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11 Feb Atlas Season Two is underway -- some basic reminders ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
10 Feb Re: European Goldfinch ["Anne Moretti" ]
10 Feb early birds Milwaukee County [Pat Brust ]
10 Feb likely gyrfalcon NE of Hudson WI ["rmduerst AT frontiernet.net" ]
10 Feb Re: European Goldfinch [Jennifer Wenzel ]
10 Feb Re: European Goldfinch [KAREN JOHNSON ]
10 Feb European Goldfinch [Karen Mckinley ]
9 Feb Bald Eagles today in Rockton [DWIGHT ALTON ]
10 Feb Horicon field trip and eBird training- Saturday [Tom Prestby ]
9 Feb European Goldfinches in Kenosha WI 2/9/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
9 Feb WI Wetlands under attack [Cathy Gagliardi ]
9 Feb Last Call for Totals []
9 Feb Talk this Wednesday at SANC- Milwaukee county ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
8 Feb Redpolls and flickers- Ozaukee county ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
8 Feb Talk this Wednesday at SANC- Milwaukee county ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
8 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count & tightening of eBird Filters ["Aaron Stutz" ]
8 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count - this coming weekend [William Mueller ]
8 Feb Re: Early spring?? For sure... [Ryan Brady ]
8 Feb Re: Early spring?? For sure... [Richter Museum ]
8 Feb RFI looking for an email address - Aaron Haycraft [Mike Wanger ]
8 Feb NRF Snowy Owl trip yesterday ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
8 Feb RFI looking for an email address [William Mueller ]
8 Feb Snowy Owls? [Karen Mckinley ]
7 Feb Re: Fwd: Re: Request for Woodpecker Info. [Myles Hurlburt ]
08 Feb Milwaukee today [Peter Fissel ]
7 Feb Yellow-rumped Warbler continues in Sheboygan/Sheboygan County ["Tom Wood" ]
7 Feb Fwd: Re: Request for Woodpecker Info. ["Diane Meiborg" ]
7 Feb Another sign of early spring? [DWIGHT ALTON ]
7 Feb Re: Request for Woodpecker Info. [KAREN JOHNSON ]
7 Feb Request for Woodpecker Info. [Alec Anderson ]
7 Feb Early spring?? ["Jerry Schoen" ]
7 Feb N. Shrike, Dane co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
7 Feb Thank You for Snowy Owl info. [Maureen Gross ]
6 Feb Short-eared owl, Horicon Marsh ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
6 Feb SLATY-BACKED GULL is at Johnson Creek Saturday 2/6 [Tim Hahn ]
6 Feb Lewis's woodpecker ["Seegert, Greg" ]
5 Feb Red-throated loon, Port Washington ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
05 Feb Wisbirdn archive at Freelists.org not updating [Peter Fissel ]
5 Feb Slaty-backed Gull, Johnson Creek ["Steve Thiessen" ]
5 Feb Update on the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in Clark County [Dan Belter ]
5 Feb protect imperiled albatross and petrels [William Mueller ]
5 Feb Registration Now Open for 2016 Atlas Conference ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
5 Feb RFI: Snowy Owl? [Maureen Gross ]
4 Feb Federal authorities to end use of ultralights for whooping crane project (newspaper article) ["B.G. Sloan" ]
4 Feb Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, February 4, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
4 Feb Re: wisbirdn Digest V9 #34-Odd Red-tailed Hawk, Dane co. [Gloria Shiraef ]
3 Feb the Birding Community E-Bulletin -- February 2016 [William Mueller ]
3 Feb Odd Red-tailed Hawk, Dane co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
2 Feb Re: Lewis' woodpecker [Mark EarthLink ]
2 Feb Lewis' woodpecker ["Dave Moffat" ]
02 Feb Northwoods trip (long) [Peter Fissel ]
1 Feb Re: RFI - Slaty-backed Gull [Jennifer Ambrose ]
01 Feb RFI - Slaty-backed Gull [Chris Petherick ]
1 Feb Online chat about eBird, the GBBC, WBBAII, and more - Tuesday at noon ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
31 Jan Re: Lewis's Woodpecker -yes [George Balogh ]
31 Jan Scope for sale ["Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" ]
31 Jan Looking for busy Ruby-throated sites & Fall/winter 2015 synopsis of rare hummers ["Cynthia Bridge" ]
31 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee [Amar Attach ]
31 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee [Jeff Galligan ]
31 Jan Brown thrasher in Portage County [Joe Riederer ]
31 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee [Amar Attach ]
31 Jan Lewis's Woodpecker -yes [Chris Petherick ]
31 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee [Karen Mckinley ]
31 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
31 Jan Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee [Mark EarthLink ]
31 Jan Observatory Hill (Marquette Co.) today [Peter Fissel ]
31 Jan Yellow-rumped Warbler today Sheboygan [Nancy ]
30 Jan Arena & Muscoda [Daryl Tessen ]
30 Jan Devils Lake State Park [PAUL R VAN GINKEL ]
30 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Milwaukee ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
30 Jan Viewing the Rosy-finch for tomorrow, Sunday [Dan Belter ]
30 Jan Re: Slaty-backed Gull Milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
30 Jan Northwoods birding [Spencer Jablonski ]
30 Jan Slaty-backed Gull Milwaukee [Mike Wanger ]
30 Jan McFarland, Dane co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
29 Jan Lewis's Woodpecker in Trempealeau Co [George Balogh ]

Subject: Atlas Season Two is underway -- some basic reminders
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:36:19 +0000
It may feel cold out there today but the calendar says mid-February and that 
means some of our earliest nesting species have already begun breeding 
activity. In fact, we already have confirmations this year for Great Horned 
Owl, Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and Common Raven. But how do you know when to 
enter data? Where? How? 


Brush off the cobwebs with this reminder of Atlas basics in our latest Atlas 
eBird feature story: 

http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/3-quick-reminders-about-atlasing-basics/

In short, pay attention to our breeding guideline bar chart (when), block lines 
(where), and which eBird portal you're using (how). 


Thanks,
Ryan

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

Ryan Brady
Science Coordinator, WI Breeding Bird Atlas II
Bird Monitoring Coordinator, WI Bird Conservation Initiative
Wisconsin DNR - Wildlife Management
Phone: (715) 685-2933
Cell Phone: (715) 685-8585
Fax: (715) 685-2909
ryan.brady AT wisconsin.gov

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Subject: Re: European Goldfinch
From: "Anne Moretti" <amoretti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:57:28 -0600
This morning, Spence Stehno and I drove down from Oconomowoc/Dousman to view
the European Goldfinches. They are very easy to find, as Jenny mentioned. If
you know where the Woodman's store is at Hwys 94 and 50, then just continue
a little bit east to the small strip mall where the Bird Nest Store is
located. We parked along the west side of the access road and were able to
easily view about a dozen or so right from the car. In addition, there were
House Finches, American Goldfinches, a few Redpolls and Pine Siskins,
Cardinals, Chickadees, Juncos, Starlings and House Sparrows. A red-tailed
hawk flew over and scattered the birds momentarily. There are small trees
nearby that the birds fly into when not at the feeders. Later we walked into
the store and talked to Brian, the owner. He said that people were also
welcome to come into the store to view the birds from his back door which is
glass. He has seen them in every season for the past 4 years and has counted
23 at a time. I mentioned the Great Backyard Bird Count to him and he has an
employee who will probably be counting the birds at the feeders this
weekend. There's a large natural area with ponds and some uplands with bur
oaks just to the east of all the stores, so despite the highly developed
area to the west, there's good habitat just to the east. 

Anne Moretti
Dousman
Waukesha Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Jennifer Wenzel
Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:38 AM
To: kaymack58 AT gmail.com
Cc: WI birding network
Subject: [wisb] Re: European Goldfinch

I know they are pretty regularly being seen at The Birds Nest bird feeders
off of highway 50 in Kenosha. The Birds Nest is a nice little bird seed/gift
store in a strip mall on the north side of highway 50, east of the freeway
in Kenosha.

