttering and particularly powerful screams from Blue Jays, Cardinals
and Robins, the Hawk grabbed at something young which screeched terribly
before being released as seemingly every bird in the yard came to its
defense, chasing the Coop out over the neighborhood.  Incredible to see at
least 20 or so form the rainbow caravan of angry adults on the Hawk.

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Subject: WI BBA question
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 14:06:55 -0500
I watched an adult Cedar Waxwing feeding berries to another Cedar Waxwing this 
morning. The other was not a new fledgling, but it was marked like a 1st year 
bird, it had a plain grey wing with no red wing-tips. From the behavior, it 
appeared to be a parent feeding a youngster. How do I ebird this one for the WI 
Breeding Bird Atlas? 


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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Wehr Nature Center, Jun 22, 2015
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:28:30 +0000 (UTC)
 

 On Monday, June 22, 2015 12:26 PM, "ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu" 
 wrote: 

   Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee
 Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Jun 22, 2015 7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling - Property Specific
1.0 mile(s)
21 species

Canada Goose  14
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Tree Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  1
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
House Wren  2
American Robin  10
Gray Catbird  3
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  1
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  8
American Goldfinch  4

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24009283 


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Subject: Re: House Wrens bringing food to the nest hole, Waukesha Co. 6/21/15, some images...
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 10:53:04 -0500
Jim, 
Great photos. Since the insects look identifiable in your pictures, you might 
be interested in this project which Jennifer Ambrose wrote about in June: 




> From: Jennifer Ambrose 
> Subject: [wisb] Submit photos of birds eating bugs (no sightings)
> Date: June 6, 2015 at 11:24:48 AM CDT
> To: Birders 
> Reply-To: jenthreat AT gmail.com
> 
> Hello all,
> I learned of the website https://www.whatdobirdseat.com/
> through a post from Audubon via Facebook. A scientist from Delaware is
> trying to determine what insects birds eat and why. All you need to do is
> fill out the form and upload your photo. They are not looking for knockout
> photos; they need to be able to identify the bug in the bird's mouth. I've
> already received an acknowledgment for uploading many photos, so I know
> people are actually seeing and using the photos. For more information, go
> to the link above and click on the caption that says Why?
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> -- 
> Jennifer Ambrose
> Bayview, Milwaukee County
> 



Judith Huf
Milwaukee 


> On Jun 22, 2015, at 7:05 AM, Jim Edlhuber  wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> I noticed on a walk through the yard yesterday adult House Wrens where very
> busy at one of the bird houses bringing in food for the young. I stopped
> and observed for awhile and took a few shots to share. Some of the food
> brought into the nest hole appeared to be such things as green
> caterpillars, spiders, and many moths to name a few. Although I did not see
> any young, they were small in size and in the house. There was also some
> house cleaning going on.
> 
> Some images from yesterdays event of the House Wrens bringing in food to
> the nest hole at the link below if you care to view them:
> 
> 
http://www.windowtowildlife.com/house-wrens-bringing-food-to-the-nest-hole-to-feed-the-young-in-waukesha-county-wisconsin-on-june-21-2015/ 

> 
> Thanks and good birding,
> 
> Jim Edlhuber
> Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.
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Subject: House Wrens bringing food to the nest hole, Waukesha Co. 6/21/15, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 07:05:56 -0500
Hi all,
I noticed on a walk through the yard yesterday adult House Wrens where very
busy at one of the bird houses bringing in food for the young. I stopped
and observed for awhile and took a few shots to share. Some of the food
brought into the nest hole appeared to be such things as green
caterpillars, spiders, and many moths to name a few. Although I did not see
any young, they were small in size and in the house. There was also some
house cleaning going on.

Some images from yesterdays event of the House Wrens bringing in food to
the nest hole at the link below if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/house-wrens-bringing-food-to-the-nest-hole-to-feed-the-young-in-waukesha-county-wisconsin-on-june-21-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Little Gull (Dane Co.) there, then gone, tonight
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 01:04:08 +0000
I got to Patrick Marsh around 6:20 p.m. today (Sunday) and spotted the Little 
Gull out in the middle of Brazee Lake (as it's called on Google Maps.) I had 
been watching it through my scope for a couple of minutes when it took off and 
flew directly towards me. I eventually had to switch to binoculars as it flew 
almost directly over the parking lot, then continued more or less due north 
over Hwy 151, over the bakery, and out of sight. I did drive over to check 
around the business park. There are a couple of smaller retention ponds way at 
the northeast end of the park, but the gull hadn't seemed to head in that 
direction (or towards the much larger pond with the fountain that is visible 
from 151.) 


It would be fascinating to know just where this gull wanders to when it's not 
at Patrick Marsh. There are several permanent marshes due north from there, but 
they're all up in Columbia County. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Little Gull-Dane YES Sunday, Caspain Tern YES
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 12:38:40 -0500
The Little Gull was present at noon today.  It was flying laps around the
lake and feeding near the shore. It made one and a half laps while I walked
the trail to the south of the parking lot, and gave great looks when it
visited the near shoreline.
Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee
Dane Co.

