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3 Apr 1200 Amer Robins, Harlan's Red-tail, Y-R Warblers and other migrants - Bayfield County [Ryan Brady ]
2 Apr American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Door County []
2 Apr Re: Brant present [Jennifer Ambrose ]
2 Apr Missing Christmas Bird Count data [Carl Schroeder ]
02 Apr Great Egret Dane Co [James Schwarz ]
2 Apr Re: Brant seen? [Jennifer Ambrose ]
2 Apr My query on Prairie Falcon [Jeff Baughman ]
2 Apr Brant - YES 4/2/17 ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
2 Apr RFI Prairie Falcon [Jeff Baughman ]
2 Apr 5 Goose morning -- no Brant [Kenneth Younger ]
2 Apr Greenfield Park, West Allis ["Todd Koeppen" ]
29 Mar Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
31 Mar Female long tailed duck and Common Loon at south shore yacht club [Jessica Hilt ]
29 Mar More Jackson Park sightings/photos [Jennifer Ambrose ]
30 Mar Re: Wounded Chickadee ["Jill Kunsmann" ]
31 Mar WSO Convention Registration [Kim Kreitinger ]
30 Mar Six Species of Geese at Goose Pond Sanctuary [Mark Martin ]
30 Mar Oregon Junco, ST. Francis []
31 Mar AOU 2017 proposals ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
29 Mar scoter's ,Milwaukee ["Steve Thiessen" ]
29 Mar Re: Wounded Chickadee [Austin Jones ]
30 Mar Columbia Co. Brant - NO [Steve Mullen ]
01 Apr Brant - Yes! [Aaron Balogh ]
29 Mar Re: Oregon Junco, ST. Francis []
29 Mar Re: Wounded Chickadee ["Mitchell Nussbaum" ]
30 Mar Robins ["Jerry Schoen" ]
30 Mar Goose Pond, this am ["Steve Thiessen" ]
31 Mar Re: AOU 2017 proposals THAYER'S GULL SECTION [Richter Museum ]
29 Mar FW: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond BRANT????? [Richter Museum ]
29 Mar Re: FW: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond BRANT????? ["Mark Korducki" ]
29 Mar Re: scoter's ,Milwaukee ["Steve Thiessen" ]
31 Mar Brant at Goose Pond in Dane Co. 3/31/17, doc shot... [Jim Edlhuber ]
29 Mar Wounded Chickadee [Austin Jones ]
29 Mar Re: Wounded Chickadee [Anne Reed ]
31 Mar Re: AOU 2017 proposals [Peter O Dunn ]
1 Apr Goose Pond---WOW! [Gmail ]
30 Mar Oregon Junco, ST. Francis []
30 Mar Oregon Junco, ST. Francis []
01 Apr Surf Scoter - Gov Nelson State Park - Dane Co. [Aaron Holschbach ]
1 Apr Brant at Goose Pond [Nolan Pope ]
31 Mar Brant Goose Pond [Kyle Lindemer ]
31 Mar Goose Pond BRANT Update [Lester Doyle ]
30 Mar Columbia Co. Brant seen this a.m. [Peter Fissel ]
29 Mar Re: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond BRANT????? [Richter Museum ]
30 Mar Checklist of the Birds of Wisconsin []
31 Mar Re: Chan Robbins Obituary - Washington Post [Nancy Richmond ]
31 Mar BRANT Columbia Co [Jesse Peterson ]
1 Apr Golden-Crowned Kinglet Little Chute Islands [Ty Wagner ]
31 Mar BRANT at Goose Pond tonight = YES! [Peter Fissel ]
30 Mar Chan Robbins Obituary - Washington Post [Richter Museum ]
31 Mar Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, March 30, 2017 [Dennis Casper ]
31 Mar My Brant post from yesterday-no sightings [Steve Mullen ]
30 Mar April 1 Field Trip to Paradise Valley (Waukesha Cty.) - Goss Bird Club [Tim Hahn ]
1 Apr 6 Goose Slam, Goose Ponds 7:30 a.m. [Steve Mullen ]
29 Mar Bong falcon and owl ["Howard, Carol" ]
29 Mar Prairie Falcon [Kay Kavanagh ]
29 Mar Odd House Sparrow [Peter Fissel ]
29 Mar loons, Dane co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
29 Mar tundra swans ["Pamela Schwedler" ]
28 Mar woodcock [Judy Ettenhofer ]
28 Mar Re: Great Egret in Racine County [Karen Johnson ]
28 Mar Re: Great Egret in Racine County [Mark Korducki ]
28 Mar Great Egret in Racine County ["Tom Wood" ]
28 Mar Cattle egret milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
28 Mar Schwengel area [Tom Schmidtkunz ]
28 Mar A birding day---finally! [Gmail ]
28 Mar Re: Prairie Falcon photos [Mark Korducki ]
28 Mar Re: Owl Surveyors Needed ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
28 Mar Request for birders at Bong SRA ["Brady, Ryan S - DNR" ]
28 Mar Re: Fw: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP ["Tom Schultz" ]
28 Mar Fw: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP [Peter Fissel ]
28 Mar Re: 1st TICK!!!! Ick!!!! [Judy Ettenhofer ]
28 Mar 1st TICK!!!! Ick!!!! [Patrick Ready ]
27 Mar Short-eared Owls Leola Marsh, Adams Co. [Mike Reese ]
27 Mar Osprey - Dane Co. [Patrick Ready ]
27 Mar Goose Pond Sanctuary - Swans and snow geese [Mark Martin ]

Subject: 1200 Amer Robins, Harlan's Red-tail, Y-R Warblers and other migrants - Bayfield County
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Apr 2017 01:43:21 +0000
Copying my post from facebook. Other area birders also reported Hermit Thrush, 
Tree Swallow, and Golden Eagle. 


Finally, I went birding. Ended the day with 1,839 birds of 59 species. Started 
on the Herbster lakefront but soon got pushed inland by a cold fog, then ended 
with some warm hawkwatching here at home mid-day. Highlights at Herbster were 
nearly 1,200 American Robins, 5 Yellow-rumped Warblers, and a good push of 
Dark-eyed Juncos, Amer. Tree Sparrows, and 11 Fox Sparrows; several Eastern 
Bluebirds, E. Meadowlarks, and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker; singing Northern 
Shrike, Common Redpolls, Lapland Longspurs, and Snow Buntings, and fabulous 
looks at 14 Long-tailed Ducks, most of which were nice males. I got home just 
in time for hawks to lift off and among the first birds I saw was an adult dark 
Western Red-tail. I thought that would be the highlight but just minutes later 
an adult dark HARLAN'S Red-tail graced my view to the north, a first for that 
subspecies here at home. The flight got super high as birds cut over the bay on 
strong south winds but I managed some more Red-tails, 20+ Bald Eag 

 les (mostly immies), and 6 Rough-legs (2 darks). A northbound Common Loon was 
my second of the spring but really capping things off were 65 Tundra Swans 
whistling their way over the house toward the bay. What...a...day! 



 Ryan Brady
 Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
 http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Door County
From: <danjcollins AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 18:11:21 -0500
Resent sighting of American Bittern with good pictures available upon request. 

