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12/11/17 9:51 am Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Count week has begun
12/11/17 5:09 am Wayne Kuhn <waylin98...> [wisb] Lapland Longspurs in Brown County
12/10/17 2:09 pm John Dixon <jmdixon14...> [wisb] Slaty-backed Gull, Kenosha Co.
12/10/17 11:03 am Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Re: ALERT - now considered a possible hybrid GBBG x Herring - No- Slaty-backed Gull ~ Possible at McKinley Marina 12/10/17, a few distant shots...
12/10/17 10:36 am Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] ALERT - Slaty-backed Gull ~ Possible at McKinley Marina 12/10/17, a few distant shots...
12/9/17 2:06 pm Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] MKE - Snowy Owls - images
12/9/17 12:37 pm Laura Spalinger <shipartisme...> [wisb] Snowy Owl
12/8/17 4:38 pm Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Snowy Owl, Jefferson County
12/8/17 4:08 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Ozaukee County today 12/8/17
12/8/17 2:01 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] ethical guidelines for bird photography
12/8/17 12:00 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Snowy Owl ~ Snoozing with the moon MKE Co. 12/8/17, a couple of images...
12/8/17 11:39 am Hakim Barrett <hakimbarrett...> [wisb] some new sightings
12/8/17 11:08 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus
12/8/17 7:43 am Karen Johnson <kmjbirders...> [wisb] Hartford CBC
12/8/17 7:18 am Karen Johnson <kmjbirders...> [wisb] Hartford CBC
12/8/17 7:15 am Spence Stehno <pensacola634...> [wisb] Snowy MKE Ferry
12/8/17 6:32 am Spence Stehno <pensacola634...> [wisb] Snowy at MKE Fuel Pier
12/8/17 5:13 am Thomas Erdman <erdt4...> [wisb] Oconto Snowy Owls
12/7/17 9:36 pm Todd Leech <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender leechtodd for DMARC) [wisb] Short Eared Owl ..
12/7/17 8:08 pm Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, December 7, 2017
12/7/17 11:30 am Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Iceland Gull, Snowy Owl, Dane County
12/7/17 6:35 am Spence Stehno <pensacola634...> [wisb] Snowy MKE Coast guard impoundment
12/6/17 6:24 pm Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl update
12/6/17 11:57 am Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Cranes on the move
12/6/17 11:52 am Dave Moffat <moffatfam...> [wisb] Cranes on the move
12/6/17 10:47 am Pamela Schwedler <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dovekie for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Kewaunee Harbor
12/6/17 10:28 am Bill Krouse <bkrouse1...> [wisb] Kewaunee Harbor
12/6/17 7:41 am Brad Webb <Brad286465...> [wisb] Oconomowoc CBC
12/6/17 6:37 am Emily Weiser <emily.l.weiser...> [wisb] Re: 5 Snowy Owls Near La Crosse
12/6/17 6:07 am Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] 5 Snowy Owls Near La Crosse
12/5/17 1:31 pm Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...> [wisb] Re: potential for Cave Swallows along Lake Michigan today/tomorrow
12/5/17 11:57 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] potential for Cave Swallows along Lake Michigan today/tomorrow
12/5/17 9:59 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] Another KITTIWAKE at WGLBBO Waterb. Watch today
12/5/17 9:39 am Rita Marie Wiskowski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dona_rita for DMARC) [wisb] Southeastern Milwaukee County CBC details – December 16
12/5/17 6:15 am Todd Leech <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender leechtodd for DMARC) [wisb] snowy owl in grant park
12/4/17 5:13 pm Paul Schwalbe <p.g6schwalbe...> [wisb] Pardeeville CBC
12/4/17 11:14 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] News and Links from the USFWS Migratory Birds section from the Midwest Region.
12/4/17 6:51 am Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] Snowy Owl Near LaCrosse
12/3/17 9:23 pm Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Snowy Owl - Goose Pond
12/3/17 6:18 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Snow Bunting ~ McKinley Beach MKE Co. 12/3/17, some images...
12/3/17 3:39 pm Dave Moffat <moffatfam...> [wisb] Eagling in Grant County
12/3/17 1:03 pm Samuel J. Krerowicz <krerowiczs01...> [wisb] Winter Finches in Madison
12/3/17 11:54 am Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> [wisb] Lake Monona Long-tailed Duck?
12/2/17 3:07 pm Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 30, 2017
12/2/17 11:05 am Lester Doyle <zzzlester...> [wisb] Goose Pond Update: Two Snowy Owls seen today
12/2/17 8:24 am Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee - HOUSE WREN
12/2/17 7:55 am Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Winter wren, siskins
12/2/17 6:50 am Spence Stehno <pensacola634...> [wisb] Ross Goose, Waukesha
12/1/17 8:41 pm Spence Stehno <pensacola634...> [wisb] Western Grebe Port, Ross's Goose Waukesha Cnty
12/1/17 7:12 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Horicon NWR open for hiking now
12/1/17 3:35 pm Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...> [wisb] Snowy Owls in Sheboygan ; )
12/1/17 2:01 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Lake Michigan
12/1/17 10:18 am Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...> [wisb] Re: Looking for Madison CBC area captain!
12/1/17 6:37 am Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> [wisb] Snowy Owl - Columbia Co. Goose Pond Sanctuary
12/1/17 6:20 am stevev87 <stevev87...> [wisb] Re: wisbirdn Digest V10 #329
11/30/17 11:08 am Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...> [wisb] Looking for Madison CBC area captain!
11/30/17 8:54 am Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...> [wisb] Short-eared Owl - Ozaukee Cty - Six Mile Road
11/29/17 2:12 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Snowy Owl - Lakeshore State Park MKE Co. 11/28/17 some images...
11/29/17 1:57 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Re: Purple Sandpiper - no sightings
11/29/17 12:47 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [wisb] Re: Purple Sandpiper - no sightings
11/29/17 11:58 am Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Purple Sandpiper - no sightings
11/28/17 2:58 pm Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...> [wisb] Male Long Tail Duck in Sheboygan
11/28/17 2:00 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Red-throated Loons, others at Harrington Beach S.P. in Ozaukee County
11/28/17 1:50 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Purple Sandpiper Lakeshore State Park MKE Co. 11/28/17, some images...
11/28/17 12:22 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] ALERT: Purple Sandpiper Milwaukee River Mouth MKE Co. 11/2817
11/28/17 11:47 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] ALERT: Black-legged Kittiwake at WGLBBO Waterb Watch - Harrington Beach SP
11/27/17 4:42 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: please help identify two different birds
11/27/17 2:54 pm Rory Cameron <rory_cameron...> [wisb] White-throated Sparrows-Chippewa County
11/27/17 2:38 pm Mike Wanger <misterwanger...> [wisb] Re: please help identify two different birds
11/27/17 12:06 pm Tom Schultz <trschultz...> [wisb] Re: Hawk
11/27/17 11:07 am Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal...> [wisb] Re: Snowy Owl Milton
11/27/17 11:05 am Robert Schneider <484bob...> [wisb] Hawk
11/27/17 9:27 am Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> [wisb] Snowy Owl Milton
11/27/17 8:19 am Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] Re: Western grebe
11/27/17 8:18 am K Petersen <loonp...> [wisb] Western grebe
11/27/17 6:31 am Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Fw: Nov 23 and 24 Bird and Nature Outing Reports
11/27/17 4:45 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] new Bird Song Course in spring 2018 at UW-Milwaukee Field Station
11/26/17 9:42 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] please help identify two different birds
11/26/17 3:06 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Ozaukee County today 11/26
11/26/17 2:39 pm Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...> [wisb] Glaucous Gulls North Point, Sheboygan
11/25/17 7:01 pm Manley Olson <manleyolson...> [wisb] Re: [Mnbird] Crex list
11/25/17 1:50 pm Paul Schwalbe <p.g6schwalbe...> [wisb] Passing of Dan Sonnenberg.
11/25/17 12:56 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Re: Leucistic Bird Photo
11/25/17 12:34 pm K. Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...> [wisb] Leucistic Bird Photo
11/25/17 11:18 am K. Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...> [wisb] Fwd: Bird pic
11/25/17 9:24 am Rita Marie Wiskowski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dona_rita for DMARC) [wisb] Dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk (southern Milwaukee County)
11/24/17 7:19 pm Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
11/24/17 1:27 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
11/24/17 9:44 am Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
11/24/17 5:33 am Rita Marie Wiskowski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dona_rita for DMARC) [wisb] Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
11/24/17 3:22 am Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] Jefferson - Red Crossbills - Emma Carlin Trail 11/19 images
11/23/17 9:00 pm Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] Ozaukee - Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
11/23/17 4:45 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Goose Pond (Columbia Co.) today
11/23/17 3:17 pm Hephziabah Beulah <hephziabahb...> [wisb] I will Miss Dennis Gustafson
11/23/17 6:29 am Joseph Hudick <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jhudick for DMARC) [wisb] Polk County. Tufted Titmouse and leucistic junco
11/22/17 9:49 am Marilyn Bontly <mbontly...> [wisb] TUTI
11/22/17 7:31 am Dennis Panicucci <denpanicucci8...> [wisb] Re: Dennis Gustafson passed away
11/22/17 6:57 am Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] Re: La Crosse / La Crescent Christmas Bird Count
11/22/17 5:33 am Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] La Crosse / La Crescent Christmas Bird Count
11/21/17 7:41 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Migrating swans tonight
11/21/17 7:02 pm Mark Korducki <korducki...> [wisb] Re: Dennis Gustafson passed away
11/21/17 6:53 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Dennis Gustafson passed away
11/21/17 2:20 pm Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...> [wisb] late feeding cowbird!
11/21/17 12:27 pm kevin seidel <seidelkevin25...> [wisb] Re: FW: FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
11/21/17 12:17 pm Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] FW: FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
11/21/17 12:09 pm Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
11/21/17 11:07 am Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...> [wisb] Glaucous Gulls at North Point in Sheboygan
11/21/17 9:48 am Gwyn Calvetti <gwyntells...> [wisb] Re: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
11/21/17 9:34 am <deerpix...> [wisb] Re: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
11/21/17 7:44 am Susan <susanrdesign...> [wisb] migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
11/21/17 7:13 am Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> [wisb] Goose Pond - Tundra Swans
11/20/17 10:10 pm Spence Stehno <pensacola634...> [wisb] Snowy Ferry Owl
11/20/17 9:44 pm <rbrigham...> [wisb] Florence county Red Crossbills
11/20/17 6:22 pm Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl Update
11/20/17 5:38 pm James Schwarz <jfschwar...> [wisb] Least Sandpiper_Merlin at Nine Springs Dane Co
11/20/17 11:35 am Bill Krouse <bkrouse1...> [wisb] Tennessee Warbler in Suamico
11/20/17 3:38 am Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Swans in Lake Mendota and Monona
11/19/17 10:18 pm PAUL R VAN GINKEL <prvangin...> [wisb] UW Arboretum, Dane Co
11/19/17 3:41 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Milwaukee this afternoon 11/19(Milwaukee County)
11/19/17 12:29 pm Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> [wisb] UW Arb this morning
11/19/17 12:49 am Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
11/18/17 5:23 pm Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer...> [wisb] CBC Dates
11/18/17 9:15 am Carl Schroeder <omiimiig...> [wisb] Sheboygan Marina Snowy Owls
11/18/17 3:06 am John K <johnny.phoenix13...> [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
11/17/17 5:51 pm <cdermody...> [wisb] Redpolls
11/17/17 5:48 pm <cdermody...> [wisb] Fwd: Redpoll
11/17/17 3:07 pm Schroeder Carl <Carl.Schroeder...> [wisb] Virmond Park - no flycatcher
11/17/17 3:01 pm Schroeder Carl <Carl.Schroeder...> [wisb] Sheboygan Marina-Four Snowy Owls
11/17/17 12:07 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Red-tailed Hawk captures a vole... MKE Co.11/17/17 some images...
11/17/17 10:19 am Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
11/17/17 9:59 am Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
11/17/17 9:28 am Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 16, 2017
11/17/17 6:21 am Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Reminder about gun deer season
11/16/17 4:28 pm Lori <dinderdahl...> [wisb] Sandhills
11/16/17 1:29 pm Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...> [wisb] FOUR Harlequin Ducks Milwaukee
11/16/17 11:08 am Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...> [wisb] New research about Passenger Pigeons--of interest
11/15/17 3:33 am Mike Wanger <misterwanger...> [wisb] Probable ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in Ozaukee County
11/14/17 6:29 pm Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...> [wisb] Dead Snowy Owl on the south side of Sheboygan : (
11/14/17 5:17 pm Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...> [wisb] Reminder: Birds of India Talk MKE County tomorrow
11/14/17 12:47 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Fw: eBird -- Owen Conservancy and Turville Point Bird and Nature Outings
11/13/17 6:04 pm Marilyn Bontly <mbontly...> [wisb] Re: Pacific Loon to post on WIsbirdnet?
11/13/17 2:58 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] C. Redpolls, Eared Grebe, Red-necked Grebe in Jefferson County today
11/13/17 12:52 pm Nancy Richmond <polarpastor...> [wisb] Fwd: [eBird Regional Editors] eBird down unexpectedly
11/13/17 12:07 pm julie long <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender mayhill10 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
11/13/17 11:41 am Mark Korducki <korducki...> [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
11/13/17 10:59 am Tom Schultz <trschultz...> [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
11/13/17 10:54 am Aaron Balogh <crotalus269...> [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
11/13/17 10:54 am Chuck Heikkinen <deliachuck...> [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
11/13/17 10:51 am KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders...> [wisb] Ebird problem
11/13/17 6:35 am Dennis Kirschbaum <kad9801...> [wisb] Re: Red Crossbills and other birds today
11/12/17 3:08 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Western Grebe continues in Port Washington Harbor (Ozaukee County)
11/12/17 10:58 am Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Lake Kegonsa and Yahara Hills, Dane county.
11/12/17 4:01 am Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Re: GPS apps
11/11/17 8:44 pm Roy & Robin Knispel <rknispel...> [wisb] 2 Snowy Owls--Terrell's Island--Winnebago County
11/11/17 7:29 pm Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...> [wisb] Re: GPS apps
11/11/17 6:24 pm Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet...> [wisb] GPS apps
11/11/17 6:16 pm Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...> [wisb] Red Crossbills and other birds today
11/11/17 6:14 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] A great day along Lake Michigan
11/11/17 3:26 pm Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Swans in Lake Mendota
11/11/17 7:34 am Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...> [wisb] Snowy Owls in Sheboygan
 
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Date: 12/11/17 9:51 am
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Count week has begun
Just a reminder that for those Christmas Bird Counts that will be conducted on Thursday, Dec. 14 (the first day of the official CBC count period,) today is the first day of "count week". Any species (especially out of the ordinary ones like lingering warblers, etc.) seen in a particular CBC circle during count week should be reported to that circle's compiler for inclusion in the statistics reported to Audubon.

See the list of circles and compilers (and some, but unfortunately not all, of the count dates - if you know any of the missing ones, let Kyle know, please) here:


https://wsobirds.org/christmas-bird-count


By the way, if you scroll all the way down on that page, there is a link to a printable sign to put in your car window that identifies you as a CBC field counter - very helpful, since folks often stop to ask what you're doing, or whether you're having car trouble.


If you want to see whether you're within a particular count circle, you can go to the Audubon CBC website. There is a link to a map of all the circles, so zoom in as far as you can:


http://www.audubon.org/join-christmas-bird-count

Note that the compiler information and status of each circle are not necessarily up to date on that map, so cross-reference it with the WSO list.


Happy counting!


Peter Fissel

Madison WI

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Date: 12/11/17 5:09 am
From: Wayne Kuhn <waylin98...>
Subject: [wisb] Lapland Longspurs in Brown County
Yesterday morning I came upon a small flock of Lapland Longspurs on the
north side of Willow Road just west of county QQ. I would estimate about 30
birds. They seem to visit this general area just east of Green Bay every
year.


Wayne Kuhn

Green Bay, Brown County



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Date: 12/10/17 2:09 pm
From: John Dixon <jmdixon14...>
Subject: [wisb] Slaty-backed Gull, Kenosha Co.
Amar Ayyash found an adult Slaty-backed Gull at Lake Andrea at 1pm Sunday
afternoon. It gave great looks until 3:30pm when it flew to the east
towards the power plant.
John Dixon
Brighton Township, Kenosha Co.