On Sunday, June 21, 2015, Shawn Miller <608shawnmiller AT gmail.com> wrote:

> The LITTLE GULL is still at Patrick Marsh in Dane County.  It is still
> hanging out in in the same general area first seen by Kyle, about 100 yards
> south of the parking lot sitting amongst the matted down cattails on the
> shoreline. There is a side trail that spurs to this area, but it is hard to
> find the gull from that vantage point.  I was actually about a quarter-mile
> down the trail, from which another spur trail leads to the shoreline and
> has a small wooden bench. Scoping back to the north at that point, I was
> able to see the gull along the cattails. It flew onto the lake briefly one
> time and landed near some ring-billed gulls for a good size
> comparison...little indeed!  It quickly flew back to the cattail area, but
> I was not able to find it again when I got closer to the parking lot.
> While looking for it the second time, CASPAIN TERN hovered right near the
> shoreline and scooted south...a nice capper!
>
> Thanks
> --Shawn Miller
> Dane County
>
> On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Samuel J. Krerowicz <
> krerowiczs01 AT myemail.northland.edu > wrote:
>
> > I tried around noon today and couldn't find the little gull either.
> >
> > Sam Krerowicz
> > Madison, WI
> >
> > ________________________________________
> > From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org   <
> > wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  > on behalf
> of Nolan Pope <
> > npope49 AT gmail.com  >
> > Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:10 AM
> > To: stevethiessen AT charter.net  
> > Cc: amarayyash AT gmail.com  ;
> kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com 
> > ; WI Bird List
> > Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
> >
> > I checked this morning (Sat.) and could not find the Little Gull.   There
> > were only 6 gulls -- all Ring-billed.
> > I also checked DM & I ponds which are nearly dry as well as the Hwy V
> pond
> > -- no gulls at either of those.
> > Nolan Pope
> > Madison --  Dane County
> > On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Steve Thiessen <
> stevethiessen AT charter.net 
> > >
> > wrote:
> >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >  It was still there when I got there. Thanks Kyle. To me it looks like
> > the
> > > same gull Cynthia originally found on Cty V. I noticed that this one
> was
> > > missing a tail feather also. Of course, at that age all could be
> missing
> > > some feathers. When this one was preening, it pulled out a feather.
> > > Steve Thiessen Dane co.
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Amar Attach" 
> >
> > > To:  >
> > > Cc: "WI Bird List" 
> >
> > > Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:56 PM
> > > Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
> > >
> > >
> > > > Looks like a perfect 1st summer Little Gull, Kyle! Nice.
> > > >
> > > > Amar Ayyash
> > > > Frankfort, IL
> > > > www.anythinglarus.com
> > > >
> > > >> On Jun 19, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Kyle Lindemer  
> > >
> > > >> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun
> > > Prairie.
> > > >> https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> Kyle Lindemer
> > > >> Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Hummingbird nest - Pardeeville, Columbia County
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 11:29:23 -0500
While outside talking with Becky's dad and stepmother early last night we 
observed a Ruby-throated Hummingbird dive bombing an American Robin and thought 
that this was strange. This happened several times and the hummingbird then 
perched in the lower branches of the overhead maple tree. We were about 50 feet 
away and talking so I wasn't concentrating on the bird but it appeared to me 
that it was still there about ten minutes later when my dad and stepmother 
arrived. So I walked a little closer and low and behold she was sitting on a 
nest! This was the first time that I have even seen a hummingbird in our yard 
this year and now we have a nest as well. We are very excited as neither Becky 
or I have seen a hummingbird nest before. I am concerned about the success of 
this nest since it is low and I will need to mow the lawn soon. Also, we have 
family over on the fourth and set up for the party close by. Fingers crossed! 
We will have to think about this if she is still ar 

 ound then.
While walking on the property we will be purchasing soon to build our new house 
in Sauk County, we also saw a hummingbird, so maybe another nest there as well. 
We own hunting land in Marquette County, our current house is in Columbia 
County and we will be buying land in Sauk County for our new home and none of 
these locations are in a priority or specialty block for the Breeding Bird 
Atlas II. Bummer! Oh well, I will submit my observations anyway. 


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Subject: Re: Little Gull-Dane YES Sunday, Caspain Tern YES
From: Shawn Miller <608shawnmiller AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:52:20 -0500
The LITTLE GULL is still at Patrick Marsh in Dane County.  It is still
hanging out in in the same general area first seen by Kyle, about 100 yards
south of the parking lot sitting amongst the matted down cattails on the
shoreline. There is a side trail that spurs to this area, but it is hard to
find the gull from that vantage point.  I was actually about a quarter-mile
down the trail, from which another spur trail leads to the shoreline and
has a small wooden bench. Scoping back to the north at that point, I was
able to see the gull along the cattails. It flew onto the lake briefly one
time and landed near some ring-billed gulls for a good size
comparison...little indeed!  It quickly flew back to the cattail area, but
I was not able to find it again when I got closer to the parking lot.
While looking for it the second time, CASPAIN TERN hovered right near the
shoreline and scooted south...a nice capper!

