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Updated on Wednesday, August 31 at 08:50 PM EST
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Lincolns Sparrow,©David Sibley

01 Sep Columbia/Dane Co. shorebird spots (not) [Peter Fissel ]
31 Aug Uncertain shorebird at North Point in Sheboygan [Jim and Julie Hess ]
31 Aug Re: Dane County shorebirds in Fitchburg [Mary Hampton ]
31 Aug Bay Beach Sanctuary today [Gmail ]
31 Aug Early Junco, MKE county [Judith Huf ]
31 Aug nighthawk watch tonight, Forest Beach Migratory Preserve [William Mueller ]
31 Aug Western Kingbird - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
31 Aug 18 warbler sp., Philly Vireos, thrushes - Bayfield Co. [Ryan Brady ]
30 Aug Common Nighthawks - Outagamie ["Judy s." ]
30 Aug Green Herons Greenfield Park MKE 8/30/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
31 Aug More Common Nighthawks [John K ]
30 Aug Dane County shorebirds in Fitchburg ["Marty and Terry Evanson" ]
30 Aug Wisconsin Public Radio Labor Day Show [Bill Volkert ]
30 Aug Escaped Zebra Finch in Madison [April Sansom ]
30 Aug nighthawk movements this fall [William Mueller ]
30 Aug reminder: migratory bird stopover ecology conference in Milwaukee in October [William Mueller ]
30 Aug Buff-breasted sandpipers at wind lake sod farm [Peter O Dunn ]
30 Aug Belated report - Western Tanager in Middleton [Peter Fissel ]
30 Aug Upcoming Hummingbird Garden Tours in Madison---Please Come!! [Kathi Johnson Rock ]
29 Aug Yard birds!! [Gmail ]
29 Aug Re: Buffy Bonanza! - Wind Lake Sod farms ["Smith, Jason" ]
29 Aug Downy Woodpecker behavior Q Vilas Co., Crow behavior Madison [Marge Anderson ]
29 Aug Re: eBird media question [Ryan Brady ]
29 Aug Re: eBird media question ["Nick Anich" ]
29 Aug Great Egrets - western MKE Cty & southern Racine Cty [KAREN JOHNSON ]
28 Aug More nighthawks [Korkor Mary ]
28 Aug Nighthawks [Sandy Petersen ]
28 Aug Scissor tail flycatcher - Kewaunee Co [Ted Treska ]
28 Aug BB pipers ["Seegert, Greg" ]
28 Aug Re: eBird media question [Karen Etter Hale ]
28 Aug eBird media question [A Geraghty ]
28 Aug Buffy Bonanza! - Wind Lake Sod farms [KAREN JOHNSON ]
28 Aug Common Nighthawks not Loggerheads [Hep ]
28 Aug Loggerheads [Hep ]
28 Aug Loggerheads [Hep ]
27 Aug Re: RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper [Mike Wanger ]
27 Aug Bank Swallow update, part 2 [William Mueller ]
27 Aug Nighthawks [Sandy Petersen ]
27 Aug RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper ["Seegert, Greg" ]
27 Aug Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler) [Bill Volkert ]
27 Aug Harlequin Duck - Door Co. [Eric Howe ]
26 Aug Warblers - Fox Point Milwaukee [Chris Petherick ]
26 Aug Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August, 25, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
26 Aug Winnebago co. shorebirds [Gmail ]
26 Aug MKE- Bender Park - Baird's Sandpiper [Jeremy Meyer ]
25 Aug Nighthawks hawking [Sandy Petersen ]
25 Aug Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler) [Richter Museum ]
25 Aug just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler) [William Mueller ]
25 Aug DNR Land Usage Survey - Make Your Voice Heard! [Tim Hahn ]
25 Aug Re: Yard birds [Richter Museum ]
25 Aug Horicon Marsh 8/25/16 [Gmail ]
24 Aug Re: Yard birds [Sandy Petersen ]
25 Aug Re: Yard birds [John K ]
24 Aug Re: Yard birds [Chris Petherick ]
24 Aug Yard birds [Gmail ]
24 Aug changes underway for the Bank Swallow [William Mueller ]
24 Aug Re: Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County [Ryan Brady ]
23 Aug Bay Beach S. & my yard [Gmail ]
23 Aug Am. Redstart/Kenosha [John Krerowicz ]
23 Aug Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County ["Tom Wood" ]
22 Aug Re: Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park [Paul Kinzer ]
22 Aug Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park [Jeremy Meyer ]
21 Aug Sanderling, Dowitcher, and Great Blue Heron photos [Jennifer Ambrose ]
22 Aug Lark Sparrow in Racine ["Rita Marie Wiskowski" ]
21 Aug Racine Co- Yes Buff Breasted 4+ @ Wind Lake Turf [Bill Grossmeyer ]
21 Aug Merlin in Sheboygan : ) ["Dave&Margaret Brasser" ]
21 Aug Eastern Screech-owl. Polk County ["Joe" ]
21 Aug Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Racine County ["Tom Wood" ]
21 Aug Horicon Marsh this a.m. [Peter Fissel ]
21 Aug Re: MKE - Night heron stuck? [Jeremy Meyer ]
21 Aug MKE - Night heron stuck? [Jeremy Meyer ]
20 Aug Blue grey gnatcatchers [Sandy Rueckert ]
21 Aug 14 warbler sp., incl. 37+ Tennessees - Bayfield Co. [Ryan Brady ]
20 Aug Horicon Marsh [Gmail ]
20 Aug Great-tailed Grackle, Maricopa County, AZ [Jeff Virant ]
20 Aug Lake Park Warbler Walk 8/20, Milwaukee - CANCELLED ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]

Subject: Columbia/Dane Co. shorebird spots (not)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 01 Sep 2016 01:47:19 +0000
I was up at Madison Audubon's Goose Pond sanctuary helping with Monarch tagging 
today, so decided to check some of the traditional shorebirds spots. 
Unfortunately, the combination of a dry spring and drain tiles in fields that 
previously would have flooded with the recent rains have pretty much eliminated 
any suitable habitat, at least east of Hwy 51. All of the Harvey Rd. fields are 
dry/cropped, as is the one just south of the C/V intersection in northeast Dane 
Co. The Mueller Rd. pond just south of that is much reduced, with no visible 
edge and corn obstructing the view anyway. Jim Otto and Nolan Pope told me the 
DM & I ponds are full of water and vegetation, with no habitat, either. They 
didn't mention the other spots south of there, but I don't imagine any of them 
are very good this year anyway. So it goes. 


Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Uncertain shorebird at North Point in Sheboygan
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:06:48 -0500
Greetings all,
We just returned from North Point where we saw an unusual bird. My first 
thought was that it was a Dowitcher due to the up and down feeding motion. 
However,this bird had a slightly upturned bill and darker legs. I saw it fly 
very briefly and did not notice any white patches on the back. I know it is 
unlikely, but I thought perhaps a Marbled Godwit. You may call me crazy, but 
any help identifying this bird would be appreciated. The bill was not black but 
slightly colored. I hope someone has a chance to see it and help with 
confirming one way or another. 

Great Birding,
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Subject: Re: Dane County shorebirds in Fitchburg
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:35:20 +0000 (UTC)
Baird's Sandpiper continues Weds. afternoon.  Est 25 shorebirds altogether.  
Thanks Marty.  

 On Tuesday, August 30, 2016 3:28 PM, Marty and Terry Evanson 
 wrote: 

 

 A small pond on the NW corner of Lacy Rd and Seminole (across from the MGE
gas substation)  held 7 species of shorebirds this morning including 2
Baird's. Green birders can use the Badger State bike trail to reach this
area. Just northwest of this area is a large  farm field with a larger pond
that held a variety of waterfowl and gulls  and some additional shorebirds.
The field held a couple dozen Killdeer. 
 

 

Marty Evanson 

Madison



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Subject: Bay Beach Sanctuary today
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:08:14 -0500
I joined a group of birders at Bay Beach Sanctuary for the Wed warbler walk. We 
spent several hours covering the area that yielded 66 species. This included 11 
warbler species including a Yellow-rumped, 3-4 Philadelphia Vireos, excellent 
looks at a Merlin perched in the dead cottonwood tree, a Ruby-cr. Kinglet and 
Scarlet Tanager, a few Swainson's Thrushes and Red-br. Nuthatches. A fun 
morning with the birds and birders. Thanks to Jim Johnson for leading. 

The WSO warbler walk will be held jointly with the local birders on Sept 10. 
Arrangements have been made with Tom Prestby, etc to go to Cat Island after the 
walk is done. Let's hope everything works out ok so this can happen, like last 
year. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Early Junco, MKE county
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:50:18 +0000
Found a juvenile Dark-eyed Junco today at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center about 
7:30am. It was seen again later by another birder. Have photo documentation 
shots. 


Judith Huf
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Subject: nighthawk watch tonight, Forest Beach Migratory Preserve
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:00:25 -0500
At the Bill Cowart Memorial Raptor Watch platform, 7:10pm until it gets
dark. (You can start earlier if you wish. )
If you'd like to attend but have not been to Forest Beach:

http://wglbbo.org/join-us/visit-us


http://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/hotspots/156-forest-beach-migratory-preserve-belgium-wisconsin/ 


A map will be posted on our office door (lower level, east end of
building); or just take trails from the building to the northeast corner of
the preserve where you'll see the observation platform.

William Mueller
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Subject: Western Kingbird - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:27:34 +0000
This evening I stumbled onto a Western Kingbird on Church Corner Rd at the 
intersection with Paulson Rd just west of Washburn in Bayfield County. It 
appeared to be a dull hatch-year bird. This was my fourth for the county but 
first during the southbound migration. 



Doc shots: http://www.pbase.com/rbrady/image/163993474

 
Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: 18 warbler sp., Philly Vireos, thrushes - Bayfield Co.
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 03:23:12 +0000
While the entire state will see migrants on Wednesday morning, on Tuesday I had 
a great preview at my house in Bayfield County. A large thrush migration 
featured lots of Swainson's and my first Gray-cheeked Thrushes of the fall. I 
also had 18 species of warblers, including increases in Palm, Blackpoll, and 
Cape May; my first Philadelphia Vireos, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco; 
323 Cedar Waxwings; and a good flight of flycatchers including Olive-sided and 
Yellow-bellied. Between 6:00 and 7:30 I tallied 600+ unidentified warblers 
flying by, my biggest count of the season so far. 



Overall I had 59 species total. See the full checklist at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/wi/view/checklist/S31330512. 



  Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Common Nighthawks - Outagamie
From: "Judy s." <cherryjamcookies AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:48:54 -0500
Around 6:30 p.m had between 20 and 30 common nighthawks overhead in
Little Chute. Lots of flying ants here late afternoon into evening!

Judy Stouffer, Outagamie
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Subject: Green Herons Greenfield Park MKE 8/30/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:25:20 -0500
Hi all,
With a slower time of the year for birding, Greenfield Park in Milwaukee
always seems to have something going on. I stopped in there this morning
and watched a few of the Green Herons present doing their thing, fishing,
catching fish, preening or just hanging out. While observing the Green
Herons today the ate small fish. A few Great Blue Herons were also present
today but no Black-crowned Night-Herons were seen.

Some images of the Green Herons taken today at Greenfield Park are at the
link below if you care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/green-herons-greenfield-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-august-30-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: More Common Nighthawks
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:31:52 +0000
This evening I tallied 103 Common Nighthawks flying over my farm in south
central Iowa County. Also noted (again) were hundreds (thousands?) of
dragonflies. All were more or less headed south. Yesterday evening had a
large flight of Red-winged Blackbirds, some 1,500+.
Migration is in the air...

John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County, WI


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Subject: Dane County shorebirds in Fitchburg
From: "Marty and Terry Evanson" <mtevanson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 15:27:40 -0500
A small pond on the NW corner of Lacy Rd and Seminole (across from the MGE
gas substation)  held 7 species of shorebirds this morning including 2
Baird's. Green birders can use the Badger State bike trail to reach this
area. Just northwest of this area is a large  farm field with a larger pond
that held a variety of waterfowl and gulls  and some additional shorebirds.
The field held a couple dozen Killdeer. 
 

 

Marty Evanson 

Madison



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Subject: Wisconsin Public Radio Labor Day Show
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:57:19 -0500
For those interested in a discussion about Wisconsin birds, Tom Schultz and
I will be on Wisconsin Public Radio on Labor Day from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm.
I would also appreciate some of you calling in about some of the
interesting bird sightings which have recently been posted here.

Hoping you find time to tune in.

Bill
Fond du Lac Co.

-- 
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Naturalist
www.billvolkert


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Subject: Escaped Zebra Finch in Madison
From: April Sansom <aprilsansom14 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:08:03 -0500
Hello fellow bird enthusiasts,
Here in Madison my colleagues have captured a Zebra Finch that flew into
the downtown store where we work.  I'm reaching out to you to ask if you or
anyone you know has lost track of their Zebra Finch?  I am not actually at
the store yet but will be soon.  The bird may or may not be injured.  The
Dane County Humane Society will accept the bird as a stray, but I thought
I'd reach out to you first to see if any of you knows anything.