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Date: 12/10/17 11:03 am
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: ALERT - now considered a possible hybrid GBBG x Herring - No- Slaty-backed Gull ~ Possible at McKinley Marina 12/10/17, a few distant shots...
Hi all, It appears that gull, possible Slaty-backed I posted a few minutes
ago is turning out to be a Great Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid. That
is the consensus so far in a Facebook Group called North American Gulls
Thanks,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co

On Sun, Dec 10, 2017 at 12:35 PM, Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> It appears I may have had a Slaty-backed Gull at McKinly Marina this
> morning. It was on a far dock and I took a few distant shots to post. It
> appears it has bright pink legs, some what short yellow bill and a pale
> mantle which I noticed right away. Comments welcome
>
> Possible Slaty-backed Gull images at this link:
>
> *http://www.windowtowildlife.com/slaty-backed-gull-mckinley-marina-milwaukee-wisconsin-december-10-2017/
> <http://www.windowtowildlife.com/slaty-backed-gull-mckinley-marina-milwaukee-wisconsin-december-10-2017/>*
>
> Thanks and good birding,
>
> Jim Edlhuber
> Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.
>


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Date: 12/10/17 10:36 am
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] ALERT - Slaty-backed Gull ~ Possible at McKinley Marina 12/10/17, a few distant shots...
Hi all,
It appears I may have had a Slaty-backed Gull at McKinly Marina this
morning. It was on a far dock and I took a few distant shots to post. It
appears it has bright pink legs, some what short yellow bill and a pale
mantle which I noticed right away. Comments welcome

Possible Slaty-backed Gull images at this link:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/slaty-backed-gull-mckinley-marina-milwaukee-wisconsin-december-10-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/slaty-backed-gull-mckinley-marina-milwaukee-wisconsin-december-10-2017/>*

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Date: 12/9/17 2:06 pm
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] MKE - Snowy Owls - images
Good afternoon,
There were at least 3 Snowy Owls yesterday, around the Jones Island area,
in Milwaukee. It was perfectly clear and sunny, which made for some
fantastic photo opportunities. About 30 minutes before sunset, the owls
became active. One even sat on a light pole, in the ferry parking lot and
posed for about 10 minutes, for several people to see. It was a great
afternoon to be out. I have several images at the link below, if you're
interested.

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/photo-gallery/photo-gallery-2/snowy-owl/

Have a great evening,
Jeremy Meyer
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Date: 12/9/17 12:37 pm
From: Laura Spalinger <shipartisme...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl
A few pics of one of the Snowy Owls in Sheboygan a couple of weeks ago.


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Date: 12/8/17 4:38 pm
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl, Jefferson County
IN Lake Mills, to be precise, just one block from my house! I could, just barely, see it from my yard, so it went on my “from the yard” list. I was really, really surprised to find this owl, the first one I’d seen in Jefferson County since my first sighting of one in December 2001. So keep your eyes peeled, everyone, they could be anywhere, maybe hiding in plain sight.
Karen
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Date: 12/8/17 4:08 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Ozaukee County today 12/8/17
Since the winds finally settled down, I decided to try to do a little
birding in Ozaukee County today.
The highlight at Harrington Beach State Park was 3 Red-throated Loons
(possibly up to 5) between CTH D and the path up to the main parking lot.
There were a few common ducks, no scoters or unusual waterfowl and
passerines were scarce. As I walked the road I saw a chickadee, and where
there is one there usually are more, so I pulled out my small bag of seed.
The chickadees at Harrington demand to be fed, usually landing on me or my
tripod. I sprinkled some seed on the road and the birds arrived. The
chickadees, as usual, were fearless, coming right up to my feet and eating
seed out of my hand. Oddly, they preferred to be hand fed rather than to
pick the seed off the ground. I guess they take the shortest path to the
food. A Great Tit joined the crowd, and though it is slightly larger than
the chickadees, it is more wary of humans. It showed interest, but would not
come to the seed. After watching the chickadees for a while, it flew off
from the flock and did not return. The White-breasted Nuthatches and Juncos
would come close to feed, but the Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Blue
Jay and Cardinal would not come down to feed until I backed off from the
seed. It seems the smaller birds are the bravest.
There had been an eBird report of a Northern Shrike at Schwengel WPA (Six
Mile Rd. south of Jay Rd.) so I moved to that location and walked out into
the field with my scope on the rough trail leaving from the south parking
spot. Soon I saw the shrike and really enjoyed it through my scope in the
sunlight. A Northern Harrier was a good sign that Short-eared Owls might
also be around, and at about 3:20 P.M two started working the field near the
north end of the property. I went back to my car and drove north and was
treated to the owls working back and forth across the road near the car. One
landed right behind my car and seemed happy to stay there until an oncoming
car spooked it.
With daylight waning, I thought I would check on the Snowy Owl west of I43
on Sandy Beach Rd., but could not find it. Since the pond is now frozen,
perhaps its prey has moved on (no ducks today).
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Date: 12/8/17 2:01 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] ethical guidelines for bird photography
Written by Kenn Kaufman and Melissa Groo, and published by Audubon:
http://www.audubon.org/get-outside/audubons-guide-ethical-bird-photography



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Date: 12/8/17 12:00 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl ~ Snoozing with the moon MKE Co. 12/8/17, a couple of images...
Hi all,
While doing some birding in Milwaukee County this morning I came across a
Snowy Owl. It was perched on top of a large dirt pile. For the most part
the Snowy Owl rested and a couple of times it almost opened its eyes. The
moon made a nice back drop for the Snowy Owl. I took a couple of images and
left the area. Other than that it was pretty quiet out there! It was a very
cold morning, full sun with temps in the teens, stiff winds made it bitter
cold.

A couple images at this link of the Snowy Owl from this morning if you care
to view them:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-snoozing-moon-milwaukee-county-wisconsin-december-8-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-snoozing-moon-milwaukee-county-wisconsin-december-8-2017/>*

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co


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Date: 12/8/17 11:39 am
From: Hakim Barrett <hakimbarrett...>
Subject: [wisb] some new sightings
Hi all,
I saw some winter arrivals this morning outside of Lone Rock (Sauk Co.).
Brown creeper, Purple finch and Pine siskins were all present. Some other
highlights at Bakken Pond (Lone rock unit) were 3 Trumpeter swans, Am.
goldfinches, and I was surprised to see a flock of 3 Am. robins along west
Laudon Rd.! Good birding,
Hakim Barrett
Sauk County


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Date: 12/8/17 11:08 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] Ruffed Grouse and West Nile Virus
A great piece by Paul Smith in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
https://www.jsonline.com/story/sports/columnists/paul-smith/2017/12/06/smith-ruffed-grouse-numbers-may-suffering-west-nile-virus/924837001/
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Date: 12/8/17 7:43 am
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Hartford CBC
I apologize for the wrong date! It should be Wed. Dec. 20th! Thank you!!!

Karen
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Date: 12/8/17 7:18 am
From: Karen Johnson <kmjbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Hartford CBC
Good morning all,

I’m still looking for counters for the Hartford CBC. Please consider helping out. It is scheduled for Wed. Dec. 30th.
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Date: 12/8/17 7:15 am
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy MKE Ferry
Second Snowy seen sitting on large rocks behind ferry station behind green
cargo . Other birder confirms that it was there's same time as the fuel
Pierr snowy.
Spencer Stehno Waukesha

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Date: 12/8/17 6:32 am
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy at MKE Fuel Pier
Owl flew from Salt piles west of Interstate over to Lake and then low over
the water... flew to the end of the fuel Pierre where it sits. Lightly
Barred. Workers about 40 yards away.
2 White wing scoters; Lesser and greater. Scaup in area as well.
Spence Stehno
Waukesha

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Date: 12/8/17 5:13 am
From: Thomas Erdman <erdt4...>
Subject: [wisb] Oconto Snowy Owls


Yesterday, there were five Snowy Owls sitting on the harbor breakwater and another at the breakwater at North County Park. Two of the owls at harbor were sitting about 40 feet apart. Also two Rough-legs and an adult Northern Shrike.

Tom Erdman, Oconto, WI

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Date: 12/7/17 9:36 pm
From: Todd Leech <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender leechtodd for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Short Eared Owl ..
Walking through the field on Lake Drive in St. Francis across from the high school  on Wednesday morning next to the 2 larger apartment buildings, in front of the 2 ponds...kicked up a short eared owl ..must have been less then 10 feet in front of us...he flew over lake Michigan where he was then chased by a group of crows....quite a Ariel display to follow
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Date: 12/7/17 8:08 pm
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, December 7, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, December 7, 2017
21 degrees
Cloudy, flurries
21 birders

Total Species: 15

2 Canada Goose
5 Mallard
5 Herring Gull
15 Rock Pigeon
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
3 American Crow
5 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch

50 European Starling
2 American Tree Sparrow
4 Dark-eyed Junco
12 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow

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Date: 12/7/17 11:30 am
From: Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Iceland Gull, Snowy Owl, Dane County
was right next to the road ,on Country Club road, but flew out further. It was starting an owl jam. If you look for it ,don't go out on the course. Try looking north from Linnerud (?) Road.
I was scoping the Dane County Landfill ,from Cty AB, and could see a 1st year Iceland (pale Thayer's). From my limited view ,I could only see 2 brown 1st year gulls, the other a Herring.
I stopped at the Maple Bluff Beach, and could see a thing out on the lake. The parking area had 2 E.Bluebirds and 2 Pine Siskins.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane Co.
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Date: 12/7/17 6:35 am
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy MKE Coast guard impoundment
Snowy owl sitting on North side of coast guard impoundment under I-794 on
rocks amidst brush about 80 yards from Shore. Golden eyes mergansers
mallards in area. Owl is lightly Barred and appears Alert in swiveling its
head around.
Spence Stehno
Waukesha

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Date: 12/6/17 6:24 pm
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
Subject: [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl update
Approximately 141 Snowy Owls have been reported across 55 of 72 Wisconsin counties as of Dec 6. New reports are coming in at a moderate though not blistering pace. We've well surpassed the 2015-16 flight and are more on par with the 2014-15 and 2011-12 flights at this point. 2013-14 was also a major irruption year but the main surge came after this date.

I've yet to see a photo or specimen proving a non-juvenile bird so far this year, which reinforces the notion that this flight is dominated by young of the year on the heels of a very successful breeding season in Arctic Canada.

Last but not least, their health has been a mixed bag. Most are definitely faring better than 2015-16 but the number found weak, road-killed, or otherwise in poor condition has not been insignificant. Perhaps this is not surprising given the prevalence of inexperienced, juvenile birds.

As always, find more info at http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/SnowyOwls.html

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Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Date: 12/6/17 11:57 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Cranes on the move
There have been Sandhills flying over Lake Mills, Jefferson County, too, at least a couple of hundred so far. They’re up high and very noisy, kettling, then flying, as Dave mentions.
Karen
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> On Dec 6, 2017, at 1:51 PM, Dave Moffat <moffatfam...> wrote:
>
> We stopped by Goose Pond after a morning meeting in Poynette. There were
> numerous swans, ducks and geese on the west pond all hunkered down and
> sleeping so we didn't bother with identification. It looked like the west
> pond was frozen over, but we couldn't tell for sure (the east pond
> definitely is). We didn't see the Snowy Owl but it was only 11:30 so no big
> surprise.
>
> While we were sitting there, we noticed wave after wave of Sandhill Cranes
> high and to the east. There were flocks of tens and flocks of hundreds.
> They'd kettle for a bit, then drift south. Kettle, then drift. Looks like
> they've decided to head to warmer climes, though they didn't seem to be in a
> hurry.
>
> On the way we back to Madison we noticed that the south pond on Cty DM was
> open. Last week it was frozen over. There were no birds immediately visible.
> The north pond is still frozen.
>
> Dave Moffat
> Verona, Dane County, WI
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Date: 12/6/17 11:52 am
From: Dave Moffat <moffatfam...>
Subject: [wisb] Cranes on the move
We stopped by Goose Pond after a morning meeting in Poynette. There were
numerous swans, ducks and geese on the west pond all hunkered down and
sleeping so we didn't bother with identification. It looked like the west
pond was frozen over, but we couldn't tell for sure (the east pond
definitely is). We didn't see the Snowy Owl but it was only 11:30 so no big
surprise.

While we were sitting there, we noticed wave after wave of Sandhill Cranes
high and to the east. There were flocks of tens and flocks of hundreds.
They'd kettle for a bit, then drift south. Kettle, then drift. Looks like
they've decided to head to warmer climes, though they didn't seem to be in a
hurry.

On the way we back to Madison we noticed that the south pond on Cty DM was
open. Last week it was frozen over. There were no birds immediately visible.
The north pond is still frozen.

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Date: 12/6/17 10:47 am
From: Pamela Schwedler <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dovekie for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Kewaunee Harbor
We have had a wonderful influx of winter birds over the last several weeks including 5 long-tailed ducks, all three scoters, hooded, common and red-breasted mergansers, and two different snowy owls.

Pam Schwedler
Kewaunee County
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Date: 12/6/17 10:28 am
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1...>
Subject: [wisb] Kewaunee Harbor
Hi All.
Joan Grant just called me to report that in the Kewaunee Harbor next to the Tug Boat she is seeing many Mallards, a handful of Mergansers, and two Long Tail Ducks. It sounds like there are pretty nice looks at tehm.
Happy Holidays!

Bill Krouse
Kewaunee County
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Date: 12/6/17 7:41 am
From: Brad Webb <Brad286465...>
Subject: [wisb] Oconomowoc CBC
Birders,
 The Oconomowoc CBC is being held on the 28th of December this year.
Veteran counters have finally all checked in with me. Turns out, two of
our areas within the circle are open this year due to scheduling
conflicts. If anyone is available to help, it would be much appreciated.
The open areas are Area 1 and Area 9. You can find our circle's map at
this URL:
https://www.scribblemaps.com/maps/view/OconomowocCircle/BH7diwlP9x
 Zoom in for details.
 Please contact me directly if interested in participating or if you
have trouble seeing the map.
Thanks in advance,
 Brad Webb
 Oconomowoc CBC Co-ordinator
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Date: 12/6/17 6:37 am
From: Emily Weiser <emily.l.weiser...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 5 Snowy Owls Near La Crosse
Wow! Thanks for the report.
The Birds of North America account (updated in 2015) says the following
about sociality in Snowy Owls:

"Not fully understood. On breeding grounds adults maintains exclusive
territories. However, younger non-breeding adults, particularly males,
often concentrate in loose groups away from territorial adults (Pitelka
1955b, DWH). Also, previously believed to be solitary and maintain
individual territories outside the breeding season, with few exceptions
(Parmelee 1992, see Territoriality). However, a recent study suggested
Snowy Owls do form communal roosts in winter and may be highly social (see
Holt and Zetteberg 2008)."

The last reference is:

Holt, D. W. and S. A. Zetterberg. 2008. The 2005 to 2006 Snowy Owl
irruption migration to western Montana. Northwestern Naturalist 89
(3):145-151.

and that report is freely available here:
http://www.jstor.org/stable/30135129?casa_token=XhNC0Ob5geIAAAAA:dI-j2G4axbZVlK1wvEqT8EchVikh8SI1WECXN-FMNGT2dBgMW4qzUMWBSQrX_tO8nOISk842hT5uV8U9o21VZb1_ZoQxJNQVG4y8KHvnqlNXy4B2JHU7&seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

(but a membership is required to read the BNA account quoted above).

So, there is apparently no information about relatedness of birds that are
spatially clustered. If nonbreeding males tend to group together, and if
many birds that winter here are in their first year, I would speculate that
perhaps the groups are not necessarily familial.

Cheers,

Emily



On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 8:06 AM, Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> wrote:

> On Monday morning, the refuge manager for the La Crosse District of the
> Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge spotted an immature
> female Snowy Owl at the refuge Visitor Center on Brice Prairie (west of
> Onalaska off of County ZN. By late afternoon, 2 more had been seen.
>
>
>
> Yesterday, three birds were perched in the parking lot of the maintenance
> building at dawn. When refuge employees picked up equipment for the day’s
> projects, the birds spooked and flew into the corn field just to the north.
>
>
>
> At dusk, while a few of us were watching those 3 birds, we were surprised
> to see 2 other birds fly by making a total of 5. At least 2 were immature
> females and 2 were lightly barred and were either immature males or adult
> females.
>
>
>
> The birds got active between 4:30 and dark and moved up from their perches
> on the ground to perch on signs, posts, tractors, telephone poles, and
> other vantage points – making them easier to see.
>
>
>
> Someone asked if they might migrate as family groups and could these birds
> be related? Has anyone done genetic testing of groups of birds found at a
> single location before (Duluth Airport, etc.)?
>
>
>
> Good Birding,
>
>
>
> Dan Jackson
>
> Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
>
> www.PBase.com/DEJackson
>
>
>
>
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Date: 12/6/17 6:07 am
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] 5 Snowy Owls Near La Crosse
On Monday morning, the refuge manager for the La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi National Fish and Wildlife Refuge spotted an immature female Snowy Owl at the refuge Visitor Center on Brice Prairie (west of Onalaska off of County ZN. By late afternoon, 2 more had been seen.
Yesterday, three birds were perched in the parking lot of the maintenance building at dawn. When refuge employees picked up equipment for the day's projects, the birds spooked and flew into the corn field just to the north.

At dusk, while a few of us were watching those 3 birds, we were surprised to see 2 other birds fly by making a total of 5. At least 2 were immature females and 2 were lightly barred and were either immature males or adult females.

The birds got active between 4:30 and dark and moved up from their perches on the ground to perch on signs, posts, tractors, telephone poles, and other vantage points - making them easier to see.

Someone asked if they might migrate as family groups and could these birds be related? Has anyone done genetic testing of groups of birds found at a single location before (Duluth Airport, etc.)?