Thanks
--Shawn Miller
Dane County

On Saturday, June 20, 2015, Samuel J. Krerowicz <
krerowiczs01 AT myemail.northland.edu> wrote:

> I tried around noon today and couldn't find the little gull either.
>
> Sam Krerowicz
> Madison, WI
>
> ________________________________________
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  <
> wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org > on behalf of Nolan Pope <
> npope49 AT gmail.com >
> Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:10 AM
> To: stevethiessen AT charter.net 
> Cc: amarayyash AT gmail.com ; kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com
> ; WI Bird List
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
>
> I checked this morning (Sat.) and could not find the Little Gull.   There
> were only 6 gulls -- all Ring-billed.
> I also checked DM & I ponds which are nearly dry as well as the Hwy V pond
> -- no gulls at either of those.
> Nolan Pope
> Madison --  Dane County
> On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Steve Thiessen  >
> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> >
> >  It was still there when I got there. Thanks Kyle. To me it looks like
> the
> > same gull Cynthia originally found on Cty V. I noticed that this one was
> > missing a tail feather also. Of course, at that age all could be missing
> > some feathers. When this one was preening, it pulled out a feather.
> > Steve Thiessen Dane co.
> >
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Amar Attach" >
> > To: >
> > Cc: "WI Bird List" >
> > Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:56 PM
> > Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
> >
> >
> > > Looks like a perfect 1st summer Little Gull, Kyle! Nice.
> > >
> > > Amar Ayyash
> > > Frankfort, IL
> > > www.anythinglarus.com
> > >
> > >> On Jun 19, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Kyle Lindemer  >
> > >> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun
> > Prairie.
> > >> https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Kyle Lindemer
> > >> Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Little Gull still at Patrick Marsh
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 09:50:00 -0500
The Little Gull was close to the cattails and hidden from view when I first
got there about 7:30am.    When I walked almost to the trees and looked
back,  I could see it sitting on a mat of cattails.
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Subject: Lots of fledglings and possible Brown-headed Nuthatch?
From: Paul Noeldner <paul_noeldner AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 06:31:51 +0000
Sorry I've been busy and off the grid in reporting sightings on wisbirdnet and 
on eBird lately. There are lots of baby birds hanging around our east side 
Madison yard lately including sightings of adults accompanying fledgling 
White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Crow, Cardinal, Robin, 
Catbird, Oriole, House Wren, Mourning Dove, and Black-capped Chickadee 
families. Even a Brown Creeper! However, this is to report an unusual sighting 
by a neighbor who watches birds a lot. She saw what appeared to her to clearly 
be a Brown-headed Nuthatch, and she said she observed it from a distance of 
only a few feet outside her window. I am passing this potential sighting along 
on wisbirdnet in case others are seeing one or want to keep an eye out for one. 
Will also pass along to eBird as a possible sighting and Wisconsin Birding. 

 
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Subject: Re: House finch
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 21:03:27 -0500
Hi Jerry!
Checking on the web, it appears that Sedums have medicinal properties.
And some species are edible and
House Finches are very clever birds ...

Happy birding!

Sandy Petersen

On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 6:42 AM, Jerry Schoen 
wrote:

> Does anyone know why house finches eat the leaves of sedium?  At times
> there will be 4 or 5   at one time. I suspect that it is for the little
> moisture in the leaves.But there is a bird bath 25 feet away and they also
> use that.
> Jerry Schoen
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Subject: Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
From: "Samuel J. Krerowicz" <krerowiczs01 AT myemail.northland.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 2015 01:54:00 +0000
I tried around noon today and couldn't find the little gull either.

Sam Krerowicz
Madison, WI

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Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2015 10:10 AM
To: stevethiessen AT charter.net
Cc: amarayyash AT gmail.com; kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com; WI Bird List
Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane

I checked this morning (Sat.) and could not find the Little Gull.   There
were only 6 gulls -- all Ring-billed.
I also checked DM & I ponds which are nearly dry as well as the Hwy V pond
-- no gulls at either of those.
Nolan Pope
Madison --  Dane County
On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Steve Thiessen 
wrote:

>
>
>
>  It was still there when I got there. Thanks Kyle. To me it looks like the
> same gull Cynthia originally found on Cty V. I noticed that this one was
> missing a tail feather also. Of course, at that age all could be missing
> some feathers. When this one was preening, it pulled out a feather.
> Steve Thiessen Dane co.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Amar Attach" 
> To: 
> Cc: "WI Bird List" 
> Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:56 PM
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
>
>
> > Looks like a perfect 1st summer Little Gull, Kyle! Nice.
> >
> > Amar Ayyash
> > Frankfort, IL
> > www.anythinglarus.com
> >
> >> On Jun 19, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Kyle Lindemer 
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun
> Prairie.
> >> https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV
> >>
> >>
> >> Kyle Lindemer
> >> Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Lakefront Gulls: Iceland, Glaucous & Little Gulls (19 June 2015)
From: Amar Ayyash <amarayyash AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 11:01:30 -0500
I spent much of yesterday (19 June 2015) working through the gulls along
the lakefront, from Milwaukee County north to Manitowoc County.
As it has been so far this Spring/Summer, Manitowoc had the most to offer.
Highlights were 2 Little Gulls, 1 Kumlien's Iceland Gull, 2 Great
Black-backeds and 1 Lesser Black-backed in Manitowoc. No sign of the paired
up Laughing Gulls - perhaps they've settled down in a nearby Ring-billed
colony?

Sheboygan had very little in the way of "unusual" gulls with only 2 Lesser
Black-backeds (including a 3rd cycle which is somewhat rare for this time
of year). There's an obvious absence of dying shad along the limestone
outcrop at North Point this summer, and the somewhat refreshing smell and
"zero" Bonaparte's reaffirm this. Port Washington had 600+ Herrings feeding
offshore (many of which were adults) and among them was a gorgeous 1st
summer Glaucous Gull. I'd be very grateful to learn where these Port
Washington Herrings may be nesting.


