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26 Feb Sandhill Cranes in the SNOW in the So. Kettle Moraine Waukesha Co 2/25/17, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
26 Feb Greater White-fronted Goose, Veterans Park, Milwaukee ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
26 Feb Slaty-backed gull seen on Wednesday, 2/22 - noonish ["Elaine Vokoun" ]
25 Feb Fox sparrow- Dane county [Steven Greb ]
25 Feb Re: Slaty-backed Gull [Mark Korducki ]
25 Feb Ducks on the Mississippi [Kelly Rueckheim ]
25 Feb May 2016 "fallout" day photos, Milwaukee [Jennifer Ambrose ]
25 Feb Slaty-backed Gull [Aaron Balogh ]
24 Feb Colubia County Geese ["Steve Thiessen" ]
24 Feb Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, February 23, 2017 [Dennis Casper ]
23 Feb Re: Snow geese, DM and I, Dane ["Steve Thiessen" ]
23 Feb Snow geese, DM and I, Dane [Dale Bonk ]
23 Feb Re: Sandhill Cranes "Painting" themselves SKM Waukesha Co. 2/22/17 some images... ["Mitchell Nussbaum" ]
23 Feb Spring migrants in force ["Dave Moffat" ]
23 Feb Oshkosh Birds Today [Steve Mullen ]
23 Feb Turkey Vultures in Waukesha County ["Steve Reckner" ]
23 Feb Strong Showing by Woodcock in Waukesha Co. [Andrea Szymczak ]
23 Feb Last Call for Totals []
22 Feb American Woodcock - Crawford County [Dennis Kirschbaum ]
22 Feb Sandhill Cranes "Painting" themselves SKM Waukesha Co. 2/22/17 some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
22 Feb Killdeer on the move in the South Kettle Moraine Waukesha Co 2/22/17 some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
22 Feb Columbia, Dane, Dodge ponds [Gmail ]
22 Feb Collins Marsh-2/22/17 [Andrew Reimer ]
22 Feb Slaty Continues Milwaukee [Spence Stehno ]
21 Feb Shiocton area [Gmail ]
21 Feb Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw [Marcia Bradley ]
21 Feb Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
21 Feb Cranes and Blackbirds in Oconto County [Richter Museum ]
21 Feb Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw [Karen Etter Hale ]
21 Feb Sandhill Crane - over Milw [Hondochica z ]
21 Feb a different team for this year's Great Wisconsin Birdathon [William Mueller ]
21 Feb 2 Horned Grebes [Gmail ]
21 Feb Neenah/Menasha area [Gmail ]
20 Feb Re: Flight call question ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
21 Feb Killsnake SWA and Irish Road flooded fields (Calumet County) : ROSS's GOOSE ["Sehloff, Kerry" ]
20 Feb One Merlin or Two? Milwaukee today. [Jennifer Ambrose ]
20 Feb Rusty Blackbirds - Milwaukee [Mike Wanger ]
20 Feb Flight call question ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
20 Feb Bohemian Waxwings ["Sue Peterson" ]
20 Feb Waterfowl - Gudex Ponds - SE Fond du Lac County [Jeff Baughman ]
20 Feb Fwd: Bird School registration is open! Sign up now! [Bill Hogseth ]
20 Feb Slaty-backed Gull today - another spot to check [Peter Fissel ]
19 Feb Re: Sandhills - Dane County - Cherokee Marsh ["Peter McKeever" ]
19 Feb Sandhills - Dane County - Cherokee Marsh [Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez ]
19 Feb Turkey Vulture - Crawford County [Dennis Kirschbaum ]
20 Feb Female Harlequin duck-Bender park [Jessica Hilt ]
19 Feb Slaty-backed Gull, 2 Horned Grebes, etc [Gmail ]
19 Feb Slaty-backed Gull (Yes) [Katie Zientek ]
19 Feb Lapland Longspurs - Rock County ["Klubertanz, Tom" ]
19 Feb See Horicon winter birds with Jeff Bahls next weekend ["Packett, Diane L - NRF" ]
19 Feb Milwaukee Slatywhat. - Gull [Spence Stehno ]
19 Feb Short-eared Owls Paradise Valley Waukesha [Spence Stehno ]
18 Feb A Murder of Bathing Crows [Spence Stehno ]
18 Feb Bat!! [Gmail ]
18 Feb A birding day [Gmail ]
18 Feb Swans over Monona [Peter McKeever ]
18 Feb The Slaty-backed is back [Mike Wanger ]
18 Feb DNR Statewide Birding Report [Ryan Brady ]
18 Feb Re: Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee [John K ]
18 Feb Re: Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee [John K ]
17 Feb Northwoods birding 2/15-2/17 (long) ["Tom Wood" ]
17 Feb Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee ["Barb and Ken Wardius" ]
17 Feb Re: February birds ... [Steve Pearson ]
17 Feb Fw: eBird and Great Backyard Bird Count [Peter Fissel ]
17 Feb Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese [Richter Museum ]
17 Feb GBBC and turkey vulture ["Dave Moffat" ]
17 Feb Greater White-Fronted Geese [Quentin Sprengelmeyer ]
17 Feb Early arrival ["Jerry Schoen" ]
17 Feb February birds ... [Sandy Petersen ]
16 Feb Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, February 16, 2017 [Dennis Casper ]
16 Feb Feb. 19 Presentation: Tom Schultz - The Art of Field Guide Illustration - Waukesha [Tim Hahn ]
17 Feb Re: Cooper's Hawk in my yard, MKE, pics [John K ]
16 Feb Cooper's Hawk in my yard, MKE, pics [Jennifer Ambrose ]
15 Feb Re: Slaty-backed Gull (Milwaukee) ["Steve Thiessen" ]
15 Feb Re: Slaty-backed Gull (Milwaukee) [Paul Kinzer ]
15 Feb Visit Nebraska for the Crane migration? [Mary Zenker ]

Subject: Sandhill Cranes in the SNOW in the So. Kettle Moraine Waukesha Co 2/25/17, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:13:42 -0600
Hi all,
While birding in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County the highlight
was a pair of Sandhill Cranes in the snow. They looked cold as temperatures
were around 20 degrees. I noticed too a good part of the time I observed
them they stood on 1 leg. Maybe they don't particularly care for standing
in the snow. Some preening was done but very little. Before I left the area
one stuck it's head under the wing and rested, but left an eye open. A
cloudy day with a few flurries on and off with a steady breeze from the
northwest bringing in that cold air. Not much else to report in the South
Kettle Moraine in the areas I checked out.

A link to some of the images taken of the Sandhill Cranes in the snow:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/sandhill-cranes-snow-south-kettle-moraine-waukesha-county-wisconsin-february-25-2017/ 


Thanks and good birding!

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose, Veterans Park, Milwaukee
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:10:31 -0600
A Greater White-fronted Goose is present right now in Veterans Park in 
Milwaukee, between the lagoon and the marina. It is hanging with about 90 
Canada Geese, and is very relaxed and giving terrific views. 

