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White-throated Magpie-Jay,©Jan Wilczur

2 Aug Red-br. Nuthatch [Daryl Tessen ]
1 Aug Dodge Co. Hustisford shorebirds ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
1 Aug Birding by kayak results in great views of shorebirds! [Tim Hahn ]
1 Aug Re: Death of Tom Soulen and migrational overshoot? []
1 Aug Gull Question ["K. Hilary Ford" ]
1 Aug Re: Death of Tom Soulen [John H Idzikowski ]
1 Aug August 1 birding [Daryl Tessen ]
1 Aug Re: Death of Tom Soulen ["Tom Schultz" ]
01 Aug Death of Tom Soulen [Manley Olson ]
01 Aug Western Grebe Lake Mendots [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
1 Aug Frame Park (Waukesha), Vernon Marsh (Mukwonago), Greenfield Park (West Allis) ["Wright Family" ]
31 Jul Western Grebe Photos, Lake Mendota, Madison [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
31 Jul Re: #2: Swainson's Thrush @ Horicon NWR [Schaufenbuel ]
31 Jul birds and humans... [Ken Damro ]
31 Jul Cattle Egret - Winnebago County/Hwy 45 [Peter Fissel ]
30 Jul Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 30, 2015 [Dennis Casper ]
30 Jul Wehr Nature Center- Tufted Titmouse & other birds [Mike Goodman ]
30 Jul Birdathon survey link ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
30 Jul Horicon Marsh update [Daryl Tessen ]
30 Jul Door Co. Sightings (Seasonal Sightings, Local Occurrence Only) [Daniel Edelstein ]
29 Jul Trumpeter Swans, BC Night-heron, Lesser Yellowlegs - Vernon Marsh (Wauk. Cty) [Tim Hahn ]
29 Jul Tom Soulen passing [Daryl Tessen ]
29 Jul #2: Swainson's Thrush @ Horicon NWR [Daniel Edelstein ]
29 Jul Swainson's Thrush: Horicon NWR, Dodge Co.....Re: From Sunday, 7/26/15 [Daniel Edelstein ]
29 Jul Bird Bath Photos [Ryan Brady ]
29 Jul Red-tailed Hawk catching its prey in Waukesha Co 7/29/15, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
29 Jul Buff-br. Sandpiper YES [Daryl Tessen ]
29 Jul Birdathon Survey--we want your opinion! ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
29 Jul Birdathon top species totals ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
29 Jul Alert - Buff Breasted Sandpiper (Winnebago County) []
29 Jul Recent Name Changes/Taxonomic-Bird Classification Changes Via AOU Proposal Approvals/Passages [Daniel Edelstein ]
28 Jul Red-tail Hawk in Waukesha Co. 7/28/15...some images [Jim Edlhuber ]
28 Jul funding for Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station [William Mueller ]
28 Jul Re: Western Grebe - still there Tues. a.m. (UW campus) [Sunil Gopalan ]
28 Jul Western Grebe - still there Tues. a.m. (UW campus) [Peter Fissel ]
27 Jul WESTERN GREBE-YES [Jeff Galligan ]
27 Jul Re: Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, Sunday. ["Dar Tiede" ]
27 Jul White-crowned Sparrow - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
27 Jul Re: Western Grebe still there. [Andy Cassini ]
27 Jul Western Grebe still there. [Peter Gorman ]
27 Jul Atlas Rookie Recruit Contest [Carrie Becker ]
27 Jul Western Grebe UW Bay Lake Mendota (7/27/15) [Paul Senner ]
27 Jul Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, Sunday. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
26 Jul Atlasers beware - birds on the move [Ryan Brady ]
26 Jul Western Grebe UW Bay Lake Mendota [James Schwarz ]
26 Jul Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison [Jennifer Ambrose ]
26 Jul Fwd: Western Grebe, Lake Mendota, Madison, WI | Flickr - Photo Sharing! [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
26 Jul Photo Western Grebe Lake mendota [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
26 Jul Western grebe lake mendota [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
25 Jul Empid fun.... Pewaukee, WI (Waukesha Cty) [Tim Hahn ]
25 Jul Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison ["Tom Wood" ]
25 Jul Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison ["Samuel J. Krerowicz" ]
25 Jul Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison [John K ]
25 Jul Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison [John K ]
25 Jul Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 23, 2015 [Dennis Casper ]
25 Jul Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison [Nolan Pope ]
25 Jul Re: Alert: possible Western grebe on Lake Mendota [Mary Hampton ]
24 Jul Re: Alert: possible Western grebe on Lake Mendota [Tom Prestby ]
24 Jul Alert: possible Western grebe on Lake Mendota [Paul van ginkel ]
24 Jul Re: GPS question [Nancy Richmond ]
24 Jul Re: GPS question [Lisa Gmail ]
24 Jul GPS question [Nancy Richmond ]
23 Jul Dodge Co. Juneau area CATTLE EGRETS ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
22 Jul Dodge Co., S. Grove Rd., UPLAND SANDPIPER ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
22 Jul Fwd: Birds and Beers with Volunteers! This Friday at Ale Asylum [Kyle Lindemer ]
21 Jul Odd Rock Pigeon, etc. Town of Lebanon, Dodge County [Gloria Shiraef ]
21 Jul Local patch lesson [Al Schirmacher ]
21 Jul North American waterfowl survey results 2015 [William Mueller ]
20 Jul Wehr Nature Center weekly report [Mike Goodman ]
20 Jul Odd Rock Pigeon, etc. Town of Lebanon, Dodge County ["Eileen Worman" ]
20 Jul May Day bird count []
20 Jul Shorebirds in the Wausau area [Dan Belter ]
19 Jul copy of Passenger Pigeon article requested [Chuck Heikkinen ]
19 Jul Re: Dodge Co. STILT SANDPIPER ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
19 Jul Dodge Co. STILT SANDPIPER ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
18 Jul Juneau area WILSON'S PHALAROPE ["Rhonda Schrab" ]

Subject: Red-br. Nuthatch
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Aug 2015 12:17:03 -0500
About a week ago (July 28) I was surprised to hear a Red-br. Nuthatch singing 
in my yard. This was the first one in my yard this year, a strange time to have 
it. Today I looked out early this morning to find it around my feeders. Instead 
it bathed in the bird bath by my living room window. A nice way to start 
August. Now if we could only get a decent rain, minus the strong storms they 
are forecasting. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Dodge Co. Hustisford shorebirds
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:58:04 -0500
Although the river in Hustisford is low enough it is not attracting many 
shorebirds yet. Early this evening there were about a dozen birds including 
1 greater yellowlegs, several lesser yellowlegs, spotted and solitary 
sandpipers and 1 killdeer. Also saw 1 belted kingfisher, 1 blue-gray 
gnatcatcher, 1 ring-billed gull, 2 great blue heron, many cedar waxwing and 
other common birds.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.
  
  


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Subject: Birding by kayak results in great views of shorebirds!
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:20:44 -0500
I did some birding by kayak today in Waukesha County. The Bark River near
Dousman was very quiet, with more people than birds, but the Fox River in
Brookfield was birdy. A SEDGE WREN sang from the grasses. A handful of
SOLITARY and three LEAST SANDPIPERS monitored the mud bars south of Capital
Drive along with the resident KILLDEER and SPOTTED SANDPIPERS. A couple
young GREEN HERONS allowed me to get quite close on the kayak. I don't
think they yet know what to make of humans in boats. They were wary, but
seemed unafraid.
All birds today, especially the sandpipers allowed me to approach much
closer than I ever have on foot.  I'm not sure if this is typical, as I've
never approached a Least Sandpiper in a kayak, but perhaps, they don't
perceive kayakers as much of a threat until they're very close.

 Sorry... No pics. I'm klutzy and wanted to keep my camera dry.

Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
(Waukesha Cty)


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Subject: Re: Death of Tom Soulen and migrational overshoot?
From: just4birds AT att.net
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:45:30 -0500
On Sat, 1 Aug 2015 17:21:08 John H Idzikowski wrote:
> From time to time the above account from Cedar Grove in 1955,
> authored by Tom
> is referred to on this forum. It is in some part an account of an
> excellent
> spring morning fallout that he and his friends witnessed but also a
> testament
> perhaps to the coming decline of Neotropical migrants in the next 60
> years.
> Mornings like this may have been common then and perhaps well into
> the 60's.
> Tom also provides an account, perhaps the first mentioned in the
> "Pigeon" of
> reverse migration along the shoreline; this was noted after heavy
> spring
> movements also by the late Bill Cowart when he was looking at May
> raptor
> movement. We sometimes see this movement post dawn today; some have
> supposed
> that this represents some kind of correction of a migrational overshoot.
I never met Tom Soulen but know of him and his contributions to WSO
and Wisconsin birding. I have read his article about the day at Cedar
Grove several times and it always brings back many memories of birding
in the old days. I know Tom will be missed by many long time Wisconsin
birders. My condolences to his family and friends.

But I'm writing for another reason. Perhaps the birds seen moving
south during spring migration didn't make a mistake at all. Maybe
there is another reason for the phenomenon:


Then again, in those days there were so many birds maybe the ones seen
flying south just arrived late and found the north woods already full.
;-)

Bruce Steger
Currently enjoying beautiful weather in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa
County but noticing near silence in the woods and wishing again for
spring bird song and the numbers of birds seen and heard on a spring
morning during migration 40-50 years ago

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Subject: Gull Question
From: "K. Hilary Ford" <khilaryf32 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 14:53:16 -0500
As one drives around Door County and sees many many gulls feeding on fields
- usually newly plowed or seeded - I wonder where these nest?  I assumed
they occupied flat roof tops near marinas but Door is not known for flat
roofs! So if anyone knows the answer please share it!  Hilary Ford Ellison
Bay, Door CO

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Subject: Re: Death of Tom Soulen
From: John H Idzikowski <idzikoj AT uwm.edu>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 17:21:08 +0000

http://digicoll.library.wisc.edu/cgi-bin/EcoNatRes/EcoNatRes-idx?type=turn&entity=EcoNatRes.pp17n01.p0027&id=EcoNatRes.pp17n01&isize=M&q1=soulen 


From time to time the above account from Cedar Grove in 1955, authored by Tom 
is referred to on this forum. It is in some part an account of an excellent 
spring morning fallout that he and his friends witnessed but also a testament 
perhaps to the coming decline of Neotropical migrants in the next 60 years. 
Mornings like this may have been common then and perhaps well into the 60's. 
For those of us who were birding then we can testify that there are fewer 
migrants than there were 40 years ago. I looked back into the weather records 
and published frontal maps- that morning did not present migrants with any 
special southerly push. Such accounts of these premodern fallouts and large 
numbers of migrants and the descriptions of dawn choruses with intense singing 
and countersinging- such that we do not see today- can be found in the old 
literature, especially Bent's Life Histories and even in early weather radar 
image evidence. 


