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Brown Thrasher,©Barry Kent Mackay

21 Dec Juneau Snowy Owl ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
20 Dec Snowy Owl NE of Cadott, WI [Victoria Sokolowski ]
20 Dec 175+ Snowy Owls [Ryan Brady ]
20 Dec Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties today. ["Tom Wood" ]
20 Dec Black Scoter, Outagamie County ["" ]
20 Dec Shiocton & Fremont CBCs [Daryl Tessen ]
20 Dec Snowy Owls Brown county [Robert Mead ]
20 Dec Re: Snowies at airport [Bill Krouse ]
20 Dec Fwd: eBird Report - Estabrook Park, Dec 20, 2014 [CHARLES HAGNER ]
19 Dec Snowies at airport []
19 Dec Waterloo CBC Sunday, Dec. 14 - Summary [Karen Etter Hale ]
19 Dec Common Redpolls in Milwaukee County ["Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" ]
19 Dec Oconto, WI area [Joan Grant ]
19 Dec Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive [Elizabeth Palmer ]
18 Dec Red-headed Woodpecker [David Kragness ]
18 Dec Brodhead CBC Results 12/16/14 [Quentin Yoerger ]
18 Dec Re: RB Nuthatches ["Sue Peterson" ]
18 Dec Congratulations to Paul Schilke! [Peter Fissel ]
18 Dec RB Nuthatches []
18 Dec Rosendale CBC volunteers needed [Kyle Lindemer ]
18 Dec Re: No RB Nuthatches [Myles Hurlburt ]
18 Dec Re: No RB Nuthatches [Ryan Chrouser ]
18 Dec Re: No RB Nuthatches [Kim Kreimann ]
18 Dec No RB Nuthatches ["Lori Inderdahl" ]
18 Dec Re: Oshkosh CBC results via Benson & Bruce [Jeremy Meyer ]
18 Dec Oshkosh CBC results via Benson & Bruce ["Paul Bruce" ]
18 Dec Fw: [mou-net] Sax-Zim Bog Festival filling fast! Spaces still available [Peter Fissel ]
17 Dec Madison CBC Birds and Beers [Kyle Lindemer ]
17 Dec Amherst Goldfinch ["" ]
17 Dec Re: Alert concerning flu viruses in birds [Ian Plummer ]
17 Dec Re: Alert concerning flu viruses in birds [Ian Plummer ]
17 Dec Waterloo and Columbus CBCs [Peter Fissel ]
17 Dec Online birding chat - Noon Today [Ryan Brady ]
17 Dec Fw: Milwaukee Northridge Lake Gulls ["Carol Moerke" ]
17 Dec Milwaukee Northridge Lake Gulls ["Carol Moerke" ]
17 Dec Fw: Sherman Nature Explorers and Turville Point [Peter Fissel ]
17 Dec Madison CBC- Gulls! [Kyle Lindemer ]
17 Dec Great Horned Owls [Carol Jaksic ]
16 Dec Dodge Co. Juneau area Snowy owl and Merlin continue today ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
16 Dec Pine siskins have arrived in La Crosse area [Mary Strasser ]
16 Dec Alert concerning flu viruses in birds [Victoria Sokolowski ]
16 Dec Re: Snowy aging and sexing Milwaukee bird [Jennifer Ambrose ]
16 Dec WISCONSIN BREEDING BIRD ATLAS PARTICIPANTS - PLEASE READ! ["Nick Anich" ]
16 Dec Appleton CBC---prelim results [Daryl Tessen ]
16 Dec Common Loons, Big Cedar Lake, Washington County ["Eileen Worman" ]
15 Dec Horicon Marsh Bird Club Program Dec 18th [Jeffrey Bahls ]
15 Dec Snowy Owl Brown County []
15 Dec Common Eider--Superior [Daryl Tessen ]
15 Dec Dodge Co. Juneau area SNOWY OWL, MERLIN ["Rhonda Schrab" ]
14 Dec Racine Co - Loon - Wind Point area [Eric Howe ]
14 Dec Snowy, near Manitowoc [Diane D ]
13 Dec Columbia County Snowy Owls ["Michael John Jaeger" ]
14 Dec Columbus CBC this Tuesday [Peter Fissel ]
13 Dec RFI: Snowy Owls, Green Bay area [Aaron Milenski ]
13 Dec Hoary Redpoll and Harris's Sparrow-Columbia Co. [Laura Wentz ]
13 Dec White-winged Scoter Dane Co [Rob Pendergast ]
13 Dec 3-toed WP NO [Douglas Stratton ]
13 Dec Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (and related) news [William Mueller ]
13 Dec Wis. Breeding Bird Atlas II - Kickoff Meeting Feb. 27-March 1, 2015 [Karen Etter Hale ]
12 Dec Map for N Hawk Owl, etc in Eau Claire [A Geraghty ]
12 Dec Snowy Owl and Bald Eagle in Sheboygan [Jim and Julie Hess ]
12 Dec Re: {Chippewa Valley Birding} Hawk Owl still there this pm [Myles Hurlburt ]
12 Dec Hawk Owl still there this pm ["Janine Polk" ]
11 Dec Snowy Owl in Ozaukee County ["David Snell" ]
11 Dec Northern hawk owl - Eau Claire [Ryan Chrouser ]
11 Dec Re: [wisb northern Hawk owl near Eau Claire [Ryan Chrouser ]
11 Dec 125+ Snowy Owls in the state [Ryan Brady ]
11 Dec Re: [wisb northern Hawk owl near Eau Claire [Seth Spencer ]
11 Dec Live raptor event in South Milwaukee tonight ["" ]
11 Dec American Three-toed Woodpecker Burnett Co. 12/10/14...some images [Jim Edlhuber ]
11 Dec SE Milwaukee County CBC volunteers? 12/20 ["" ]
11 Dec Madison Birders: CBC Opportunity [Kyle Lindemer ]
11 Dec It's "Count Week" for early CBCs! [Peter Fissel ]
11 Dec Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) listed as threatened by USFWS ["Judy s." ]
11 Dec Am. Three-toed Wdpkr, Hawk Owl=yes [Alyssa DeRubeis ]
10 Dec Leucistic Hawk Update and Correction []

Subject: Juneau Snowy Owl
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 12:43:31 -0600
Drove through S. Grove Rd. near Juneau at 11:30 and the snowy owl was 
perched on the big shed roof, same spot as yesterday. Also saw 1 
light-phase rough-legged hawk being harassed by a couple of crows and 1 
beautiful dark phase rough-legged hawk hovering, hunting. Dodge Co
  
  


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Subject: Snowy Owl NE of Cadott, WI
From: Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet AT chibardun.net>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:31:01 -0600
Just a quick report that I saw a Snowy Owl Thursday, Dec 18th northeast of 
Cadott, WI off County O about 3 pm. I found several in this general area last 
year, so I was glad to start finding them again. I usually check the area 
quickly Thursday afternoons on my way to Eau Claire from Ladysmith, WI 



Victoria Sokolowski
Ladysmith, WI
Rusk County


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Subject: 175+ Snowy Owls
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:13:38 -0700
As of last night the statewide tally stands at ~174 Snowy Owls, compared to 
~123 on this date last year. Though I see a bunch more were found today so I'm 
already behind. :) 


http://bit.ly/1zwcC2o

As always, help me out by reporting your bird to this forum AND plotting it 
yourself in eBird, which saves me much time. If you deem the location info to 
be sensitive, feel free to map it more generally (e.g. county level) or wait 
until the bird is gone before submitting to eBird. 


Thanks!


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Subject: Ozaukee and Sheboygan Counties today.
From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729 AT wi.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:16:29 -0600
I started at Harrington Beach State Park and was treated to 6 Long-tailed
Ducks very close to shore in the point area. One female was among 5 adult
males and they were all quite active. In recent years, it has been more
difficult to see this species up close. 
Since at least December 9, there have been 2 adult male Black Scoters
hanging out, also in the point area. They are best viewed with a scope, but
are exciting to see since females and immature males are  more likely seen
on the lake. They were accompanied by a female Black Scoter. A beautiful
adult male Surf Scoter was also in with the large scaup and goldeneye flock,
accompanied by an immature male or female Surf Scoter.
A female Black Scoter was on the lake at the end of Jay Rd. (scope
required).
In Sheboygan, the female Harlequin Duck is continuing. It sometimes
disappears for a little while, but today it was slowly working its way north
from the first pier south of North Point Park to past the parking lot. The
only unusual gulls I could find were two Great Black-backed Gulls. I met Rob
Pendergast and Trey, a visiting birder from Georgia, and they had seen a
good variety of gulls in Kewaunee, including Iceland. I did not see the
Snowy Owl that was reported in Sheboygan.
On the way back home, the Short-eared Owls at Schwengel WPA in Ozaukee
County were quite cooperative. At 4:10 P.M. I heard the barking call of one
of the birds and was able to see him perched on a low shrub. Soon another
bird flew up and both of them hunted together. One occasionally would perch
at the top of a tall tree, and another perched on a sign next to the road.
It was good to see them when there was still a reasonable amount of light.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: Black Scoter, Outagamie County
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "roamu@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:00:19 -0500
I had 1 adult female Black Scoter this AM at Jefferson Park in Menasha. The 
bird was with a flock of C. Goldeneye out to the left of the "island" - out 
quite a ways, but good scope view and v. nice Bigby Bird. 