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Slaty-backed gull seen on Wednesday, 2/22 - noonish
From: "Elaine Vokoun" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mme45" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 13:06:53 -0600
I did see the slaty-backed gull on Northridge Lake this past Wednesday, 2/22. 
It was shortly before noon. There were many gulls on the pond, and the gull 
stood out quite clearly from the others. However, it was not there long .... it 
had already given me a good flying view when it flew up and settled mid pond, 
but then it flew up with the crowd when a raptor came flying in and scared the 
whole bunch up in the air. Once they had re-settled, I was unable to re-locate 
the gull, so I believe it flew off. I did post this on ebird on Wednesday 
afternoon. 


Elaine Vokoun
Grafton, Wisconsin

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Subject: Fox sparrow- Dane county
From: Steven Greb <steven.greb AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:33:49 -0600
We had our first fox sparrow of the season in the backyard today.
Steve Greb
Labrador rd
Oregon WI

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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull
From: Mark Korducki <korducki AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 16:08:24 -0600
Tom Prestby was there this AM. No ice and very few gulls. I would think it may 
freeze over again tonight so might be worth a check tomorrow AM 


Mark Korducki
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> On Feb 25, 2017, at 2:20 PM, Aaron Balogh  wrote:
> 
> Hello All,
> Has anyone been out to see if the Slaty-backed Gull is still hanging
> around?  Thinking of making a trip out there tomorrow.  Noticed there
> hasn't been ay eBird reports since the 20th.
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> -Aaron Balogh
> Middleton, WI
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Subject: Ducks on the Mississippi
From: Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel27 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 17:51:47 +0000
I went over to the Mississippi River in Vernon county from Goose Island to just 
south of Stoddard Wednesday and Thursday to look for early arriving ducks and 
there were plenty! Ducks seen included Ring-necked Duck, Gadwall, American 
Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Lesser Scaup (around 1,000), Hooded and Common 
Merganser, Mallard, Bufflehead, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail and 
American Goldeneye. Redheads and Black Ducks were also reported but I missed 
those. I also had probably 40 to 50 Bald Eagles, many Ring-billed Gulls, a 
handful of Red-winged Blackbirds and one Sandhill Crane. 


Kelly Rueckheim, Sparta, Monroe County



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Subject: May 2016 "fallout" day photos, Milwaukee
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 15:26:56 -0600
Hello everyone,
On May 11, a great amount of migrants landed at Lake Park in Milwaukee. I
tallied 70 species that day. I've been meaning to get this post up for a
long time, obviously, and I managed to do so today. I hope that you enjoy
it. Thanks for looking!

http://www.birdspazz.com/2017/02/25/lake-park-fallout/

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull
From: Aaron Balogh <crotalus269 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:20:51 -0600
Hello All,
Has anyone been out to see if the Slaty-backed Gull is still hanging
around?  Thinking of making a trip out there tomorrow.  Noticed there
hasn't been ay eBird reports since the 20th.


Thanks,

-Aaron Balogh
Middleton, WI


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Subject: Colubia County Geese
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:23:07 -0600
 Just got back from a drive around part of Columbia County. Many of the side 
roads were covered with ice, as were most of the fields. Best spots were Cty CS 
about 3/4 mile west of Hagan. Large group of White-fronted (200-300) and small 
group of Cackling Geese. 

 The flooded field on the NW corner of 51/60 and 22. 2 Ross's and 1 Snow Goose. 
I didn't scan for long as it was a strong wet wind. 

 Harvey, by Wangsness, had some White-fronteds.
 Goose Pond, didn't have many geese, but some swans and Canvasbacks.
 DM and I and Cty V weren't productive.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, February 23, 2017
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:11:25 -0600
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, February 23, 2016
40 degrees
Cloudy
15 birders

Total Species:  22

37 Canada Goose
26 Mallard
1 Common Goldeneye
5 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Ring-billed Gull
5 Herring Gull
46 Rock Pigeon
1 Mourning Dove
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker

4 Hairy Woodpecker
17 American Crow
7 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
6 American Robin
14 European Starling
1 Song Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
10 Red-winged Blackbird
4 House Finch

2 American Goldfinch
6 House Sparrow

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Subject: Re: Snow geese, DM and I, Dane
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:38:42 -0600


 Had 4 Snow Geese and 200 White-fronted, by Island Lake , southern Dane co.
 Yesterday around 200 White-fronteds at Lake Barney, but nothing today. 
Although I saw around 35 Green-winged Teal.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane county.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dale Bonk" 
To: "WI Bird List" 
Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:34 PM
Subject: [wisb] Snow geese, DM and I, Dane


> There are nine white morph and seven blue morph snow geese at the north
> side pond at 1:30 PM.
> Also a few greater white fronted geese and a gazillion canadas.
> Dale Bonk
> Mt Horeb, Dane
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Subject: Snow geese, DM and I, Dane
From: Dale Bonk <debunkshy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:34:34 -0600
There are nine white morph and seven blue morph snow geese at the north
side pond at 1:30 PM.
Also a few greater white fronted geese and a gazillion canadas.
Dale Bonk
Mt Horeb, Dane

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Cranes "Painting" themselves SKM Waukesha Co. 2/22/17 some images...
From: "Mitchell Nussbaum" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "acornwithteeth" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 19:13:40 +0000 (UTC)
Nice photos! I've seen them with brown on their feathers. I always thought it 
was from walking in the mud, I didn't know they "painted" the muds on. 

Thanks.
Genie Ogden
Madison 
 On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 7:35 PM, Jim Edlhuber  
wrote: 

 

 Hi all,
I saw a first today in the Southern Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County.
Sandhill Cranes painting themselves by preening in mud. They are known to
do this to change their colors to blend in more with their surroundings.
The mud is a form of die to them and the color stays in their feathers for
a very long time. Totally amazing to watch!

Images of Sandhill Cranes "Painting" themselves at this link if you care to
view them:


*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/sandhill-cranes-painting-south-kettle-moraine-waukesha-county-wisconsin-february-22-2017/ 


* 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Spring migrants in force
From: "Dave Moffat" <moffatfam AT tds.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:03:03 -0600
This morning we watched a pileated woodpecker attack one of our aspen trees.
There's been one in the general area for several years but this is the
closest it's been to our house.

While we were watching, a very large mixed flock of dark birds descended on
our tress. Red-winged blackbirds, grackles, brown-headed cowbirds, and even
a few Rusty blackbirds (a first here for us). They were so loud you couldn't
hear yourself think. The starlings swarmed our woodpecker feeders, so now
they're in for the season. This flock flies around, lands in one group of
tress, takes off for a bit, then returns.

Way too early.

Dave Moffat
Verona, Dane County, WI


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Subject: Oshkosh Birds Today
From: Steve Mullen <worse.than.costanza AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:01:43 -0600
Hello, I just got back from a swing around town bird watching.  By Ecklund
Marina on I-41 a half mile north of Hwy 21 we got a Lesser Blacked Gull on
the ice, along with dozens of Herring & Ring Bills.
On Campbell road (which runs sort of between Witzel St. & Oshkosh Ave) we
had 20 or so Hooded Mergs & about 20 NORTHERN SHOVELERS. Crazy early for
that duck. We spotted one Gadwall there. That area is a pond that used to
be the sewer treatment runoff. It is near the Oshkosh Senior Center.
The mouth of the Fox near the old Pioneer Inn had standard gulls, hundreds
of Common Goldeneye & the last of the brave? ice fishermen.
Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co.