Photos:

https://goo.gl/KDMc97

Thanks,

Amar Ayyash

Frankfort IL


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Subject: Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 10:10:59 -0500
I checked this morning (Sat.) and could not find the Little Gull.   There
were only 6 gulls -- all Ring-billed.
I also checked DM & I ponds which are nearly dry as well as the Hwy V pond
-- no gulls at either of those.
Nolan Pope
Madison --  Dane County
On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 5:03 PM, Steve Thiessen 
wrote:

>
>
>
>  It was still there when I got there. Thanks Kyle. To me it looks like the
> same gull Cynthia originally found on Cty V. I noticed that this one was
> missing a tail feather also. Of course, at that age all could be missing
> some feathers. When this one was preening, it pulled out a feather.
> Steve Thiessen Dane co.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Amar Attach" 
> To: 
> Cc: "WI Bird List" 
> Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:56 PM
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
>
>
> > Looks like a perfect 1st summer Little Gull, Kyle! Nice.
> >
> > Amar Ayyash
> > Frankfort, IL
> > www.anythinglarus.com
> >
> >> On Jun 19, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Kyle Lindemer 
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun
> Prairie.
> >> https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV
> >>
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Subject: Bird Conservation Trip Osa Peninsula!!!
From: Michelene OConnor <sharpbill19 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 21:01:09 -0500
Hello,
Please see below for a wonderful bird adventure to Costa Rica...it's going
to be a blast!  Please see below for itinerary and other information...