Ross Mueller
Appleton, WI
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Subject: Shiocton & Fremont CBCs
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:43:17 -0600
I helped on the Shiocton count yesterday and the Fremont count today. With the 
lack of snow, and thankfully no fog as was on the Appleton count on the 14th, 
birds were very hard to find on both areas I covered. For the Shiocton count 
area I was only able to record 26 species, my personal low for this area and 
count (count total will apparently be around 40). "Best" were a Pileated 
Woodpecker and Raven, plus a Common Goldeneye on very limited open water on the 
river. 

For the Fremont count today, once again there were long times!!!! when no birds 
were found, sometimes even at feeders with food (apparently the mild weather 
and lack of snow cover are real factors). Highlights included TWO Snowy Owls, 
17 Cowbirds and a Redwinged Blackbird (with one of the Snowies sitting on a 
pole amongst the blackbirds and 250 Starlings!!), 17 Rough-legged Hawks, 3 
Pileated Woodpeckers, 2 Ravens and a Tufted Titmouse. For my area I was able to 
squeeze out 33 species, but it was real work! 


Apparently the weather will really change starting tomorrow and continuing 
through this next week. It will be interesting to see the result on the 
upcoming counts. 


Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Snowy Owls Brown county
From: Robert Mead <carolbob7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 18:13:03 -0600
Hello:
During the Green Bay CBC we covered our territory which included Austin
Straubel Airport.
We were able to see at least 5 (probably 6) distinct snowy owls on the
perimeter of the airport.
4 were adult males and 1 or 2 were immature/female birds. We observed 3
birds at one time along Pine Tree Road.
Bob Mead
Art Sonneland
Mike Rowe
Lee Bialkowski


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Subject: Re: Snowies at airport
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:14:53 -0600
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Estabrook Park, Dec 20, 2014
From: CHARLES HAGNER <c_hagner AT mac.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:24:24 -0600
Two male Common Mergansers were floating in the Milwaukee River in Estabrook 
Park this morning. Where are all the juncos? 

—Chuck

Chuck Hagner
Milwaukee Co., WI
c_hagner AT mac.com


> Begin forwarded message:
> 
> Date: December 20, 2014 at 2:21:33 PM CST
> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> To: c_hagner AT mac.com
> Subject: eBird Report - Estabrook Park, Dec 20, 2014
> 
> Estabrook Park, Milwaukee, US-WI
> Dec 20, 2014 8:10 AM - 10:50 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.2 mile(s)
> 20 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Mallard  10
> Common Merganser  2
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Ring-billed Gull  6
> Herring Gull  5
> gull sp.  5
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  27
> Mourning Dove  7
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  9
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
> Blue Jay  1
> American Crow  2
> Black-capped Chickadee  39
> White-breasted Nuthatch  8
> American Robin  22
> Dark-eyed Junco  1
> Northern Cardinal  12
> House Finch 12 On one male, front of head and bib were yellow, not orange or 
rose. 

> American Goldfinch  17
> House Sparrow  7
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20964358 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/wi)


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Subject: Snowies at airport
From: bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:12:15 -0600
I returned to Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay this afternoon to find
nottwo, but three Snowy Owl there.  One still on the SE corner off of Cyrus
Road, an almost all white likely male.  Two on the west edge from Pine Tree
Road / Cty GE. One smaller and mostly white again, most likely male. The
other a large, heavily mottled bird, likely a female judging by the size. 
Itappears these birds may have settled in for the season. 
Bill Krouse
2014 President of Wild Ones Green Bay Chapter
Be a Wild One and landscape with native plants!
"http://wildonesgreenbay.blogspot.com/[1]"
Brown County, Wisconsin 
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Subject: Waterloo CBC Sunday, Dec. 14 - Summary
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:34:56 -0600
This was the 15th year of the Waterloo CBC. On Sunday, Dec. 14, we found 48 
species (+ one other taxa) plus 3 Count Week (CW) species. Three previous years 
had lower counts; one other was equal to this years. The total number of 
individuals was 7,223. Only one other year, 2002, was lower, with 4,783. This 
wasnt bad considering the DENSE FOG we had for almost the entire day, severely 
hampering seeing anything (Belted Kingfisher and Canada Geese in fog: 
https://plus.google.com/photos/102295740065781614442/albums/6094718147537175617?authkey=CK3-kOjXuIKKqAE). 
On the other hand, it was 40 degrees warmer than last year. 

 

There was almost no chance of finding a Snowy Owl in the fog, but we did find 2 
Red-headed Woodpeckers and 1 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET for the first time ever on 
this count! Another highlight was the record number of Great Horned Owls found: 
23, an amazing 14 more than the highest count of 9 in 2007. The fog must have 
suited the owls well, perhaps amplifying their calls, as one observer could 
hear 8 from one location at Zeloski Marsh. 


 

Thanks to all 22 field observers and 8 feeder counters who participated!

 

Canada Goose  98

Mallard  - 97

Canvasback  CW

Common Goldeneye  CW

Ruddy Duck - CW

Ring-necked Pheasant - 22

Wild Turkey  - 171

Great Blue Heron  1

N. Harrier  1

Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1

Cooper's Hawk  - 7

Bald Eagle - 2

Red-tailed Hawk  - 32

Herring Gull  4

Gull species - 14

Rock Pigeon  - 492

Mourning Dove  - 209

Great Horned Owl  23 (record number!! Previous high of 9 in 2007)

Barred Owl  3

Belted Kingfisher  3

Red-headed Woodpecker  2 (first time ever)

Red-bellied Woodpecker  - 61 (second highest; previous high of 65 in 2007)

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1

Downy Woodpecker - 107

Hairy Woodpecker  40 (a record number; previous high of 33 in 2012)

Northern Flicker  - 8

Amer. Kestrel  11

N. Shrike - 2

Blue Jay  208 (second highest; 209 in 2007)

American Crow  - 343

Horned Lark  - 1

Black-capped Chickadee  - 429

Tufted Titmouse - 14

White-breasted Nuthatch  - 128

Brown Creeper  - 7

RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET  1 (first time ever)

Golden-crowned Kinglet  - 1

Amer. Robin - 18

European Starling  - 2,216

Cedar Waxwing  - 5 (only year with fewer: 2 in 2000)

Lapland Longspur  - 6

Snow Bunting - 11

Amer. Tree Sparrow  - 422

Song Sparrow  - 6

Dark-eyed Junco  - 405 (only year with fewer: 329 in 2002)

Northern Cardinal  - 174

Red-winged Blackbird  1

Brown-headed Cowbird - 2

House Finch  - 241

Pine Siskin - 23

American Goldfinch  - 132

House Sparrow  - 1,017



Karen

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

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Subject: Common Redpolls in Milwaukee County
From: "Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins" <hopmoon AT milwpc.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:35:57 -0600
This morning I came across a small flock (about 25) of Common Redpolls at Grant 
Wil-O-Way Park in South Milwaukee. From eBird it looks like the first sighting 
of the season for Milwaukee County. Hopefully they will hang around for 
tomorrows CBC. 

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Subject: Oconto, WI area
From: Joan Grant <curlewjoan AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:33:31 -0600
Hello Birders, Yesterday Curt Ellefson & I took a drive along the west
shore of the
bay of Green Bay to Oconto. It was a nice day with no wind & sunny, we saw
over
a dozen Bale Eagles, 3 Rough Legged Hawks, a couple each of Red Tailed Hawks
and Coopers. We also picked up a number of the usual small feeder birds
along
the way. We decided to have lunch at the Dockside Restaurant right at the
harbor
& will recommend it to others if up that way, good service & food!
Merry Christmas to all & wishing you great bird counts!   Joan Grant  Green
Bay


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Subject: Tennessee Songbirds Fly Coop Long Before Tornadoes Arrive
From: Elizabeth Palmer <deer2palmers AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Dec 2014 06:29:56 -0600
This is remarkable; heard about this on BBC World Service radio this morning.

http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-songbirds-fly-coop-long-before-tornadoes-arrive-in-tennessee/2564514.html 

Elizabeth Palmer, Poynette, Columbia Co
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker
From: David Kragness <kragdd AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:51:31 -0600
Hi, I'm new to 'wisbirdn' and would like to introduce myself. I'm a long
time birder and having recently retired I finally seem to have time to
devote to more serious birding. I bird mainly in Wisconsin and Minnesota
and occasionally in other parts of the country. I thought people might be
interested in my sighting today of a Red-headed Woodpecker east of Eau
Claire on Highway Q near Tower Ridge County Recreation Area at 1:45 PM. It
flew north across Q in the stretch between the curve around Tower Ridge and
Highway L. It was an adult with unmistakable red head and white rump and
wing patches. Although not totally rare it was unusual for me to see in
this area especially in winter.
Happy Birding!
Dave Kragness, Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co.