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Subject: Turkey Vultures in Waukesha County
From: "Steve Reckner" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sixtydegreesnorth" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:21:24 +0000 (UTC)
On Tuesday, the 22nd, we saw two turkey vultures circling over Hwy 67 
immediately north of Ottawa Lake and another circling over Hwy 18 just east of 
Golden Lake. 

Steve RecknerNorth Prairie, WI

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Subject: Strong Showing by Woodcock in Waukesha Co.
From: Andrea Szymczak <harrierhawk1 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:18:26 -0600
I'm aware of at least seven locations within the county where birds were
found yesterday by Waukesha area birders.  Last night, I personally found a
total of (at least) 5 individuals at three separate stops.  The gusty winds
likely affected accurate tallying.
Not sure how everything is going to respond to the return of winter
tomorrow and the inches of snow expected farther north!
Andrea Szymczak
Waukesha, WI

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Subject: Last Call for Totals
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 8:00:52 -0500
For those who have yet to submit their totals and intend to do so, the deadline 
for submission March 1. These totals will then be printed in The Badger Birder. 
Entry of totals is open to anyone who meets the thresholds. Those thresholds 
are shown below. 


 --Bob Domagalski, Manitowoc County

Categories --

1. 2016 Wisconsin Year Total (threshold 200)

2. Wisconsin Life Total (threshold 200)

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


4. 2016 BIGBY Total (sometimes called a Green Year) with a threshold of 100.  
This number is the total of species seen by selecting a center point (most 
likely your residence) and then noting all the birds found when walking, 
biking, canoeing, etc. from this central location. Any species found with the 
aid of a motorized form of transportation are not countable. 


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





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Subject: American Woodcock - Crawford County
From: Dennis Kirschbaum <kad9801 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 20:12:56 -0600
Tonight at 6:10 p.m. 3 American Woodcock were taking turns with peenting 
and doing displays at La Riviere Park.  Also had hundreds of Red-winged 
Blackbirds fly by.


-- 
Dennis and Alice Kirschbaum
1505 E. Parrish St.
Prairie du Chien, Wi 53821
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes "Painting" themselves SKM Waukesha Co. 2/22/17 some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:35:00 -0600
Hi all,
I saw a first today in the Southern Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County.
Sandhill Cranes painting themselves by preening in mud. They are known to
do this to change their colors to blend in more with their surroundings.
The mud is a form of die to them and the color stays in their feathers for
a very long time. Totally amazing to watch!

Images of Sandhill Cranes "Painting" themselves at this link if you care to
view them:


*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/sandhill-cranes-painting-south-kettle-moraine-waukesha-county-wisconsin-february-22-2017/ 


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Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Killdeer on the move in the South Kettle Moraine Waukesha Co 2/22/17 some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:38:12 -0600
Hi all,
Doing some birding today in the South Kettle Moraine in Waukesha County I
came across 3 Killdeer. They appeared to be finding something to eat in the
short grasses. They also did some calling and that is what got my attention
to start with. Their visit was short lived after one spent a couple minutes
at some water, they left the area and I did not see them around after that.
Must be just be moving on through.

A few images taken today of the Killdeer at the link below if you care to
view them:


*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/killdeer-south-kettle-moraine-waukesha-county-wisconsin-february-22-2017/ 


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Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
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Subject: Columbia, Dane, Dodge ponds
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:19:17 -0600
I spent a good part of the day checking the ponds in the aforementioned 
counties. Dense fog at Horicon Marsh forced me to check in the afternoon. I 
started with the areas around Goose Pond which yielded a Snow Goose, 
White-fronted Geese, 7 Tundra Swans and a Bluebird. The DM/Harvey pond had 110 
White-fronted Geese and a small variety of ducks. A mixed blackbird flock 
yielded Rusty Blackbird. On I south of Arlington a Killdeer flushed. (Another 
was present at the Ashton pond.) Another mixed flock of blackbirds by Arlington 
yielded a few more Rusties. 


There is a nice variety of ducks on V causeway.

An additional Snow Goose was seen at the Patton pond plus another along A just 
south of Jersey Rd (Dodge co)----sorry Tom! 


For the day 150 White-fronted Geese, 3 Snow Geese, about 5 Cackling Geese, 22 
Tundra Swans and 4 Trumpeter Swans were tallied. With sunny weather and the 
temp eventually getting to 68, one could not ask for much more. Apparently 
reality hits later this week. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Collins Marsh-2/22/17
From: Andrew Reimer <andrew.reimer21 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:46:53 -0600
After an appointment in Manitowoc, I returned to Appleton after
circumnavigating Collins Marsh. The flowage is still frozen over with the
ice that turns dark gray just before it disappears, but the fields both
north and south of the flowage were flooded. The usual mid-March arrivals
were there including Canada Geese, Mallards, Gadwalls, Ring-neck Ducks,
Redheads, probably Green-winged Teal--they were flying too far out to see
any field marks, one Hooded Merganser, a Bald Eagle coursing over a cut
corn field like a gargantuan Marsh Hawk, one Killdeer, one Sandhill Crane,
two rooster Ring-necked Pheasants, Horned Larks, a lone robin, starlings,
and Red-winged Blackbirds by the dozens.
Later,
-- 
*Andrew Reimer*
*Darboy (Appleton), Calumet County*


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Subject: Slaty Continues Milwaukee
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 09:15:59 -0600
Slaty-backed Gull was present at Milwaukee's Northridge Lake this morning
at 7:30AM in a flock of 150 gulls sitting on the ice. At 7:45AM the flock
 flew and while the flock returned in general, the Slaty did not.
 Spencer Stehno for Jim Toft
Waukesha

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Subject: Shiocton area
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 15:28:29 -0600
An afternoon check of the Shiocton area had limited results as there is only 
limited open water. 1000+ Canada Geese were seen, but no other geese; a pair of 
Trumpeter Swans were feeding on the limited open water on one of the dikes 
along Van Patten Rd. On another dike there were a pair of Am. Wigeon, a 
Green-winged Teal and Black Duck with some Mallards. This is early for the swan 
and the wigeon and teal for this area. Again the unusually warm weather is 
making for some early migration. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw
From: Marcia Bradley <marcydb AT me.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:35:19 -0600
I saw a flock of Sandhill Cranes briefly circling over Owen Park this morning 
at 11 am then heading north west. 


> On Feb 21, 2017, at 12:29 PM, Karen Etter Hale  
wrote: 

> 
> Kelly,
> There are usually a few Sandhills that overwinter or come back to Wisconsin 
this early. This year, though, with the extended warm spell across the country, 
many more than usual are flooding in. Yesterday afternoon, in the space of just 
10 minutes, I counted 220, in 7 flocks, flying north over Lake Mills, Jefferson 
County (50 miles west of Milwaukee). THAT was a LOT for this time of year. 

