Date: 11/8/19 3:40 pm
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] Madison lake conditions?
Was hoping to find waterfowl tmrw. Mendota and Monona still open?
Thanks,

Jennifer

On Fri, Nov 8, 2019, 5:36 PM Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...> wrote:

> 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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