Tom also provides an account, perhaps the first mentioned in the "Pigeon" of 
reverse migration along the shoreline; this was noted after heavy spring 
movements also by the late Bill Cowart when he was looking at May raptor 
movement. We sometimes see this movement post dawn today; some have supposed 
that this represents some kind of correction of a migrational overshoot. 


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Subject: August 1 birding
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 10:09:46 -0500
An early morning check of the Anderson Sod Farm proved it very quiet, only a 
few Killdeer. A longer check of Horicon Marsh yielded shorebirds at 2 spots: 
along the north side of 49 and the first pond on the Auto Tour. The latter had 
8 species including a Sb Dowitcher. The 49 pond had 6 species including a Stilt 
Sandpiper. The habitat in this spot continues to improve with currently the 
most shorebirds in the historic sign area. Due to the high cattails along the 
highway one needs to move around to see the shorebirds on the mud flats near 
the road. Good luck. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: Death of Tom Soulen
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 09:55:12 -0500
Thanks for the nice message about Tom Soulen, Manley.  I was very sorry to 
hear a few days ago of his passing.  I didn't know him all that well, since 
I mainly saw him at WSO conventions over the years, but I always enjoyed 
having pleasant conversations at those times.  He was a really super guy, 
and I had a great admiration for him.  I appreciate your personal insights 
into his life.

My condolences to you, and to his family and many friends.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake


-----Original Message----- 
From: Manley Olson
Sent: Saturday, August 01, 2015 9:28 AM
To: Wisconsin Birders Network
Subject: [wisb] Death of Tom Soulen

Tom Soulen died in hospice on July 28 at age 80. He was a long-time
editor of the Summer Seasonal Report and received the Silver Passenger
Pigeon. Tom began his lifelong birding in Waukesha and continued in
Madison where he earned his PhD. He taught Plant Biology at the U of
Minnesota for 38 years and received many awards for his teaching. He was
also an accomplished musician and was choir director for 35 years at
North Como Presbyterian Church. I not only had the joy of birding with
him in Wisconsin, Minnesota and New Mexico but  of talking about birds
almost every Sunday after church. One of his greatest birding
disappointments was a trip to Attu that never left mainland Alaska due
to bad weather. The family prefers memorials to the WSO. Service will be
September 12 in Minneapolis.
Manley Olson
WSO life member and anther expatriate in Minnesota.
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Subject: Death of Tom Soulen
From: Manley Olson <manleyolson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:28:59 -0500
Tom Soulen died in hospice on July 28 at age 80. He was a long-time 
editor of the Summer Seasonal Report and received the Silver Passenger 
Pigeon. Tom began his lifelong birding in Waukesha and continued in 
Madison where he earned his PhD. He taught Plant Biology at the U of 
Minnesota for 38 years and received many awards for his teaching. He was 
also an accomplished musician and was choir director for 35 years at 
North Como Presbyterian Church. I not only had the joy of birding with 
him in Wisconsin, Minnesota and New Mexico but  of talking about birds 
almost every Sunday after church. One of his greatest birding 
disappointments was a trip to Attu that never left mainland Alaska due 
to bad weather. The family prefers memorials to the WSO. Service will be 
September 12 in Minneapolis.
Manley Olson
WSO life member and anther expatriate in Minnesota.
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Subject: Western Grebe Lake Mendots
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:56:19 -0500
We saw the Western Grebe this am in front of James Madison Park, Lake Mendota, 
Madison 

Arlene Koziol

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Subject: Frame Park (Waukesha), Vernon Marsh (Mukwonago), Greenfield Park (West Allis)
From: "Wright Family" <thomas657 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 03:29:31 -0500
I went to Frame Park Friday evening to photograph some flowers.  As I
entered the gardens, I immediately noticed a red-tailed hawk in a tree 10
feet about the gardens.  I scrambled back to get the appropriate lens since
I started out with my macro.
 

With a reasonable distance away, I watched it perch and then fly to some
larger oaks out in the park.  Moments later, it landed near some water and
proceeded to take drinks of water, "bathe" (by skootching its butt down in
the water and mudd), all the while keeping a watchful eye on its
surroundings.  Later, it became enamored by a dragonfly.  Man did it contort
it's neck and head to keep an eye on the dragonfly.  Unfortunately, I didn't
get to see it catch a meal - though not for lack of looking.

 

Anyhow, it was rather entertaining and for a good portion of the evening,
the hawk was excellent light.  Take a look if you wish:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/22836210 AT N03/

 

In addition, I was a Vernon Marsh earlier this week.  It was rather quiet.
An earlier posting cited a pair of trumpeter swans.  I've seen them
periodically during this summer, but not on the night I was there.  It was
really rather a bust until a pair of great horned owls started calling to
one another.  First time I've heard the exchange so clearly.   They started
out within 20 feet of one another before one eventually flew to another tree
not too far away.  I'd never photographed two owls (other than owl and
owlets) together.  Pretty cool.

 

Any, how could I pass up mentioning the herons at Greenfield Park.  When you
can spot the adult GBHs  feeding, it is sometimes a good show - when they
are out of shade.  Sometimes a GBH can be spotted in the lower pond.  I laid
on my belly to get a little different perspective for one of the photos I've
posted.  The three juveniles should be leaving the nest fairly soon.  A
pleasant surprise has been several green herons and belted kingfishers.   I
haven't seen much of the orioles, but I did spot what appeared to be a
yellow warbler.

 

Anyhow, several series of what I've described are at the URL I provided
above, if interested.

 

Thanks,

Tom Wright

Wales (Waukesha County)



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Subject: Western Grebe Photos, Lake Mendota, Madison
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:26:44 -0500
Despite the strong winds my husband Jeff and I had a great time observing the 
Lake Mendota Western Grebe foraging and fishing. We saw it in the same location 
as last week, close to shore swimming near the limnology building. We saw it 
catch two perch. One fish was so large, it had to squeeze it hard in it’s 
bill for about five minutes before it could swallow it dead in one gulp. It was 
amazing the Grebe hold on to a thrashing fish in the strong winds and waves. 

It’s long legs were attached to the end of it’s body, and it’s feet were 
lobed instead of webbed. Rod Dudly wrote on his online blog, "genus name of 
four of the North American grebe species is Podiceps (from “podicis” 
meaning anus or vent and “pes” meaning foot) – in other words, “anus 
foot”.” 

Below is a link to my pictures,
Western Grebe, Lake Mendota, July 31, 2015 | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/sets/72157656609531161 
 


For those interested in seeing a photo of a Western and Clark’s Grebes 
together that was taken in Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA, August 28, 2012, 


Elkhorn Slough, Moss Landing, CA | Flickr - Photo Sharing!


https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/sets/72157635192759558 
 


Arlene Koziol

arlenekoziol AT mac.com



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Subject: Re: #2: Swainson's Thrush @ Horicon NWR
From: Schaufenbuel <schaufenbuel AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:27:59 -0500
There was of a movement early in the week.  I was up late on Monday July 
27.  As we were unpacking from a trip, in the dark, we heard a 
Swainson's Thrush and a likely Northern Waterthrush which are both usual 
early migrants - as early as the last week of July.

Last night again we heard 1-2 Waterthrush.  The Northern Waterthrush 
night call is somewhat distinct but there are several close to it. Here 
is a list of nocturnal migrant calls mnemonics of the Eastern U.S.  It 
is taken from this site 
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/pifcapemay/evans_rosenberg.htm  . You'll 
note some misses in the description for the thrushes as the Swainson's 
and Gray-cheeked are distinctly different in some of there calls at 
night.  Also, cuckoos are not listed and are easy to ID.  The 
description for Blackpoll, Yellow, Blackburnian and Bay-breasted are in 
the "zeet complex" and after many years of listening, to me, it sounds 
more like buzzy "bjjt."  No matter, as a group, each is not 
distinguishable from one another. Another site for sonograms is here: 
http://oldbird.org/Library.htm



**

    Species

	

Vocalization

Upland Sandpiper (/Bartramia longicauda/)

	

rapid "tu tu tup" series (variable)

Long-billed Curlew (/Numenius americanus/)

	

Cur-lee flight call

Black-billed Cuckoo (/Coccyzus erythropthalmus/)

	

guttural "chuckle"

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (/Coccyzus americanus/)

	

kakakowlp call (variable)

Red-headed Woodpecker (/Melanerpes erythrocephalus/)

	

"queeer" note

Red-breasted Nuthatch (/Sitta canadensis/)

	

"aah, aah, aah" notes

Veery (/Catharus fuscescens/)

	

short whistled note

Gray-cheeked Thrush (/Catharus minimus/)

	

short whistled note

Bicknell's Thrush (/Catharus bicknelli/)

	

short whistled note

Swainson's Thrush (/Catharus ustulatus/)

	

short whistled note

Hermit Thrush (/Catharus guttatus/)

	

short whistled note

Wood Thrush (/Hylocichla mustelina/)

	

short whistled note

Chestnut-sided Warbler (/Dendroica pensylvanica/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Cape May Warbler (/Dendroica tigrina/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Black-throated Blue Warbler (/Dendroica caerulescens/)

	

short, high "tseep"
(often doubled)

Palm Warbler (/Dendroica palmarum/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Black-and-white warbler (/Mniotilta varia/)

	

short, high "tseep"

American Redstart (/Setophaga ruticilla/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Ovenbird (/Seiurus aurocapillus/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Northern Waterthrush (/Seiurus noveboracensis/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Common Yellowthroat (/Geothlypis trichas/)

	

short, buzzy "tzzp"

Canada Warbler (/Wilsonia canadensis/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (/Pheucticus ludovicianus/)

	

short whistled note

Dickcissel (/Spiza americana/)

	

buzzy flight note

Indigo Bunting (/Passerina cyanea/)

	

buzzy flight note

Painted Bunting (/Passerina ciris/)

	

buzzy flight note

Blue Grosbeak (/Guiraca caerulea/)

	

buzzy flight note

American Tree Sparrow (/Spizella arborea/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Chipping Sparrow (/Spizella passerina/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Savannah Sparrow (/Passerculus sandwichensis/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Grasshopper Sparrow (/Ammodramus savannarum/)

	

short, high "tseep"

Henslow's Sparrow (/Ammodramus henslowii/)

	

a high descending "zeee"

Lincoln's Sparrow (/Melospiza lincolnii/)

	

a buzzy "zee"

Swamp Sparrow (/Melospiza georgiana/)

	

a buzzy "zee"

Bobolink (/Dolichonyx orizivorus/)

	

pink flight note

------------------------------------------------------------------------

*Table 2. "Complexes" of bird species for which call-type is known but 
which are not yet definitely distinguishable from other species with 
similar call-types. All these calls are short, typically less than 
1/10th of a second in duration and high pitched, between 5 and 9 kHz. *

Species complex

	

Vocalization

...... 	......