> 
> Karen
> -- 
> Karen Etter Hale
> Lake Mills, WI
> chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com
> 
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> Making time for birds
> 
>> On Feb 21, 2017, at 10:24 AM, Hondochica z  wrote:
>> 
>> Stepped outside to put my dog in the backyard, and I heard a single call of
>> a sandhill crane!  "No Way" I thought . . . looked up and there s/he was -
>> flying solo - kinda lost - over sw milwaukee!  Oh if only spring were truly
>> here . .
>> Not having lived here many many years . .  isn't this a bit early??  Or is
>> this not such a surprise
>> 
>> Kelly Goocher
>> Milwaukee (visiting)
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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 13:56:58 -0600
Hi Karen,
There were three sandhills that stayed together on Washington Island all
winter. This morning, after voting, I drove past a large wetland a few miles
east of Carlsville in northern Door and saw a sandhill at the nest site
which was occupied last year.
Charlotte Lukes
Egg Harbor, Door County

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On Behalf Of Karen Etter Hale
Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 12:29 PM
To: hondochica AT gmail.com
Cc: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw

Kelly,
There are usually a few Sandhills that overwinter or come back to Wisconsin
this early. This year, though, with the extended warm spell across the
country, many more than usual are flooding in. Yesterday afternoon, in the
space of just 10 minutes, I counted 220, in 7 flocks, flying north over Lake
Mills, Jefferson County (50 miles west of Milwaukee). THAT was a LOT for
this time of year.

Karen
--
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Lake Mills, WI
chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com

          *****
Making time for birds

> On Feb 21, 2017, at 10:24 AM, Hondochica z  wrote:
> 
> Stepped outside to put my dog in the backyard, and I heard a single 
> call of a sandhill crane!  "No Way" I thought . . . looked up and 
> there s/he was - flying solo - kinda lost - over sw milwaukee!  Oh if 
> only spring were truly here . .
> Not having lived here many many years . .  isn't this a bit early??  
> Or is this not such a surprise
> 
> Kelly Goocher
> Milwaukee (visiting)
> 
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Subject: Cranes and Blackbirds in Oconto County
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:33:22 +0000
This morning yielded calling Sandhill Cranes and flocks of Red-wings, Grackles 
and a few Rusty Blackbirds at the feeders in southern Oconto county. 

Tom Erdman.

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Subject: Re: Sandhill Crane - over Milw
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 12:29:15 -0600
Kelly,
There are usually a few Sandhills that overwinter or come back to Wisconsin 
this early. This year, though, with the extended warm spell across the country, 
many more than usual are flooding in. Yesterday afternoon, in the space of just 
10 minutes, I counted 220, in 7 flocks, flying north over Lake Mills, Jefferson 
County (50 miles west of Milwaukee). THAT was a LOT for this time of year. 


Karen
-- 
Karen Etter Hale
Lake Mills, WI
chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com

          *****
Making time for birds

> On Feb 21, 2017, at 10:24 AM, Hondochica z  wrote:
> 
> Stepped outside to put my dog in the backyard, and I heard a single call of
> a sandhill crane!  "No Way" I thought . . . looked up and there s/he was -
> flying solo - kinda lost - over sw milwaukee!  Oh if only spring were truly
> here . .
> Not having lived here many many years . .  isn't this a bit early??  Or is
> this not such a surprise
> 
> Kelly Goocher
> Milwaukee (visiting)
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Subject: Sandhill Crane - over Milw
From: Hondochica z <hondochica AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:24:45 -0600
Stepped outside to put my dog in the backyard, and I heard a single call of
a sandhill crane!  "No Way" I thought . . . looked up and there s/he was -
flying solo - kinda lost - over sw milwaukee!  Oh if only spring were truly
here . .
Not having lived here many many years . .  isn't this a bit early??  Or is
this not such a surprise

Kelly Goocher
Milwaukee (visiting)


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Subject: a different team for this year's Great Wisconsin Birdathon
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:12:18 -0600
Learn more about the latest walking version of a team for the 2017 Great
Wisconsin Birdathon at:
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/02/great-wisconsin-birdathon.html
You can join our team - or donate! Contact me for more information.

Remember, the Birdathon raises funds for these priority bird conservation
projects: http://www.wisconservation.org/how-we-work/bird-protection-fund/

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: 2 Horned Grebes
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:42:26 -0600
I forgot on my first post to mention that there were 2 Horned Grebes on Little 
Lake Butte des Morts. This is really early for this area. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: Neenah/Menasha area
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:30:18 -0600
I checked the lakes in this area early this morning. Biggest surprise was a 
Merlin cruising along Little Lake Butte des Morts in Menasha. Also on that lake 
were adult Glaucous and Great Black-backed Gulls and some Ring-billeds. Two 
White Pelicans were also present. 

Common Goldeneyes are really numerous on the limited open water of Lake 
Winnebago. Probably several thousand at least. A few Canvasbacks, Redheads and 
Lesser Scaup were mixed in plus a pair of Gadwalls. 


Had my FOY Grackle also.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Re: Flight call question
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:13:22 -0600
Thanks for the feedback!  I think the birds were probably Horned Larks.  I 
am quite familiar with their song, but I don't think I have noticed their 
flight call before.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins
Sent: Monday, February 20, 2017 12:50 PM
To: Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Flight call question

I heard a flight call today that I can’t ID.  I was birding in the grassy 
section of Bender Park.  I do not know if I flushed the caller or if it was 
just flying over.  I had a single bird first, then a little later I heard 
the call again and a pair flew over.  They were small-to-medium passerines. 
The light was hazy and poor, so I could not really get an idea of color in 
my bins.  One appeared to be dark, with darker wings.  The second bird of 
the pair seemed a bit lighter in color.  The call was two parts.  The first 
part was a high, thin SEE, followed by an emphatic DUP.  The call was 
repeated several times as they flew, with a distinct pause between each 
call: see-DUP (pause) see-DUP (pause) etc.  The flight pattern reminded me 
of blackbirds or finches, folding the wings into the body in between flaps.
If any has any suggestions of what bird or group I could be listening to, I 
appreciate being directed.

Thanks,

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Subject: Killsnake SWA and Irish Road flooded fields (Calumet County) : ROSS's GOOSE
From: "Sehloff, Kerry" <kerry.sehloff AT uwc.edu>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 01:41:45 +0000
A Monday evening trek to Killsnake SWA in search of short eared owls netted not 
only the owls, but also a good assortment of waterfowl: canada geese, a ross's 
goose, mallards, pintail, green wing teal, shovelers - there might have been 
others but the light was getting low. There were also 2 sandhill cranes 
present. 


The flooded fields just to the west of Irish Road and south of H near Chilton 
also hosted lots of geese and ducks, and 18 tundra swans. 



Kerry & Dave Sehloff

Fond du Lac County

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Subject: One Merlin or Two? Milwaukee today.
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:15:38 -0600
Hello all,
I'm pretty sure that I saw two different Merlins this morning in Milwaukee.
The sightings were my first of year. Some comments and photos of both are
here: http://www.birdspazz.com/2017/02/20/one-merlin-or-two/

Thanks for any responses in advance, and to those of you who read and
comment! I appreciate it!

-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Milwaukee
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:13:50 -0600
Hi All:
This morning I had twenty-two Rusty Blackbirds along a flood plain on
Milwaukee County's south side (Oakwood Road at 60th Street). Also in the
area were a few hundred Red-wingeds, some Grackles, and 50 Cowbirds.

The Rusty Blackbird population has declined precipitously (85-95%) since
the 1970s. I quote here from Cornell's "Birds of North America" website:

"Potential factors promoting this decline have been identified and include
loss of wetlands used by wintering individuals in the Southeast,
contaminants on breeding grounds, poisoning of other blackbirds on
wintering roosts (with the Rusty as an incidental victim), and increasing
disturbance of boreal wetlands where this species breeds. Alone, none of
these factors appears adequate to account for the broad and extraordinary
loss in numbers of this species, so it is likely we are witnessing
synergistic effects. Continued work is clearly needed to track population
levels of this species and to better identify factors that may drive
continued loss or recovery."