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Subject: Brodhead CBC Results 12/16/14
From: Quentin Yoerger <harrierqman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:15:58 -0600
We ran the Brodhead CBC on Tuesday 12/16/14.
This was our tenth year for this count.
The count turned up 48 species plus 1 count week.
Our average species total is 47.
Total individuals was 6526 compared to a 6114 average.
These totals were a little surprising to me given the total lack of snow
and gray windy weather.
Waterfowl have always been very hard to come by in this area.
This year with very little frozen water it wasn't too surprising to turn up
5 new waterfowl species for this count.  The new species were highlighted
by a group of Greater White-fronted Geese.  Snow Goose, Cackling Goose,
Tundra Swan, Bufflehead, and Sandhill Crane were also new species.

We missed Horned Lark for the first time ever.
A couple other notable misses were C. Waxwing, N. Shrike, and Snow Bunting.

Record high Kestrels with 26, previous high of 20.

Good birding!
Quentin
Evansville

  Greater White-fronted Goose 5  Snow Goose 4  Cackling Goose 4  Canada
Goose 702  Tundra Swan 5  Wood Duck 1  Mallard 10  dabbling duck sp 35
Bufflehead 1  Bald Eagle 7  Northern Harrier 3  Sharp-shinned Hawk 2  Coopers
Hawk cw
 Red-Tailed Hawk 53  Rough-Legged Hawk 5  Buteo sp 4  American Kestrel
26  Sandhill
Crane 81  Wild Turkey 154  Ring-necked Pheasant 14  Rock Pigeon 274  Mourning
Dove 30  Great-horned Owl 2  Belted Kingfisher 2  Red-bellied
Woodpecker 33  Downy
Woodpecker 48  Hairy Woodpecker 21  Northern Flicker 3  Blue Jay 115  American
Crow 276  Black-capped Chickadee 157  Tufted Titmouse 17  Red-breasted
Nuthatch 2  White-breasted Nuthatch 70  Brown Creeper 3  Carolina Wren
1  Golden-crowned
Kinglet 1  Eastern Bluebird 10  American Robin 4  E. Starling 2416  Lapland
Longspur 7  American Tree Sparrow 303  Song Sparrow 5  White-throated
Sparrow 3  Dark-eyed Junco 640  sparrow sp 2  Brown-headed Cowbird 11  Northern
Cardinal 108  House Finch 91  Pine Siskin 9  American Goldfinch 75  House
Sparrow 665  passerine sp 6


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Subject: Re: RB Nuthatches
From: "Sue Peterson" <suechick AT charter.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:12:50 -0600
We have 2 to 3 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (and White) year around in our area. 
Suet helps, I think.

Sue Peterson
Ephraim
Door County




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Subject: [wisb] RB Nuthatches

  On Sunday and Monday I helped Kay Kavanagh with her Lakewood and Armstrong 
Creek CBCs in Oconto and Forest Counties.  On both counts there were large 
numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches.  In just my area of the Armstrong Creek 
Count I totaled 75 RBs.

   -- Bob Domagalski, St. Nazianz
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Subject: Congratulations to Paul Schilke!
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:31:20 +0000
Congratulations are due to Paul Schilke, who just deposited his Masters' thesis 
in Forest Ecology (but dealing with forest-breeding birds, of course.) In a bit 
of bad timing, I happened to be out of the office for a few minutes when he 
turned it in for binding, so I didn't get to congratulate him in person. Wish 
him well the next time you see him. 


Peter Fissel

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UW - Madison


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Subject: RB Nuthatches
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:05:46 -0500
 On Sunday and Monday I helped Kay Kavanagh with her Lakewood and Armstrong 
Creek CBCs in Oconto and Forest Counties. On both counts there were large 
numbers of Red-breasted Nuthatches. In just my area of the Armstrong Creek 
Count I totaled 75 RBs. 


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Subject: Rosendale CBC volunteers needed
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:55:17 -0600
Kerry Sehloff is seeking assistance : Christmas Bird Count counters wanted, 
Rosendale area, western Fond du Lac County, Saturday, December 27. Message me 
if you are interested. Thanks! 



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Subject: Re: No RB Nuthatches
From: Myles Hurlburt <mhurlburt44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:45:26 -0600
I have them daily at my feeders in Marathon County.

Myles Hurlburt
Town of Rib Mountain 
Marathon County
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> On Dec 18, 2014, at 9:41 AM, Ryan Chrouser  wrote:
> 
> I haven't had one at my feeders since October.  Prior to that I have had
> one every month since we moved into our current house about two years ago.
> I am guessing that this year they went south looking for more reliable food
> sources.  I hope to see them back in the spring.  They are certainly one of
> my favorite birds!
> Ryan Chrouser
> Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co
> 
>> On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Kim Kreimann  wrote:
>> 
>> I don't have any red-breasted nuthatches this year in Dodge county either,
>> bummer!Kim KreimannNeosho, Dodge County
>>> From: dinderdahl AT centurytel.net
>>> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
>>> Subject: [wisb] No RB Nuthatches
>>> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:53 -0600
>>> 
>>> Paul and all...All last winter I had RB Nuthatches and WB Nuthatches at
>> my
>>> feeders.  The WB have been here most of the year and I have seen at
>> least 1
>>> every day since early fall.  I HAVE NOT seen a RB since last winter!!
>>> 
>>> Lori Inderdahl
>>> Rosendale, FDL Co.
>>> 
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Subject: Re: No RB Nuthatches
From: Ryan Chrouser <rjchrouser AT uwalumni.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:41:34 -0600
I haven't had one at my feeders since October.  Prior to that I have had
one every month since we moved into our current house about two years ago.
I am guessing that this year they went south looking for more reliable food
sources.  I hope to see them back in the spring.  They are certainly one of
my favorite birds!
Ryan Chrouser
Fall Creek, Eau Claire Co

On Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 9:35 AM, Kim Kreimann  wrote:
>
> I don't have any red-breasted nuthatches this year in Dodge county either,
> bummer!Kim KreimannNeosho, Dodge County
> > From: dinderdahl AT centurytel.net
> > To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> > Subject: [wisb] No RB Nuthatches
> > Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:53 -0600
> >
> > Paul and all...All last winter I had RB Nuthatches and WB Nuthatches at
> my
> > feeders.  The WB have been here most of the year and I have seen at
> least 1
> > every day since early fall.  I HAVE NOT seen a RB since last winter!!
> >
> > Lori Inderdahl
> > Rosendale, FDL Co.
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: No RB Nuthatches
From: Kim Kreimann <k9house1 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:35:56 -0600
I don't have any red-breasted nuthatches this year in Dodge county either, 
bummer!Kim KreimannNeosho, Dodge County 

> From: dinderdahl AT centurytel.net
> To: wisbirdn AT freelists.org
> Subject: [wisb] No RB Nuthatches
> Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:53 -0600
> 
> Paul and all...All last winter I had RB Nuthatches and WB Nuthatches at my 
> feeders.  The WB have been here most of the year and I have seen at least 1 
> every day since early fall.  I HAVE NOT seen a RB since last winter!!
> 
> Lori Inderdahl
> Rosendale, FDL Co. 
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Subject: No RB Nuthatches
From: "Lori Inderdahl" <dinderdahl AT centurytel.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:15:53 -0600
Paul and all...All last winter I had RB Nuthatches and WB Nuthatches at my 
feeders.  The WB have been here most of the year and I have seen at least 1 
every day since early fall.  I HAVE NOT seen a RB since last winter!!