Jenny Wenzel
Racine Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2016, at 6:59 AM, Karen Mckinley  wrote:
> 
> HI!  I'd like to view the European goldfinches - could someone back 
> channel directions/locations please?
> thanks.
> 
> Karen McKinley
> Milwaukee, WI
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Subject: early birds Milwaukee County
From: Pat Brust <brustpat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 15:12:57 -0600
While I was studying a very early song sparrow under my feeders, the birds
were flushed by an arriving red-winged blackbird!   About two weeks earlier
than the average arrival date in my yard.
Pat Brust
Franklin, Milwaukee County


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Subject: likely gyrfalcon NE of Hudson WI
From: "rmduerst AT frontiernet.net" <rmduerst@frontiernet.net>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:54:46 +0000 (UTC)
I observed a gray phase gyrfalcon northeast of Hudson WI today in St. Croix 
County, ~100 yds east of the intersection of Bass Lake Road and county E. 
 Approx 4' wingspan, slow wingbeats but rapid, somewhat choppy flight, dark 
gray on top of head, plus a darker spot on face; faint barring on whitish gray 
body, wings, and tail.  Approx 2 p.m. air temperature just a few degrees above 
0 F.   The last time I saw one was in February 1996 in St. Croix County. 

Marilyn Duersthome: New Richmond WISt. Croix
      From: Jennifer Wenzel 
 To: "kaymack58 AT gmail.com"  
Cc: WI birding network 
 Sent: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 7:38 AM
 Subject: [wisb] Re: European Goldfinch
  
I know they are pretty regularly being seen at The Birds Nest bird feeders off 
of highway 50 in Kenosha. The Birds Nest is a nice little bird seed/gift store 
in a strip mall on the north side of highway 50, east of the freeway in 
Kenosha. 


Jenny Wenzel
Racine Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2016, at 6:59 AM, Karen Mckinley  wrote:
> 
> HI!  I'd like to view the European goldfinches - could someone back channel
> directions/locations please?
> thanks.
> 
> Karen McKinley
> Milwaukee, WI
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Subject: Re: European Goldfinch
From: Jennifer Wenzel <miloloki AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:38:28 -0600
I know they are pretty regularly being seen at The Birds Nest bird feeders off 
of highway 50 in Kenosha. The Birds Nest is a nice little bird seed/gift store 
in a strip mall on the north side of highway 50, east of the freeway in 
Kenosha. 


Jenny Wenzel
Racine Co.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 10, 2016, at 6:59 AM, Karen Mckinley  wrote:
> 
> HI!  I'd like to view the European goldfinches - could someone back channel
> directions/locations please?
> thanks.
> 
> Karen McKinley
> Milwaukee, WI
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Subject: Re: European Goldfinch
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:04:28 -0600
I too would like directions.  Thank you!
Karen Johnson

On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 6:59 AM, Karen Mckinley  wrote:

> HI!  I'd like to view the European goldfinches - could someone back channel
> directions/locations please?
> thanks.
>
> Karen McKinley
> Milwaukee, WI
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-- 
Karen Johnson
Milwaukee, WI
BayView Area


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Subject: European Goldfinch
From: Karen Mckinley <kaymack58 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 06:59:10 -0600
HI!  I'd like to view the European goldfinches - could someone back channel
directions/locations please?
thanks.

Karen McKinley
Milwaukee, WI


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Subject: Bald Eagles today in Rockton
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:57:08 -0600
Three Bald Eagles in the woods next to our condo this morning. Two adults and a 
juvy. At first I could not figure out why the adults were here or why they 
appeared to be so agitated. Flying from tree to tree and whistling. Then one of 
them flew to the ground next to a house just above our driveway. That is where 
the juvy was sitting. The adult kept jumping at the juvy and picking at 
something on the ground. I took a couple of pictures through the window and 
then decided I would try to sneak out the front door for some better shots. 
They spotted me instantly and all three of them took off a headed out over the 
river. I have not gone up there yet to see what all the fuss was about but 
maybe tomorrow. It sure looked to me like the two adults (one of them still had 
traces of dark plumage on it head) were upset at the juvy for being somewhere 
it was not supposed to be and were trying to get it to come with them. Very 
exciting! 

 Dwight Alton. Rockton, Winnebago Co. Il 		 	   		  
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Subject: Horicon field trip and eBird training- Saturday
From: Tom Prestby <jjprestby AT msn.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:32:06 +0000
Hello,
I'm excited to lead a FREE eBird training session and field trip at Horicon 
Marsh on Saturday, February 13 on behalf of the Wisconsin eBird and Wisconsin 
Breeding Bird Atlas II projects. This is a great way to participate in the 
Great Backyard Bird Count while learning to eBird! Travel the local roads 
looking for winter birds, including Rough-legged Hawks, Snow Buntings, Common 
Redpolls, Northern Shrikes, Northern Harriers, and maybe even an owl. Back at 
the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center, you'll learn how to enter eBird 
data from the field trip, as well as other basic eBird functions. Bring your 
questions about the Atlas, too! Dodge County WBBA II coordinator Matt Herzmann 
will be present as well. 

 * 8 a.m. - Meet at the Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center (on Hwy 28) 
for the field trip. 

 * 10 a.m. - Return to the Center for eBird training (feel free to come for the 
eBird training session only if you can't make the field trip). 

RSVP to me at jjprestby AT msn.com by the end of the day on Thursday, February 11. 
Bring your laptop if you have one. If not, it'll still be worth your while! 

Tom Prestby
Green Bay


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Subject: European Goldfinches in Kenosha WI 2/9/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 16:11:01 -0600
Hi all,
A bird I always wanted to see with it’s stunning colors, the European
Goldfinch! Today I found 8 in Kenosha Co. A life bird for me, but
considered a introduced species. Some have been recorded nesting in
Wisconsin in recent years. Wow, what a beautiful species!

Images to the European Goldfinches from today at this link if you care to
view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/european-goldfinches-kenosha-county-wisconsin-february-9-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: WI Wetlands under attack
From: Cathy Gagliardi <patcatgags AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 20:39:14 +0000 (UTC)
From our friends at Wisconsin Wetlands Association: 
Tomorrow, the Assembly Committee on Environment & Forestry will host a hearing 
on two competing bills that leave groundwater-fed wetlands unprotected from 
excessive groundwater pumping. Contact your legislators and the committee 
members and tell them it makes no sense to advance groundwater policy that 
fails to consider impacts to wetlands. You can also join us to testify at the 
Capitol at 11am. 

Filling wetlands shouldn't be easy. Supporters of SB 459 claim it's still too 
hard to get through the wetland permitting process. But since the wetland 
regulatory reforms went into effect in 2012, the WDNR has approved more than 
1,500 wetland fill permits and denied zero, and average annual fill has nearly 
doubled. 


Committee member contact information is available here: 
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/.../committees/assembly/1403 




Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:01 AM 
North Hearing Room (2nd Floor North) 

If you enjoy your wetlands for birding or hunting, your help is much needed on 
these Bills. 


Thank you, 
Cathy Gagliardi 





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Subject: Last Call for Totals
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 10:49:25 -0500
For birders who have yet to submit their 2015 birding totals, the deadline for 
doing so is February 15. These totals will then be printed in the WSO's Badger 
Birder. Anyone is able to submit totals, provided they meet the thresholds 
shown below. You can submit your numbers by replying to this message. Hope to 
hear from you -- 


  --Bob Domagalski, St. Nazianz, Manitowoc County

Categories --

1. 2015 Wisconsin Year Total (threshold 200)

2. Wisconsin Life Total (threshold 200)

3. ABA Area Life Total (threshold 400) -The ABA Checklist delineation of the 
"ABA Area" will be used. Thus the ABA Area encompassed "the 49 continental 
states of the US, Canada, the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon (which 
will add numerous birds to most totals), the adjacent waters to a distance of 
200 nautical miles from land or half the distance to a neighboring country, 
whichever is less. Excluded by these boundaries are Bermuda, the Bahamas, 
Hawaii, and Greenland." Participation in submitting this total is limited to 
those who have a claim to at least part time residence in Wisconsin. 