Although Rusties do not breed in Wisconsin, any sightings that we can
report to eBird during their migration may help current studies in the
attempt to solve the mystery. They seem to prefer wet wooded areas. Eyes to
the sky!

Mike Wanger
Milwaukee


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Subject: Flight call question
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:50:33 -0600
I heard a flight call today that I cant ID. I was birding in the grassy 
section of Bender Park. I do not know if I flushed the caller or if it was just 
flying over. I had a single bird first, then a little later I heard the call 
again and a pair flew over. They were small-to-medium passerines. The light was 
hazy and poor, so I could not really get an idea of color in my bins. One 
appeared to be dark, with darker wings. The second bird of the pair seemed a 
bit lighter in color. The call was two parts. The first part was a high, thin 
SEE, followed by an emphatic DUP. The call was repeated several times as they 
flew, with a distinct pause between each call: see-DUP (pause) see-DUP (pause) 
etc. The flight pattern reminded me of blackbirds or finches, folding the wings 
into the body in between flaps. 

If any has any suggestions of what bird or group I could be listening to, I 
appreciate being directed. 


Thanks,

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Bohemian Waxwings
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:49:23 -0600
I saw about 225 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in Sister Bay today, near the east end of 
Mill Road. They were in a tall tree on private land, but were visible from Mill 
Rd. There was one Cedar Waxwing in the flock. Several Cardinals were heard 
singing while I counted the B. Waxwings. 

Sue Peterson
Ephraim Door County 
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Subject: Waterfowl - Gudex Ponds - SE Fond du Lac County
From: Jeff Baughman <jlbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:52:00 -0600
With the nice weather and open water, the numbers of waterfowl have
increased on the pond(s) (along Sunset Drive) and Milwaukee River
(along CTH W) near their intersection north of Campbellsport.
Yesterday morning I had good numbers of Canada Geese (>300), a pair of
Greater White-fronted Geese and Mallards (>150). A return trip to this
location about 2 PM, the number and variety increased 4 fold. There were
now well over 1000 Canada Geese, 12 White-fronted and now 3 Ross's Geese.
Also new was a single male Norther Pintail and a pair of American Wigeon.

For those in the area, my experience has been that this site will continue
to produce well into May if the water levels continue to hold. Aside from
waterfowl, this site can be very good for a variety of shorebirds too.

Jeff Baughman
Campbellsport
Fond du Lac County


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Subject: Fwd: Bird School registration is open! Sign up now!
From: Bill Hogseth <billhogseth AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:35:24 -0600
A great learning opportunity for beginning birders. Note the upcoming
registration deadline.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Gaylord Nelson Audubon 
Date: Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 9:06 AM
Subject: Bird School registration is open! Sign up now!
To: Gaylord Nelson Audubon 


Gaylord Nelson Audubon Society is teaming up with Beaver Creek Reserve to
offer an expanded and enhanced version of Bird School in 2017.

The class will offer beginning birders a whirlwind introduction to all
things avian including bird identification, behavior, songs and calls,
anatomy, migration, and conservation. Held at the Beaver Creek Reserve
facilities, we’ll have a great line up of speakers and field trip leaders;
and this year we’re including a morning session devoted to bird banding to
offer students a chance to see living birds up close.

*REGISTER NOW*: https://www.beavercreekreserve.org/events/Bird-School/

*Deadline to register is Friday March 3. *Limited space is available --
sign up now before the class if full.

*What?* A fun and comprehensive introduction to the world of birds
*Where?* Beaver Creek Reserve, Fall Creek, WI
*When?* Friday (5pm) April 28th – Sunday (12pm) April 30th, 2017
*Who?* Anyone interested in birds especially novice birders, students,
backyard birdwatchers, hunters, landowners, gardeners, farmers, teachers,
hikers, artists

The class features excellent line up of birding experts and field trip
leaders include Steve Betchkal, Bill Volkert, Robin Maercklein, Jeanette
Kelly, Michelle Carlisle, Augie Wirkus, Bill Hogseth, and Emily Lind.

*Keynote Presentation:* "Around the world with a thousand birds" *Bill
Volkert*
Bill worked as the naturalist and wildlife educator for Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources at Horicon Marsh for 27 years. Bill has
been watching and studying birds for over 40 years. He is a regular guest
on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Larry Meiller Show”.  In 2014 and 2015, Bill
and his wife Connie traveled to twelve countries during a seven and a half
month trip.  They sighted more than 1,300 species of birds and took more
than 35,000 pictures.



-- 
Bill Hogseth
E8310 720th Ave
Elk Mound, WI 54739

Cell: 715-225-0080
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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull today - another spot to check
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 02:53:40 +0000
Steve Thiessen and I were headed for Northridge Lakes this morning when we 
spotted a bunch of gulls up on the roof of the Waste Management facility at N. 
107th St. and Brown Deer Rd. (a little over a mile west of the lakes.) We 
pulled into the parking lot of the welding business next door (also closed on 
Sunday), where we had a pretty good view of the gulls on the east side of the 
building (there were similar number on the west side, with no good viewing 
spot.) Steve spotted a dark-mantled gull among them, which turned out to be the 
Slaty-backed. Fortunately, we'd passed another birder up the road, and she got 
the word out to the guys who were still staking out the lakes. They burned 
rubber over to our location, where we had the bird in our scopes. Also had at 
least one nice adult Kumlien's and two or three Thayer's. 


Most of the gulls flushed at least twice - the second time, the majority left, 
and seemed to be heading for the lakes. That would have been around 11:00 a.m., 
I believe. Steve and I headed over there, but the only gulls on the ice were 
Herrings and a few Ring-bills. We headed for the big lake after that, but as 
Daryl noted, there were more people than birds. We checked for the Veteran's 
Park Ross's Goose, but didn't see it. There were some gulls on the ice in the 
marina, but nothing of note. We didn't check any locations south of the river. 



I went down to Lower Mud Lake in McFarland when we got back. Still a nice 
variety of waterfowl there, including a few Tundra Swans and a lot of G. 
White-fronted Geese, along with a nice selection of ducks. Best seen from the 
south side, and a scope is very helpful. 



Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.


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Subject: Re: Sandhills - Dane County - Cherokee Marsh
From: "Peter McKeever" <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:18:47 -0600
20 Sandhills flew north over Monona about 4:30 this afternoon, February 19. I 
suspect they heard me cheer their arrival. 


Peter McKeever
Monona

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Behalf Of Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez 

Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 7:52 PM
To: WISBIRD 
Subject: [wisb] Sandhills - Dane County - Cherokee Marsh

At Cherokee lake & marsh on Madison’s north side we heard the first Sandhill 
Cranes yesterday morning (18 Feb), and this evening (19 Feb) we heard at least 
three and saw one. 


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Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez
Madison, Dane County


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Subject: Sandhills - Dane County - Cherokee Marsh
From: Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez <dgi AT peacecouncil.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:52:23 -0600
At Cherokee lake & marsh on Madison’s north side we heard the first Sandhill 
Cranes yesterday morning (18 Feb), and this evening (19 Feb) we heard at least 
three and saw one. 


