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1/18/20 8:33 pm Wayne Kuhn <waylin98...> [wisb] Northern Shrike in Brown County
1/18/20 5:39 pm Brad Webb <Brad286465...> [wisb] Oconomowoc CBC
1/18/20 4:24 pm Hakim Barrett <hakimbarrett...> [wisb] Checklist today
1/18/20 3:43 pm Kerry Beheler <kerry.beheler...> [wisb] Re: wisbirdn Digest V13 #11
1/18/20 11:08 am Peter Fissel <pfissel...> [wisb] Cut-off sentences
1/18/20 9:54 am Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
1/18/20 9:51 am Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
1/18/20 9:22 am Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
1/17/20 5:27 pm Thomas Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Correction to Mequon Nature Preserve directions
1/17/20 3:33 pm Thomas Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Harris's Sparrow in Ozaukee County
1/17/20 12:01 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Lake Michigan
1/17/20 11:59 am Anne Moretti <amoretti...> [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
1/17/20 11:52 am Carl Schroeder <omiimiig...> [wisb] Killsnake raptors
1/17/20 10:36 am Steve <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Johnson Creek gulls
1/17/20 8:54 am Bill Volkert <billvolkert11...> [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
1/16/20 7:56 pm Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Milwaukee Lake Park Duck Watch RESCHEDULED again
1/16/20 8:56 am Bill Volkert <billvolkert11...> [wisb] Pioneering Birds
1/16/20 7:11 am Tom Schultz <trschultz...> [wisb] WSO Milwaukee Lakeshore field trip -- changing AGAIN!
1/15/20 10:47 am James Schwarz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jfschwar for DMARC) [wisb] Long tailed duck
1/14/20 3:40 pm kevin seidel <seidelkevin25...> [wisb] FOY Snowy?
1/14/20 11:14 am Cynthia Bridge <wi.hummingbirds...> [wisb] Re: Harlequin Duck - Lake Mendota
1/14/20 9:36 am Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Harlequin Duck - Lake Mendota
1/13/20 3:32 pm Thomas Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Red-throated Loons in Port Washington/ Ozaukee County
1/13/20 12:26 pm Steve <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Dane Co. Long-tailed and Harlequin Duck
1/13/20 11:50 am William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] learn how bird populations are changing, and how we know
1/13/20 6:10 am Steve Betchkal <stevebetchkal...> [wisb] Anyone Have Great Photos of Albino Birds?
1/12/20 6:20 pm Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
1/12/20 11:14 am Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
1/12/20 10:22 am Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Friendship CBC report
1/10/20 3:31 pm Jeff Baughman <jlbirder...> [wisb] WSO FT POSTPONED
1/10/20 10:29 am Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Re: Lake Park Duck Watch POSTPONED
1/10/20 10:27 am Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Lake Park Duck Watch POSTPONED
1/10/20 8:56 am Tom Schultz <trschultz...> [wisb] Re: Saturday WSO field trip
1/9/20 9:35 pm Tom Schultz <trschultz...> [wisb] Re: Saturday WSO field trip
1/9/20 8:13 pm Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Saturday WSO field trip
1/8/20 10:45 am Peter Fissel <pfissel...> [wisb] Trying to get hold of Jeff Bahls
1/8/20 10:08 am d pan <birdmandan813...> [wisb] Free tonight Milwaukee county
1/7/20 3:39 pm d pan <birdmandan813...> [wisb] Bird club tomorrow night- Milwaukee county
1/7/20 1:55 pm <dinderdahl...> [wisb] Rosendale CBC results
1/7/20 9:59 am Karen Etter Hale <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender chimneyswift1 for DMARC) [wisb] Sandhills over Jefferson County just now!
1/6/20 8:38 pm Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] MKE - Snowy Owl 1/4/20 - images
1/6/20 5:47 pm Thomas Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Another spot to look for Harlequin Duck in Madison
1/6/20 2:04 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] using eBird: ways to improve your checklists
1/6/20 1:56 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] using eBird; ways to improve your checklists
1/6/20 11:39 am applenroy <applenroy...> [wisb] northern Chippewa county...
1/5/20 5:27 pm Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...> [wisb] Eagling in Sauk, Richland and Grant Counties
1/5/20 2:27 pm Steve <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Milwaukee Lake Shore
1/4/20 9:26 am Mark Korducki <korducki...> [wisb] Email Address Update
1/4/20 8:35 am Joe Riederer <wisbird.riederer...> [wisb] Eagle at the Petenwell Dam?
1/4/20 8:26 am d pan <birdmandan813...> [wisb] Looking for John O'Donnell
1/3/20 10:03 pm James Schwarz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jfschwar for DMARC) [wisb] Harlequin Duck remains at Lake Mendota
1/3/20 4:36 pm Peter Hinow <peter.hinow...> [wisb] Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee Co. today
1/3/20 12:40 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] learn bird song in an 8-week class (UW-Milwaukee Field Station; February & March)
1/3/20 11:44 am Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...> [wisb] Madison CBC results
1/3/20 11:19 am Steve <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Johnson Creek gulls
1/3/20 8:38 am Susan anderson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender susan331 for DMARC) [wisb] ST Croix County
1/3/20 7:19 am Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...> [wisb] Re: Devil's Lake - Golden Eagle
1/3/20 7:10 am Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...> [wisb] Dane County - Short-eared Owls
1/3/20 7:02 am Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...> [wisb] Devil's Lake - Golden Eagle
1/3/20 6:16 am d pan <birdmandan813...> [wisb] FOY 2020
1/2/20 2:13 pm Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 2, 2020
1/2/20 7:50 am <heuers3...> [wisb] First Bird of the Year
1/2/20 7:01 am Ken & Barb <bkw...> [wisb] First of Year Bird
1/2/20 7:01 am Sharon Swiggum <sgswiggum...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year [Richland County]
1/2/20 5:50 am Suzanne Harp <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender suzharp for DMARC) [wisb] First bird
1/2/20 5:39 am tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/2/20 12:14 am Gloria Shiraef <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender shiraev for DMARC) [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 6:17 pm bonnie rozman <bmrozman...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 4:44 pm Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 4:01 pm Peg Zappen <pzappen...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 4:01 pm Hans Wagner <hanswagner380...> [wisb] Happy New Year and 1st bird
1/1/20 2:38 pm Tom Sykes <sykes...> [wisb] 1st bird species 2020
1/1/20 1:43 pm Susan Hoffert <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender shoffert for DMARC) [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 1:32 pm Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet...> [wisb] 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 1:21 pm Chad Bulen <chadbulen...> [wisb] FOY RWBB. NW Waukesha Cty
1/1/20 1:16 pm Charlotte Lukes <clukes...> [wisb] 1st bird in the new year
1/1/20 12:45 pm Donald Maum <dgmaum...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 10:33 am PAUL R VAN GINKEL <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prvangin for DMARC) [wisb] Spring Harbor, Lake Mendota, Dane Co
1/1/20 10:01 am Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 9:48 am Gregory Neu <gneubirdphotographer...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 8:32 am Thomas Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 8:21 am Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 7:50 am Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike...> [wisb] 1st bird of the year
1/1/20 7:12 am Robert Mead <carolbob7...> [wisb] Foy Flicker
12/31/19 6:43 pm Seegert, Greg <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender gseegert for DMARC) [wisb] Better late than never
12/31/19 3:03 pm Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel27...> [wisb] Madison Harlequin Duck Still Present on 12/30
12/31/19 2:27 pm Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Swans by Willows
12/31/19 5:48 am Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2019. Includes vagrants, special visitors, etc, some images...
12/30/19 4:35 pm Deborah Turski <dlturski...> [wisb] ebird link for Ovenbird, Madison
12/30/19 11:32 am Deborah Turski <dlturski...> [wisb] Ovenbird in Madison
12/28/19 8:54 pm Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] Dunn County - Varied Thrush - images
12/28/19 11:37 am Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] White-winged Scoter ~ Petroleum Pier MKE Co 12/28/19, some images...
12/28/19 11:15 am Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, December 26, 2019
12/27/19 4:53 pm Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Short-eared Owls - Brooklynn Wildlife
12/27/19 9:07 am Gina Szablewski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ginaszablewski for DMARC) [wisb] scarlet tanager
12/27/19 7:36 am walter kugler jr <walterkbeesjr...> [wisb] Re: Chickadee Mythbusters Needed
12/27/19 6:23 am Joe Riederer <wisbird.riederer...> [wisb] Chickadee Mythbusters Needed
12/26/19 6:14 pm Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC) [wisb] Re: University Bay
12/26/19 4:13 pm Judy Middleton <judymiddleton...> [wisb] University Bay
12/26/19 9:05 am Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299...> [wisb] Florence and Armstrong Creek CBC 2019
12/26/19 8:36 am Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> [wisb] Dunn County - Varied Thrush
12/25/19 2:01 pm Karen Etter Hale <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender chimneyswift1 for DMARC) [wisb] Waterloo CBC (Monday, Dec. 16, 2019) - Summary
12/23/19 7:10 pm Jeanna Owens <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender o.jeanna for DMARC) [wisb] Re: RFI..short eared owl
12/23/19 4:40 pm Seegert, Greg <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender gseegert for DMARC) [wisb] RFI..short eared owl
12/23/19 1:56 pm Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Northern Shrike - Dane County
12/23/19 8:40 am Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...> [wisb] Northern Shrike - Dane County
12/22/19 12:56 pm Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...> [wisb] Re: Townsend's Solitaire at Boerner Gardens Milwaukee County
12/22/19 12:02 pm Carol HOWARD <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender carol.howard for DMARC) [wisb] Townsend's Solitaire at Boerner Gardens Milwaukee County
12/21/19 7:06 pm Lindsey McMahon <lindseymcmahon7...> [wisb] Re: WI CBC
12/19/19 8:39 am LIELA KUCHAR <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jodykuch for DMARC) [wisb] CBC and other cit sci
12/19/19 7:06 am Brady, Ryan S - DNR <Ryan.Brady...> [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl update
 
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Date: 1/18/20 8:33 pm
From: Wayne Kuhn <waylin98...>
Subject: [wisb] Northern Shrike in Brown County
Around 9:00 am Saturday morning I was birding along Willow Road on Green
Bay's far east side. Just east of Phillips road I spotted a Northern Shrike
that flew down from some tall shrubs near the road to some taller trees
about 300 yards further south. He stayed near the top of a tree to survey
the area for awhile.


