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8 Dec Crane Day [Mark Martin ]
8 Dec AZ trip Rpt ["Seegert, Greg" ]
7 Dec The Birding Community E-Bulletin for December 2016 [William Mueller ]
7 Dec Re: Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42, 12/7/16, some images... [Western Great Lakes Hummingbird Project ]
7 Dec Re: Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42, 12/7/16, some images... ["Tom Wood" ]
7 Dec Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42, 12/7/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
7 Dec Sandhills, Snow Geese and Red-throated Loons ["Jill Kunsmann" ]
7 Dec Badfish SWA, Dane co. ["Steve Thiessen" ]
7 Dec Snow Geese in Oconto Co. [Richter Museum ]
7 Dec Christmas Bird Counts [Kyle Lindemer ]
7 Dec Snow Goose at Humboldt Park, Milwaukee ["R. John McCaw" ]
07 Dec Harlequin ducks in Sheboygan [Jim and Julie Hess ]
7 Dec Red-winged BB, Milwaukee [Judith Huf ]
6 Dec Swans moving on ... [Sandy Petersen ]
6 Dec Re: Tundra Swans @ Goose Pond ["Tom Wood" ]
6 Dec Harlequin Ducks, others in Sheboygan ["Tom Wood" ]
6 Dec Tundra Swans @ Goose Pond [Mark Martin ]
6 Dec Lake Kegonsa ["Steve Thiessen" ]
6 Dec Updated Bird Lists [Bill Volkert ]
6 Dec Swans ["Mitchell Nussbaum" ]
5 Dec update for Hales Corners CBC - Milwaukee Co. ["Verhagen, Mark" ]
5 Dec CBC question ["" ]
5 Dec Hales Corners CBC - Milwaukee Co. ["Verhagen, Mark" ]
5 Dec Fwd: wisbirdn: Lost Binoculars at Shady Maples Overlook -Upper Mississippi River [Tom Sykes ]
4 Dec Re: Lake Mendota grebes, etc [robin stubbs ]
4 Dec Pardeeville CBC - Need observers! [Paul Schwalbe ]
4 Dec Re: Dodge -- Cattle Egret []
4 Dec Snow Buntings [jeffrey fortier ]
4 Dec No golden eagles yet ["Dave Moffat" ]
2 Dec Re: Freedom area birding [Jeremy Meyer ]
3 Dec Dodge -- Cattle Egret ["S. Frank" ]
03 Dec Tundra Swans Lake Mendota [ARLENE KOZIOL ]
3 Dec Re: Tundra Swans Lake Mendota [Elizabeth Palmer ]
2 Dec Re: Freedom area birding [Ryan Brady ]
2 Dec Johnson Creek gulls ["Steve Thiessen" ]
3 Dec Long-eared Owls - Milwaukee County [Jeremy Meyer ]
2 Dec Freedom area birding [Jeremy Meyer ]
1 Dec Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh [Gmail ]
3 Dec Lake Mendota grebes, etc [robin stubbs ]
1 Dec Lady King Eider still present MKE ["S. Frank" ]
30 Nov American Kestrel at the Milwaukee Lakefront MKE Co. 11/30/16, some images... [Jim Edlhuber ]
1 Dec Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, December 1, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
29 Nov Re: Snow Goose Blue Morphs [Paul Kinzer ]
29 Nov "Reply" vs. "Reply All" [Peter Fissel ]
29 Nov CBC [jeffrey fortier ]
29 Nov CBC [jeffrey fortier ]
29 Nov Re: Hales Corners CBC: Southern Milw. Co. [Karen Johnson ]
29 Nov Hales Corners CBC: Southern Milw. Co. [Betsy Abert ]
29 Nov Snow Goose Blue Morphs ["S. Frank" ]
29 Nov Re: Block [Tom Sykes ]
29 Nov Re: winter finches [Ryan Brady ]
28 Nov Re: winter finches ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
28 Nov Re: winter finches [Aaron Balogh ]
28 Nov Re: winter finches ["B.G. Sloan" ]
28 Nov Re: winter finches [Sunil Gopalan ]
28 Nov winter finches ["Roy & Charlotte Lukes" ]
28 Nov Re: Block [Peter Fissel ]
28 Nov Re: Block [nancy tikalsky ]
27 Nov Fly-by jaeger at Harrington Beach State Park ["Tom Wood" ]
27 Nov Black Scoter at Whalen Grade (Columbia Co.) [Peter Fissel ]
27 Nov (no subject) [Hep ]
27 Nov Snowy Owl [jeffrey fortier ]
25 Nov Snow Bunting in Bayside [David Snell ]
24 Nov Sandhill Cranes at Horicon [Peter Fissel ]
24 Nov Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 24, 2016 [Dennis Casper ]
26 Nov Block ["beau schaefer" ]
25 Nov Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Yardmap: practical things you can do for birds and citizen science [William Mueller ]
27 Nov Snowy Owl [jeffrey fortier ]
26 Nov Milwukee and Johnson Creek ["Steve Thiessen" ]
26 Nov Re: Binocular Question ["julie" ]
23 Nov Eastern Screech-Owl, Town of Lebanon, Dodge County []
23 Nov Re: ID help- Mil Co- case closed []
23 Nov ID help- Mil Co [K ]
22 Nov Re: Binocular Question [Judy Ettenhofer ]
22 Nov Re: Swans [Chris West ]
22 Nov Swans ["Jerry Schoen" ]

Subject: Crane Day
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:07:44 -0600
Hi
I was just outside for 5 minutes and counted 530 cranes heading to the
south, southeast, going over Goose Pond.  I assume they are empting out of
Wisconsin River or Crex Meadows.  I wonder how many will be going over
today.  They maybe heading to Jasper Pulaski in Indiana.  Goose Pond froze
over yesterday and our 140 cranes headed out yesterday.  We had 381 tundra
swans on Dec. 6, 99 swans yesterday and 0 today.
Mark Martin
Goose Pond Sanctuary
Columbia County Arlington


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Subject: AZ trip Rpt
From: "Seegert, Greg" <gseegert AT eaest.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2016 05:06:58 +0000
All
Made a quick trip to AZ. I was trying to fill in some holes in my year list so 
I concentrated on a few spots: 


Dec 1---After picking up my rental car, my first spot was the Baseline Rd area 
about 30 mi W of Phoenix. Target birds seen were quite a few sagebrush 
sparrows, 2 LeConte's thrashers and 5 Bendire's thrashers. 


Dec 2---Spent the morning at Santa Cruz Flats. Here I saw 3 prairie falcons, 2 
ferruginous hawks, a few Mt plovers, and nearly 100 caracaras in one field. 
After nearly a 3 hr drive I arrived at Pena Blanca L where a red-breasted 
sapsucker had been reported the day before. I and another couple searched for 
about an hr but didn't find it. There was, however, a good variety of sparrows 
with black-chinned being the best. 


Dec 3---Spent the morning in the San Rafael Valley. There were hundreds of 
savannah sparrows, dozens of vesper sparrows, 1 grasshopper sparrow and 2 
Baird's sparrows. Also seen were a couple of flocks of longspurs (chestnut 
collared most likely), a Wilson's snipe, and multiple western meadowlarks. 
Second and final stop was the Sulfur Valley. For the first 2 hrs, while it was 
still cloudy, I saw very few sparrows. Then the sun came out and there were 
hundreds of sparrows. The most common were white-crowned and Brewer's but many 
others were present including one of my targets, lark bunting. On the way to 
Willcox, I saw an nice adult ferruginous hawk. 


Dec 4---I spent the morning in Portal/Paradise. At Bob Rodriquez's (sp?) 
feeders, I easily got a streak-backed oriole and along the road in front of 
there, I had red-naped sapsucker. Just down the road along Canadian Rd I had a 
crissal thrasher. Then I headed up the mountain road that crosses the mountains 
at Onion Saddle. About  a mile above the SW Research Station, I saw 3 birds 
fly across the road. One landed in a pine tree. It was a red crossbill. The 
snow line began at the E Turkey Cr Crossing. Fortunately I was able to find a 
pr of Mexican chickadees here and did not have to venture further up the 
mountain in my little Ford Focus. Instead I headed for Paradise. I talked to 
Jackie at the George Walker House B&B who told me that Juniper titmice were not 
coming to her feeders. She gave me a few spots to try along the road back to 
Portal. The first was the Paradise Cemetery. I didn't find any titmice but 
added Townsend's solitaire to my year list. My last spot was Me 

 scal Rd along the Pima/Cochise Co line where a Lewis's woodpecker had been 
reported a few days before. I found it about 20 min before sunset. 