Thank you and have a great day.

Cheers,

April Sansom
Dane County


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Subject: nighthawk movements this fall
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:54:01 -0500
The largest number tallied so far this season seems to be 815 at the Cedar
Grove Ornithological Station on Aug. 20th.
Peak flights often occur during this week.

Read more about this species at https://abcbirds.org/bird/common-nighthawk/


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wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
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cell   414-698-9108
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Port Washington, WI


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Subject: reminder: migratory bird stopover ecology conference in Milwaukee in October
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:45:45 -0500
October 5-7, 2016
Partners across the Great Lakes will share current conservation thinking
pertaining to the stopover movement and update existing stopover
initiatives.

https://stopover2016.wordpress.com/

A registration deadline is approaching!

The Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network will host one of the
three workshops at the symposium.
https://stopover2016.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/mlmmn-sos-workshop-agenda.pdf



William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
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wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: Buff-breasted sandpipers at wind lake sod farm
From: Peter O Dunn <pdunn AT uwm.edu>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 14:11:15 +0000
There are still 6 buff-breasted sandpipers at wind lake sod farm at 9 am. They 
are at the south end of the grassy area just east of the house with all the 
turkeys -on Burmeister Rd 


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Subject: Belated report - Western Tanager in Middleton
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:41:11 +0000
I keep forgetting to post this. Dan Doeppers had a there-and-gone male Western 
Tanager on his deck railing at his new place in Middleton on Saturday. From his 
description, there's no question on the ID. His condo backs up to the Pheasant 
Branch Conservancy, so he hopes this was an auspicious harbinger of things to 
come in his yard. 


And yes, he will fill out a rare bird documentation, since he's not on eBird.


Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Upcoming Hummingbird Garden Tours in Madison---Please Come!!
From: Kathi Johnson Rock <kathijr777 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:15:34 -0500
Please join us for our upcoming 2016 Hummingbird Garden Tours at our home
on *SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 *from 1-5:30 p.m. (door prize drawing at 3 p.m.)
and/or *WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14* from 3-7 p.m. (door prize drawing at 5
p.m.) in Madison.
We hang 20 hummingbird feeders and grow over 100 varieties of plants
(mostly for hummingbirds!) and have been involved in attracting
hummingbirds for 18 years.

*Mickey O'Connor *will be banding hummingbirds (Wednesday Only) and *Larry
and Emily Scheunemann *will present a class about a year in the life of a
hummingbird at 4 p.m. at the Wednesday tour.

Both tours are free and open to the public.

Please contact me for our address if you plan to attend.  We hope to see a
few of you there!

Kathi and Michael Rock

-- 
Kathi and Michael Rock
Madison, Wisconsin, Dane County
e-mail: kathijr AT yahoo.com
website: www.hummingbirdgardening.net

"Hummingbirds.....where is the person, I ask, who, on observing this
glittering
fragment of the rainbow, would not pause, admire, and turn his mind with
reverence..."; (J. J. Audubon)


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Subject: Yard birds!!
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:59:36 -0500
When all of you read this you will think that my birthday last Thursday is 
really putting me over the hill! For some reason when the warblers appear in my 
yard they are by the living room window in the adjacent crabapple tree and the 
bird bath. On Sat during the dreary weather I was standing by my back door 
hoping for some warblers---no luck. However a hummingbird flew in and landed in 
a nearby mt. ash tree. To my surprise it was an adult male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD! 
Apparently it was after the hibiscus flowers that were nearby. It soon left but 
later I discovered it chasing 2 Ruby-throats away from the flowers. It was not 
seen again that day or since. 

This late afternoon I noticed 3 Redstarts arriving to bath by the living room 
window. Also present was another warbler that quickly moved out of sight. All I 
could see in the brief look was a grayish upper body and white breast. Too 
brief to see any thing else. About 5 minutes later, while the Redstarts were 
merrily bathing the mystery warbler reappeared, right in front of the window 
and just above the bird bath. For the next few minutes it tried and tried to 
join the Redstarts. It was not successful. However I was able to clearly see 
the all gray upper body, crown, back, tail and wings. The latter had 2 distinct 
wing-bars while there was a clear, white eyebrow. The breast and belly were 
white with a few very faint streaks on the flanks. I am ashamed to admit 
nothing clicked in my mind. No Wisconsin warbler made sense for what I was 
seeing. Unfortunately after only several too quick minutes one of my gray 
squirrels decided it wanted a drink subsequently chasing the warble 

 r and the Redstarts. Checking different books the id jumped out at me: an 
immature female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER!! 


I was at Bay Beach Sanctuary this morning for 2 hours and found 11 warbler 
species plus 3 vireo species. It was fun but not quite like what appeared in my 
yard later in the day. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Buffy Bonanza! - Wind Lake Sod farms
From: "Smith, Jason" <jsmith AT waukesha.k12.wi.us>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 18:50:00 -0500
At least 7 are still present now.
Jason Smith
Mukwonago


On Sunday, August 28, 2016, KAREN JOHNSON  wrote:

> 1/4 mile East of County S on Burmeister Road.  They are in the first
> southern sod field beyond the last house (with the turkeys) on the south
> side of the road.  11 of them actively feeding (high stepping) relatively
> close to the road!  I've never seen this many at one time so up close and
> personal!  A scope is still a good idea though...
>
> --
> Karen Johnson
> Milwaukee, WI
> BayView Area
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Subject: Downy Woodpecker behavior Q Vilas Co., Crow behavior Madison
From: Marge Anderson <marge246246 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:25:37 -0500
Folks, I had an adult Downy at my hummingbird feeder in Vilas County for
quite a long time this weekend. What's up with that? I didn't know they
slurped syrup.
Also, I work on the top floor of a commercial building in Madison away from
trees and other climb-ables. There are a bunch of crows who hang out around
here. I swear they sound like Santa & all 8 reindeer on the roof half the
time. What is going on up there?

P.S. Highway 51 was full of migrating nighthawks all weekend. Flocks large
and small.

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Dane & Vilas Counties


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Subject: Re: eBird media question
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:36:19 +0000
There's a group on Facebook that is great for these types of questions - "The 
Facebook eBird discussion group". In the meantime, I hollered across the cube 
wall :) to Nick Anich and he says there a slew of reasons why the hyperlink may 
not work but NO, eBird has NOT grabbed any old photos and automatically put 
them into the Macaulay Library. Sorry! 