Cheers, Mickey

Michelene O'Connor
Milwaukee, WI

Greetings!
As an International Committee member for the Wisconsin Bird Conservation
Initiative, I’m thrilled to present this invitation to participate in a
Conservation Birding trip to the Osa peninsula Costa Rica.  Please consider
joining us January 19th through February 1st, 2016 to see the amazing
birdlife on the Osa.  This Conservation Birding trip is a unique,
beneficial, and fun way for an individual to travel to the tropics, observe
amazing birds as well as other wildlife, and be actively involved in
conservation by raising funds to further protect habitat for our feathered
friends.
More than 55 neotropical migrants also found in Wisconsin winter on the Osa
peninsula.  This is the primary reason I have chosen to focus my efforts in
assisting Osa Conservation raise funds to protect vital wintering habitats
by extending the Corcovado-Matapalo Biological Corridor.  More information
may be found on their website 
www.osaconservation.org.
I have visited the Osa several times and can vouch for its uniqueness and
importance to numerous species of wildlife—in particular the neotropical
migrants, not to mention the stunning resident birds!  Please see the
attached itinerary for details.  The trip will be nothing short of a
spectacular experience—where else can one see scarlet macaws while eating
breakfast!?
As a participant of the Conservation Birding trip, we hope that each
individual will ask friends, family, and colleagues, to sponsor them to
raise additional funds for Osa Conservation.  *There is no expectation on
raising $$$*.  Nonetheless, the more funds we raise, the more we can help
protect critically important habitats.  *Donations are 100% tax deductible*.
If interested in participating on this 14-day extravaganza or should there
be any questions, please contact me directly.  This adventure is limited to
10 people in order to enhance each individual’s experience.  Total cost is
$2,695 + $500 donation to Osa Conservation.  Payment is as follows:
non-refundable
$500 deposit due July 31, 2015 (this will include in-country flight from
Puerto Jimenez Airport to San Josè), balance of $2,195 due October 31,
2015, and the $500 donation will be due on or before January 19th, 2016.  All
food (including reasonable amounts of beer and wine!) and lodging is
included; international airfare to San Josè and gratuities are not included.
I will *try* to coordinate international flights with other participants if
someone is reluctant to fly alone.  All payments should be made to:  Osa
Conservation, Attention:  Renee McKeon, 1012 14th St., NW, Suite 625,
Washington, DC 20005.
For more information, please contact me directly at (414) 771-3040, X144,
or
(214) 980-3103.  My email is sharpbill AT aol.com   Hope
to see you on the Osa!
Michelene (Mickey) O’Connor
WBCI--International Committee
Avian Zookeeper
Milwaukee County Zoo
10001 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53226
*Wisconsin** Bird Conservation Initiative’s (WBCI)*
*Osa Conservation Birding Trip*
*Osa Peninsula**, Costa Rica*
January 19 – February 1, 2016
  While this is a bird conservation trip, we will spend our time learning,
exploring, and observing all we encounter while walking through the various
habitats.  Nito (Dionisio Paniagua Castro) is our personal guide for this
journey and his expertise as a naturalist always makes the trip superior.
*Day 1 (January 19)*:  Arrive in San Josè where we will be shuttled to our
first night’s lodging.  Nito will provide a welcome and tour overview.  The
Hotel Bougainvillea has absolutely fabulous grounds to get in some great
tropical birdwatching.  We can expect to see Plain Wrens, Blue-crowned
Motmots, Buff-throated Saltators, and Red-billed Pigeons.  See
www.hb.co.cr .  Dinner included.
*Day 2 (January 20)*:  Early AM travel to Savegre Lodge.  San Gerado de
Dota is a small farming community on the Pacific side of the Talamanca
Mountains.  The habitat hosts a number of endemic species.  Here we can
expect some highlight species such as the Resplendent Quetzal, Long-Tailed
Silky Flycatcher, Band-tailed Pigeon, the Volcano Hummingbird, and the
Stripe-tailed Hummingbird.  The grounds have numerous trails, with a range
of habitats, and the lodge is run by a local family who has dedicated their
land to conservation and sustainable tourism.  Lunch provided in the area
which will be followed by more exploring of this amazing property.  Overnight
Savegre Lodge.
*Day 3 (January 21)*:  Early AM…oh yes, much more exploring of the
wonderful Savegre grounds.  The trail along the river provides spectacular
birding.  The numerous nectar feeders allow for superb viewing of Green
Violet-ear, Scintillant and Magnificent Hummingbirds, as well as
White-throated Mountain-Gems.  Other stunning birds possible are
Flame-colored Tanagers, Ruddy-capped Nightingale Thrush, Spangle-cheeked
Tanagers, the adorable Tufted Flycatcher, and Sulphur-winged
Parakeets.  Overnight
at Savegre Lodge.
*Day 4 (January 22)*:  Travel to Wilson Botanical Gardens.  Also known as
the Las Cruces Biological Station.  This property consists of 625 acres of
protected forest—most of which is primary forest.  Here we will find an
incredible botanical collection which includes a palm collection of over
700 species.  It is considered one of the most important tropical botanical
gardens in the world.  Potential species here will be numerous parrots,
Orange-billed Nightingale Thrush, Scaled Pigeon, and Collard Trogon.  Overnight
at lodge in area or Wilson Botanical Gardens.
*Day 5 (January 23)*:  Early AM birding at Wilson Botanical Gardens.  Highlight
species in the area will include Marbled Wood-Quail, Streaked Saltator,
Thick-Billed Euphonia, Rough-Legged Tyrannulet, and Garden Emerald.  Overnight
at lodge in area or Wilson Botanical Gardens.
*Day 6 (January 24)*:  Explore more of Wilson Botanitcal Gardens or
surrounding areas…Nito will take us to wherever the birds are!  There are
many possibilities for migrants, spinetails, and seedeaters.  Overnight at
lodge in area or Wilson Botanical Gardens.
*Day 7 (January 25)*:  Travel to Gulfo Dulce and Rincón visiting the Yellow
Billed Cotinga preserve.  While in this area we’ll explore the area briefly
around the bridge, etc. for species such as Ringed Kingfisher, Roseate
Spoonbill, trogon species, and of course, the stunning Yellow-Billed
Cotinga!  After a short visit, travel to Osa Conservation’s Greg Gund
Conservation Center.  Once settled into “hola chau,” staff will provide a
station presentation followed by more birding!  Of course one may rest if
they wish…we will have a lovely dinner and enjoy the sunset.  Overnight at
Greg Gund.
*Day 8 (January 26)*:  Early morning walk around Greg Gund, followed by a
wonderful breakfast.  Afterwards, we make the trek down to the Piro
Biological Station.  This is quite the walk—while leisurely, it can take
3-4 hours, but is completely worth it—with a bit of luck, we’ll spot Barred
Forest-falcon, Bat falcon, Long-billed Hermit, White-necked Jacobins, some
woodcreepers, and Blue-crowned Manakins, just to mention a few!  We’ll also
continue to hone our flycatcher ID skills (no one said it was going to be
easy!).  In the afternoon, we’ll explore the grounds near the Station.
Overnight
at Piro.
Piro Biological Station is nestled in primary rainforest that extends all
the way to the sea.  There are well established trails throughout the 4200
acres of primary and secondary forest, which includes beach and coastal
habitat.  Here we’ll hope to see Red-Legged Honeycreepers, Scarlet Macaws,
and Charming Hummingbirds.
*Day 9 (January 27)*:  Getting up very early and drive to Carate where
we’ll visit the spectacular Luna Lodge and learn about their White Hawk
project.  Here we will search for the stunningly beautiful Turquoise
Cotinga, an increasingly rare fruit-eating bird restricted to the
endangered Isthmian-Pacific moist forests of southwestern Costa Rica and
adjacent Panama.  While near Carate, we’ll spend time exploring the Osa’s
unique lagoon system.  Crocodiles, Bare-throated Tiger Heron, crakes, and a
variety of herons are all possibilities.  We’ll also keep a watchful eye
for flocks of brilliant Scarlet Macaw.  Overnight at the Piro.
*Day 10 (January 28)*:
This morning we take a taxi out to Matapalo and explore the area in hopes
of seeing Crested Caracaras, Red-Breasted Blackbird, as well as seedeaters.
Afterwards the taxi will take us to Kobo chocolate farm for a tour and late
lunch.  Upon returning back to Piro, we’ll spend the early evening
exploring the Rio Piro, a beautiful clear water stream that meanders
through tall secondary forest.  Note that in this instance, exploring
entails literally wading up the stream—appropriate pants/shorts and
footwear are a must!  If the river is not passable, there are plenty of
trails to explore around the Station.  We’ll keep an eye peeled for
riparian specialists like North America’s smallest kingfisher, the
diminutive Pygmy, and the Basilisk Lizard (the only reptile that can
literally run across the surface of the water, hence its nickname as the
“Jesus Christ Lizard”).  This is a tremendous opportunity to view myriad of
species such as the Black-crowned Tityra, trogons, and the Blue-Black
Grosbeak.  Overnight at Piro.
*Day 11 (January 29):*  Today, we explore the trails surrounding Piro.  The
trails offer magnificent walks through primary and secondary forest.  Possible
birds here include Spectacled Owl, Blue-crowned and Red-capped Manakins,
woodcreepers, and migratory species.  Overnight at Piro.
*Day 12 (January 30)*:  This morning we will leave early to head over to
the Golfo Dulce side of the peninsula to explore the mangrove forests near
Rincon.  These forests are part of the largest remaining mangrove complex
on the Pacific coast of Central America and are critically important from a
conservation perspective.  They provide important habitat for myriad
species including Boat-billed Heron, wintering Prothonotary Warbler, the
endangered Mangrove Hummingbird and the endangered Yellow-billed Cotinga, a
secretive, endemic species whose last remaining stronghold may be the Osa’s
mangroves and associated upland forest.  After thoroughly exploring the
area, we’ll head over to Bosque del Rio Tigre Lodge (BRT), our destination
for the next two days.  The afternoon will be spent birding the area with
owner/expert guide Abraham Gallo.  Overnight at BRT.
*Day 13 (January 31)*:  We’ll spend the entire day exploring the amazingly
birdy forests surrounding BRT.  Possibilities include—Little Tinamou,
Uniform Crake, White-tipped Sickle Bill (very cool hummer!), Striped
Woodhaunter (a vexing tropical ovenbird), Scaly-throated Leaftosser,
trogons galore, Red-throated Caracara, some of those pesky flycatchers,
Marbled Wood Quail, Collared and Barred Forest Falcons (both seen from the
lodge), and fingers crossed for the diminutive White-crested Coquette, a
hummer with a hairdo that puts Lyle Lovett to shame…you get the picture!  Or,
one can simply relax around the lodge and let the birds come to you!  Overnight
at BRT.
*Day 14 (February 1)*:  Morning ride back to Puerto Jimenez where we should
have time to browse a shop or two before returning back to San Josè.  Most
folks stay another night in San Josè as the majority of international
flights head out early in the AM.  We typically stay at the Villa San
Ignacio near Poàs Alajuela where I will happily make the reservations.
Breakfast
provided.
**While at Piro, we will have evening or afternoon presentations from local
biologists.  Possibilities include:  Yellow-billed Cotinga research,
amphibian monitoring, sea turtle protection and management, citizen science
projects, and wild cat conservation (the Osa is home to 5 species of
cats—Jaguar, Mountain Lion, Ocelot, Margay, and Jagarundi!), as well as the
history of conservation on the Osa.
**Please note that some particulars of the itinerary may change, but it is
relatively close to what we’ll experience.  We will make sure everyone is
accommodated!  *It is also worth mentioning that there is extensive
hiking/walking (considered moderate and at times may be challenging)* on
this adventure which includes gravel, some hilly and uneven surfaces—talk
to me should there be any concerns.  Walking sticks are available.  Also,
be advised that the food is exceptional!!!
**In addition to birds, we have observed species such as Tamandua (small
anteater), two and three-toed sloths, kinkajous, coatis, spiny rat,
numerous bat species, 4 species of monkeys (white-faced capuchin, squirrel,
howlers, and spider), many lizard species, spectacled caiman, countless
butterflies, as well as leaf cutter and army ants.  If folks aren’t too
tired(!!) a night hike can be done and we’ll explore around the lodge
searching for snakes and frogs.
Adventure travel can be unpredictable; therefore, understanding and some
flexibility is necessary—if we face surprises head on and with a smile, all
will be okay.  Whining is not permitted; it has been my experience on
previous birding excursions that whiners inexplicably disappear!!!  Hope to
see you on the Osa…