Dec 5---First stop was Honey Bee CYN just NW of Tucson. I found a pr of gilded 
flickers in the same area where I found them last year. Based on a report of 
some good birds the day before, I went back to the Santa Cruz Flats. First I 
tried for sage thrasher. Unfortunately, the person who saw it, gave the wrong 
directions. I eventually figured out where she probably had actually seen the 
bird but couldn't find it. While looking in the wrong area, I did find a barn 
owl. I did find the two rufous-backed robins that were reported yesterday. I 
looked for Sprague's pipit for an hr or so but couldn't find any. On the way 
out, I found a family of 4 Harris' hawks. 


I ended up adding 24 spp to my year list and 104 spp total for the trip. Among 
the total were 16 sparrows, not counting 4 towhees, dark-eyed junco, and the 
longspurs. All in all a successful trip. 


Friday I head to the Rio Grande Valley where I should add another 25 or so year 
birds. 


Til then, Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam



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Subject: The Birding Community E-Bulletin for December 2016
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 21:28:26 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-birding-community-e-bulletin-dec.html 

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
Port Washington, WI


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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42, 12/7/16, some images...
From: Western Great Lakes Hummingbird Project <wi.hummingbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 20:01:33 -0600
All,

There is absolutely no rationale for relocating a healthy hummingbird to an 
indoor location or other warmer climate. Wisconsin had both an Anna's and a 
Rufous remain in the state through early January last year. THESE ARE A COLD 
HARDY SPECIES. A small subset regularly migrate through the eastern U.S. during 
late fall and early winter. The survival of both these species during much 
colder weather is WELL-DOCUMENTED by those studying and banding these "winter" 
hummingbirds. 


I recently had a discussion with author and veteran hummingbird bander, Scott 
Weidensaul, regarding the cold hardiness of Rufous and Anna's Hummingbirds in 
regards to the Rufous Hummingbird that is continuing in my friend's yard in 
Dane county as of this date. He reinforced the concept that the migratory 
instincts of these birds are strong and they will leave when they are ready. 
Here are some excerpts from my conversation with Scott: "...when the bird is 
ready may seem way too late (and too cold) from our biased perspective, since 
we associate hummers with warm summer conditions...rufous hummers have an 
exceptional ability to thrive in cold weather, which is what they face annually 
at high elevations and high latitudes (i.e., the Kenai Peninsula in AK in late 
April, when the snow still lies deep). We've documented banded RUHU here in PA 
that survived air temps of -9F and wind chills of -36F, and Anna's that handled 
multiple nights of -8 to -10F, so the forecast you mentioned is a wa 

 lk in the woods for one of these hummers. The feeder will give it plenty of 
carbohydrates for an energy kick, and I assure you it's eating lots and lots of 
midges and other cold-hardy arthropods...all hummers are using a genetically 
coded map and timetable, and that within any population there are some 
individuals that are programmed to migrate very early, some at the "normal" 
time (the bulk of the bell curve), and some that are hardwired to linger as far 
north, as late, as possible. You see this with any migratory species, from 
waterfowl to warblers. That's evolution's way of covering all the bases...But 
because they're small and seemingly fragile, we consistently underestimate what 
hummingbirds are capable of doing...One thing all of us working with these 
birds has learned is that they are far tougher and more adaptable than we can 
imagine...I suspect one of these days your friend is going to notice the bird 
spending a lot of time just sitting on the feeder, drinking heavily, and 

 a visible "puffiness" around its lower abdomen and flanks as the fat reserves 
rapidly build up. Then one morning, usually mid-morning, off it goes. Such 
departures often occur *after* a really harsh blast of cold weather, once 
things moderate and get milder -- though again, some of them are genetically 
programmed to be stubborn. It may even try to overwinter, especially if the 
winter does prove to be unusually mild." 


I hope Wisconsin never returns to the practice of removing these HEALTHY winter 
hummingbirds from the wild. Doing so ignores the advice of the hummingbird 
banding and research community who understands these species far better than 
most. 


Respectfully,

Cynthia Bridge
Jefferson Co

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> On Dec 7, 2016, at 7:15 PM, Tom Wood  wrote:
> 
> Thanks for the update and photos, Jim. Might it be time to find a home for
> this little guy in the Mitchell Park Domes (or a similar facility) like they
> did for Wisconsin's first Anna's Hummingbird that visited Wales in Waukesha
> County back in August-December 1990? It seems like winter is arriving, and
> why wait for a blizzard like in 1990?
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Jim Edlhuber
> Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 6:03 PM
> To: wisbirdn
> Subject: [wisb] Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42,
> 12/7/16, some images...
> 
> Hi all,
> Just an update here. I got an email from Jennifer the homeowner of where the
> Anna's Hummingbird has been and it was still present today. This would be at
> least 42 days now it has been at her place. Sorry, she is not taking any
> visitors at this time to view the bird.
> 
> MORE to the story and images from today at this link if you care to view
> them:
> 
> http://www.windowtowildlife.com/annas-hummingbird-continues-day-42-in-wauwat
> osa-wisconsin-on-december-7-2016/
> 
> Thanks and good birding,
> 
> Jim Edlhuber
> Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.
> 
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Subject: Re: Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42, 12/7/16, some images...
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 19:15:47 -0600
Thanks for the update and photos, Jim. Might it be time to find a home for
this little guy in the Mitchell Park Domes (or a similar facility) like they
did for Wisconsin's first Anna's Hummingbird that visited Wales in Waukesha
County back in August-December 1990? It seems like winter is arriving, and
why wait for a blizzard like in 1990?
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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On Behalf Of Jim Edlhuber
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 6:03 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42,
12/7/16, some images...

Hi all,
Just an update here. I got an email from Jennifer the homeowner of where the
Anna's Hummingbird has been and it was still present today. This would be at
least 42 days now it has been at her place. Sorry, she is not taking any
visitors at this time to view the bird.

MORE to the story and images from today at this link if you care to view
them:

http://www.windowtowildlife.com/annas-hummingbird-continues-day-42-in-wauwat
osa-wisconsin-on-december-7-2016/

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Anna's Hummingbird Wauwatosa MKE Co. continues day 42, 12/7/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 18:03:12 -0600
Hi all,
Just an update here. I got an email from Jennifer the homeowner of where
the Anna's Hummingbird has been and it was still present today. This would
be at least 42 days now it has been at her place. Sorry, she is not taking
any visitors at this time to view the bird.

MORE to the story and images from today at this link if you care to view
them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/annas-hummingbird-continues-day-42-in-wauwatosa-wisconsin-on-december-7-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Sandhills, Snow Geese and Red-throated Loons
From: "Jill Kunsmann" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jillkunsmann" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 23:31:55 +0000 (UTC)
Around 10:30 a.m. today, WGLBBO Director Bill Mueller and I saw a flock of 
about 200+ Sandhills flying over the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. We headed 
up to Harrington Beach State Park and counted about 75 Snow Geese on the wing. 
Bill set up his scope at the blind used by Calvin Brennan for the WGLBBO 
Waterbird Survey, and for about an hour we watched four Red-throated Loons 
swimming in close to shore. Cold and wind...not the most comfortable weather 
for birding, but boy was there action today! 

Jill Kunsmann
Ozaukee County 
    
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Subject: Badfish SWA, Dane co.
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 17:04:52 -0600
 Did my first winter like walk ,out at Badfish SWA, late this afternoon. Didn't 
see many birds, but 2 Fox and 2 Song Sparrows and 4 snipe were nice to see. 
Thought Cooksville CBC counter might like to know. 