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Subject: [wisb] Re: eBird media question

I would like to know the answer to this, too.
Also tech-challenged.
Karen
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> On Aug 28, 2016, at 1:30 PM, A Geraghty > wrote: 

>
> If I look at an old eBird list of mine with a Picassa link to a photo, the
> photo is still there, but if I click on it, the link does not work.  Does
> this mean that all the old photos have been uploaded automatically into the
> newer database at eBird?  That would be great, because then I don't have to
> go back and do it myself at some point which I thought I would.  Also I can
> delete those files from my Google account, freeing up some space.  Is that
> right?
> Anne Geraghty
> tech-challenged in Eau Claire
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Subject: Re: eBird media question
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:27:41 +0000 (UTC)
With some photo hosting sites, those links started breaking for various reasons 
-- yet another good reason they moved to direct photo upload. 


Your photos will not get uploaded automatically, you'll have to do it yourself, 
unfortunately, but it's a pretty quick and easy system now. 


You can tell when a photo is in the Macaulay system because it will have the 
little catalog number by it (starting with ML): 

http://ebird.org/ebird/wi/view/checklist/S31247326

They are actually treating each photo as a record in itself, so if you click 
through on a photo it will take you to a page that associates each photo with 
the date and location. 


Adding your old photos will be aided by the new eBird profile pages coming out 
shortly, which make it a lot easier to look at the photos you've submitted, and 
you can actually even click around by country, state or county and see which 
photos you have in there. 


Also, don't forget if you have any good breeding photos from this year, the 
atlas is interested in those as well: 

http://wsobirds.org/atlas-photos

Nick Anich
Ashland








Subject: eBird media question 
Date: Sun Aug 28 2016 13:31 pm 
From: ageraghty83 AT gmail.com 

If I look at an old eBird list of mine with a Picassa link to a photo, the 

photo is still there, but if I click on it, the link does not work.  Does 

this mean that all the old photos have been uploaded automatically into the 

newer database at eBird?  That would be great, because then I don't have to 

go back and do it myself at some point which I thought I would.  Also I can 

delete those files from my Google account, freeing up some space.  Is that 

right? 

Anne Geraghty 

tech-challenged in Eau Claire
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Subject: Great Egrets - western MKE Cty & southern Racine Cty
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 04:40:59 -0500
For anyone headed to the Wind Lake sod farms from the north, there is a
very nice pond on the east side of Hwy 45 just south of 7 mile Road filled
with over 35 Great Egrets! Beautiful!
-- 
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Milwaukee, WI
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Subject: More nighthawks
From: Korkor Mary <marykorkor AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 21:18:06 -0500
Had a long stream of common Nighthawks fly over my farm, Sat evening, spread 
out and coming from the southwest, flying northeast. The were darting and 
swooping a bit, but seemed intent on heading in that direction. They were quite 
scattered, but constant and the stream lasted for at least 5 minutes after I 
first noticed them. Not sure how long they had been flying before I first saw 
them, but I counted at least 50 individuals. 5:15 pm, Tonight, over Okauchee 
Lake there was a stream flying in, what seems to be, the right direction… 
northeast to south. 


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Subject: Nighthawks
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 20:38:34 -0500
Was waiting for more nighthawks at 7 pm
though the wind had shifted ...
only 2 showed up at Jackson Harbor ...
apparently many more (100?) inland over the Island ...
They are moving ...

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Subject: Scissor tail flycatcher - Kewaunee Co
From: Ted Treska <ttreska AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 18:38:00 -0500
Was just driving back from checking beehives and after flying through cloud
after cloud of flying ants.  At the corner of Van Lanen and County Line Rd
(separating Brown from Kewaunee), I saw a scissor tailed flycatcher.  It
was in the tops of  some trees on the SE corner of the intersection.  It
would fly up, grab a bug and land in the tree, good look at the tail both
while it was still and in flight.  Pretty cool bird.  Not sure how long it
might stick around, but FYI.  6:30 pm Sunday
Ted Treska
Luxemburg

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Subject: BB pipers
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 22:44:32 +0000
All
Around 1230 or 1, John Dixon, Rick Fare (sp?), and I re-found the 11 
buff-breasted sandpipers at the Wind L sod farms. Also present was a piping 
plover. 


About an hr later, my friend Dave Johnson told me they were still there.

Thanks to all who provided info.

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Beaver Dam

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Subject: Re: eBird media question
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 15:09:09 -0500
I would like to know the answer to this, too.
Also tech-challenged.
Karen
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> On Aug 28, 2016, at 1:30 PM, A Geraghty > wrote: 

> 
> If I look at an old eBird list of mine with a Picassa link to a photo, the
> photo is still there, but if I click on it, the link does not work.  Does
> this mean that all the old photos have been uploaded automatically into the
> newer database at eBird?  That would be great, because then I don't have to
> go back and do it myself at some point which I thought I would.  Also I can
> delete those files from my Google account, freeing up some space.  Is that
> right?
> Anne Geraghty
> tech-challenged in Eau Claire
> 
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Subject: eBird media question
From: A Geraghty <ageraghty83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 13:30:28 -0500
If I look at an old eBird list of mine with a Picassa link to a photo, the
photo is still there, but if I click on it, the link does not work.  Does
this mean that all the old photos have been uploaded automatically into the
newer database at eBird?  That would be great, because then I don't have to
go back and do it myself at some point which I thought I would.  Also I can
delete those files from my Google account, freeing up some space.  Is that
right?
Anne Geraghty
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Subject: Buffy Bonanza! - Wind Lake Sod farms
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 11:11:05 -0500
1/4 mile East of County S on Burmeister Road.  They are in the first
southern sod field beyond the last house (with the turkeys) on the south
side of the road.  11 of them actively feeding (high stepping) relatively
close to the road!  I've never seen this many at one time so up close and
personal!  A scope is still a good idea though...

-- 
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Subject: Common Nighthawks not Loggerheads
From: Hep <hephziabahb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:52:43 -0500
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Subject: Loggerheads
From: Hep <hephziabahb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:34:00 -0500
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Subject: Loggerheads
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Date: Sun, 28 Aug 2016 05:31:33 -0500
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Subject: Re: RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:58:35 -0500
Hi Greg,
Yesterday, Wind Lake Sod Farm in Racine County

Mike Wanger
Milwaukee

Sent from my brain

> On Aug 27, 2016, at 12:06 PM, Seegert, Greg  wrote:
> 
> All
> If anyone finds any of these "grasspipers" in the next few days, please post. 
Just got back from Kansas City and have 5 days before I leave for AZ so those 
days will probably be my only chance to see one this year. Based on the news 
reports, looks like we got out of KC just in time. I was at a fish conference 
and didn't really bird but one day I did borrow a friend's car and drove to the 
suburbs and saw a pr of roosting MS kites. 