Good Birding,

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
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Date: 12/5/17 1:31 pm
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: potential for Cave Swallows along Lake Michigan today/tomorrow
I just replied to Bill that I wish we could get the gates opened, even for
a day, at South Metro in Oak Creek, as this is a very convenient bug
feeding zone for Cave Swallows and late migrants. If anyone has contacts
at Veolia or MMSD, this is a great time to call in favors!
Betsy Abert, So. Milwaukee

On Tue, Dec 5, 2017 at 1:57 PM, William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
wrote:

> The first WI records of Cave Swallow were from late fall of 2005, under
> exactly the kind of weather conditions we are currently experiencing - if
> you have time to watch at lakeshore sites, be alerrt - any swallow at this
> season is unusual.
> William Mueller
> Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
> WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
> <wpmueller1947...>
> office 262-285-3374
> cell 414-698-9108
> blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Date: 12/5/17 11:57 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] potential for Cave Swallows along Lake Michigan today/tomorrow
The first WI records of Cave Swallow were from late fall of 2005, under
exactly the kind of weather conditions we are currently experiencing - if
you have time to watch at lakeshore sites, be alerrt - any swallow at this
season is unusual.
William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
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Date: 12/5/17 9:59 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] Another KITTIWAKE at WGLBBO Waterb. Watch today
That makes 6 this fall. (Harrington Beach SP, Ozau. Co.
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Date: 12/5/17 9:39 am
From: Rita Marie Wiskowski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dona_rita for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Southeastern Milwaukee County CBC details – December 16
The Hales Corners CBC is December 16.
REGISTER: The southeastern Milwaukee County (South Milwaukee, Oak Creek, Cudahy, St. Francis), i.e. the lakefront communities, are part of the Hales Corners Circle CBC. Any CBC counters dedicated to this area should register with Carol at the Wehr Nature Center. Carol is the Hales Corners compiler. She can be reached at (414) 425-8550. You may let her know if you are part of the lakefront count and then she won't assign you an area on the west part of the circle.

LAKEFRONT ASSIGNMENT: If you don’t have an assigned area for the lakefront communities and would like one, please contact Betsy Abert at (414) 531-9259 or <betsyacorn...> Much of the lakeshore spots are spoken for, but some inland areas in Oak Creek need covering, or perhaps you’d like to join other birders with their areas. As with all CBCs, the more people, the more area we can cover, so we encourage you to join us.

LUNCH: The Wehr Nature Center is hosting a Chili lunch for all counters. Another lunch of hot and hearty soups (meat and vegetarian) will be offered in South Milwaukee for those who wish to join us there instead. If you’d like to join our South Milwaukee lunch please let me know and I’ll give you the address and details. You can reach me at <dona_rita...> or text or call (414) 766-0760.

Yup, that’s a lot of numbers to call, but we’re a fun group, so it’s worth the trouble.

Rita Flores Wiskowski
South Milwaukee
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Date: 12/5/17 6:15 am
From: Todd Leech <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender leechtodd for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] snowy owl in grant park
Was very surprised to find what appeared to be a male snowy owl on one of the golf course greens in grant park in south Milwaukee early Monday morning....he sat there for several minutes and finally flew as some golfers on a nearby tee seemed to bother him...when he did fly he appeared to have recently caught something and could see visible his catch underneath.

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Date: 12/4/17 5:13 pm
From: Paul Schwalbe <p.g6schwalbe...>
Subject: [wisb] Pardeeville CBC
Hi all Birders:
The Pardeeville CBC now has two uncovered areas for the upcoming count. We
need at least two additional birders for Thursday, 14 Dec.

Please let us know if you are available.

Thanks!

Good birding..................... Paul & Glenna

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Date: 12/4/17 11:14 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] News and Links from the USFWS Migratory Birds section from the Midwest Region.
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/12/migratory-birds-section-of-usfwss.html
News and Links from the USFWS Migratory Birds section from the Midwest
Region.

The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership is undergoing changes -
see the transition from http://midwestbirdmonitoring.ning.com/ to a new
web presence in the coming months.


William Mueller
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Date: 12/4/17 6:51 am
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl Near LaCrosse
Tim Miller, the District Manager for La Crosse District of the Upper Mississippi National Wildlife Refuge, found an immature female Snowy Owl at the District Visitor Center on Brice Prairie just west of Onalaska this morning. When he first saw it, it was near the staff parking lot. It then moved into the maintenance lot and was perched on a truck.
Hopefully, this bird will stick around as the prairie around the Visitor Center would be a wonderful hunting area.

Good Birding,

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
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Date: 12/3/17 9:23 pm
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl - Goose Pond
There was  a Snowy owl at Goose Pond late this afternoon (Sun., 12/3).  I was looking toward the house and it flew up onto a pole. About 20 minutes later it flew across the driveway  onto the ground, and the up onto the telephone pole nearest to the house. It was almost entirely white.
Also see, in the water in the west pond, hundreds of swans, geese and ducks. Mostly mallards but there were a few redheads.
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Date: 12/3/17 6:18 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Snow Bunting ~ McKinley Beach MKE Co. 12/3/17, some images...
Hi all,
Doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning the
highlight was a lone Snow Bunting. Finding the bird on the rocks at
McKinley Beach, it then moved to a stony area with little grass on high
ground. It fed continually while I was there eating grass and weed seeds on
the ground. A stunning bird to see and watch eat too. These birds are
easily seen along roadsides on the shoulder in the gravel after snow is
plowed and also in open fields I would think where ever they can find seeds
or insects if they are present. It was a mild December day, with sunny
skies, winds were nothing as the big lake was calm, temps got into the 50’s.

Images of the Snow Bunting finding and eating the seeds at this link if you
care to view them:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snow-bunting-mckinley-beach-milwaukee-wisconsin-december-3-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snow-bunting-mckinley-beach-milwaukee-wisconsin-december-3-2017/>*

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Date: 12/3/17 3:39 pm
From: Dave Moffat <moffatfam...>
Subject: [wisb] Eagling in Grant County
Xena wanted to go searching for eagles before the weather turned normal so
Ann and I headed west to Grant County this morning. We saw no Golden Eagles
in the usual spots (Sand Branch Rd, Hwy M, Lower Wyoming Rd in Iowa County).
We did, however, see one on Stanek Rd. (Xena is now 3 for 3 for Golden
Eagles.) The wind never picked up as expected but there were lots of birds
soaring in the morning.

We checked the corner of Bailey Rd and Hwy M to see if last year's Northern
Mockingbird has returned. It hasn't. There were some Cedar Waxwings, though.
We also didn't see a barred owl on Hwy M. (We've seen a bird in the same
spot along the road at 4:00 pm two years in a row. We were early today.)

We spent the rest of the day cruising the roads of eastern Grant county.
Here are the totals:
Canada Goose - 12
Northern Harrier - 1
Bald Eagle - 32 (lots of immatures at either end of Studnicka Rd)
Golden Eagle - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 10
Rough-legged Hawk - 6 (there was a beautiful dark phase soaring just north
of Highland on Hwy Q)
Feral Pigeon - lots
Northern Flicker - 1
Red-headed Woodpecker - 1
Downey Woodpecker - 1
American Kestrel - 5
Blue Jay - lots
American Crow - lots
Cedar Waxwing - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 3
Northern Cardinal - 2


Dave Moffat
Verona, Dane County, WI


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Date: 12/3/17 1:03 pm
From: Samuel J. Krerowicz <krerowiczs01...>
Subject: [wisb] Winter Finches in Madison
I went for a walk today to Elver park in Madison and came across two flocks of 10-15 pine siskins, one of which had a common redpoll mixed in with it and the other had a late season gray catbird in the same area. Several red-breasted nuthatches were also at the top of the hill in the middle of Elver park. Oddly enough, I didn't see any pine siskins in Elver, they were all on the way to Elver.

Sam Krerowicz

Madison

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Date: 12/3/17 11:54 am
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Monona Long-tailed Duck?
I saw that there was a Long-tailed Duck reported on Lake Monona yesterday.
I just got back to town and was thinking of heading over to see if I could
spot it. Anyone else seen this bird today? Would appreciate any tips on
where to find it.
Thanks,
-Kenny Younger
Madison

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Date: 12/2/17 3:07 pm
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 30, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, November 30, 2017
41 degrees
Clear
19 birders

Total Species: 22

4 Mallard
2 Cooper’s Hawk
2 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Herring Gull
40 Rock Pigeon
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
4 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker

1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Blue Jay
8 American Crow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
14 European Starling
2 American Tree Sparrow
11 Dark-eyed Junco
6 House Finch

85 American Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

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Date: 12/2/17 11:05 am
From: Lester Doyle <zzzlester...>
Subject: [wisb] Goose Pond Update: Two Snowy Owls seen today
Yesterday: I found one Snowy (Dark patterned) perched on the pole tops on
Kampen Road. Drove past it, and watched it from Prairie Lane from 4:30-5:00
pm...changed Poles 3 times during the 30 minute time span...eventually lost
sight of it as leaving, between the time I left Prairie Lane and got back
to Kampen.
The One Snowy (Dark) was observed again this Morning, perched on the same
pole for over an hour on Kampen Road. It disappeared, and was relocated
about 10:30 on the tracks in front of Mark's house. about 30 minutes later
it flew and landed on the hillside way behind the East Pond.

Around 11:30 I found a second Snowy (almost all white) way out in the field
Southeast of Goose Pond on Goose Pond Road. It eventually Flew across the
road into the field on the East side where it stopped a couple of times and
ended up on perched on some structure near the Railroad track, also
parallel to the Prairie Lane Turn Around...and as still there when I left.

Other birds: Lots of Tundra Swans, Canada Geese, and Mallards, 6 Snow Geese
(1 blue phase in the group), a good number of Cackling Geese, A few
Pintails, 2 Black Ducks, 3 Canvasbacks, and 2 Greater White-Fronted Geese.

I have OK pictures of both Snowy Owls, which will be posted to the Facebook
Birding Wisconsin Group later in the day.

Lester Doyle
Lodi/Harmony Grove
Columbia Co.


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Date: 12/2/17 8:24 am
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Havenwoods State Forest, Milwaukee - HOUSE WREN
I was surprised to hear and see a HOUSE WREN this morning at Havenwoods. I strongly suspected that it was a pretty late sighting, and when I got home and checked the WSO Departure/Arrival records they confirmed that this was a potential fifth winter record for the species. The bird was seen along the path that parallels the west side of Lincoln Creek from the bridge to the road.
Other good birds today included a Brown Thrasher, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, and a pair of Green-winged Teal.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Date: 12/2/17 7:55 am
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Winter wren, siskins
This morning about 8:30
a tiny wren landed at the base of my wooden walk
then on the lower back porch edge
for just moments
and gone
dark brown, tiny tail, about 3" in all ...
First one I've observed here .. in several years.

About 8 siskins are coming to the feeders regularly,
favorite seems to be the nyjer.

Sandy Petersen, rural Dane County


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Date: 12/2/17 6:50 am
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634...>
Subject: [wisb] Ross Goose, Waukesha
At middle Genesee Lake the Ross's goose is still present along with three
trumpeter swans and two bald eagles.
Spencer stehno, Oconomowoc Waukesha.

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Date: 12/1/17 8:41 pm
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634...>
Subject: [wisb] Western Grebe Port, Ross's Goose Waukesha Cnty
Bouncing around today bird watching up to Port Washington, Coal Pier Park,
could see the Western Grebe outside the breakwater south of the entrance to
the harbor until it was out of sight too near the rocks. Horned grebe was
in harbor; ruddy ducks in pond, a couple of cormorants on rocks in harbor.
Back in Waukesha County at sunset, passing by Middle Genesee Lake, there
were about 400 plus Canada Geese with a bright white spot on the edge
closest to the road, and it was a Ross's Goose. Last Sunday there was a
Ross's less than a mile away at Aurora Pond on S. side of I-94 off of Hwy
67, and later that day one was seen on N. side of I-94 in open field.
Possibly the same Ross's is hanging around this area.

Struck out for owls at Paradise Valley - so beautifully quiet, but not a
hoot or Short-eared owl.

Spence Stehno
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Date: 12/1/17 7:12 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Horicon NWR open for hiking now
Jim Otto reminded me that Horicon NWR is open for hiking as of today, until March 15. That means the entire refuge, including the normally-restricted dikes, Old Marsh Rd., etc. He said the Auto Loop is open for now, too. That will likely last until we get snow.

Peter Fissel

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Date: 12/1/17 3:35 pm
From: Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owls in Sheboygan ; )
Happy to report that 2 Snowy Owls were seen on the Sheboygan Marina
breakwall rocks this afternoon. One of the owls was 25 feet to the right of
the "tallest" scraggly little "tree" growing out of the rocks; only its head
was showing, as it was perched on the other side of one of the rocks. The
second owl was much more easily seen on the northeast corner of the marina
docks area, on top of the rocks, at the corner where the rocks that go east
(lining the North Pier) meet the rocks that go south (providing a breakwall
for the marina docks). I found the first the first owl, and Warner Fritz
pointed out the second one. There was also a continuing Long-tailed Duck in
the marina area. Great Black-backed Gull on North Point (by the kiosk).
Great day to be birding along the lake! : )
-- margaret brasser
sheboygan
sheboygan county

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Date: 12/1/17 2:01 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Michigan
I spent part of the day checking several spots along Lake Michigan. Starting at Harrington Beach SP----end of D---yielded a Surf Scoter, Common Loon and Horned Grebe along with other expected species. Port Washington was very quiet. Kohler SP was surprisingly good on the lake. Present were 5 Red-throated Loons, 3 Bonaparte's Gulls plus standard birds. Their feeders had Purple Finch and Red-br. Nuthatch plus numerous chickadees.
From a dead end south of the Sheboygan power plant a Western Grebe, 4 White-winged Scoters and single Surf and Black Scoters were seen.

At North Point in Sheboygan an adult Glaucous and Great Black-backed Gull were present. The female Harlequin Duck was resting on the first pier south of the parking lot.

On the way home I detoured to Horicon Marsh. There was some open water, especially along 49. Cranes, a few Trumpeter and Tundra Swans and a pair of Black Ducks were seen along with numerous Canada Geese and some Mallards. At least 3 Rough-legged Hawks were along the highway.
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Date: 12/1/17 10:18 am
From: Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Looking for Madison CBC area captain!
Dear all,
Thanks for your great responses! The area has been claimed. Happy CBCing!

Best,
Brenna Marsicek, Madison, Dane County





On Thu, Nov 30, 2017 at 1:07 PM, Brenna Marsicek <
<bmarsicek...> wrote:

> Hi Wisbrdn folks,
>
> I'm coordinating the Madison area Christmas Bird Count and we're looking
> for someone lead the count in one area within our circle. The count will be
> held on Dec. 16, and the area is located south of Fitchburg. If you're
> interested and would like more information, please contact me.
>
> Thank you!
> Brenna Marsicek, Madison, Dane County
>
>
>
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Date: 12/1/17 6:37 am
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl - Columbia Co. Goose Pond Sanctuary
Hi
My husband Aaron spotted a snowy owl flying from Wingspan observation area
last night at 7:30 p.m. when he was driving up Prairie Lane. The owl flew
from the top of the viewing platform to the pond. However, in the dark we
could not relocate it.
Submitted by Maddie Dumas, Goose Pond Sanctuary Land Steward.

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Date: 12/1/17 6:20 am
From: stevev87 <stevev87...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: wisbirdn Digest V10 #329
http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2017/11/30/protected-snowy-owl-legally-shot-wittman-regional-airport/905901001/
On Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 12:06 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager <
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> wisbirdn Digest Thu, 30 Nov 2017 Volume: 10 Issue: 329
>
> In This Issue:
> [wisb] Short-eared Owl - Ozaukee Cty - Six Mile Road
> [wisb] Looking for Madison CBC area captain!
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: "Dave&Margaret Brasser" <2shebbirders...>
> Subject: [wisb] Short-eared Owl - Ozaukee Cty - Six Mile Road
> Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:53:44 -0600
>
> Thanks to Tom Uttech's Nov. 26 post on eBird, at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday (Nov.
> 29) we found 1 Short-eared Owl actively hunting over the cornfield and then
> meadow on the east side of Six Mile Road 1/10-mile north of Cedar Beach
> Road. In addition to gliding and wheeling sometimes very close to the road,
> the owl also perched on a green and white post right next to a big mound of
> dirt ~1/10-mile east of the road--and sometimes sat on the mound of dirt.
> We
> stopped on the east side of the road, just north of farmhouse #5735 (which
> is on the west side of the road), and across the road from a cattle pen.
> GORGEOUS bird!!!!! : )
> --Dave & Margaret Brasser
> Sheboygan
> Sheboygan County
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...>
> Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:07:47 -0600
> Subject: [wisb] Looking for Madison CBC area captain!
>
> Hi Wisbrdn folks,
> I'm coordinating the Madison area Christmas Bird Count and we're looking
> for someone lead the count in one area within our circle. The count will be
> held on Dec. 16, and the area is located south of Fitchburg. If you're
> interested and would like more information, please contact me.
>
> Thank you!
> Brenna Marsicek, Madison, Dane County
>
>
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Date: 11/30/17 11:08 am
From: Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...>
Subject: [wisb] Looking for Madison CBC area captain!
Hi Wisbrdn folks,
I'm coordinating the Madison area Christmas Bird Count and we're looking
for someone lead the count in one area within our circle. The count will be
held on Dec. 16, and the area is located south of Fitchburg. If you're
interested and would like more information, please contact me.