 Also a dark morph Rough-legged Hawk, a bit north of there, but it was headed 
south. 

 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Snow Geese in Oconto Co.
From: Richter Museum <richter AT uwgb.edu>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:55:38 +0000
Small flock, three geese, flying south along bay shore this morning.
Tom Erdman

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Subject: Christmas Bird Counts
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 16:26:20 -0600
With the start of the Christmas Bird Counts about a week away, I am still 
lacking dates on 46 counts. If you know the dates of those Counts, please let 
me know. 

I would also like to know if anyone is running the Waushera count. I was just 
informed the previous version compiler no longer lives in WI. 


If you are looking to participate in a count, please contact the coordinator 
from the link below. 


http://wsobirds.org/christmas-bird-count

Thank you,

Kyle Lindemer
Dane County

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Subject: Snow Goose at Humboldt Park, Milwaukee
From: "R. John McCaw" <rjmccaw AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 22:17:43 +0000
This afternoon there was a Snow Goose mixed in with dozens of Canada Geese at 
Humboldt Park. A passerby said that the goose has been hanging around the park 
for the past couple of days. 



John McCaw
Bay View, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co.

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Subject: Harlequin ducks in Sheboygan
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:11:13 -0600
Greetings all,
I just returned from the lakefront near Blue Harbor complex and while there, I 
observed the two Harlequin ducks as reported by Tom Wood yesterday. Thanks for 
the note of that sighting! They were near shore and just appeared while I was 
looking at some Mergansers farther out on the lake. When I left they were near 
the South pier, not far out. The only other bird that I saw that was notable 
was a Greater Black Backed which was on North Beach feasting on a large dead 
fish. 

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Subject: Red-winged BB, Milwaukee
From: Judith Huf <judith_huf AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 15:17:48 +0000
There is a young RWBB at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center this am near the feeder.
Judith Huf
Milwaukee 

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Subject: Swans moving on ...
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 19:52:59 -0600
This late afternoon before it got dark
I heard/saw swans calling in the sky
above the north shore of Lake Kegonsa ...

One movement was to the SE ...
another to the NW ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane county


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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans @ Goose Pond
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:07:03 -0600
When I was there on Saturday 12/03, I saw an apparent family of four
Trumpeter Swans. One of the adults had a yellow neck collar coded "70P"
which would probably help someone in the know determine where they traveled
from.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 3:13 PM
To: WisBirdN
Subject: [wisb] Tundra Swans  AT  Goose Pond

Sunny skies and favorable winds have brought our swan numbers to 273 today,
and we would not be surprised to have some Trumpeters amongst the group.
Largest family group seen today was 4 young with 2 adults.  The swan songs
are loud and clear and the afternoon sunshine is perfect for some great
photography.  Grab your cameras but use your car as a blind and please don't
be tempted to walk Prairie Lane or venture down to the pond as the birds
will flush.  Lots of ducks too.
Susan Foote-Martin, Co-Resident Manager, Goose Pond Sanctuary Columbia Co.,
WI


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Subject: Harlequin Ducks, others in Sheboygan
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 16:00:31 -0600
This morning I walked out to the end of the north pier in Sheboygan (pier
with the red navigation tower) and saw two Harlequin Ducks out near the end.
One is a first winter male (showing a bit of the developing white slashes)
and the other may be a female, but I'm not sure. They were unusually shy,
and after studying them I walked past them which caused them to move west,
closer to the beginning of the pier. On my way back, I had to pass them
again, and they flew back out toward the end of the pier. I moved on to
North Point Park where I met Margaret Brasser. She said the Harlequins had
been seen before today, but not by her. I suggested she try the north pier
which probably sent her on a "wild Harlequin Duck chase" as I will explain
later.
At North Point I had a brief look at a Red-throated Loon when it popped up
between the waves on the very rough lake. A single White-winged Scoter flew
by, far out. Between the north pier and North Point I found 3 Great
Black-backed Gulls and 2 adult Glaucous Gulls. The expected goldeneye and
scaup were absent, but hundreds of Red-breasted Mergansers are still
present, many rafting far, far, out on the lake. A possible group of
Long-tailed Ducks flew south, but lighting was poor and they were too far
out for me to be sure.
After birding North Point, I moved to the Sheboygan River at Blue Harbor
Resort. There were very few birds there, but I did spot my first-of-fall
Common Merganser among the several Red-breasted Mergansers there.
I walked the trail south along the lake, east of the resort, hoping to see
some Snow Buntings. That didn't happen, but who should be there close to
shore near the Mallards? Yes, the two Harlequin Ducks!
They like to move around, so I will no longer give any suggestions about
where to look for them other than "try the Sheboygan lakefront."
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Subject: Tundra Swans @ Goose Pond
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 15:13:15 -0600
Sunny skies and favorable winds have brought our swan numbers to 273 today,
and we would not be surprised to have some Trumpeters amongst the group.
Largest family group seen today was 4 young with 2 adults.  The swan songs
are loud and clear and the afternoon sunshine is perfect for some great
photography.  Grab your cameras but use your car as a blind and please
don't be tempted to walk Prairie Lane or venture down to the pond as the
birds will flush.  Lots of ducks too.
Susan Foote-Martin, Co-Resident Manager,
Goose Pond Sanctuary
Columbia Co., WI


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Subject: Lake Kegonsa
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:38:18 -0600

 Did a lap around Lake Kegonsa ,this morning. I wanted to have the time to 
count the Shovelers. I came up with 692, and I know I couldn't see some ,in the 
Cty AB area. Also had 4 Common Loons, 4 Horned Grebes, 40 Tundra Swans (go 
over), only 1 Canada Goose and only 50 Mallards (out in the fields?), 4 
Green-winged Teal, 45 Canvasbacks, 22 Ring-necked , 62 Buffleheads, 5 
Goldeneye, 51 Ruddy, 2 Gadwall, 6 Red-breasted Merganser and 500+ coots. 

 Yesterday, there were big lines of Mallards, out in the middle.
 I'm sure I missed some species ,on Cty AB, because of no access.
 Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Subject: Updated Bird Lists
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 13:28:49 -0600
At the end of October I observed a flock of white-fronted geese overhead
which was a new species for my "backyard".  It is getting harder to add new
ones as I have been keeping track since the late 1970's, but every so often
I am able to find something new here.  I have a list of potential new
species which I have sighted in this corner of the state but not from our
land which I could add if they happen to come this way.  This now makes 204
species that I have recorded from my home.
I also recently downloaded the updated 2016 Clement's Checklist of the
Birds of the World.  This came out in August but wasn't available to upload
into Birder's Diary until more recently.  As a result of recent splits and
reclassifications I was able to "add" 15 new species to my life list
without ever leaving my desk.  Of course, I do prefer to add lifers the old
fashion way and should plan another trip to some exotic location that I
haven't birded before.

During our around-the-world trip of 2014-15 I developed a new motto which I
still live by:
One life, one planet - and so many birds.  Hoping to find find and
experience some new birds in 2017.

Bill
FdL Co.
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Naturalist
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Subject: Swans
From: "Mitchell Nussbaum" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "acornwithteeth" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2016 02:44:05 +0000 (UTC)
Today I saw around 70 swans on Lake Mendota, near the Maple Bluff Beach. There 
were also a lot of Mallard ducks with them. 

- Genie OgdenMadison
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Subject: update for Hales Corners CBC - Milwaukee Co.
From: "Verhagen, Mark" <mark.verhagen AT ces.uwex.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 22:05:18 +0000
It was pointed out I forgot to put the date in my email (below) for our CBC. 
It's Sat. Dec. 17. For those who want to meet at Wehr Nature Center we gather 
at 9:00 am. Thanks! 

________________________________
It's time again for the Hales Corners Christmas Bird Count in southern 
Milwaukee County. Anyone is welcome to participate and everyone needs to sign 
up through Wehr Nature Center (no fee). If you need a spot to count or are not 
as confident about ID, showing up at the nature center at 9:00 am would be a 
good idea (parking fee doesn't apply to counters). Betsy Abert 
(betsyacorn AT gmail.com) is coordinating the 
lakefront areas along with Rita (Flores) Wiskowski 
(dona_rita AT rocketmail.com) . Otherwise, 
contact Mark at 414-425-8550 or 
mark.verhagen AT ces.uwex.edu for locations and 
count forms. There is a new count form this year, so please get one beforehand. 
Good birding! 