> 
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> Beaver Dam....at least occasionally
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Subject: Bank Swallow update, part 2
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 15:53:28 -0500
Some people have been asking me to provide more information about this
species:
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/08/bank-swallow-update-part-2.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: Nighthawks
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 14:25:41 -0500
Hello Birders!
A dozen more nighthawks
flying over Detroit Harbor toward the mainland
as the 7 pm ferry leaves Washington Island
yesterday evening

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Subject: RFI---B-Breasted sandpiper
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:06:40 +0000
All
If anyone finds any of these "grasspipers" in the next few days, please post. 
Just got back from Kansas City and have 5 days before I leave for AZ so those 
days will probably be my only chance to see one this year. Based on the news 
reports, looks like we got out of KC just in time. I was at a fish conference 
and didn't really bird but one day I did borrow a friend's car and drove to the 
suburbs and saw a pr of roosting MS kites. 


Thanks in advance
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Beaver Dam....at least occasionally


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Subject: Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler)
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:42:04 -0500
The reclassification of birds will likely go on for a long time to come, if
not indefinitely, as we try to define just what qualifies as a species or
what we even mean by species.  It seems that the trend is more toward
splitting species than lumping, and as we re-evaluate one group of birds it
seems that a similar criteria is then applied to other groups of birds,
resulting in additional splits.  I think that well after I have hung up my
binoculars I will continue to add species to my life list as birds I have
sighted in the past will eventually be raised to species status.
It is one of the most fundamental questions we ask about birds and one of
the hardest to answer - how many kinds of birds are their in the world?
The best round number we can give is about 10,000 species, but not everyone
agrees on exactly where to draw the line.  The problem is that birds are
evolving and continue to evolve, so some of these populations are still in
the process of becoming new species and interbreeding may stop some
populations short of going all the way.  As humans, we want to have a
black-and-white world and would like to draw concrete distinctions between
the many varieties of birds, but in nature there are so many shades of gray
and so many populations of birds that show a spectrum of variations among
them that it isn't always easy to say where we should draw the line.

I have had many people tell me that now that we can do genetic testing that
this should answer all of these questions, and yet even there we are left
to make judgment calls of where we draw these lines to either separate two
populations into distinct species or lump them as subspecies, or
variations, of a single species.  We know that each individual in a
population has its own distinct genetic make up and we can trace these
traits to the parents who share them as well as closely related individuals
that also show similarity.  But as we look across the entire line of a
population this too will demonstrate a spectrum of variations among
individuals, just like the expressed traits that we relied on in the past
to try and help us make distinctions.

I can think of numerous examples of birds where I could go either way
between lumping or splitting the species simply because it isn't so clear
how much variations is required to elevate them to the species level.  Even
if there is a fair percentage of genetic differences, we know that some
genes don't seem to do much or need to work with others to bring about
changes while others determine differences in plumage or size of certain
features.  So in the end it is a judgment call and we are left with some
indecisiveness of where we should draw the line.

You would think that with our advancing science that we should be better
suited to make these decisions, but it seems that it only shows us the
complexity of nature to be more complex than we had expected.  The Myrtle
Warbler and Audubon's Warbler debate is just one example. In recent years
we have gone from Baltimore Oriole and Bullock's Oriole to Northern Oriole
and recently back again and we really can't seem to agree how to lump or
split the coots and gallinules around the world, and there are similar
problems with some species of Brush-Finches and Laughingthrushes among so
many others.

So, just how many kinds of birds are there in the world and what is my life
list up to?  I guess it depends on who you ask, or what criteria or
checklist you use, and maybe on what day you ask any taxonomist.  So while
it is frustrating to keep up with these constant changes and to keep
straight just what we call some of these birds, this will likely go on for
as long as we watch birds and ponder the diversity of nature.

Bill

On Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 3:43 PM, William Mueller 
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> https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-
> see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/
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Subject: Harlequin Duck - Door Co.
From: Eric Howe <wibirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Aug 2016 11:34:30 -0500
Male Harlequin Duck at Washington Island (Door Co.), Percy Johnson Park this 
morning. Distant, but hopefully video scope will capture a few frames as it was 
diving SSW of Hog Island. 


Eric Howe
Racine Co. 

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Subject: Warblers - Fox Point Milwaukee
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:07 -0500
Hello,

I had a nice late morning burst of warblers in my yard. Am redstart, ovenbird, 
2 black and white, 1 bay-breasted, 1 Tennessee, 1 Chestnut-Sided, 2 
Blackburnian, along with a Swanson’s Thrush, several orioles, a few 
unidentified warblers and a small warbler/vireo like bird. It was gray above, 
had 2 wing bars, kind of faded, but noticeable, all white stomach and throat 
with no markings. My thought was vireo, but can’t quite figure it out. It did 
not have prominent eye rings or spectacles of any note. It was a pale gray, 
like the color of a shrike. Definitely not a flycatcher of any kind. 


heading back out to see what else is out there…

Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August, 25, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 11:27:26 -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, August 25, 2016
72 degrees
Cloudy, clearing toward end of walk
20 birders

Total Species:  42

5 Mallard
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Herring Gull
32 Rock Pigeon
4 Mourning Dove
8 Chimney Swift
4 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Belted Kingfisher
5 Downy Woodpecker

1 Hairy woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
6 Eastern Wood-Pewee
1 Empidonax sp.
2 Eastern Phoebe
3 Red-eyed Vireo
5 American Crow
1 Tree Swallow
9 Barn Swallow
16 Black-capped Chickadee

4 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
3 European Starling
45 Cedar Waxwing
1 Northern Waterthrush
4 Black-and-white Warbler
3 Tennessee Warbler

1 Common Yellowthroat
6 American Redstart
3 Blackpoll Warbler
1 Wilson’s Warbler
2 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
1 Indigo Bunting
3 Common Grackle
1 Baltimore Oriole

3 House Finch
97 American Goldfinch
4 House Sparrow

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Subject: Winnebago co. shorebirds
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 10:08:01 -0500
Thanks to Stuart's post yesterday I decided to check "his" Oakridge Rd pond. On 
the way out I spent a short time at the Anderson sod farm, but missed the 3 
Buff-br. Sandpipers that were present on the east end. Lots of Horned Larks, 
and quite a few Killdeer. The Oakridge pond has nice habitat, plus Stuart was 
also there and Sylvia. Apparently things were quieter compared to yesterday but 
there were 2 Am. Golden Plovers, plus yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpipers and 
Wilson's Snipe. It should be productive for some time, depending upon the 
weather. 

On the way home I went back to the Anderson sod farm. The Buffs were not on the 
east field but I relocated them way down to the last west field and then the 
plowed one next to it. All three were present but be aware that they are moving 
around and blend in if on the plowed fields. Much easier when they are on the 
sod fields. 


