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!

Sincerely,

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


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