Door County, Egg Harbor Township, at Bayshore Blufflands State Natural Area 
#377 near the Bay of Green Bay 44.9473661, -87.3769283 

Sat Apr 01, 2017 9:20 AM    42 degrees F,  clear
1 American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus, Adult, Skyward bill with head frozen, 
then re-positioning to maximize its natural camouflage along muddy stream bank 
near pond exit 

       Good pictures available upon request. 

Dan Collins

Egg Harbor Township, Door County, Wisconsin












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Subject: Re: Brant present
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:56:04 -0500
On far eastern edge of pond on east side of Goose Pond rd.
Jennifer A
Milwaukee

On Apr 2, 2017 3:29 PM, "Jennifer Ambrose"  wrote:

I'm on Goose Pond road scanning ponds to the east and west. If anyone hears
that it's been seen elsewhere please post.

Thanks

Jennifer A

On Apr 2, 2017 1:55 PM, "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" 
wrote:

The Brant was spotted at 7:25 this morning on the far eastern edge of the
east pond (it was probably there all along, but the sunrise made
observation in that direction difficult for the first hour).  We were able
to watch it preen, walk on the shore, swim around, and even fly up and then
circle back to the same area, for over 30 minutes.  After that we lost
track of it.
Stunning numbers of waterfowl overall in both ponds!

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Missing Christmas Bird Count data
From: Carl Schroeder <omiimiig AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 17:48:51 -0500
I anyone participated in either the Retreat, Wisconsin Rapids, Birchwood or
Platteville CBCs please contact me.
Carl Schroeder
Wisconsin Editor
Audubon/WSO Christmas Bird Count
omiimiig AT gmail.com
School Hill, Manitowoc Co.


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Subject: Great Egret Dane Co
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2017 22:13:24 +0000
There was a flyover Great Egret at Nine Springs late in the evening.
Today there was one at Goose Lake Area a bit after 4pm. It landed in a small 
tree in the settling pond across the highway from the south Goose Lake pond. 



Jim Schwarz


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Subject: Re: Brant seen?
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:29:39 -0500
I'm on Goose Pond road scanning ponds to the east and west. If anyone hears
that it's been seen elsewhere please post.
Thanks

Jennifer A

On Apr 2, 2017 1:55 PM, "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" 
wrote:

The Brant was spotted at 7:25 this morning on the far eastern edge of the
east pond (it was probably there all along, but the sunrise made
observation in that direction difficult for the first hour).  We were able
to watch it preen, walk on the shore, swim around, and even fly up and then
circle back to the same area, for over 30 minutes.  After that we lost
track of it.
Stunning numbers of waterfowl overall in both ponds!

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: My query on Prairie Falcon
From: Jeff Baughman <jlbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:26:41 -0500
Hi all, 
I would like to thank those who responded and to all on this list. We Wisconsin 
birders are so very lucky to have a listserv such as this and more importantly 
have members that are willing to help others. 


With birder(s) on site and with the most recent attempts by others in recent 
days, we have decided not to make the detour. 

Again, thanks for all the responses. 

Jeff Baughman
Fond du Lac Co. 


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Subject: Brant - YES 4/2/17
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:55:08 -0500
The Brant was spotted at 7:25 this morning on the far eastern edge of the east 
pond (it was probably there all along, but the sunrise made observation in that 
direction difficult for the first hour). We were able to watch it preen, walk 
on the shore, swim around, and even fly up and then circle back to the same 
area, for over 30 minutes. After that we lost track of it. 

Stunning numbers of waterfowl overall in both ponds!

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: RFI Prairie Falcon
From: Jeff Baughman <jlbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:44:15 -0500
Hi all, 
I see that someone reported the Prairie Falcon yesterday at Bong RA. So do any 
of you have any more info concerning this bird. 

I am returning from NW Illinois and was curious whether a detour would be 
advisable. I just had knee surgery and can do very little walking right now 
too. 

Any advice would be appreciated. 

Jeff Baughman 
Campbellsport 
Fond du Lac Co. 

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Subject: 5 Goose morning -- no Brant
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:42:55 -0500
After a very early alarm, I made my 5 hour drive from Des Moines directly
to Goose Pond. No Brant that I could find on any of the ponds, nor from my
search in surrounding area fields.
Sort of a bummer, but 5 geese species is still a fun milestone. The Snow
Goose was my lifer #250. There were still a few blue morphs there too.

-Kenny Younger
Madison, WI


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Subject: Greenfield Park, West Allis
From: "Todd Koeppen" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "tkoeppen1" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:03:29 -0500
I saw some Golden Crowned Kinglets, Brown Creepers, and an Eastern Phoebe.


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Subject: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:06:11 -0500
Great fun today at MAS Goose Pond Arlington. Even though the light was flat, I 
was able to experience large flocks of Snow and Greater White-fronted Geese. My 
pictures below show how “thick” the geese are. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/albums/72157681886675356 
 


Arlene Koziol
Madison
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Subject: Female long tailed duck and Common Loon at south shore yacht club
From: Jessica Hilt <jhilt626 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:03:26 +0000
As of 5:30-6pm,  A female long tailed duck was seen feeding around the pier
on the north side of south shore yacht club in Bayview(milwaukee).  A
horned grebe was also present.
As i was just about to leave, my eye caught a common loon feeding on a
large fish just off the front of the pier.  He was heading north when last
seen.

Happy spring!

Jessica Hilt
Cudahy WI


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Subject: More Jackson Park sightings/photos
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:10:25 -0500
Hello all,
Nothing super exciting, but if you like Wood Ducks and are interested in
seeing what I THINK are some black duck x Mallard hybrid photos, click on
the link below. Also included is my horrible Cattle Egret doc shot from
yesterday (state lifer). Thanks!


http://www.birdspazz.com/2017/03/30/jackson-park-cattle-egret-and-other-busy-birds/ 


-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Re: Wounded Chickadee
From: "Jill Kunsmann" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jillkunsmann" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:16:42 +0000 (UTC)
Also, the Humane society in Milwaukee has a wildlife rehab center. We took a 
seriously wounded Red-breasted Merganser there last Fall and they were able to 
help it. 

Best,
Jill Kunsmann
Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android 
 
 On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 6:57 PM, Mitchell 
Nussbaum wrote: The Emergency Animal Clinic used 
to take injured wild animals and birds. They also had phone numbers of people 
who take care of wild birds. DNR used to too. 

- Genie OgdenMadison
    On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:36 PM, Austin Jones  
wrote: 

 

 Hi all --
This evening I found a wounded Chickadee at the end of my driveway in
Wauwatosa.  I have it on my balcony in a carboard box at the moment, and it
has calmed down from our initial encounter.  It appears to have a wounded
wing, since it is conscious and able to hop around (though awkwardly, so
maybe a leg issue as well).  It is eating and fairly active.

Since this hasn't happened to me before, what is the best thing to do in
this situation?