4. 2015 BIGBY Total (sometimes called a Green Year) with a threshold of 100.  
This number is the total of species seen by selecting a center point (most 
likely your residence) and then noting all the birds found when walking, 
biking, canoeing, etc. from this central location. Any species found with the 
aid of a motorized form of transportation are not countable. 


5. County Life Totals (threshold 125).  For any county in which one has found 
125 or more species, enter the name of the county followed by the number of 
species found. 


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Subject: Talk this Wednesday at SANC- Milwaukee county
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 09:44:55 -0600
Apologies-
Link didn't work-
This one will:
http://www.schlitzaudubon.org/about-us/contactdirections

Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" 
To: 
Sent: Monday, February 08, 2016 6:19 PM
Subject: [wisb] Talk this Wednesday at SANC- Milwaukee county


> Wednesday, 2/10, Our own Mike Wanger will be presenting a program on 
> "Birds of Wisconsin" at 6:30pm at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. 
> Parking and admission are free.  For more info and or directions, check 
> this link:
> http://www.sanc.org/wwa.htm
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>
> Dan Panetti
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Subject: Redpolls and flickers- Ozaukee county
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:23:20 -0600
Nearly 50 redpolls (one may be a hoary- I'll get a better look tomorrow) have 
flocked to my feeders the last two days or so. I have had as many as four N. 
flickers visiting at one time! A yellow bellied sapsucker rounded out today's 
sightings- 

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Subject: Talk this Wednesday at SANC- Milwaukee county
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:19:35 -0600
Wednesday, 2/10, Our own Mike Wanger will be presenting a program on "Birds of 
Wisconsin" at 6:30pm at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Parking and 
admission are free. For more info and or directions, check this link: 

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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count & tightening of eBird Filters
From: "Aaron Stutz" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "agstutz" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 18:14:59 -0600
The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb 12-15. Interested in participating? Follow 
the link below: 

http://gbbc.birdcount.org/get-started/

eBirders be forewarned, many "common" but challenging to identify species have 
the filters tightened during this time (e.g. Purple Finch) due to the large 
influx of novice birders using the system. We appreciate your patience! 
Everything will return to normal on 2/22 (the last possible date for the GBBC 
in any given year). 


Thanks!

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Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count - this coming weekend
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 12:02:51 -0600
I hope many of you will participate!
See more info at: http://gbbc.birdcount.org/
William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
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Subject: Re: Early spring?? For sure...
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 17:09:00 +0000
Tom et al, please make sure to get those stick-carrying ravens into the Atlas! 
If flying with sticks, that's "Confirmed - Carrying Nest Material (CN)". If 
actually seen with sticks at the nest site, that's "Confirmed - Nest Building 
(NB)" 


The Atlas eBird portal is at:
http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi

How to enter incidental sightings like this:

http://ebird.org/content/atlaswi/news/atlas-data-entry-101-incidental-observations/ 


Thanks!
Ryan

Ryan Brady
WBBAII Science Coordinator
Washburn, Bayfield County, Wisconsin
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Sent: Monday, February 8, 2016 8:57 AM
To: basketsandbirds AT charter.net; wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Re: Early spring?? For sure...

Oh it's been turning spring for a couple of weeks.... horned larks have moved 
up along with several male kestrels. Ravens are having spectacular courting 
flights and carrying sticks for nest building. Had one Cardinal even do a 
little vocalization on Sunday. Audubon's warbler that showed on 4 January is 
wintering well with a gourmet supply of minced cranberries and suet, Ninja 
grinders work really well! Unfortunately the Cape May that showed up at the 
same time hasn't been seen since the 8 January. 


Tom Erdman, Oconto

-----Original Message-----
From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Jerry Schoen 

Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2016 1:58 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Early spring??

If birds tell us of the season changes, then spring is not far away ! I just 
saw a turkey vulture cross HWY 89 about 4 miles south of Whitewater . 

Jerry Schoen
Whitewater,wi
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Subject: Re: Early spring?? For sure...
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 16:57:56 +0000
Oh it's been turning spring for a couple of weeks.... horned larks have moved 
up along with several male kestrels. Ravens are having spectacular courting 
flights and carrying sticks for nest building. Had one Cardinal even do a 
little vocalization on Sunday. Audubon's warbler that showed on 4 January is 
wintering well with a gourmet supply of minced cranberries and suet, Ninja 
grinders work really well! Unfortunately the Cape May that showed up at the 
same time hasn't been seen since the 8 January. 

  
Tom Erdman, Oconto

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Behalf Of Jerry Schoen 

Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2016 1:58 PM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Early spring??

If birds tell us of the season changes, then spring is not far away ! I just 
saw a turkey vulture cross HWY 89 about 4 miles south of Whitewater . 

Jerry Schoen 
Whitewater,wi
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Subject: RFI looking for an email address - Aaron Haycraft
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 08:40:31 -0600
Aaron Haycraft, I birded with you yesterday and would like to share my
lists as agreed. The email address you gave me doesn't seem to work. If
you're on the Birdnet, please backchannel. If anyone has contact info for
him, please contact me. Thanks.
Mike Wanger
Milwaukee
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Subject: NRF Snowy Owl trip yesterday
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 14:22:01 +0000
A number of very happy people got their first views and photographs of Snowy 
Owls yesterday east of Freedom, WI on the Natural Resources Foundation's field 
trip. Thanks to intel and scouting by Dar Tiede (who forwarded a Facebook post 
from the NE Wisconsin Birding Club), and to the amazing speck-spotting skills 
of leaders Jay Watson and Nick Walton, participants saw seven owls. The adult 
male was far out in a snowy field, but three sub-adults perched on phone poles, 
barely taking notice of the group. It was a great afternoon! The help from the 
birding community is much appreciated! 


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Subject: RFI looking for an email address
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 07:48:34 -0600
If Laurie Solchenberger is on the Birdnet, could you please respond to me
backchannel? If anyone has contact info for her, please contact me. Thanks

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Subject: Snowy Owls?
From: Karen Mckinley <kaymack58 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 05:56:32 -0600
Hi - could i get some directions to the areas the snowys are being seen up
in the freedom area?  i'm headed up to Rhinelander today and back thursday
and will swing by hoping to catch sight of those beauties.
Back channel please - thanks!

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Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Request for Woodpecker Info.
From: Myles Hurlburt <mhurlburt44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 22:13:55 -0600
It was still present as of yesterday, 2/6. Dan Belter and I saw it just after 
11:00 am. 


Myles Hurlburt
Town of Rib Mountain
Marathon County


> On Feb 7, 2016, at 3:03 PM, Diane Meiborg (Redacted sender "wheatongal52" for 
DMARC)  wrote: 

> 
> We are also heading up that way, later this week, on our way to the Sax-Zim 
Birding Festival in Minnesota. I would also appreciate any viewing tips and 
info. 

> Diane Meiborg
> Illinois 
> 
> Begin forwarded message:
> 
>> From: KAREN JOHNSON 
>> Date: February 7, 2016 at 2:41:40 PM CST
>> To: "aalec0521 AT gmail.com" 
>> Cc: "wisbirdn AT freelists.org" 
>> Subject: [wisb] Re: Request for Woodpecker Info.
>> Reply-To: kmjbirders AT gmail.com
>> 
>> Same here!  Thanks!
>> Karen Johnson
>>> On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Alec Anderson  wrote:
>>> 
>>> I am heading up north this week and will be swinging by the Galesville area
>>> on the way there. I had not anticipated that the Lewis' Woodpecker would
>>> still be in the area for this long. I know the general area that it is
>>> being seen in but I was looking for specific places to look and/or certain
>>> time of day. I'm not familiar with the area so any help would be greatly
>>> appreciated!
>>> Thanks,
>>> Alec Anderson
>>> Rural Columbia County
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Subject: Milwaukee today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 08 Feb 2016 02:26:32 +0000
Pat Ready, Alyssa DeRubeis and I went to look for gulls and waterfowl today. 
Johnson Creek was devoid of gulls, except for a few flying away to the 
southwest as we approached. Our first stop in Milwaukee was South Shore Yacht 
Club, where we immediately saw the third-cycle Iceland Gull that has been 
hanging around. A Mute Swan was a bit of a surprise - hard to find lately. 