Thank you!
Brenna Marsicek, Madison, Dane County


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Date: 11/30/17 8:54 am
From: Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Short-eared Owl - Ozaukee Cty - Six Mile Road
Thanks to Tom Uttech's Nov. 26 post on eBird, at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday (Nov.
29) we found 1 Short-eared Owl actively hunting over the cornfield and then
meadow on the east side of Six Mile Road 1/10-mile north of Cedar Beach
Road. In addition to gliding and wheeling sometimes very close to the road,
the owl also perched on a green and white post right next to a big mound of
dirt ~1/10-mile east of the road--and sometimes sat on the mound of dirt. We
stopped on the east side of the road, just north of farmhouse #5735 (which
is on the west side of the road), and across the road from a cattle pen.
GORGEOUS bird!!!!! : )
--Dave & Margaret Brasser
Sheboygan
Sheboygan County

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Date: 11/29/17 2:12 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl - Lakeshore State Park MKE Co. 11/28/17 some images...
Hi all,
Starting out birding at Lakeshore State Park yesterday morning provided
great views of not only the beautiful Purple Sandpiper I recently reported,
but also a stunning Snowy Owl. Walking the paths at the park the Snowy Owl
was found sitting in a large rock area between some rocks. Staying a good
distance away motionless I sat for about 20 minutes and then the bird
perched up on a higher rock for another 20 minutes. Under no pressure, I
was waiting patiently for a flight shot, the owl eventually took flight and
flew over and landed middle of the walk bridge to the island and landed on
the railing. A woman walking walked up the bridge not even seeing owl along
with a gull all came together at once and I heard a scream! The owl flew to
the fishing bridge to where I was near. The Snowy Owl sat on the hand
railing there for about 15 minutes before a family walked out on the
fishing bridge for a family photo shoot with the skyline not seeing the
owl. The owl flushed across the lagoon to some rocks near the water. It
took 3 drinks in front of a handful of Mallards. There was not interaction
between the Snowy Owl and ducks. After about 15 minutes at that location
the Snowy Owl flew to the north out of sight. Maybe out to a breakwall. The
Snowy Owl put on an amazing show. I stopped at Lakeshore State Park this
morning for some general birding, no sign of the Snowy Owl.

Link to some of the images of the Snowy Owl at Lakeshore State Park at this
link if you care to view them:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-lakeshore-state-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-november-28-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/snowy-owl-lakeshore-state-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-november-28-2017/>*

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Date: 11/29/17 1:57 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Purple Sandpiper - no sightings
I went to Wind Point this morning and left right away. The lake is very high
and covering all the spots where I used to see Purple Sandpipers. I used to
be able to walk along the shore from the lighthouse to Shoop Park, but the
water seemed to come right up to the brush on the shoreline, and I wasn't
about to go bushwhacking since the exposed rocky outcrops are covered
anyway.
I looked around the Christopher Columbus Causeway and in Myers Park and saw
very few birds let alone a Purple Sandpiper.
I have heard that the Racine birders have their own facebook page, so if any
birders down there are also on this listserve and have seen better
information about Purple Sandpipers, please let us know!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: [wisb] Purple Sandpiper - no sightings

A good place to look for these is Wind Point in Racine. They like the rocky
shore there. Unless the lake has risen there to cover the rocks.
May be worth checking.
Pat Ready
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Date: 11/29/17 12:47 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Purple Sandpiper - no sightings
I also saw them on two occasions on the rocks on the shore of Lake
Michigan near the water treatment plant in Milwaukee (downhill from
Lake Park).

Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean

On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 2:57 PM, Patrick Ready <birdsready...> wrote:
> A good place to look for these is Wind Point in Racine. They like the rocky
> shore there. Unless the lake has risen there to cover the rocks.
> May be worth checking.
> Pat Ready
> Madison
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Date: 11/29/17 11:58 am
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Purple Sandpiper - no sightings
A good place to look for these is Wind Point in Racine. They like the rocky
shore there. Unless the lake has risen there to cover the rocks.
May be worth checking.
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Date: 11/28/17 2:58 pm
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...>
Subject: [wisb] Male Long Tail Duck in Sheboygan
Greetings all,
I took a late p.m. bike ride down to the lakefront and once again came up empty for Snowy Owls. However on the way down to the Marina, I found a male Long Tailed Duck. This strikingly beautiful bird made up for the lack of the Owl. Also seen were 4 adult Glaucous Gulls on the rocks at North Point and 1 on the northern most jetty.
Great birding all,
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Date: 11/28/17 2:00 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Red-throated Loons, others at Harrington Beach S.P. in Ozaukee County
I know other birders have been seeing Red-throated Loons lately, but up
until today I hadn't been able to be at the "right place at the right time."
Today I had the right combination and saw at least 5 at Harrington Beach
State Park, some near the point and others from the south picnic area.
Although a scope would still be helpful, some could be identified with
binoculars. Hopefully these will winter in Port Washington where they
provide good opportunities for the photographers on the list.
Also of interest were a pair of Black Scoters, one of them a beautiful adult
male. I saw them near the point, but then saw another? pair off the south
picnic area. When I walked back and wasn't too far from the point, another
birder flagged me down and told me about the scoters, so I don't know if
there were two pairs in the park today, or if the same pair was moving
around..
I had a perplexing white-winged gull near the point. It was an adult, all by
itself, so there wasn't anything nearby to do a size comparison. It had a
rounded head and what seemed like a rather petite bill, so I was hoping it
might be a glaucoides Iceland Gull. It bothered me that I wasn't seeing much
primary extension beyond the tail. Fortunately, expert Calvin Brennan was
still on station and he had identified it as a Glaucous Gull. He thought the
lighting today (poor) might have been throwing me off. Thanks for the help,
Calvin.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County



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Date: 11/28/17 1:50 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Purple Sandpiper Lakeshore State Park MKE Co. 11/28/17, some images...
Hi all,
Doing some birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning I came
across a stunning Purple Sandpiper. I have been looking hard all fall along
the lake for this species and it finally happened. As it was, I was at
Lakeshore State Park on the east end of the island on the big lake. I
spotted a sandpiper type bird, darker in color bird fly out from the big
rock shore at waters edge out over the water about 10 feet and then return
to the big rocks at waters edge farther south about ~ 100 feet. This bird
would never have been seen as no one ever walks along the water with the
very large rocks but I just happened to catch the flight. I knew
immediately it had to be the Purple Sandpiper. I climbed down to the rocks
and after awhile spotted it feeding. It mostly fed while I was present. A
few times the waves pushed this bird around, obviously this is a tough bird
and is used to that. The day started out with some sun and then clouds
moved in with very mild temps of 50 degrees plus. Awesome bird and a fun
morning.

Some images of the Purple Sandpiper at this link if you care to view them:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/purple-sandpiper-lakeshore-state-park-milwaukee-wisconsin-november-28-2017/
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Date: 11/28/17 12:22 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] ALERT: Purple Sandpiper Milwaukee River Mouth MKE Co. 11/2817
Hi all,
Just a heads up, I found and photographed a Purple Sandpiper near the
Milwaukee River Mouth. It headed south past the lighthouse, keep on the
lockout south of that point as it could show up again. Images to follow.

Jim Edlhuber
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Date: 11/28/17 11:47 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] ALERT: Black-legged Kittiwake at WGLBBO Waterb Watch - Harrington Beach SP
Calvin Brennan saw an adult kittiwake at about 930am.
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Date: 11/27/17 4:42 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: please help identify two different birds
Hi Mike,
Thank you for the response!

The combination of my 1st Rusty, no tail, & something Hep wrote about Dennis: "never called a bird on an Audubon Count unless absolutely sure" gave me, & left me with a tiny bit of uncertainty i couldn't shake. I was uncertain because of no tail, & that doubting 1 percent i couldn't shake because of the endearing story about Dennis.
As for the goose follower; one of the 1st birds i saw today was a Herring Gull on the lagoon. Looking at it through the icy fog/mist we had today, i couldn't deny how much it seemed to resemble the mystery bird. Still very uncertain though. I will continue to check the area & post any new info (if any at all) so no one will be left with a question.

thanks again to all who responded!
-Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee, Co.

<tchiconas...>



On Monday, November 27, 2017 4:38 PM, Mike Wanger <misterwanger...> wrote:



Hi Tracy,
I'm afraid I can't help out on the bird trailing the goose. I think you are
correct on the Rusty female.
Mike Wanger
Milwaukee

On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 11:38 PM, tracy chiconas <
<dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> hi,
>
> I set up a Flickr acct. tonight so i can share some photos in hope of
> getting help identifying two different birds.
> On Friday i saw what looked to be a swan among 200 Canada Geese, in the
> water, on the lake in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum. I could not see it
> well, could not see bill, & did not have camera. It appeared all white &
> the same size, or at times seemed to be a bit larger then the geese.
> On Sat. i went back w/camera & searched all over for it. No luck & not
> even one goose on the lake in view.
>
> Today (Sunday) i was there & had only a horrid camera with me. I saw one
> lone c. goose & another bird following it. This unknown bird is smaller
> then the goose & am uncertain if the same bird from Friday (i think perhaps
> not). It followed the goose at times switching between 10-20ft. behind &
> when they both leisurely swam off together they looked to be within 5ft. of
> each other. The bird appears mostly white w/what looks like black running
> down tip of wings in one or two pics; but in the last few pics i took (when
> he bird was swimming in the opposite direction, now towards the sun) it
> looks like it may have broad gray color on its side & black chest. The
> quality of the photos are so atrocious that i can not consider this
> accurately captured info. If any one would be kind enough to have a gander
> at the photos it would much appreciated!! Because of the poor quality of
> the pics any educated guess's or gut feelings are most welcomed.
> On Sat. morning i saw a bird, in a tree, a few feet from the lake. It was
> vocalizing, stopped to watch me watch it, then flew off. After much
> searching i could come to no conclusion other then that the bird was a
> female Rusty Blackbird lacking flight tail feathers & reported it as such.
> If anyone would look at a few of these pics & give me some feedback i again
> would be most grateful.
>
> thank you in advance!
> Tracy Chiconas - Milwaukee Co,
> <tchiconas...>
>
> Sunday mystery bird:
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8yJ32z
>
> Rusty female:
>
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsks85KR1
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Date: 11/27/17 2:54 pm
From: Rory Cameron <rory_cameron...>
Subject: [wisb] White-throated Sparrows-Chippewa County
I still have two White-throated Sparrows in my yard on Chippewa Falls.
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Date: 11/27/17 2:38 pm
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: please help identify two different birds
Hi Tracy,
I'm afraid I can't help out on the bird trailing the goose. I think you are
correct on the Rusty female.
Mike Wanger
Milwaukee

On Sun, Nov 26, 2017 at 11:38 PM, tracy chiconas <
<dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> hi,
>
> I set up a Flickr acct. tonight so i can share some photos in hope of
> getting help identifying two different birds.
> On Friday i saw what looked to be a swan among 200 Canada Geese, in the
> water, on the lake in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum. I could not see it
> well, could not see bill, & did not have camera. It appeared all white &
> the same size, or at times seemed to be a bit larger then the geese.
> On Sat. i went back w/camera & searched all over for it. No luck & not
> even one goose on the lake in view.
>
> Today (Sunday) i was there & had only a horrid camera with me. I saw one
> lone c. goose & another bird following it. This unknown bird is smaller
> then the goose & am uncertain if the same bird from Friday (i think perhaps
> not). It followed the goose at times switching between 10-20ft. behind &
> when they both leisurely swam off together they looked to be within 5ft. of
> each other. The bird appears mostly white w/what looks like black running
> down tip of wings in one or two pics; but in the last few pics i took (when
> he bird was swimming in the opposite direction, now towards the sun) it
> looks like it may have broad gray color on its side & black chest. The
> quality of the photos are so atrocious that i can not consider this
> accurately captured info. If any one would be kind enough to have a gander
> at the photos it would much appreciated!! Because of the poor quality of
> the pics any educated guess's or gut feelings are most welcomed.
> On Sat. morning i saw a bird, in a tree, a few feet from the lake. It was
> vocalizing, stopped to watch me watch it, then flew off. After much
> searching i could come to no conclusion other then that the bird was a
> female Rusty Blackbird lacking flight tail feathers & reported it as such.
> If anyone would look at a few of these pics & give me some feedback i again
> would be most grateful.
>
> thank you in advance!
> Tracy Chiconas - Milwaukee Co,
> <tchiconas...>
>
> Sunday mystery bird:
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8yJ32z
>
> Rusty female:
>
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsks85KR1
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Date: 11/27/17 12:06 pm
From: Tom Schultz <trschultz...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Hawk
Very nice photo, Robert, but your bird appears to be an adult Cooper's Hawk.
A Broad-winged Hawk at this time of year would be quite rare!

Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Robert Schneider
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 1:04 PM
To: Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Hawk

Just had a beautiful Broad-Winged Hawk pose for us right outside our front
window this morning! Probably on his way south! You can just see the tip
of his tail below the tree branch.
www.waterfallswisconsin.com/Broad-Winged Hawk.htm

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Date: 11/27/17 11:07 am
From: Scott Weberpal <scott.weberpal...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Snowy Owl Milton
I perused the area during my lunch break and was unable to re-locate the
snowy - though I didn't have time to check the tops of all the area
buildings or nearby ag fields.
Scott Weberpal
Whitewater
Walworth County

On Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 11:26 AM, Mark Martin <marksuemartin...>
wrote:

> Hi
> Mark's niece saw a snowy owl this morning 20 yards from Highway 59 east of
> Milton between Highway 26 and Milton. Not sure of the exact location.
> --
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Date: 11/27/17 11:05 am
From: Robert Schneider <484bob...>
Subject: [wisb] Hawk
Just had a beautiful Broad-Winged Hawk pose for us right outside our front
window this morning! Probably on his way south! You can just see the tip
of his tail below the tree branch.
www.waterfallswisconsin.com/Broad-Winged Hawk.htm

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Date: 11/27/17 9:27 am
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owl Milton
Hi
Mark's niece saw a snowy owl this morning 20 yards from Highway 59 east of
Milton between Highway 26 and Milton. Not sure of the exact location.
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Date: 11/27/17 8:19 am
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Western grebe
It was as of yesterday. Good luck!
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee

On Nov 27, 2017 10:17 AM, "K Petersen" <loonp...> wrote:

> Hi all -
>
>
> Does anyone know if the western grebe is still being seen in the Port
> Washington harbor area?
>
>
>
> Kurt Petersen
>
> Sheboygan County
>
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Date: 11/27/17 8:18 am
From: K Petersen <loonp...>
Subject: [wisb] Western grebe
Hi all -


Does anyone know if the western grebe is still being seen in the Port
Washington harbor area?



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Date: 11/27/17 6:31 am
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Fw: Nov 23 and 24 Bird and Nature Outing Reports
Forwarding for Paul...
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From: Paul Noeldner <paul_noeldner...>
Sent: Monday, November 27, 2017 12:17 AM
To: Peter Fissel
Subject: Nov 23 and 24 Bird and Nature Outing Reports

Hi Peter - please fwd to Wisbirdnet thanks!
Cc Team - fyi, thanks for the great outings!

Madison FUN Bird and Nature Outing
Edna Taylor Conservation Park
Nov 25, 2017 10:00 AM
Traveling 1.00 miles 90 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
About 20 people including UW students and a big bunch of kids attended the every 3rd Sat of the month Madison FUN Bird and Nature Outing at Edna Taylor Conservation Park co-sponsored by Madison Parks, Madison Audubon and Aldo Leopold Nature Centet. Naturalist Emily Steinwehe helped the group explore and discover the hidden trails, marshes, ponds and oak hillsides in this natural area gem on Madison's east side. The kids enjoyed carrying and using kids binocs and a kid and adult sized scope through the entire walk, stopping often to focus on Cardinals, Mallards, Muskrats and other interesting things. A highlight was hearing and then spotting a flock of Sandhill Cranes circling high overhead as we gathered after the walk for some hot chocolate on the back deck of the Aldo Leopold Nature Center.

2 Canada Goose
4 Mallard
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Bald Eagle
1 Red-tailed Hawk
15 Sandhill Crane
2 Ring-billed Gull
1 Mourning Dove
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Dark-eyed Junco
4 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 18

Madison FUN Bird and Nature Outing
Picnic Point / Lakeshore Nature Preserve
Nov 26, 2017 1:30 PM
Traveling 2.00 miles 90 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Over 40 people including UW students, families and kids came out for the every 4th Sunday of the month Madison FUN Bird and Nature Outing at the UW Lakeshore Nature Preserve co-sponsored by Madison Audubon and Friends of the Lakeshore Nature Preserve. NOLS National Outdoor Leadership School instructor Fil Sanna led the walk and afterward we gathered around a campfire where Fil gave a fascinating talk with charts and facts about the evolutionary history of birds and other animals from the 500 million years ago Cambrian species explosion to the present. A Red-bellied Woodpecker punctuated Fil's talk and offshore a nice bevy of Buffies flashed tbeir white flags in the sun alongside a pair of Goldeneyes, a Common Loon and a surprise visit by a Western Grebe. We were honored to have a representative of the Milwaukee Urban Ecology Center attend the outing and welcomed a new Master Naturalist who will be leading some of these walks.