Thanks,
Austin Jones


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Subject: WSO Convention Registration
From: Kim Kreitinger <k.kreitinger AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:37:50 -0500
Registration for the 78th Annual Convention of the Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology opens tomorrow! Join WSO over Father's Day Weekend for half-
and full-day birding field trips, presentations, skills workshops and a
banquet dinner with keynote speaker Robert Howe of UW-Green Bay! More
information can be found at: https://wsobirds.org/annual-convention

Kim Kreitinger
Madison, WI


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Subject: Six Species of Geese at Goose Pond Sanctuary
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 08:53:47 -0500
Hi
https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/albums/72157681886675356

Thanks to Arlene Koziol for posted geese photos at Goose Pond yesterday.
Thanks also to Tom Erdman for identifying the Brant (photo # 6 and 10 in
the link above).  The new link includes a cropped photo of the Brant and
additional photos.  Arlene also had Snow, Ross's, Cackling, Canada, geese
in the photos on the link.  There were white-fronts yesterday on the pond
but not in her photos.  This may be the only place or one of a handful of
places in North America where six species of geese can be found at one
time.  There have been many people out photographing geese recently and
hopefully they may have photographed the Brant.

Last night, Lester Doyle was out just before dark.  Mark and Lester found
five species of geese including a record 288 Ross's geese.  The Brant could
have been mixed in with the 3,700 Canada geese.
There were also 300 plus snow geese with blue color phase birds mixed in.
Some times of the day Goose Pond contains few geese since most are out
feeding.  When the white geese return from feeding they are usually found
resting on the far east side of the east pond.  In evening, after feeding
around 6:00 p.m the great majority of geese and tundra swans move to the
west pond for the night.  This also provides for better viewing.

Also check the other local wetlands including Schoeneberg Marsh Waterfowl
Production Area (WPA) and Madison Audubon Society's Erstad Prairie on
Harvey Road about three miles northeast of Goose Pond and Jackson WPA,
three miles southwest of Goose Pond on Oak Lane and Patton Road.  Randy
Hoffman recently had 700 white-fronts in the pasture across the road from
Jackson WPA.

Mark and Sue Foote-Martin, Goose Pond Sanctuary, W7503 Kampen
Road, Arlington in southern Columbia County


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Subject: Oregon Junco, ST. Francis
From: <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 1:12:48 +0000
I've had an Oregon-colored Junco hanging out in my yard for several days. Fun 
to see something different! 


Also, my son wanted to know when the Orioles usually arrive in Wisconsin. I 
don't keep notes. When should I tell him? 


Cathy Dermody, Southeastern MKE
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Subject: AOU 2017 proposals
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:27:44 -0500
The proposals for this year for AOU changes are out and available here: 
http://checklist.aou.org/assets/proposals/PDF/2017-C.pdf 

The primary proposal that will impact upon Wisconsin birders would lump 
Thayers and Iceland Gulls. 


Three splits are also proposed on the document: Brown Creeper, Nashville 
Warbler, and Bells Vireo, basically separating eastern and western or 
southwestern subspecies into separate species. 


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Subject: scoter's ,Milwaukee
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:29:46 -0500
This was at the north end of the rugby field, north of north point. Had a 
female Long-tailed Duck looking south from Veterans Park. Not many ducks on the 
lake, except Red-breasted Mergansers. 

 We did get the Prairie Falcon. Also had a Northern Shrike ,at Bong.
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Subject: Re: Wounded Chickadee
From: Austin Jones <jonesa97 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:36:46 -0500
Thanks everyone for your help!  I was able to drop it off at the Humane
Society in Milwaukee just after they had closed, so he should be in good
hands now.

Austin

On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 7:16 PM, Jill Kunsmann 
wrote:

> Also, the Humane society in Milwaukee has a wildlife rehab center. We took
> a seriously wounded Red-breasted Merganser there last Fall and they were
> able to help it.
>
> Best,
>
> Jill Kunsmann
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android
> 
>
> On Wed, Mar 29, 2017 at 6:57 PM, Mitchell Nussbaum
>  wrote:
> The Emergency Animal Clinic used to take injured wild animals and birds.
> They also had phone numbers of people who take care of wild birds. DNR used
> to too.
> - Genie OgdenMadison
>     On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:36 PM, Austin Jones 
> wrote:
>
>
> Hi all --
> This evening I found a wounded Chickadee at the end of my driveway in
> Wauwatosa.  I have it on my balcony in a carboard box at the moment, and it
> has calmed down from our initial encounter.  It appears to have a wounded
> wing, since it is conscious and able to hop around (though awkwardly, so
> maybe a leg issue as well).  It is eating and fairly active.
>
> Since this hasn't happened to me before, what is the best thing to do in
> this situation?
>
> Thanks,
> Austin Jones
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Subject: Columbia Co. Brant - NO
From: Steve Mullen <worse.than.costanza AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:32:27 -0500
Hello, I tried for the Brant east of Arlington today from 2:15 to 5:45 p.m.
with no luck.
Some notes that may be helpful for those looking tomorrow include- The bird
was seen today, late morning just west of Hwy 51 & just north of Cty Rd. K.
It was seen by my Dad. He said it was in the south pond behind the farmer's
house. You had to view it from 51 (looking west) thru a fence. It had 300
Snow Geese and some Canada's with it.

The bird spent it's day within the confines of Hwy 51/east, Cty Rd K/south,
Kampen Rd/north, and Goose Pond Rd/west.  Nolan Pope & a few of us tried
hard to spot it looking east from the north/south running Hopkins Rd, but
we failed to see it.

At 5:30 p.m. all the white waterfowl that were scattered got up & made
their way to the east Goose Pond. Kay you were right, I went back & checked
& zero white birds were left on the block.

To me the Goose is relating to the Canada's more than the white waterfowl.
If you look tomorrow, that is something you should be aware of.

Good Luck, Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co.


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Subject: Brant - Yes!
From: Aaron Balogh <crotalus269 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 19:23:42 +0000
All,
The Brant is present as of 2:15pm today on the eastern shore of Goose Pond,
Columbia County.  Will definitely need a scope if it remains where it is.
It is distant and often obscured by other geese.  Currently 6 goose species
present.  Incredible!


-Aaron Balogh
Middleton, WI


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Subject: Re: Oregon Junco, ST. Francis
From: basketsandbirds AT charter.net
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 20:26:25 -0500
Last year the first Oriole appeared at my feeder in Whitewater on May
8
Jerry Schoen
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Cc: 
Sent: 30-Mar-2017 01:13:16 +0000
Subject: [wisb] Oregon Junco, ST. Francis

 I've had an Oregon-colored Junco hanging out in my yard for several
days. Fun to see something different!

 Also, my son wanted to know when the Orioles usually arrive in
Wisconsin. I don't keep notes. When should I tell him? 

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Subject: Re: Wounded Chickadee
From: "Mitchell Nussbaum" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "acornwithteeth" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:56:56 +0000 (UTC)
The Emergency Animal Clinic used to take injured wild animals and birds. They 
also had phone numbers of people who take care of wild birds. DNR used to too. 

- Genie OgdenMadison
 On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 6:36 PM, Austin Jones  wrote: 

 

 Hi all --
This evening I found a wounded Chickadee at the end of my driveway in
Wauwatosa.  I have it on my balcony in a carboard box at the moment, and it
has calmed down from our initial encounter.  It appears to have a wounded
wing, since it is conscious and able to hop around (though awkwardly, so
maybe a leg issue as well).  It is eating and fairly active.

Since this hasn't happened to me before, what is the best thing to do in
this situation?

Thanks,
Austin Jones


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Subject: Robins
From: "Jerry Schoen" <basketsandbirds AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:01:19 -0500
Woodpeckers, chickadees, and starlings are c on the sunroom.common feeders at 
the suet blocks I have outside of the windows . I the past week robins have 
been feeding. This afternoon there were at least four different one feeding. I 
wonder if they are females fattening up for the upcoming breeding season , or 
are they just using the easy food source. 