Good luck.
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Subject: MKE- Bender Park - Baird's Sandpiper
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 08:30:24 -0500
There is a Baird's Sandpiper on the beach along with a Sanderling.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Nighthawks hawking
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 20:21:06 -0500
This evening 615 - 715 - calm, sun setting ...
Between 50 and 100 Nighthawks
circling, dipping, turning, etc
over the trees and in the open at
Jackson Harbor, Washington Island
Also a few dragonflies which the birds were not eating
but ... the Nighthawks were hunting something that
could not be seen ... probably those flying ants again ...

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Subject: Re: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler)
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 21:50:25 +0000
Well, I've never stopped calling them "Myrtle" or "Audubon's". Both can be 
found during migration, and I had an Audubon's or hybrid (some of which we've 
banded) spend last winter at my suet feeders. 


Tom Erdman

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Warbler) 



https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/ 


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory WGLBBO online: 
wglbbo.org wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com office 262-285-3374 

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Subject: just when you thought you had it figured out (Yellow-r. Warbler)
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:43:14 -0500
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/goodbye-yellow-rump-will-we-see-a-return-to-myrtle-and-audubons-warblers/ 


William Mueller
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Subject: DNR Land Usage Survey - Make Your Voice Heard!
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:09:42 -0500
Click on the below link to let the WI DNR know how you spend your time in
nature.
We don't get this sort of opportunity all that often, and it's a really
quick survey that provides valuable feedback.

As birdwatchers and non-consumptive nature lovers, we need to take
advantage of this opportunity to have our voices heard along with the
hunters, trappers, and fishermen of our great state!

http://22.selectsurvey.net/DNR/SCORP2016#

Cheers!

Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
Waukesha Cty.
WBBA II Coordinator
Ben Goss Bird Club


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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:34:34 +0000
There was a good movement of nighthawks along west bay shore in Oconto county, 
several hundred in less than half an hour. 


They aren't eating dragonflies, but both are catching other insects, mainly 
flying ants recently although there has been a few chironomid hatches with 
recent rains too. 

There are really good dragonfly migrations along Green Bay and Lake Michigan 
shore in August and September, mostly the larger Darners; Green, Canada, 
Green-striped... Nighthawks don't eat them (to large), but Merlins, male 
Peregrines often pick them off in flight and feed on the wing. The dragonflies 
also get caught up in thermals used by the kettles of Broad-wings, who will 
also feed on them on the wing! If you watch a swirling kettle, you will often 
see an individual do a side slip and then the foot go up to beak. Munching 
along as they float south. 


Tom Erdman, Green Bay


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Subject: [wisb] Re: Yard birds

John:
Nighthawks - dragonflies
Interesting about dragonflies in the skies with the nighthawks.
That was what I saw in the past near Labor Day along Lake Michigan.
Are they following/eating the dragonflies?

Meadowlarks - grass cutting
Also interesting about the late meadowlark.  How often does that occur?
Maybe the grass cutting guidelines are not that helpful for grassland birds?
Or grass cutting in early July may cause late meadowlark fledging?

Sandy Petersen,
rural Stoughton, Dane County and Washington Island, Door County





On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 8:08 PM, John K  wrote:

> Here in Iowa County 17 Common Nighthawks and a fall plumage Bobolink 
> were this evenings highlights. The sky was also full of dragonflies. 
> Also noted was a recently fledged Eastern Meadowlark. Glad I waited 
> until late August to hay the fields!
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 Chris Petherick  wrote:
>
> > Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this 
> > evening.  Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point.
> >
> > Chris Petherick
> > Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> >
> > > On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> > >
> > > Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler.
> > The Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again.  Hope 
> > this continues in the upcoming days.
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> > > Appleton,, WI
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Subject: Horicon Marsh 8/25/16
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 09:37:18 -0500
Any one considering going to Horicon Marsh for shorebirds had better think 
again. I checked out the ponds along Hwy 49 early this morning. There are 
almost no mud flats on either side of the highway. Only a very few shorebirds 
were found and they were moving around trying to find habitat (at least 95% is 
gone from earlier this week and last weekend). More shorebirds were found on 
the first pond of the Auto Tour but they were all yellowlegs. Here is the total 
from the 49 ponds: 8 Black-necked Stilts, 1 GreaterYellowlegs, 3 Lesser 
Yellowlegs, 3 Stilt Sandpipers, 1 Least Sandpiper, 12 Semip. Sandpipers, 1 
Long-billed and 2 Short-billed Dowitchers. On a more positive note, there were 
55 Cattle Egrets in the willow grove until around 7:20. Then they all moved out 
to the east and north. 

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Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:28:30 -0500
John:
Nighthawks - dragonflies
Interesting about dragonflies in the skies with the nighthawks.
That was what I saw in the past near Labor Day along Lake Michigan.
Are they following/eating the dragonflies?

Meadowlarks - grass cutting
Also interesting about the late meadowlark.  How often does that occur?
Maybe the grass cutting guidelines are not that helpful for grassland birds?
Or grass cutting in early July may cause late meadowlark fledging?

Sandy Petersen,
rural Stoughton, Dane County and Washington Island, Door County





On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 8:08 PM, John K  wrote:

> Here in Iowa County 17 Common Nighthawks and a fall plumage Bobolink were
> this evenings highlights. The sky was also full of dragonflies. Also noted
> was a recently fledged Eastern Meadowlark. Glad I waited until late August
> to hay the fields!
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 Chris Petherick  wrote:
>
> > Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this
> > evening.  Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point.
> >
> > Chris Petherick
> > Fox Point, Milwaukee County
> >
> > > On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> > >
> > > Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler.
> > The Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again.  Hope this
> > continues in the upcoming days.
> > > Daryl Tessen
> > > Appleton,, WI
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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:08:27 +0000
Here in Iowa County 17 Common Nighthawks and a fall plumage Bobolink were
this evenings highlights. The sky was also full of dragonflies. Also noted
was a recently fledged Eastern Meadowlark. Glad I waited until late August
to hay the fields!
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County
On Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 19:58 Chris Petherick  wrote:

> Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this
> evening.  Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point.
>
> Chris Petherick
> Fox Point, Milwaukee County
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> > On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> >
> > Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler.
> The Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again.  Hope this
> continues in the upcoming days.
> > Daryl Tessen
> > Appleton,, WI
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Subject: Re: Yard birds
From: Chris Petherick <cpetherick AT me.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:57:49 -0500
Had 2 Black-Throated Green warblers and a Blackburnian warbler this evening. 
Otherwise, quiet in Fox Point. 