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Daniel Gómez-Ibáñez
Madison, Dane County


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Subject: Turkey Vulture - Crawford County
From: Dennis Kirschbaum <kad9801 AT centurytel.net>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:43:43 -0600
FOY Turkey Vulture in Prairie du Chien today.  Also saw several robins 
that probably were migrants and not part of out small over-winter flock.


-- 
Dennis and Alice Kirschbaum
1505 E. Parrish St.
Prairie du Chien, Wi 53821
608-326-2718

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Subject: Female Harlequin duck-Bender park
From: Jessica Hilt <jhilt626 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 01:17:34 +0000
A female Harlequin duck was present off the bluff of Bender Park in Oak
Creek this afternoon.        It was viewed off the bluff at the northern
most point of the park.  This is also in the newest section of the park.
It was diving around the rocks to the north and just off shore.  It was
seen among several Common Goldeneyes.  I believe this is the same duck that
was reported earlier this winter.
Jessica Hilt
Cudahy WI


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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull, 2 Horned Grebes, etc
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:52:50 -0600
I arrived at the Northridge ponds around 8:00 this morning. Spence was already 
there. The only gull of note was an adult Great black-backed but later the 
adult Slaty-backed was discovered in the flock. This was going towards 8:300. 
It remained for about 15-20 minutes before a group of the gulls left for the 
dump. Also present was an Iceland Gull. Nice to bird with the various people 
and enjoy the target gull plus others. 

I then checked out spots along Lake Michigan starting at Port Washington. 
Literally nothing except large number of fishermen. 


Kohler SP had a large number of Long-tailed Ducks off shore feeding---400+. At 
the end of Beach Rd, off Evergreen Rd there were 2 Horned Grebes in winter 
plumage. They put on a nice show swimming diving and preening. Also present 
were 13 White-winged and 2 Surf Scoters. Also present were more Long-tailed 
Ducks, some in quite close. The Sheboygan shoreline north to North Pt had more 
people than birds, literally. 


Collins Marsh along W on the river had 30 Gr. White-fronted Geese amongst the 
Canadas. They left shortly heading up river. No Snows were present. 


Another beautiful day, especially for mid-February, to enjoy birds and birders.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Slaty-backed Gull (Yes)
From: Katie Zientek <katiezientek111 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:50:04 +0000
Sitting in the middle of the group on Northridge Lake (Brown Deer Rd and
70th) and a couple Kumlien's there as well. Nice day!!

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Subject: Lapland Longspurs - Rock County
From: "Klubertanz, Tom" <tom.h.klubertanz AT uwc.edu>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:49:16 +0000
Had a nice reminder of winter this morning by finding a flock of 100 or so 
Lapland Longspur west of Janesville (Tripp Road). 

Tom Klubertanz
Janesville

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Subject: See Horicon winter birds with Jeff Bahls next weekend
From: "Packett, Diane L - NRF" <Diane.Packett AT wisconsin.gov>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:20:43 +0000
Next Saturday afternoon, February 25, Jeff Bahls will be leading the "Winter 
Raptors of Horicon Marsh" tour to benefit the Bird Protection Fund of the 
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Targets include nesting Great-horned 
Owls and Bald Eagles, Northern Harrier, Rough-legged Hawk, possibly even the 
Hwy 49 Snowy or a Short-eared Owl--plus all the other cool stuff at Horicon 
these days, like those famous Wood Duck nest boxes! Open water after this warm 
snap might provide some interesting waterfowl as well. Details and registration 
here: http://www.cvent.com/d/rvqb31 Jeff's an amazing guide with a wealth of 
knowledge and infectious enthusiasm--we're lucky to have him as a leader! 


Thanks and good birding!

Diane Packett

Great Wisconsin Birdathon Coordinator

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Subject: Milwaukee Slatywhat. - Gull
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:18:05 -0600
Slaty back gull present at Milwaukee's Northridge Lake, with Greater Black
Backed Gull, and Ring-billed. Kumleins seen by others. Flock took off and
so did SBG. Other gulls returned.
Spence Stehno
Oconomowoc Waukesha

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Subject: Short-eared Owls Paradise Valley Waukesha
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 06:05:49 -0600
After being skunked from seeing any Short-eared Owls since December at
Paradise Valley, outside of Dousman, serendipity had me stopping there
around sunset last evening. I was pleasantly flabbergasted to not only see
one, but three, with one engaging in contact with a N. Harrier, and the
SEO's were visible for 40 minutes until too dark to see. On top of it, they
were visible from the overlook as well as the north path next to the
overlook, mostly on the right / North side of the marsh.
Spence
Spence Stehno
Oconomowoc Waukesha

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Subject: A Murder of Bathing Crows
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:33:47 -0600
Looking out over a field at Mapleton Community Center in Waukesha County,
there were over 100 crows many of them splashing and bathing in a flooded
section.
I'd never seen a crow take a bath before, but seeing dozens of them in the
water frolicking... that was freaky amazing.  The "murder" could now make a
clean get-away!
Spence
Spence Stehno
Waukesha County


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Subject: Bat!!
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:41:25 -0600
i forgot to mention in my post that the most unusual sighting was a bat flying 
around by Y near the junction with 78. This was late in the morning and it was 
flying close to the road. A real surprise, especially for this time of the 
year. 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Subject: A birding day
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:31:02 -0600
i spent the day enjoying the early spring migrants and the winter birds 
Starting at Cty J off Cty G south of Beaver Dam there were 20 Gr. White-fronted 
and 5 Cackling Geese amongst the Canadas. A lone Redwinged Blackbird was 
perched in a tree, only one I saw all day. Lower Mud Lake had Gadwalls, 
Shovelers, a lone Am Wigeon, plus many Tundra Swans and the usual waterfowl. B 
in Stoughton had 410 White-fronted Geese and a few Pintails. 

The Arena boat landing had a Red-shouldered Hawk, 12 Robins and 1 Cedar Waxwing 
plus 4 Bald Eagles overhead. 


The causeway across Lake Wisconsin had White-fronted Geese, Gadwalls and 1 Am 
Wigeon plus the usual waterfowl. The feeder west of Poynette had a Tufted 
Titmouse joining the other birds. 


A stop back at J yielded about 100 White-fronted Geese in the afternoon. 
Horicon Marsh has a few thousand Canada Geese with most being north of Ledge 
Rd. A Snow Goose was with them. A female Harrier cruised the marsh on the south 
side of 49. 


A beautiful day to be out with the temp hitting 61 briefly!  
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Swans over Monona
From: Peter McKeever <petermckeever AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:18:05 -0600
Nice flock of unidentifiable swans over Monona about 10:30 this morning, 
heading south. Thought they might stop on upper Mud Lake, but looked and could 
not find them. I estimate about 50 birds. 


Peter McKeever 
Monona 
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Subject: The Slaty-backed is back
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:47:32 -0600
(Fun to say)
Hi All:
Jym Mooney is presently at Northridge Lake and has a Slaty-backed Gull in his 
sights. The lake is on the north side of Milwaukee, at Brown Deer Rd and 70th 
street. 