Jerry Schoen
Whitewater
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Subject: Goose Pond, this am
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 09:19:21 -0500
 I got there by 7:30, lots of geese were leaving. A couple groups were checking 
the west pond. I scoped the east, from way inside my van (and I was still 
getting wet). No luck on finding the Brant. Hope all the geese come back in. 

 I have to wonder how many Ross's were there. I wasn't checking that close 
,because of the terrible conditions, but think I saw around 60 or more. 

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Subject: Re: AOU 2017 proposals THAYER'S GULL SECTION
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:25:53 +0000
Peter and all,

The section on Thayer's Gull is excellent and should be a must read for science 
students going into wildlife studies for at least two reasons. The main message 
is, this is how science works! Any valid results must be able to be duplicated 
by others even if it takes forty years. The second, more important, is that in 
science or for that matter any career, one only goes so far as their honesty 
and reputation. Once lost, it can't be retrieved. Yes, we all make mistakes, 
but realizing them and owning them keeps ones reputation. In the case of Neal 
Smith there appears to be premediated fabrication of facts and data. That is 
different than a mistaken identity or observation. Thanks for calling attention 
to that section. 


Tom Erdman
UW-Green Bay

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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Peter O Dunn 

Sent: Friday, March 31, 2017 10:57 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network 
Subject: [wisb] Re: AOU 2017 proposals

Thanks for the message, Jym.  There is some interesting news in the proposals.

Although WI will not gain or lose species numerically, when there are splits 
like this, the Checklist committee often make new English names so there is no 
(less?) confusion in subsequent publications etc. So, for example, the proposal 
is for brown creeper to be renamed Neotropical creeper (the WI bird) and 
Mesoamerican creeper (for the "new" species -- 

which is only found in Mexico and a few sky islands in SE AZ).   The 
latter is the "Mexican" form shown in the Sibley guide.

Similarly, for the Nashville warbler, the English name might change to 
Rusty-capped warbler for our eastern subspecies (Oreothlypis 

ruficapilla) and Calaveras warbler for the western subspecies (O. 
ridgwayi). I don't think the people in Nashville will be happy. Take a look at 
your field guides, these are distinct subspecies in terms of range, but the 
plumage differences are more subtle. 


There are no new proposed common name changes to our Bell's vireo (V. 
bellii), but the western subspecies becomes Least vireo. I think that is 
because they were previously given those common names. 


By the way, in the proposal there is an interesting history of scientific 
misconduct (their word) surrounding the original split of the Thayer's gull 
back in the 1960's (p 34+). Usually this is pretty dry stuff! 


It's important to point out that these are just proposals right now.  
The committee will meet and decide on the outcome, and not all proposals are 
accepted (they are fairly conservative). 


Best,

Peter

  http://checklist.aou.org/assets/proposals/PDF/2017-C.pdf

On 3/31/2017 7:27 AM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins wrote:
> The proposals for this year for AOU changes are out and available 
> here: http://checklist.aou.org/assets/proposals/PDF/2017-C.pdf
> The primary proposal that will impact upon Wisconsin birders would lump 
Thayer's and Iceland Gulls. 

>
> Three splits are also proposed on the document: Brown Creeper, Nashville 
Warbler, and Bell's Vireo, basically separating eastern and western or 
southwestern subspecies into separate species. 

>
> Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: FW: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond BRANT?????
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:32:32 +0000


Nice pictures... It appears you also have a picture of a Brant just right of 
center in your fifth picture - mixed flock on water?? 


Tom Erdman

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Behalf Of ARLENE KOZIOL 

Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:06 PM
To: wisb 
Subject: [wisb] Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond

Great fun today at MAS Goose Pond Arlington. Even though the light was flat, I 
was able to experience large flocks of Snow and Greater White-fronted Geese. My 
pictures below show how “thick” the geese are. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/albums/72157681886675356 
 


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Subject: Re: FW: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond BRANT?????
From: "Mark Korducki" <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:55:25 -0500
Good photo Arlene and nice catch Tom!

Mark Korducki, New Berlin

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Subject: [wisb] FW: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose 
Pond BRANT?????




Nice pictures... It appears you also have a picture of a Brant just right of 
center in your fifth picture - mixed flock on water??

Tom Erdman

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Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:06 PM
To: wisb 
Subject: [wisb] Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond

Great fun today at MAS Goose Pond Arlington. Even though the light was flat, 
I was able to experience large flocks of Snow and Greater White-fronted 
Geese. My pictures below show how “thick” the geese are.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/albums/72157681886675356 


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Madison
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Subject: Re: scoter's ,Milwaukee
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:05:01 -0500

 Was missing the top line. Female Surf and 1st year male W-w Scoter.
 Also thanks to Jennifer ,for find such a great bird (Prairie Falcon).
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton
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Subject: [wisb] scoter's ,Milwaukee


> This was at the north end of the rugby field, north of north point. Had a 
> female Long-tailed Duck looking south from Veterans Park. Not many ducks 
> on the lake, except Red-breasted Mergansers.
> We did get the Prairie Falcon. Also had a Northern Shrike ,at Bong.
> Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane Co.
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Subject: Brant at Goose Pond in Dane Co. 3/31/17, doc shot...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:21:31 -0500
Hi all,
I arrived at Goose Pond in Dane County 6:35 am as daylight was becoming
real. As I pulled up behind Aaron H on the shoulder, he was waving his arm
out the window to show the Brant was taking flight off the west pond. He
had nice views moments earlier before I arrived. The bird flew over us and
landed on the east end of the east pond. It was windy, light mist and
gloomy but after a few minutes Aaron relocated the bird. Kyle showed up and
we all had distant views on and off. I managed a doc shot below. After
about 15 minutes we could not relocate the bird. I was there yesterday and
tried for this bird but failed. It was in the area fields some where for
most of the day. Birders reported it came back late yesterday afternoon.
With that said, I felt be there at sun up today for best luck and it worked.

Brant doc shot taken early this morning at the link below if you care to
view it:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/brant-goose-pond-dane-county-wisconsin-march-31-2017/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Wounded Chickadee
From: Austin Jones <jonesa97 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:34:54 -0500
Hi all --
This evening I found a wounded Chickadee at the end of my driveway in
Wauwatosa.  I have it on my balcony in a carboard box at the moment, and it
has calmed down from our initial encounter.  It appears to have a wounded
wing, since it is conscious and able to hop around (though awkwardly, so
maybe a leg issue as well).  It is eating and fairly active.

Since this hasn't happened to me before, what is the best thing to do in
this situation?

Thanks,
Austin Jones


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Subject: Re: Wounded Chickadee
From: Anne Reed <reed.anne AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:52:45 -0500
You can call the Wisconsin Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Center at 
414-431-6204. We close at 7, open again tomorrow. Info on line too at 
www.wihumane.org. 


On Mar 29, 2017, at 18:34, Austin Jones  wrote:

Hi all --
This evening I found a wounded Chickadee at the end of my driveway in
Wauwatosa.  I have it on my balcony in a carboard box at the moment, and it
has calmed down from our initial encounter.  It appears to have a wounded
wing, since it is conscious and able to hop around (though awkwardly, so
maybe a leg issue as well).  It is eating and fairly active.

