Date: 1/6/19 5:55 am
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Michigan
I spent part of yesterday checking out several sites along Lake Michigan. It was surprising how quiet it was! Starting at Harrington Beach SP there were the usual diving ducks off Cty D plus a few Herring Gulls. Nothing unusual was seen. I then moved down to check the Port Washington harbor. I do not believe I have ever seen it that quiet in the winter. On the sand "bar" (north end) several Mallards and Ring-billed Gulls were loafing. The rest of the harbor did NOT have another bird, literally!!!!
Kohler SP had the usual birds at their feeders, including a Red-br. Nuthatch, but the lake had one bird, a Herring Gull.

Sheboygan had birds in the harbor (hurray) which included the usual diving ducks, Herring Gulls on the ice accompanied by four Great Black-backed Gulls. North Pt had the usual birds, with the Harlequin Duck not present. The best was running into Tom Woods, where we talked and birded together.

As birders have commented and seen during CBCs plus regular birding, it has been a very quiet fall and now winter. On most of the counts I helped on there were extremely long periods of seeing no birds. On a few counts I started cheering when I found a Starling or pigeon!
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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