Mike Wanger
Milwaukee

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Subject: DNR Statewide Birding Report
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 13:20:00 +0000
For a sum of recent migration activity birders may be interested in checking 
out our DNR Outdoor Report, which includes a statewide birding report most 
weeks. It is issued on Thursdays and can be found at: 


http://dnr.wi.gov/News/or/#birding

I'd add to this week's report yesterday's observations of several Trumpeter 
Swans returning to open Bayfield County waters already. 




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Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 7:09 PM
To: bkw AT crestwoodcreek.com; wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] Re: Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee
   
Sandhill "Cranes", victim of autocorrect....
John
On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 20:54 John K  wrote:

> Had a County FOY at my feeders this morning in southern Iowa County. Other
> spring migrants were 5 SANDHILL CRAINS at Taliesin late afternoon near
> Spring Green, WI. Bluebirds all over the area.
>
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County, Wisconsin.
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 19:38 Barb and Ken Wardius 
> wrote:
>
>> A lone male red-winged blackbird was perched atop a light fixture at the
>> Lake Express ferry parking area this afternoon.
>>
>>
>> Ken & Barb Wardius
>>
>> Glendale, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Re: Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:09:33 +0000
Sandhill "Cranes", victim of autocorrect....
John
On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 20:54 John K  wrote:

> Had a County FOY at my feeders this morning in southern Iowa County. Other
> spring migrants were 5 SANDHILL CRAINS at Taliesin late afternoon near
> Spring Green, WI. Bluebirds all over the area.
>
> John Kivikoski
> Rural Iowa County, Wisconsin.
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 19:38 Barb and Ken Wardius 
> wrote:
>
>> A lone male red-winged blackbird was perched atop a light fixture at the
>> Lake Express ferry parking area this afternoon.
>>
>>
>> Ken & Barb Wardius
>>
>> Glendale, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Re: Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:07:09 +0000
Had a County FOY at my feeders this morning in southern Iowa County. Other
spring migrants were 5 SANDHILL CRAINS at Taliesin late afternoon near
Spring Green, WI. Bluebirds all over the area.
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County, Wisconsin.
On Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 19:38 Barb and Ken Wardius 
wrote:

> A lone male red-winged blackbird was perched atop a light fixture at the
> Lake Express ferry parking area this afternoon.
>
>
> Ken & Barb Wardius
>
> Glendale, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Northwoods birding 2/15-2/17 (long)
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:26:20 -0600
There were many long periods during which no birds were seen, but the north
woods is still covered with deep snow and is a pretty place to bird.
Like Daryl Tessen I decided to take the scenic route north, STH55, and
checked some side roads which had Pine Siskins and Evening Grosbeaks. The
best sighting was on North Rolling Stone Lake Road  (Langlade County) where
I stopped to check a feeder which is active every year. Unfortunately the
feeder was mostly obscured by a large snowbank, so after a few minutes of
seeing only chickadees I decided to move on. As I started my car, a Gray Jay
appeared on a clothesline near the feeders and remained in view for almost a
minute. This once common, but increasingly difficult to find resident was
the only one I saw this trip.
Along the way to Crandon there were Bald Eagles, Common Ravens, and a
Northern Shrike just north of Mole Lake. In Crandon I found a few more
Siskins, but little else. Argonne had a single Pine Siskin but 2 Purple
Finches.
I then went to Three Lakes hoping to see flocks of Bohemian Waxwings that
had been reported there. I saw but one, which is unusual because they are
usually in flocks or accompanying Cedar Waxwings. The view was excellent,
though, because at first it was perched high in a tree which allowed a good
study of the underparts and it then flew down to a low berry bush right next
to the road, which allowed for great looks at the upperparts.
Yesterday morning, I arrived at FR2182 in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National
Forest as the sun was coming up, and the entire eastern skyline was a
beautiful red. Birds were scarce until I came across a flock of White-winged
Crossbills in what I believe was a Tamarack tree, very close to the road.
Too close to the road, because I believe my car caused them to leave.
Lighting was terrible so I was able to see only a few field marks on one of
the males before the flock (12 or greater) left, giving their che-che calls.
Back and forth a couple of times failed to produce a Spruce Grouse or
Black-backed Woodpecker, but I saw a Common Redpoll, the only one I saw well
enough to be sure of this trip.
Shelp Lake had a Brown Creeper, but otherwise just Black-capped Chickadees
and Red-breasted Nuthatches.
I then drove north on Military Road, which is sanded, thus providing some
grit for 6 Red Crossbills which gave me some good looks.
Pine Grosbeak had been eBirded at Land O' Lakes, but when I got there in
late afternoon, all I could find were starlings. Firelane Road was likewise
dead, with only a flyover Raven.
This morning, FR2182 was birdless except for a Raven, but yesterday I
noticed that the Giant Pine Trail off of FR2414 had been heavily used, so I
decided to see if I could walk it. Snowshoers have made a great walking
surface for the entire length, so it was a great walk on this beautiful day.
I heard one Boreal Chickadee, and with my terrible hearing, if could hear
it, I knew it had to be close, but I could not spot it. I heard a loud
Pileated Woodpecker and saw 5 more White-winged Crossbills in flight as they
flew from one spruce to another.
The forest roads are still icy, but birders don't drive fast while birding
and I had no trouble until I tried driving east of the Pine River bridge on
FR2182. This section has not been as well plowed as the road west of the
bridge. I didn't get far before I briefly got stuck and decided not to
chance it. I'm sure an SUV, 4 wheel drive, or truck would have no problem.
In short, boreal species are very difficult to find, but there are a few
interesting birds in small numbers and a pretty environment, so the trip was
well worth it.
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Subject: Red Winged Blackbird Male-Milwaukee
From: "Barb and Ken Wardius" <bkw AT crestwoodcreek.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:37:47 -0600
A lone male red-winged blackbird was perched atop a light fixture at the
Lake Express ferry parking area this afternoon.
 

Ken & Barb Wardius

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Subject: Re: February birds ...
From: Steve Pearson <sbpearso AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:09:27 -0600
A pair of Eastern Bluebirds this afternoon, La Crosse County


Steve Pearson, Shelby Township, La Crosse Co


> On Feb 17, 2017, at 7:21 AM, Sandy Petersen  wrote:
> 
> Hi All!
> A Barred Owl was "cooking" at 220 am  ...
> White-fronted Geese winging and "singing" over the frozen lake ...
> Cranes honking from the swampy parts of the Yahara ...
> Tree sparrows feeding late to evade local Cooper's Hawks ...
> Local birds trying out their voices ...
> 
> 
> Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton,  Dane co
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Subject: Fw: eBird and Great Backyard Bird Count
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 22:29:20 +0000
Just in case anyone missed this the first time, see Aaron's message below mine.

Yes, it's a bit annoying for experienced birders, who wonder why that seemingly 
common, ordinary bird got flagged for "confirmation" by eBird, but it's only 
for a few days over the GBBC period (today through Monday, by the way.) 



Trust me, having looked at some of the reports back in the "pre-eBird" days, 
there is a reason the filters have to be tightened up a bit for the GBBC. Just 
give a concise description so the reviewers can tell quickly whether you know 
what you're looking at. They're going to have a LOT of reports to go through in 
the next few days, so please give them a break and don't be peevish. They have 
no way of knowing how good a birder you are. 



(And no, "I know what Species X looks like" or "Looks just like the picture in 
the book" are NOT helpful, concise descriptions...) 