    *I*

	......

Prothonotary Warbler (/Protonotaria citrea/)

	

A nonsibilant, rising "tseep" note

Clay-colored Sparrow (/Spizella passerina/)

	    "

Swainson's Warbler (/Limnothlypis swainsonii/)

	"
... 	..."

    *II*

	.......

Blue-winged Warbler (/Vermivora pinus/)

	

A buzzy "kzeen" of "kzeep" note

Golden-winged Warbler (/Vermivora chrysoptera/)

	

"

Louisiana Waterthrush (/Seiurus motacilla/)

	

"

... 	

...

    *III*

	

...

Tennessee Warbler (/Vermivora peregrina/)

	

A sibilant, rising "tseet" or "tsee" note

Nashville Warbler (/Vermivora ruficapilla/)

	

"

Orange-crowned Warbler (/Vermivora celata/)

	

"

Black-throated Green Warbler (/Dendroica virens/)

	

"

Vesper Sparrow (/Pooecetes gramineus/)

	

""

Yellow-rumped Warbler (/Dendroica coronata/)

	

"

White-crowned Sparrow (/Zonotrichia leucophrys/)

	

"

... 	

...

    *IV*

	

...

Pine Warbler (/Dendroica pinus/)

	

A descending "tsew" note

Northern Parula (/Parula americana/)

	

"

Field Sparrow (/Spizella pusilla/)

	

"

Yellow-throated Warbler (/Dendroica dominica/)

	

"

Prairie Warbler (/Dendroica discolor/)

	

"

... 	

...

    *V*

	

...

Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea)

	

A buzzy, "zeet" note

Blackburnian Warbler (Dendroica fusca)

	

"

Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia)

	

"

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorus)

	

"

Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata)

	

"

Yellow Warbler (Dendroica petechia)

	

"

Bay-breasted Warbler (Dendroica castanea)

	

"

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)

	

"

... 	

...

    *VI*

	

...

Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)

	

a high, "tseep" note

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

	

"

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

	

"

... 	

...

    *VII*

	

...

LeConte's Sparrow (Ammospiza leconteii)

	

a high downslurred "tsee" note

Sharp-tailed Sparrow (Ammospiza ssp.)

	  ""

------------------------------------------------------------------------


-- 
Joe Schaufenbuel
Stevens Point
Portage Co., WI




On 7/29/2015 11:06 PM, Daniel Edelstein wrote:
> EURand a brief rejoinder that I forgot to mention in my initial post a 
moment ago: 

> another birder also detected SwainsonEUR^(TM)s Thrush over the weekend in 
the Milwaukee area, per ebird.org  

> data that was submittedEUR..Of course, I submitted mine, tooEUR..as 
itEUR^(TM)s good to get the records of this species updated via 

> this excellent resource
>
> (i.e., I use ebird.org  as my sole source place to record 
my sightings that I can then access later 

> to note changes in arrival/departure/abundance, etc. from year to yearEUR.I 
also use Bird Log as an app on my iPhone because 

> the log summary in the field automatically transfers to ebird.org 
 when I plug in my iPhone upon returning from the 
fieldEURand, hence, 

> I donEUR^(TM)t have to type in my species from scratch into ebird.org 
.) 

>
> Regards,
>
> Daniel Edelstein
> Novato, CA
> &
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Subject: birds and humans...
From: Ken Damro <traditionalnesters AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:17:12 -0500
Ever noticed how many birds fly differently when carrying a fecal sack?
With short stiff wing beets - as if they are saying "don't want to get any
of this on me!" Much like we would walk if we were carrying a sack of poop
in our .... mouths.
The similarities between us and them are stunning sometimes.
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Subject: Cattle Egret - Winnebago County/Hwy 45
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:36:40 +0000
I had to go up to Oshkosh today, so took a meandering route past Horicon Marsh 
(lots of Great Egrets on the north side of Hwy 49) and went up Hwy 41 to the 
County I exit and took Ridge Rd. up to Lone Elm Rd. (the Fond du Lac/Winnebago 
Co. line.) Only egrets I saw along Lone Elm were all Greats, either flying or 
by farm ponds. A flock of Herring Gulls following a tractor faked me out, too. 
Disappointed, I turned north onto Hwy 45 to head for Oshkosh. Within a 
half-mile, I glanced over at a small herd of cows loafing in a pasture on the 
west side of the road and noticed a tiny white egret standing next to them. 
Okay, then... 


On my way back to Madison in the afternoon, I cruised the Auto Loop at Horicon. 
As Daryl mentioned, there are some shorebirds on the first pond. I was fighting 
the afternoon sun, so drove up onto the overlook for better light. Pretty much 
the same mix of species as reported earlier. Still lots of Great Egrets on the 
north side of 49 then, and the Trumpeter Swan family was close to the road on 
the south side. 



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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 30, 2015
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:43:14 -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, July 30, 2015
75 degrees
Clear
19 birders

Total Species:  36

2 Mallard
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Herring Gull
2 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
1 Black-billed Cuckoo
19 Chimney Swift
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker

1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Warbling Vireo
3 Red-eyed Vireo
8 American Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
10 Barn Swallow
11 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 House Wren
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13 American Robin
1 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
21 Cedar Waxwing
5 Song Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
6 Indigo Bunting
7 Red-winged Blackbird

2 Common Grackle
2 Brown-headed Cowbird
4 Baltimore Oriole
10 House Finch
24 American Goldfinch
36 House Sparrow

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Subject: Wehr Nature Center- Tufted Titmouse & other birds
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:15:40 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Goodman- South MilwaukeeWehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Jul 30, 2015 12:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
13 species
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Barn Swallow  1
Black-capped Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1    very nice look at feeder area
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
House Wren  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Rose-breasted Grosbeak  2
American Goldfinch  3 Have a Great day & SMILE!

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Subject: Birdathon survey link
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:08:08 +0000
Hi again everyone,


I've been told the link I posted yesterday leads to an error message, but 
someone must be able to use it because I have 50 responses (thanks!). Here it 
is again: 




https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Birdathon_2015



That's https ,colon, 2 forward slashes, 
http://www.survermonkey.com, forward slash, lower 
case r, forward slash, Birdathon_2015. 




Good luck and thanks for your feedback!



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Subject: Horicon Marsh update
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:02:38 -0500
After enjoying the Buff-br. Sandpiper last evening west of Appleton and with 
Tom Prestby's post about the good shorebirds near Green Bay, I decided to check 
Horicon Marsh habitat. There is good and bad news. First the bad: the Old Marsh 
Rd pond is totally dry! Only a few Killdeer were there and by this weekend 
there will not even be that I would imagine. The good news: the first pond on 
the Auto Tour Rd has very good habitat and had about 7-9 species with 5 
Short-billed Dowitchers and 3 Semi. Plovers the "best". the other potentially 
good news is that the north pond on 49 (between the historic sign and across 
from the pump house) is coming down. Habitat is showing along the edges and a 
very few spots in it. There is limited shorebirds present now but if this 
continues it should improve---certainly worth checking when there. 

Last, the Trumpeter Swan family on the pond east of the pump house along 49 are 
all doing well. The 7 cygnets and 2 adults were loafing on the shore and later 
actively feeding on the pond. 

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Subject: Door Co. Sightings (Seasonal Sightings, Local Occurrence Only)
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2015 06:05:46 -0700
....and good day....and, sorry, I presently found a high-speed connection here 
at our rental house that is now working, 

so sorry for the tardy post that notes 7-28 - 7-29 sightings, below from n. 
Door Co. & WA Island: 

1. 7-29-15 (and a more extensive checklist that is complete will be at 
ebird.org soon) 


Best, notable seasonal sightings/local occurrence highlights on WA Island: 
(none are vagrants and/or casual visitors) 


- 5 EASTERN KINGBIRD on telephone line, with four of five hatch year (HY) 
individuals. 


- 1 1st year/HY BALD EAGLE seen from the only climbing tower on the island (as 
I forget it’s name now, sorry) 


- HY PURPLE MARTIN (at least four) in box next to ferry landing on grassy lawn 
area, with 

both male and female bringing food.

Kudos to Melody Walsh for her pre-trip help and special kindness. Appreciated, 
Melody (!) 

(No Red-necked Grebe on Little Lake that I could see, per her recent 
sightings....:-(....) 


2. 7-28-15 (and a more extensive checklist that is complete will be at 
ebird.org soon) 


a. Most interesting seasonal sightings near our rental house close to Co. NP & 
High. 42: 


- 1 singing BLACK-THROATED GREEN (a little late, as some individuals have 
already dispersed and/or migrated away from natal territories, as this 

warbler is common/abundant throughout n. Door Co.)

- 1 singing Great-crested Flycatcher 

- 1 singing Eastern Wood-Pewee

b. Wandering Rd. area (near Hands On Art Studio on Pen. Player Rd.)

- 1 male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (at bottomland, Silver Maple grove area, 
immediately AFTER the short gravel stretch that you first encounter if you come 
from Pen. Player Rd.) (This grove is an oasis and songbird "magnet” amid 
cultivated fields that I suggest would be abundant with wood-warblers during 
late April - mid-May annually.) 


- 1 HY/first-year WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH

Regards to all....Hope to see some of you on the trails when we return in late 
Sept. and early October for the fall migration bird viewing fun (especially 
wood-warbler sleuthing) 


Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA (SF Bay Area)
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Subject: Trumpeter Swans, BC Night-heron, Lesser Yellowlegs - Vernon Marsh (Wauk. Cty)
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 22:49:43 -0500
I went to Vernon Marsh SWA near Mukwonago (Waukesha Cty) this evening in
hopes of finding shorebird habitat, but I think I'm a week or so early.
Birding quality was high, however. A pair of TRUMPETER SWANS was present in
the second pool of the Figure-8 Dikes. No cygnets were around (perhaps they
didn't make it through the summer?), and neither bird was sitting on a nest
of any sort. Other interesting birds were a couple BLACK-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS, a BLACK TERN, COMMON GALLINULE, and a pair of LESSER
YELLOWLEGS.
The following link takes you too my eBird list which has a few photos
attached.
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/view/checklist?subID=S24427887

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Pewaukee, WI
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Subject: Tom Soulen passing
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:56:36 -0500
I just received an e-mail from Tom's wife that Tom Soulen passed away yesterday 
(July 28). He will be really missed as he was for many years one of Wisconsin's 
premier birders before he moved to Minnesota. Even then he attended most of the 
WSO conventions, sharing his expertise on the convention field trips. There are 
many marvelous memories for those of us that knew him over the years. 