Wayne Kuhn

Green Bay

Brown County



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Date: 1/18/20 5:39 pm
From: Brad Webb <Brad286465...>
Subject: [wisb] Oconomowoc CBC
Finally have enough numbers in to report on the Oconomowoc CBC. I'm
still awaiting verification on some of the numbers but everything looks
to be properly entered. Presenting the results in three columns. Count
week birds are especially important this year as one of the teams had
difficulties on count day so their area was counted the next day.
I sometimes have trouble posting to Wisbirdn. If this doesn't go through
I'll look for another way to post the data.
Brad Webb
Oconomowoc CBC coordinator
                          Totals Count   Count
                           on      Week    Week
                           Count   Totals  and
Bird Species               Day     Only    Count Day
Canada Goose               2229    85      2314
Gadwall                    12      0       12
Mallard                    1253    2       1255
Canvasback                 6       0       6
Redhead                    56      0       56
Lesser Scaup               0       2       2
Bufflehead                 10      0       10
Common Goldeneye           643     0       643
Hooded Merganser           1       0       1
Common Merganser           520     0       520
Ring-necked Pheasant       0       2       2
Wild Turkey                148     30      178
Great Blue Heron           1       0       1
Bald Eagle                 11      0       11
Northern Harrier           0       1       1
Cooper’s Hawk              4       0       4
Red-tailed Hawk            48      3       51
Golden Eagle               1       0       1
American Kestrel           11      0       11
American Coot              16      0       16
Sandhill Crane             6       0       6
Ring-billed Gull           89      10      99
Herring Gull               10      2       12
Gull Species               1       0       1
Rock Pigeon                262     0       262
Mourning Dove              155     56      211
E. Screech-Owl             1       0       1
Great Horned Owl           1       0       1
Belted Kingfisher          2       1       3
Red-headed Woodpecker      1       0       1
Red-bellied Woodpecker     33      3       36
Downy Woodpecker           47      5       52
Hairy Woodpecker           8       2       10
Northern Flicker           1       0       1
Northern Shrike            1       0       1
Blue Jay                   48      2       50
American Crow              585    16       601
Horned Lark                17     10       27
Black-capped Chickadee     225    35      260
Tufted Titmouse            10     1       11
Red-breasted Nuthatch      0      1       1
White-breasted Nuthatch    67     11      78
Brown Creeper              6      1       7
Golden-crowned Kinglet     1      0       1
American Robin             2      15      17
European Starling          550    6       556
Cedar Waxwing              34     0       34
Am. Tree Sparrow           24     10      34
Dark-eyed Junco            285    61      346
Lapland Longspur           260    0       260
Snow Bunting               3      0       3
Northern Cardinal          105    6       111
House Finch                140    2       142
American Goldfinch         122    3       125
House Sparrow              200    20      220

Total Species Reported on count day: 51
Total Species  Count Week: 30
Total Species Count Day and Count Week: 55    Duplicates eliminated
Total individual birds in Field on Count Day: 8205
Total individual birds on Count Day (feeders too): 8272
Total individual birds Count Day and Count Week:   8676





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Date: 1/18/20 4:24 pm
From: Hakim Barrett <hakimbarrett...>
Subject: [wisb] Checklist today
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63529783
Birds were seen at the Sauk County Forest and Bakken’s Pond. Good birding!

Hakim Barrett
Sauk County


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Date: 1/18/20 3:43 pm
From: Kerry Beheler <kerry.beheler...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: wisbirdn Digest V13 #11
*The 31st **Mount Horeb Area Christmas Bird Count *was held on Sunday 29
December 2019. It was a low bird number year, with 5947 individual birds of
51 species recorded. The 2019 count was remarkably similar to 2018 and
2011, the other recent years with little to no snow cover and mild
temperatures. We have 31 years of continuous data, with an average of 50
species annually recorded since 1989 (high year was 2002 with 60 species).
20 field parties of 41 people out and about in 2019 found a low of 2
species, high of 28, average of 17 species. Almost 96 hours and nearly 500
miles were driven and walked in 2019. We had 15 feeder counts and 3 hours
were spent owling. We have tremendous area coverage and birder
dedication. Thanks
to all who participated! Here is the list:
Canada Goose - 229
Mallard - 111
Ring-necked pheasant - 6
Wild Turkey - 177
Great Blue Heron - 1
Bald Eagle - 15
Northern Harrier - 7
Sharp-shinned hawk - cw
Cooper's hawk - 3
Red-tailed Hawk - 72
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
American kestrel - 18
Sandhill crane - cw
Herring gull - 2
Rock Pigeon - 319
Mourning Dove - 173
Eastern screech owl - cw
Great horned owl - 7
Barred Owl - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 3
Red-headed Woodpecker - 13
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 67
Downy Woodpecker - 123
Hairy Woodpecker - 51
Northern Flicker - 1
Pileated Woodpecker - 11
Northern Shrike - 3
Blue Jay - 167
American Crow - 737
Horned lark - 58
Black-capped Chickadee - 342
Tufted Titmouse - 40
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 2
White-breasted Nuthatch - 151
Brown Creeper - 1
Winter wren - 1
Eastern bluebird - 3
Brown thrasher - 1
European Starling - 1241
American Tree Sparrow - 253
Song sparrow - 4
Swamp sparrow - 1
White-throated sparrow - 1
Dark-eyed Junco - 433
Laplnd longspur - 2
Snow Bunting - 30
Northern Cardinal - 203
Red-winged blackbird - 1
Rusty blackbird - 17
Brown-headed cowbird - 40
House Finch - 207
Pine siskin - 2
American Goldfinch - 154
House Sparrow - 441
On Mon, Jan 13, 2020 at 12:06 AM FreeLists Mailing List Manager <
<ecartis...> wrote:

> wisbirdn Digest Sun, 12 Jan 2020 Volume: 13 Issue: 011
>
> In This Issue:
> [wisb] Friendship CBC report
> [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
> [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
> Subject: [wisb] Friendship CBC report
> Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2020 12:22:02 -0600
>
> The Friendship CBC in Adams County was held on January 4, 2020. This was
> our 14th year running this circle. This year 22 birders logged 41
> species and 3,142 individual birds. The full list is below. Birds
> marked with an * represent 14-year high count for a species. Thanks to
> everyone who worked together to make this a fun event!
>
> Canada Goose - 495
>
> Mallard - 26
>
> Common Goldeneye - 14
>
> Common Merganser - 4
>
> Wild Turkey - 100
>
> Bald Eagle - 25
>
> Northern Harrier - 1
>
> Red-tailed Hawk - 13
>
> Rough-legged Hawk - 6
>
> Golden Eagle - 2
>
> Rock Pigeon - 175
>
> Mourning Dove - 97
>
> Barred Owl - 1
>
> Belted Kingfisher - 2
>
> Red-headed Woodpecker - 7
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker - 16
>
> Downy Woodpecker - 33
>
> Hairy Woodpecker - 20
>
> Northern Flicker - 3*
>
> Pileated Woodpecker - 11*
>
> Northern Shrike - 3*
>
> Blue Jay - 557*
>
> American Crow - 245
>
> Common Raven - 16
>
> Black-capped Chickadee - 203
>
> Tufted Titmouse - 6
>
> Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch - 50
>
> Brown Creeper - 2
>
> Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
>
> American Robin - 30
>
> European Starling - 14
>
> Cedar Waxwing - 352*
>
> American Tree Sparrow - 11
>
> Dark-eyed Junco - 414
>
> Snow Bunting - 9
>
> Northern Cardinal - 43*
>
> House Finch - 42
>
> Common Redpoll - 2
>
> American Goldfinch - 11
>
> House Sparrow - 76
>
> Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
> Date: Sun, 12 Jan 2020 13:13:22 -0600
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
>
> Amazing list!
> Would be fun to hear what habitats you went through.
> Sandy
> On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 12:22 PM Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <
> <hopmoon...> wrote:
>
> > The Friendship CBC in Adams County was held on January 4, 2020. This was
> > our 14th year running this circle. This year 22 birders logged 41
> > species and 3,142 individual birds. The full list is below. Birds
> > marked with an * represent 14-year high count for a species. Thanks to
> > everyone who worked together to make this a fun event!
> >
> > Canada Goose - 495
> >
> > Mallard - 26
> >
> > Common Goldeneye - 14
> >
> > Common Merganser - 4
> >
> > Wild Turkey - 100
> >
> > Bald Eagle - 25
> >
> > Northern Harrier - 1
> >
> > Red-tailed Hawk - 13
> >
> > Rough-legged Hawk - 6
> >
> > Golden Eagle - 2
> >
> > Rock Pigeon - 175
> >
> > Mourning Dove - 97
> >
> > Barred Owl - 1
> >
> > Belted Kingfisher - 2
> >
> > Red-headed Woodpecker - 7
> >
> > Red-bellied Woodpecker - 16
> >
> > Downy Woodpecker - 33
> >
> > Hairy Woodpecker - 20
> >
> > Northern Flicker - 3*
> >
> > Pileated Woodpecker - 11*
> >
> > Northern Shrike - 3*
> >
> > Blue Jay - 557*
> >
> > American Crow - 245
> >
> > Common Raven - 16
> >
> > Black-capped Chickadee - 203
> >
> > Tufted Titmouse - 6
> >
> > Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3
> >
> > White-breasted Nuthatch - 50
> >
> > Brown Creeper - 2
> >
> > Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
> >
> > American Robin - 30
> >
> > European Starling - 14
> >
> > Cedar Waxwing - 352*
> >
> > American Tree Sparrow - 11
> >
> > Dark-eyed Junco - 414
> >
> > Snow Bunting - 9
> >
> > Northern Cardinal - 43*
> >
> > House Finch - 42
> >
> > Common Redpoll - 2
> >
> > American Goldfinch - 11
> >
> > House Sparrow - 76
> >
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> The Friendship CBC circle includes agricultural areas, two small towns,
> several bluffs (called mounds), wetlands, Castle Lake below the
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> > The Friendship CBC in Adams County was held on January 4, 2020.
> > This was
> > our 14th year running this circle. This year 22 birders logged 41
> > species and 3,142 individual birds. The full list is below. Birds
> > marked with an * represent 14-year high count for a species.
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Date: 1/18/20 9:54 am
From: Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds



How many spaces need to be added to capture the first sentence of a post on this list?
Butterflies are making the same kinds of range expansions northward.
Pam SkaarMadison



On Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:22:52 AM CST, Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

e me think that, if an individual can fly, it is very likely to find new areas which are attractive and test them out for sustainability. Species that don't fly would move in a direction more slowly, like the northern expansion of opossums and armadillos. 
I wonder how that translates to the movement of plant species during this time of change. Perhaps, species with more mobile seeds, whether from their design or vectored by animal movements, may prove more adaptive to climate change.
Pam SkaarMadison, WI
    On Friday, January 17, 2020, 01:59:44 PM CST, Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote: 

Yes, it is curious as to why titmice haven’t moved into the North Kettle Moraine very quickly. But as you pointed out, Bill, there’s too much open land between the North and South Kettle Moraines with farms and rural areas which are devoid of any heavily forested areas. When I first joined the Benjamin Goss Bird Club back in October 1989, everyone was excited to come see “our” titmice. Several bird club members would stop by on New Year’s Day to add them to their year list. Alas, this no longer happens. When I worked at Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield and later in Delafield, customers started reporting them at their feeders as the years went by. We joked that “our” titmice were slowly expanding their progeny into nearby towns and cities.

As for the Carolina wren we hosted during the brutal winter of 1997, when temps dipped to 20 degrees below zero several times, the little wren managed to make it through until spring. He used a nearby brush pile for shelter and ate suet and a suet/peanut butter/cornmeal mixture that I still make today. (The over-wintering sapsucker is partial to it). In the spring he built a bulky nest in the little roost box under the deck, but despite singing constantly, he was never able to attract a mate. Since then, we’ve had a few Carolina wrens stop by the yard, but they never stay.



It will be interesting to see what happens over the next decade as climate change continues to make an impact. Perhaps we’ll see start to more Blue Grosbeaks and other south-of-the-border birds. And, maybe Carolina Wrens will become a more common backyard bird.



Anne Moretti

Town of Ottawa (near Dousman)

Waukesha Co.



From: Bill Volkert [mailto:<billvolkert11...>]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 10:54 AM
To: Anne Moretti; Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wisb] Pioneering Birds



Anne:



Thanks for your reply.  I would suggest that you put your roost/nest box out and see what happens.  I find it interesting that titmice have been nesting in the Southern Kettle Moraine as well as Green Lake County for over 25 years but have barely made it to the Northern Kettle Moraine.  While they have been expanding their range it seems to be a very slow progress, particularly in the eastern part of the state.  I believe that as a non-migratory species they probably don't disperse that far from their natal homes and with the extensive farm land in southeast Wisconsin this forest bird has some obstacles to overcome.  I would also assume that Carolina wrens may move into new areas more quickly as a result of their migratory habits.  Time will tell, but the comparison between the two Breeding Bird Atlas projects is already showing changes among some bird species in only 20 years time.  As landscapes and climate continue to change birds will respond to these changes - some positi
vely an
d others negatively.  These same changes will result in winners and losers and, as I always remind people, increasing bird populations among some species and endangered species are the result of the same thing.  Generalists often find new opportunities while specialists lose out on their unique habitat needs; diverse landscapes support a diversity species.



Thanks again and keep watching.



Bill



On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:56 PM Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote:

An interesting perspective, Bill. It does make sense. We saw a pair of
Carolina Wrens in our yard back on Dec 27th, but haven't seen them since.
We're hoping that they'll nest here. I've asked Pat to build a little
3-sided roost box to place under our upstairs deck for them in hopes that
they decide to nest here. As for titmice, we've had them since we moved in
30 years ago, but of course, they were in the South Kettle Moraine years
before we moved here, presumably. Good to know that both species are
expanding to the north. 

Anne

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Bill Volkert
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:56 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: [wisb] Pioneering Birds

Back in December I had the first Carolina wren visit our yard, making this
the 207th species found on our land.  I again saw this bird two days ago
and with the increase in Carolina wrens being sighted in Wisconsin over the
past few years I think about what the trend might be.  They appear to be
expanding their range but I wonder at what rate and where they will show up
next.
Several years ago I sighted the first tufted titmouse around our home as
well.  The next winter I had two individuals visiting my feeders and
eventually had a pair nest here.  They again raised a brood the following
year and now have disappeared altogether.  Perhaps these birds or another
pair has nested somewhere else in the neighborhood or maybe this was the
only pair and we will have to see if others may follow to try again
sometime in the future.  This seems to be one of two possible outcomes of
having these pioneering birds appear at the edge of their range.  No doubt
there will always be the stray bird that appears outside of its range and
it may return for several years in a row only to find that there are no
others of their kind in the area to mate with.  Even if they do nest they
may be the only pair in the area and if they fail to establish themselves
that local population may just disappear.

These alternative scenarios played themselves out at Horicon Marsh.
Black-necked stilts showed up, eventually nested, and have established
themselves with a growing population in the area.  On the other hand,
buffleheads nested in a wood duck box, raised a brood and returned to the
marsh only to disappear entirely.  It seems that these pioneering birds
either make it or break it in an attempt to establish a new population.
Whether others will follow eventually and succeed in extending the range of
a species is always possible, but in the case of the bufflehead this pair
was nesting well south of the normal range for this species and it seems to
have been more of an accident than a trend.

As we continue to monitor bird populations through a variety of surveys and
future breeding bird atlas projects it is always interesting to see how
things change.  These initial nesting attempts of any species are an
interesting phenomenon for me to watch and to see if they will succeed in
extending their range or fail to do so only to remain as an exception to
the rule for a given species.  So, will I have Carolina wrens nest here in
the near future and will tufted titmice return?  Will they eventually
establish a nesting population in the area or was this an accident and
failed attempt?  It appears that both of these species are moving my way
but if they do succeed in breeding here just how long will it take and
where else may they show up next?  For me, this is just another reason to
watch birds.

Bill
FdL Co

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Date: 1/18/20 9:51 am
From: Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds


How many spaces do I need to enter to get my first thoughts recorded in a response on this list?
Pioneering butterflies are doing the same kinds of range expansions.
Pam SkaarMadison


On Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11:22:52 AM CST, Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

e me think that, if an individual can fly, it is very likely to find new areas which are attractive and test them out for sustainability. Species that don't fly would move in a direction more slowly, like the northern expansion of opossums and armadillos. 
I wonder how that translates to the movement of plant species during this time of change. Perhaps, species with more mobile seeds, whether from their design or vectored by animal movements, may prove more adaptive to climate change.
Pam SkaarMadison, WI
    On Friday, January 17, 2020, 01:59:44 PM CST, Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote: 

Yes, it is curious as to why titmice haven’t moved into the North Kettle Moraine very quickly. But as you pointed out, Bill, there’s too much open land between the North and South Kettle Moraines with farms and rural areas which are devoid of any heavily forested areas. When I first joined the Benjamin Goss Bird Club back in October 1989, everyone was excited to come see “our” titmice. Several bird club members would stop by on New Year’s Day to add them to their year list. Alas, this no longer happens. When I worked at Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield and later in Delafield, customers started reporting them at their feeders as the years went by. We joked that “our” titmice were slowly expanding their progeny into nearby towns and cities.

As for the Carolina wren we hosted during the brutal winter of 1997, when temps dipped to 20 degrees below zero several times, the little wren managed to make it through until spring. He used a nearby brush pile for shelter and ate suet and a suet/peanut butter/cornmeal mixture that I still make today. (The over-wintering sapsucker is partial to it). In the spring he built a bulky nest in the little roost box under the deck, but despite singing constantly, he was never able to attract a mate. Since then, we’ve had a few Carolina wrens stop by the yard, but they never stay.



It will be interesting to see what happens over the next decade as climate change continues to make an impact. Perhaps we’ll see start to more Blue Grosbeaks and other south-of-the-border birds. And, maybe Carolina Wrens will become a more common backyard bird.



Anne Moretti

Town of Ottawa (near Dousman)

Waukesha Co.



From: Bill Volkert [mailto:<billvolkert11...>]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 10:54 AM
To: Anne Moretti; Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wisb] Pioneering Birds



Anne:



Thanks for your reply.  I would suggest that you put your roost/nest box out and see what happens.  I find it interesting that titmice have been nesting in the Southern Kettle Moraine as well as Green Lake County for over 25 years but have barely made it to the Northern Kettle Moraine.  While they have been expanding their range it seems to be a very slow progress, particularly in the eastern part of the state.  I believe that as a non-migratory species they probably don't disperse that far from their natal homes and with the extensive farm land in southeast Wisconsin this forest bird has some obstacles to overcome.  I would also assume that Carolina wrens may move into new areas more quickly as a result of their migratory habits.  Time will tell, but the comparison between the two Breeding Bird Atlas projects is already showing changes among some bird species in only 20 years time.  As landscapes and climate continue to change birds will respond to these changes - some positi
vely an
d others negatively.  These same changes will result in winners and losers and, as I always remind people, increasing bird populations among some species and endangered species are the result of the same thing.  Generalists often find new opportunities while specialists lose out on their unique habitat needs; diverse landscapes support a diversity species.