Since this hasn't happened to me before, what is the best thing to do in
this situation?

Thanks,
Austin Jones


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Subject: Re: AOU 2017 proposals
From: Peter O Dunn <pdunn AT uwm.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:57:27 -0500
Thanks for the message, Jym.  There is some interesting news in the 
proposals.

Although WI will not gain or lose species numerically, when there are 
splits like this, the Checklist committee often make new English names 
so there is no (less?) confusion in subsequent publications etc.  So, 
for example, the proposal is for brown creeper to be renamed Neotropical 
creeper (the WI bird) and Mesoamerican creeper (for the "new" species -- 
which is only found in Mexico and a few sky islands in SE AZ).   The 
latter is the "Mexican" form shown in the Sibley guide.

Similarly, for the Nashville warbler, the English name might change to 
Rusty-capped warbler for our eastern subspecies (Oreothlypis 
ruficapilla) and Calaveras warbler for the western subspecies (O. 
ridgwayi).  I don't think the people in Nashville will be happy.  Take a 
look at your field guides, these are distinct subspecies in terms of 
range, but the plumage differences are more subtle.

There are no new proposed common name changes to our Bell's vireo (V. 
bellii), but the western subspecies becomes Least vireo.  I think that 
is because they were previously given those common names.

By the way, in the proposal there is an interesting history of 
scientific misconduct (their word) surrounding the original split of the 
Thayer's gull back in the 1960's (p 34+).  Usually this is pretty dry stuff!

It's important to point out that these are just proposals right now.  
The committee will meet and decide on the outcome, and not all proposals 
are accepted (they are fairly conservative).

Best,

Peter

  http://checklist.aou.org/assets/proposals/PDF/2017-C.pdf

On 3/31/2017 7:27 AM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins wrote:
> The proposals for this year for AOU changes are out and available here: 
http://checklist.aou.org/assets/proposals/PDF/2017-C.pdf 

> The primary proposal that will impact upon Wisconsin birders would lump 
Thayers and Iceland Gulls. 

>
> Three splits are also proposed on the document: Brown Creeper, Nashville 
Warbler, and Bells Vireo, basically separating eastern and western or 
southwestern subspecies into separate species. 

>
> Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Goose Pond---WOW!
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 14:45:27 -0500
As has been already posted Goose Pond was spectacular this early morning. I 
arrived at 5:45 when one could not see anything. Other birders slowly arrived 
as it got light. The BRANT was found along the main road on the west pond for 
about an hour. Great looks at it for the 25+ birders. Also impressive are the 
Ross's, Snow, and Cackling Geese (hundreds, thousand plus and hundreds 
respectively) along with the several thousand Canadas. There was a pair of 
Trumpeter Swans near the Brant, with a good number of Tundras. 10 White-fronted 
Geese were also seen to complete the goose slam. 

This truly is a memorable sight, especially with the large number of white 
geese. 


I checked other ponds in the area later which yielded 90 Pectoral Sandpipers 
and 2 Bonaparte's Gulls on DM/Harvey (on the ice). DM/I had a Greater 
Yellowlegs. The Patton Rd pond (north of DM) had 5 goose species including 200 
Ross's, 200 White-fronted, 25 Snows plus Cackling and Canada. 


BreezyPt/Jersey pond had single Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, plus 12 Pectoral 
Sandpipers. 


Hroicon Marsh was again, as Tuesday, very quiet.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Oregon Junco, ST. Francis
From: <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 1:12:34 +0000
I've had an Oregon-colored Junco hanging out in my yard for several days. Fun 
to see something different! 


Also, my son wanted to know when the Orioles usually arrive in Wisconsin. I 
don't keep notes. When should I tell him? 


Cathy Dermody, Southeastern MKE
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Subject: Oregon Junco, ST. Francis
From: <cdermody AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 1:12:25 +0000
I've had an Oregon-colored Junco hanging out in my yard for several days. Fun 
to see something different! 


Also, my son wanted to know when the Orioles usually arrive in Wisconsin. I 
don't keep notes. When should I tell him? 


Cathy Dermody, Southeastern MKE
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Subject: Surf Scoter - Gov Nelson State Park - Dane Co.
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2017 14:32:11 +0000
I was scoping thru the ducks off the boat landing at Governer Nelson State
Park this morning when a flock of 200+ Scaup flew in and landed.  As they
flew in I didn't see anything unusual, but when I scanned through the flock
on the lake I found a female Scoter.  At first I expected it to be a female
White-winged Scoter since they had been reported in the area recently, but
the size looked too small and the bill too short.  I watched it dive
several times and then it flapped its wings revealing all dark wings with
no wing patch.  The bird was still present when I left at about 9:15am.
Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee


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Subject: Brant at Goose Pond
From: Nolan Pope <npope49 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 08:41:35 -0500
I and several others had great views of the Brant this morning (7am) at
Goose Pond.   Initially it was on the west side,  very near the road.
Nolan Pope
Madison/Dane Co.


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Subject: Brant Goose Pond
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:55:47 -0500
Aaron Holschbach had the bird on the west pond when he arrived. It flew over 
and landed on the far side of the east pond. He was able to get Jim Edlhuber 
and I on the bird. We lost the bird and were unable to refind it around 7am. 


Kyle Lindemer
Madison, Dane County

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Subject: Goose Pond BRANT Update
From: Lester Doyle <zzzlester AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:48:47 -0500
A lot of Birders at Goose pond this afternoon, most were watching incoming
geese on the East Side Pond trying to repeat Peter's method for spotting
the Brant from yesterday, especially since it was seen on Harvey Road a
short time earlier.
As the Bird were coming coming in most, were going to the west Pond. About
7 pm, Mark Martin and I decided to go and check the west side. Not soon
after getting set up, I found the bird on the water about half-way out from
the Kiosk towards the Arlington Water tower.

It "tucked" in soon after landing, but everyone that wanted to see it got a
look. It was still there when I left around 7:45.

I hope to get back over tomorrow about 6:30-7:00 am and try to get some
decent pictures.

Maybe I'll see some of you. :)

Lester Doyle
Lodi/Harmony Grove
Columbia Co.


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Subject: Columbia Co. Brant seen this a.m.
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:33:43 +0000
Steve Mullen said his dad had the Brant near Hwy 51 and County K late this 
morning. That is just east of Goose Pond. There are a couple fields in that 
area (near Leeds) that usually attract geese this time of year, particularly 
the one to the west. Unfortunately, neither 51 nor K is a particularly good 
place to stop, due to traffic (51) and utter lack of shoulders (K.) 


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Re: Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond BRANT?????
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 21:27:35 +0000
Nice pictures... It appears you also have a picture of a Brant just right of 
center in your fifth picture - mixed flock on water?? 

Tom Erdman

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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of ARLENE KOZIOL 

Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 3:06 PM
To: wisb 
Subject: [wisb] Flocks Snow & Greater-White Fronted Geese, MAS Goose Pond

Great fun today at MAS Goose Pond Arlington. Even though the light was flat, I 
was able to experience large flocks of Snow and Greater White-fronted Geese. My 
pictures below show how “thick” the geese are. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/29411257 AT N00/albums/72157681886675356 
 


Arlene Koziol
Madison
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Subject: Checklist of the Birds of Wisconsin
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:06:06 -0400
The the website for the WSO has recently updated its Checklist of the Birds of 
Wisconsin. Those who might have an interest in viewing this checklist will 
notice that extensive changes have been made to the taxonomic order of species. 


