Date: 5/3/18 11:57 am
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Yesterday in the UW Arboretum -- YCNH -- 103 species
I've since been informed my LOWA is a NOWA. NO WAy! :)
So I guess 102.

-Kenny Younger
Madison, WI


Kenneth Younger III
<kyounger...>
(515) 367-0001
@kenny

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 12:11 PM, Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> wrote:

> I awoke yesterday feeling quite ill. I debated going out, especially
> because of the storms, but told myself it would probably make me feel
> better. Boy did it.
>
> Arriving at Ho Nee Um (part of the Arb north of Lake Wingra) just as the
> last few raindrops were falling, I immediately noticed how birdy it was,
> and set out to see what all showed up. I had my FOYs Baltimore Oriole,
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Warbling Vireo, and Eastern Kingbird quite quickly.
> I had what I thought was a Great Blue Heron flyover. I snapped a picture,
> but thought nothing of it (it was still fairly dimly lit and didn't think
> the camera LCD would show much detail).
>
> I made my way over to the marshy area where I had seen Sora in previous
> days. I was elated to find my FOY (and my first of the Arb) Virginia Rail
> hanging out with the Sora! I got some great pictures of the two.
>
> Continuing east, I was looking for the Northern Waterthrushes plinking
> from the pools of water between Ho Nee Um and Wingra Boats, and found a
> Yellow-crowed Night Heron hanging out back there!!! As you can imagine,
> that kinda blew me away and got the adrenaline pumping. I managed to get a
> few doc shots, but it flew up (didn't _seem_ like it flew away, but I
> couldn't tell) and out of sight. Chuck Henrikson arrived a short bit later
> and we spent time trying to relocate it. Unfortunately, it was either
> hiding well, or flew away. I know of at least several others that tried to
> find it without success. It's a dense thicket back there. Also, it turns
> out that picture of the heron I had snapped earlier was the bird in flight.
> I had been walking around for an hour with the bird there and didn't know
> it. Hah. Bird every bird, right?
>
> At 9:30am, I realized I had over 70 species checked. I decided to keep
> pushing things to see where they would go. Throughout the rest of the day,
> I managed to find 33 more species in the Arboretum, only venturing outside
> it to successfully locate the White-eyed Vireo with Shawn Miller at Indian
> Mound in McFarland (which was a life bird for me). Oh, I also stopped for
> lunch. :)
>
> My biggest misses of the day were the Red-breasted Nuthatches, the
> Pileated Woodpeckers (which I suspect have been quiet because of nesting),
> and twice I missed Prothonotary Warblers by a few minutes. Hmmm, will PROW
> supplant YBFL as my nemesis? Ask me in July.
>
> Some of the best species outside of the YCNH were the Virginia Rail, Sora,
> Solitary Sandpiper, Forster's Terns, Blackburnian Warbler, Blue-winged
> Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush (looked enough different for me to call it
> that way, and would be open to confirmations/critiques on that ID), the
> sheer number of Northern Waterthrushes, Veery, Savannah Sparrow, and
> Yellow-throated Vireo. #100 for the day was a Killdeer. The last species
> I identified was a single, young Purple Martin, also a first in the Arb for
> me.
>
> All in all, an unintentional, but very big day in the Arboretum with 103
> species (pending the LOWA). This included 16 warbler species, 10 sparrow
> species, 9 duck/geese species, 7 thrush species, and 6 raptor species.
>
> If you're interested in seeing the pictures I took of many of these birds,
> have a look at my checklist here:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45194872
>
> Happy Birding!
>
> -Kenny Younger
> Madison, WI
>
> P.S. Thanks, Chuck, for driving me around toward the end of the day, as
> well as helping me pick up a good number of these species.
>
> Kenneth Younger III
> <kyounger...>
> (515) 367-0001
> @kenny
>


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