Lori Inderdahl
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Subject: Re: Oshkosh CBC results via Benson & Bruce
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:32:09 -0600
Good morning, I have Red-breasted Nuthatches at my feeders like I do every
year.  My dad does as well.  I haven't noticed a difference with them.
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
On Dec 17, 2014 11:43 PM, "Paul Bruce"  wrote:

> Hello all.  Another CBC has come and gone and time for the results.
> Weatherwise, the fog had a major role in how birding was affected which
> made for a poor count, species-wise. But despite the 24 species obtained
> Mark and I were graced with some decent sightings. Without further ado,
> here are the vitals: Temps were around 40, snow patches, light winds.
> Times: 6 hours for the day, all in car,perhaps 1/2 hr on foot. Miles
> traveled 27 in the am, 20 in the afternoon, 47 all day. Individual total,
> 608. Birds seen --  Redtail hawks 2, Am Kestrel 1, Herring Gull 2, Rock
> Dove 22, Mourning Dove 15, Red-bellied Wdp. 7, Downy 11, Hairy 7, Horned
> Lark 6, Blue Jay 12, Am. Crow 23Blackcap Chickadee 54 ! (higher than
> usual), TUFTED TITMOUSE 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 20, Eur. Starling 147,
>  No. Cardinal 31, Am. Tree Sparrow 37, WHITE-THR. SPARROW 1,  Dark-eyed
> Junco 103,  Lapl. Longspur 1, Red-winged Blackbird 4,  Am Goldfinch 22,
>  House Finch 9, House Sparrow 70.  Needless to say
>   conditions were less than favorable, when the fog lifted, THEN we could
> see hawks better, (unless they were in your face). The titmouse was seen
> roadside just SW of Fisk, being fairly cooperative for Mark to take pics.
> The RW's were at a feeder IN Fisk. another highlight was getting 8
> cardinals all at once. The herring gulls flew over the titmouse site. The
> WT sparrow was at my folks house. Birds during the count period inc. a
> flicker at Wittman airport's woods, Short-eared Owl calling late Tuesday
> night along Cty M barely making the deadline. Big question as my final
> word, is ANYONE seeing ANY redbreasted nuthatches anywhere? They could not
> be found in my usual places where I see them. Maybe they're becoming an
> irruptive species. Comments? Otherwise, my write-up is now respectfully
> submitted, Paul Bruce and the transportation provided by Mark Benson,
> again, thank you, buddy.
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Subject: Oshkosh CBC results via Benson & Bruce
From: "Paul Bruce" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "birdsandfish50@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 05:42:11 +0000 (UTC)
Hello all.  Another CBC has come and gone and time for the results. 
Weatherwise, the fog had a major role in how birding was affected which made 
for a poor count, species-wise. But despite the 24 species obtained Mark and I 
were graced with some decent sightings. Without further ado, here are the 
vitals: Temps were around 40, snow patches, light winds. Times: 6 hours for the 
day, all in car,perhaps 1/2 hr on foot. Miles traveled 27 in the am, 20 in the 
afternoon, 47 all day. Individual total, 608. Birds seen --  Redtail hawks 2, 
Am Kestrel 1, Herring Gull 2, Rock Dove 22, Mourning Dove 15, Red-bellied Wdp. 
7, Downy 11, Hairy 7, Horned Lark 6, Blue Jay 12, Am. Crow 23Blackcap Chickadee 
54 ! (higher than usual), TUFTED TITMOUSE 1, White-breasted Nuthatch 20, Eur. 
Starling 147,  No. Cardinal 31, Am. Tree Sparrow 37, WHITE-THR. SPARROW 1, 
 Dark-eyed Junco 103,  Lapl. Longspur 1, Red-winged Blackbird 4,  Am 
Goldfinch 22,  House Finch 9, House Sparrow 70.  Needless to say 

 conditions were less than favorable, when the fog lifted, THEN we could see 
hawks better, (unless they were in your face). The titmouse was seen roadside 
just SW of Fisk, being fairly cooperative for Mark to take pics. The RW's were 
at a feeder IN Fisk. another highlight was getting 8 cardinals all at once. The 
herring gulls flew over the titmouse site. The WT sparrow was at my folks 
house. Birds during the count period inc. a flicker at Wittman airport's woods, 
Short-eared Owl calling late Tuesday night along Cty M barely making the 
deadline. Big question as my final word, is ANYONE seeing ANY redbreasted 
nuthatches anywhere? They could not be found in my usual places where I see 
them. Maybe they're becoming an irruptive species. Comments? Otherwise, my 
write-up is now respectfully submitted, Paul Bruce and the transportation 
provided by Mark Benson, again, thank you, buddy.  

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Subject: Fw: [mou-net] Sax-Zim Bog Festival filling fast! Spaces still available
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 03:23:27 +0000
________________________________
From: "Claudia"  (Redacted sender 
"cgiamati AT yahoo.com" for DMARC) 

Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 6:20 PM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Fwd: [mou-net] Sax-Zim Bog Festival filling fast! Spaces still 
available 


Could you please post this to wisb???
Thanks,
Redacted Claudia

Knowledge of the path is no substitute for putting one foot in front of the 
other 


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From: sparky stensaas 
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Date: December 17, 2014 at 11:29:30 AM CST
To: MOU-NET AT LISTS.UMN.EDU
Subject: [mou-net] Sax-Zim Bog Festival filling fast! Spaces still available
Reply-To: sparky stensaas 
> 


The Sax-Zim Bog Winter Bird Festival is filling fast but space is still 
available! 


Go to www.sax-zim bog.com for details and to register.

Fun day-long field trips to Sax-Zim Bog, Duluth and Lake County to find boreal 
bird specialties. 


Great evening speakers including author/photographer Stan Tekiela on Friday 
night and The Big Year participant Greg Miller (the Jack Black character) 
telling behind-the-scene stories on Saturday night. Good stuff! 


Festival is organized by the Toivola-Meadowlands Development Board.

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Subject: Madison CBC Birds and Beers
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:22:39 -0600
This is a reminder about the Madison Birds and Beers on Saturday. If you are 
planning on attending, please let me know, so we know how many seats to save. 


> There will be a Madison Birds and Beers on Saturday, December 20, at 5:30 pm 
at The Great Dane-Hilldale. 

> 
> 357 Price Pl
> Madison, Wisconsin 53705
> 
> If you are not part of the compiling event, come by early to help save seats. 
If you are compiling, we will keep a seat warm for you. 

> 
> Kyle Lindemer
> Madison, Dane County
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Subject: Amherst Goldfinch
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "ewbirdingwis@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:20:19 -0500
I have a large flock of Goldfinch coming in to my feeders daily. I counted 74 
just now and stated out loud, "I wish there would be another species joining 
them". Just then I spotted one lone Redpoll. I think that may be the first. 

Wyleen High
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Subject: Re: Alert concerning flu viruses in birds
From: Ian Plummer <iplummer AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:43:47 -0600
My first link didn't work. The corrected 
link:http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/wildlife_health_bulletins/WHB_2014-05_H5N8.pdf 





On 12/17/14, Ian Plummer  wrote:
> More avian influenza outbreak info provided by USGS 
here:http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/wildlife_health_bulletins/WHB_2014-05_H5N8.pdfand 
here:http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/ 

> 
> 
> WI DNR recommends reporting dead birds via the dead bird 
hotline:1-800-433-1610 

> 
> 
> Ian Plummer
> Dane County
> 
> 
> 
> On 12/16/14, Victoria Sokolowski wrote:
> > Just got an alert from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture that I 
thought I would share - 

> > 
> > 
> > H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks and H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons 
in Washington State 

> > 
> > The United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Animal and Plant 
Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today confirmed the presence of highly 
pathogenic (HP) H5 avian influenza (AI) in wild birds in the state of 
Washington. Two separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern 
pintail ducks and HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed 
wild birds. Neither virus has been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the 
United States. 

> > 
> > Both H5N2 and H5N8 viruses have been found in other parts of the world and 
have not caused any human infection to date. The wild birds carrying the virus 
are believed to have migrated on the Pacific migratory flyway. Wisconsin is 
located in the Mississippi flyway. 

> > 
> > The Washington findings were quickly reported and identified due to 
increased surveillance in light of the HPAI H5N2 avian influenza affecting 
commercial poultry in British Columbia, Canada. Washington State, USDA, and 
other Federal partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and 
testing of birds in the nearby area. 

> > 
> > While there is no immediate public health concern with either of these 
viruses, there may be international trade implications resulting from the 
announcement of the findings. 

> > 
> > All bird owners nationwide, whether commercial producers or backyard 
enthusiasts, are encouraged to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact 
between their birds and wild birds, and to report sick birds or unusual bird 
deaths. To report sick or dead domestic birds, contact DATCP at 
datcpanimals AT wi.gov. To report sick or dead wild birds, call the USDA at 
1-866-536-7593. 

> > 
> > Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found 
athealthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. 

> > 
> > Victoria Sokolowski, DVM
> > Ladysmith, WI
> > Rusk County
> > 
> > 
> >
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Subject: Re: Alert concerning flu viruses in birds
From: Ian Plummer <iplummer AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:24:58 -0600
More avian influenza outbreak info provided by USGS 
here:http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/publications/wildlife_health_bulletins/WHB_2014-05_H5N8.pdfand 
here:http://www.nwhc.usgs.gov/disease_information/avian_influenza/ 



WI DNR recommends reporting dead birds via the dead bird 
hotline:1-800-433-1610 



Ian Plummer
Dane County



On 12/16/14, Victoria Sokolowski  wrote:
> Just got an alert from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture that I thought 
I would share - 

> 
> 
> H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks and H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons in 
Washington State 

> 
> The United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service (APHIS) today confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic 
(HP) H5 avian influenza (AI) in wild birds in the state of Washington. Two 
separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern pintail ducks and 
HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds. Neither 
virus has been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States. 

