Date: 1/6/19 3:14 pm From: Joe Luedtke <onaturalist...> Subject: [wisb] Re: Lake Michigan
I would agree with Jym. I too feel its more quiet. I was out at Milwaukee’s Lakefront today and it was just dead. I was excited to see a few Bufflehead and Scaup. Not 1000s or even 100s of Scaup, but just a few Scaup. However, there’s no ice on the lake so there’s definitely more areas for birds to spread out. I’m hoping for snow and cold. The way winter should be!
Joe Luedtke, Wauwatosa
From: "<wisbirdn-bounce...>" <wisbirdn-bounce...> on behalf of Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> Reply-To: "<hopmoon...>" <hopmoon...> Date: Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 3:43 PM To: "<wisbirdn...>" <wisbirdn...> Subject: [wisb] Re: Lake Michigan
More likely the reason is that there is a good supply of natural food sources still available at this time. You'll probably see more birds at your feeders once the winter snows start in.
Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
On 1/6/2019 3:04 PM, Judy Ettenhofer wrote: 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...><mailto:<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