Marilyn mentioned that there are many WI records at his home. She is wondering 
if some one in WSO would be interested in getting these and processing them for 
future reference. Please let me know if you are willing and interested. 


Again a major loss in our state birding community!
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: #2: Swainson's Thrush @ Horicon NWR
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:06:18 -0700
…and a brief rejoinder that I forgot to mention in my initial post a moment 
ago: 

another birder also detected Swainson’s Thrush over the weekend in the 
Milwaukee area, per ebird.org  

data that was submitted…..Of course, I submitted mine, too…..as it’s good 
to get the records of this species updated via 

this excellent resource 

(i.e., I use ebird.org  as my sole source place to record my 
sightings that I can then access later 

to note changes in arrival/departure/abundance, etc. from year to year….I 
also use Bird Log as an app on my iPhone because 

the log summary in the field automatically transfers to ebird.org 
 when I plug in my iPhone upon returning from the 
field…and, hence, 

I don’t have to type in my species from scratch into ebird.org 
.) 


Regards,

Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA
&
Ellison Bay, WI
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Subject: Swainson's Thrush: Horicon NWR, Dodge Co.....Re: From Sunday, 7/26/15
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:00:50 -0700
Likewise, I share the recent thoughts from listserv reports posted here by 
Steve T. & Dar T., as I enjoyed birding with them and Nolan Pope on Sunday. 

Sorry for my tardy post here today, but I presently accessed a computer for the 
first time here in Door Co. 


My additional thoughts that build upon their valid observations follow:

1. I heard the “drip note/raindrop note” call (not song) of 
three different SWAINSON’S THRUSH on the auto tour portion of the NWR that 
begins via High. 49. 


Yes, I agree it’s early for Swainson’s Thrush migrants to pass through 
Dodge Co., given this species does NOT nest in the county, 

but it was an easy call for IDing this species, given I hear this “drip 
note/raindrop note” call at various times where this species nests 

in n. WI counties….as well as in N. CA coastal counties and the Sierra Nevada 
mountains where this species is a common nesting resident 

(in the county where I live: Marin Co. in the SF Bay Area).

Among the different call versions in the Swainson’s repertoire (again, not 
the song), this “drip note/raindrop note” 

is the most common one I typically hear.

2. At our first stop on the auto tour at the turnout, I heard one
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO singing in the distance.

Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of the summer….Thanks to Steve T. & Nolan Pope for 
picking me up on Sunday and hosting me. 


Regards from Door Co. …I’ll post my findings from here soon.

Daniel Edelstein

Novato, CA (SF Bay Area)
&
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Subject: Bird Bath Photos
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:25:47 -0600
It's been very warm and very dry this summer along the southern Lake Superior 
shore. As a result my bird bath is hopping with action. Since July 12 I've seen 
22 species utilize it and managed to photograph 18 of them. Highlights include 
Tennessee and Cape May Warblers from the past couple days (both migrants) and a 
bunch of property nesters, including 2 Mourning Warblers, a Nashville, and a 
Chestnut-sided at the same time. August and September should only get better so 
I can't wait to see what turns up. 


Photo gallery: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/birdbath2015

I put some background text at the top and some context images at the bottom to 
answer the frequently-asked questions I often receive about my fountain setup. 


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Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk catching its prey in Waukesha Co 7/29/15, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 20:21:22 -0500
Hi all,
Checking out a few birding spots this morning I encountered the Red-tailed
Hawk once again looking for prey and this time capturing it in Waukesha Co.
The Red-tailed Hawk got a frog, chipmunk, and a very large insect while I
observed from a distance. For the chipmunk, the Red-tailed Hawk sat in a
tree near a fence. The chipmunk came out once and went right back into the
tree trunk, knowing the hawk was present. The next time, a few minutes
later the chipmunk came out the Red-tailed Hawk landed on it, spread it
wings on the ground and held it down for a few minutes. The Red-tailed Hawk
then flew off to a nearby tree and proceeded to have its meal. It does not
always score but it had a good streak going while I was present. At one
point it appeared to play with a piece of root, tossed it, pounced on it
from 2 feet off the ground. Not sure what this was all about. A warm summer
day but with the nice breeze it made for a pleasant morning.

Some of the images from late morning today at the link below if you care to
to view them:

*Warning:* Some of the following images are graphic in nature and might be
disturbing to some viewers.


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/red-tailed-hawk-catching-its-prey-in-waukesha-county-on-july-29-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Buff-br. Sandpiper YES
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:05:18 -0500
Sorry about this Tom & Wendy! They were at my place this noon so we went to try 
for the Buffy before lunch (thanks for that great meal and company). However 
the wind and heat waves were too great so we did not locate it. I went out 
early this evening and in less than ten minutes had it feeding about half way 
out on the west end of the Anderson Sod Farm. Also present were about 100 
Killdeer, Mourning Doves, Horned Larks, pigeons and Starlings. I watched it for 
about 15 minutes as it fed, gradually working a little farther back in the 
field but still easily seen with or without the scope. However a scope makes it 
much easier to find as these are long fields. Probably early morning and 
evening are the best times due to the wind and heat waves at other times. Good 
luck! (Thanks to Stuart for finding it and Dar posting it.) 

 
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Subject: Birdathon Survey--we want your opinion!
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:55:08 +0000
Hello everyone,
Thanks to all who participated in this year's Great Wisconsin Birdathon and 
raised $56,000 for bird protection in Wisconsin! We'd appreciate it if you 
could take a short survey and let us know how it worked out for you this year 
and what we can do better. Even if you didn't participate, there's a section 
for that too. Questions are multiple-choice, and comments are optional but 
appreciated. If you had website troubles, please be as specific as you can in 
the comment boxes, so that I can track down the problems. Here's the link to a 
SurveyMonkey: 


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Birdathon_2015
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Subject: Birdathon top species totals
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:47:52 +0000
Yikes! The Great Wisconsin Birdathon completely neglected to shout out to this 
year's top birders. Thanks to a Birdathon survey-taker for bringing it to my 
attention! Congratulations to the Muirland Merlins, whose species tally of 166 
was the highest of any non-Big Day team! Here are this year's other top birding 
teams: 

Arctic Adventurers 165
Cutright's Old Coots 165
WSO Signature Team 163...
Lake Superior eBirders 161
Madison Green Team 149
Revenge of the Bird Nerds 147
The Bonanza Hotshots racked up 162 species on their Birdathon Tour, but they 
had two days. Let me know if I missed anyone--we had 66 teams out there, and I 
only received 35 checklists. Thanks again for participating! 


Diane Packett
Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator
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Subject: Alert - Buff Breasted Sandpiper (Winnebago County)
From: <crepuscular AT new.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:39:24 +0000
Stuart Malcolm just texted me an alert to a buff-breasted sandpiper at the 
Anderson Sod Farm. The sod farm is west of Appleton on Winnegamie Drive. Seen 
at the back end of the fields south of the road. 


Dar Tiede
Appleton
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Subject: Recent Name Changes/Taxonomic-Bird Classification Changes Via AOU Proposal Approvals/Passages
From: Daniel Edelstein <danieledelstein AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:06:58 -0700
….and I know taxonomy/bird species classification is a birding area that will 
interest everyone here at this listserv, but 

some or many of you may wish to know the updated, correct taxa changes 
promulgated and approved recently by the Am. Ornithologists’ Union (AOU), 

per the link:
http://checklist.aou.org/nacc/proposals/current_proposals.html 
 


1. At this link, scroll down and see the one titled in the list:

2015-A-6: Transfer American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea to Spizelloides - 
PASSE 


2. Another interesting action occurred in the “sparrow/towhee/junco” 
family, per: 

(Scroll to section B to see this one, below)

2015-B-13a: Revise the Thraupidae: Transfer 14 genera from the Emberizidae to 
the Thraupidae - PASSED 

3. As for the Red Carpet VIPs, in my humble opinion — the wood-warblers — 
AOU did not do much 

that was pertinent to WI/N.A. warblers among the
approximately 56 annually occurring north of Mexico.

In other words, the Yellow-breasted Chat is still in the wood-warbler family, 
as I continue to scratch my head with both hands in disbelief 

while typing these words with my nose. 

Regards to all, Daniel

Daniel Edelstein
Novato, CA (SF Bay Area)
&
Ellison Bay, WI

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Subject: Red-tail Hawk in Waukesha Co. 7/28/15...some images
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 19:39:16 -0500
Hi all,
On a early bird walk this morning I encountered an adult Red-tailed Hawk
that was standing on and trying to hold down what I think was a snake.
Though I never saw the actual snake, I could tell by the actions of the
Red-tailed Hawk that is probably what it was, and the snake got away.

A few images from the event this morning that was fun to watch. Use the
link below if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/red-tailed-hawk-in-waukesha-county-on-july-28-2015/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: funding for Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:29:38 -0500
CGORS is raising some funds for its banding station. See below if you would
like to help. For the younger folks among us who may not know the history
of the Cedar Grove operation:
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/78613547.html
Folks,
 The bidding on these wonderful items (see below) ends this week on July
31st.  As of today we are at $186.99 for the print and $175.00 for the
book.  For those friends that do not want to bid on the book or print, our
Go Fund me Site is still taking donations of any size at
http://www.gofundme.com/uhfqvs.
We plan on opening August 20th this year, but I will send out an letter
letting everyone know the details as we get closer.  Our intern from last
year, Andrew Moto has talked with Dan Berger and will be driving them both
from CA  to the station this year.  We look forward to having them both
back.
Thanks for all your support!


For the original background information:
Friends of CGORS,
Renowned Artist, Author and Birder David Sibley has joined with the Cedar
Grove Ornithological Research Station to help us raise funds for new mist
nets for our 2015 raptor banding season.
David Sibley has donated a signed edition of Hawks In Flight and a
beautiful signed Saw Whet Owl print. CGORS will be offering these unique
donations on an email silent auction starting now and going until July 30th.