Thanks again and keep watching.



Bill



On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:56 PM Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote:

An interesting perspective, Bill. It does make sense. We saw a pair of
Carolina Wrens in our yard back on Dec 27th, but haven't seen them since.
We're hoping that they'll nest here. I've asked Pat to build a little
3-sided roost box to place under our upstairs deck for them in hopes that
they decide to nest here. As for titmice, we've had them since we moved in
30 years ago, but of course, they were in the South Kettle Moraine years
before we moved here, presumably. Good to know that both species are
expanding to the north. 

Anne

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Bill Volkert
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:56 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: [wisb] Pioneering Birds

Back in December I had the first Carolina wren visit our yard, making this
the 207th species found on our land.  I again saw this bird two days ago
and with the increase in Carolina wrens being sighted in Wisconsin over the
past few years I think about what the trend might be.  They appear to be
expanding their range but I wonder at what rate and where they will show up
next.
Several years ago I sighted the first tufted titmouse around our home as
well.  The next winter I had two individuals visiting my feeders and
eventually had a pair nest here.  They again raised a brood the following
year and now have disappeared altogether.  Perhaps these birds or another
pair has nested somewhere else in the neighborhood or maybe this was the
only pair and we will have to see if others may follow to try again
sometime in the future.  This seems to be one of two possible outcomes of
having these pioneering birds appear at the edge of their range.  No doubt
there will always be the stray bird that appears outside of its range and
it may return for several years in a row only to find that there are no
others of their kind in the area to mate with.  Even if they do nest they
may be the only pair in the area and if they fail to establish themselves
that local population may just disappear.

These alternative scenarios played themselves out at Horicon Marsh.
Black-necked stilts showed up, eventually nested, and have established
themselves with a growing population in the area.  On the other hand,
buffleheads nested in a wood duck box, raised a brood and returned to the
marsh only to disappear entirely.  It seems that these pioneering birds
either make it or break it in an attempt to establish a new population.
Whether others will follow eventually and succeed in extending the range of
a species is always possible, but in the case of the bufflehead this pair
was nesting well south of the normal range for this species and it seems to
have been more of an accident than a trend.

As we continue to monitor bird populations through a variety of surveys and
future breeding bird atlas projects it is always interesting to see how
things change.  These initial nesting attempts of any species are an
interesting phenomenon for me to watch and to see if they will succeed in
extending their range or fail to do so only to remain as an exception to
the rule for a given species.  So, will I have Carolina wrens nest here in
the near future and will tufted titmice return?  Will they eventually
establish a nesting population in the area or was this an accident and
failed attempt?  It appears that both of these species are moving my way
but if they do succeed in breeding here just how long will it take and
where else may they show up next?  For me, this is just another reason to
watch birds.

Bill
FdL Co

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Date: 1/18/20 9:22 am
From: Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
e me think that, if an individual can fly, it is very likely to find new areas which are attractive and test them out for sustainability. Species that don't fly would move in a direction more slowly, like the northern expansion of opossums and armadillos. 
I wonder how that translates to the movement of plant species during this time of change. Perhaps, species with more mobile seeds, whether from their design or vectored by animal movements, may prove more adaptive to climate change.
Pam SkaarMadison, WI
On Friday, January 17, 2020, 01:59:44 PM CST, Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote:

Yes, it is curious as to why titmice haven’t moved into the North Kettle Moraine very quickly. But as you pointed out, Bill, there’s too much open land between the North and South Kettle Moraines with farms and rural areas which are devoid of any heavily forested areas. When I first joined the Benjamin Goss Bird Club back in October 1989, everyone was excited to come see “our” titmice. Several bird club members would stop by on New Year’s Day to add them to their year list. Alas, this no longer happens. When I worked at Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield and later in Delafield, customers started reporting them at their feeders as the years went by. We joked that “our” titmice were slowly expanding their progeny into nearby towns and cities.

As for the Carolina wren we hosted during the brutal winter of 1997, when temps dipped to 20 degrees below zero several times, the little wren managed to make it through until spring. He used a nearby brush pile for shelter and ate suet and a suet/peanut butter/cornmeal mixture that I still make today. (The over-wintering sapsucker is partial to it). In the spring he built a bulky nest in the little roost box under the deck, but despite singing constantly, he was never able to attract a mate. Since then, we’ve had a few Carolina wrens stop by the yard, but they never stay.



It will be interesting to see what happens over the next decade as climate change continues to make an impact. Perhaps we’ll see start to more Blue Grosbeaks and other south-of-the-border birds. And, maybe Carolina Wrens will become a more common backyard bird.



Anne Moretti

Town of Ottawa (near Dousman)

Waukesha Co.



From: Bill Volkert [mailto:<billvolkert11...>]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 10:54 AM
To: Anne Moretti; Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wisb] Pioneering Birds



Anne:



Thanks for your reply.  I would suggest that you put your roost/nest box out and see what happens.  I find it interesting that titmice have been nesting in the Southern Kettle Moraine as well as Green Lake County for over 25 years but have barely made it to the Northern Kettle Moraine.  While they have been expanding their range it seems to be a very slow progress, particularly in the eastern part of the state.  I believe that as a non-migratory species they probably don't disperse that far from their natal homes and with the extensive farm land in southeast Wisconsin this forest bird has some obstacles to overcome.  I would also assume that Carolina wrens may move into new areas more quickly as a result of their migratory habits.  Time will tell, but the comparison between the two Breeding Bird Atlas projects is already showing changes among some bird species in only 20 years time.  As landscapes and climate continue to change birds will respond to these changes - some positi
vely an
d others negatively.  These same changes will result in winners and losers and, as I always remind people, increasing bird populations among some species and endangered species are the result of the same thing.  Generalists often find new opportunities while specialists lose out on their unique habitat needs; diverse landscapes support a diversity species.



Thanks again and keep watching.



Bill



On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:56 PM Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote:

An interesting perspective, Bill. It does make sense. We saw a pair of
Carolina Wrens in our yard back on Dec 27th, but haven't seen them since.
We're hoping that they'll nest here. I've asked Pat to build a little
3-sided roost box to place under our upstairs deck for them in hopes that
they decide to nest here. As for titmice, we've had them since we moved in
30 years ago, but of course, they were in the South Kettle Moraine years
before we moved here, presumably. Good to know that both species are
expanding to the north. 

Anne

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Bill Volkert
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:56 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: [wisb] Pioneering Birds

Back in December I had the first Carolina wren visit our yard, making this
the 207th species found on our land.  I again saw this bird two days ago
and with the increase in Carolina wrens being sighted in Wisconsin over the
past few years I think about what the trend might be.  They appear to be
expanding their range but I wonder at what rate and where they will show up
next.
Several years ago I sighted the first tufted titmouse around our home as
well.  The next winter I had two individuals visiting my feeders and
eventually had a pair nest here.  They again raised a brood the following
year and now have disappeared altogether.  Perhaps these birds or another
pair has nested somewhere else in the neighborhood or maybe this was the
only pair and we will have to see if others may follow to try again
sometime in the future.  This seems to be one of two possible outcomes of
having these pioneering birds appear at the edge of their range.  No doubt
there will always be the stray bird that appears outside of its range and
it may return for several years in a row only to find that there are no
others of their kind in the area to mate with.  Even if they do nest they
may be the only pair in the area and if they fail to establish themselves
that local population may just disappear.

These alternative scenarios played themselves out at Horicon Marsh.
Black-necked stilts showed up, eventually nested, and have established
themselves with a growing population in the area.  On the other hand,
buffleheads nested in a wood duck box, raised a brood and returned to the
marsh only to disappear entirely.  It seems that these pioneering birds
either make it or break it in an attempt to establish a new population.
Whether others will follow eventually and succeed in extending the range of
a species is always possible, but in the case of the bufflehead this pair
was nesting well south of the normal range for this species and it seems to
have been more of an accident than a trend.

As we continue to monitor bird populations through a variety of surveys and
future breeding bird atlas projects it is always interesting to see how
things change.  These initial nesting attempts of any species are an
interesting phenomenon for me to watch and to see if they will succeed in
extending their range or fail to do so only to remain as an exception to
the rule for a given species.  So, will I have Carolina wrens nest here in
the near future and will tufted titmice return?  Will they eventually
establish a nesting population in the area or was this an accident and
failed attempt?  It appears that both of these species are moving my way
but if they do succeed in breeding here just how long will it take and
where else may they show up next?  For me, this is just another reason to
watch birds.

Bill
FdL Co

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Date: 1/17/20 5:27 pm
From: Thomas Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Correction to Mequon Nature Preserve directions
For some reason I posted that Mequon Nature Preserve was west of Cedarburg Road, which it is, but Cedarburg Road is much farther east. The directions should have said north of County Line Road and west of Wauwatosa Road ( which is called 76th St. south of County Line Road in Milwaukee County).
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Date: 1/17/20 3:33 pm
From: Thomas Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Harris's Sparrow in Ozaukee County
A Harris’s Sparrow is intermittently coming to the feeders at the Pieper Power Education Center in Mequon Nature Preserve, north of County Line Road and west of Cedarburg Road.
After I arrived, Jason, a staff member at the preserve who initially spotted the bird from his office a couple of days ago, said he had seen it this morning again, near the feeders on the north side of the building. Later Jiim F. stopped by and said he had good luck at the feeder on the west side of the building near the office entrance.
I spent over two hours checking all the feeders without seeing the sparrow. However, some people seem to have birding down to a science. Jack C. arrived, and though he later said he was short on time, he utilized his time quite well. I was walking the short trail west of the center hoping the bird might be lurking in the grasses. Almost immediately after Jack arrived, he waved his arms and I went back to the education center where Jack had spotted the bird in the same spot Jim had seen it!
When Jack had to leave, the bird flew to the pond area between the road and the center and remained hidden in the grasses, I presume.
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Date: 1/17/20 12:01 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Michigan
I decided to do a partial run of Lake Michigan this morning, given the upcoming storm. When I arrived at Port washington, there was lots of steam off the water in the marina/harbor. In about a half hour it lifted as the strong s.e. wind started. A check of the lake just south of the harbor yielded lots of ducks, geese and some gulls on the water. Some soon left, while others returned to the harbor to get out of the waves. Of note was a Gadwall, at least 2 Surf and @ White-winged Scoters plus standard waterfowl. I did not see any different gulls although visibility was not good at that time. When I returned to the harbor the steam was gone so I walked out along the harbor. A female Ruddy Duck was present and after a long time searching (in the wind) the Red-throated Loon appeared briefly.
Harrington Beach SP was zero! Kohler SP also was about zero, although a few birds were coming to the feeders.