Chris Petherick
Fox Point, Milwaukee County

> On Aug 24, 2016, at 7:06 PM, Gmail  wrote:
> 
> Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler. The 
Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again. Hope this continues in 
the upcoming days. 

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Subject: Yard birds
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:06:20 -0500
Today the Redstart was back, joined by a Magnolia and Canada Warbler. The 
Swainson's Thrush returned this evening to bath again. Hope this continues in 
the upcoming days. 

Daryl Tessen
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Subject: changes underway for the Bank Swallow
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:34:33 -0500
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/08/bank-swallow-how-thhings-have-changed.html 


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: Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:06:00 +0000
Don't worry, they're coming. I've had 18 species of warblers at my place since 
Saturday, Olive-sided Flycatcher and 4 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers on 
Sunday,first Swainson's Thrush, and other neotrops. Friday morning looks to be 
especially good at active migration sites. Saturday morning should be decent at 
sites with good stopover habitat that traditionally hold birds. 


 Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: [wisb] Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County
   
I spent the morning at Harrington Beach State Park and saw 9 species of
warblers and had a heard-only Mourning Warbler burst out in song just once,
for a total of 10 species detected. My favorite was a beautiful adult male
Golden-winged Warbler bathing. Few and far between, but this modest start to
the warbler migration was a welcome sight.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Bay Beach S. & my yard
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 19:27:19 -0500
I spent this early morning checking out the Bay Beach Sanctuary in Green Bay. 
Unbelievably quiet!! The only migrant was a lone Tennessee Warbler. 

 However this afternoon in my yard I suddenly had several bathers in the bird 
bath near the living room window. They included Swainson's Thrush, 
Yellow-belllied Flycatcher and Redstart plus standard Robin, Chickadee and 
House Finch, all at the same time. The thrush and flycatcher came back several 
additional times. Nice to see a few migrants starting to appear, despite this 
warm, humid weather. 

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Subject: Am. Redstart/Kenosha
From: John Krerowicz <dedlnr AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:04:39 -0500
The first warbler of the season that I've seen in our backyard, a female 
American Redstart, flitted around our brush pile for a few minutes then moved 
on. Short (visit) but sweet (sight)... 

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Subject: Warblers on the move in Ozaukee County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:48:25 -0500
I spent the morning at Harrington Beach State Park and saw 9 species of
warblers and had a heard-only Mourning Warbler burst out in song just once,
for a total of 10 species detected. My favorite was a beautiful adult male
Golden-winged Warbler bathing. Few and far between, but this modest start to
the warbler migration was a welcome sight.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Re: Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park
From: Paul Kinzer <ptkinzr AT icloud.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:31:37 -0500
The Lark Sparrow is present as of 4pm. It's in the dense weeds across the water 
from the boardwalk, and (very) occasionally pops up on the fence. I waited for 
about 45m before seeing him for 30s. 


-Paul

> On Aug 22, 2016, at 8:07 AM, Jeremy Meyer  wrote:
> 
> Good morning, I received a call about the Lark Sparrow and wanted to see
> it, since it would be a life bird for me. I arrived and hung out in the
> area it was being seen. Sure enough it popped out onto the boardwalk and I
> watched it for about 5 minutes before it flew into the taller weeds. While
> on the boardwalk, it caught and swallowed a large flying insect of some
> sort. Quite impressive, I didn't think it was going to get it down. Thank
> you Rita for finding this bird and getting the word out.
> I have images of the bird eating the insect at the link below. I have been
> extremely busy this summer and have not really gone through my pictures
> until recently, over 40k this year already. In addition to the Lark
> Sparrow, I have just over 100 new photos posted, if you are interested in
> viewing them.
> 
> www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/
> 
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> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: Racine - Lark Sparrow - Myer's Park
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:07:06 -0500
Good morning, I received a call about the Lark Sparrow and wanted to see
it, since it would be a life bird for me. I arrived and hung out in the
area it was being seen. Sure enough it popped out onto the boardwalk and I
watched it for about 5 minutes before it flew into the taller weeds. While
on the boardwalk, it caught and swallowed a large flying insect of some
sort. Quite impressive, I didn't think it was going to get it down. Thank
you Rita for finding this bird and getting the word out.
I have images of the bird eating the insect at the link below. I have been
extremely busy this summer and have not really gone through my pictures
until recently, over 40k this year already. In addition to the Lark
Sparrow, I have just over 100 new photos posted, if you are interested in
viewing them.

www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Sanderling, Dowitcher, and Great Blue Heron photos
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 20:36:10 -0500
Hello all,
Rita told me about the Lark Sparrow, so I went down to Racine and luckily
caught a quick glimpse of it. A Short-billed Dowitcher, Great Blue Heron,
and Sanderling put on a show for, and I enjoyed getting some nice photos in
great light!

Enjoy and thanks for looking!


http://www.birdspazz.com/2016/08/22/a-lark-sparrow-sassy-sanderling-and-a-stealth-great-blue/ 


-- 
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Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Lark Sparrow in Racine
From: "Rita Marie Wiskowski" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dona_rita" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 01:16:46 +0000 (UTC)
John Dixon and I stopped by Samuel Myers Park in Racine this afternoon, a 
little after 2 pm. and were delighted to find a Lark Sparrow on the boardwalk 
which we were excited to share with other birders. It was a lifer for some. 

Other highlights were a Baird's Sandpiper, a short-billed dowitcher, and a 
bunch of other peeps (7 species of peeps) scampering along the beach. We heard 
that ruddy turnstones were there in the morning, but we didn't see any in the 
afternoon. 

https://flic.kr/p/Lpi3QR  



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South Milwaukee birding in Racine 
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Subject: Racine Co- Yes Buff Breasted 4+ @ Wind Lake Turf
From: Bill Grossmeyer <bill.grossmeyer AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:07:09 -0500
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Subject: Merlin in Sheboygan : )
From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:21:55 -0500
Sitting outdoors at 4 p.m. this afternoon, we heard the high, rapid call of
a Merlin.  Looked up to the top of our tall spruce tree in the backyard
(where they have perched before), and... sure enough, there it was!  : )  It
stayed for 10 minutes, preening a bit and generally surveying the
neighborhood.  Then it flew off to the northwest.  A delight to see it
again!  : )  Photos on eBird:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31189949
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Sheboygan
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Subject: Eastern Screech-owl. Polk County
From: "Joe" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jhudick" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:15:29 -0500
Screech-owl. A single bird calling at 0500 for a few minutes outside my window 
in Osceola. It was a cool evening with the windows open. It went through a 
progression where I heard both the whinny and trill. 