William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe - still there Tues. a.m. (UW campus)
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 09:28:58 -0500
Lot 6 (Helen C. White garage) is a closer possibility with (limited)
visitor parking on the street level -- it's at the north end of N. Park St
near the Hoofer Sailing club west of the Union.
Sunil Gopalan - Madison/Dane Co.

On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 8:52 AM, Peter Fissel  wrote:

> At 8:20 this morning (Tuesday,) the Western Grebe was about 50 yards off
> the Lakeshore Path, just west of the Limnology building on the UW Madison
> campus.  Easily viewed with my mini binoculars.  In other news, it's REALLY
> humid out there... bleah...
>
> For those unfamiliar with the campus, the closest public parking (besides
> taking your chances on finding a spot on Lake St.) would be the
> Lake/Francis St. ramps just south of State St. (note that Langdon St. is
> closed between Lake and Park St.)  From there, walk north on Lake St. to,
> unsurprisingly, the lake (Mendota), and go west past the Memorial Union
> Terrace, H.C. White Hall and the Limnology Center (which is right on the
> lake.)  Watch for bike traffic on the Lakeshore Path.  Good luck.
>
>
> Peter Fissel
>
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Subject: Western Grebe - still there Tues. a.m. (UW campus)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:52:33 +0000
At 8:20 this morning (Tuesday,) the Western Grebe was about 50 yards off the 
Lakeshore Path, just west of the Limnology building on the UW Madison campus. 
Easily viewed with my mini binoculars. In other news, it's REALLY humid out 
there... bleah... 


For those unfamiliar with the campus, the closest public parking (besides 
taking your chances on finding a spot on Lake St.) would be the Lake/Francis 
St. ramps just south of State St. (note that Langdon St. is closed between Lake 
and Park St.) From there, walk north on Lake St. to, unsurprisingly, the lake 
(Mendota), and go west past the Memorial Union Terrace, H.C. White Hall and the 
Limnology Center (which is right on the lake.) Watch for bike traffic on the 
Lakeshore Path. Good luck. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: WESTERN GREBE-YES
From: Jeff Galligan <jgalligan27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 22:50:58 -0500
The WESTERN GREBE was viewed briefly at around 7:30 pm about 150 yards due
east of the end of Picnic Point and several hundred yards from the
Lakeshore path west of the UW-Madison Limnology building.
Jeff Galligan
Middleton
Dane County


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Subject: Re: Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, Sunday.
From: "Dar Tiede" <crepuscular AT new.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 21:27:05 -0500
It was my good fortune and birding pleasure to bump into Steve, Nolan (Pope) 
and Dan (Edelstein) on the Auto Tour early Sunday morning.  Grateful that 
they allowed me to tag along - more eyes and ears always makes for a more 
complete list.  Discussions on the fine points of fall shorebird ID 
(especially the dowitchers) was an added bonus!  Willow flycatchers and 
yellow-throated vireos were still singing along the auto tour.   I walked 
part of the Old Marsh Road with them but had to leave for a WSO Board 
meeting before seeing some of the "good stuff" Steve reported.   We saw two 
WHOOPING CRANES standing farther out north of the road and a little later 
they flew off to the east.

Following the board meeting I walked the Old Marsh Road in from the opposite 
(east) side off of Point Road to the bend.  Google maps distance calculator 
tells me it is about 1.4 miles to the turn in the middle from either end. 
It was rather slow birding until I was about one mile out.  That's where I 
started to hear more marsh wrens and observed several families of COMMON 
GALLINULE.   I then came across an AMERICAN BITTERN standing on the edge of 
the road that allowed me to get quite close before flushing.  Of course, 
camera back in car - somehow birds seem to sense that.  Then I finally saw 
the year bird I was looking for - LEAST BITTERN.  Felt I earned that for a 
three mile round trip walk!

Dar Tiede
Appleton, Calumet County

-----Original Message----- 
From: Steve Thiessen
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2015 7:51 AM
To: wisb
Subject: [wisb] Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, Sunday.



Early Sunday morning 3 of us checked out the Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, 
at Horicon.
The first big pond, on the tour had good shorebird habitat, as did a big 
area on Old Marsh Road. Only more common shorebirds were seen.
The east end (past the trees) of Old Marsh has much more water. We saw 3 
perched Least Bitterns, which were more than half way up the cattails. There 
were a few families of Common Gallinules. We didn't see or hear any American 
Bitterns. The Yellow-headed Blackbirds have dispersed from their breeding 
spot. Many Black Terns, some still carrying food, and a couple Forester's 
Terns.
Although there were scattered Great Egrets as we went along,the last pond on 
the tour had over 80.
Steve Thiessen Dane co.
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Subject: White-crowned Sparrow - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:19:22 -0600
I had an awesome morning of atlasing barrens habitat west of Washburn, Bayfield 
County. Best bird was an out-of-season WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, which appeared 
uninjured and flew fine. Next best birds were flyover Evening Grosbeak and Red 
Crossbills. However, breeding activity stole the show as I confirmed breeding 
for 24 species on my 2+ mile hike, including Vesper and Clay-colored Sparrows, 
Eastern Towhees, Brown Thrashers, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Pine 
Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and more. The trip was a nice reminder of how 
much fun atlasing can be, especially in open habitats where birds are more 
visible. 


White-crowned Sparrow doc shots:
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/160860179

Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe still there.
From: Andy Cassini <agcassini AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 14:12:22 -0500
WEGR still present at 2:00. It was foraging <50 ft from shore directly out from 
the viewing platform on Lake Shore Path (west of Limnology Center). 


Andy Cassini
Delafield, WI
Waukesha County

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 27, 2015, at 1:02 PM, Peter Gorman  wrote:
> 
> The WESTERN GREBE reported on lately is still present off the Lakeshore Path 
on the UW-Madison campus (Dane Co.). I came to work this morning without 
bionoculars or camera, but thought I should take a walk at lunchtime to see if 
I could pick it out. This is a very obliging bird: I saw it out in the water 
just 20 feet out from the path, and followed it eastwards along the path until 
it started moving farther out into the lake. 

> If you’re on campus today, it’s in the same area as has been reported: 
just west of the Limnology Building along the Lakeshore path. 

> 
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> Mount Horeb, dane County
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Subject: Western Grebe still there.
From: Peter Gorman <peter.gorman AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 18:02:04 +0000
The WESTERN GREBE reported on lately is still present off the Lakeshore Path on 
the UW-Madison campus (Dane Co.). I came to work this morning without 
bionoculars or camera, but thought I should take a walk at lunchtime to see if 
I could pick it out. This is a very obliging bird: I saw it out in the water 
just 20 feet out from the path, and followed it eastwards along the path until 
it started moving farther out into the lake. 

If you’re on campus today, it’s in the same area as has been reported: just 
west of the Limnology Building along the Lakeshore path. 


Peter C. Gorman
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Subject: Atlas Rookie Recruit Contest
From: Carrie Becker <cat.becker77 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:49:09 -0500
Veteran Atlasers, if you haven't seen it yet, we're running a rookie
recruit contest to build up the Atlas corps before this first breeding
season comes to an end.

It’s easy! If you’re a veteran Atlaser, find someone who would make a
good Rookie Recruit, and then help them submit a complete checklist by
July 31. Both you and your Rookie will then be entered to win a
Wisconsin bird book or new field guide.

Contest ends this Friday!

Learn more at: 
http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/atlas-rookie-recruit-contest/ 


Check out some preliminary Atlas results:
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/subnational1/US-WI?yr=all

Carrie Becker
Glendale, Milwaukee County, WI
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Subject: Western Grebe UW Bay Lake Mendota (7/27/15)
From: Paul Senner <sennerp AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 09:20:31 -0500
I was able to relocate the Western Grebe this morning (8:45am) on Lake
Mendota.  It was sitting about 30m offshore of the Lakeshore Path, directly
across from the point where the concrete steps from University Lot 34 meet
the path.
Good Luck,

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Subject: Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, Sunday.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 07:51:45 -0500

 Early Sunday morning 3 of us checked out the Auto tour and Old Marsh Road, at 
Horicon. 

 The first big pond, on the tour had good shorebird habitat, as did a big area 
on Old Marsh Road. Only more common shorebirds were seen. 

 The east end (past the trees) of Old Marsh has much more water. We saw 3 
perched Least Bitterns, which were more than half way up the cattails. There 
were a few families of Common Gallinules. We didn't see or hear any American 
Bitterns. The Yellow-headed Blackbirds have dispersed from their breeding spot. 
Many Black Terns, some still carrying food, and a couple Forester's Terns. 

 Although there were scattered Great Egrets as we went along,the last pond on 
the tour had over 80. 

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Subject: Atlasers beware - birds on the move
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 19:55:54 -0600
ATLASERS BEWARE. Birds are really moving around now and we need to be cautious 
of assigning possible or confirmed breeding to our blocks. This morning at my 
house in Bayfield County I had my first migrant Yellow-bellied Flycatcher as 
well as a number of hatch-year birds that I know did not breed on or adjacent 
to my property, including Magnolia Warbler, Bobolinks, Scarlet Tanager, 
Baltimore Orioles, Swamp Sparrow, and Clay-colored Sparrow. Tennessee Warblers 
are firmly on the move now as well, and mixed foraging flocks are now common 
across the north woods. We'll likely see an earnest movement on the heels of 
Tuesday's cold front, which will only complicate matters. 


With that said, there's plenty of atlasing left in the season (e.g. goldfinches 
nest building today). We just need to exercise caution as we did back in 
spring. Let's 

 see if we can we reach 25,000 checklists submitted for year 1 of the Atlas?!

View some preliminary Atlas results here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/subnational1/US-WI?yr=all 


Atlas maps for each species are also online now but still being 
optimized/fine-tuned: http://ebird.org/ebird/atlaswi/map?zh=true 



Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Western Grebe UW Bay Lake Mendota
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT facstaff.wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 20:50:18 -0500
At 7:30 this evening the Western Grebe could be seen in University Bay. At one 
point it passed behind a distant round orange buoy. 

It was slowly making its way east, toward the area it has been previously 
reported near the Limnology building. 

Likely it will be in the same area as reported the last two mornings.