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Subject: Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:03:28 -0500


 It was still there when I got there. Thanks Kyle. To me it looks like the 
same gull Cynthia originally found on Cty V. I noticed that this one was 
missing a tail feather also. Of course, at that age all could be missing 
some feathers. When this one was preening, it pulled out a feather.
Steve Thiessen Dane co.

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Sent: Friday, June 19, 2015 2:56 PM
Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane


> Looks like a perfect 1st summer Little Gull, Kyle! Nice.
>
> Amar Ayyash
> Frankfort, IL
> www.anythinglarus.com
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>> On Jun 19, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Kyle Lindemer  
>> wrote:
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>> I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun Prairie.
>> https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV
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>> Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Re: Possible Little Gull-Dane
From: Amar Attach <amarayyash AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:56:02 -0500
Looks like a perfect 1st summer Little Gull, Kyle! Nice.

Amar Ayyash
Frankfort, IL
www.anythinglarus.com

> On Jun 19, 2015, at 2:49 PM, Kyle Lindemer  wrote:
> 
> I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun Prairie. 
> https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV
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Subject: Possible Little Gull-Dane
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:49:16 -0500
I just had what I think is a Little Gull at Patrick Marsh in Sun Prairie. 
https://flic.kr/p/uU47LV


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Subject: Breeding Bird Atlas notes - Columbia County
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 14:27:42 -0500
I ran my Bluebird trail today and since it is in one of the priority blocks in 
Columbia County I used my time to do some BBA II work even though I am not the 
primary atlaser for this block. I was very excited to confirm Brown Thrasher 
today as I found a nest with young and also even more excited to confirm Lark 
Sparrow as I saw both mom and dad with food in their mouth waiting for me to 
move on so they could feed the chicks. Now if only the Grasshopper, Field, and 
Clay-colored Sparrows would cooperate! On the flip side I also confirmed House 
Sparrow in two blocks. Not so excited about that. Doing Atlas work has opened 
up a whole new part of the birding world for me. It makes you really pay 
attention to not just what bird you are seeing but what is it doing. Sometimes 
I get too caught up in adding another species to whatever list I am compiling 
and it is nice to slow down and pay more attention to an individual bird. All 
in all a fun time after working 16 out of the la 

 st 17 days!
Brian Doverspike and Becky Anderson
Pardeeville, Columbia County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: UW Arboretum (Dane), major disappointment
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 13:31:23 -0500
I'm but sure who approved the project, but there is currently a
multi-person crew armed with chain saws clearing brush where Chat 2 and the
white-eyed vireo have been regularly seen.
I have video.
I talked to one of the students/volunteers pointing out that rare birds
have been here and are very susceptible to disturbances. He countered that
the YBCH had been in juniper knoll and pointed in that direction. I
countered that the second Chat had been in the very shot they were whacking
at. And then I pointed out that it's messing season and that I was terribly
disjointed and displeased that this was happening.
Frankly, I'm rather disgusted.
Dale Bonk
Mt Horeb, Dane