25 Canada Goose
18 Mallard
2 American Black Duck
15 Bufflehead
2 Common Goldeneye
2 Common Loon
1 Western Grebe -- Observed fairly close to shore using binocs and scope by at least 3 good birders in the group, all confirmed Western Grebe diagnostics
1 Bald Eagle
5 American Coot
45 Ring-billed Gull
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 Brown Creeper
2 Northern Cardinal
2 American Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 19

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Date: 11/27/17 4:45 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] new Bird Song Course in spring 2018 at UW-Milwaukee Field Station
A new course, "Introduction to Bird Song", will be offered in Spring 2018
at the UW-Milwaukee Field Station near Saukville (Ozaukee County).
"This course will introduce students with varying prior skill levels to
bird song identification. We will also cover how and why birds sing, how
they “use” song in their reproductive cycle, and incorporate the ecological
and evolutionary functions of song. We will briefly survey current research
on bird song, and how bird song is being used by science to understand many
aspects of avian behavior and ecology. An overview of resources for
studying bird song will be made available and demonstrated. The aesthetics
of bird song will also be explored. A final skill test and methods and
resources for further study will end the 8-week class period."

Learn more at: http://uwm.edu/field-station/workshops/spring-workshops/


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Date: 11/26/17 9:42 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] please help identify two different birds
hi,

I set up a Flickr acct. tonight so i can share some photos in hope of getting help identifying two different birds.
On Friday i saw what looked to be a swan among 200 Canada Geese, in the water, on the lake in front of the Milwaukee Art Museum. I could not see it well, could not see bill, & did not have camera. It appeared all white & the same size, or at times seemed to be a bit larger then the geese.
On Sat. i went back w/camera & searched all over for it. No luck & not even one goose on the lake in view.

Today (Sunday) i was there & had only a horrid camera with me. I saw one lone c. goose & another bird following it. This unknown bird is smaller then the goose & am uncertain if the same bird from Friday (i think perhaps not). It followed the goose at times switching between 10-20ft. behind & when they both leisurely swam off together they looked to be within 5ft. of each other. The bird appears mostly white w/what looks like black running down tip of wings in one or two pics; but in the last few pics i took (when he bird was swimming in the opposite direction, now towards the sun) it looks like it may have broad gray color on its side & black chest. The quality of the photos are so atrocious that i can not consider this accurately captured info. If any one would be kind enough to have a gander at the photos it would much appreciated!! Because of the poor quality of the pics any educated guess's or gut feelings are most welcomed.
On Sat. morning i saw a bird, in a tree, a few feet from the lake. It was vocalizing, stopped to watch me watch it, then flew off. After much searching i could come to no conclusion other then that the bird was a female Rusty Blackbird lacking flight tail feathers & reported it as such. If anyone would look at a few of these pics & give me some feedback i again would be most grateful.

thank you in advance!
Tracy Chiconas - Milwaukee Co,
<tchiconas...>

Sunday mystery bird:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8yJ32z

Rusty female:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsks85KR1
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Date: 11/26/17 3:06 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Ozaukee County today 11/26
The Western Grebe is continuing in the Port Washington harbor. This morning
it was swimming side-by-side with a Horned Grebe which made for a nice
comparison. Last Friday at least 4 other birders who had driven some
distance to see the bird had missed it, and I didn't see it Friday either,
so maybe it hides behind one of the breakwalls from time to time.
I didn't find the Yellow-rumped (Audubon's) Warbler that was being seen, nor
did I see the Red-throated Loons or Snowy Owl that have been reported from
there. From Coal Dock Park and the Port Washington Bird Sanctuary I had
good views of the Peregrine Falcon perched high on the power plant, a young
Bald Eagle soared over the harbor, and late in my visit, an Iceland
(Thayer's form) Gull was in fairly close. From the bridge over the channel
leading from the power plant, I saw a young female Long-tailed Duck, 4 Ruddy
Ducks, and a half dozen Bufflehead. I walked out nearly to the lighthouse on
the pier from the Shores restaurant, didn't see much out there, but when I
returned, a Glaucous Gull had landed on the tiny beach at the foot of the
pier. I was sad to see they have removed all the brush that used to trap a
few unusual migrants, but I suppose that is progress.
I put on some blaze orange and walked the perimeter of Forest Beach
Migratory Preserve, saw some deer, but no hunters, and the only bird that
made the walk worthwhile was a Northern Flicker. Really dead there today.
I scoped from the end of CTH D at Harrington Beach State Park and saw some
Redheads, one Surf Scoter, and a few common waterfowl. I thought I might be
seeing a juvenile Red-throated Loon so I scurried up the beach to get a
better look, but of course it was gone.
I ended the day with a Snowy Owl perched on a Wood Duck box west of I43 on
Sandy Beach Road.
The weather was beautiful today and I got to see more birders than I have
seen in a long time, so it was a fun day!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Date: 11/26/17 2:39 pm
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...>
Subject: [wisb] Glaucous Gulls North Point, Sheboygan
Greetings all,
I just returned from a ride along the lakefront in Sheboygan where I was shut out on Snowy Owls. Last Sunday,6- today 0. Oh well! I did, however, find 5 total Glaucous Gulls around the North Point area! Three were on the rocks at the North end of the park, along with one Great Black Backed and Ring billed and Herring Gulls. They were all adult plumage. The other gulls were on the jetties south of the park area.
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Date: 11/25/17 7:01 pm
From: Manley Olson <manleyolson...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: [Mnbird] Crex list
Betsy
That is late for an Osprey in Northern Wisconsin.Robbins lists only 9
records for the entire state after Nov 15. I am forwarding your note to
the Wisconsin list. They may ask you for details. Sounds like a good day
at Crex.
Manley


On 11/25/2017 7:34 PM, Betsy Kerr via Mnbird wrote:
> A drive through Crex Meadows Wildlife Area (Grantsburg, WI) on Friday
> early afternoon yielded the following:
>
> Rough-legged Hawk
> Bald Eagle,
> Osprey
> Snow Buntings
>
> We didn't see the Snowy Owls that had been reported there earlier in
> the week, so we then went to check out the Fish Lake Wildlife Area
> (just about 10 miles southwest of Grantsburg) where they had also been
> reported, and found two of them on posts, quite a ways out, at the
> Dueholm Flowage* area.  Then a
>
> Northern Shrike
>
> obliged by perching on two different snags, giving us great looks as
> it preened.
>
> *If you take the winding road through the middle of the FLWA starting
> at the south end, Dueholm Flowage comes up soon on the right.
>
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Date: 11/25/17 1:50 pm
From: Paul Schwalbe <p.g6schwalbe...>
Subject: [wisb] Passing of Dan Sonnenberg.
Nov.18, 2017. He lived near Oxford in Marquette Co. He was primarily
known to us from his interest in butterflies. A few years ago, we enjoyed a
wonderful SWBA butterfly trip with him that he led in the Summerton Bog
State Natural Area, located on Freedom Rd, SE of Oxford. We also remember
the side of their nearby barn, which was covered with large painted cutouts
of quire a few species of butterflies. He was an active member of the
Prairie Enthusiasts and the National Butterfly Association.
He is survived by his wife, Doreen Sonnenberg and children. Services will
be held at 11a.m., Monday, Nov. 27, at Grace Bible Church, 2939 County CX,
in Portage.

Paul & Glenna Schwalbe

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Date: 11/25/17 12:56 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Leucistic Bird Photo
Hilary -

I mention this almost monthly, so I'm not sure how you weren't aware of it. Photos must be hosted somewhere on the web, such as a blog or photoserv such as Flickr. Then you can provide a link to it. You can't post the photo itself to Wisbirdn, since the Freelists server will block any sort of attachments.


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Subject: [wisb] Leucistic Bird Photo

Hi All,
I was not aware after all these years that one is not allowed to include
photos on this list serve - which is strange as one sees so many of these
photos included with other people's postings - so please give me specific
instructions on how or who to send this photo to. Thanks in advance,
Hilary Ford.

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Date: 11/25/17 12:34 pm
From: K. Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...>
Subject: [wisb] Leucistic Bird Photo
Hi All,
I was not aware after all these years that one is not allowed to include
photos on this list serve - which is strange as one sees so many of these
photos included with other people's postings - so please give me specific
instructions on how or who to send this photo to. Thanks in advance,
Hilary Ford.

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Date: 11/25/17 11:18 am
From: K. Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...>
Subject: [wisb] Fwd: Bird pic
I hope I can forward this to the group for their ideas of this bird seen
this a.m. at our bird feeders in Cottage Glen, Ellison Bay, Door CO.
Hilary Ford
Forwarded conversation
Subject: Bird pic
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From: Martin Ford <martin.ford4...>
Date: Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 12:05 PM
To: Deb Ford <rx.bike.qd...>, Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...>


Hi Deb - good to have that chat!! What a heck of a work program you've
had!!

Here's that bird pic, which I've copied to Mom. I took it through the
glass window upstairs, so it's a bit fuzzy. But I included a nearby
'proper' junco so that they could be compared.

Dad

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From: Deb Ford <rx.bike.qd...>
Date: Sat, Nov 25, 2017 at 12:18 PM
To: Martin Ford <martin.ford4...>
Cc: Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...>


Yes, that looks like a leucistic junco! If you google that phrase, you’ll
find photos of some of the ways that they can appear. Nice find!

This is the kind of thing that makes birding so challenging sometimes...

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Date: 11/25/17 9:24 am
From: Rita Marie Wiskowski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dona_rita for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk (southern Milwaukee County)
You might remember that over the last few years a dark-morph red-tailed hawk shows up and spends the winter in Oak Creek (southern Milwaukee County). It is back. I'm not sure if it is a Harlan's or a western, but I do know that it is absolutely gorgeous! It is black like a crow, making that beautiful red tail really stand out. I watched it hunt today over the farm field across from the Academy of Performing Arts on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Puetz and Ryan Roads.
Unfortunately, my old camera lens doesn't autofocus, so no photos this time, but I'm sure those with decent equipment can get a good shot of this beauty. I'm hopeful, as in past years, it will stick around.

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Date: 11/24/17 7:19 pm
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
Tom makes some excellent points. I, too, thought the bird on the left appeared to have a concave bill, but I chalked it up to the photo angle (which could have been wishful thinking on my part).
The important point is that one should always (or usually!) try to look at as many field marks as possible. This takes some practice to do well, but is a great learning tool. I’ve been doing more travel the last couple of years, so have been encountering a number of birds I’m not very familiar with, even with some study ahead of time. It’s a good exercise to try and note the main, then the finer points of a bird (before it flies out of sight!).

Karen
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> On Nov 24, 2017, at 3:30 PM, Tom Wood <tcwood729...> wrote:
>
> I eventually came to the same conclusion as Karen Etter Hale, but I must admit they gave me some trouble. The bird by itself is clearly a Trumpeter for the reasons Karen stated, but when I looked at the photo of two together, I was initially ready to jump on Tundra Swan because the bird on the left seems to have a concave bill and the feathering from the crown seems to come to a rounded, not pointed termination on the top of the bill. On the bird on the right, my impression was that the eye was appearing as a separate entity rather than blending in with the black of the bill, also a good point for Tundra. Then I noticed the + sign on the screen which made the image larger when I clicked on it; then the eye blended in quite well with the black of the bill. Now I had a better feeling for Trumpeter, and since both birds are identical in size, the bird on the left must also be Trumpeter. Perhaps the feathering that appears to be rounded at the top of the bill is actually pointed but di
rt
> y, obscuring the point. Not sure why the bill on that bird appears concave, but perhaps it would look straighter in a side shot.
> I like to watch these swans for a while before I identify them. Lighting and angle of observation has given me false impressions at times, but if they are close enough and I look at them long enough, I feel more confident with my ID.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Karen Etter Hale
> Sent: Friday, November 24, 2017 11:44 AM
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> Subject: [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
>
> Hi Rita,
> I couldn’t reply directly to you, as it was one of those dmarc-noreply addresses, without your personal email address.
>
> Personally, I think they are Trumpeters. The bills are very straight, not concave, and there is quite a bit of black coming up to and alongside the eye. Last week, we had both at Goose Pond, Columbia County. Now that there are quite a few Trumpeters in Wisconsin, sometimes in small flocks, we have to pay more attention, and we won’t always be right. Sometimes, we’ll have to simply record them as Trumpeter/Tundra, not a bad problem to have.
>
> Karen
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>
>> On Nov 24, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Rita Marie Wiskowski (Redacted sender "dona_rita" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>>
>> Did some thanksgiving birding yesterday through Grobschmidt Park. There were three swans and I originally IDed them as trumpeters, although Tundras would be more likely, and while some more experienced birders had agreed with me, there was some great discussion on Facebook that really made me more confused than ever. So I'd like to ask you to take a look at these swans. Do you agree with Trumpeter, and what field marks are you seeing that convinces you of their identification? Thanks!
>> https://flic.kr/p/ZJskU3
>> https://flic.kr/p/21PHRTa
>>
>>
>> Rita Flores WiskowskiMilwaukee County
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Date: 11/24/17 1:27 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
I eventually came to the same conclusion as Karen Etter Hale, but I must admit they gave me some trouble. The bird by itself is clearly a Trumpeter for the reasons Karen stated, but when I looked at the photo of two together, I was initially ready to jump on Tundra Swan because the bird on the left seems to have a concave bill and the feathering from the crown seems to come to a rounded, not pointed termination on the top of the bill. On the bird on the right, my impression was that the eye was appearing as a separate entity rather than blending in with the black of the bill, also a good point for Tundra. Then I noticed the + sign on the screen which made the image larger when I clicked on it; then the eye blended in quite well with the black of the bill. Now I had a better feeling for Trumpeter, and since both birds are identical in size, the bird on the left must also be Trumpeter. Perhaps the feathering that appears to be rounded at the top of the bill is actually pointed but dirt
y, obscuring the point. Not sure why the bill on that bird appears concave, but perhaps it would look straighter in a side shot.
I like to watch these swans for a while before I identify them. Lighting and angle of observation has given me false impressions at times, but if they are close enough and I look at them long enough, I feel more confident with my ID.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Subject: [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)

Hi Rita,
I couldn’t reply directly to you, as it was one of those dmarc-noreply addresses, without your personal email address.

Personally, I think they are Trumpeters. The bills are very straight, not concave, and there is quite a bit of black coming up to and alongside the eye. Last week, we had both at Goose Pond, Columbia County. Now that there are quite a few Trumpeters in Wisconsin, sometimes in small flocks, we have to pay more attention, and we won’t always be right. Sometimes, we’ll have to simply record them as Trumpeter/Tundra, not a bad problem to have.

Karen
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> On Nov 24, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Rita Marie Wiskowski (Redacted sender "dona_rita" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Did some thanksgiving birding yesterday through Grobschmidt Park. There were three swans and I originally IDed them as trumpeters, although Tundras would be more likely, and while some more experienced birders had agreed with me, there was some great discussion on Facebook that really made me more confused than ever. So I'd like to ask you to take a look at these swans. Do you agree with Trumpeter, and what field marks are you seeing that convinces you of their identification? Thanks!
> https://flic.kr/p/ZJskU3
> https://flic.kr/p/21PHRTa
>
>
> Rita Flores WiskowskiMilwaukee County
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Date: 11/24/17 9:44 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
Hi Rita,
I couldn’t reply directly to you, as it was one of those dmarc-noreply addresses, without your personal email address.

Personally, I think they are Trumpeters. The bills are very straight, not concave, and there is quite a bit of black coming up to and alongside the eye. Last week, we had both at Goose Pond, Columbia County. Now that there are quite a few Trumpeters in Wisconsin, sometimes in small flocks, we have to pay more attention, and we won’t always be right. Sometimes, we’ll have to simply record them as Trumpeter/Tundra, not a bad problem to have.