With no ice on the river or in most of the harbors, there wasn't much close to 
shore. The thousands of ducks south of the Texas Ave. overlook were too far out 
to pick up much detail. Most appeared to be C. Goldeneye and scaup, with a few 
mergansers mixed in. We finally found some ice at McKinley Marina. With most of 
the gulls packed together on the floes, which were also rotating in the wind, 
it was difficult to get everyone on the same bird. I spotted Glaucous and 
Thayer's, but then lost them in the crowd. We all saw the two Great Black-backs 
(one adult, one first-cycle,) and what we think was a first-cycle Lesser 
Black-backed. 



We couldn't find any scoters off Bradford Beach or North Point, so headed up to 
Port Washington. Almost no birds in the harbor, although there were a few ducks 
out at the end of the coal dock channel, including a few Lesser Scaup. There 
was a Peregrine on the power plant there. 



We checked Johnson Creek again on the way back to Madison, but it was still 
gull-less. Still, we had a decent day, and it was certainly pleasant to be out 
- felt much more like March than early February! 



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Madison WI


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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler continues in Sheboygan/Sheboygan County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 16:26:34 -0600
The Yellow-rumped Warbler first reported by Nancy Back a week ago is still
at the Maywood Environmental Park. Today it was moving around in the tree
closest to the feeders in back of the ecology center. It seems to associate
with the feeder birds; when the feeders were inactive, the warbler was
nowhere in sight, but when the feeder birds returned, the warbler was in the
tree.
It is so nice to see a warbler in winter!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Fwd: Re: Request for Woodpecker Info.
From: "Diane Meiborg" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "wheatongal52" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:03:29 -0600
We are also heading up that way, later this week, on our way to the Sax-Zim 
Birding Festival in Minnesota. I would also appreciate any viewing tips and 
info. 

Diane Meiborg
Illinois 

Begin forwarded message:

> From: KAREN JOHNSON 
> Date: February 7, 2016 at 2:41:40 PM CST
> To: "aalec0521 AT gmail.com" 
> Cc: "wisbirdn AT freelists.org" 
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Request for Woodpecker Info.
> Reply-To: kmjbirders AT gmail.com
> 
> Same here!  Thanks!
> Karen Johnson
>> On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Alec Anderson  wrote:
>> 
>> I am heading up north this week and will be swinging by the Galesville area
>> on the way there. I had not anticipated that the Lewis' Woodpecker would
>> still be in the area for this long. I know the general area that it is
>> being seen in but I was looking for specific places to look and/or certain
>> time of day. I'm not familiar with the area so any help would be greatly
>> appreciated!
>> Thanks,
>> Alec Anderson
>> Rural Columbia County
>> 
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> BayView Area
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Subject: Another sign of early spring?
From: DWIGHT ALTON <orion0323 AT msn.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:50:07 -0600
To continue Jerrys thought on an early spring, these two Tufted Titmice were 
spending a lot of time together in front of our condo on Friday! 


https://goo.gl/photos/8N1iNrgMji7unNAr8



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Subject: Re: Request for Woodpecker Info.
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:41:40 -0600
Same here!  Thanks!
Karen Johnson
On Sunday, February 7, 2016, Alec Anderson  wrote:

> I am heading up north this week and will be swinging by the Galesville area
> on the way there. I had not anticipated that the Lewis' Woodpecker would
> still be in the area for this long. I know the general area that it is
> being seen in but I was looking for specific places to look and/or certain
> time of day. I'm not familiar with the area so any help would be greatly
> appreciated!
> Thanks,
> Alec Anderson
> Rural Columbia County
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Subject: Request for Woodpecker Info.
From: Alec Anderson <aalec0521 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 14:39:43 -0600
I am heading up north this week and will be swinging by the Galesville area
on the way there. I had not anticipated that the Lewis' Woodpecker would
still be in the area for this long. I know the general area that it is
being seen in but I was looking for specific places to look and/or certain
time of day. I'm not familiar with the area so any help would be greatly
appreciated!
Thanks,
Alec Anderson
Rural Columbia County

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Subject: Early spring??
From: "Jerry Schoen" <basketsandbirds AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:57:48 -0600
If birds tell us of the season changes, then spring is not far away ! I just 
saw a turkey vulture cross HWY 89 about 4 miles south of Whitewater . 

Jerry Schoen 
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Subject: N. Shrike, Dane co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 13:25:12 -0600
 Northern Shrikes have been scarce, in the Stoughton area, this winter. Today 
there was one out at Hook Lake WA, along the McMannus Driveway. 

Shawn Miller had one there ,1-2-16. Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Thank You for Snowy Owl info.
From: Maureen Gross <cygnusbuccinator AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 10:49:47 -0600
This group is so kind and generous with giving very helpful 
information.  Thank you so much for all the great tips on finding the 
Snowy Owls.  It's a long trip, but so thrilling to see these owls.

Gratefully,
Maureen Gross
Mukwonago, Waukesha County
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Subject: Short-eared owl, Horicon Marsh
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:41:19 -0600
At 5:30 this afternoon I observed 1 short-eared owl flying/hunting over the 
grassy hill west of the kiosk at the gate on Dike Road.
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Subject: SLATY-BACKED GULL is at Johnson Creek Saturday 2/6
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 10:10:10 -0600
The Slaty-backed Gull is present at the Kohls in Johnson Creek. Also both
Black-backed and Thayer's Gulls are here.
Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
Waukesha Cty.
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Subject: Lewis's woodpecker
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 03:36:47 +0000
All

My birding buddy, David Johnston, wanted to let all you Wisbirders that the 
Lewis's woodpecker was present today. He and some friends saw it late 
morning/early afternoon today. If I understood him correctly it was not present 
when they initially showed up so some patience may be necessary. He also said 
that it visited a nearby yellow (?) house so searching the neighborhood might 
be useful. 


I birded all day in CA following a couple days at a conference on San Diego. 
Best birds today were black-vented shearwater, black oystercatcher, and 
surfbird. 


Greg Seegert....often in Beaver Dam but currently in CA for a week. 

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Subject: Red-throated loon, Port Washington
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 17:49:17 -0600
This morning about 8:00 a.m. as I was scoping from Coal Dock Park, Port 
Washington I saw the red-throated loon. It was in between and a little out 
past the ends of the breakwaters.
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Subject: Wisbirdn archive at Freelists.org not updating
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:43:32 +0000
It has just been brought to my attention that now the Wisbirdn archive at 
Freelists.org (linked at the bottom of this message) hasn't updated since 
Monday. Curiously, the same thing happened a few weeks ago with the version at 
digest.sialia.com (turns out they basically hadn't resubscribed themselves 
after the server booted them off.) 


There are various other locations to check the archives if that is how you 
prefer to do it, including birding.aba.org and also on the WSO website, which 
links you to the sialia.com site. I've notified Tom Sykes of the problem so he 
can remind the Freelists folks to resubscribe themselves. Kind of ironic, 
really... 



Peter Fissel

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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull, Johnson Creek
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:29:41 -0600
 The Slaty-backed Gull was on the ice, at around 10:45. Around 11 an eagle got 
everything up and nothing came back. The adult Great Black-backed was there. 
Also 4 Glaucous, 1 3rd or 4th winter Thayer's/Iceland and I think a 1 winter 
Lesser Black-backed (I was looking through the trees). 

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Subject: Update on the Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch in Clark County
From: Dan Belter <bwhawk55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 13:22:00 -0600
I was able to finally talk to Regina today about any sightings of the
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch since it was last seen at their home, which
was last week Friday. She said that the bird has not been seen since
the last sighting, and they have been watching for it to return. If it
is seen again, she will call me to let me know, and they will welcome
birders to come back again to try and see it. Remember that the bird
was first sighted back in December when it was only seen for one day.
It then disappeared for almost a month before returning back to their
yard. So hopefully it will return again before the winter ends and it
finally decides to migrate back from where it came from.