________________________________


Mark Verhagen
Milwaukee County

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Subject: CBC question
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "roamu" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 16:57:16 -0500
Had the National Audubon Society ever considered changing from CBC count 
circles to suitable sized quadrangles? I can see the circle for patch lists, 
but feel a quadrangle would be more practical for the CBC's. Old records for 
the circle could be "grandfathered". 

Ross Mueller, Appleton WI. 

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Subject: Hales Corners CBC - Milwaukee Co.
From: "Verhagen, Mark" <mark.verhagen AT ces.uwex.edu>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 21:31:47 +0000
It's time again for the Hales Corners Christmas Bird Count in southern 
Milwaukee County. Anyone is welcome to participate and everyone needs to sign 
up through Wehr Nature Center (no fee). If you need a spot to count or are not 
as confident about ID, showing up at the nature center at 9:00 am would be a 
good idea (parking fee doesn't apply to counters). Betsy Abert 
betsyacorn AT gmail.com is coordinating the lakefront 
areas along with Rita (Flores) Wiskowski 
dona_rita AT rocketmail.com . Otherwise, contact 
Mark at 414-425-8550 or 
mark.verhagen AT ces.uwex.edu for locations and 
count forms. There is a new count form this year, so please get one beforehand. 
Good birding! 




Mark Verhagen

Natural Areas Management Specialist
Wehr Nature Center
9701 W. College Ave.
Franklin, WI 53132
414-425-8550
414-425-6992 (fax)
800-947-3529 (TDD)
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Subject: Fwd: wisbirdn: Lost Binoculars at Shady Maples Overlook -Upper Mississippi River
From: Tom Sykes <sykes AT motmot.net>
Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 12:17:04 -0700
If anyone knows about or can help with Bob’s dilemma, please contact either 
directly. Hopefully there is an honest person out there who discovered the 
binocular and is making an effort to return it. 


Tom Sykes
Wisbirdn List Owner
sykes AT motmot.net




> 
> 
> From: Gregory S Chapman 
> Date: Mon, 5 Dec 2016 09:37:18 -0800
> Subject: Lost Binoculars at Shady Maples Overlook -Upper Mississippi River
> 
> 
> Hi Everyone,
> I'm requesting help from the birding communities near La Crosse.
> 
> On Saturday, my brother Bob Chapman left his Swarovski binoculars hanging
> from a stationary scope at the overlook. They were gone upon return. I
> don't have the model number, but believe they were connected to a harness.
> 
> Flyers have been put up in a few local places and posted to Craigslist and
> also on the Wisconsin Birders Facebook page.
> 
> If anyone has any information please contact either:
> 
> Bob Chapman
> 563 387-7069
> 
> Greg Chapman
> 707 362-6630
> 
> 
> Thank you, Greg
> 
> PS  Good Birding!
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: Lake Mendota grebes, etc
From: robin stubbs <rfstubbs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 17:18:31 -0600
I am so sorry that I for some bizarre reason gave the wrong name of the
boat launch. It was Mendota park, the campground and boat launch that is on
hwy M in Madison between pheasant branch and Governor Nelson.
My apologies.
On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 6:31 PM, robin stubbs  wrote:

> I did a little late afternoon review of the west end of Lake Mendota
> today. At Gov Nelson, I saw two big white swans of some sort north of the
> park. I could not tell the species from the view I had of their posteriors
> as they were feeding.  There were a truly tremendous number of mostly white
> medium sized water birds probably gulls near the distant shore. A few
> common mergansers were very far out.
>
> Off Babcock Park (requires a Dane County permit now) I saw a grebe with a
> very long neck colored blackish on the dorsal side, white on the ventral
> side. I only got a very brief look as the bird was diving, the water was
> rough, it was very windy, and it was very cloudy.  The bird moved farther
> out so I got no more views with my low power bins.
>
> In University Bay there was a grebe that I would call a horned grebe in
> winter plumage quite close to shore. Otherwise didn't see much other than
> the occasional bufflehead. OT: I was interested to see beavers had taken
> out a tree by the boat launch.
>
> Maryan Stubbs
> Madison, Dane County
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Subject: Pardeeville CBC - Need observers!
From: Paul Schwalbe <p.g6schwalbe AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 15:50:55 -0600
Dear Birders:
We have a few important areas in the Pardeeville CBC that as of now has no
one assigned.  We need a few more birders to help us have complete coverage
of the count  circle.   The date of the count is Thursday, 15 Dec.

Please e-mail us if you will be available and we will  send materials.

Thanks &  good birding.............  Paul & Glenna





-- 
Paul & Glenna Schwalbe
Pardeeville, Columbia Co.


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Subject: Re: Dodge -- Cattle Egret
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 14:33:22 -0500
If documentation is sent to the Records Committee, this would be a record late 
date for the Cattle Egret and the first ever winter season report. The current 
record date is Nov. 30. 


  --Bob Domagalski, St. Nazianz, Manitowoc County

--  three records beyond 19 November 
1.  Nov. 27, 1970 – Iron, Harold Schmide
2.  Nov. 25-28, 1999 – Door, Roy & Charlotte Lukes
3.  Nov. 30, 1981 – Bayfield, Scott Hulse


---- "S. Frank"  wrote: 
> 1:35pm, Cloudy at 31F, Cnty Z & Ledge, NW corner of dairy cow pasture back
> and forth pecking away amidst starlings and cow birds.
> Spence Stehno, Oconomowoc / Waukesha
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Subject: Snow Buntings
From: jeffrey fortier <jfortier300 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 18:30:49 +0000
I was along the lakefront at Veterans park and there was a flock of about 15 
snow Buntings hanging out near the pavilion east of the kite store. There was a 
mix of males, females , and juveniles. When spooked they seemed to like going 
on the roof of the pavilion. 


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Subject: No golden eagles yet
From: "Dave Moffat" <moffatfam AT tds.net>
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 06:34:44 -0600
Yesterday we drove the back roads between Spring Green and Boscobel in
search of any early golden eagles. We didn't see any. We saw several pairs
of adult bald eagles, a couple of individual adults and a couple of
immatures. Lots of red-tailed hawks and kestrels. One light morph
rough-legged hawk. Hopefully things will pick up as the season progresses.
We did see a flock of about a hundred sandhill cranes north of highway 14 a
couple of miles east of Peck's.

Let it snow!

Dave Moffat
Verona, Dane County, WI


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Subject: Re: Freedom area birding
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 10:38:52 -0600
I've received a few emails about the snowys, and there hasn't been any
reported this list serv yet. So I'll report that there is at least one off
hwy J in Freedom and has been there for just over 3 weeks. I don't know
exactly where it's been seen, but it's on ebird, so I'm sure you could get
a better location through that. Thanks
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee

On Dec 2, 2016 7:30 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good morning, I have a co-worker who lives on hwy J in, Freedom. He's
> asked me to pass along some advice. Please be respectful of the people who
> live there. He said a lot of the people who go there and park on the sides
> of the highways, looking for the Snowy Owls, park half in the street or
> park at an angle with part or all of their car/truck in the road. They
> don't mind having all the people there, but those are highways not city
> streets. So if you head that way or knowo someone that is, could you pass
> this along, please. Thank you
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: Dodge -- Cattle Egret
From: "S. Frank" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 13:37:55 -0600
1:35pm, Cloudy at 31F, Cnty Z & Ledge, NW corner of dairy cow pasture back
and forth pecking away amidst starlings and cow birds.
Spence Stehno, Oconomowoc / Waukesha

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Subject: Tundra Swans Lake Mendota
From: ARLENE KOZIOL <arlenekoziol AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 03 Dec 2016 09:18:44 -0600
Saw two Tundra Swans Lake Mendota, Spring Harbor . These are the first swans 
that I have seen on Lake Mendota this year. I have also seen the large flocks 
of Buffleheads-300+ and addition to large rafts of coots. 

