Date: 8/19/19 7:20 pm From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> Subject: [wisb] Great Egrets at Goose Pond Sanctuary - Columbia County
Hi all, This evening we noticed a good concentration of egrets roosting at the northwest corner of the west pond. We began counting them about 7:30 p.m. until after sunset. We watched from Prairie Lane and also from the hilltop above the oak savanna which overlooks the pond. Terry and Nancy Thompson from Poynette joined us for the count. At least 12 egrets flew in from the southwest and probably were not feeding at the pond before roosting.
Our high count tonight was a record 55 great egrets! There were also 10 great blue herons or more but we were focused on counting the egrets. The previous high ebird count at the Goose Pond "hot spot" before this year was 10 on October 16, 2015 by Kyle Lindemer.
In March we had a record high water water level and the wetlands are still very high with probably 180 acres flooded compared to 60 acres in the pond in most years. We believe the egrets and herons are feeding on salamanders that will soon leave the water, frogs and fathead minnows.
*Mark and Susan Foote-Martin* *W7503 Kampen Road* *Arlington, WI 53911* *Columbia County*