  -- Bob Domagalski, St. Nazianz, Manitowoc County, Wisconsin
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Subject: Re: Chan Robbins Obituary - Washington Post
From: Nancy Richmond <polarpastor AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 07:38:10 -0500
Here's Laura Erickson ' s tribute to Chandler Robbins.  Well worth a read
http://blog.lauraerickson.com/2017/03/chandler-robbins-19182017.html

Nancy Richmond
Rhinelander,  Oneida Co

On Mar 30, 2017 3:54 PM, "Richter Museum"  wrote:

> For those who new or met Chan Robbins,  fascinating life!!
> https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/
> chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-
> at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_
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> Tom Erdman
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Subject: BRANT Columbia Co
From: Jesse Peterson <peterson.jesse62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 17:32:27 +0000
The Brant is in a farm field along Harvey Road south of Hwy DM and north of
Wangsness Road.
Jesse Peterson
Middleton, WI


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Subject: Golden-Crowned Kinglet Little Chute Islands
From: Ty Wagner <ty27wagner AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:35:12 -0500
On Friday saw at least two Gold-Crowned Kinglets on the Little Chute
Islands on the right hand side in the woods as you cross over to the
Islands on Island Park Trail.  Park in Heesakker Park.
https://flic.kr/s/aHskS1YHys

Ty Wagner
Outagamie County


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Subject: BRANT at Goose Pond tonight = YES!
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:59:05 +0000
I arrived at Goose Pond around 6:15 tonight to find a bunch of semi-frozen 
birders looking in vain for the Brant. Most of the white geese (a mix of Snows 
and Ross's) were over on the east shore of the east pond, as Mark Martin noted 
yesterday. Jim Schwarz said he'd been there for quite a while, so I felt fairly 
confident that the Brant wasn't out on the water, given how many people were 
looking. 


Since the geese were coming in from feeding, I started to watch as many of the 
incoming flocks as I could. Light was tough with the misty overcast. (We were 
all by the rock pile on Goose Pond Rd., although Mark went over by the kiosk on 
Prairie Lane to check from there.) It was easiest to wait until the geese were 
low and flaring their wings to land. My persistence finally paid off around 
6:45 p.m. when I spotted an odd goose peeling off from a small flock of Canadas 
and landing by itself. I got the scope on it and was delighted to see it was 
indeed the Brant. I alerted the others and let another birder look through my 
scope while I got it in Jim's. I signaled Mark and he came over to see it, too. 



It was initially straight west from the rock pile, about 3/4 of the way across 
the west pond. It kept moving south towards Prairie Lane, and then started to 
work closer to Goose Pond Rd. Mark emailed me later that the last he saw, it 
was only about 100 yards from Goose Pond Rd. and moving closer to it. 



Good luck to anyone trying tomorrow. If there aren't many geese on the ponds 
when you get there, check in the area, and watch for when they start coming 
back in to the ponds. Lots of Cackling and G. White-fronted Geese there too, so 
you can get the Wisconsin checklist "goose slam" if you get lucky. 



(For anyone new to the list, Madison Audubon's Goose Pond Sanctuary is just 
southeast of Arlington in Columbia County.) 



Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Subject: Chan Robbins Obituary - Washington Post
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 20:53:20 +0000
For those who new or met Chan Robbins, fascinating life!! 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/chandler-robbins-friend-to-birds-and-birdwatchers-dies-at-98/2017/03/23/d7c331b0-0f44-11e7-9b0d-d27c98455440_story.html?utm_term=.fec9bcb62fd3 

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, March 30, 2017
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 10:16:32 -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, March 30, 2016
34 degrees
Cloudy, rain
4 birders

Total Species:  25

7 Canada Goose
48 Mallard
1 Cooper’s Hawk
3 Herring Gull
1 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
4 American Crow

7 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Brown Creeper
12 Golden-crowned Kinglet
57 American Robin
62 European Starling
3 American Tree Sparrow
12 Song Sparrow
5 Dark-eyed Junco
7 Northern Cardinal

25 Red-winged Blackbird
11 Common Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 House Finch
3 House Sparrow

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Subject: My Brant post from yesterday-no sightings
From: Steve Mullen <worse.than.costanza AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:13:14 -0500
Hello, Yesterday after being awake for nearly 19 hours i posted some
comments on the Columbia County Brant that seemed ridiculous to me this
morning.
I implied the Brant was in a specific area when i had no idea where it
actually was. I meant to write that the Snow and Ross Geese were in a spot,
but i put it that the Brant was there instead. (by accident).

I stand by my hunch that the Brant was not clinging to the Snow's & Ross
Geese tho- my reasoning was that i saw the white geese get up and fly
several times yesterday, but never with the Brant in tow and it did not
arrive at Goose Pond with the 400 white geese.

I thought i should post a clarification, as we do not need any more
"alternative facts" floating around. I can't believe nobody called me out
on that!

Got 2 Northern Harriers and a Wilson's Snipe today near Pickett, WI.  Both
FOY.

Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co.


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Subject: April 1 Field Trip to Paradise Valley (Waukesha Cty.) - Goss Bird Club
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:11:07 -0500
If you're looking for somewhere to go birding in southeast Wisconsin this
weekend, join the Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club at Paradise Valley Saturday at
7:00 AM. Birders of all experience levels are welcome, and the walk into
the marsh is very level and mostly paved. There's a great possibility to
see a large number of waterfowl. Raptors and sparrows are also a great
possibility. Hope to see you there!
Meet at 7 AM in the parking lot at the end of Kincaid Lane, 2 miles west of
Dousman. We will gather at the viewing platform and quickly scope for
waterfowl, raptors and early migrants. We will then walk into the wetland
complex to get into the marsh. There is high potential for a great variety
of ducks and geese, as well as early spring marsh birds. Paradise Valley is
also a great place for raptors and sparrows.

Cheers!

Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
Waukesha County
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Subject: 6 Goose Slam, Goose Ponds 7:30 a.m.
From: Steve Mullen <worse.than.costanza AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 10:43:23 -0500
Hello, Me and Con were some of the birders at Goose Ponds just southeast of
Arlington this morning that got the Brant.  We saw it take flight (after
the white geese had left) with 5 Canada Geese about 7:30 and head east.
Got FOY Tree Swallows while waiting.  Got a single Euro-Collared Dove in
Arlington at 7:45 near the giant white pine close to Main St. (Hwy 60) and
Park St.

Just north of Manchester on Hwy 73 at fire number N3033 in Green Lake Co.
we got a Snowy Owl on a roadside telephone pole. NO THIS IS NOT AN APRIL
FOOL'S JOKE. Time was 9:15 a.m. on the Snowy Owl. Just south of the Cty Rd
B & BB split.

We had Wison's Snipe on Hwy 51 south of Wyocena & many Common Loons on Park
Lake in Pardeeville & Big Green Lake in Green Lake Co.

Good Luck to you, Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co.


