Date: 11/8/19 3:37 pm
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Goose Pond conditions?
Tom woods email had me wondering if goose pond is frozen over as well. Does
anyone know?
Thanks,

Jennifer Ambrose

On Fri, Nov 8, 2019, 4:39 PM Tom Wood <tcwood729...> wrote:

> As one might expect with temperatures overnight in the teens, Horicon NWR
> is
> mostly frozen over, and the nice variety and numbers of waterfowl present
> last week are no longer in the area. Not a single Tundra Swan was seen by
> me
> today.
> Nevertheless, there was interesting birding. The autotour had a few normal
> winter passerines, and I was surprised to see a Bufflehead and 3 Ruddy
> Ducks
> surviving in a tiny patch of water in the last pond of the autotour. While
> scoping them, I heard the bugling of Trumpeter Swans, and 15 landed on the
> ice and preened and rested.
> Along STH49 at the pond across from the historical marker, some Canada
> Geese
> and Mallards were huddled up against the island, while 3 immature Bald
> Eagles worked the area. There has been at least one Rough-legged Hawk
> working the area since last week, and it sometimes perches in the tall dead
> tree on the eastern side of the marsh along STH49.
> North of the marsh, along Oak Center Road about .4 miles east of
> Johnson/Townline Rd., I saw a distant Northern Shrike.
> Ledge and Point Roads on the eastern side of the marsh had Snow Buntings,
> an
> American Pipit, and the usual Dark-eyed Juncos, Tree Sparrows, and Horned
> Larks.
> I drove east on Ledge Road to Centerline Road, and from here down to CTH H
> in the cornfield on the east side of Centerline Road were over 400 Sandhill
> Cranes. Some were obviously young of the year. A few more Snow Buntings
> were
> in the area too.
> Finally, I headed toward Main Dike Road which was very dead, but near the
> intersection of Rockvale Road and Dike Road, I saw two Lapland Longspurs
> with the Horned Larks on the side of the road to top off this wintry trip.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
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