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Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 13:03:59 -0500
If anyone sees the bird this evening and tomorrow morning, can you please
post? I may head up tomorrow after rush hour dies down.
Thank you!
Jennifer
Milwaukee

On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 5:05 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:

> The Western Grebe was still present as of about 3:15 P.M. when I left.
> Perhaps due to all the activity near the Memorial Union, it had moved
> farther west. I was able to get a barely identifiable view with binoculars
> from the Limnology Center and made the mistake of walking west on the
> lakeshore path. The vegetation between the path and the lake blocked my
> view, so I returned to the Limnology Center, this time with my scope, and
> was able to get excellent scope views from the wooden pier just east of the
> center. It did not seemed to be disturbed by the paddleboarders and
> sailboats, so perhaps it is used to hanging out around marinas.
> Nice find Paul! Thanks to all those who updated.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
>
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>
> The western grebe was still just west of the Limnology building pier as of
> 12:50.
>
> Sam Krerowicz
> Madison, WI
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>
> As of 12:25 PM it has moved west again and is west of the Limnology
> building
> pier. I observed it catch a few small fish near the swimming area, so I
> assume it will continue to use the entire terrace area as the day
> progresses.
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County, WI
>
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 11:40 John K  wrote:
>
> > It's by the swimming pier at the Union at 11:39 AM On Sat, Jul 25,
> > 2015 at 08:15 Nolan Pope  wrote:
> >
> >> There definitely is a Western Grebe on Lake Mendota.    This morning, it
> >> was about 100 feet from shore by the Limnology Bldg.    Just west of the
> >> pier.     It moves around,  diving frequently, and was not visible when
> I
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> >> Nolan Pope
> >> Madison
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Subject: Fwd: Western Grebe, Lake Mendota, Madison, WI | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:14:19 -0500
Sorry I am having problems with Flickr. The below link should work
Arlene Koziol
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> Subject: Western Grebe, Lake Mendota, Madison, WI | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/sets/72157655957644099


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Subject: Photo Western Grebe Lake mendota
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 09:10:32 -0500
Below is a link to a picture of the Western Grebe on 
Lake Mendota, Madison on Flickr.
Thank you to those who found it and posted.
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Subject: Western grebe lake mendota
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 07:48:27 -0500
Western grebe in front of Van Hise swimming toward limnology now
Arlene koziol



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Subject: Empid fun.... Pewaukee, WI (Waukesha Cty)
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 23:14:31 -0500
Howdy Fellow Birders,
For the past few weeks, I've been stalking a pair of Willow Flycatchers in
my atlas block in Pewaukee, I've visited this single location at least ten
times in hopes of confirming their breeding status. Understandably, they've
been quite uncooperative. They are fairly close to a well-traveled road,
and nearby blackbirds alert them of my presence.

Early on, they mosied around, refusing to show where they wanted to nest. I
would see two birds, but neither of them would commit to a single bush, or
a single side of the road. Lately, however, they've shown their hand, and I
think I know where they're likely nesting. The male, presumably, will
escape from the bush and disappear for hunting. Meanwhile, his mate will
periodically give the "WHIT" contact call.  He'll then reappear briefly on
the approach, only to disappear quickly into the top or side of the bush.
The only indication I have that they're raising young flycatchers is that
they leave and arrive at the same bush repeatedly as I observe. Why else
would they do this, right?  And vocally, since mid June, all I've heard
from them is a short WHIT call, which is a common contact call for Willow
Flycatchers.

In the last few days, however, they've started to elaborate on their
calls.  In the video I recorded (link attached, and don't mind the
goldfinches or yellow-throats) at about :03 you can hear one of them
"sing"; then again at about :19 it "sings" again. This isn't the standard
fitz-BEW call I know from a Willow Flycatcher. But it also doesn't strike
me as a FREE-beer call of the Alder.  It's more of a REE-oo. I've searched
the interwebs and haven't heard a similar call labeled as a Willow
Flycatcher, but based on habitat and location, it's by far the most likely
species. I'd like to know what others think:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jpWYJ8UU1Y

To complicate things further, I believe I have just located a young family
of Least Flycatchers, no more than a quarter mile down the road. They're
pumping their tails like crazy (unlike the previously mentioned empids),
but so far I've only gotten back-lit views of them. So the empid fun goes
on....

Cheers!

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Pewaukee, WI
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:05:13 -0500
The Western Grebe was still present as of about 3:15 P.M. when I left.
Perhaps due to all the activity near the Memorial Union, it had moved
farther west. I was able to get a barely identifiable view with binoculars
from the Limnology Center and made the mistake of walking west on the
lakeshore path. The vegetation between the path and the lake blocked my
view, so I returned to the Limnology Center, this time with my scope, and
was able to get excellent scope views from the wooden pier just east of the
center. It did not seemed to be disturbed by the paddleboarders and
sailboats, so perhaps it is used to hanging out around marinas.
Nice find Paul! Thanks to all those who updated.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Subject: [wisb] Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison

The western grebe was still just west of the Limnology building pier as of
12:50.

Sam Krerowicz
Madison, WI
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Subject: [wisb] Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison

As of 12:25 PM it has moved west again and is west of the Limnology building
pier. I observed it catch a few small fish near the swimming area, so I
assume it will continue to use the entire terrace area as the day
progresses.
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County, WI

On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 11:40 John K  wrote:

> It's by the swimming pier at the Union at 11:39 AM On Sat, Jul 25, 
> 2015 at 08:15 Nolan Pope  wrote:
>
>> There definitely is a Western Grebe on Lake Mendota.    This morning, it
>> was about 100 feet from shore by the Limnology Bldg.    Just west of the
>> pier.     It moves around,  diving frequently, and was not visible when I
>> first arrived.
>> Nolan Pope
>> Madison
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison
From: "Samuel J. Krerowicz" <krerowiczs01 AT myemail.northland.edu>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 18:05:05 +0000
The western grebe was still just west of the Limnology building pier as of 
12:50. 


Sam Krerowicz
Madison, WI
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Subject: [wisb] Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison

As of 12:25 PM it has moved west again and is west of the Limnology
building pier. I observed it catch a few small fish near the swimming area,
so I assume it will continue to use the entire terrace area as the day
progresses.
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County, WI

On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 11:40 John K  wrote:

> It's by the swimming pier at the Union at 11:39 AM
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 08:15 Nolan Pope  wrote:
>
>> There definitely is a Western Grebe on Lake Mendota.    This morning, it
>> was about 100 feet from shore by the Limnology Bldg.    Just west of the
>> pier.     It moves around,  diving frequently, and was not visible when I
>> first arrived.
>> Nolan Pope
>> Madison
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:30:58 +0000
As of 12:25 PM it has moved west again and is west of the Limnology
building pier. I observed it catch a few small fish near the swimming area,
so I assume it will continue to use the entire terrace area as the day
progresses.
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County, WI

On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 11:40 John K  wrote:

> It's by the swimming pier at the Union at 11:39 AM
> On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 08:15 Nolan Pope  wrote:
>
>> There definitely is a Western Grebe on Lake Mendota.    This morning, it
>> was about 100 feet from shore by the Limnology Bldg.    Just west of the
>> pier.     It moves around,  diving frequently, and was not visible when I
>> first arrived.
>> Nolan Pope
>> Madison
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Subject: Re: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:40:11 +0000
It's by the swimming pier at the Union at 11:39 AM
On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 08:15 Nolan Pope  wrote:
> There definitely is a Western Grebe on Lake Mendota.    This morning, it
> was about 100 feet from shore by the Limnology Bldg.    Just west of the
> pier.     It moves around,  diving frequently, and was not visible when I
> first arrived.
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 23, 2015
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:40:12 -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, July 23, 2015
70 degrees
Clear
19 birders

Total Species:  30

7 Mallard
3 Great Blue Heron
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Herring Gull
30 Rock Pigeon
4 Chimney Swift
3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Warbling Vireo
6 Red-eyed Vireo
9 American Crow

3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
20 Barn Swallow
7 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 House Wren
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
15 American Robin
5 European Starling
17 Cedar Waxwing
1 Chipping Sparrow

4 Song Sparrow
6 Northern Cardinal
5 Indigo Bunting
5 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Common Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
2 Baltimore Oriole
7 House Finch
11 American Goldfinch
66 House Sparrow

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Subject: Western Grebe on Lake Mendota, Madison
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 08:14:33 -0500
There definitely is a Western Grebe on Lake Mendota.    This morning, it
was about 100 feet from shore by the Limnology Bldg.    Just west of the
pier.     It moves around,  diving frequently, and was not visible when I
first arrived.
Nolan Pope
Madison


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Subject: Re: Alert: possible Western grebe on Lake Mendota
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 12:59:38 +0000 (UTC)
Western Grebe, Sat., July 25, 6AM.  With black cap that extends **over** eye, 
then over head and down long neck.  Close to shore, just west of Limnology 
pier.  I've posted photos on Wisc Birding Facebook.  Thanks!!!  Paul van 
Ginkel.  Thanks Tom Prestby for reminding me to check a field guide for 
Clark's difference.  Nice FOY.  Mary Hampton 


     On Friday, July 24, 2015 9:23 PM, Tom Prestby  wrote:
   

 Hi Paul,

You say the face was very white and the bill very yellow-- did you consider 
Clarks? Could you tell if the black covered or got close to covering the eye? 
We're long overdue for a confirmed Clarks. 


Tom Prestby
Green Bay

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 24, 2015, at 9:15 PM, Paul van ginkel  wrote:
> 
> At about 7PM behind Limnology (just west of where the sailing boats are 
stored) a large grebe was actively diving. It had a large yellow bill and red 
eye with black on top of the head going into the neck. The back was grayish 
black with whitish specks on it. The face and front/side of the neck where very 
white. 

> Unfortunately I did not have binoculars although it started out being pretty 
close before the end of the pier but then started swimming further out. Since I 
have never seen a Western Grebe before, I hope it will stick around for others 
to confirm identification. I did not look like a red necked grebe in winter 
plumage and it seemed much larger than eared or horned grebes. 

> 
> Paul van Ginkel
> Madison
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Subject: Re: Alert: possible Western grebe on Lake Mendota
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:22:33 -0500
Hi Paul,

You say the face was very white and the bill very yellow-- did you consider 
Clarks? Could you tell if the black covered or got close to covering the eye? 
We're long overdue for a confirmed Clarks. 


Tom Prestby
Green Bay

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> On Jul 24, 2015, at 9:15 PM, Paul van ginkel  wrote:
> 
> At about 7PM behind Limnology (just west of where the sailing boats are 
stored) a large grebe was actively diving. It had a large yellow bill and red 
eye with black on top of the head going into the neck. The back was grayish 
black with whitish specks on it. The face and front/side of the neck where very 
white. 

> Unfortunately I did not have binoculars although it started out being pretty 
close before the end of the pier but then started swimming further out. Since I 
have never seen a Western Grebe before, I hope it will stick around for others 
to confirm identification. I did not look like a red necked grebe in winter 
plumage and it seemed much larger than eared or horned grebes. 

