Date: 8/31/17 4:37 pm From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> Subject: [wisb] first Nelson's Sparrow of fall, other WGLBBO news
Possibly only the 2nd individual of this species ever seen at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County, a bright, very ochre-orange Nelson's Sparrow was working the same muddy, weedy edge of a drawn-down wetland today as a nearby Solitary Sandpiper. There are 26 wetlands at Forest Beach, of which we draw down a selection each spring and fall to create some mudflats for shorebirds. This one is near the northern border of the preserve, about 80 meters west of the hawk watch platform. In other Observatory news, Calvin Brennan has returned to his Waterbird Watch technician position once again, and begins his 6-day-per-week observations at the blind on the shore in Harrington Beach State Park, tomorrow, Sept.1. He'll be here this fall until Dec. 5. If you're birding at Harrington Beach, stop and visit at the blind location just south of the rocky point, at the shoreline, 6 hours each day, Mon-Sat, starting at dawn.
William Mueller Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org <wpmueller1947...> office 262-285-3374 cell 414-698-9108 blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com Port Washington, WI