Feeder activity is still high.
10 to 12 Baltimore Orioles including a mix of adults and juveniles
10-12 Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 
Also, Downy, Red-bellied, Hairy, BC Chickadee, WB Nuthatch, Am Goldfinch, and 
House Finch 


The Brown Thrasher and Catbird show up every day as well

Joe Hudick
Osceola

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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers in Racine County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 14:56:24 -0500
This morning at 9:30 A.M. there were 6 Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the north
side of Burmeister Road at the Wind Lake sod farms. The location was just
short of .4 miles east of the yellow port-a-potty on the south side of
Burmeister that has a sign for the M.A.R.K.S. flying field attached. There
is a large gravel area on the north side of Burmeister with a sign for Wind
Lake Turf. This is where I scoped, and the sandpipers were about 100 yards
away in the area where the sod has been stripped and the field has gone to
weeds. This morning at least, there were several flooded areas in this
field, but the flooding was not extensive and may be short-lived.
My experience at Wind Lake is that the birds seldom stay in one location
very long, but this might be a place to start looking.
At 10:00 A.M., there was another birder looking, so I stopped back at the
spot to make sure that he saw them. I only did a quick scan and quickly
found two; the others may have been hidden by the weeds.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Horicon Marsh this a.m.
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 19:04:50 +0000
Steve Thiessen, Nolan Pope and I went up to Horicon Marsh this morning. We 
arrived at the pumphouse pond on Hwy 49 around 6:15 a.m., having taken a quick 
look at the willow line west of there to see if the large flock of Cattle 
Egrets were perched there (they weren't.) Steve very quickly spotted a 
Red-necked Phalarope at the east end of the pond, and we eventually found four 
of them working the edge, although two flew off at one point. They were pretty 
flitty in general, and often went behind vegetation, so keep looking if you 
don't find them right away. There were a couple of Wilson's Phalaropes far to 
the south, hanging out with one of several groups of Black-necked Stilts. (I 
believe we had at least nine Stilts in that pond, plus more on the Fond du Lac 
Co. side of the road.) There were also a few Stilt Sandpipers, both Yellowlegs, 
Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, plus a few Semipalm. Plovers. 


Around 6:30 or so, Steve pointed out a large flock of white birds to the west - 
it was the Cattle Egrets, coming from farther south to land in the willows near 
49. Our initial count in the air was 36. Later, when they flew across the 
highway heading north, I counted 40 in the air, plus another 10 still perched 
on the south side of the road. Easily the most I've ever seen at once. 



We headed over to the Old Marsh Rd. and hiked out from the east end. There were 
quite a few smaller birds flitting about in the treeline, although everything 
was likely local nesters. Only warbler was one imm. American Redstart on our 
way back to the car. We flushed a few imm. Black-crowned Night Herons along the 
road, and I heard a Least Bittern call a few times, but we never saw any of the 
latter. There were more BN Stilts, another Red-necked Phalarope (much better 
look this time,) and four Short-billed Dowitchers. We hiked out as far as the 
bend in the road, but didn't see anything new, so headed back. A brief check of 
Hwy 49 didn't get us anything new - there were fewer shorebirds in the 
pumphouse pond, but possibly more peeps on the north side by the historical 
marker (all Least and Semipalm. SPs, as far as we could see.) 


One of the Trumpeter Swans was standing east of the pumphouse, and two more 
flew across 49 from north to south down by the historical marker. 



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Subject: Re: MKE - Night heron stuck?
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:17:48 -0500
And... after 20 minutes of struggle and me hitting the send button, the
bird gets itself out, go figure. All good now
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee

On Aug 21, 2016 8:12 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good morning, it appears that one of the juvenile night herons is stuck on
> something. Looks like some branches, but could be something underwater.
> Seems to be tired out from it. At least the bird is not underwater
> completely. There are 3 of them on the south west side of the lagoon at
> Veteran's Park. Not sure who to contact or if there is anyone to. Thanks
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: MKE - Night heron stuck?
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 08:12:13 -0500
Good morning, it appears that one of the juvenile night herons is stuck on
something. Looks like some branches, but could be something underwater.
Seems to be tired out from it. At least the bird is not underwater
completely. There are 3 of them on the south west side of the lagoon at
Veteran's Park. Not sure who to contact or if there is anyone to. Thanks
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Subject: Blue grey gnatcatchers
From: Sandy Rueckert <sandyrueckert AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 21:24:55 -0500
Just wondering if anyone knows if these birds nest in Middleton. I have been 
noticing them in my crab apple trees since late July. 

Also, i observed a hummingbird being chased away from a likely flower by a 
large bumblebee! 

Dane County
Middleton

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Subject: 14 warbler sp., incl. 37+ Tennessees - Bayfield Co.
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Aug 2016 01:44:02 +0000
Western Lake Superior saw another nice landbird flight last night. Despite 
persistent rain I managed 14 species of warblers at my house this morning, 
dominated by 37+ Tennessees, 23+ Amer. Redstarts, and a couple hundred 
unidentified flyovers that were probably mostly Tennessees and Nashvilles. 
Hoping the rain clears for another good flight tonight! 



 Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
 http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Horicon Marsh
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:30:20 -0500
When most of the showers ended late this morning I made a trip down to Horicon 
Marsh. Of course there was a shower there when i arrived but it soon stopped. 
The shorebirds then appeared, when initially there were only a few, with 12 
species and some nice numbers for several. Best was a Red-necked Phalarope with 
2 Wilson's Phalaropes towards the east end of the pump house pond. Also here 
were 12 Black-necked Stilts, 65 Stilt Sandpipers, 25 Least and 140 Semipalmated 
Sandpipers, but only 2 Short-billed Dowitchers, plus both yellowlegs, 10 Semip. 
Plovers, etc. As I was leaving the marsh I found a Olive-sided Flycatcher 
perched in a dead tree, obviously a migrant. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Great-tailed Grackle, Maricopa County, AZ
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow AT cltcomm.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 10:03:00 -0700
Hi all,

While visiting our place in the desert just south of Phoenix, it has been 
fascinating to watch the behavior of a great-tailed grackle(s). It (they) 
brings apparent food items to our roof gutter and seems to wash them in the 
roof-top air conditioner condensate running into the gutter. I can only guess 
at the reason for the behavior such as washing dust off of the food item or 
maybe even moisturizing it and making it easier to swallow. Who knows? 


Best birding!

Jeff Virant
Deer Park, WI   (Polk County)
rainbow AT cltcomm.net




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Subject: Lake Park Warbler Walk 8/20, Milwaukee - CANCELLED
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:01:40 -0500
WUWM predicts strong thunderstorms and winds up to 30 mph this morning, so the 
Lake Park Warbler Walk has been cancelled. Better luck next week! 

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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