Date: 1/6/19 5:36 pm
From: Chris West <little_blue_birdie...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Lake Michigan
Hi all,
Since this has been pointed out here, I thought I might mention that this winter's extremely low numbers have been noticed by more than just those birders here in WI. I and several others, and many CBC compilers (Paul Lehman in CA brought it up a couple weeks ago) have noticed that many CBCs from across the country are reporting exceptionally low numbers of Passerines this winter, and in some cases, record low numbers.

Whatever is the cause of this significant drop in numbers, it is not a localized event, is not tied to local weather, and is being felt nationwide.





Happy Birding! --Chris W, Richland County

"The beauty and genius of a work of art may be reconceived, though its first material expression be destroyed; a vanished harmony may yet again inspire the composer; but when the last individual of a race of living things breathes no more, another heaven and another earth must pass before such a one can be again." (From William Beebe's "The Bird: Its Form and Function," 1906)
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From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> <wisbirdn-bounce...> on behalf of Judy Ettenhofer <judyett...>
Sent: Sunday, January 6, 2019 4:04 PM
To: Daryl Tessen
Cc: wisbirdn
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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