> 
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> Madison
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Subject: Alert: possible Western grebe on Lake Mendota
From: Paul van ginkel <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:15:05 -0500
At about 7PM behind Limnology (just west of where the sailing boats are stored) 
a large grebe was actively diving. It had a large yellow bill and red eye with 
black on top of the head going into the neck. The back was grayish black with 
whitish specks on it. The face and front/side of the neck where very white. 

Unfortunately I did not have binoculars although it started out being pretty 
close before the end of the pier but then started swimming further out. Since I 
have never seen a Western Grebe before, I hope it will stick around for others 
to confirm identification. I did not look like a red necked grebe in winter 
plumage and it seemed much larger than eared or horned grebes. 


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Subject: Re: GPS question
From: Nancy Richmond <polarpastor AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 12:39:22 -0500
Thanks everyone. I switched the coordinate format and now it's right on.
Just wish slogging through bogs was as easy! It's much more fun, however...
Nancy Richmond
Rhinelander -Oneida Co.
On Jul 24, 2015 11:34 AM, "Nancy Richmond"  wrote:

> Hi
>
> My GPS lack of knowledge is driving me  crazy!  For some reason, when I
> put the coordinates for a location as shown on my GPS into Google maps or
> eBird, it does not come out in the right place. It's within 25 miles... but
> I expect it ti be just a wee bit more accurate than that.  The internal map
> on the GPS shows the correct location.  I'm probably missing something
> simple... Looks like I need a whippersnapper! Anybody out there who can
> lend a hand?
>
> It's a Garmin handheld 62st
>
> Thanks
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Subject: Re: GPS question
From: Lisa Gmail <joamazeme AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:46:45 -0500
Nancy, the question in this forum might hold some answers for you. 
Lisa Herrmann
Eau Claire, WI

http://forums.groundspeak.com/GC/index.php?showtopic5837

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> On Jul 24, 2015, at 11:34 AM, Nancy Richmond  wrote:
> 
> Hi
> My GPS lack of knowledge is driving me  crazy!  For some reason, when I put
> the coordinates for a location as shown on my GPS into Google maps or
> eBird, it does not come out in the right place. It's within 25 miles... but
> I expect it ti be just a wee bit more accurate than that.  The internal map
> on the GPS shows the correct location.  I'm probably missing something
> simple... Looks like I need a whippersnapper! Anybody out there who can
> lend a hand?
> 
> It's a Garmin handheld 62st
> 
> Thanks
> Nancy Richmond
> Rhinelander,  Oneida co.
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Subject: GPS question
From: Nancy Richmond <polarpastor AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:34:20 -0500
Hi
My GPS lack of knowledge is driving me  crazy!  For some reason, when I put
the coordinates for a location as shown on my GPS into Google maps or
eBird, it does not come out in the right place. It's within 25 miles... but
I expect it ti be just a wee bit more accurate than that.  The internal map
on the GPS shows the correct location.  I'm probably missing something
simple... Looks like I need a whippersnapper! Anybody out there who can
lend a hand?

It's a Garmin handheld 62st

Thanks
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Subject: Dodge Co. Juneau area CATTLE EGRETS
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:51:29 -0500
I went by the east pond on Shady Lake Rd. at 2:15, there were 7 cattle 
egrets present. First time I've seen them at this location.
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Subject: Dodge Co., S. Grove Rd., UPLAND SANDPIPER
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 20:44:43 -0500
This evening at about 6:15 I found 1 UPLAND SANDPIPER towards the dead end 
on S. Grove Rd. For several years I have felt the expansive, open fields 
out there might attract upland when planted in hay not corn. There are huge 
hay fields there this year and they were harvested recently offering good 
habitat for what I assume was a migrating upland. As I was driving slowly I 
saw 2 birds way out toward the far side of the field. I got the scope on 
the first, it was a robin. Scope on the second, a kestrel on the ground 
with prey. I then noticed a third bird about half the distance but still a 
good ways out there. Got the scope on it and was thrilled to see it was an 
upland sandpiper. It was feeding and moving slowly in my general direction. 
Then it flew west and landed closer to the road. I drove over and parked 
there and had much better viewing. I enjoyed this bird foraging and 
preening for about an hour. Then for the last 20 minutes or so it kind of 
hunkered down and looked like it was just resting. I finally left about 
7:45. I have pictures of the bird.
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Subject: Fwd: Birds and Beers with Volunteers! This Friday at Ale Asylum
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:15:44 -0500
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From: paul_noeldner 
Date: Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 4:39 PM
Subject: Birds and Beers with Volunteers! This Friday at Ale Asylum
To: Kyle Lindemer , Madison Audubon <
info AT madisonaudubon.org>, Wild Warner , Andria
Blattner , Pamela Mather Hoyt Park <
pkellym1004 AT gmail.com>, Carl Landsness Starkweather Creek <
earthchild AT rebirththeearth.org>, "Shea, Ann" ,
Craig Klinke , Eric Knepp <
eknepp AT cityofmadison.com>, Russ Hefty , Sean Gere
, Gisela Kutzbach , Will
Waller 

Birds and Beers with Volunteers! Friday July 24 5 pm to whenever at Ale
Asylum

Bird lovers and area nature group volunteers and trip leaders are invited
to Birds and Beers this Friday July 24 from 5 pm to whenever at Ale Asylum,
2002 Pankratz St, Madison.  We will repeat next Friday July 31 at the same
time and location for anyone who can't make it this Friday.

Bird Volunteer Invite! Special invitation to all our great Madison area
bird and nature group volunteers and trip leaders and anyone else
interested in Bluebird Trails, Field Trips, Bird and Nature Walks, Four
Lakes Wildlife, nature restoration work and all the other fun and
worthwhile things our Madison area Bird City partner groups do for birds.
Come to Birds and Beers and meet other birders and volunteers, Madison
Parks folks and other nature groups who help make these good things happen.
Buy your favorite trip leader a beer! Wear something birdy!


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Subject: Odd Rock Pigeon, etc. Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:52:16 -0500
Eileen and all-
On June 13th this year, I was walking home and I happened on what I thought 
might be a chicken munching away in a newly sprouting field, alfalfa I think. 
At first I could only see upper portions of what appeared to be an all white 
bird, which I first assumed was a chicken based on size, color, and the way it 
bobbed its head when walking. It was a dark, foggy, afternoon under a steady 
drizzle, so I couldn't stay long to watch, and it was a considerable distance 
from me across the street. 


Then I saw a second one a short distance from the first, poking it's head out 
of the greenery. The first one wasn't all white and the second one, even less 
so. 


Luckily I had a camera with a 60x zoom along, and it didn't take long before it 
was clear that I had found some kind of giant pigeon, perhaps escaped from 
captivity (or descended from domesticated pigeons). Since I was going to be 
trying to identify them later, I took as many photos as I could without getting 
myself soaked, and a couple of brief videos. Good thing I did, because I 
haven't seen a trace of the pair since then. 


Out of desperation for a decent shot under rotten conditions, I even ventured 
into digital zoom for the series. 


As I watched, they moved to higher ground and many of my shots were 
full-bodied, but very sparing of glimpses of their legs, as I wanted to try and 
establish whether they were banded. I didn't see any trace of banding, but 
then, I got extremely few shots that revealed legs at all. I included the best 
ones that show a little leg in the display: 


http://bit.ly/1RNDdVA
http://bit.ly/1eeQbJp
http://bit.ly/1Kjgeed
http://bit.ly/1fjTEXT
http://bit.ly/1COd9Dc
http://bit.ly/1MiS8T8
http://bit.ly/1DsMKFy
http://bit.ly/1OkPkmV

If a high-res is needed to use for identification, or if someone wants to see 
either of the videos, please let me know. 


I have never seen any pigeons this large before, or with this sort of 
coloration, so after spending some time looking on the internet for something 
comparable, I resigned to label them as partially leucistic rock pigeons with a 
question mark and left it at that. I pretty much forgot about it until you 
posted your photo (the rest of which are simply magnificent, I must add)! 


I intended to ask the list, but wasn't sure if anyone would find it of 
interest. 


I envy what other yard species you have at this time, you must live in a rural 
area? How did your pigeon example appear to you size-wise as compared other 
birds you see in your yard, such as a mourning dove? What I saw compared to the 
size of a domestic chicken as mentioned, just less bulky. 


In terms of pictures I found online, mine came close to comparing to a domestic 
breed of Giant Runts, although what I saw doesn't appear to have the right head 
and body shape. But even those Giant Runts are descended from rock pigeons 
through selective breeding, I believe, so I had some small faith in my 
preliminary I.D.. 


While searching, though, I found many photos of pigeons with similar odd 
colorations to ours, but most were domesticated. 


But just in case anyone knows something about pigeons, I thought I would add my 
pair to your photo being considered on this topic. They at least compare to 
yours in coloration, but maybe you can tell me if the size of yours was more 
typical of a rock pigeon than mine? 


In the 60's (back when free-roaming kids were the norm in small towns), when I 
was maybe 7-9 years old, one of my first ever bird fascinations were the dozens 
of rock pigeons at the county courthouse where I lived at the time, and I would 
often go there to look for iridescent feathers and just to watch them and 
listen to them. I spent a few years closely admiring them, so I am familiar 
with what the classic species traits were, but these two I saw in June were 
like none I had EVER seen. 


I would love to know what anyone else's experiences are with anything similar 
to this kind of pigeon in Wisconsin, I haven't found a great deal of references 
to them out there, possibly because they are not a naturally-occurring species 
at this size (as far as I know), but I don't really know much about them other 
than visual 'norms'. 


Nest regards-
Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City & County

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> From: "Eileen Worman" 
> Subject: [wisb] Odd Rock Pigeon, etc. Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
> Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:38:11 -0500
> 
> We had the oddest looking Rock Pigeon (at least that's what I assume it is) 
in our yard very briefly yesterday. I've never seen one with such distinct 
black and white patterns. I got a not-so-great shot of it that I've posted to 
my Flickr page, which you can see here, if you'd 
like.:https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/19246507573/in/photostream/ 

> We've been enjoying the company of a Sora the last week or so and had a 
beautiful male Scarlet Tanager in the yard a couple days ago. We've got a Sedge 
Wren or two downhill, as well. 

> Our Baltimore and Orchard Orioles have fledged as well as Eastern Meadowlarks 
and Bobolinks (the Bobolinks have since left the area), and many other species, 
too. 

