Date: 1/6/19 1:05 pm
From: Judy Ettenhofer <judyett...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Lake Michigan
Daryl: I also have had very few birds at my feeders, for months. Has anyone
offered a theory as to what is happening? Is this a result of climate
change or something else?
Judy Ettenhofer
Spring Green
On Sun, Jan 6, 2019, 7:55 AM Gmail <bhaunts...> wrote:

> 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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