> 
> Both H5N2 and H5N8 viruses have been found in other parts of the world and 
have not caused any human infection to date. The wild birds carrying the virus 
are believed to have migrated on the Pacific migratory flyway. Wisconsin is 
located in the Mississippi flyway. 

> 
> The Washington findings were quickly reported and identified due to increased 
surveillance in light of the HPAI H5N2 avian influenza affecting commercial 
poultry in British Columbia, Canada. Washington State, USDA, and other Federal 
partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing of birds in 
the nearby area. 

> 
> While there is no immediate public health concern with either of these 
viruses, there may be international trade implications resulting from the 
announcement of the findings. 

> 
> All bird owners nationwide, whether commercial producers or backyard 
enthusiasts, are encouraged to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact 
between their birds and wild birds, and to report sick birds or unusual bird 
deaths. To report sick or dead domestic birds, contact DATCP at 
datcpanimals AT wi.gov. To report sick or dead wild birds, call the USDA at 
1-866-536-7593. 

> 
> Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found 
athealthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. 

> 
> Victoria Sokolowski, DVM
> Ladysmith, WI
> Rusk County
> 
> 
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Subject: Waterloo and Columbus CBCs
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:04:53 +0000
On Sunday, Jim Schwarz and I did our usual Waterloo CBC section, which is 
essentially the northwest corner of Jefferson County, including the city of 
Waterloo. We were accompanied by special guest Bob Schmidt, who was here from 
Washington state. Unfortunately, the fog and drizzle on Sunday were so 
persistent that our numbers were way down, as I expected. We ended up with a 
fairly respectable 27 species, including our surprise first bird of the day, a 
Cooper's Hawk in a tree by practically the first house in our area. We did get 
a few of our usual species, such as GC Kinglet and Brown Creeper, in 
less-than-usual spots, which partially made up for the utter lack of birds in 
what are normally some of our most productive areas. 


Yesterday, Jim also accompanied me as we did a big chunk of the Columbus CBC 
circle, which sits more or less right on top of the Waterloo circle. Our 2.5 
areas (we split one area with Jim Otto) were entirely in southwest Dodge Co. 
Again, the weather was less than ideal, with persistent drizzle and occasional 
rain, eventually mixing with a bit of snow, but visibility was much better. It 
wasn't quite so nice to be out of the car as the temps dropped and the wind 
picked up in the afternoon, but we picked sheltered spots, figuring the birds 
would also be there (which was occasionally true.) We again ended up with 27 
species, the best of which were probably our last two: a Sharp-shinned Hawk 
that flew right over me as we walked the road near a woodlot with a creek 
running through it, and a Bald Eagle that was sitting out in a grassy field 
with just its head and shoulders visible. It may have been on a kill, from the 
look of things. We also had several Kestrels, a Rough-leg, 

 and many Red-tailed Hawks (but no Cooper's, darn it.) Field birds were notable 
by their absence, although Jim Otto told me he had some Snow Buntings and 
Lapland Longspurs in his sections. We also could not pish out a Song Sparrow on 
either count, which I find astounding, given the ideal habitat in much of both 
circles. (Note to Karen and Chris - I'll try to get my numbers to you both 
tonight.) 



Two CBCs down, five to go (unless I get ambitious and find another one to do 
next week...) 



Peter Fissel

Madison, WI

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Subject: Online birding chat - Noon Today
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:41:51 -0700
WDNR is hosting an online birding chat today, from 12noon to 1pm, to include 
topics such as Snowy Owls, winter finches, Christmas Bird Counts, and other 
birding news. These chats are only successful with good audience participation 
so please join us and ask whatever bird-related question you wish. 


To join, click the Ask the Experts Chat link at the top of the WDNR Facebook 
page or go todnr.wi.gov. 


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Subject: Fw: Milwaukee Northridge Lake Gulls
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Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:52:16 +0000 (UTC)
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 Subject: Milwaukee Northridge Lake Gulls
   
 We've seen the lake covered with gulls lately--mostly herring.Yesterday 
afternoon there was a great black-backed and several glaucous. 


   

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Subject: Milwaukee Northridge Lake Gulls
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Subject: Fw: Sherman Nature Explorers and Turville Point
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:23:19 +0000
________________________________
From: paul_noeldner 
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:38 AM
To: Peter Fissel

Subject: Sherman Nature Explorers and Turville Point

Peter - please pass on to wisbirdnet thanks!

UW Campus
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 38
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: 38 degrees, cloudy and breezy. This is the Wed afternoon Sherman 
Nature Explorers walk with UW Nelson Inst student mentors, who took their final 
in the morning including identifying 50 species of birds visually or audibly. 
The last afternoon outing of the semester was a traditional hike across UW 
campus to introduce it to the kids, stopping to visit some of the UW mentors' 
favorite spots including the Hispanic Center, Union South and the Discovery 
Center, and ending with a warmhearted goodbye circle in the Microbiology 
building and ice cream at Babcock Hall. Some birds spotted along the way in or 
above campus habitat were incidentally noted. The Wednesday morning and 
afternoon outings will resume again next semester. 


    16    Canada Goose
    1    Red-tailed Hawk
    4    Ring-billed Gull
    2    Mourning Dove
    3    American Crow
    7    European Starling
    8    House Sparrow

Turville Point Conservation Park
Protocol: Traveling
1 Miles
90 Minutes
Observers: 19
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: 34 degrees, misty, some ice but most snow cover gone. This is the 
every 2nd Saturday of the month free family friendly Bird and Nature Walk at 
Olin Turville Park. About 20 people including some Girl Scouts and Scout 
leaders enjoyed the docent table and cookies they brought, and explored the 
woods, prairie and lakeshore paths. Highlights were finding burrows and a 
huge-toothed Muskie fish skeleton, and spotting 3 Tundra Swans far out on Lake 
Monona in the mist. Most of the Tundras appear to be gone from the lakes. 


    53    Canada Goose
    3    Tundra Swan
    2    Mallard
    4    Common Goldeneye
    20    Common Merganser
    8    American Coot
    15    Ring-billed Gull
    1    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1    Downy Woodpecker
    1    Blue Jay
    2    American Crow
    2    Black-capped Chickadee
    1    White-breasted Nuthatch
    5    European Starling
    2    Northern Cardinal
    3    American Goldfinch

The next regularly scheduled Bird and Nature Walk is Warner Park Sunday Dec 21, 
1:30-3pm, meet at the Warner Park Center new Nature Center area. We will 
celebrate the Winter Solstice with a hike and look for Bald Eagles that have 
been hanging around. We may be informally interviewed by a reporter with WORT 
who plans to join us. 


Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff


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Subject: Madison CBC- Gulls!
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:19:03 -0600
Today starts count week for the Madison CBC. I figured I'd hit the dump and try 
for the gulls I had last week. There wasn't a bird here when I arrived at 7:30, 
but soon they started flowing in. I was able to find a GLAUCOUS flying with the 
Herring and Ring-billed Gulls. Then I saw the ICELAND (Kumlien's) that I saw 
Friday land. I was also able to find a few juvenile THAYER'S and a first and 
second cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. 


Kyle Lindemer
Madison, Dane County

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Subject: Great Horned Owls
From: Carol Jaksic <carol.jaksic AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:27:13 -0600
I usually fill my bird feeders after work. I went out at 7AM this morning
and 2 Great Horned Owls were hooting back and forth pretty close to the
fence line on the neighbor's property. Nice way to start the day.
Marquette County
Carol Jaksic

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Subject: Dodge Co. Juneau area Snowy owl and Merlin continue today
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:31:48 -0600
I visited S. Grove Rd. near Juneau again this afternoon and again found the 
snowy owl and merlin. The owl flew across the road in front of me at 2:45 
and landed in the same area of the field it was sitting in yesterday. The 
merlin was in the area of the house south of the intersection of S. Grove 
Rd. and Shady Lane Rd.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co
  
  


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Subject: Pine siskins have arrived in La Crosse area
From: Mary Strasser <mrstrass AT msn.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:08:29 -0600
Today there was a flock of 12 pine siskins at my finch feeders. I had seen only 
two in the yard last week, so there are some new arrivals. 

Mary Strasser in southeast La Crosse
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Subject: Alert concerning flu viruses in birds
From: Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet AT chibardun.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:52:43 -0600
Just got an alert from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture that I thought I 
would share - 



H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks and H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons in 
Washington State 


The United States Department of Agricultures (USDA) Animal and Plant Health 
Inspection Service (APHIS) today confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic 
(HP) H5 avian influenza (AI) in wild birds in the state of Washington. Two 
separate virus strains were identified: HPAI H5N2 in northern pintail ducks and 
HPAI H5N8 in captive Gyrfalcons that were fed hunter-killed wild birds. Neither 
virus has been found in commercial poultry anywhere in the United States. 