Sheboygan had ice in part of the harbor with standard ducks and gulls plus an adult Great Black-backed. North Pt area produced nothing exciting. On the way home I stopped at the Lakeside Park (Fond du Lac) during the noon hour. The only bird of note was a Lesser Scaup.
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Date: 1/17/20 11:59 am
From: Anne Moretti <amoretti...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
Yes, it is curious as to why titmice haven’t moved into the North Kettle Moraine very quickly. But as you pointed out, Bill, there’s too much open land between the North and South Kettle Moraines with farms and rural areas which are devoid of any heavily forested areas. When I first joined the Benjamin Goss Bird Club back in October 1989, everyone was excited to come see “our” titmice. Several bird club members would stop by on New Year’s Day to add them to their year list. Alas, this no longer happens. When I worked at Wild Birds Unlimited in Brookfield and later in Delafield, customers started reporting them at their feeders as the years went by. We joked that “our” titmice were slowly expanding their progeny into nearby towns and cities.


As for the Carolina wren we hosted during the brutal winter of 1997, when temps dipped to 20 degrees below zero several times, the little wren managed to make it through until spring. He used a nearby brush pile for shelter and ate suet and a suet/peanut butter/cornmeal mixture that I still make today. (The over-wintering sapsucker is partial to it). In the spring he built a bulky nest in the little roost box under the deck, but despite singing constantly, he was never able to attract a mate. Since then, we’ve had a few Carolina wrens stop by the yard, but they never stay.



It will be interesting to see what happens over the next decade as climate change continues to make an impact. Perhaps we’ll see start to more Blue Grosbeaks and other south-of-the-border birds. And, maybe Carolina Wrens will become a more common backyard bird.



Anne Moretti

Town of Ottawa (near Dousman)

Waukesha Co.



From: Bill Volkert [mailto:<billvolkert11...>]
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2020 10:54 AM
To: Anne Moretti; Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: Re: [wisb] Pioneering Birds



Anne:



Thanks for your reply. I would suggest that you put your roost/nest box out and see what happens. I find it interesting that titmice have been nesting in the Southern Kettle Moraine as well as Green Lake County for over 25 years but have barely made it to the Northern Kettle Moraine. While they have been expanding their range it seems to be a very slow progress, particularly in the eastern part of the state. I believe that as a non-migratory species they probably don't disperse that far from their natal homes and with the extensive farm land in southeast Wisconsin this forest bird has some obstacles to overcome. I would also assume that Carolina wrens may move into new areas more quickly as a result of their migratory habits. Time will tell, but the comparison between the two Breeding Bird Atlas projects is already showing changes among some bird species in only 20 years time. As landscapes and climate continue to change birds will respond to these changes - some positively an
d others negatively. These same changes will result in winners and losers and, as I always remind people, increasing bird populations among some species and endangered species are the result of the same thing. Generalists often find new opportunities while specialists lose out on their unique habitat needs; diverse landscapes support a diversity species.



Thanks again and keep watching.



Bill



On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:56 PM Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote:

An interesting perspective, Bill. It does make sense. We saw a pair of
Carolina Wrens in our yard back on Dec 27th, but haven't seen them since.
We're hoping that they'll nest here. I've asked Pat to build a little
3-sided roost box to place under our upstairs deck for them in hopes that
they decide to nest here. As for titmice, we've had them since we moved in
30 years ago, but of course, they were in the South Kettle Moraine years
before we moved here, presumably. Good to know that both species are
expanding to the north.

Anne

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Bill Volkert
Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:56 AM
To: Wisconsin Bird Network
Subject: [wisb] Pioneering Birds

Back in December I had the first Carolina wren visit our yard, making this
the 207th species found on our land. I again saw this bird two days ago
and with the increase in Carolina wrens being sighted in Wisconsin over the
past few years I think about what the trend might be. They appear to be
expanding their range but I wonder at what rate and where they will show up
next.
Several years ago I sighted the first tufted titmouse around our home as
well. The next winter I had two individuals visiting my feeders and
eventually had a pair nest here. They again raised a brood the following
year and now have disappeared altogether. Perhaps these birds or another
pair has nested somewhere else in the neighborhood or maybe this was the
only pair and we will have to see if others may follow to try again
sometime in the future. This seems to be one of two possible outcomes of
having these pioneering birds appear at the edge of their range. No doubt
there will always be the stray bird that appears outside of its range and
it may return for several years in a row only to find that there are no
others of their kind in the area to mate with. Even if they do nest they
may be the only pair in the area and if they fail to establish themselves
that local population may just disappear.

These alternative scenarios played themselves out at Horicon Marsh.
Black-necked stilts showed up, eventually nested, and have established
themselves with a growing population in the area. On the other hand,
buffleheads nested in a wood duck box, raised a brood and returned to the
marsh only to disappear entirely. It seems that these pioneering birds
either make it or break it in an attempt to establish a new population.
Whether others will follow eventually and succeed in extending the range of
a species is always possible, but in the case of the bufflehead this pair
was nesting well south of the normal range for this species and it seems to
have been more of an accident than a trend.

As we continue to monitor bird populations through a variety of surveys and
future breeding bird atlas projects it is always interesting to see how
things change. These initial nesting attempts of any species are an
interesting phenomenon for me to watch and to see if they will succeed in
extending their range or fail to do so only to remain as an exception to
the rule for a given species. So, will I have Carolina wrens nest here in
the near future and will tufted titmice return? Will they eventually
establish a nesting population in the area or was this an accident and
failed attempt? It appears that both of these species are moving my way
but if they do succeed in breeding here just how long will it take and
where else may they show up next? For me, this is just another reason to
watch birds.

Bill
FdL Co

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Date: 1/17/20 11:52 am
From: Carl Schroeder <omiimiig...>
Subject: [wisb] Killsnake raptors
I circled the Killsnake SWA (Calumet Cty) today and saw a frenzy of
raptors. Over the 13 mile circuit there were 16 Rough-legs, 11 Red-tails, 3
Kestrels, a Harrier and a N Shrike (okay, not a raptor). The mice and voles
must have been terrorized.
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Date: 1/17/20 10:36 am
From: Steve <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Johnson Creek gulls


Went to Johnson Creek to see if there was still a variety of gulls . Although there were plenty of gulls at the landfill ,the only closer viewing was in the empty field, near Kohl’s.
Around 250 gulls when I first stopped, but there was turn over while I was there. I drove to the pond area and scoped the landfill, then came back to the first field. Some of the gulls were still the same ones ,but new one had come in.
I had 1 adult Kumlien’s Iceland, 1 adult Thayer’s type, which was hooded and had yellow eyes, 1 adult Lesser Black-backed, 1 adult Great Black-backed, 1 1st winter G B-b, 3 immature Glaucous and 1 adult Glaucous.
I think there was another Thayer’s type, but couldn’t get a good look.
It pays to hang out. The gulls would all get up and land again. Then you get to start all over.
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Date: 1/17/20 8:54 am
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Pioneering Birds
Anne:
Thanks for your reply. I would suggest that you put your roost/nest box
out and see what happens. I find it interesting that titmice have been
nesting in the Southern Kettle Moraine as well as Green Lake County for
over 25 years but have barely made it to the Northern Kettle Moraine.
While they have been expanding their range it seems to be a very slow
progress, particularly in the eastern part of the state. I believe that as
a non-migratory species they probably don't disperse that far from their
natal homes and with the extensive farm land in southeast Wisconsin this
forest bird has some obstacles to overcome. I would also assume that
Carolina wrens may move into new areas more quickly as a result of their
migratory habits. Time will tell, but the comparison between the two
Breeding Bird Atlas projects is already showing changes among some bird
species in only 20 years time. As landscapes and climate continue to
change birds will respond to these changes - some positively and others
negatively. These same changes will result in winners and losers and, as I
always remind people, increasing bird populations among some species and
endangered species are the result of the same thing. Generalists often
find new opportunities while specialists lose out on their unique habitat
needs; diverse landscapes support a diversity species.

Thanks again and keep watching.