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Subject: Re: Tundra Swans Lake Mendota
From: Elizabeth Palmer <deer2palmers AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 10:05:40 -0600
Tundras continue at MAS Goose Pond Sanctuary as well...

Elizabeth Palmer, Poynette, Columbia Co

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 3, 2016, at 9:18 AM, ARLENE KOZIOL  wrote:
> 
> Saw two Tundra Swans Lake Mendota, Spring Harbor . These are the first swans 
that I have seen on Lake Mendota this year. I have also seen the large flocks 
of Buffleheads-300+ and addition to large rafts of coots. 

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Subject: Re: Freedom area birding
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 20:02:28 +0000
FYI, as of now the Freedom area Snowy (Snowies?) isonly plotted in eBird to 
the general hotspot level. 


Only8 Snowies have been reported in WI so farthis fall, to my knowledge, all 
in eastern WI with exception of a Dunn County report. 


Ryan Brady

Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
   




From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
of Jeremy Meyer  

Sent: Friday, December 2, 2016 8:38 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: [wisb] Re: Freedom area birding
   
I've received a few emails about the snowys, and there hasn't been any
reported this list serv yet. So I'll report that there is at least one off
hwy J in Freedom and has been there for just over 3 weeks. I don't know
exactly where it's been seen, but it's on ebird, so I'm sure you could get
a better location through that. Thanks
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee

On Dec 2, 2016 7:30 AM, "Jeremy Meyer"  wrote:

> Good morning, I have a co-worker who lives on hwy J in, Freedom. He's
> asked me to pass along some advice. Please be respectful of the people who
> live there. He said a lot of the people who go there and park on the sides
> of the highways, looking for the Snowy Owls, park half in the street or
> park at an angle with part or all of their car/truck in the road. They
> don't mind having all the people there, but those are highways not city
> streets. So if you head that way or knowo someone that is, could you pass
> this along, please. Thank you
>
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
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Subject: Johnson Creek gulls
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 14:15:30 -0600
I went to check the gulls ,at Johnson Creek. In the Kohl's lot grass field, 
there were 4 Lesser Black-backed gulls, 3 adult (or very near) and 1 3rd cycle. 
1 adult and 1 1st cycle Thayer's and what looked like an immatue Great 
Black-backed Gull, which had it's head tucked and was in a depression. 

 There 600 gulls in the field behind McDonalds, mostly Ring-billed. They all 
flushed when I stopped, as did the gulls one the water. 

 I stopped at Cabela's ,in Sun Prairie, and there was 1 White-fronted Goose and 
2 Cackling Geese, all real close to the parking area. 

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Subject: Long-eared Owls - Milwaukee County
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 16:07:10 -0600
Good afternoon, I finally found a few Long-eared Owls (lifers!), with a
some help from Mike, thank you! We came upon 3 of them roosting in the
trees. Two of them sat no more than ten feet off the ground and the third
was about fifteen feet up. They were in some thick brushy area, so there
wasn't any straight line views of them. I have a couple of pictures if you
care to see them, at the link below. I also just uploaded pictures of all 3
Barred Owlets from spring.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/20birds08/

Have a great night,
Jeremy Meyer
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Subject: Freedom area birding
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:30:13 -0600
Good morning, I have a co-worker who lives on hwy J in, Freedom. He's asked
me to pass along some advice. Please be respectful of the people who live
there. He said a lot of the people who go there and park on the sides of
the highways, looking for the Snowy Owls, park half in the street or park
at an angle with part or all of their car/truck in the road. They don't
mind having all the people there, but those are highways not city streets.
So if you head that way or knowo someone that is, could you pass this
along, please. Thank you
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Subject: Harrington Beach & Horicon Marsh
From: Gmail <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 14:48:39 -0600
I spent an enjoyable morning & early afternoon checking out a few spots on Lake 
Michigan and then Horicon Marsh. Harrington Beach SP was very entertaining off 
from D for over an hour earlier this a.m. Highlights included 3 Red-throated 
Loons, one of which was a short distance off shore the entire time I was there; 
all 3 scoters (2 Surf, 4 White-winged and 4 Black), Long-tailed Ducks (fly-by) 
and several hundred Red-br. Mergansers. Gulls were the standard two plus a lone 
Bonaparte's and an immature Black-legger Kittiwake. The later was out quite a 
ways and was only visible for several minutes, turning numerous times to afford 
good id looks. 

Kohler SP and Sheboygan were very quiet. The only things of note was a Red-br. 
Nuthatch coming to the feeders at Kohler and a male Cooper's Hawk in Sheboygan. 


Horicon Marsh was quite good although number of birds is down, except for geese 
and Sandhill Cranes. The Cattle Egret is still present working the fields of 
the farm at the intersection of Z and Ledge Rd. 14 Gr. White-fronted Geese 
joined the Canada Geese and a few ducks on the pump house pond. Also present 
were several Trumpeter Swans. 10 duck species were tallied on the marsh. Easily 
a thousand Sandhill Cranes were feeding in the fields on the east side of the 
marsh---impressive! As I was leaving the marsh to connect with 151 a smaller 
flock of Sandhills were feeding on a field, with the Whooping Crane joining 
them. This was located before I turns off 49 to the south. 

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Subject: Lake Mendota grebes, etc
From: robin stubbs <rfstubbs AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2016 18:31:26 -0600
I did a little late afternoon review of the west end of Lake Mendota today.
At Gov Nelson, I saw two big white swans of some sort north of the park. I
could not tell the species from the view I had of their posteriors as they
were feeding.  There were a truly tremendous number of mostly white medium
sized water birds probably gulls near the distant shore. A few common
mergansers were very far out.
Off Babcock Park (requires a Dane County permit now) I saw a grebe with a
very long neck colored blackish on the dorsal side, white on the ventral
side. I only got a very brief look as the bird was diving, the water was
rough, it was very windy, and it was very cloudy.  The bird moved farther
out so I got no more views with my low power bins.

In University Bay there was a grebe that I would call a horned grebe in
winter plumage quite close to shore. Otherwise didn't see much other than
the occasional bufflehead. OT: I was interested to see beavers had taken
out a tree by the boat launch.

Maryan Stubbs
Madison, Dane County


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Subject: Lady King Eider still present MKE
From: "S. Frank" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 10:45:36 -0600
Thursday, December 01, 2016 - 9:40AM - Milwaukee Lakefront - north of
Bradford Beach and North Point - South of Filtration Plant
41F Cloudy - Female King Eider Viewed from sidewalk at first mesh garbage
can north of north point land; sidewalks close to water and gives good view
north & some to south. Lady King Eider was visible alone about 150 yards
east & a bit north of this location. Mergansers, Buffleheads, Gulls around
area but not within vicinity of Eider.  Continuing bird seen pretty easily
with scope, swimming, diving about 150 yards east of mesh trash can that's
chained to lamp post on sidewalk just north of the N. Point jetty.
Distinctive dark bill, primarily brown feathering with black markings. Was
alone with a gull or merganser that passed by.


Spence Stehno – Oconomowoc/Waukesha

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Subject: American Kestrel at the Milwaukee Lakefront MKE Co. 11/30/16, some images...
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:58:08 -0600
Hi all,
A quiet morning along the lakefront in Milwaukee at the places I checked.
~25 winter ducks at the Petroleum Pier. Typical Ring-billed Gulls in the
Bradford Beach area and American Coots most places along the lake. The King
Eider is still being seen. The highlight of the morning was an American
Kestrel coming in for a landing in a tree I was nearby. A pleasant morning
out and I'm sure that will change soon.