Karen
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> On Nov 24, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Rita Marie Wiskowski (Redacted sender "dona_rita" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Did some thanksgiving birding yesterday through Grobschmidt Park. There were three swans and I originally IDed them as trumpeters, although Tundras would be more likely, and while some more experienced birders had agreed with me, there was some great discussion on Facebook that really made me more confused than ever. So I'd like to ask you to take a look at these swans. Do you agree with Trumpeter, and what field marks are you seeing that convinces you of their identification? Thanks!
> https://flic.kr/p/ZJskU3
> https://flic.kr/p/21PHRTa
>
>
> Rita Flores WiskowskiMilwaukee County
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Date: 11/24/17 5:33 am
From: Rita Marie Wiskowski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dona_rita for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Swans at Grobschmidt Park in Franklin (Milwaukee Co.)
Did some thanksgiving birding yesterday through Grobschmidt Park. There were three swans and I originally IDed them as trumpeters, although Tundras would be more likely, and while some more experienced birders had agreed with me, there was some great discussion on Facebook that really made me more confused than ever. So I'd like to ask you to take a look at these swans. Do you agree with Trumpeter, and what field marks are you seeing that convinces you of their identification? Thanks!
https://flic.kr/p/ZJskU3
https://flic.kr/p/21PHRTa


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Date: 11/24/17 3:22 am
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] Jefferson - Red Crossbills - Emma Carlin Trail 11/19 images
Good morning,
Last Sunday, 11/19, I went out to the Emma Carlin Trail Head, in hopes of
seeing the crossbills that had been reported. As soon as I got out of the
truck, I could hear a flock of them, flying around. I looked to the north
and saw them land at the top of some pines. They flew off pretty quickly,
though. I walked around for a little while and realized that they were
favoring the small group of trees by the parking lot. I decided to wait by
the truck and see if they would continue coming back to them. They did, and
they weren't always at the very top. In total, I counted 22, males and
females. They were life birds for me and one that I've always wanted to
see! It was extremely windy that morning, and hard to take photos, with the
branches swinging all around. Some photos, at the link below, if you are
interested.


http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/photo-gallery/photo-
gallery-2/red-crossbill/

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee


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Date: 11/23/17 9:00 pm
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] Ozaukee - Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
Good evening,
Early this morning, I received a text message from Bill, stating there was
an Audubon's Warbler present at Coal Dock Park in Port Washington. Since I
love warblers, I didn't hesitate, and headed on my way. When arrived, I
walked around the park, but couldn't find it. It had been foraging along
the walkway, near the water. When walking back towards the truck, I heard
it call several times, chwit, chwit, chwit, chwit, and then saw it fly from
the edge of the walkway to the trees. It quickly flew down and continued
foraging on the ground, no more than 20' from me. Of course a group of
joggers ran by at the same moment and it flew across the water, just to the
north. I got into my truck and drove to the other side. I found it right
away. It was eating midges off the concrete walkway. It also flew down to
the water a bathed. After about 15 minutes, it flew back across to the
original area and I decided to head home. Based on the coloring, I'm
guessing it's a 1st fall female. I was able to get a few decent photos. You
can view them at the link below, if you are interested.

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/photo-gallery/photo-gallery-2/yellow-rumped-warbler-audubons/

Happy Thanksgiving,
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Date: 11/23/17 4:45 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Goose Pond (Columbia Co.) today
On my way back to Madison this afternoon, I stopped to check the waterfowl at Madison Audubon's Goose Pond sanctuary. There were still good numbers of Tundra Swans (at least a couple hundred, probably more,) about eight Snow Geese and at least that many Greater White-fronts scattered among the many Canadas (I didn't spot any Cackling Geese, but not to say there weren't any.) In with the thousand-plus Mallards were several Black Ducks, quite a few Northern Pintails, a few GW Teal, a pair of Am. Widgeons, and at least one Canvasback.

All of the birds (except the flock of longspurs that flew over the kiosk shortly after I got there) were on the partially-frozen west pond (along with an astonishing number of muskrats, busily fattening up for winter.) With mild and windy (from the southwest) conditions tomorrow, I'd expect most of the birds to stick around for at least a couple more days.


Happy Thanksgiving!


Peter Fissel

Madison, WI

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Date: 11/23/17 3:17 pm
From: Hephziabah Beulah <hephziabahb...>
Subject: [wisb] I will Miss Dennis Gustafson
When I started out as a birder in the Benjamin F. Goss Bird Club, I was
told by fellow birders I should go with the Circle group to Vernon Marsh. I
was the only female with 4 men and not sure if I would be accepted. I
certainly was accepted, and I have fond memories of Spring and Christmas
counts.You see though, what happens in Vernon Marsh stays in Vernon Marsh.
I will be brief, the Hunters,... and we had to see the White Swan on the
other side of the dike. The wind fierce (that I had to control the flapping
of my poncho and the orange vest (1st year hunters out) that I could only
wear around my neck) and rain. I follow quietly behind Dennis and as he
places his scope to the frozen ground (yes, frozen, it was an odd weather
month) and if I heard the Crunch! so did all the birds and they took flight
and the Hunters immediately got up and left without a Christmas goose. My
statement to Dennis was, I agree, yes they have guns, and if you thought
they would shoot us then, they definitely will shoot us now... Are they
White or Red Cross Bills? and 1-1/2 hours lat er both he and Pat Horn look
and point at each other and say, White!!! Snow up to our knees going into
the woods looking for Owls hugging trees or Water up to our knees that I
had to stay back (because I didn't have waders) and hoping they come back
soon before the mound of marsh land that Dennis told me to stand on
wouldn't consume me. The Owl that came flying out of the woods right past
me scared to death after hearing Dennis' loud voice yelling to me what he
found (I was the Complier) and then asking me was it Long or Short earred.
I don't know I said, he came out like a bullet and had no ears. Great
memories for me and while I am presently in India, I will be home in time
for the Christmas Count in Vernon Marsh this year in honor of a Fabulous
Birder, who never called a bird on an Audubon Count unless absolutely sure.
Hep
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Date: 11/23/17 6:29 am
From: Joseph Hudick <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jhudick for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Polk County. Tufted Titmouse and leucistic junco

Yesterday at my feeder I had 4 Tufted Titmouse at one time. I also had a leucistic Dark-eyed Junco. I briefly saw it last week and had a good look yesterday. It is totally white from the base of the bill to the tail. The face below the eye is white as is the area on the upper back.

Pictures available if anyone wants to back-channel me

Joe Hudick
Osceola. Polk Cty


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Date: 11/22/17 9:49 am
From: Marilyn Bontly <mbontly...>
Subject: [wisb] TUTI
Had a tufted titmouse suddenly appear at my peanut feeder just now.

Marilyn Bontly, Bayside, Milw Co.

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Date: 11/22/17 7:31 am
From: Dennis Panicucci <denpanicucci8...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Dennis Gustafson passed away
Sorry to hear the news, but thanks for informing us Daryl. I always really
enjoyed birding
with Dennis. He was a very nice guy with a great personality. Also a
Biology guy like me.
On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 9:01 PM, Mark Korducki <korducki...>
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>
> Thanks for sharing Daryl. He was a great man and a fabulous birder. Really
> good ears!
>
> I saw him last spring and the experimental treatment was helping and he
> had outlived the early projections. Very sorry to hear about this. Great
> loss!
>
>
> Mark Korducki New Berlin
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Nov 21, 2017, at 8:53 PM, Gmail <bhaunts...> wrote:
> >
> > I just received the heartbreaking news that Dennis Gustafson passed away
> last night. He had been battling cancer for several years (remarkably
> successfully) but pneumonia developed a week ago and these two things he
> could not handle.
> > For those of us who new and enjoyed his company while out birding, he
> will be deeply missed. He was one of the top birders in the state for many
> years.
> >
> > Our prayers are with Margo, his wife.
> > Daryl Tessen
> > Appleton,, WI
> >
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Date: 11/22/17 6:57 am
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: La Crosse / La Crescent Christmas Bird Count
Eric Howe let me know that my link was bad for the map for the La Crosse Christmas Bird Count. Sorry for the confusion. The correct URL is:

http://moumn.org/CBC/locations.php?cid=301

Happy Thanksgiving and good birding everyone!

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
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To: WisBirdN <wisbirdn...>
Subject: [wisb] La Crosse / La Crescent Christmas Bird Count

The La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December
16 and the Trempealeau count will be held on Sunday, December 17th. I have been seeing some new names on this list from the La Crosse area and it would be great to have your help with one or both of these events. Both counts can always use more help - either as section counters or, if you live in the count circle, as feeder counters.
If interested in either, please send me an e-mail. I am the compiler for the La Crosse count and I can forward participation requests to the compiler for the Trempealeau count.

A map of the La Crosse count can be seen at:

http://moumn.org/CBC/locations.php?cid01

Thanks,

Dan Jackson
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Date: 11/22/17 5:33 am
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] La Crosse / La Crescent Christmas Bird Count
The La Crosse Area Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, December 16 and the Trempealeau count will be held on Sunday, December 17th. I have been seeing some new names on this list from the La Crosse area and it would be great to have your help with one or both of these events. Both counts can always use more help - either as section counters or, if you live in the count circle, as feeder counters.
If interested in either, please send me an e-mail. I am the compiler for the La Crosse count and I can forward participation requests to the compiler for the Trempealeau count.

A map of the La Crosse count can be seen at:

http://moumn.org/CBC/locations.php?cid01

Thanks,

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
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Date: 11/21/17 7:41 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Migrating swans tonight
I attempted to send a message to the list this afternoon, but I see it never went through (an annoying quirk that I believe may be Outlook-related.) I was going to mention that it might be a good evening to step outside to watch for Tundra Swans migrating towards the East Coast. Sure enough, as I was walking home from the bus stop around 5:30 tonight, I heard the telltale sound and looked up to see a flock of about 50 swans flying rapidly ESE. Always a thrilling sight and sound this time of year.

Peter Fissel

Madison, Dane Co.

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Date: 11/21/17 7:02 pm
From: Mark Korducki <korducki...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Dennis Gustafson passed away

Thanks for sharing Daryl. He was a great man and a fabulous birder. Really good ears!

I saw him last spring and the experimental treatment was helping and he had outlived the early projections. Very sorry to hear about this. Great loss!


Mark Korducki New Berlin
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 21, 2017, at 8:53 PM, Gmail <bhaunts...> wrote:
>
> I just received the heartbreaking news that Dennis Gustafson passed away last night. He had been battling cancer for several years (remarkably successfully) but pneumonia developed a week ago and these two things he could not handle.
> For those of us who new and enjoyed his company while out birding, he will be deeply missed. He was one of the top birders in the state for many years.
>
> Our prayers are with Margo, his wife.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
>
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Date: 11/21/17 6:53 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Dennis Gustafson passed away
I just received the heartbreaking news that Dennis Gustafson passed away last night. He had been battling cancer for several years (remarkably successfully) but pneumonia developed a week ago and these two things he could not handle.
For those of us who new and enjoyed his company while out birding, he will be deeply missed. He was one of the top birders in the state for many years.

Our prayers are with Margo, his wife.
Daryl Tessen
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Date: 11/21/17 2:20 pm
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...>
Subject: [wisb] late feeding cowbird!
This afternoon, pigging out on the feeder. Surprised to see such a late
visitor suitably hanging with the house sparrows. Maybe he'll stay another
three weeks for CBC...
Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee

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Date: 11/21/17 12:27 pm
From: kevin seidel <seidelkevin25...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: FW: FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
I spent the weekend in Perrot Park @ Trempealeau and there were many flocks
hanging around.
Kevin Seidel
La Crosse County

On Nov 21, 2017 2:17 PM, "Dan Jackson" <DanJackson...> wrote:

> I should have said that the flocks were heading east and away from the
> Mississippi. My home is about 10 miles east of the Brownsville overlook.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Dan Jackson, Chaseburg, Vernon County, WI
>
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> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Dan Jackson
> Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:08 PM
> To: WisBirdN <wisbirdn...>
> Subject: [wisb] FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
>
> A report from a USF&WS volunteer at the Brownsville Overlook today:
>
> --------------------------------------------------------------
> They have thinned out-My estimate today (I had a school program there all
> morning) is 2500-only about 100 in close. They are mostly South of the
> overlook .
>
> Joni
> --------------------------------------------------------------
>
> I watched quite a few flocks flying over my land while sitting in the
> woods on Saturday and Sunday.
>
> Good Birding,
>
> Dan Jackson
> Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
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Date: 11/21/17 12:17 pm
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] FW: FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
I should have said that the flocks were heading east and away from the Mississippi. My home is about 10 miles east of the Brownsville overlook.

Good Birding,

Dan Jackson, Chaseburg, Vernon County, WI

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Sent: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 2:08 PM
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Subject: [wisb] FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?

A report from a USF&WS volunteer at the Brownsville Overlook today:

--------------------------------------------------------------
They have thinned out-My estimate today (I had a school program there all morning) is 2500-only about 100 in close. They are mostly South of the overlook .

Joni
--------------------------------------------------------------

I watched quite a few flocks flying over my land while sitting in the woods on Saturday and Sunday.

Good Birding,

Dan Jackson
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Date: 11/21/17 12:09 pm
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] FW: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
A report from a USF&WS volunteer at the Brownsville Overlook today:

--------------------------------------------------------------
They have thinned out-My estimate today (I had a school program there all morning) is 2500-only about 100 in close. They are mostly South of the overlook .

Joni
--------------------------------------------------------------

I watched quite a few flocks flying over my land while sitting in the woods on Saturday and Sunday.

Good Birding,

Dan Jackson
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Date: 11/21/17 11:07 am
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...>
Subject: [wisb] Glaucous Gulls at North Point in Sheboygan
Greetings all,
I just returned from the lakefront in Sheboygan where I found three different Glaucous Gulls at North Point. Two adults were on the rocks at the overlook building at the North end of the park. The third, a second winter was just South of the broken jetty at the South end of the park. I also located just three of the group of Snowy Owls that have been hanging around the Marina area. One on the docks of the yacht club, one on the rocks just beyond the rocks, and the third was on the docks just off of the marina building.
Great birding all,
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Date: 11/21/17 9:48 am
From: Gwyn Calvetti <gwyntells...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
There was a post on our local Audubon facebook page, with photos from the
weekend, showing plenty of swans and other birds at the Shady Maple
overlook south of Goose Island County park in LaCrosse. Typically there
are even more over by Brownsville Minnesota. I was at Shady Maple last
Thursday and had plenty to enjoy. The northwest winds today are pretty
brutal and I don't know what effect that might have on movement, though.
Good birding...Gwyn Calvetti LaCrosse County

On Tue, Nov 21, 2017 at 9:43 AM, Susan <susanrdesign...> wrote:

> Please let me know if there are still significant numbers of swans and
> other migrating waterfowl along the Mississippi River near La Crosse. A
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Date: 11/21/17 9:34 am
From: <deerpix...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
I'm sure I wouldn't be the only other person interested in hearing this information. Include me on your replies or send to the group, please.
Thanks,
Bob Huebner
Cedarburg, Ozaukee County

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Date: 11/21/17 7:44 am
From: Susan <susanrdesign...>
Subject: [wisb] migrating waterfowl near La Crosse?
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Date: 11/21/17 7:13 am
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin...>
Subject: [wisb] Goose Pond - Tundra Swans
Hi
We just counted 1,085 tundra swans at Goose Pond Sanctuary in Columbia
County. We also counted 10% of the swans were young of the year. This may
be a record number of tundra swans for Goose Pond.

Also present are about 100 snow geese, some white fronts, around 2,500
Canada geese, and maybe 3,000 mallards. Around 110 sandhill cranes are
also present. The birds should be present until a hard freeze.

Please remember when visiting Goose Pond to use your car as a blind.
Recently we had a photographer with a big lens walking around the pond to
get closer photographs. We also had a drone flying over the pond and
scaring the birds. If you see people off the road or using a drone please
kindly ask them to stay on the road or put their drone away. You can also
contact us. Thanks. Enjoy!

*Mark and Susan Foote-Martin*
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Date: 11/20/17 10:10 pm
From: Spence Stehno <pensacola634...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Ferry Owl
On my way to the airport to pick up my son, I stopped at the Lake Ferry,
and there to the east of the terminal, on large blocks of limestone, a
great big beautiful snowy owl with very heavy barring except for it's face
which was white. It was head bobbing and at times yawning, and even once it
was watching some bird above it and spreading it's wings while opening it's
bill as what looked like a threat. Could not see what it saw. It flew
back and forth on these rocks, watching all around, and was still sitting
there on top when I left ... 4:10-4:35 PM.
Spence Stehno
Waukesha, WI

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Date: 11/20/17 9:44 pm
From: <rbrigham...>
Subject: [wisb] Florence county Red Crossbills
Just got back from deer hunting. I saw a flock of Red Cross bills on Morgan Lake rd. near 8618 fire number.
Bob Brigham

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Date: 11/20/17 6:22 pm
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
Subject: [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl Update
Roughly 69 individuals have now been found in 31 counties, which is less than 2015-16 at this time but more than the big irruptions of 2013-14 and '14-15, both of which kicked into gear later than this one. Learn more below.

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/SnowyOwls.html

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Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Date: 11/20/17 5:38 pm
From: James Schwarz <jfschwar...>
Subject: [wisb] Least Sandpiper_Merlin at Nine Springs Dane Co
There was a LEAST SANDPIPER at the third pond of Nine Springs this afternoon. It seemed to be a juvenile with darker colors than a non-breeding adult. The small sandpiper had a slightly drooping bill and greenish legs. Several pictures were taken, but I have not set up a way to post them at this time. Back-channel me if you have an interest in seeing them.

A MERLIN also showed up. It perched on an information board of the viewing platform near the third pond. A couple of pictures of this bird were also taken.


A third species new to me this season was the AMERICAN BLACK DUCK. There were a pair in the third pond.


Jim Schwarz

Madison, Dane Co

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Date: 11/20/17 11:35 am
From: Bill Krouse <bkrouse1...>
Subject: [wisb] Tennessee Warbler in Suamico
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Date: 11/20/17 3:38 am
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Swans in Lake Mendota and Monona
There were about 50 swans in Lake Mendota, near the Governor's Mansion in Maple Bluff. They were with Canada geese and some Mallard ducks. It was hard to see them at first, the water was very choppy. My daughter told me she saw swans near the University.