Both H5N2 and H5N8 viruses have been found in other parts of the world and have 
not caused any human infection to date. The wild birds carrying the virus are 
believed to have migrated on the Pacific migratory flyway. Wisconsin is located 
in the Mississippi flyway. 


The Washington findings were quickly reported and identified due to increased 
surveillance in light of the HPAI H5N2 avian influenza affecting commercial 
poultry in British Columbia, Canada. Washington State, USDA, and other Federal 
partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing of birds in 
the nearby area. 


While there is no immediate public health concern with either of these viruses, 
there may be international trade implications resulting from the announcement 
of the findings. 


All bird owners nationwide, whether commercial producers or backyard 
enthusiasts, are encouraged to practice good biosecurity, prevent contact 
between their birds and wild birds, and to report sick birds or unusual bird 
deaths. To report sick or dead domestic birds, contact DATCP at 
datcpanimals AT wi.gov. To report sick or dead wild birds, call the USDA at 
1-866-536-7593. 


Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found 
athealthybirds.aphis.usda.gov. 


Victoria Sokolowski, DVM
Ladysmith, WI
Rusk County


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Subject: Re: Snowy aging and sexing Milwaukee bird
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:43:35 -0600
I finally got some photos of the Milwaukee bird that has been hanging
around the Lake Ferry Express grounds that show its wings spread and its
tail. Going by the link that Sandy sent (

http://islandbirdfest.org/doc2014/Snowy%20Owl%20Aging%20and%20Sexing%202014.pdf) 

last month, I'd guess that the bird is female. I have forwarded one of the
pics to Project SNOWStorm, but I was curious if any of the
ornithologists/biologists that subscribe to this list serv would like to
comment. My pics: https://www.flickr.com/photos/49427613 AT N03/
Thanks,


Jennifer Ambrose
Milwaukee

On Sat, Nov 29, 2014 at 3:48 PM, Sandy Petersen 
wrote:
>
> Hi all!
> A reminder to get photos of the top of the tail to clarify the sex
> of Snowy Owls.
>
> "Aging and sexing Snowy Owls" can be found at the islandbirdfest.org site
> under BirdsObs
>
> Happy Owling All!
>
> Sandy (Ursula) Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane county
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Subject: WISCONSIN BREEDING BIRD ATLAS PARTICIPANTS - PLEASE READ!
From: "Nick Anich" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "nicka29@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:49:54 +0000 (UTC)
ATTENTION PARTICIPANTS OF WISCONSIN BREEDING BIRD ATLAS 1 (1995-2000). We are 
currently in the process of loading atlas 1 data into eBird, and preferably, 
would like to load it into your personal eBird account. 


If you did not participate in the first bird atlas, you can stop reading now. 

If you participated in the first atlas, please review the list of names below. 
If you do not see your name, good, we likely were able to match you! If you do 
see your name, it means we have not been able to find your eBird account. If 
you have an eBird account, please email me at nicholas.anich AT wisconsin.gov and 
let me know your eBird username. If you are planning on participating in 
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II (beginning in 2015) and you participated in 
the first atlas, you might as well make an eBird account now (you'll need it 
for the second atlas) and then we can load first atlas data into your account. 



Any questions, let me know at nicholas.anich AT wisconsin.gov

Thanks

Nick Anich
Ashland, WI

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Al Wernecke 
Alan Bennett 
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Alice Gutche 
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Allan Stranz 
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Amy Niehausen 
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Anita Carpenter 
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Barry Wurster 
Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary 
Becky Garrison 
Ben Teich 
Beth Komp 
Betsy Bartelt 
Betty Griese 
Betty Roberts 
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Bill Breihan 
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Bob Flaherty 
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Subject: Appleton CBC---prelim results
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:16:12 -0600
Dar asked me to post the preliminary results for the Appleton CBC taken this 
past Sunday, in lousy weather. Fog that got worse as the day progressed 
hindered finding birds! 

Currently it is in the low 60s, some what surprising considering the fog! 13 
waterfowl species including Pintail, Am Wigeon, Gadwalls (8), Ring-necked Duck, 
Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck. 4 Dc Cormorants and a lone White Pelican are again 
trying to make it in Menasha this winter. 1 Thayer's Gull (the dump was closed 
on Sunday). A Snowy Owl was seen out of Kaukauna; A Bohemian Waxwing was with a 
small flock of Cedar Waxwings; A Fox Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and a Com. 
Redpoll have been coming to my feeders although have not seen any of them since 
Sunday, perhaps due to the fog and now rain. 


Dar will post the final results when all the teams have checked in.

It would be nice to see other CBCs post some of their highlights too, 
especially on this net (besides the other ones---ahem!)!! Good luck to all the 
future counts and may your weather be better than the beginning of the count 
period! 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Common Loons, Big Cedar Lake, Washington County
From: "Eileen Worman" <eileenworman AT netwurx.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:04:01 -0600
I'm posting this on behalf of my brother-in-law, who lives on Big Cedar Lake in 
West Bend, Washington County. 

He texted me that he's seeing three Common Loons on the lake this morning.
I don't know how unusual that is, but thought it might be worth reporting.
Eileen Worman
Town of Lebanon, Dodge County
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Subject: Horicon Marsh Bird Club Program Dec 18th
From: Jeffrey Bahls <jbahls AT wildblue.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:54:18 -0600
Nest Box Treasures

WDNR Wildlife Educator, Liz Herzmann, will present a program on
December 18th at the next meeting of the Horicon Marsh Bird Club. The
meeting will start at 7p.m. and be held in the lower level of the
Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center.

Many birders are excited to be able to place a nest box on their
property. Whether it is a Blue Bird, Kestrel, or Wood Duck box, the
possibility of creating a new home for birds is enticing. But the real
excitement is the actual monitoring of each box. The true benefit to
wildlife (and the monitor) is routinely checking each box for damage,
predators or invasive species. Without monitoring, many nest boxes are
much less useful and you would not have the chance to find the ever
exciting treasure!

Checking nest boxes and the treasures inside can be a fun activity for
kids, families, volunteers and all other dedicated nest box monitors.
It is thought that each box is like opening a present, you never
really know what is in the box until you open it up!  Liz has
collected many examples and photos of  these treasures from Bird Club
members and co-workers. Come see what interesting surprises nature
leaves for us to find.

You do not have to be a member of the Bird Club to attend this free
program. All ages are welcome. For more information please visit
www.horiconmarshbirdclub.com or call 920-387-7893.

The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between the
towns of Horicon and Mayville on Hwy. 28.  Please use the lower
entrance.


You don't have to be a real "birdy" to enjoy this program ,bring a friend.


Jeff Bahls
Lowell Wi
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Subject: Snowy Owl Brown County
From: bkrouse1 AT new.rr.com
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 19:41:19 -0600
Hi All. On the way home from work today I had an almost all white Snowy Owl
on the fence at the west edge of Austin Straubel Airport in the Green Bay
area of Brown County. He was quite happy to sit right next to the county
highway, and watch a semi and a school bus go by, amongst other traffic.
Maybe 20 feet from the edge of the pavement,  just the ditch separating him
on the fence from the roadway. What a beauty! 
Bill Krouse
2014 President of Wild Ones Green Bay Chapter
Be a Wild One and landscape with native plants!
"http://wildonesgreenbay.blogspot.com/[1]"
Brown County, Wisconsin 

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Subject: Common Eider--Superior
From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:46:28 -0600
For those of us that are only on this bird net, I received a call from Robbye 
Johnson this afternoon. While a few of them were taking the Superior CBC they 
checked Wisconsin Pt in the fog. To their surprise as they walked along the 
wall for the harbor entrance to Superior, they noticed a large duck---a female 
Common Eider! There has been one to two in the Duluth area since mid-November 
but this is the first time it has been seen in Wisconsin. Great find and they 
got photos of it, in the fog. 

As she indicated it is moving around so the chances of relocating it are not 
that good, but it is some thing to keep in mind. The locals will probably be 
rechecking for it in upcoming days, providing the weather cooperates. Robbye 
commented that the road is in bad shape, especially where the dump trucks are 
hauling the clay. Also there are plans to redo the entire road next 
year---hopefully by Jaegerfest we will not recognize the good road! 