Peter Fissel
Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy
Madison, Dane Co.
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Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 8:52 AM
To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
Subject: [wisb] eBird and Great Backyard Bird Count

FYI. More eBird Records will be deemed "Rare" or "Unusual" from Feb 12-22 due 
to the Great Backyard Bird Count. We appreciate your patience and thank you in 
advance for providing good descriptions! 

The Great Backyard Bird Count is Feb 17-20. Interested in participating (just 
keep eBirding as usual), or follow the link below: 

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

Why the filter changes? A few common species are frequently misidentified or 
over-counted by newer birders on the GBBC. Frequent misidentifications stem 
from look-alike pairs like House/Purple Finch or Red-bellied/Red-headed 
Woodpecker. Over-counting errors are often the result of counting the same bird 
as it repeatedly visits a feeder (i.e. recording 7 visits by 1 Hairy Woodpecker 
as 7 Hairy Woodpeckers). 


Thanks!
Aaron Stutz
Lake Mills, Jefferson County
WI eBird Team
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Subject: Re: Greater White-Fronted Geese
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:46:56 +0000
Oh my, were they walking?!!  :)

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From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Quentin Sprengelmeyer 

Sent: Friday, February 17, 2017 1:17 PM
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Subject: [wisb] Greater White-Fronted Geese

In Madison near Pinney library a flock of about 50 Greater White-Fronted Geese 
were heading north. Migration is afoot! 

Quentin


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Subject: GBBC and turkey vulture
From: "Dave Moffat" <moffatfam AT tds.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 15:43:58 -0600
Just had a turkey vulture circle over our house. Just in time for the GBBC.
Otherwise... It's too darn early!

If you see one and enter it into eBird, you'll note that it's a rarity at
this time of year. Be ready to enter a justification of your sighting.


Dave Moffat
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Subject: Greater White-Fronted Geese
From: Quentin Sprengelmeyer <qsprengelmeyer AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:17:11 -0600
In Madison near Pinney library a flock of about 50 Greater White-Fronted
Geese were heading north. Migration is afoot!
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Subject: Early arrival
From: "Jerry Schoen" <basketsandbirds AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:25:24 -0600
I am aware that others have reported Robins. There were two in a tree this 
morning, after resting the left and proceeded north. 

Jerry Schoen
Whitewater
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Subject: February birds ...
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:21:54 -0600
Hi All!
A Barred Owl was "cooking" at 220 am  ...
White-fronted Geese winging and "singing" over the frozen lake ...
Cranes honking from the swampy parts of the Yahara ...
Tree sparrows feeding late to evade local Cooper's Hawks ...
Local birds trying out their voices ...


Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton,  Dane co


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, February 16, 2017
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 22:41:44 -0600
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI  53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, February 16, 2016
29 degrees
Cloudy
13 birders

Total Species:  19

3 Canada Goose
16 Mallard
1 Greater Scaup
4 Common Goldeneye
6 Red-breasted Merganser
1 Red-tailed Hawk
15 Herring Gull
44 Rock Pigeon
3 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Blue Jay
4 American Crow
9 Black-capped Chickadee
4 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 European Starling
2 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow

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Subject: Feb. 19 Presentation: Tom Schultz - The Art of Field Guide Illustration - Waukesha
From: Tim Hahn <thahnbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:09:40 -0600
Got a case of the post Packers blues? Join the Benjamin F Goss Bird Club
this Sunday in hosting *Tom Schultz* when he tells us all about the *Art of
Field Guide Illustration. *
Wisconsin's own Tom Schultz has had his work published in field guides such
as the National Geographic Field Guide to Birds and the Peterson Field
Guide to Warblers. Tom is an expert at field identification and is an
excellent field trip leader for the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology.

Join the Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club on Sunday February 19th at Retzer
Nature Center in Waukesha where Tom will tell us all about the Art of Field
Guide Illustration.

Refreshments at 6:45, presentation at 7:00. See you there!

www.gossbirdclub.com
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Tim Hahn
Pewaukee, WI
Waukesha County
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Subject: Re: Cooper's Hawk in my yard, MKE, pics
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:07:43 +0000
I assure you, what's cool now gets old pretty quick. I have a coop and
sharpie playing tag-team at my feeders. Last month on a particularly
miserable rainy/windy day, three Mourning Doves were taking shelter in the
lee of a tree. I watched them for a half an hour or more when a Cooper's
swooped in and made off with one. As much as I realize it's a normal
happening in nature, I still felt bad for them...
John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County, WI
On Thu, Feb 16, 2017 at 18:54 Jennifer Ambrose  wrote:

> Hello everyone,
> A Cooper's Hawk ate what I think was a junco in my yard earlier today. It
> was the first time I'd seen something like that in my barren yard. Pics and
> story here:
>
> http://www.birdspazz.com/2017/02/17/successful-coop-snacks-in-the-yard/
>
>
> Thanks,
> --
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> Bayview, Milwaukee County
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Subject: Cooper's Hawk in my yard, MKE, pics
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:54:06 -0600
Hello everyone,
A Cooper's Hawk ate what I think was a junco in my yard earlier today. It
was the first time I'd seen something like that in my barren yard. Pics and
story here:

http://www.birdspazz.com/2017/02/17/successful-coop-snacks-in-the-yard/


Thanks,
-- 
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County


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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull (Milwaukee)
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:57:49 -0600


I tried for the Slaty-backed gull, today. I got the around 9:20. It hadn't 
been seen, and I didn't see it either. I sayed for an hour and then went up 
to Port Washington. I got back at !2:15 and stayed till all the gulls left, 
at 12:40. Still no dark backed gulls.
  But this sure is the place to see Kumlien's Iceland Gulls. Some with just 
some pale gray in the wing tips, some with medium gray. All adults except 
for a second winter . I say a couple  tweeners Iceland/Thayer's. There were 
a couple more classic adult Thayer's.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: [wisb] Re: Slaty-backed Gull (Milwaukee)


> Any news on the Slaty-Backed Gull today?
>
> -Paul
>
>> On Feb 14, 2017, at 10:27 AM, Mark Korducki  
>> wrote:
>>
>> Present at 930 at Northridge Lakes 70th and Brown Deer Road. Great views. 
>> Thayer's, Glaucous, Kumlien's and Lesser Black-backed Gull also there.
>>
>> Ross's Goose at Veterans Park now
>>
>> Mark Korducki
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Subject: Re: Slaty-backed Gull (Milwaukee)
From: Paul Kinzer <ptkinzr AT icloud.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:05:19 -0600
Any news on the Slaty-Backed Gull today?

-Paul

> On Feb 14, 2017, at 10:27 AM, Mark Korducki  wrote:
> 
> Present at 930 at Northridge Lakes 70th and Brown Deer Road. Great views. 
Thayer's, Glaucous, Kumlien's and Lesser Black-backed Gull also there. 

> 
> Ross's Goose at Veterans Park now
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Subject: Visit Nebraska for the Crane migration?
From: Mary Zenker <dmzenker AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:10:13 -0600
My son lives in Omaha, Nebraska and we would like to meet up and watch the
Crane Migration near Kearney.  If anybody has any tips regarding the range
of dates that would be good for visiting and any other helpful information
for newbies, I would appreciate it.  Please respond to me directly.
Mary Zenker
Sauk County


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