We also saw at least 100 swans on the east side of Lake Monona.

-Genie Ogden
Madison.
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Date: 11/19/17 10:18 pm
From: PAUL R VAN GINKEL <prvangin...>
Subject: [wisb] UW Arboretum, Dane Co

This afternoon at UW Arboretum:
In addition to the songbird species that were reported by Kenneth Younger I had a flock of 5-10 Redpolls at the S-E corner of Longenecker gardens.

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Date: 11/19/17 3:41 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee this afternoon 11/19(Milwaukee County)
The highlight for me was seeing the adult male Harlequin Duck after missing
it to date. It was with a female along the breakwall as seen from the Texas
Ave. overlook. I first spotted them near the large "7" that is painted in
white on the breakwall rocks. They dove frequently, worked south, and when I
left them they were almost out in open water in the breakwall gap. Nice find
by Mike Wanger and thanks to Jennifer Ambrose for her update. Also at this
location were 11 Surf Scoters, 1 Black Scoter, and 2 Long-tailed Ducks.
Except for viewing the scoters which were close to shore, a scope was
essential here.
The Snowy Owl was at the Lake Express Ferry property on the ground next to a
white utility box south of the terminal building. It frustrated a
photographer because even though the bird was very close, a rope was in
front of the bird which would not be too attractive in a photograph. The owl
was very alert and looking around a lot, so I suspect it is healthy.
At Lower Lake Park off of North Point all 3 scoters were present (what a
great fall for scoters!), 2 Long-tailed Ducks, finally many Common Goldeneye
have arrived, good numbers of Bufflehead, and about 20 scaup.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Date: 11/19/17 12:29 pm
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger...>
Subject: [wisb] UW Arb this morning
Chuck Henrikson and I ran into each other this morning in the UW Arboretum
(imagine that), and birded together for about an hour before I had to leave.
In that short time we were treated to some good flyovers. Over a hundred
Tundra Swans passed over in three flocks, and so did about 50 Sandhill
Cranes in two flocks, one of which had two Whooping Cranes!! After seeing
many other flyover reports from today, it seems the cranes were generally
quite on the move. Other highlights were Yellow-rumped Warblers, Pine
Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches.

Earlier in the day I had made my way up north of Madison to check some
farmland for Snowy Owls. No luck on those, but I did get some decent looks
at a Rough-legged Hawk near County V Ponds.

-Kenny Younger
Madison


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Date: 11/19/17 12:49 am
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
Actually, I believe they did. Also to allow concealed carry without a permit, but that's a different subject, not about hunting.
There is an orange vest in our car, in case we go somewhere there might be hunters.

By the way, we saw a flock of big white birds flying south, over our house, in the Vilas neighborhood. It was dark and they were very high.


-Genie Ogden
Madison.

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On Sat, 11/18/17, John K <johnny.phoenix13...> wrote:

Subject: [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
To: <dmarc-noreply...>
Cc: "<chimneyswift1...>" <chimneyswift1...>, "Fissel Peter" <peter.fissel...>, "<wisbirdn...>" <wisbirdn...>
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017, 5:06 AM

FWIW, I do not believe the new
law repealed the requirement for hunter
safety certification, so we can assume that no
kids have had the time (much
less the
ability to comprehend) the necessary training.
Needless to say, but invest in an orange
cap.

John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County
On Fri, Nov
17, 2017 at 12:19 Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

>
Thanks for the reminder. And this is also the first hunt
that allows
> children of any age to
hunt. That could make it more dangerous than usual.
> - Genie OgdenMadison.
>    On Friday, November 17, 2017 11:59
AM, Karen Etter Hale <
> <chimneyswift1...>
wrote:
>
>
>  A sign at the entrance to the Horicon
NWR auto tour, that we saw
> yesterday,
says that all users must wear blaze orange.
> Karen
> --
> Karen Etter Hale
> Lake
Mills, WI
> <chimneyswift1...>
>
>         
*****
> Making time for birds
>
> > On Nov 17, 2017,
at 8:20 AM, Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
wrote:
> >
> > I
have been reminded that gun deer season begins tomorrow
(Sat. Nov.
> 18,) continuing through the
Sunday after Thanksgiving.  If you plan to go
> out birding or scouting your area for an
upcoming Christmas Bird Count, you
> will
want to be aware of your surroundings.  Some areas and
parks will be
> closed for safety reasons
(most of Horicon NWR, for example; same with
> Lion's Den Gorge Preserve in Ozaukee
County.)  For detailed lists/maps, you
>
can check the regulations on the DNR's website (note
that the deer
> regulations are in the
form of a pdf that needs to be opened separately.)
> >
> > http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html
> >
> >
> >
> > So, wear
bright colors and stay safe out there!
>
>
> >
> >
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> >
>
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> >
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Date: 11/18/17 5:23 pm
From: Kyle Lindemer <kyle.lindemer...>
Subject: [wisb] CBC Dates
Thank you to those of you that have sent me Christmas Bird Count dates. I only have about 50% of the dates on the WSO CBC site. If you are a compiler, or know the date of a count, please let me know. https://wsobirds.org/christmas-bird-count
Thank you,

Kyle Lindemer
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Date: 11/18/17 9:15 am
From: Carl Schroeder <omiimiig...>
Subject: [wisb] Sheboygan Marina Snowy Owls
Four were seen concurrently at 3:00 yesterday on the rocks around the
marina. Also a Long-tailed Duck. The female Harlequin Duck was active at
the North Point parking lot.
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Date: 11/18/17 3:06 am
From: John K <johnny.phoenix13...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
FWIW, I do not believe the new law repealed the requirement for hunter
safety certification, so we can assume that no kids have had the time (much
less the ability to comprehend) the necessary training.
Needless to say, but invest in an orange cap.

John Kivikoski
Rural Iowa County
On Fri, Nov 17, 2017 at 12:19 Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

> Thanks for the reminder. And this is also the first hunt that allows
> children of any age to hunt. That could make it more dangerous than usual.
> - Genie OgdenMadison.
> On Friday, November 17, 2017 11:59 AM, Karen Etter Hale <
> <chimneyswift1...> wrote:
>
>
> A sign at the entrance to the Horicon NWR auto tour, that we saw
> yesterday, says that all users must wear blaze orange.
> Karen
> --
> Karen Etter Hale
> Lake Mills, WI
> <chimneyswift1...>
>
> *****
> Making time for birds
>
> > On Nov 17, 2017, at 8:20 AM, Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> wrote:
> >
> > I have been reminded that gun deer season begins tomorrow (Sat. Nov.
> 18,) continuing through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. If you plan to go
> out birding or scouting your area for an upcoming Christmas Bird Count, you
> will want to be aware of your surroundings. Some areas and parks will be
> closed for safety reasons (most of Horicon NWR, for example; same with
> Lion's Den Gorge Preserve in Ozaukee County.) For detailed lists/maps, you
> can check the regulations on the DNR's website (note that the deer
> regulations are in the form of a pdf that needs to be opened separately.)
> >
> > http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html
> >
> >
> >
> > So, wear bright colors and stay safe out there!
> >
> >
> > Peter Fissel
> >
> > Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy
> >
> > Madison WI
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Date: 11/17/17 5:51 pm
From: <cdermody...>
Subject: [wisb] Redpolls
I had a Redpoll at my feeder at 2:20pm today.
Cathy Dermody Southeastern Milwaukee County
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Date: 11/17/17 5:48 pm
From: <cdermody...>
Subject: [wisb] Fwd: Redpoll

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Date: 11/17/17 3:07 pm
From: Schroeder Carl <Carl.Schroeder...>
Subject: [wisb] Virmond Park - no flycatcher
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Date: 11/17/17 3:01 pm
From: Schroeder Carl <Carl.Schroeder...>
Subject: [wisb] Sheboygan Marina-Four Snowy Owls
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Date: 11/17/17 12:07 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Red-tailed Hawk captures a vole... MKE Co.11/17/17 some images...
Hi all,
Had the excitement this morning on the Milwaukee lakefront to witness at
Red-tailed Hawk capturing a vole and eating it. There was not much going on
along with lakefront that I could find other than this. It was a cloudy
morning, a steady wind with cold temps. Made it feel like winter.

Images of some of the action of the Red-tailed Hawk with the vole this
morning at the link below. ***Warning*** - Some of the images might
disturbing to some.

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/red-tailed-hawk-eating-prey-lake-express-ferry-milwaukee-wisconsin-november-17-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/red-tailed-hawk-eating-prey-lake-express-ferry-milwaukee-wisconsin-november-17-2017/>*

Thank you and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co


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Date: 11/17/17 10:19 am
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
Thanks for the reminder. And this is also the first hunt that allows children of any age to hunt. That could make it more dangerous than usual.
- Genie OgdenMadison.
On Friday, November 17, 2017 11:59 AM, Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> wrote:


A sign at the entrance to the Horicon NWR auto tour, that we saw yesterday, says that all users must wear blaze orange.
Karen
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> On Nov 17, 2017, at 8:20 AM, Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> wrote:
>
> I have been reminded that gun deer season begins tomorrow (Sat. Nov. 18,) continuing through the Sunday after Thanksgiving.  If you plan to go out birding or scouting your area for an upcoming Christmas Bird Count, you will want to be aware of your surroundings.  Some areas and parks will be closed for safety reasons (most of Horicon NWR, for example; same with Lion's Den Gorge Preserve in Ozaukee County.)  For detailed lists/maps, you can check the regulations on the DNR's website (note that the deer regulations are in the form of a pdf that needs to be opened separately.)
>
> http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html
>
>
>
> So, wear bright colors and stay safe out there!
>
>
> Peter Fissel
>
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>
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Date: 11/17/17 9:59 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Reminder about gun deer season
A sign at the entrance to the Horicon NWR auto tour, that we saw yesterday, says that all users must wear blaze orange.
Karen
--
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*****
Making time for birds

> On Nov 17, 2017, at 8:20 AM, Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> wrote:
>
> I have been reminded that gun deer season begins tomorrow (Sat. Nov. 18,) continuing through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. If you plan to go out birding or scouting your area for an upcoming Christmas Bird Count, you will want to be aware of your surroundings. Some areas and parks will be closed for safety reasons (most of Horicon NWR, for example; same with Lion's Den Gorge Preserve in Ozaukee County.) For detailed lists/maps, you can check the regulations on the DNR's website (note that the deer regulations are in the form of a pdf that needs to be opened separately.)
>
> http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html
>
>
>
> So, wear bright colors and stay safe out there!
>
>
> Peter Fissel
>
> Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy
>
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Date: 11/17/17 9:28 am
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, November 16, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, November 16, 2017
37 degrees
Cloudy
21 birders

Total Species: 19

3 Mallard
2 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
4 Herring Gull
15 Rock Pigeon
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
7 Downy Woodpecker
4 American Crow
12 Black-capped Chickadee

4 White-breasted Nuthatch
1 American Robin
4 European Starling
5 American Tree Sparrow
1 Fox Sparrow
23 Dark-eyed Junco
1 House Finch
2 Common Redpoll
50 American Goldfinch

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Date: 11/17/17 6:21 am
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Reminder about gun deer season
I have been reminded that gun deer season begins tomorrow (Sat. Nov. 18,) continuing through the Sunday after Thanksgiving. If you plan to go out birding or scouting your area for an upcoming Christmas Bird Count, you will want to be aware of your surroundings. Some areas and parks will be closed for safety reasons (most of Horicon NWR, for example; same with Lion's Den Gorge Preserve in Ozaukee County.) For detailed lists/maps, you can check the regulations on the DNR's website (note that the deer regulations are in the form of a pdf that needs to be opened separately.)

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/regulations.html



So, wear bright colors and stay safe out there!


Peter Fissel

Wisbirdn Admin/Monitor Guy

Madison WI

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Date: 11/16/17 4:28 pm
From: Lori <dinderdahl...>
Subject: [wisb] Sandhills
While walking the road behind my house in Rosendale today, I counted roughly 320 Sandhill Cranes lazily making their way southeast. They were flying quite high and circling in separate flocks ranging from 5 to about 75, spread out over the course of about an hour. They were noisy so I always heard them. I wonder how many went over when I wasn’t watching!!
As a bonus, I also had a Bald Eagle fly over.
I have continuing yard birds – Red-breasted Nuthatches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy Woodpeckers, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and N. Cardinals...1 pair of each; a few BC Chickadees, about 6 Am. Goldfinches and 4-5 Bluejays. The Juncos have disappeared for the time being. I do see them down the road in the brush though.
Lori Inderdahl
Rosendale, FDL Co.

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Date: 11/16/17 1:29 pm
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] FOUR Harlequin Ducks Milwaukee
I was just able to view all four of the Harlequin ducks looking out from
the South Shore Yacht Club. They were swimming nouthbound along the inner
breakwall. At first I saw two, the adult male and a female, then I saw a
third female type, and then right before I left I saw four. So there is one
adult male and three female types. The adult male and one of the females
flew further south while I was about to leave. It looked like they were in
the gap between the rocks visible from the Texas Avenue Overlook. Good
birding!
Jennifer Ambrose
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Date: 11/16/17 11:08 am
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] New research about Passenger Pigeons--of interest
This is just an FYI. I just heard a blurb on NPR. Here are two articles:
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/11/four-billion-passenger-pigeons-vanished-their-large-population-may-have-been-what-did

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/11/passenger-pigeon-dna/546107/

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Date: 11/15/17 3:33 am
From: Mike Wanger <misterwanger...>
Subject: [wisb] Probable ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER in Ozaukee County
Hello All:
Marilyn Bontly and I were thrilled to find what looks to be an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER in Virmond Park yesterday. I've posted the (poor) photos on
Facebook Birding Wisconsin and Wisconsin Rare Bird Alert. There is debate
that it might be a Dusky-capped Flycatcher. Comments are welcome, as this
is not a bird I am familiar with.

It did not vocalize, and disappeared after I managed to snap a few photos.
We looked for an hour, but could not relocate it.

We also had a couple of flyover RED CROSSBILLS.

Good birding to you all,
Mike Wanger
Milwaukee


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Date: 11/14/17 6:29 pm
From: Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Dead Snowy Owl on the south side of Sheboygan : (
Chris Hendrikse, science teacher at Sheboygan Christian School - High School
Campus (929 Greenfield Avenue, Sheboygan, WI), contacted me today. He told
me that a student reported to him that there was a dead Snowy Owl in front
of the school building. Chris went out to check, and confirmed that it was
indeed a dead Snowy Owl. (In addition to being the science teacher, Chris is
also an experienced birder.) Chris said that although he couldn't tell
exactly how old the bird was, it was very white -- not darkly barred as were
the other Snowy Owls seen recently at the Sheboygan Marina. Chris contacted
the DNR, and told an official about it.
-- Dave Brasser
Sheboygan
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Date: 11/14/17 5:17 pm
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] Reminder: Birds of India Talk MKE County tomorrow
November 15, 2017, 7:00 PM Wehr Nature Center
9701 W College Ave, Franklin, WI
Presenter: John Longhenry, photographer and birder

John Longhenry is an educator who traveled to India and is known for
his
outstanding photographs of birds. Over 1200 species are found in India.
India’s
bird checklist is twice the size of Europe and North America. This
abundance is
attributable to the extraordinary variety of habitat and climate, which
include;
coastal mangrove forests, tropical deciduous forests, coniferous &
sub-alpine
Forests, dense evergreen forests, scrubland, grassland, open cultivated
land and
desert – both hot and ice cold. Join us that evening to see John's
beautiful
photos. Our programs are free and open to the public. Please forward to
invite
a friend.

--
Jennifer Ambrose
Bayview, Milwaukee County

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Date: 11/14/17 12:47 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Fw: eBird -- Owen Conservancy and Turville Point Bird and Nature Outings

Hi Peter - please fwd to wisbirdnet thanks!

Two Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature partner groups co-sponsored Bird and Nature Outings at Owen Conservation Park and Turville Point this weekend were a bit light on birds but big on enjoyment of what we saw. Here are the reports.

Owen Conservation Park
Nov 11, 2017
2:30 PM
Traveling
1.00 miles
90 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
About 20 people joined Master Naturalist Paul Noeldner to learn about a natural Turkey Thanksgiving and enjoyed repeated observations of a number of Wild Turkeys, White-Tailed Deer and Woodpecker species foraging among the Oaks and in the restored prairie for their Thanksgiving dinner at the every 2nd Saturday of the month Bird and Nature Outing at Owen Conservation Park on Nov 11. Overall bird numbers and variety were surprisingly low given recent high multiple species sightings reported on eBird at Owen, for example zero waterfowl on the ponds.

2 Mallard (winging by high overhead)
7 Wild Turkey
5 Ring-billed Gull
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker

Number of taxa: 5

Turville Point
Nov 12, 2017
1:30 PM
Traveling
1.00 miles
90 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
About 20 people including a number of kids joined Master Naturalist Emily Steinwehe for the 2nd Sunday of the month Bird and Nature Outing at Turville Point. Emily pointed out interesting plants along the way and several species of birds were observed in the Oak woodland iand on Lake Monona. The kids delighted in looking closely at leaves and fungi with a hand held lens and a small illuminated loupe magnifier.