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Subject: Dodge Co. Juneau area SNOWY OWL, MERLIN
From: "Rhonda Schrab" <rdzs AT nconnect.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:13:54 -0600
After checking regularly for the past several weeks I finally found a snowy 
owl on S. Grove Rd. SE of Juneau. It was in the same field I first saw one 
in that area last winter. It is a very heavily, darkly barred bird, so am 
thinking immature. I had forgotten my camera at home this morning so I just 
sat and enjoyed watching for several minutes. I then drove on and about a 
half mile further I saw a bird perched on the powerline next to the road. 
My first thought was kestrel as I see them in that area frequently, but as 
I drove closer I thought it appeared just a bit big for a kestrel. I wanted 
to get a good look at this bird so I pulled over before I got too close. 
First got it in the bins and my suspicions were raised. Then got the scope 
on it and could plainly see no face pattern or  coloration of a kestrel. It 
was indeed a merlin. After viewing for a minute or two I drove by slowly, 
went down the road a ways, turned around and very slowly approached. It 
stayed perched and allowed me to pull up right next to it. I had great 
views of the bird and now I was really kicking myself for forgetting the 
camera. Oh well, a snowy owl and a merlin a half mile apart was pretty 
special, with or without camera.
 Dave Schrab
 Dodge Co.


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Subject: Racine Co - Loon - Wind Point area
From: Eric Howe <wibirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:59:45 -0600
While out on the Racine CBC, we saw what *might* have been a Pacific Loon south 
of Shoop Park and north of 3 mile road. It was seen from a private residence. 
We lost sight of it behind the trees as it became more active in diving. FYI 
for anyone out in the area. 


Eric Howe
Racine, WI

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Subject: Snowy, near Manitowoc
From: Diane D <dianed AT new.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:02:01 -0600
Snowy owl, west of Manitowoc. In large field that is about 200 yds. NW from 
intersection of 151 and Cty CS (Custer). Observed Saturday 12/13/14 about 2:30. 
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Subject: Columbia County Snowy Owls
From: "Michael John Jaeger" <jaegermj AT charter.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 20:36:12 -0600
Two Snowy Owls about  mile south of Goose Pond along CTH K in Columbia
County early this afternoon.  Both east of the RR crossing and the UW Beef
Research Farm.  One north of CTH K in a field, the other south of CTH K on
paddock fences on the UW farm.
 

Michael John Jaeger

Madison, WI 

 


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Subject: Columbus CBC this Tuesday
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 02:32:20 +0000
??The Columbus CBC will be conducted this coming Tuesday, Dec. 16 (weather 
permitting - might be a few pesky snow showers.) As is often the case, the 
circle is stretched pretty thin over just a handful of counters, so anyone with 
an inclination to help, please contact compiler Chris West 
(little_blue_birdie AT msn.com) ASAP. (I can 
also forward a copy of the map to anyone interested.) The Columbus circle 
encompasses the northeast corner of Dane, southeast corner of Columbia, and 
southwest Dodge Counties. 


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Madison WI


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Subject: RFI: Snowy Owls, Green Bay area
From: Aaron Milenski <amilenski31 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 19:43:51 -0500
Hello Wisconsin birders!   I am an Ohio birder; here we're having
another irruption year for Snowy Owls.  I have a friend (not an
experienced birder) in Green Bay who has never seen one, and I thought
I'd write to the list to ask if there have been any seen recently in
that general area, and if that's a part of the state where in a year
like this they're likely to be common.

Thanks to anyone who can help!

Aaron Milenski (Lakewood, Ohio)
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Subject: Hoary Redpoll and Harris's Sparrow-Columbia Co.
From: Laura Wentz <lauralwentz AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:54:21 -0600
Even though I cancelled my planned to trip to go look for gulls because of
the fog, I had a good morning.  The Harris's Sparrow continues in my yard,
along with the other usual suspects.  A Hoary Redpoll showed up in the bush
near the window where there's usually a nyjer seed feeder.  It flew off to
the corner of the yard that was overgrown with nettles and lamb's quarters
(which are great natural finch feeders if you don't clean them up).
I've been doing battle with the House Sparrow population and have set up
the repeating sparrow trap when I am home.  I've also been putting out just
a limited amount of seed and taking in the suet feeders when I'm not home.
Laura
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Portage, Columbia County


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Subject: White-winged Scoter Dane Co
From: Rob Pendergast <acadiantigerheron AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:56:53 -0600
There is currently a single White-winged Scoter on the south side of Picnic
Point on University Bay. It is mixed in with a large group of Canvasback.
Good Birding!

Rob Pendergast
Currently in Madison
Dane Co


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Subject: 3-toed WP NO
From: Douglas Stratton <stratton.douglas AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:41:29 -0600
spent a couple hours at dawn with about 10-15 other birders looking for the
3-toed WP but nobody saw or heard anything.
-- 
Doug Stratton
Onalaska, La Crosse County


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Subject: Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (and related) news
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:21:38 -0600
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2014/12/western-great-lakes-bird-and-bat.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: Wis. Breeding Bird Atlas II - Kickoff Meeting Feb. 27-March 1, 2015
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1 AT icloud.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:01:50 -0600
Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II
Kickoff Meeting

Friday - Sunday, Feb. 27 – March 1, 2015
Stoney Creek Hotel, Rothschild, WI

In 1995, the first Atlas was started. This project involved over 1,600 
observers, who amassed more than 170,000 observations of 237 species. 
Twenty years later, it’s time to do it again in order to ensure we have 
the information necessary to conserve our breeding birds, an integral 
part of Wisconsin.

Meeting Highlights:

  * Field trips

  * Atlas methods training

  * WBBA I history

  * Data-entry instruction

  * Info on climate change and atlases

Keynote speaker: eBird’s Chris Wood

Friday evening: Birds and Beers!

Meet your county coordinator, the Atlas planning team, and other Atlasers!

FOR MORE DETAILS, INCLUDING THE AGENDA and REGISTRATION FORM, GO TO THE 
WSO WEBSITE !

For the Atlas II Planning Team,

Karen

Karen Etter Hale
Chair, Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Director of Community Relations, Wisconsin Audubon Council
P.O. Box 22
Lake Mills, WI 53551

(920) 245-1395  (cell)
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Subject: Map for N Hawk Owl, etc in Eau Claire
From: A Geraghty <ageraghty83 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 23:55:52 -0600
Hi!  I guess I'm supposed to introduce myself - I've just signed up for
this list, so it's my first "direct" post.  I live in and bird around Eau
Claire; when I leave, I'm more prone to go north than south.
I thought I'd share a post I put on Facebook, since not everyone gets
those.  In response to several inquiries about the N HAWK OWL and other
birds of interest in Eau Claire, I put together an interactive map
pin-pointing where they have been seen.  I hope you find it helpful and
have good luck with the birds if you visit this weekend!

Anne Geraghty, Eau Claire, Eau Claire Co, WI


Map of Eau Claire rarities -
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zk72jy0smQDg.kOxgC1RxAMbM


It's been a great month for birding in the Eau Claire area. If you're
thinking of looking for the NORTHERN HAWK OWL this weekend, you might take
some time to check for these other birds. Janine Polk spotted a LONG-TAILED
DUCK in Chippewa Falls (most recently seen 12/1) and BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS in
Eau Claire (still here 12/7). Chris Floyd reported a CAROLINA WREN 11/27
also in Eau Claire. Terry Balding saw the resident EURASIAN COLLARED DOVES
in nearby Elk Mound 12/11. And there are SNOWY OWLS in the vicinity as well
- Pam Campbell saw one as recently as 12/12 on the east side of Menomonie
and there are many along the Hwy 29 corridor between Chippewa Falls and
Wausau. There are EVENING GROSBEAKS being seen sporadically, however
they're in a private backyard with no public access - but keep your eye
out! Redpolls, pine siskins and purple finches are also in the area.
Locations for these rarities are compiled on the above Google map - zoom in
for tree specific detail & click on a marker for more info. As always when
birding, please respect private property and traffic flow. Also in western
WI: an AMERICAN THREE TOED WOODPECKER in Burnett Co (see Tom Prestby's
prior Wisbirdn post) and double digit GOLDEN EAGLES in Buffalo Co (stop in
at the Nat'l Eagle Center in Wabasha MN and they'll point you in the right
direction).


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Subject: Snowy Owl and Bald Eagle in Sheboygan
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:23:16 -0600
Greetings Birders,
I spent a couple of hours down at the lakefront this afternoon. As soon as I 
got down to the end of Pennsylvania Avenue, I saw a Snowy Owl at the end of the 
South Pier. It was hard to tell that it was a Snowy but I did get a scope on it 
and saw it turn it's head in owl fashion. While looking at the owl, I saw a 
beautiful Bald Eagle sitting in the tree on the East side of the Coast Guard 
building. The eagle took off fairly soon but reappeared several times while I 
was down there. The owl took off while I was looking at the eagle. At North 
Point, I saw the Harlequin ( female or young? ) and a Greater Black Backed 
gull. I hope to see more of the Snowy this winter. 

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Subject: Re: {Chippewa Valley Birding} Hawk Owl still there this pm
From: Myles Hurlburt <mhurlburt44 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:19:12 -0600
I arrived on Lars Rd at about 1:15 pm and Pam Campbell (a big thank you for 
directions) and one other birder was watching the Hawk Owl in a back yard (what 
a cool yard bird) hunting. Pam had mentioned this was her second trip of the 
day as she saw it earlier in the day. I stayed for about 90 minutes and other 
birders got good looks at the awesome species. 