Bill

On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 6:56 PM Anne Moretti <amoretti...> wrote:

> An interesting perspective, Bill. It does make sense. We saw a pair of
> Carolina Wrens in our yard back on Dec 27th, but haven't seen them since.
> We're hoping that they'll nest here. I've asked Pat to build a little
> 3-sided roost box to place under our upstairs deck for them in hopes that
> they decide to nest here. As for titmice, we've had them since we moved in
> 30 years ago, but of course, they were in the South Kettle Moraine years
> before we moved here, presumably. Good to know that both species are
> expanding to the north.
>
> Anne
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Bill Volkert
> Sent: Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:56 AM
> To: Wisconsin Bird Network
> Subject: [wisb] Pioneering Birds
>
> Back in December I had the first Carolina wren visit our yard, making this
> the 207th species found on our land. I again saw this bird two days ago
> and with the increase in Carolina wrens being sighted in Wisconsin over the
> past few years I think about what the trend might be. They appear to be
> expanding their range but I wonder at what rate and where they will show up
> next.
> Several years ago I sighted the first tufted titmouse around our home as
> well. The next winter I had two individuals visiting my feeders and
> eventually had a pair nest here. They again raised a brood the following
> year and now have disappeared altogether. Perhaps these birds or another
> pair has nested somewhere else in the neighborhood or maybe this was the
> only pair and we will have to see if others may follow to try again
> sometime in the future. This seems to be one of two possible outcomes of
> having these pioneering birds appear at the edge of their range. No doubt
> there will always be the stray bird that appears outside of its range and
> it may return for several years in a row only to find that there are no
> others of their kind in the area to mate with. Even if they do nest they
> may be the only pair in the area and if they fail to establish themselves
> that local population may just disappear.
>
> These alternative scenarios played themselves out at Horicon Marsh.
> Black-necked stilts showed up, eventually nested, and have established
> themselves with a growing population in the area. On the other hand,
> buffleheads nested in a wood duck box, raised a brood and returned to the
> marsh only to disappear entirely. It seems that these pioneering birds
> either make it or break it in an attempt to establish a new population.
> Whether others will follow eventually and succeed in extending the range of
> a species is always possible, but in the case of the bufflehead this pair
> was nesting well south of the normal range for this species and it seems to
> have been more of an accident than a trend.
>
> As we continue to monitor bird populations through a variety of surveys and
> future breeding bird atlas projects it is always interesting to see how
> things change. These initial nesting attempts of any species are an
> interesting phenomenon for me to watch and to see if they will succeed in
> extending their range or fail to do so only to remain as an exception to
> the rule for a given species. So, will I have Carolina wrens nest here in
> the near future and will tufted titmice return? Will they eventually
> establish a nesting population in the area or was this an accident and
> failed attempt? It appears that both of these species are moving my way
> but if they do succeed in breeding here just how long will it take and
> where else may they show up next? For me, this is just another reason to
> watch birds.
>
> Bill
> FdL Co
>
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Date: 1/16/20 7:56 pm
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Lake Park Duck Watch RESCHEDULED again
Due to the inclement weather forecast for Saturday, including a GALE
WARNING with high winds and waves up to 7 to 11 feet, the Lake Park Duck
Watch scheduled for this Saturday, January 18th, has been RESCHEDULED
for Saturday, January 25th.  Let's all hope for better weather next week!

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Date: 1/16/20 8:56 am
From: Bill Volkert <billvolkert11...>
Subject: [wisb] Pioneering Birds
Back in December I had the first Carolina wren visit our yard, making this
the 207th species found on our land. I again saw this bird two days ago
and with the increase in Carolina wrens being sighted in Wisconsin over the
past few years I think about what the trend might be. They appear to be
expanding their range but I wonder at what rate and where they will show up
next.
Several years ago I sighted the first tufted titmouse around our home as
well. The next winter I had two individuals visiting my feeders and
eventually had a pair nest here. They again raised a brood the following
year and now have disappeared altogether. Perhaps these birds or another
pair has nested somewhere else in the neighborhood or maybe this was the
only pair and we will have to see if others may follow to try again
sometime in the future. This seems to be one of two possible outcomes of
having these pioneering birds appear at the edge of their range. No doubt
there will always be the stray bird that appears outside of its range and
it may return for several years in a row only to find that there are no
others of their kind in the area to mate with. Even if they do nest they
may be the only pair in the area and if they fail to establish themselves
that local population may just disappear.

These alternative scenarios played themselves out at Horicon Marsh.
Black-necked stilts showed up, eventually nested, and have established
themselves with a growing population in the area. On the other hand,
buffleheads nested in a wood duck box, raised a brood and returned to the
marsh only to disappear entirely. It seems that these pioneering birds
either make it or break it in an attempt to establish a new population.
Whether others will follow eventually and succeed in extending the range of
a species is always possible, but in the case of the bufflehead this pair
was nesting well south of the normal range for this species and it seems to
have been more of an accident than a trend.

As we continue to monitor bird populations through a variety of surveys and
future breeding bird atlas projects it is always interesting to see how
things change. These initial nesting attempts of any species are an
interesting phenomenon for me to watch and to see if they will succeed in
extending their range or fail to do so only to remain as an exception to
the rule for a given species. So, will I have Carolina wrens nest here in
the near future and will tufted titmice return? Will they eventually
establish a nesting population in the area or was this an accident and
failed attempt? It appears that both of these species are moving my way
but if they do succeed in breeding here just how long will it take and
where else may they show up next? For me, this is just another reason to
watch birds.

Bill
FdL Co

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Date: 1/16/20 7:11 am
From: Tom Schultz <trschultz...>
Subject: [wisb] WSO Milwaukee Lakeshore field trip -- changing AGAIN!
Jeff Baughman and I are really bummed that Mother Nature is throwing us
another big curve ball, but once again the forecast for Saturday is sounding
pretty poor, with expectations of heavy snow in the forecast – with possible
chances for sleet or freezing rain at times (depending on the track of the
storm path).

So, we’ve decided to CHANGE the Milwaukee Lakeshore field trip to SUNDAY
(Jan. 19). It will likely be much colder that day, but at least the
precipitation will be gone. There will likely be wind, but it’s expected to
be from the northwest – which is better than coming in from off the lake.
If you are attending, you'll want to dress for very cold weather.

For information about the details of this field trip, please check the WSO
Events calendar -- which will be revised once again. https://wsobirds.org/

As always, WSO field trips are open to the public -- it is NOT necessary to
be a member or pre-register.

Tom Schultz
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Date: 1/15/20 10:47 am
From: James Schwarz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jfschwar for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Long tailed duck
The Long tailed Duck is still in the open water off the point of Governors Island at 12:30 pm.
Jim Schwarz
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Date: 1/14/20 3:40 pm
From: kevin seidel <seidelkevin25...>
Subject: [wisb] FOY Snowy?
No positive ID or verification, but I did see an appropriately sized/shaped owl in flight on Brice Prairie near Onalaska today about 5:00 pm.
Anyone else recently?

Kevin Seidel
Onalaska, LaCrosse county

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Date: 1/14/20 11:14 am
From: Cynthia Bridge <wi.hummingbirds...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Harlequin Duck - Lake Mendota
Mid afternoon, yesterday, I watched the bird fly to far SE section of the open water off of Governor’s Island. After scanning the birds again, I could not find the bird. I rescanned a few more times and did not refind it. I concluded it left the area. So it makes sense to learn it was refound elsewhere on the lake.

Cynthia Bridge
Madison, Dane Co

> On Jan 14, 2020, at 11:36 AM, Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>
> I saw the Harlequin this morning from the Tenney Park Boat launch.
>
> It was to the northeast along the shore. One would need a spotting scope from this vantage point as it it quite a distance. It was diving and drifted around a point where I could not longer see it after a few minutes. May be visible from Burrow’s Park.
>
> I am of course assuming that this is the same bird that was seen from Governor’s Island yesterday.
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Date: 1/14/20 9:36 am
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Harlequin Duck - Lake Mendota
I saw the Harlequin this morning from the Tenney Park Boat launch.

It was to the northeast along the shore. One would need a spotting scope from this vantage point as it it quite a distance. It was diving and drifted around a point where I could not longer see it after a few minutes. May be visible from Burrow’s Park.

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Date: 1/13/20 3:32 pm
From: Thomas Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Red-throated Loons in Port Washington/ Ozaukee County
Red-throated Loons were in Port Washington this afternoon. I saw one in the marina and it eventually moved in the direction of the harbor. When I went to Coal Dock Park I saw two, but probably one of them was the one that was in the marina. Hopefully, the rescheduled WSO field trip participants will see them this weekend.
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Date: 1/13/20 12:26 pm
From: Steve <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Dane Co. Long-tailed and Harlequin Duck
I believe it was Aaron Holschbach that found the Long-tailed Duck, yesterday. It was joined by the area female Harlequin . This out at the end of Governor’s Island. One needs to walk out to the point, to view an open area of water. A scope really helps. Plenty of other ducks, to observe. Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Date: 1/13/20 11:50 am
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] learn how bird populations are changing, and how we know
Join me at UW-Milwaukee's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on two Fridays
- January 24th and 31st, from 10:00-11:15 am on each day, for an
exploration of "Changing Bird Populations":
https://issuu.com/uw-milwaukee/docs/198300-c3-osher-spring-2020-catalog-for-issuu?fr=sNjJjOTQ4ODIxMw

These 2 sessions incorporate data from the just-completed 5 years of field
work on the 2nd Wisconsin Breeding Bird *Atlas* (WBBAII), plus the
half-century-plus of the Federal Breeding Bird *Survey (*BBS*)*, and for
some species, the even-longer time frame of the Christmas Bird *Counts (*
CBC).