So if I hear any good news back on this bird, I will post it as soon
as possible.

-- 
Dan Belter
Marathon County, WI
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Subject: protect imperiled albatross and petrels
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 10:19:44 -0600
Learn more, and help protect these imperiled species through a National
Audubon Society campaign:
http://tinyurl.com/h3w3ffw


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Subject: Registration Now Open for 2016 Atlas Conference
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 15:13:26 +0000
Building on last year's successful event, the Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas 
team is hosting another conference full of training, field trips, socializing, 
and other bird nerdery on 1-3 April 2016, again at the Stoney Creek Inn near 
Wausau. 


Get details and a link to the conference website at:
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We need all Wisconsin birders to make this project a success. Please join us!


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

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Wisconsin DNR - Wildlife Management
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Subject: RFI: Snowy Owl?
From: Maureen Gross <cygnusbuccinator AT centurytel.net>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 09:04:06 -0600
Does anyone know if the Snowy Owl is still in Freedom?

Thank you for any input,
Maureen Gross
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Subject: Federal authorities to end use of ultralights for whooping crane project (newspaper article)
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 14:19:02 -0500
Interesting article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel about ten days ago.
I very well may have missed a post, but I don't recall a reference to this
on the WISBIRDN list:
"Experts in crane biology and other fields have concluded that the use of
aircraft and other human interaction are having a negative effect on the
birds. Another worrisome technique is the use of costumed humans who help
care for chicks. The practices apparently are not allowing the birds to
imprint parenting skills they need to raise their own chicks."

Full text at:


http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/fish-and-wildlife-service-to-end-whooping-crane-migration-project-b99657191z1-366304761.html 


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, February 4, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 12:45:31 -0600
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, February 4, 2016
23 degrees
Mostly cloudy but clearing toward end of walk, paths icy and treacherous
12 birders

Total Species:  16

1 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
4 Herring Gull
3 Rock Pigeon
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
5 American Crow
9 Black-capped Chickadee

1 White-breasted Nuthatch
36 American Robin
23 European Starling
1 House Finch
2 American Goldfinch
5 House Sparrow

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Subject: Re: wisbirdn Digest V9 #34-Odd Red-tailed Hawk, Dane co.
From: Gloria Shiraef <shiraev AT lsol.net>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 2016 09:15:19 -0600
Hi Steve!
Over the last couple of weeks, I've been experiencing a similar viewing puzzle 
with a Red-tailed Hawk, who has been visiting a same tree near-daily for hours 
at a time. The distance between the favored tree and my camera was 
considerable, and my photos lacked detail. Added to that, most of the time 
there were branches in front of it, and the natural light wasn't usually 
stellar. 


I am predisposed to expect perfectly typical all-field-marks-present 
Redtailed-Hawks there, as that's all I've ever seen there, (other than an 
occasional immature RT) over the years of living in this location. It's truly a 
favorite overlook for the species, and is next to a large municipal pond and 
open area around it to hunt all kinds of prey. 


But in all of my pictures, I was seeing a dark brown tail, on a hawk that 
otherwise met all the specs for an adult. I was suspicious it could be a light 
morph, so I continued to take pictures, hoping to catch the light at it's peaks 
and firmly identify what I was seeing. After so many days of watching this 
hawk, checking through a spotting scope, taking and looking at hundreds of 
pictures, I still saw a dark brown tail! Then a few days ago, I snapped the 
shutter at the precise moment the hawk decided to take flight. Most of one wing 
was out of the photo, but perfectly spread in fantailed glory, was clearly a 
dark red tail! 


Not telling you this because I think you're wrong, not at all. I am just 
mentioning this because even with the fact I expected a red-tailed hawk, even 
though I know I can normally trust my eyes and photos and at least some of my 
assessments, it took me several days and many photos to confirm the nuances of 
the I.D.. The wrong light can make that color of red so de-saturated, that it 
CAN appear brown. Colorists know that brown IS a less-saturated shade of red, 
anyway, and muted light (or light from unfavorable angles) can change hues. 


Also, off-white in brighter light can look pure white, easily. 

I was so glad I kept trying to confirm my suspicions, before I put in on eBird! 
lol! 


Truth be told, I'm still not 100% sure that my hawk is NOT a Harlan's, because 
the same tricks of light could be a factor in the single time I saw the tail as 
more reddish! :-) But let's say It looks pretty convincing in that last photo! 


Here are 2 photos that show what looks like the brown tail, and then the 3rd 
one is the photo I mentioned that shows the spread tail. 


http://bit.ly/1Svk3DN

http://bit.ly/1nJdEY8

http://bit.ly/20bHPUn

Nest regards-

Gloria Shiraef
Manitowoc City, County


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> From: "Steve Thiessen" 
> Subject: [wisb] Odd Red-tailed Hawk, Dane co.
> Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:09:57 -0600
> 
> 
> My wife and I went to lunch at Paoli. On the edge of town I could see a hawk 
sitting low out of the wind. From the back, the shape was red-tailed, but the 
head was lightish and the tail appeared to be dark, with a bit of white toward 
the top.The back was deep brown, with the typical red-tailed light spots and a 
tannish V ,which looked like wear to me. I have no idea of how and when they 
molt. I was thinking weird Rough-legged. After lunch we went to see if we could 
see the front. It was still there. The front was all a bright white, with a few 
sparse breast band streaks. No off white at all. When the hawk flew, the tail 
was very dark toward the end and seemed to blend into white towards the base. I 
couldn't pick up any red or barring. It is a darker day and the views could 
always be better, but the hawk had me thinking, light Harlan's. 

> Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.


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Subject: the Birding Community E-Bulletin -- February 2016
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 18:55:44 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-birding-community-e-bulletin.html

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Subject: Odd Red-tailed Hawk, Dane co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2016 15:09:57 -0600
 
 My wife and I went to lunch at Paoli. On the edge of town I could see a hawk 
sitting low out of the wind. From the back, the shape was red-tailed, but the 
head was lightish and the tail appeared to be dark, with a bit of white toward 
the top.The back was deep brown, with the typical red-tailed light spots and a 
tannish V ,which looked like wear to me. I have no idea of how and when they 
molt. I was thinking weird Rough-legged. After lunch we went to see if we could 
see the front. It was still there. The front was all a bright white, with a few 
sparse breast band streaks. No off white at all. When the hawk flew, the tail 
was very dark toward the end and seemed to blend into white towards the base. I 
couldn't pick up any red or barring. It is a darker day and the views could 
always be better, but the hawk had me thinking, light Harlan's. 

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Subject: Re: Lewis' woodpecker
From: Mark EarthLink <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 14:08:55 -0600
Paul Sunby had the Lewis's on Sunday and commented that it was ranging over a 
large area. At one point he had it on the east side of 53! So this bird may be 
wandering over a bigger area perhaps with the milder weather. 


Paul missed the rosy finch on Monday AM but did find a Gyrfalcon in Superior. I 
don't think the rosy finch has been seen since Friday. 


Mark Korducki, New Berlin

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> On Feb 2, 2016, at 1:47 PM, Dave Moffat  wrote:
> 
> My wife and I drove up to Galesville Monday. We arrived at Angel's Ridge
> about 11:15. We saw lots of white-breasted nuthatches, black-capped
> chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers, goldfinches, house sparrows, house
> finches, a rough-legged hawk, and a couple common redpolls. After about two
> hours, we decided to head back. Walking back to our car I noticed a largish,
> dark bird near the top of an oak tree way to the south of the house (about
> half-way to the neighbors). I got the scope on it and could see an eye and
> beak, but the back-lighting was bad and I saw no color. It was the largest
> bird we saw, other than the rough-legged, so we're pretty sure it was the
> Lewis' woodpecker, but if we hadn't known that one was in the area, we'd
> never have identified it as such.
> 
> 
> If you go, be sure to look all around and walk around the neighborhood.
> 
> 
> 
> Dave Moffat
> 
> Verona, Dane County, WI
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Subject: Lewis' woodpecker
From: "Dave Moffat" <moffatfam AT tds.net>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 13:47:22 -0600
My wife and I drove up to Galesville Monday. We arrived at Angel's Ridge
about 11:15. We saw lots of white-breasted nuthatches, black-capped
chickadees, downy and hairy woodpeckers, goldfinches, house sparrows, house
finches, a rough-legged hawk, and a couple common redpolls. After about two
hours, we decided to head back. Walking back to our car I noticed a largish,
dark bird near the top of an oak tree way to the south of the house (about
half-way to the neighbors). I got the scope on it and could see an eye and
beak, but the back-lighting was bad and I saw no color. It was the largest
bird we saw, other than the rough-legged, so we're pretty sure it was the
Lewis' woodpecker, but if we hadn't known that one was in the area, we'd
never have identified it as such.
 