A few images of the American Kestrel taken this morning at this link if you
care to view them:


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/american-kestrel-milwaukee-lakefront-november-30-2016/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, December 1, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2016 16:14:03 -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, December 1, 2016
40 degrees
Cloudy
15 birders

Total Species:  18

4 Mallard
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
35 Rock Pigeon
1 Great Horned Owl
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
9 Downy Woodpecker
5 Hairy Woodpecker
9 American Crow

10 Black-capped Chickadee
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
8 American Tree Sparrow
28 Dark-eyed Junco
6 Northern Cardinal
44 American Goldfinch
8 House Sparrow

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Subject: Re: Snow Goose Blue Morphs
From: Paul Kinzer <ptkinzr AT icloud.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:30:46 -0600
The Snow Geese were still there at 4pm today.  Handsome birds!

-Paul

> On Nov 29, 2016, at 10:08 AM, S. Frank  wrote:
> 
> 4 Blue Morph Snow Geese at McMahon Pond amidst C. Geese.
> Hwy 67 & McMahon Rd.
> Spence Stehno & Mary Korkor, Waukesha county
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Subject: "Reply" vs. "Reply All"
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:23:07 +0000
Just a reminder to folks to check the "To" line when replying to a specific 
sender. You don't need to let the entire list in on it. (And, depending on the 
subject matter, it can lead to a very embarrassing faux pas, as longtime 
subscribers may well recall from early in my tenure as admin/monitor. Cough, 
cough...) 


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Subject: CBC
From: jeffrey fortier <jfortier300 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:14:32 +0000
I will be happy to do areas along the lakefront. We can discuss it more next 
week. 


Jeff Fortier South Milwaukee Milwaukee county

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Subject: CBC
From: jeffrey fortier <jfortier300 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:12:45 +0000
I will be happy to do some of the parks along the lakefront as that is where i 
do most of my birding anyway. We can discuss it more next week. 

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Subject: Re: Hales Corners CBC: Southern Milw. Co.
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:23:10 -0600
I can help out after I do my area for the Milwaukee count. Probably around 1:00 
PM. Let me know which areas are available and I’ll pick one. 


Karen
> On Nov 29, 2016, at 10:12 AM, Betsy Abert  wrote:
> 
> All, Again we face the challenge of locating enough volunteers to cover our
> area of southern Milwaukee county in the face of sharing the date with
> central/northern Milwaukee's count where a number of our birders are
> committed on December 17th.  We tend to lack enough bodies to cover the
> better hotspots along the southern lakefront and around inland wetlands,
> and this year is no exception.
> So, we put out the request for volunteers again to cover the areas south of
> Texas Ave. overlook, Seminary Woods, and the lakefront parks of Sheridan,
> Warnimont, Grant and Bender.  Rita (Flores)  Wiskowski is sharing in the
> organizing this year, and the rumor is there'll be hot soups to share at
> Casa Flores in South Milwaukee at noon.  Let us know if you're interested
> in joining the fun.
> 
> Thus far, winter waterfowl arrival has been very slow to nil, but WW
> Scoters were spotted off of Sheridan yesterday.
> Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee betsyacorn AT gmail.com
> Rita Wiskowski, South Milwaukee, dona_rita AT rocketmail.com
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Subject: Hales Corners CBC: Southern Milw. Co.
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:12:16 -0600
All, Again we face the challenge of locating enough volunteers to cover our
area of southern Milwaukee county in the face of sharing the date with
central/northern Milwaukee's count where a number of our birders are
committed on December 17th.  We tend to lack enough bodies to cover the
better hotspots along the southern lakefront and around inland wetlands,
and this year is no exception.
So, we put out the request for volunteers again to cover the areas south of
Texas Ave. overlook, Seminary Woods, and the lakefront parks of Sheridan,
Warnimont, Grant and Bender.  Rita (Flores)  Wiskowski is sharing in the
organizing this year, and the rumor is there'll be hot soups to share at
Casa Flores in South Milwaukee at noon.  Let us know if you're interested
in joining the fun.

Thus far, winter waterfowl arrival has been very slow to nil, but WW
Scoters were spotted off of Sheridan yesterday.
Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee betsyacorn AT gmail.com
Rita Wiskowski, South Milwaukee, dona_rita AT rocketmail.com


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Subject: Snow Goose Blue Morphs
From: "S. Frank" <pensacola634 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:08:33 -0600
4 Blue Morph Snow Geese at McMahon Pond amidst C. Geese.
Hwy 67 & McMahon Rd.
Spence Stehno & Mary Korkor, Waukesha county

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Subject: Re: Block
From: Tom Sykes <sykes AT motmot.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:34:31 -0700
Hello all,

Aside form continuing issues with Hotmail and Yahoo accounts there are a number 
of things that can cause delays or blockage. There could be server issues along 
the route the mail takes. Sending HTML text (not plain text) results in 
problems, in particular, Android software on many Samsung phones are 
problematic (the occasional gobboly-gook messages that appear on the list that 
usually trigger folks getting booted by the servers). At times people will 
attempt to send using a different email account than the one they are 
registered with and get blocked. But without seeing the specific block error 
you have received it’s difficult to track the problem. 


Neither Peter nor myself can ‘unblock’ anyone other than check to see if an 
email registered to the list is valid. As for receiving a copy of your posts 
that again depends on what software is being used to send the post. However, 
anyone can check the list archives at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. 
Click on the List Archive link to see if your post has shown up on the list. 
There is also access to the most recent postings at ABA’s Birding News site 
for Wisconsin at: http://birding.aba.org/maillist/WI 



Tom Sykes
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(currently in sunny - but chilly - Arizona)

> On Nov 28, 2016, at 10:41 AM, Peter Fissel  wrote:
> 
> Not sure what may have been going on there, but the same thing happens to me 
from time to time. There is some other weirdness that occasionally affects 
gmail and hotmail accounts, too. Usually the sender's email goes through to the 
list, but they never get a copy, despite having their Wisbirdn account set to 
"Echopost". 

> 
> In Beau's case, the return address shows as "dmarc-noreply", which indicates 
a Yahoo email account, the cause of much grief in listserv world (due largely 
to Yahoo's atrocious online security.) That was the solution adopted by the 
tech guys at Freelists.org so that listowner Tom Sykes didn't have to boot all 
of the yahoo.com and related email addresses off of the list (as had to be done 
with aol.com addresses a few years back, for similar reasons.) 

> 
> Things are (suspiciously) quiet right now, so keep your fingers crossed that 
no one's account gets hacked and a bunch of addresses get booted off by the 
Freelists server. 

> 
> Peter Fissel
> Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy
> Madison WI
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> From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
of nancy tikalsky  

> Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 11:23 AM
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org; dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Block
> 
> Dave Johnson and I also got blocked out this weekend while trying to report 
the King Eider update on Thursday. 

> 
> Shanti, n.
> Nancy J. Tikalsky
> Zion/Lake
> /|\ Please consider the environment before printing this email
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> Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 5:03:00 PM
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> Subject: [wisb] Block
> 
> I just got blocked again for some reason. Can you restore? Thanks!
> 
> Beau Schaefer
> Lake co, IL
> 
> 
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Subject: Re: winter finches
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 02:04:18 +0000
The Northeast U.S. is experiencing a good finch flight so far this year. 
Wisconsin is at the west end of this movement. Northwoods birders are finding 
good diversity but modest numbers of most species. White-winged Crossbills and 
Common Redpolls seem most prevalent right now, though Red Crossbills (mostly 
Type 10's) are widespread and small numbers of Bohemian Waxwings, as well as 
both Pine and Evening Grosbeaks have been seen in far northern counties. As 
often the case this time of year few are visiting feeders, most instead feeding 
on natural seed and fruit sources. 


It will be interesting to see what plays out when winter sets in a bit. For 
now, birders heading north can expect at least a sampling of the winter 
finches. As always, knowing their overhead flight calls will greatly increase 
detecting most of them. 