Register at
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Date: 1/13/20 6:10 am
From: Steve Betchkal <stevebetchkal...>
Subject: [wisb] Anyone Have Great Photos of Albino Birds?
Or partial albino? Or melanistic?
Composing an article for the Eau Claire newspaper, and could use the
photo(s) for support. Will give credit.
Steve Betchkal
Eau Claire


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Date: 1/12/20 6:20 pm
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
The Friendship CBC circle includes agricultural areas, two small towns,
several bluffs (called mounds), wetlands, Castle Lake below the
Pettenwell Dam, and public land such as Roche a Cri State Park and
Quincy Bluff Nature Conservancy.
Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

On 1/12/2020 1:13 PM, Sandy Petersen wrote:
> Amazing list!
> Would be fun to hear what habitats you went through.
> Sandy
>
> On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 12:22 PM Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins
> <hopmoon...> <mailto:<hopmoon...>> wrote:
>
> The Friendship CBC in Adams County was held on January 4, 2020.
> This was
> our 14th year running this circle.  This year 22 birders logged 41
> species and 3,142 individual birds.  The full list is below. Birds
> marked with an * represent 14-year high count for a species.
> Thanks to
> everyone who worked together to make this a fun event!
>
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Date: 1/12/20 11:14 am
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Friendship CBC report
Amazing list!
Would be fun to hear what habitats you went through.
Sandy
On Sun, Jan 12, 2020 at 12:22 PM Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <
<hopmoon...> wrote:

> The Friendship CBC in Adams County was held on January 4, 2020. This was
> our 14th year running this circle. This year 22 birders logged 41
> species and 3,142 individual birds. The full list is below. Birds
> marked with an * represent 14-year high count for a species. Thanks to
> everyone who worked together to make this a fun event!
>
> Canada Goose - 495
>
> Mallard - 26
>
> Common Goldeneye - 14
>
> Common Merganser - 4
>
> Wild Turkey - 100
>
> Bald Eagle - 25
>
> Northern Harrier - 1
>
> Red-tailed Hawk - 13
>
> Rough-legged Hawk - 6
>
> Golden Eagle - 2
>
> Rock Pigeon - 175
>
> Mourning Dove - 97
>
> Barred Owl - 1
>
> Belted Kingfisher - 2
>
> Red-headed Woodpecker - 7
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker - 16
>
> Downy Woodpecker - 33
>
> Hairy Woodpecker - 20
>
> Northern Flicker - 3*
>
> Pileated Woodpecker - 11*
>
> Northern Shrike - 3*
>
> Blue Jay - 557*
>
> American Crow - 245
>
> Common Raven - 16
>
> Black-capped Chickadee - 203
>
> Tufted Titmouse - 6
>
> Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch - 50
>
> Brown Creeper - 2
>
> Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2
>
> American Robin - 30
>
> European Starling - 14
>
> Cedar Waxwing - 352*
>
> American Tree Sparrow - 11
>
> Dark-eyed Junco - 414
>
> Snow Bunting - 9
>
> Northern Cardinal - 43*
>
> House Finch - 42
>
> Common Redpoll - 2
>
> American Goldfinch - 11
>
> House Sparrow - 76
>
> Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Date: 1/12/20 10:22 am
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Friendship CBC report
The Friendship CBC in Adams County was held on January 4, 2020. This was
our 14th year running this circle.  This year 22 birders logged 41
species and 3,142 individual birds.  The full list is below.  Birds
marked with an * represent 14-year high count for a species.  Thanks to
everyone who worked together to make this a fun event!

Canada Goose - 495

Mallard - 26

Common Goldeneye - 14

Common Merganser - 4

Wild Turkey - 100

Bald Eagle - 25

Northern Harrier - 1

Red-tailed Hawk - 13

Rough-legged Hawk - 6

Golden Eagle - 2

Rock Pigeon - 175

Mourning Dove - 97

Barred Owl - 1

Belted Kingfisher - 2

Red-headed Woodpecker - 7

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 16

Downy Woodpecker - 33

Hairy Woodpecker - 20

Northern Flicker - 3*

Pileated Woodpecker - 11*

Northern Shrike - 3*

Blue Jay - 557*

American Crow - 245

Common Raven - 16

Black-capped Chickadee - 203

Tufted Titmouse - 6

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3

White-breasted Nuthatch - 50

Brown Creeper - 2

Golden-crowned Kinglet - 2

American Robin - 30

European Starling - 14

Cedar Waxwing - 352*

American Tree Sparrow - 11

Dark-eyed Junco - 414

Snow Bunting - 9

Northern Cardinal - 43*

House Finch - 42

Common Redpoll - 2

American Goldfinch - 11

House Sparrow - 76

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 1/10/20 3:31 pm
From: Jeff Baughman <jlbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] WSO FT POSTPONED
NOTICE: The WSO Milwaukee Lakefront field trip that was scheduled for
tomorrow (Jan.11) has be POSTPONED, due to the weather forecast (snow,
strong winds, etc.)...
We decided to move this trip to Saturday, Jan.18, and hopefully the weather
will be better then.

We start at the South Shore Yacht Club and work our way northward to Port
Washington and Sheboygan. There is no need to pre-register or be a WSO
member to attend this event. Details can be found on the Wisconsin Society
for Ornithology website - under Events.

Jeff Baughman & Tom Schultz
Fond du Lac & Green Lake Counties


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Date: 1/10/20 10:29 am
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Lake Park Duck Watch POSTPONED
Forgot to sign my name.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

On 1/10/2020 12:26 PM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins wrote:
> The Lake Park Duck Watch scheduled for tomorrow  has been postponed
> due to the high winds, freezing rain, and heavy snow forecast for
> Saturday.  The Duck Watch will instead be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY
> 18TH.  Meet at 11 a.m. along the Lake Michigan shoreline just north of
> Bradford Beach.
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Date: 1/10/20 10:27 am
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Park Duck Watch POSTPONED
The Lake Park Duck Watch scheduled for tomorrow  has been postponed due
to the high winds, freezing rain, and heavy snow forecast for Saturday. 
The Duck Watch will instead be held on SATURDAY, JANUARY 18TH.  Meet at
11 a.m. along the Lake Michigan shoreline just north of Bradford Beach.

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Date: 1/10/20 8:56 am
From: Tom Schultz <trschultz...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Saturday WSO field trip
Due to the unpleasant weather forecast (sleet, snow and very strong NE
winds) we’ve decided to POSTPONE the WSO Milwaukee Lakeshore field trip to
NEXT Saturday, Jan. 18.

Hopefully that day will provide much better weather!

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.


-----Original Message-----
From: Tom Schultz
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2020 11:33 PM
To: <hopmoon...> ; wisbirdn
Subject: Re: [wisb] Saturday WSO field trip

Jeff Baughman and I will discuss the weather tomorrow morning and make a
decision about Saturday's Milwaukee Lakeshore field trip. I agree that the
forecast isn't looking real good at this point...

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins
Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2020 10:12 PM
To: wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Saturday WSO field trip

What's the status for Saturday's WSO field trip? Weather forecast
appears pretty dodgy.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 1/9/20 9:35 pm
From: Tom Schultz <trschultz...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Saturday WSO field trip
Jeff Baughman and I will discuss the weather tomorrow morning and make a
decision about Saturday's Milwaukee Lakeshore field trip. I agree that the
forecast isn't looking real good at this point...

Tom Schultz
WSO Field Trips co-chair
Green Lake Co.

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Thursday, January 09, 2020 10:12 PM
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Subject: [wisb] Saturday WSO field trip

What's the status for Saturday's WSO field trip? Weather forecast
appears pretty dodgy.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 1/9/20 8:13 pm
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Saturday WSO field trip
What's the status for Saturday's WSO field trip?  Weather forecast
appears pretty dodgy.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 1/8/20 10:45 am
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Trying to get hold of Jeff Bahls
Jeff -
If you see this, email me.  I keep getting an "undeliverable" message when I try to reply to yours at  <jbahls...>


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Date: 1/8/20 10:08 am
From: d pan <birdmandan813...>
Subject: [wisb] Free tonight Milwaukee county
Reminder-
Tonight 6:30pm-8:00pm. Learn about and meet a few of the educational owls
from the SANC raptor program- Afterward, weather permitting we'll go
outside for a short owl prowl- Dress for the weather- Plenty of parking is
available and admission is free.
For more info see the link below
https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/event/bird-club-9/

Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county


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Date: 1/7/20 3:39 pm
From: d pan <birdmandan813...>
Subject: [wisb] Bird club tomorrow night- Milwaukee county
Tomorrow night 6:30pm-8:00pm. Learn about and meet a few of the
educational owls from the SANC raptor program- Afterward, weather
permitting we'll go outside for a short owl prowl- Dress for the weather-
Plenty of parking is available and admission is free.
For more info see the link below
https://www.schlitzaudubon.org/event/bird-club-9/

Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county


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Date: 1/7/20 1:55 pm
From: <dinderdahl...>
Subject: [wisb] Rosendale CBC results
Rosendale CBC was December 27th, with 37 species total. The raptors showed up to be counted! We had a Northern Goshawk for only the 3rd time ever, as well 6 Northern Harriers, a Sharp-shinned Hawk, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 28 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Rough-legged Hawk. There were 3 Eastern Screech-Owls and 3 Great Horned Owls.
A Pileated Woodpecker was spotted for the first time ever!
Others to note were a Golden-crowned Kinglet for only the 3rd time and a Swamp Sparrow for only the 2nd time. To make it even more special, all 4 unusual ones were found in one section of the count circle!
The rest of the list is as follows:
Canada Goose
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Northern Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Horned Lark
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
European Starling
Lapland Longspur
American Tree Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
A few who usually make an appearance but DIDN'T are Red-breasted Nuthatch, American Robin, Snow Bunting and Brown-headed Cowbird.

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Date: 1/7/20 9:59 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender chimneyswift1 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Sandhills over Jefferson County just now!
80 Sandhills flying south over Lake Mills just now! Had 50 going over yesterday about the same time of day. Noisy.

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Date: 1/6/20 8:38 pm
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] MKE - Snowy Owl 1/4/20 - images
Good evening,
There has been a Snowy Owl hanging around the airport the last month or so.
She is always hard to locate, but Saturday morning was sitting in the
grass, near the road. Always a great day when you can get an awesome view
of a snowy! Some pictures at the link below, if you are interested.