If you go, be sure to look all around and walk around the neighborhood.

 

Dave Moffat

Verona, Dane County, WI

 

 



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Subject: Northwoods trip (long)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:49:35 +0000
N. Forest Birds!
Six of us from Madison went up to Eagle River on Sunday/Monday for our 
sort-of-annual Northwoods birding trip. Weather wasn't great on Sunday (fog and 
rain most of the way up,) but yesterday was nice. Not too cold and almost no 
wind. We had a fabulous morning and saw a lot of our "target" birds, so we 
didn't mind heading back earlier than originally planned due to the incipient 
storm. It was so nice on the way back Monday afternoon, with mostly sunny skies 
the whole way south, you'd never have guessed what was coming. 

We hit Buena Vista Grasslands on the way up Sunday, but due to the fog, 
visibility was horrible and we saw almost no birds besides Horned Larks and a 
single Lapland Longspur. 


About the only birds we really expected to find but didn't were Bohemian 
Waxwings. We kept seeing reports of huge flocks of them flying around Eagle 
River, Tomahawk, and Three Lakes, feeding on crabapples, but despite extensive 
cruising around all three small towns, we didn't have any luck. Oh, well. After 
the morning we had Monday, we couldn't complain too bitterly. 


We had a quiet Sunday afternoon, with a couple of Pine Grosbeaks in someone's 
driveway in Three Lakes our only good sighting. Pine River/Sheltered Valley Rd. 
was as dead as I've ever experienced. No one in our car saw a single bird. The 
folks in the other car saw ONE chickadee flit across the road when we were 
almost to Hwy 55. The feeders in Alvin were similarly dead. 


We stayed in Eagle River and got up early Monday to hit Fire Lane Rd. north of 
Conover at first light. Things were still very quiet, with just common 
Northwoods birds (BC Chickadee, Blue Jay, Raven.) We checked a back street in 
Conover and found a feeder that had some activity, with a few more common 
species. A Porcupine was feeding in a small tree across the road - always fun 
to see. We headed back to Eagle River and cruised downtown and residential 
neighborhoods, hoping for the hoardes of Bohemian Waxwings, but found only a 
small flock of Pine Grosbeaks. 


We headed for Alvin next, and hit the jackpot. While the guys in the other car 
were looking at a Northern Shrike, we had a flock of Evening Grosbeaks in the 
tree above us (I knew those weren't House Sparrows I was hearing.) As Pat Ready 
and I were radioing to each other about our sightings, I saw a Gray Jay sail 
right over his car. A pair of the latter eventually put on a show for us. We 
also had a flock of Common Redpolls flying back and forth over us. This was all 
on Third St., going up the hill. Curiously, the feeders at the north and south 
ends of town were dead both days. 


Very happy with how our morning was going, we headed back down Hwy 55 to Pine 
River/Sheltered Valley Rd. (aka FR 2182.) The Pine River bridge was very quiet 
both days. We hit one flock of about 20 Chickadees east of it, but all were 
Black-capped. While we were by the bog just west of Giant Pine Rd., someone saw 
a grouse fly across the road ahead of us, so we stopped to see if we could spot 
the tracks. While we were out of the cars, I suddenly heard a Boreal Chickadee. 
There were probably two of them, along with a Black-capped, but they left as 
quickly as they appeared, after most of us had a decent look at one of them. 


Now we were even happier, but things still got better. Jim "Hawkeye" Schwarz 
spotted a grouse on the side of the road (which my car apparently drove right 
past without any of us seeing it, ahem.) Pat radioed us and we turned around. 
It was a gorgeous male Spruce Grouse, just sitting at the base of a tree maybe 
15 feet off the road. While Pat was taking photos, he spotted the female, who 
was sitting in a little spruce just above eye level, not much farther into the 
woods. Stunning looks. 


Now verging on jubilant, we headed for Three Lakes to have lunch, then started 
back south. Took another swing through Tomahawk, but still didn't find any 
Bohemian Waxwings. We also made another pass at Buena Vista, but despite much 
better viewing conditions, still didn't see much. An intermediate morph 
Rough-legged Hawk was the highlight. 


Most of our sightings were in Forest County, except for the Pine Grosbeaks, 
which were in Oneida and Vilas. (A handy marker if you're heading east on 
Sheltered Valley Rd. off FR 2178 is the first "Town of Hiles" sign - then you 
know you're crossing into Forest County from Oneida. Coming back west, there's 
a small green ATV or snowmobile route sign on the other side of the road from 
it to remind you.) 


Even had we had another afternoon and morning up there as originally planned, 
we likely wouldn't have had much more luck, so we were extremely pleased with 
our results (especially given the paucity of eBird reports from up there in 
January.) Thanks to Pat and Marty for driving, and to the other guys 
(especially Jim) for spotting and general amiability. A very fun trip. 


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Madison WI



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Subject: Re: RFI - Slaty-backed Gull
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 16:07:23 -0600
Karen McKinley reported on a Facebook post of mine just a few minutes ago
that the ice by Discovery World where it was seen yesterday has melted.
There were a few small ice floes at the yacht club earlier this am, and I
saw two GBBG and a Glaucous or Iceland, wasn't sure, but no Slaty backed.
Just try to find big patches of ice near open water I guess.
Jennifer A Milwaukee
On Feb 1, 2016 4:03 PM, "Chris Petherick"  wrote:

> Heading downtown to take a look now. If anyone has seen it today, location
> would be much appreciated!  Thanks!
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Subject: RFI - Slaty-backed Gull
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:02:15 -0600
Heading downtown to take a look now. If anyone has seen it today, location 
would be much appreciated! Thanks! 


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Subject: Online chat about eBird, the GBBC, WBBAII, and more - Tuesday at noon
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 17:59:05 +0000
Online chat focuses on how to make your bird sightings count for conservation
Tuesday, February 2, 12 noon

Do you love birds? Feed or photograph them? Watch them from your backyard, 
local park, or nearby wildlife refuge? If so, then with just a few extra 
minutes of effort you can become a citizen scientist and make a big difference 
in helping protect Wisconsin's bird populations. Join us for an online chat at 
noon on Tuesday, February 2nd, to learn how through projects like eBird, the 
Great Backyard Bird Count, Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II, and more! 

 
How to join the online chat:
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Subject: Re: Lewis's Woodpecker -yes
From: George Balogh <bug50x AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:55:00 -0500
From what has been posted on the internet it was a teenage birder living at the 
home who identified and first 

posted the occurrence. We just returned from a trip to Minnesota and Wisconsin 
and were also lucky 

to view the Woodpecker last week Friday.

If there is a local/state organization who considers the accomplishments of 
young birders we hope some 

type of recognition has been or will be awarded. Currently any young person who 
pays attention to the living world in their 

own yard or nearby woods should be recognized and rewarded.

How about a gift certificate for birding or other natural history books?

George and Terri Balogh
Portage, Michigan




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> I was fortunate enough to be able to see the Lewis's Woodpecker today. I saw 
it for a few minutes around 12:30pm. It sat at the top of a tree n the southern 
part of the yard. 