Good Birding.!

Myles Hurlburt
Town of Rib Mountain 
Marathon County
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> On Dec 12, 2014, at 4:51 PM, 'Janine Polk' via Chippewa Valley Birding 
 wrote: 

> 
> I watched the Hawk Owl fly to the top of a power pole at the north end of 
Lars Road at about 3:40 this afternoon. As I was almost out of gas at that 
point I decided to go to the gas station, and then went back but couldn't 
relocate the owl. This bird is very active, so if it isn't seen right away a 
little patience may be required. 

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> Eau Claire
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Subject: Hawk Owl still there this pm
From: "Janine Polk" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "j_l_polk@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:36 -0800
I watched the Hawk Owl fly to the top of a power pole at the north end of Lars 
Road at about 3:40 this afternoon. As I was almost out of gas at that point I 
decided to go to the gas station, and then went back but couldn't relocate the 
owl. This bird is very active, so if it isn't seen right away a little patience 
may be required. 


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Eau Claire
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Subject: Snowy Owl in Ozaukee County
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Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:57:12 -0600
Spotted a snowy today about 300 yrs. below silver beach road on Six Mile Road. 
Just south of being parallel with the Belgium water tower, on the east side of 
the road in a recently turned field. Might be our 126th known in WI. 

One rough-legged hawk in Swengle WPL and two kestrels near Jay Rd.

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Subject: Northern hawk owl - Eau Claire
From: Ryan Chrouser <rjchrouser AT uwalumni.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:11:14 -0600
Owl present in previous location west of down to earth garden center  AT  1430 
12/11/14. 


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Subject: Re: [wisb northern Hawk owl near Eau Claire
From: Ryan Chrouser <rjchrouser AT uwalumni.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:35:29 -0600
Northern hawk owl present from 1420 to 1445 this afternoon.


> On Dec 11, 2014, at 11:50 AM, Seth Spencer  wrote:
> 
> The northern Hawk owl is present in previous location. I watched it for
> over an hour just across the street from the garden center . North of
> Brookwood Lane .
> Seth Spencer, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
>> On Dec 11, 2014 11:20 AM, "Kyle Lindemer"  wrote:
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>> Platteville CBC on Sunday, December 14, please back channel me. There is a
>> birder from Green Lake that is participating in the count with his daughter
>> that is willing to pick up a  birder in Madison.
>> 
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Subject: 125+ Snowy Owls in the state
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:26:43 -0700
Was gone on vacation the past week and just got caught up on tallying statewide 
Snowy Owls. We're up to ~127 presumed-unique individuals in Wisconsin so far 
this season. This compares to 71 by this date last year. 


General locations for many of this year's birds can be found on the interactive 
Wisconsin eBird map at http://bit.ly/1zwcC2o. Please remember to view them 
ethically - respect the bird, respect private property, and respect each 
other. 


Though they came a bit earlier, the locations of this year's birds are 
remarkably similar to last. Can we break 300 again? 


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Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Subject: Re: [wisb northern Hawk owl near Eau Claire
From: Seth Spencer <sfspencer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:50:58 -0600
The northern Hawk owl is present in previous location. I watched it for
over an hour just across the street from the garden center . North of
Brookwood Lane .
Seth Spencer, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
On Dec 11, 2014 11:20 AM, "Kyle Lindemer"  wrote:
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> Platteville CBC on Sunday, December 14, please back channel me. There is a
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> that is willing to pick up a  birder in Madison.
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Subject: Live raptor event in South Milwaukee tonight
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:33:47 -0500
The Friends of Grant Park are hosting a live raptor program - thanks to Schlitz 
Audubon handlers and birds - tonight, Thursday, 12/11 at the Grant Park Golf 
Course Clubhouse at 100 Hawthorne Avenue, South Milwaukee from 6:15 (program 
begins promptly at 6:30) until 7:30. We'll do a wee owl prowl afterward until 
8:30. Please join us if you've never attended one of the Audubon presentations. 
We are really grateful that they can take these marvelous raptors on the road. 
Featured will be Noel the Peregrine, a Saw-Whet, Great-horned and Ea. Screech 
Owl, and a Kestrel. 


More info available at www.fogp.org/activities

Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee
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Subject: American Three-toed Woodpecker Burnett Co. 12/10/14...some images
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:26:34 -0600
Hi all,
American Three-toed Woodpecker that had been reported in Burnett County was
found at the location that was reported. Chris W, Daryl C and I made the
trip up leaving very early Wednesday morning to try for this bird. Getting
there shortly after light, Deb P met up with us there and joined the group.
It was a gloomy morning with light wind, just a few inches of snow on the
ground, mild temps in the lower 20’s and balmy. This bird came into the
area reported a few times for nice viewing. When the bird came into
viewing, it worked different trees continually pecking non-stop, at the
tree it landed on. It moved to a few different trees on occasion
continually pecking and as I remember not even stopping to look in the
direction we were. With the continued action of the feeding bird, higher
more than low in the heavily twigged trees, just to get a couple of photos
was a challenge. After the short time of viewing the American Three-toed
Woodpecker, we traveled north and east of that area looking for boreal
species in boreal habitats for the rest of the day. What a beautiful part
of the state! A couple of the highlights were 2 adult American Bald Eagles
working a deer carcass near a roadside and a flock of 300 plus Pine
Siskins. We saw many flocks of Common Redpolls too working the roadsides
high and low for seeds. No Hoary Redpolls to be found. Many thanks to Jim
H, a local birder up there for finding this exciting rare bird for the
state and getting the report out for others to enjoy. When you see a report
like Jim’s, one always has to wonder how many rare birds could be out there
that are missed. A life bird for me and state life bird for the others! It
was a full day of excitement getting out and spending the day birding with
some great birders and friends. I did take a couple images at the link
below if you care to view them.


http://www.windowtowildlife.com/american-three-toed-woodpecker-burnett-county-wisconsin-december-10-2014/ 


Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Subject: SE Milwaukee County CBC volunteers? 12/20
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "betsyacorn@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 12:25:39 -0500
Otherwise known as the Hales Corners CBC, we are trying to cover the 
southeastern Lake shoreline. Again, with our count scheduled on the same day as 
Milwaukee's, we will possibly get some good folk for a half day. Anyone else? 


You will have to plug my email address into your reply.  

Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee
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Subject: Madison Birders: CBC Opportunity
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:19:33 -0600
If anyone in the Madison area is interested in helping out with the Platteville 
CBC on Sunday, December 14, please back channel me. There is a birder from 
Green Lake that is participating in the count with his daughter that is willing 
to pick up a birder in Madison. 


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Subject: It's "Count Week" for early CBCs!
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel AT wisc.edu>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:28:48 +0000
??Just realized that, for any Christmas Bird Counts that are being conducted on 
Sunday, Dec. 14 (the first day of the "official" count period,) today is 
actually the first day any particular bird would be a "count week species" 
("count week" is three days before through three days after any particular 
CBC.) So, for example, if someone in Deerfield or Waterloo sees a Harris's 
Sparrow at their feeder today, but it's not seen again, that would be 
considered a "count week species", assuming it was reported to Karen Etter 
Hale, the Waterloo CBC compiler. 


Again, if you haven't been paying attention, you can find the map of CBC 
circles in Wisconsin, along with a (still disappointingly incomplete - there's 
only so much Kyle can do, folks) list of compilers and dates, on the WSO 
website: 



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



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Madison WI


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Subject: Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa) listed as threatened by USFWS
From: "Judy s." <cherryjamcookies AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 08:13:54 -0600
On Tuesday the USFWS officially listed the Red Knot (Calidris canutus rufa)
as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. More info at:
http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=B0DM
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Subject: Am. Three-toed Wdpkr, Hawk Owl=yes
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150 AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:22:22 +0000 (UTC)
I thought birders would be interested in updates on two of Wisconsin's latest 
rarities, the American Three-toed Woodpecker(s?) of Burnett County and the 
Northern Hawk Owl of Eau Claire County. According to the Wisconsin Birding 
Facebook page, both species have been seen today. Details can be found from 
birders' previous posts to this list-serve. 

Good birding! 

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Subject: Leucistic Hawk Update and Correction
From: <rcd2 AT new.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 18:58:45 -0500
The leuscistic Red-tailed Hawk was seen today at about 2 pm by John and Julie 
Woodcock. It took 5 visits before the bird was seen -and then it was seen some 
distance from the road. Some photos were taken but since the bird was rather 
distant, the photos were not the best. This vividly colored hawk was being 
harassed by a second Red-tail of normal plumage. Although I gave the correct 
fire number of the farm near which this bird is being seen, I gave the wrong 
stretch of County C. The bird is being seen on County C EAST from Highway 42 
not far beyond Union Road. It has been found perched in the woodlots between 
8133 and 8328 County C. 


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