> We're usually seeing around 40 or so species each day in our yard at this 
point. Like last summer, there are mornings I'm wearing a coat out there to do 
my birdwatching! 

> Eileen Worman
> Town of Lebanon, Dodge County


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Subject: Local patch lesson
From: Al Schirmacher <alschirmacher AT live.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:44:42 -0500
I am a local patch birder.


95-98% of my birding occurs within 20 miles of my home.


I walk, and bird, five days per week on average.  Sometimes six.


This leads to a mistaken assumption.


The mistake:  that I thoroughly,
exhaustively, know my local patch.


Today is a good example. 
I walked part of the patch.  A
Scarlet Tanager sang, and was later seen.


So?


This was a new personal bird for that walk, frankly, for
that county.  



Its July 21st. 
Statistically, its not migrating through. Statistically, it probably wasnt 
blown here from 

somewhere else.  Its, most likely, a
summer resident.


In other words, chances are, it lives here. And I never noticed it. Nor had 
another birder who works that 

particular road even more often.


I, we, missed a startlingly red bird with a distinctive song
and call.


Personal lesson:  Dont
get too big for my britches.  Dont say,
they dont come here.  Dont say, I doubt
your sighting. Listen humbly. Review the evidence without bias. Give the 
benefit of the doubt. 



Second personal lesson: 
Keep working the local patch.  It
changes, its worth my time.
Al SchirmacherMuscotah, KS(formerly Madison, Wisconsin for 30 years)


 

 		 	   		  
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Subject: North American waterfowl survey results 2015
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 11:37:51 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2015/07/waterfowl-populations-2015.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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Subject: Wehr Nature Center weekly report
From: Mike Goodman <goodman4835 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 22:48:41 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Goodman- South Milwaukee
Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Jul 20, 2015 7:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling - Property Specific
1.0 mile(s)
22 species
Canada Goose  18
Wood Duck  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Mourning Dove  1
Chimney Swift  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  10
Black-capped Chickadee  2
House Wren  2
American Robin  8
Gray Catbird  1
Cedar Waxwing  2
Song Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  5
Common Grackle  10
House Finch  1
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Subject: Odd Rock Pigeon, etc. Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
From: "Eileen Worman" <eileenworman AT netwurx.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:38:11 -0500
We had the oddest looking Rock Pigeon (at least that's what I assume it is) in 
our yard very briefly yesterday. I've never seen one with such distinct black 
and white patterns. I got a not-so-great shot of it that I've posted to my 
Flickr page, which you can see here, if you'd like.: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/19246507573/in/photostream/ 

We've been enjoying the company of a Sora the last week or so and had a 
beautiful male Scarlet Tanager in the yard a couple days ago. We've got a Sedge 
Wren or two downhill, as well. 

Our Baltimore and Orchard Orioles have fledged as well as Eastern Meadowlarks 
and Bobolinks (the Bobolinks have since left the area), and many other species, 
too. 

We're usually seeing around 40 or so species each day in our yard at this 
point. Like last summer, there are mornings I'm wearing a coat out there to do 
my birdwatching! 

Eileen Worman
Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
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Subject: May Day bird count
From: <rbrigham AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 21:32:23 +0000
1.	Pied-Billed Grebe
2.	Double-Crested Cormorant
3.	American Bittern
4.	Great Blue Heron
5.	Great Egret
6.	Green Heron
7.	Turkey Vulture
8.	Canada Goose
9.	Wood Duck
10.	Mallard
11.	Blue-Winged Teal
12.	Common Merganser
13.	Red-Breasted Merganser
14.	Osprey
15.	Northern Harrier
16.	Cooper’s Hawk
17.	Broad-Winged Hawk
18.	Red-Tailed Hawk
19.	American Kestrel
20.	Ring-Necked Pheasant
21.	Wild Turkey
22.	Sora Rail
23.	Sandhill Crane
24.	Killdeer
25.	Willet 
26.	Lesser Yellowlegs
27.	Spotted Sandpiper
28.	Semipalmated Sandpiper
29.	Least Sanpiper
30.	White-Rumped Sandpiper
31.	Pectoral Sandpiper
32.	Dunlin
33.	American Woodcock
34.	Bonaparte’s Gull
35.	Ring-Billed Gull
36.	Herring Gull
37.	Caspian Tern
38.	Common Tern
39.	Rock Dove
40.	Mourning Dove
41.	Great Horned Owl
42.	Barred Owl
43.	Chimney Swift
44.	Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
45.	Belted Kingfisher
46.	Red-Head Woodpecker
47.	Red-Bellied Woodpecker
48.	Downy Woodpecker
49.	Hairy Woodpecker
50.	Woodpecker
51.	Northern Flicker
52.	Pileated Woodpecker
53.	Eastern Wood Pewee
54.	Acadian Flycatcher
55.	Willow Flycatcher
56.	Least Flycatcher
57.	Eastern Phoebe
58.	Great Crested Flycatcher
59.	Eastern Kingbird
60.	Yellow-Throated Vireo
61.	Blue-Headed Vireo
62.	Warbling Vireo
63.	Philadelphia Vireo
64.	Red-Eyed Vireo
65.	Blue Jay
66.	American crow
67.	Horned Lark
68.	Purple Martin
69.	Tree Swallow
70.	Northern Rough-Wing Swallow
71.	Bank Swallow
72.	Cliff Swallow
73.	Barn Swallow
74.	Black-Capped Chickadee
75.	White-Breasted Nuthatch
76.	House Wren
77.	Marsh Wren
78.	Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
79.	Eastern Bluebird
80.	Veery
81.	Swainson’s Thrush
82.	Hermit Thrush
83.	Wood Thrush
84.	American Robin
85.	Gray Catbird
86.	Brown Thrasther
87.	European Starling
88.	Cedar Waxwing
89.	Blue-Winged Warbler
90.	Golden-Winged Warbler
91.	Tennessee Warbler
92.	Orange-Crowned Warbler
93.	Nashville Warbler
94.	Northern Parula
95.	Yellow Warbler
96.	Chestnut-Sided Warbler
97.	Magnolia Warbler
98.	Cape May Warbler
99.	Black-Throated Blue
100.	Yellow Rumped Warbler
101.	Black-Throated Green
102.	Blackburnian
103.	Pine Warbler
104.	Palm Warbler
105.	Bay-Breasted Warbler
106.	Blackpoll Warbler
107.	Black And White Warbler
108.	American Redstart
109.	Ovenbird
110.	Northern Waterthrush
111.	Mourning Warbler
112.	Common Yellowthroat
113.	Canada Warbler
114.	Scarlet Tanager
115.	Eastern Towhee
116.	Chipping Sparrow
117.	Clay-Colored Sparrow
118.	Field Sparrow
119.	Vesper Sparrow
120.	Savannah Sparrow
121.	Fox Sparrow
122.	Song Sparrow
123.	Linclon’s 
124.	Swamp Sparrow
125.	White-Throated Sparrow
126.	White-Crowned Sparrow
127.	Northern Cardinal
128.	Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
129.	Indigo Bunting
130.	Bobolink
131.	Red-Winged Blackbird
132.	Eastern Meadowlark
133.	Common Grackle
134.	Brown-Headed Cowbird
135.	Orchard Oriole
136.	Baltimore Oriole
137.	Purple Finch
138.	House Finch
139.	Pine Siskin
140.	American Goldfinch
141.	House Sparrow
Count Name	Plymouth Bird and Nature Club 		Date Counducted 5/16/15
Count Area	Sheboygan County	
Compiler 	Robert Brigham
		851 Chaplin Ct.
		Plymouth Wi. 53073
Sky Conditions  AM	Foggy	PM 	Sunny
Wind Direction and Velocity  AM	calm	PM	6-9mph ESE
Low Temperature 	50.6 F  High Temperature	74  F.
Total Field Observers	19	Total Field Parties	10

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Subject: Shorebirds in the Wausau area
From: Dan Belter <bwhawk55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:01:14 -0500
Over the past few weeks the Schofield Flowage (Eau Claire River
Flowage) has been drawn down for repairs to the dam. This has exposed
a nice mudflat for migrant shorebirds as a result of this drawn down.
Up to eleven shorebird species have been seen here so far, which
include both Stilt and Baird's Sandpipers, and Short-billed Dowitcher.
No big numbers for any of the shorebirds have been seen, except for
Killdeers which are increasing, but at least this area is attracting
shorebirds as they migrate southward. The only place available for
viewing is from the area behind the City of Schofield garage on Drott
Street, where they park their trucks and other equipment and is close
to the dam itself. A boat landing is here, and a small park with
benches are located on the north side of the garages. I'm trying to
check this area everyday as it looks like a nice spot now for
Buff-breasted Sandpiper to show up.

-- 
Dan Belter
Marathon County, WI
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Subject: copy of Passenger Pigeon article requested
From: Chuck Heikkinen <quetzal65 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 22:00:26 -0500
HI All,
If one of you or someone you know wrote us about a month ago for info on
getting a copy of a Pigeon article not yet archived at UW, please let us
know and repeat the request.  I've been searching my email to no avail.

Thanks,

Chuck Heikkinen
Madison


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Subject: Re: Dodge Co. STILT SANDPIPER
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:44:53 -0500
Don't know what happend to my other post but it was suppose to start out, 
 It took stops at 3 wet, field areas between Juneau and Watertown....
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.
  
  


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Subject: Dodge Co. STILT SANDPIPER
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 21:39:03 -0500
Watertown today but I managed to scratch out 9 shorebird species. Killdeer, 
both yellowlegs, pectoral, solitary, least, semi-palmated,spotted and my 
FOY STILT SANDPIPER. The stilt was in non-breeding plumage.  I have been 
checking these spots regularly the past few days. Haven't had great numbers 
of any one species but a pretty nice variety that changes daily and even 
hourly at these small spots. These areas are on Shady Lane Rd., Becker Rd. 
and Clymet Rd.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.
  


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Subject: Juneau area WILSON'S PHALAROPE
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Jul 2015 21:17:21 -0500
With all the rain lately the pond on Shady Lane Rd. is full and offering no 
shorebird habitat. A mile or so west of the pond there is a wet field area 
on the south side of Shady Lane. In the past couple days there I have had 
Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Solitary Sandpiper, 1 Pectoral 
Sandpiper and today 1 Wilson's Phalarope. The Phalarope left within minutes 
of when I arrived. Yesterday a couple miles south I had a leucistic 
Killdeer and a Spotted Sandpiper. The river below the dam in Hustisford is 
high and probably won't drop enough to draw shorebirds for some time.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.
  
  


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