> 
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Subject: Scope for sale
From: "Dan and Mary Pat Panetti" <dpanetti AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:08:55 -0600
If anyone is interested, I am selling my Leica APO 77mm Fluorite glass scope 
with three eyepieces , photo adapter for a DSLR, and heavy duty padded 
cordura scope case.  Backchannel me for details.

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Subject: Looking for busy Ruby-throated sites & Fall/winter 2015 synopsis of rare hummers
From: "Cynthia Bridge" <wi.hummingbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 16:28:02 -0600
Hello WI birders and Hummingbird Enthusiasts,
 

This past fall I obtained my master permit for banding hummingbirds in
Wisconsin and Michigan. I am currently looking for busy Ruby-throated
Hummingbird sites to conduct banding.  Visit my newly created website for
more information:
http://westerngreatlakeshummingbirds.org/2016/01/29/wanted-busy-ruby-throate
d-hummingbird-sites/

 

I've also compiled a synopsis of the fall/winter hummingbirds reported
and/or banded in Wisconsin this year
http://westerngreatlakeshummingbirds.org/fallwinter-hummingbirds-2015-2016/
. I want to extend a special thanks to Mickey O'Connor for coordinating
banding efforts with me on the rare and/or late hummingbirds occurring in
Wisconsin this past fall/winter season. We successfully banded 2 of 3 Anna's
Hummingbirds and 3 of 4 "new" Rufous Hummingbirds reported in the state in
2015.  There were actually 5 Rufous Hummingbirds to my knowledge. The fifth
was a bird Mickey banded in August 2014 which returned for a 2nd year!  

 

Thanks for looking!

 

Cynthia Bridge

Western Great Lakes Hummingbird Project

Fort Atkinson, WI

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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee
From: Amar Attach <amarayyash AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 14:03:33 -0600
Thanks to all who sent photos. Jym Mooney's images confirm the Milwaukee 
Slaty-backed is a different individual than the IL bird that went missing 
yesterday. So, there are at least 2 birds visiting our region. Study up folks 
and search those gull flocks. This is getting interesting! 


Best,
Amar Ayyash
Frankfort IL

Amar Ayyash
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> On Jan 31, 2016, at 1:39 PM, Jeff Galligan  wrote:
> 
> Slaty-backed Gull still present as of 1:30 pm on an ice flow due east of
> the discovery museum. Thanks to all who contributed information!
> Happy Birding!
> 
> Jeff Galligan
> Madison, WI.
>> On Jan 31, 2016 12:40 PM, "Karen Mckinley"  wrote:
>> 
>> thanks to all for posting and lending scope views!  lifer!
>> Karen McKinley
>> Milwaukee, WI
>> 
>> On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 10:35 AM, Jennifer Ambrose 
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> For those coming, be aware of the construction. Park right by the art
>>> museum or discovery center. Harbor house is a gray restaurant. There is a
>>> public walkway that leads up to a viewing vantage point, which is right
>>> between the restaurant and discovery world. A few of us are here and have
>>> it in scopes.
>>> On Jan 31, 2016 10:07 AM, "Mark EarthLink" 
>> wrote:
>>>> Just found the bird Sunday AM at 10:00. It was on ice floes due east of
>>>> Harbor House restaurant and Discovery World Museum. Also at least 4
>> Great
>>>> Black-backed Gulls and one Glaucous Gull
>>>> 
>>>> Mark Korducki New Berlin
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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee
From: Jeff Galligan <jgalligan27 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:39:56 -0600
Slaty-backed Gull still present as of 1:30 pm on an ice flow due east of
the discovery museum. Thanks to all who contributed information!
Happy Birding!

Jeff Galligan
Madison, WI.
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> thanks to all for posting and lending scope views!  lifer!
> Karen McKinley
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> > On Jan 31, 2016 10:07 AM, "Mark EarthLink" 
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> > > Harbor House restaurant and Discovery World Museum. Also at least 4
> Great
> > > Black-backed Gulls and one Glaucous Gull
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Subject: Brown thrasher in Portage County
From: Joe Riederer <wisbird.riederer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:26:31 -0600
My brother lives outside Amherst Wisconsin and sent me a photo of a brown
thrasher that has been visiting his feeder today. I've never seen one in
January before. The image is a little fuzzy (think bigfoot). If he gets
some clear images I'll post a link.
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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee
From: Amar Attach <amarayyash AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 13:20:29 -0600
If anyone was able to photograph the Slaty-backed Gull, we'd love to see photos 
- any photos. We have an adult down here in Illinois that's drifted north in 
the last 2 days. It would be interesting to compare images. 


Thanks in advance.

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Frankfort IL
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> Karen McKinley
> Milwaukee, WI
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>> public walkway that leads up to a viewing vantage point, which is right
>> between the restaurant and discovery world. A few of us are here and have
>> it in scopes.
>>> On Jan 31, 2016 10:07 AM, "Mark EarthLink"  wrote:
>>> Just found the bird Sunday AM at 10:00. It was on ice floes due east of
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>>> Black-backed Gulls and one Glaucous Gull
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Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker -yes
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:39:42 -0600
I was fortunate enough to be able to see the Lewis's Woodpecker today. I saw it 
for a few minutes around 12:30pm. It sat at the top of a tree n the southern 
part of the yard. 


Thank you very much to the continued patience of the family hosting this bird 
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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee
From: Karen Mckinley <kaymack58 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 12:39:30 -0600
thanks to all for posting and lending scope views!  lifer!
Karen McKinley
Milwaukee, WI

On Sun, Jan 31, 2016 at 10:35 AM, Jennifer Ambrose 
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> For those coming, be aware of the construction. Park right by the art
> museum or discovery center. Harbor house is a gray restaurant. There is a
> public walkway that leads up to a viewing vantage point, which is right
> between the restaurant and discovery world. A few of us are here and have
> it in scopes.
> On Jan 31, 2016 10:07 AM, "Mark EarthLink"  wrote:
> > Just found the bird Sunday AM at 10:00. It was on ice floes due east of
> > Harbor House restaurant and Discovery World Museum. Also at least 4 Great
> > Black-backed Gulls and one Glaucous Gull
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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:35:50 -0600
For those coming, be aware of the construction. Park right by the art
museum or discovery center. Harbor house is a gray restaurant. There is a
public walkway that leads up to a viewing vantage point, which is right
between the restaurant and discovery world. A few of us are here and have
it in scopes.
On Jan 31, 2016 10:07 AM, "Mark EarthLink"  wrote:
> Just found the bird Sunday AM at 10:00. It was on ice floes due east of
> Harbor House restaurant and Discovery World Museum. Also at least 4 Great
> Black-backed Gulls and one Glaucous Gull
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull Mikwaukee
From: Mark EarthLink <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:06:22 -0600
Just found the bird Sunday AM at 10:00. It was on ice floes due east of Harbor 
House restaurant and Discovery World Museum. Also at least 4 Great Black-backed 
Gulls and one Glaucous Gull 


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Subject: Observatory Hill (Marquette Co.) today
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 01:31:40 +0000
Jim Otto and I went up to poke around Observatory Hill, a State Natural Area in 
Marquette County (and supposedly John Muir's favorite spot as a young man.) We 
were more than a little shocked by the extensive timber cut on the lower slopes 
as part of a restoration effort. The aim is apparently to control invasive 
species, remove victims of oak blight, and restore the savannah that Muir would 
have experienced decades ago. As with most efforts of this nature, it ain't 
pretty. It'll be a few years before it looks more natural. 


We were a bit unsure where the trail was, with so much of the timber and 
vegetation gone, but followed a snowshoe track up until things began to look a 
bit more familiar. Despite a good number of cedars being covered with "fruit" 
(actually the fleshy cones,) we couldn't find any Townsend's Solitaires. 
However, there was a very large flock of Cedar Waxwings and Am. Robins down 
below the main overlook. We also had a single female Purple Finch, plus other 
usual winter birds. A Pileated Woodpecker was especially vocal for much of our 
visit. 