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Subject: Bong falcon and owl
From: "Howard, Carol" <carol.howard AT ces.uwex.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:01:37 +0000
My odd day with the falcon and owl at Bong: 
Totally forgetting that a Prairie Falcon had been seen at Bong on Monday, I 
headed down there yesterday morning, arriving a little before sunrise to try to 
catch some Short-eared Owls before they headed back north. About 8 am after 90 
minutes of no owls, I was startled by what I thought had to be the falcon 
flying across the road in front of my car. It landed in a tree a few hundred 
feet away, but I only got a short glimpse of it as I struggled to get my phone 
out to call one of the other birders that was down the road. It dove down and 
apparently wasn't seen again until noon. Only one other birder was there at the 
time, but he was sure it was the falcon. 


I had to leave for appointments, but went back at 6 pm to try for a better look 
at the falcon. After 90 minutes of circling around the road and through lot JJ 
but seeing no falcon, I gave up as it was getting dark and started driving out. 
Once again I was startled by a large bird flying in front of my car and landing 
in a tree about 50 feet in front of me and my hopes renewed for seeing the 
falcon. Nope, this time it was a Short-eared Owl! Figures! Got a great look and 
then watched it hunt for a bit before it disappeared. 


Carol Howard
Franksville
Racine County


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Subject: Prairie Falcon
From: Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:27:37 -0500
Just had the Prairie Falcon south of the ATV parking lot at Bong.at 9:15.
Kay Kavanagh
Auroroa
Florence Co


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Subject: Odd House Sparrow
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:29:44 +0000
While walking down the alley between the Francis and Lake St. parking ramps in 
downtown Madison this morning, I saw a really dark little bird. It threw me for 
a loop, since it wasn't a Junco (dark all over, no white belly, no pink bill) 
and wasn't uniformly dark. More of a very dark mottled brown. It looked and 
sounded and behaved like a House Sparrow, which are quite common in that alley 
and around the parking ramps. It also didn't appear to be covered in oil or 
creosote, as it flew and foraged without apparent distress. I think it must 
have been a melanistic female House Sparrow. If I keep seeing it, I'll try to 
get a photo. 


Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: loons, Dane co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:45:59 -0500
 Could see 53 Common Loons, in one scan of Lake Kegonsa. This was from the 
Pleasant Springs Boat Landing. A scope is needed. 

 In contrast, only 4 ,on Waubesa, in a scan from the Green Lantern. The Black 
Scoter was still on the lake. It was half way towards South Court. 

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Subject: tundra swans
From: "Pamela Schwedler" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dovekie" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 03:10:35 +0000 (UTC)
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Subject: woodcock
From: Judy Ettenhofer <judyett AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:54:50 -0500
My first woodcock of the season is calling tonight!
Judy Ettenhofer
Town of Spring Green
Sauk City


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Subject: Re: Great Egret in Racine County
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:13:17 -0500
I also had a Great Egret this afternoon in a small pond on Hwy 45 near the 
Franklin dump. 


Karen Johnson 
Milwaukee County
> On Mar 28, 2017, at 6:39 PM, Mark Korducki  wrote:
> 
> Nice find Tom. I had that same bird on the way to Bong this AM but it was 
gone later in the day. No previous Ebird reports for WI this year. 

> 
> 
> 
> Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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> 
>> On Mar 28, 2017, at 6:31 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:
>> 
>> As I was driving north on STH45 after an unsuccessful try for the Prairie
>> Falcon, I saw my personal first-of-year Great Egret in the pond on the east
>> side of the road between Norway Blvd. and CTH G. I did a U-turn and watched
>> it for a couple of minutes from the opposite side of the road, but it was
>> still so close that I think my car made it nervous and it flew to the other
>> side of the pond.
>> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Re: Great Egret in Racine County
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:39:59 -0500
Nice find Tom. I had that same bird on the way to Bong this AM but it was gone 
later in the day. No previous Ebird reports for WI this year. 




Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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> On Mar 28, 2017, at 6:31 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:
> 
> As I was driving north on STH45 after an unsuccessful try for the Prairie
> Falcon, I saw my personal first-of-year Great Egret in the pond on the east
> side of the road between Norway Blvd. and CTH G. I did a U-turn and watched
> it for a couple of minutes from the opposite side of the road, but it was
> still so close that I think my car made it nervous and it flew to the other
> side of the pond.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
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Subject: Great Egret in Racine County
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:31:49 -0500
As I was driving north on STH45 after an unsuccessful try for the Prairie
Falcon, I saw my personal first-of-year Great Egret in the pond on the east
side of the road between Norway Blvd. and CTH G. I did a U-turn and watched
it for a couple of minutes from the opposite side of the road, but it was
still so close that I think my car made it nervous and it flew to the other
side of the pond.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Cattle egret milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:52:19 -0500
Lorri Howski located a cattle egret at Jackson Park of all places. It is
sitting on the eastern island near the wood ducks. Jackson park is near
Alverno College in Milwaukee and you can easily find directions via Google.

Jennifer A
Milwaukee


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Subject: Schwengel area
From: Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz AT milwpc.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:25:34 -0500
Hello: visited Schwengel Reserve today, 6 mile road, Ozaukee County.  
Lots of red-tails, and a nice surprise, a meadowlark, by far the 
earliest I have ever seen one in Wisconsin.     Regards, Tom

Hawk:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjsimage/33324065420/in/album-72157675544863243/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjsimage/33324065380/in/album-72157675544863243/

Meadowlark:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjsimage/33324065440/in/album-72157675544863243/


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Subject: A birding day---finally!
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:41:36 -0500
I spent an hour plus at Bong looking for the falcon, along with other birders. 
Best were 120 White-fronted Geese, (FOY) Tree Swallows and a flyover Common 
Loon. A check of the 106 pond that Tom mentioned yesterday yielded 130 Pectoral 
Sandpipers, 3 Gr and 1 Le Yellowlegs, 20 Wilson's Snipe and a Bonaparte's 
Gull---all (FOY). Ziegler Park in Mayville had an E. Phoebe. 

Horicon Marsh was surprisingly quiet where ever I looked. However a check of 
the Breezy Pt/Jersey Rd pond yielded 300 Snow Geese (that included 12 dark 
phase), about 20 Ross's Geese plus 12 Pectoral Sandpipers, and 2 each Gr and Le 
Yellowlegs. 


Great to be out birding in the sun (for most of the time).
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Prairie Falcon photos
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:12:11 -0500
Jim Edlhuber and a few others had the Falcon around noon near ATV parking lot 

Mark Korducki
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> On Mar 27, 2017, at 6:05 PM, Jennifer Ambrose  wrote:
> 
> Hello everyone,
> Photos and more information about the Prairie Falcon sighting at Bong in
> Kenosha County near the large viewing platform along the west bound road
> within the park are included here:
> http://www.birdspazz.com/2017/03/27/prairie-falcon-at-bong-my-lifer/
> 
> -- 
> Jennifer Ambrose
> Bayview, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Re: Owl Surveyors Needed
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:52:37 +0000
A final plea for help as I still have a significant number of routes to fill. 
This survey is a great excuse to get out after dark and hear some night sounds 
of owls, frogs, woodcock, snipe, grouse, coyotes, and other critters. Thank 
you! 


http://wiatri.net/projects/birdroutes/Routes/OwlFinder.cfm


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

Ryan Brady
Phone: (715) 685-2933
ryan.brady AT wisconsin.gov
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From: Brady, Ryan S - DNR 
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:11 PM
To: 'wisbirdn AT freelists.org'
Subject: Owl Surveyors Needed

The 2017 Western Great Lakes Owl Survey is just around the corner with 
observers conducting TWO surveys of their pre-determined roadside route, the 
first between April 1 and 10 and the second survey between April 21 and May 1. 
Each route takes about 1.5 hours to complete. An awesome group of volunteers 
has accounted for many routes again this year but I need your help in filling 
those that remain open. Visit the survey's website below to view route 
availability and locations and to sign up. And do so quickly to get the route 
you want! 


http://wiatri.net/projects/birdroutes/owls.htm

All new surveyors must pass a brief online certification procedure prior to the 
actual survey dates. Routes will be assigned first-come, first-serve but keep 
in mind I need to manually approve your request so it may take a few days 
before the map symbol changes from green (available) to red (assigned). As such 
it's possible that a route shows as green even if someone else has already 
requested it. You will receive an email reply from me one way or another to let 
you know if the route is yours or you need to select an alternative. You may 
also list an alternative in your original route request. 


