Date: 3/20/21 8:52 pm From: Wayne Kuhn <waylin98...> Subject: [wisb] Buena Vista on Saturday
Every year I have a booth at the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) convention in Stevens Point. Last year it was the last show I did before everything closed down. This year it is the first show I have been to since then and hopefully a sign of good things to come.
I stay at a motel Friday night and since the show doesn't start until 9:00 am on Saturday I take a short trip to Buena Vista to look for rare birds. I hadn't gotten the Greater Prairie Chickens for three years but today was my lucky day. While traveling down Mill Road I saw several take flight and fly to the back of the agricultural field they were in. I counted nine and I had some good distant looks while they were on the ground.
That was enough to make the trip a success by itself but as I traveled down Swamp Road I saw a Meadowlark fly over it. I got out of the car and right away heard it singing from a fence post - it was a Western Meadowlark! And just 5 posts down from him was a shrike. I could not tell if it was a Northern or Loggerhead but he and the Meadowlark tangled once in mid-flight and settled back on the fence posts. I also saw/heard another Western Meadowlark - no Eastern Meadowlarks to be found, which makes finding the Western easier.
My show ended at 4:30 pm and I headed back to Green Bay via Highway 54. I stopped at Van Patton Road for ducks and geese but there weren't many. I did get a FOY Norther Harrier though.