On the way back to Madison, we took a swing past Arlington in Columbia Co. and 
saw a couple of E. Collared Doves in the tree across from the farm on Bullen 
Rd. Their cousins the Mourning Doves were plentiful at Goose Pond - more than 
100 on the railroad tracks and power lines by the Kampen Rd. residence. We 
drove some of the town roads in the area, but couldn't find any Snowy Owls, or 
any "field" birds besides Horned Larks. 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI




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Subject: Yellow-rumped Warbler today Sheboygan
From: Nancy <backnancy AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:51:40 +0000
There was one Yellow-rumped Warbler at Maywood Environmental Park today 
Sheboygan WI, Sheboygan County. 

It was feeding along one of the paths near the nature center on the ground in 
the snow. Maybe feeding on some spiders and other small insects I observed in 
the snow today with the warmer weather? This is the first yellow-rump I have 
ever observed in Sheboygan in January. 

Some images: https://nancysbirdingphotos777.shutterfly.com/pictures/60


Nancy Back
Sheboygan, WI
Sheboygan County

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Subject: Arena & Muscoda
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:46:57 -0600
I spent the morning checking out the Arena boat landing and the two dead end 
roads (Sand Branch & Studnika) off Cty G out of Muscoda. The boat landing was 
very active when I arrived after 8:00. 65 Robins, a Tufted Titmouse, calling 
Red-shouldered Hawk, 5 Cedar Waxwings , 5 Purple Finches plus standard winter 
birds were present. (When I returned about 4 hours later it was extremely 
quiet.) Sand Branch Rd (Grant co) was also very good, especially once I got on 
the dead end part. Present were 4 Eastern Bluebirds, a Hermit Thrush, 5 Purple 
Finches, 5 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Golden and 2 Bald Eagles plus quite a few 
Red-tailed Hawks and standard winter birds. Studnika Rd has a partial standing 
corn field about a half mile in. Woodpeckers were very active including 4 
Red-headed, 2 Red-bellied and 1 Downy Woodpeckers. 

On the way over and back on Hwy 133 there were many raptors, mainly 
Red-taileds, plus several Kestrels and a Merlin. 


On the way over to Arena this morning I stopped at the farm out of Arlington 
where 12 Eurasian Collared Doves were perched on a pole across from the farm. 


A nice day with temps warming to 43 degrees.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Devils Lake State Park
From: PAUL R VAN GINKEL <prvangin AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 23:22:06 +0000
At around noon today:
Finally, with perfect weather and no wind, got great looks at 2 Townsend's 
Solitaires right at the overlook at the top of Balanced Rock Trail. 

Also had 2 bald eagles flying over.

Stopped at the dam in Sauk city and saw 4 more bald eagles and about 10 common 
mergansers. 


Paul van Ginkel
Madison, Dane Co
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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Milwaukee
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:20:32 -0600
There were hundreds of gulls loafing on ice floes in the northern marina at 
South Shore Yacht Club this afternoon.  While scanning them, I came across a 
dark gray bird that was on a floe that was frozen around a mooring buoy. 
The floe slowly rotated around the buoy in the light wind.  The gull was 
less dark than nearby Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls, and its legs and 
feet were bright pink.  The head and nape were heavily streaked, with 
streaking concentrating around the yellow eyes.  The primary projection was 
moderate, with large apical spots.  The tertials and scapular crescents were 
broad and white, and the secondaries created an obvious white skirt effect. 
The bird was similar in size to the surrounding Herring Gulls, but had a 
more pot-bellied appearance.  The bird spent its time either sitting or 
standing on the ice, occasionally preening.  It stretched its wings a couple 
of times, showing white subterminal spots on the primaries under the wings. 
I was able to get good scope views, and observed the bird for about an hour 
and a half before something sent every single gull into the air, and most 
flew off.  I got some documentary photos.  I called Mike Wanger and he came 
down with his camera, but unfortunately something was awry and he couldn't 
get it to work.  Mike did get good scope views of the bird as well.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Subject: Viewing the Rosy-finch for tomorrow, Sunday
From: Dan Belter <bwhawk55 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 17:06:17 -0600
I just received a telephone call from the people hosting the Gray-crowned
Rosy-finch asking that people please DO NOT visit tomorrow, SUNDAY. They
said that the bird did not show up today, and they think due to the warm
weather, it just might show up again? If it does show up again, they will
let me know again.
So please, no visiting for this bird tomorrow.


Dan


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Dan Belter
Marathon County, WI


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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 16:31:34 -0600
I was able to briefly view the bird thanks to Mike's post and Jym M's
assistance. Other birds present were: Herring, two adult and one juvie
Great black Backeds, one Lesser black backed, one adult, smallish Glaucous
and an adult Ring-billed that hopped up on the pier right next to Judith
Huf and me. Hopefully, Jym will chime in with more details.
Jennifer A
Milwaukee
On Jan 30, 2016 1:52 PM, "Mike Wanger"  wrote:

> Now at south shore yacht club, on an ice flow on the north side harbor. It
> has been stationary for at least 45 minutes, and has shown a good wing
> shot. All ID points are confirmed. There is also a decent selection of
> great black backed, a lesser black backed, a young Thayers, and a Glaucous.
> Thanks Jym Mooney!
> Mike Wanger
> Milwaukee
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Subject: Northwoods birding
From: Spencer Jablonski <spencer.jablonski AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 15:18:41 -0600
Hello all,
If anyone is thinking about going up north to bird, I highly recommend it.
I am up here with my family visiting our friends and got several hours of
birding in this morning.

Here are the highlights -

150+ Bohemian Waxwings -
One massive flock of about 120 birds seen in downtown Eagle River jumping
from tree to tree. Very skittish birds! Another flock was seen downtown
Three Lakes.

11 Pine Grosbeaks - These birds were seen all around downtown Eagle River
eating on numerous berry trees.

10 Common Redpolls - Seen around Three Lakes

100+ Pine Siskins - Seen around Eagle River and on several bird feeders
around town.

We are planning on birding some more this afternoon and tomorrow morning on
our way home. Possibly going to stop in Tomahawk and Buena Vista.

Good Birding,
Spencer Jablonski
Cedarburg, WI


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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull Milwaukee
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:52:02 -0600
Now at south shore yacht club, on an ice flow on the north side harbor. It has 
been stationary for at least 45 minutes, and has shown a good wing shot. All ID 
points are confirmed. There is also a decent selection of great black backed, a 
lesser black backed, a young Thayers, and a Glaucous. Thanks Jym Mooney! 

Mike Wanger
Milwaukee

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Subject: McFarland, Dane co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 13:23:11 -0600
 Bigby ride to McFarland, from Stoughton today. Pumping up the tires, I cracked 
a valve stem. Walmart and back and changed it in 50 minutes, still time to go. 

 Got to Jaeger Road, and saw Chuck Henrikson. He mentioned seeing the Mute Swan 
,that Kyle found, at the southend. Along the river I picked up Gadwall, 
Redhead, Lesser Scaup and Greater Scaup (plus turkey) for new bigby year birds. 

 Headed to the end of Highland. On the way I saw some migrant Herring Gulls 
going over. Chuck just missed a 1st winter Iceland Gull, that went by. After 
Chuck joined me, more gulls were coming by, and we had an adult Lesser 
Black-backed Go by. A bit later Chuck spotted an adult white- winger. I so 
wanted to call it a Thayer's, but I saw more of a Kumlien's look to the wing 
tip. It will have to be Thayer's/ Iceland. 

 We were scoping the far side for the Mute. I picked up the Canvasback (also 
Shovelers), but couldn't get the Mute. So, I headed out to the southend. 

 I got the Mute Swan, by looking from the southend. I believe I didn't have one 
last year. 

 9 new bigby birds. Some really good ones. I now have 5, I didn't bigby last 
year. 

 It was like spring at Mud Lake . It was half open and Robins were going by.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane Co.
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Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker in Trempealeau Co
From: George Balogh <bug50x AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:26:12 -0600
We were fortunate to see the Lewiss Woodpecker today between 1 and 2 PM in the 
afternoon at the known location. 

Two other parties of birders were present at the same time. Thanks for those 
who let us know it was still being seen. 


George and Terri Balogh
Portage, MI


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