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
   




From: wisbirdn-bounce AT freelists.org  on behalf 
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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 12:05 PM
To: rnclukes AT mwwb.net
Cc: Wisconsin Birders Network
Subject: [wisb] Re: winter finches
   
Hello Charlotte,
You must be thinking of Ron Pittaway's Finch Forecast. Link below:


http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/ron-pittaways-winter-finch-forecast-2016-2017/ 



Aaron Balogh,
Middleton, WI

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> I remember a man several years ago would send us a forecast of the winter
> finches and other northern migrants. I think he lived in Canada. Has this
> forecast been reported yet this fall? Does anybody know a predictions of
> southern movements of our winter visitors?
>
>
> Thanks for any news,
>
> Charlotte Lukes
>
> Egg Harbor, WI
>
> Door County
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Subject: Re: winter finches
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:07:41 -0600
Thank you to all the replies giving me the site for the report I sought.
Charlotte Lukes

 

From: B.G. Sloan [mailto:bgsloan3 AT gmail.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 1:37 PM
To: rnclukes AT mwwb.net; Wisconsin Birding Network
Subject: Re: [wisb] winter finches

 

See: 
http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/ron-pittaways-winter-finch-forecast-2016-2017/ 


 

Bernie Sloan

 

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wrote: 


I remember a man several years ago would send us a forecast of the winter
finches and other northern migrants. I think he lived in Canada. Has this
forecast been reported yet this fall? Does anybody know a predictions of
southern movements of our winter visitors?


Thanks for any news,

Charlotte Lukes

Egg Harbor, WI

Door County



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Subject: Re: winter finches
From: Aaron Balogh <crotalus269 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:05:33 -0600
Hello Charlotte,
You must be thinking of Ron Pittaway's Finch Forecast.  Link below:


http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/ron-pittaways-winter-finch-forecast-2016-2017/ 



Aaron Balogh,
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> I remember a man several years ago would send us a forecast of the winter
> finches and other northern migrants. I think he lived in Canada. Has this
> forecast been reported yet this fall? Does anybody know a predictions of
> southern movements of our winter visitors?
>
>
> Thanks for any news,
>
> Charlotte Lukes
>
> Egg Harbor, WI
>
> Door County
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Subject: Re: winter finches
From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:36:50 -0500
See:

http://ebird.org/content/canada/news/ron-pittaways-winter-finch-forecast-2016-2017/ 

Bernie Sloan

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wrote:

> I remember a man several years ago would send us a forecast of the winter
> finches and other northern migrants. I think he lived in Canada. Has this
> forecast been reported yet this fall? Does anybody know a predictions of
> southern movements of our winter visitors?
>
>
> Thanks for any news,
>
> Charlotte Lukes
>
> Egg Harbor, WI
>
> Door County
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Subject: Re: winter finches
From: Sunil Gopalan <sgopalan AT umich.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:35:58 -0600
You're looking for this: http://www.jeaniron.ca/2016/finchforecast16.htm
Sunil Gopalan - Madison

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> I remember a man several years ago would send us a forecast of the winter
> finches and other northern migrants. I think he lived in Canada. Has this
> forecast been reported yet this fall? Does anybody know a predictions of
> southern movements of our winter visitors?
>
>
> Thanks for any news,
>
> Charlotte Lukes
>
> Egg Harbor, WI
>
> Door County
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Subject: winter finches
From: "Roy & Charlotte Lukes" <rnclukes AT mwwb.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:30:07 -0600
I remember a man several years ago would send us a forecast of the winter
finches and other northern migrants. I think he lived in Canada. Has this
forecast been reported yet this fall? Does anybody know a predictions of
southern movements of our winter visitors?
 

Thanks for any news,

Charlotte Lukes

Egg Harbor, WI

Door County



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Subject: Re: Block
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:41:21 +0000
Not sure what may have been going on there, but the same thing happens to me 
from time to time. There is some other weirdness that occasionally affects 
gmail and hotmail accounts, too. Usually the sender's email goes through to the 
list, but they never get a copy, despite having their Wisbirdn account set to 
"Echopost". 


In Beau's case, the return address shows as "dmarc-noreply", which indicates a 
Yahoo email account, the cause of much grief in listserv world (due largely to 
Yahoo's atrocious online security.) That was the solution adopted by the tech 
guys at Freelists.org so that listowner Tom Sykes didn't have to boot all of 
the yahoo.com and related email addresses off of the list (as had to be done 
with aol.com addresses a few years back, for similar reasons.) 


Things are (suspiciously) quiet right now, so keep your fingers crossed that no 
one's account gets hacked and a bunch of addresses get booted off by the 
Freelists server. 


Peter Fissel
Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy
Madison WI
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Subject: [wisb] Re: Block

Dave Johnson and I also got blocked out this weekend while trying to report the 
King Eider update on Thursday. 


Shanti, n.
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I just got blocked again for some reason. Can you restore? Thanks!

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Subject: Re: Block
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Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:23:46 +0000
Dave Johnson and I also got blocked out this weekend while trying to report the 
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Subject: Fly-by jaeger at Harrington Beach State Park
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:56:17 -0600
Calvin Brennan sees jaegers regularly from his waterbird watch, and others
report them occasionally from various locations along Lake Michigan, but up
until today, the only place I had seen jaegers in Wisconsin was at Superior.
I was sitting on a bench in the south picnic area at Harrington Beach,
hoping to spot some loons. A jaeger winged its way south about 300 yards out
and I was able to get my scope on it right away. It seemed a bit bulkier
than the jaegers we see at Jaegerfest, but this is a subjective judgment.
Unfortunately, the sunlight predicted for this afternoon did not happen, so
lighting was poor. I was able to see considerable white on both the
upperwing and underwing, but I was unable to determine if the underwing had
a large single white patch or the "double-flash" that is seen on Pomarine
Jaegers. Neither was I able to get any resolution on the tail feathers, nor
a good look at the underparts. Since the normal late departure date for
Parasitic Jaeger is November 28, I suppose it could have been that species,
although I would prefer Pomarine Jaeger which I have never seen in the
state! The jaeger seemed to turn in towards the shore south of the park, so
later I went down to Cedar Beach Road and saw some gull activity far south,
but no jaeger. Before Calvin terminated his watch, he saw three Pomarine
Jaegers, so I suppose it is a remote possibility that one stayed in the
area. Something to watch for.
Other interesting birds seen at the park were one Red-throated Loon, a Great
Black-backed Gull flying north, and 10 swans flying south (presumably
migrating Tundras, but too far out to tell).
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Black Scoter at Whalen Grade (Columbia Co.)
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 22:08:15 +0000
Jim Otto just sent me a nice photo of a female/immature-type Black Scoter that 
he took at Whalen Grade this afternoon. Not much else there, he said. 


For those new to the list, Whalen Grade is the causeway where County V crosses 
Lake Wisconsin east of Merrimac. It goes north off of County CS not far west of 
the interstate. 



Peter Fissel

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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: jeffrey fortier <jfortier300 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:30:59 +0000
Hello Dave,
 I am guessing we saw the owl about 3:30PM. We had been watching the other side 
of the road and driving up and down Hwy 49 and all of a sudden the owl was on 
the edge of the reeds. 



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Subject: Snow Bunting in Bayside
From: David Snell <dasnell3 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:22:19 -0600
For the past two days we have had a single snow bunting hanging around the
small lake behind us in northern Milwaukee County. Brilliant white with
black streaked back. My lifetime first.

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Subject: Sandhill Cranes at Horicon
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 22:59:25 +0000
On my way back from Thanksgiving dinner in Mayville this afternoon, I took a 
swing past Horicon Marsh. I was amazed at how many Sandhill Cranes were staging 
in the farm fields on the east side along County Z. There were hundreds just in 
the fields on either side of S. Point Rd., so I stopped to do an estimate of 
numbers. I noticed at least as many birds in the air coming towards me, and 
assumed they were Canada Geese. I was stunned when they turned out to be more 
Cranes. My extremely conservative estimate just in that one small area was 
1200, which I'm sure was an undercount, given how many more were flying beyond 
those that landed. 


Along Hwy 49, the only place with significant numbers of waterfowl was the pond 
east of the pumphouse on the Dodge Co. (south) side. There were hundreds of 
Canada and a couple dozen Snow Geese (if there were Cacklers, I missed them.) 
Just scattered ducks and a few swans (didn't stop to check which species) in 
the other impoundments. 