Thanks for your interest in this fun survey!


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Ryan Brady
Science Coordinator, WI Breeding Bird Atlas II Bird Monitoring Coordinator, WI 
Bird Conservation Initiative Wisconsin DNR - Wildlife Management 

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Subject: Request for birders at Bong SRA
From: "Brady, Ryan S - DNR" <Ryan.Brady AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:43:03 +0000
Hello birders, the naturalist at Bong SRA has asked me to share the following 
message in light of some increased traffic and issues there of late: 


"The Rangers at Bong would like to remind birders-please DO NOT stop in the 
middle of the road to look at or photograph birds. Pull off and park in lots. 
Also, the only vehicle access to the runway is to and from parking lot JJ. You 
may walk back or park at JJ and walk. Thank you for your cooperation." 


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Naturalist, Beth 
Goeppinger, at 262.878.5607 or Elizabeth.Goeppinger AT wi.gov. Thank you! 



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Subject: Re: Fw: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP
From: "Tom Schultz" <trschultz AT centurytel.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 11:28:43 -0500
Interesting...  I had two White-winged Scoters on Green Lake yesterday 
afternoon, also fairly distant, and swimming with a large group of scaup.

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.


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From: Peter Fissel
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:04 AM
To: Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: [wisb] Fw: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP

A hot tip from Jim Otto...

Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.

________________________________
From: JAMES OTTO
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:48 AM
Subject: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP


I was out at Gov Nelson SP today between 9:30 and 10:00am to check the lake 
for loons and grebes. I didn't see a grebe, but there are a number of C 
Loons out in the middle of the lake. While scoping some of the divers I 
spotted two (a pair?; one was slightly darker) of White-winged Scoters. The 
location is off of the beach/boat launch area. A scope was needed to ID. The 
wind was blowing towards the shore. Eventually the flock of Lesser Scaup 
plus the Scoters took off and flew farther offshore, but were still visible. 
I wonder if the wind had blown them too close to shore for their comfort. 
Diving ducks were mostly L Scaup, Buffleheads and C Goldeneyes. Also a few 
Coot, Can Geese, Mergs, and Mallards.


Jim O


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Subject: Fw: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:04:05 +0000
A hot tip from Jim Otto...

Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.

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From: JAMES OTTO
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:48 AM
Subject: WW Scoters at Gov Nelson SP


I was out at Gov Nelson SP today between 9:30 and 10:00am to check the lake for 
loons and grebes. I didn't see a grebe, but there are a number of C Loons out 
in the middle of the lake. While scoping some of the divers I spotted two (a 
pair?; one was slightly darker) of White-winged Scoters. The location is off of 
the beach/boat launch area. A scope was needed to ID. The wind was blowing 
towards the shore. Eventually the flock of Lesser Scaup plus the Scoters took 
off and flew farther offshore, but were still visible. I wonder if the wind had 
blown them too close to shore for their comfort. Diving ducks were mostly L 
Scaup, Buffleheads and C Goldeneyes. Also a few Coot, Can Geese, Mergs, and 
Mallards. 



Jim O


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Subject: Re: 1st TICK!!!! Ick!!!!
From: Judy Ettenhofer <judyett AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 10:26:21 -0500
Actually the ticks have been out for at least 3 weeks (I work at a vet
clinic and pet owners have been reporting them), plus I saw my first one
more than a week ago. Most importantly for birders is to remember that
southwest Wisconsin, especially Sauk County, is one of the worst places for
deer ticks.
On Mar 28, 2017 9:52 AM, "Patrick Ready"  wrote:

While out birding in Dane Co yesterday aft I found my 1st tick of the
season on my leg. Very small, all brown.
Be careful out there!!
Pat Ready
Madison


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Subject: 1st TICK!!!! Ick!!!!
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:51:56 +0000
While out birding in Dane Co yesterday aft I found my 1st tick of the
season on my leg. Very small, all brown.
Be careful out there!!
Pat Ready
Madison


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Subject: Short-eared Owls Leola Marsh, Adams Co.
From: Mike Reese <mikereese AT wisconsinbutterflies.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:43:52 -0500
Bob Bergen and I saw 3 Short-eared Owls at Leola Marsh on Sunday 
evening, in the light rain just before sunset. I decided to go again 
today and saw 2 which were flying just before 5:00. I swung through 
Buena Vista on the way home and saw one Short-eared Owl flying at 7:00 
at the corner of Townline Rd. and Griffith Ave.

Mike Reese
Two Rivers, Manitowoc Co.

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Subject: Osprey - Dane Co.
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:41:11 -0500
Osprey are back in Dane Co. I had to go to Stoughton this aft so I checked on 
several nest sights there and the Osprey nest behind the hospital had 1 there 
eating a fish. Then I checked Mandt park in the Sewer compound and the nest was 
empty but I could see a male in a tree along the river. I checked a few more 
Stoughton nest sites but didn't see any others. On my way home I checked the 
Madison cell tower off Fish Hatchery Rd and there was one there having a fish 
for dinner. This is the typical arrival date by my records. 


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Subject: Goose Pond Sanctuary - Swans and snow geese
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:19:06 -0500
Hi
We counted waterfowl this morning and the last 40 minutes this evening.

Goose Pond Sanctuary, south of Arlington in Columbia County, reminded us
today of a prairie wetland in North Dakota with a lot of white birds.

Highlights were 550 tundra swans and 1,720 snow geese.  There are some
blues mixed in but many flocks are all the white phase.  This morning at
10:00 a.m. we counted 930 snow geese on the far east pond after they
returned from feeding.  Tonight there were 180 snows on the east pond and
1,540 on the west pond.   We also counted 3,700 Canada geese, 72
white-fronted geese, 188 canvasbacks, 46 green-winged teal, 35 mallards,
along with small numbers of blue-winged teal, gadwalls, lesser scaup,
ring-necked ducks, and ruddy ducks.

It was difficult trying to count the geese and we did not keep count of
cackling geese or Ross's geese.  The highest number of snow geese at Goose
Pond according to ebird was our count of 1,230 snow geese in November 1991.

If you can not make it out to North Dakota this spring stop by Goose Pond
Sanctuary.

Mark and Sue Foote-Martin
Resident Managers
Goose Pond Sanctuary
Arlington, Columbia County


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