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Subject: Door Co. snowy owl
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 12:56:23 -0500
After posting the note about not seeing the snowy owl, we received an email
from a friend who saw it last Friday, June 12th. It was south of Highway 57
and east of County Road C on a short dead end road called Snow Rd. in a
field near the first farm house. They did not see it on their way home on
Monday.
Roy & Charlotte Lukes 

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Subject: more about recent attacks on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:46:39 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/06/more-about-recent-attacks-on-migratory.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
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Subject: Re: Does anyone know if the Snowy Owl is still on hwy 57?
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 10:41:44 -0500
We drove through that area four times early this week and did not see it.
The last recorded sighting was on June 7th.
Roy & Charlotte Lukes
Egg Harbor, WI

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Subject: [wisb] Does anyone know if the Snowy Owl is still on hwy 57?

We are driving out there today, would appreciate any info on the hwy 57
Snowy Owl.  Please contact me off list.
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Subject: Does anyone know if the Snowy Owl is still on hwy 57?
From: Mark Stratton <zostropz AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 05:03:34 -0700
We are driving out there today, would appreciate any info on the hwy 57
Snowy Owl.  Please contact me off list.
Mark Stratton
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Subject: House finch
From: "Jerry Schoen" <basketsandbirds AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Jun 2015 06:42:54 -0500
Does anyone know why house finches eat the leaves of sedium? At times there 
will be 4 or 5 at one time. I suspect that it is for the little moisture in the 
leaves.But there is a bird bath 25 feet away and they also use that. 

Jerry Schoen
Whitewater
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Subject: Thursday birding
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:27:57 -0500
I checked on the Mascoutin pond and Horicon Marsh today. The pond has way too 
much water so the only birds present were a few geese. No ibis at this time and 
perhaps not at all due to high water levels. 

A check of various spots at Horicon Marsh revealed several things. The only 
shorebird I could find on the marsh were Killdeer. The pond along Old Marsh Rd 
that had good shorebird habitat now has quite a bit of water, with limited 
habitat for shorebirds. Only a few Killdeer were seen. The best part of the 
road was beyond the small woods to the 90 degree turn. Present were 10+ Common 
Gallinules, 15+ Yellow-headed Blackbirds, a Least Bittern (heard only), an 
American Bittern (seen), 10+ Black-cr. Night Herons and the surprise, an 
immature Yellow-cr. Night Heron. The latter was seen flying up from the south 
at the halfway point of the road across the marsh. It turned and eventually 
landed back in some cattails. 


The Trumpeter Swan family on the last pond on the Auto Tour had its 6 cygnets 
feeding actively. Another Trumpeter Swan family was on the last pond along 49 
heading east (beyond the pump house). They have SEVEN cygnets! Another pair of 
Trumpeters flew by me while I was walking the Old Marsh Rd. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: House Sparrows
From: Patricia Keuck <prkeuck AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:36:54 -0500
Those house sparrows are an invasive species and anything that can be done to 
destroy them is fine with me. 

And I rarely say that about anything.
They trapped my male and female Bluebird pair in the bird house and pecked 
their brains out. 

Another year they smashed the Bluebird eggs. They are very territorial and this 
is well documented 

in all the bird and Bluebird literature. Technically, I have decided my habitat 
is just not right for 

the safety of the Bluebirds and no longer will be putting up houses to attract 
them because of the violence 

inflicted on them by the house sparrows, which are unworthy of capitol letters.
Patty Keuck,  West Bend, Wi
> On Jun 18, 2015, at 12:52 PM, R & C Dermody  wrote:
> 
> Does anyone have any graphic photos of the horrid things House Sparrows do to 
Bluebirds or 

> others? A good article would also help. I have some non-believers here that 
are 

> convinced I am making this all up!
> 
> Cathy Dermody, St. Francis
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Subject: Pesticides and slugs!
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 16:05:25 -0500
Thanks to the many responses about this - I felt it important to put this
out.  Will try picking them out and a saucer of beer!
Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay, Door CO

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, June 18, 2015
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 15:43:31 -0500
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, June 18, 2015
74 degrees
Overcast
14 birders

Total Species:  39

14 Canada Goose
9 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
7 Rock Pigeon
5 Chimney Swift
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker

2 Eastern Wood-Pewee
2 Great Crested Flycatcher
4 Warbling Vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
6 Blue Jay
5 American Crow
7 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Barn Swallow
7 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch

1 House Wren
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
17 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
5 European Starling
3 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
1 Chestnut-sided Warbler
1 Chipping Sparrow
3 Song Sparrow

6 Northern Cardinal
5 Indigo Bunting
13 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Common Grackle
10 Brown-headed Cowbird
6 Baltimore Oriole
8 House Finch
22 American Goldfinch
10 House Sparrow

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Subject: Re: House Sparrows
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:12:17 -0500
Tell your non-believers that I've seen plenty of decapitated tree swallows and 
bluebirds, and a few that have been partially eviscerated. I've monitored a 
bluebird trail for many years, and this year seems to be the worst; a friend 
who monitors a trail has said the same thing. 