17 Canada Goose
5 Northern Shoveler
4 Mallard
2 Common Loon
1 Red-tailed Hawk
50 American Coot
7 Ring-billed Gull
2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Downy Woodpecker
2 Blue Jay
3 American Crow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 14

Paul Noeldner, Maple Bluff
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Date: 11/13/17 6:04 pm
From: Marilyn Bontly <mbontly...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Pacific Loon to post on WIsbirdnet?
>
>
> Just seeking a little help posting a Milwaukee Co., Doctors Park, young swimming Pacific Loon sighting I had late afternoon Monday 11/13. (The write up is on my e-bird report)
>
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Date: 11/13/17 2:58 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] C. Redpolls, Eared Grebe, Red-necked Grebe in Jefferson County today
I noticed from yesterday's ebird report that Aaron S. was finding a
Red-necked Grebe and Eared Grebe on Rock Lake near Lake Mills yesterday, so
I decided to give it a try today. At first I thought it was going to be a
bad day since I got caught in a horrendous traffic jam going west on I94 and
the usual one hour easy drive took over two hours.
My luck changed dramatically when I got to Sandy Beach Park on the southeast
part of Rock Lake. As soon as I arrived on the beach I heard Common Redpoll
calls and saw a flock of at least 17 working the birches near the bar and
grill.
Marty E. had arrived before me, and he pointed out a leucistic Horned Grebe.
It wasn't completely white, but it was extremely pale and looked like a
ghost grebe next to the normal-plumaged grebes that were nearby. Very nice
find by Marty.
Both of us located the Red-necked Grebe nearly simultaneously, but I wasn't
able to spot the Eared Grebe. I was continuously scanning where there were
Horned Grebes, thinking it would hang out with them. Wrong idea, because
Marty picked his way through the coots to the east of us and located the
Eared Grebe with them.
Common Goldeneye, which have been rather scarce along Lake Michigan, are on
Rock Lake in good numbers. I counted 97 Ruddy Ducks in one flock; there were
probably more on this big lake. There were several other species of ducks
and a Common Loon, but nothing else rare.
After lunch, I drove around the lake but skipped the parks on the north side
of the lake due to an unfavorable sun angle. I stopped at Korth Park on the
west side of the lake which from the upper parking lot gives you a view of
the lake from a high, but more distant location. The only thing new I saw
was a family of 4 Tundra Swans which must have recently arrived.
Great day to be birding the lake due to some sunlight and calm conditions.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County




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Date: 11/13/17 12:52 pm
From: Nancy Richmond <polarpastor...>
Subject: [wisb] Fwd: [eBird Regional Editors] eBird down unexpectedly
Actually, it's not regular maintenance. Cornell University is having server
issues. Here's the official word from eBird project leader Marshall Iliff.

[Forwarded by Nancy Richmond, Rhinelander, Oneida county]

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Marshall Iliff" <marshall.iliff...>
Date: Nov 13, 2017 9:04 AM
Subject: [eBird Regional Editors] eBird down unexpectedly
To: "<ebird-regional-editors...>" <
<ebird-regional-editors...>
Cc:

eBird editors,

eBird has been down this morning (still true as of 10am EST) due to
unexpected server issues on the Cornell University campus. There is no
reason for alarm (all the data are safe) but if you are having trouble
submitting or accessing Explore Data or the Review Tools, this is a known
issues that multiple teams at the Lab and University are working on.

Issues like this are incredibly rare and our team manages to keep eBird up
and running something like 99.99% of the time. But as with all technology,
issues sometimes arise and need to be fixed.

If you are using eBird Mobile, you can wait to submit your lists until
eBird is back up again. Use "offline checklist" to grab your new location
and start a checklist if you are lucky enough to be out in the field this
morning:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/
1880550-using-ebird-mobile-offline

Just wanted to make sure everyone knew what was going on. We'll post again
here when things are back up and running.

Best,

Marshall Iliff
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Date: 11/13/17 12:07 pm
From: julie long <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender mayhill10 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
I just read on Twitter that it is due to a power outage issue in their area. Julie Long St Charles Il
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On Mon, 11/13/17, Mark Korducki <korducki...> wrote:

Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
To: <crotalus269...>
Cc: "WISBIRD" <wisbirdn...>, <kmjbirders...>
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017, 1:40 PM

It is down for maintenance but
was supposed to be completed by 10:00 AM Eastern.

Bummer as I'm birding
around Austin, TX today and was going to use it to help
navigate.

Mark Korducki
New Berlin
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 13, 2017, at 12:53
PM, Aaron Balogh <crotalus269...>
wrote:
>
> Hey
Karen,
> The folks at the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology who run eBird are performing
> some site maintenance and updates today. 
I don't remember when they said
> it
will be complete but I believe sometime later today.
>
>
> -Aaron Balogh
>
Middleton, WI
>> On Mon, Nov 13, 2017
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>>
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Date: 11/13/17 11:41 am
From: Mark Korducki <korducki...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
It is down for maintenance but was supposed to be completed by 10:00 AM Eastern.

Bummer as I'm birding around Austin, TX today and was going to use it to help navigate.

Mark Korducki New Berlin
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> On Nov 13, 2017, at 12:53 PM, Aaron Balogh <crotalus269...> wrote:
>
> Hey Karen,
> The folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who run eBird are performing
> some site maintenance and updates today. I don't remember when they said
> it will be complete but I believe sometime later today.
>
>
> -Aaron Balogh
> Middleton, WI
>> On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders...> wrote:
>>
>> Is anyone else having problems entering their ebird sightings?
>> I keep getting “ebird cannot connect to server”
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> KAREN
>>
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Date: 11/13/17 10:59 am
From: Tom Schultz <trschultz...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
Here's the current message on the eBird site (which has changed from
earlier):

System Outage

13 November 2017: eBird is experiencing a server outage and we are working
hard to bring eBird back online. Please do not worry--your personal eBird
data is safe.

During this outage you will not be able to access ebird.org or submit
checklists via eBird Mobile. If you are using eBird Mobile, you can still
record your checklists and location using the "Offline Checklist" option,
explained here:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/en/portal/articles/1880550-using-ebird-mobile-offline.
These checklists can be submitted once eBird is back online.

If you do not use eBird Mobile to submit your checklists, we recommend
recording your checklist in a notebook (with start time, duration, distance,
location, and date) so that you can submit it once eBird is back up and
running.

Thank you for your patience.


Tom Schultz
Green Lake Co.

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From: Aaron Balogh
Sent: Monday, November 13, 2017 12:53 PM
To: WISBIRD ; <kmjbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem

Hey Karen,
The folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who run eBird are performing
some site maintenance and updates today. I don't remember when they said
it will be complete but I believe sometime later today.


-Aaron Balogh
Middleton, WI
On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 12:51 PM KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders...> wrote:

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Date: 11/13/17 10:54 am
From: Aaron Balogh <crotalus269...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
Hey Karen,
The folks at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology who run eBird are performing
some site maintenance and updates today. I don't remember when they said
it will be complete but I believe sometime later today.


-Aaron Balogh
Middleton, WI
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Date: 11/13/17 10:54 am
From: Chuck Heikkinen <deliachuck...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Ebird problem
I’m getting a maintenance/repair message when I try to get on.
Chuck Heikkinen
Madison

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Date: 11/13/17 10:51 am
From: KAREN JOHNSON <kmjbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Ebird problem
Is anyone else having problems entering their ebird sightings?
I keep getting “ebird cannot connect to server”

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Date: 11/13/17 6:35 am
From: Dennis Kirschbaum <kad9801...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Red Crossbills and other birds today
Where is this Emma Carlin Trail? Thanks.


On 11/11/2017 8:15 PM, Jennifer Ambrose wrote:
> A few of us went out the Emma Carlin trails and part of the flock flew into
> the trees bordering the parking RIGHT as we pulled in! How about that!? We
> were pretty excited. There were maybe 40 birds total, very active and
> vocal. The views were adequate but I'd recommend going on a sunny day if
> you have only have one chance to go, as they stay up high and you'd get
> better looks without the clouds.
> In the surrounding area, we had a Tufted Titmouse at the state headquarters
> feeder, three seemingly late Turkey Vultures, a harrier, and a Bald Eagle
> that flew a little too close to the car for comfort.
>
> Thanks, Tom, for posting about these birds. I had only seen them one other
> time five years ago.
>

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Date: 11/12/17 3:08 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Western Grebe continues in Port Washington Harbor (Ozaukee County)
At 1:35 P.M. it was so close to the parking lot I could identify it without
optics. Later it moved farther out in the harbor, but was still easily seen
with binoculars when I left after 3 P.M. Observation was made from Coal Dock
Park. Thanks to Peter Fissel for the update he posted yesterday.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Date: 11/12/17 10:58 am
From: Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Kegonsa and Yahara Hills, Dane county.

Lake Kegonsa was flat today, with fair visibility. Fron Pleasant Springs, with a scope, I counted 66 Common Loons, also a nimber of Red-breasted Mergansers.
There has been a huge line of ducks out in the middle. Very hard to view, but most are Mallards.
Kris Perlberg's 2 Surf Scoters were south of the Fish Camp landing. Scope needed.
I hiked Yahara Hills golf course (they were closed today), but failed to find any crossbills. Lots of Red-breasted Nuthatches.
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Date: 11/12/17 4:01 am
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: GPS apps
Hello Vicki and all
My only question about mapping nests is what will you do with the data
and how will that affect parent birds when they are trying to raise their
young there
at some later point?

If one person visits once or twice that is one thing but
if the data are shared there could be a run of visitors which
could/would interfere with regular food getting and feeding
as the adults spend much effort/time defending.

I saw some examples of this during my research hiatus with Rough-legged
Hawks
where easy-to-attain nests were sometimes even publicized at the nearby
nature center -
definitely by word of mouth - and ...
there were endless visitors trying to see and photograph -
the parent birds flying about defending and
eventually all the young succumbed.

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane County






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> I just had a question for everyone. Do you know or use any apps that allow
> you to enter the GPS location of nests and tree holes to note their
> location, and then will give you directions to return to the tree with the
> nest at a later date? I am terrible with my directions in the woods and I
> am thinking this might help a lot. It is so easy to see nesting sites now
> but when the leaves return it all looks so different. You can back channel
> me or post it generally if you think others might be interested.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
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Date: 11/11/17 8:44 pm
From: Roy & Robin Knispel <rknispel...>
Subject: [wisb] 2 Snowy Owls--Terrell's Island--Winnebago County
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Teri Shors (UW Oshkosh Biology Dept.) and I coincidently met at the
parking lot at Terrell's Island Thursday, Nov. 9, and birded the Rip-Rap
Loop (in a 20+ mph headwind).
Teri had seen a couple of Snowy Owls there a few days earlier. Indeed,
we found two Snowy Owls--one nestled in s sheltered nook in the Rip-Rap
and the other across the water on Benedict's Island.
Other birds included 6 Snow Buntings, 8 Coots, a Lesser Scaup, and
American Tree Sparrows, Gulls and Mallards.

Also, I saw an adult Bald Eagle on Rivermoor Rd. on the way in to
Terrell's Island, and a Red-tailed Hawk on the way out.

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Date: 11/11/17 7:29 pm
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: GPS apps
Vickie, Garmin Etrex Legend or equivalent is good for marking locations
like that, and is mostly waterproof. The mapping apps for smart phones are
good too. Measure Map Lite has a free download. Polaris looks pretty good
with easy to use co-ordinates mapping, and user friendly video
instruction. Betsy Abert in South Milw.
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> I just had a question for everyone. Do you know or use any apps that allow
> you to enter the GPS location of nests and tree holes to note their
> location, and then will give you directions to return to the tree with the
> nest at a later date? I am terrible with my directions in the woods and I
> am thinking this might help a lot. It is so easy to see nesting sites now
> but when the leaves return it all looks so different. You can back channel
> me or post it generally if you think others might be interested.
>
> Thanks in advance
>
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Date: 11/11/17 6:24 pm
From: Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet...>
Subject: [wisb] GPS apps
I just had a question for everyone. Do you know or use any apps that allow you to enter the GPS location of nests and tree holes to note their location, and then will give you directions to return to the tree with the nest at a later date? I am terrible with my directions in the woods and I am thinking this might help a lot. It is so easy to see nesting sites now but when the leaves return it all looks so different. You can back channel me or post it generally if you think others might be interested.

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Date: 11/11/17 6:16 pm
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] Red Crossbills and other birds today
A few of us went out the Emma Carlin trails and part of the flock flew into
the trees bordering the parking RIGHT as we pulled in! How about that!? We
were pretty excited. There were maybe 40 birds total, very active and
vocal. The views were adequate but I'd recommend going on a sunny day if
you have only have one chance to go, as they stay up high and you'd get
better looks without the clouds.
In the surrounding area, we had a Tufted Titmouse at the state headquarters
feeder, three seemingly late Turkey Vultures, a harrier, and a Bald Eagle
that flew a little too close to the car for comfort.

Thanks, Tom, for posting about these birds. I had only seen them one other
time five years ago.

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Date: 11/11/17 6:14 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] A great day along Lake Michigan
Despite the cool temps, cloudy skies, and chilling wind, about a dozen intrepid birders gathered at the Texas Ave. overlook in Milwaukee this morning. Jym Mooney was there when we arrived and filled us in on what he'd been seeing. The single Surf Scoter was still there inside the breakwall, eventually joined by a trio of Black Scoters. A Long-tailed Duck came in through the opening and gave us pretty good looks before departing south. Quentin Yoerger spotted a couple of White-winged Scoters on the other side of the breakwall. Jym got a page and had to take off, and we made our way down to South Shore Yacht Club, where a Peregrine was perched out on one of the docks. At Cupertino Park, Quentin pointed out the Snowy Owl, which was cryptically posed on one of the big piles of cut rock across the harbor.

At the North Point snack bar parking lot by Bradford Beach, we had big waves and not much for birds, so we headed up to North Point itself. All three Scoter spp. were off the point. Atwater Park was quiet, except for a determined surfer trying to ride the little waves (we told another surfer up at the overlook to try Bradford Beach instead.)


Our next stop was Virmond Park in Ozaukee Co., where a flock of about eight Red Crossbills flew over as we were walking across the open field to the bluff edge. They landed in a spruce across the field, long enough for me to get my scope on them, but then took off before anyone else could look at them, unfortunately. It wasn't a call type I'm familiar with (given that Aaron Stutz recorded some Type 2s there the other day, that seems most likely.) The lake itself was quiet, although we could see that there were a lot of waterfowl and gulls out at the very limit of scope range.


Some folks had to peel off at that point, so the remainder of the group grabbed lunch at Mequon and headed for Port Washington. The Western Grebe was sleeping near a flock of Canada Geese right in the middle of the outer harbor, and there were several Horned Grebes and a couple of Ruddy Ducks nearby for a size comparison.


At Harrington Beach, there wasn't much at the end of County D. The massive waves down at the rocky point (and near-total lack of a beach due to high lake levels) didn't make us too inclined to hike south, so we headed up to Sheboygan. The Harlequin Duck was consorting with a Long-tailed Duck and two Surf Scoters just south of the North Point parking lot. While we were looking at the Harlequin, a couple pulled into the lot and asked if we'd seen the Snowy Owl out on the breakwall behind the marina. I eventually found it, but it was a dot in my scope. A couple of Sanderlings were out on the rocky point off the gazebo.


We headed back to Madison at that point, coming past Horicon Marsh on the way. There was a Rough-legged Hawk in the big snag east of the pumphouse on Hwy 49, and well over 100 Sandhill Cranes on the mudflat south of that. There were three E. Collared Doves near the 49/County I intersection (Fond du Lac Co. side of 49.)


All in all, a really good day of birding, despite the cold wind. We got all of our target birds, except for any loons, which was a bit odd (there were doubtless some out there beyond the waves, but scoping at that distance was futile.) A big thanks to the hardy souls who stuck it out until the end, and to Jym and Quentin for spotting some of our best birds.


Peter Fissel

Madison Audubon trip leader

Madison WI

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Date: 11/11/17 3:26 pm
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Swans in Lake Mendota
I saw 9 swans by Maple Bluff beach, in Lake Mendota this afternoon, 2 were youngsters. They were among hundreds of Canada geese. Large groups of Canada geese were flying in from the north. I did not have binoculars and so could not tell what kind of swans they were. There were also ducks.

- Genie Ogden
Madison
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Date: 11/11/17 7:34 am
From: Jim and Julie Hess <jrhbird...>
Subject: [wisb] Snowy Owls in Sheboygan
Greetings all,
I just returned from the lakefront and while there I saw two Snowy Owls in the Marina. One was perched on top of one of the white bins on the northern most dock. Just opposite the rocks of North Pier. The other was on the Yacht club pier on the southern part of the marina area. It was by the docks numbered 13 + 14.
The Harlequin female was off the rocks at North Point by overlook building. Good luck to all!
Great birding all,
Jim Hess
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Sheboygan County
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