Remember deer hunting will be going on in the NWR through Sunday, so the Auto 
Loop is closed and blaze orange apparel is required. The entire refuge will be 
open for hiking/snowshoeing (potentially) as of Thursday Dec. 1 until March 15 
of next year. 



And finally, I'd like to express my thanks for all of the great folks I've met 
over the years, largely because of Wisbirdn. It's the subscribers and 
contributors who make it what it is. In these contentious times, it's nice to 
find common ground on a subject we all care deeply about - birds! 



Peter Fissel

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Subject: Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 24, 2016
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 18:11:21 -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, November 24, 2016
37 degrees
Cloudy
7 birders

Total Species:  14

5 Canada Goose
2 Mallard
2 Herring Gull
27 Rock Pigeon
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 American Crow
7 Black-capped Chickadee
3 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 American Robin

6 American Tree Sparrow
40 Dark-eyed Junco
60 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

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Subject: Block
From: "beau schaefer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "beauschaefer" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 17:03:00 -0600
I just got blocked again for some reason. Can you restore? Thanks!

Beau Schaefer
Lake co, IL



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Subject: Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Yardmap: practical things you can do for birds and citizen science
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:00:37 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2016/11/a-practical-thing-you-can-do-for-birds.html 


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com
office  262-285-3374
cell   414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Subject: Snowy Owl
From: jeffrey fortier <jfortier300 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2016 03:08:19 +0000
My wife and I visited Horicon Marsh today along Hwy 49. There were the usual 
visitors with the unexpected sighting of a Snowy Owl on the north side of Hwy 
49 across from the pump house. After observing the Snowy Owl for a few moments 
it flew off to the north. 


Jeff Fortier, South Milwaukee, Milwaukee County

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Subject: Milwukee and Johnson Creek
From: "Steve Thiessen" <stevethiessen AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:46:35 -0600
 Decided late to go to Milwaukee, with Nolan Pope.
 1st stop at North Point. Had a nice line of Black Scoter's right out from us. 
We could see the eider out and north of us, so we moved down by the water 
plant. The King Eider flew right in to us. Great views. Then we stopped at the 
Snack Bar. 16 Surf Scoter's right out from it. Then down to the Petrolium Pier. 
The Western Grebe was just out from the end. We stopped at Texas overlook, but 
not much doing. 

 We went up to Virmond Park, not much for water fowl that wasn't Red-breasted 
Mergansers. We did see 1 adult Glaucous Gull. 

 Going home we stopped at Johnson Creek for gulls. On the pond, north. of 94, 
we saw 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 1 adult, 1 ist cycle and 1 2nd cycle. I 
also saw a 1st cycle Thayer's flying to the south. 

 Later we went to the grass field, south of 94. We saw the adult and the 1st 
cycle Lesser B-b gulls again. We also had 1 or 2 adult Thayer's and 1 1st cycle 
Thayer's. Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane Co. 

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Subject: Re: Binocular Question
From: "julie" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mayhill10" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 18:47:29 -0600
I had purchased a pair of the binocs for my 94 yr old mom a year ago because 
they have good light and are fairly lightweight. She dropped them and with the 
warranty they repaired them. I just purchased two pairs this month for my 7 and 
8 yr old grandkids. I have a pair at my house also but use Swarovskis in the 
field. So I obviously recommend them as good value. I also use them for 
counting butterflies since they are better for close up than my more expensive 
ones. Julie Long. St Charles Il 


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> On Nov 22, 2016, at 7:15 AM, Mark Korducki  wrote:
> 
> My wife has a friend who casually looks at the birds at her feeders and on 
her lake. We wanted to get her an inexpensive pair of binoculars. I just got an 
ad for Eagle Optics sale on Atlas Binoculars for $99. Does anyone have any 
experience with this brand and how they are? 

> 
> Thanks 
> 
> Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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Subject: Eastern Screech-Owl, Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
From: <eileen.worman AT frontier.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 12:54:39 -0600
I was happy to see the gray-colored Eastern Screech-Owl in our duck box in the 
yard early this morning. He was only visible for a short time, but I have 
reason to believe he and his rufous-colored partner will be hanging around for 
some time to come. Last month I reported seeing the rufous one, but she was 
only seen for a little over a week. Last February through May we were able to 
see both of them and then their two offspring. We will be moving away from this 
home in the coming months but are leaving the duck box in place so the owls 
will still have their special home. Maybe one day some Wood Ducks will be brave 
and nest in there, instead of in the dead trees for a change of pace. 

Eileen Worman
Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
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Subject: Re: ID help- Mil Co- case closed
From: <kristinestone AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 7:55:49 -0500
Good morning again,
I am trying to help id the bird for a friend and I suspect that she has seen a 
classic female bluebird. My description was of a European robin (thanks early 
riser for getting back to me so quickly!) and that is very unlikely in 
Shorewood, WI. 

Sincerely,
Kristine
Mequon


---- K  wrote: 
> Good morning,
> Looking for help identifying a bird by photo description since I cannot 
attach image. It was seen in northern Milwaukee. 

> The body is of a bluebird but the colors are different. The white belly has a 
grey side border that becomes a bright soft orange on the breast and instead of 
stopping at the chin, the orange goes over the eyes like a red-faced warbler. 
(There is no black on my question bird.) The crown and back are light tan, 
yellowish more than brown, and the color comes down into its flanks. Short 
black bill and eye. 

> I have observed bluebirds in my neighborhood for years at all stages of 
development and season and it just doesn't look like a normal bluebird to me. 
Appreciate the thoughts and I can reply individually with the photo. 

> Sincerely,
> Kristine
> Mequon
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Subject: ID help- Mil Co
From: K <kristinestone AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Nov 2016 02:14:49 -0600
Good morning,
Looking for help identifying a bird by photo description since I cannot attach 
image. It was seen in northern Milwaukee. 

The body is of a bluebird but the colors are different. The white belly has a 
grey side border that becomes a bright soft orange on the breast and instead of 
stopping at the chin, the orange goes over the eyes like a red-faced warbler. 
(There is no black on my question bird.) The crown and back are light tan, 
yellowish more than brown, and the color comes down into its flanks. Short 
black bill and eye. 

I have observed bluebirds in my neighborhood for years at all stages of 
development and season and it just doesn't look like a normal bluebird to me. 
Appreciate the thoughts and I can reply individually with the photo. 

Sincerely,
Kristine
Mequon

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Subject: Re: Binocular Question
From: Judy Ettenhofer <judyett AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:07:14 -0600
I have Eagle Optics' Vortex binoculars and have been pleased with them.
They are high quality and durable. I compared them in the shop with a pair
of Nikons and found the view virtually identical. I am an intermediate -
level birder who does not have oodles of money to spend on optics.
Judy Ettenhofer, Spring Green

On Nov 22, 2016 7:16 AM, "Mark Korducki"  wrote:

> My wife has a friend who casually looks at the birds at her feeders and on
> her lake. We wanted to get her an inexpensive pair of binoculars. I just
> got an ad for Eagle Optics sale on Atlas Binoculars for $99.  Does anyone
> have any experience with this brand and how they are?
>
> Thanks
>
> Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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Subject: Re: Swans
From: Chris West <little_blue_birdie AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:07:47 +0000
The Swans are present until the water freezes.

You'll want the Brownsville Overlook on the MN side.




--Chris


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material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the 
composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no 
more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be 
again." (From William Beebe's "The Bird: Its Form and Function," 1906) 

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Subject: [wisb] Swans

Several questions- Are the swans still in La Crosse area. I am aware of the 
Minnesota side. I recently saw a publication of some information as to where 
one can view a large flock in Wisconsin , north of La Crosse but neglected to 
keep the information, nor print it out. Any help would be appreciated. 

Thanks
Jerry Schoen
Whitewater
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Subject: Swans
From: "Jerry Schoen" <basketsandbirds AT charter.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:03:35 -0600
Several questions- Are the swans still in La Crosse area. I am aware of the 
Minnesota side. I recently saw a publication of some information as to where 
one can view a large flock in Wisconsin , north of La Crosse but neglected to 
keep the information, nor print it out. Any help would be appreciated. 

Thanks
Jerry Schoen 
Whitewater
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