How do I know house sparrows are the culprits? Usually because the sparrows 
build nests over the nest of the original occupant as well as over the occupant 
itself. 

I have no photos to share, but the next time I come across a dead bird, I'll 
take some photos, if I have my camera with me. 

Tell your non-believers that this is not some embellished, fanciful thinking. 
It's all too real. 



John Krerowicz, Kenosha


dedlnr AT hotmail.com

> From: cdermody AT wi.rr.com
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] House Sparrows
> Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:52:43 -0500
> 
> Does anyone have any graphic photos of the horrid things House Sparrows do to 
Bluebirds or 

> others? A good article would also help. I have some non-believers here that 
are 

> convinced I am making this all up!
> 
> Cathy Dermody, St. Francis
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Subject: House Sparrows
From: "R & C Dermody" <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 12:52:43 -0500
Does anyone have any graphic photos of the horrid things House Sparrows do to 
Bluebirds or 

others? A good article would also help. I have some non-believers here that are 

convinced I am making this all up!

Cathy Dermody, St. Francis

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Subject: Re: Franklin Osprey: RFI
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 11:22:31 +0000 (UTC)
Have not seen any Raptor activity at all this year or last- sad but No Osprey
Did see Egrets on other side of Pond off North Cape
 Have a Great day & SMILE!
 

 On Wednesday, June 17, 2015 7:55 PM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins 
 wrote: 

   

 The last couple of years there was a pair of Ospreys on a platform in 
Franklin.  Have they been seen this year?  Where is the area they were being 
seen in? 

Thanks,

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Re: Franklin Osprey: RFI
From: Brian Hansen <rawshooter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 21:19:54 -0500
Oops. West side of 116th not east

Brian

> On Jun 17, 2015, at 7:54 PM, "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" 
 wrote: 

> 
> The last couple of years there was a pair of Ospreys on a platform in 
Franklin. Have they been seen this year? Where is the area they were being seen 
in? 

> Thanks,
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Subject: Re: Franklin Osprey: RFI
From: Brian Hansen <rawshooter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 20:42:26 -0500
Hi Jym and all,

I don't know if they are there this year. I've been there many times in the 
past photographing. I'll attempt to share a location via google maps. It a tad 
tricky to get to and if the map doesn't work call me and I'll walk you through 
it. Please let the group know if they are there. The young should be getting 
close to fledging if they had some. 


Here's the map. Dropped Pin. The platform is on the east side of 116th st
http://goo.gl/maps/Ga3h0

Brian Hansen 
Milwaukee East side 

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 wrote: 

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> The last couple of years there was a pair of Ospreys on a platform in 
Franklin. Have they been seen this year? Where is the area they were being seen 
in? 

> Thanks,
> 
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Subject: Franklin Osprey: RFI
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:54:58 -0500
The last couple of years there was a pair of Ospreys on a platform in Franklin. 
Have they been seen this year? Where is the area they were being seen in? 

Thanks,

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Subject: You Wanna Chat? Kettle Moraine Low Prairie, Waukesha County
From: "Spencer Stehno" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:29:33 -0500
At the Kettle Moraine Low Prairie site, On State Hwy 67 just north of Wilton
Road, when you zoom in on "maps" is old left-over remains of "Stark Road" on
west side of Hwy 67.  This is the path to the "Chat".  It has a parking lot
for 3-4 cars possibly.  From the parking lot, it's a hundred yards west and
you're in Chat territory.  There are tall oaks on the center and south of
the path.  Today, around 5 PM, Chat was bouncing between some tall trees and
bushes in the area.  Song was a kind of rattle and a toot, different than
last time I saw it on June 2, but sunny markings able to be seen clearly
with binoculars or scope.  There!  I'm glad we "chatted"!
 

Spence Stehno

Oconomowoc,  Waukesha County

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Subject: Re: Question
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:53:32 +0000
I've heard beer in a wide pan attracts them. They fall in and drown. Google
it for ideas on how to implement it.
As a licensed and certified pesticide applicator (natural areas), I find
myself using a chemical solution less and less. I also don't buy into hype
over"organic" products, as some of the most toxic substances happen to be
derived from plants. Read and understand the product label before
purchasing anything. You don't want to have a toxic substance on hand that
in the end you chose not to use.

So, I would try something nontoxic before chemical warfare.

John Kivikoski
Iowa County
On Wed, Jun 17, 2015 at 17:05 K. Hilary Ford  wrote:

> Just wondering if putting down pesticides like Slugo is harmful to our
> birds?  I find that slugs are enjoying my annuals but would hate Robins to
> suffer!  We are enjoying a Yellow-rumped Warbler that bathes regularly and
> does not mind close on-lookers in our fountain bird-bath!
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Subject: Question
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 17:05:10 -0500
Just wondering if putting down pesticides like Slugo is harmful to our
birds?  I find that slugs are enjoying my annuals but would hate Robins to
suffer!  We are enjoying a Yellow-rumped Warbler that bathes regularly and
does not mind close on-lookers in our fountain bird-bath!
Hilary Ford, Ellison Bay, Door CO

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Subject: the big news in bird conservation
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jun 2015 15:15:38 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-big-news-in-bird-conservation.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
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