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/snowy-owl-at-mke-1-4-20/


Jeremy Meyer
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Date: 1/6/20 5:47 pm
From: Thomas Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Another spot to look for Harlequin Duck in Madison
Last week I failed to find the Harlequin Duck at the reported locations at the end of Capital Ave. and Spring Harbor Beach. However, Jim Schwarz posted that he had seen it at 11:00 A.M.,about 5 minutes after I left the Capital Ave. location, and many others saw it after that.
Today, I decided to give it a second try and had similar poor results in the morning. I had seen that one birder reported seeing the Harlequin at the end of Baker Ave., but then noted it moved to the end of Capital Ave. It was worth a try in the afternoon, and sure enough, the Harlequin was south of Baker Ave among a group of Mallards. Since Harlequins most often stay close to shore, it helps to try a number of spots, because the location where I saw it could not be seen from Capital Ave. There is a short dirt road out to the lake, so there is easy access at this point.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Date: 1/6/20 2:04 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] using eBird: ways to improve your checklists
https://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2020/01/using-ebird-ways-to-improve-your.html

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Date: 1/6/20 1:56 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] using eBird; ways to improve your checklists
https://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2020/01/using-ebird-ways-to-improve-your.html
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Date: 1/6/20 11:39 am
From: applenroy <applenroy...>
Subject: [wisb] northern Chippewa county...
A red-headed wood pecker has been here in Cornell for three days eating
suet dough with the hairys, downys, red-bellieds and piliateds!

This morning there was a flock of about a dozen robins on the south bike
trail near the
treatment plant.

Mary Hatleberg
Cornell, WI
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Date: 1/5/20 5:27 pm
From: Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...>
Subject: [wisb] Eagling in Sauk, Richland and Grant Counties
We went for a drive through the countryside today looking for eagles. We picked up Cty G north of Spring Green, then made a big loop on Cty B, Cummings Rd, Kessenich Rd, Marble Quarry Rd, and Bear Valley Rd. As we were climbing out of the valley heading east on Bear Valley Rd we saw two large birds flying in the opposite direction on the other side of the trees. We turned around and saw a pair of Golden Eagles flying around. At this point I discovered that I had left my camera at home. We watched for about a minute before they disappeared. An immature Bald Eagle then flew over, causing us to question our identification, but we're quite certain we saw two goldens. This is the area where J. Furchgott has been reporting goldens for several years.

We drove on to Sand Branch Rd south of Muscoda. It was quiet as we drove in and we were afraid we'd see nothing again. Then we noticed a large bird flying over a flock of upset crows. It was then joined by another and we watched two Golden Eagles soar along the edge of the side valley.

We stopped at the Ouren's to say hello and Richard said that a few minutes earlier he had seen two goldens flying over his barn. We were pleased we could confirm each other's sightings. Studnika Rd was dead again.

For the day we saw:
Bald Eagle: 18
Golden Eagle: 4
Red-tailed Hawk: 3
Rough-legged Hawk: 3
American Kestrel: 2


Ann & Dave Moffat
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Date: 1/5/20 2:27 pm
From: Steve <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Lake Shore


I stopped at a few spots ,this morning. The breakwater at the ferry dock ,was the best. There were 3 adult and 1 1st winter Great Black-backed Gulls, and 2 1st winter Kumlien’s Iceland Gulls. One of those was probably the whitest I’ve seen. Looked all white, except the all black bill. Seemed slightly smaller than the average Herring Gull.
Under the bridge, there were 2 female type White-winged Scoters. 1 More G B-b out on the far breakwater.
With the very strong south wind, the north point area had all most only Common Goldeneyes.
There are more gulls in Milwaukee, than usual, for this time of year. Most were on buildings, under the bridge.
I tried for the Goshawk, but missed. Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.

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Date: 1/4/20 9:26 am
From: Mark Korducki <korducki...>
Subject: [wisb] Email Address Update
I am getting rid of EarthLink account.

My new contact email is
<mark.korducki...>

Thank you

Mark Korducki, New Berlin
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Date: 1/4/20 8:35 am
From: Joe Riederer <wisbird.riederer...>
Subject: [wisb] Eagle at the Petenwell Dam?
Can anyone tell me if there is good eagle-watching at the Petenwell Dam
near Necedah? Can you recommend any other place for good viewing?
Thanks,

Joe Riederer
Town of Grant, Portage County
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Date: 1/4/20 8:26 am
From: d pan <birdmandan813...>
Subject: [wisb] Looking for John O'Donnell
Anyone have his Email by chance? John, are you out there?
Thanks in advance,

Dan Panetti
S.E. Ozaukee county


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Date: 1/3/20 10:03 pm
From: James Schwarz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jfschwar for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Harlequin Duck remains at Lake Mendota
At 11:00 the female Harlequin Duck continued to feed with a small group of Common Goldeneye near the end of Capital Avenue. It was a close view again today, Friday, looking toward Bakers Avenue (left of Capital Ave when facing the lake). Binoculars would have given a good view today.
Jim Schwarz
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Date: 1/3/20 4:36 pm
From: Peter Hinow <peter.hinow...>
Subject: [wisb] Wehr Nature Center, Milwaukee Co. today
Today I met lots of birders looking for a Goshawk at Wehr Nature Center. I
did not hear that anyone had luck. I personally had a "photo-lifer", a
Tufted Titmouse at the feeders and in the woods. A beautiful Red-tailed
Hawk was sitting in a tree near the building at all times. Otherwise, the
usual suspects, Blue Jays, Juncos, Mourning Doves, Waxwings and Cardinals
aplenty. And a pair of White-tailed Deer walked toward me until I could
almost touch them.
Happy New Year!
Peter Hinow,
Milwaukee

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Date: 1/3/20 12:40 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] learn bird song in an 8-week class (UW-Milwaukee Field Station; February & March)
Learn bird song in an 8-week class (UW-Milwaukee Field Station; February &
March)
There are sill some opening for this class:
https://uwm.edu/field-station/workshops/spring-workshops/
William P. Mueller

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Date: 1/3/20 11:44 am
From: Brenna Marsicek <bmarsicek...>
Subject: [wisb] Madison CBC results
Happy New Year all!
The Madison CBC was held on Dec. 14, and we've now just finished compiling
the data. If you're interested, results are below.

Observed species: 93
Individual birds: 45,227
Birders: 152 (137 in field, 15 at feeders)

Cackling Goose - 11
Canada Goose - 12,620
Trumpeter Swan - 5
Tundra Swan - 1,159
Duck spp. - 7
Gadwall - 114
American Wigeon - 9
American Black Duck - 21
Mallard - 4,115
Northern Shoveler - 447
Northern Pintail - 1
Green-winged Teal - 7
Canvasback - 172
Redhead - 103
Ring-necked Duck - 39
Greater Scaup - 5
Lesser Scaup - 73
White-winged Scoter - 2
Bufflehead - 241
Common Goldeneye - 2,317
Hooded Merganser - 9
Common Merganser - 4,309
Red-Breasted Merganser - 5
Ruddy Duck - 26
Ruffed Grouse - 1
Wild Turkey - 248
Pied-billed Grebe - 1
Horned Grebe - 1
Great Blue Heron - 2
Northern Harrier - 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 5
Cooper's Hawk - 20
Bald Eagle - 50
Red-tailed Hawk - 135
Rough-legged Hawk - 1
American Coot - 174
Sandhill Crane - 257
Gull spp. - 104
Ring-billed Gull - 683
Herring Gull - 1,725
Great Black-backed Gull - 1
Iceland Gull - 1
Glaucous Gull - 1
Rock Pigeon - 344
Mourning Dove - 371
Eastern Screech Owl - 3
Great Horned Owl - 26
Barred Owl - 4
Northern Saw-whet Owl - 1
Belted Kingfisher - 7
Red-headed Woodpecker - 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 244
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 332
Hairy Woodpecker - 126
Northern Flicker - 11
Pileated Woodpecker - 3
American Kestrel - 2
Merlin - 1
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Northern Shrike - 6
Blue Jay - 192
American Crow - 689
Horned Lark - 25
Black-capped Chickadee - 984
Tufted Titmouse - 23
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 4
White-breasted Nuthatch - 341
Brown Creeper - 50
Winter Wren - 3
Carolina Wren - 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet - 9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
Eastern Bluebird - 4
American Robin - 70
European Starling - 1,303
Cedar Waxwing - 135
Lapland Longspur - 1
American Tree Sparrow - 400
Fox Sparrow - 4
Dark-eyed Junco - 1,024
White-throated Sparrow - 15
Song Sparrow - 19
Swamp Sparrow - 7
Eastern Towhee - 1
Northern Cardinal - 652
Red-winged Blackbird - 5
Common Grackle - 33
Brown-headed Cowbird - 11
House Finch - 519
Pine Siskin - 8
American Goldfinch - 635
House Sparrow - 2,077

Notable misses (Not observed in 2019, but observed more than 25 times
previously -- number of years previously spotted on the Madison CBC count
are in parentheses).

Wood duck (39)
Ringed neck pheasant (69)
Common loon (25)
Hermit thrush (36)
Snow bunting (39)
White-crowned sparrow (25)
Common redpoll (46)

Thanks much,
Brenna Marsicek
Madison, Dane County, WI


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Date: 1/3/20 11:19 am
From: Steve <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Johnson Creek gulls


The gulls were only in the landfill and the pond, while I was there. Had 400 gulls almost all the time I was there. I watched for a hour, and while I was leaving more came in. So, I scoped another half hour. Had 4 Glaucous Gulls (one adult, rest immature), 1 Lesser Black-backed Gull (near adult) and 5 Iceland gulls. 3 Iceland’s were adults, one with mostly white primaries and some gray. 2 were typical Thayer’s adults , and 2 were immatures. One was the usual paler one and 1 a typical 1st winter Thayer’s. Missed Great Black-backed Gull.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.

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Date: 1/3/20 8:38 am
From: Susan anderson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender susan331 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] ST Croix County
Hello, Normally, I post from Burnett Co. But today I am kid sitting in St Croix. Any birding tips in St Croix?? We are close to Carpenter Nature Center campus. Susan Anderson

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Date: 1/3/20 7:19 am
From: Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Devil's Lake - Golden Eagle
I meant to add that we drove along the Wisconsin River between Sauk City and Prairie du Sac looking for Bald Eagles. Nothing, which really amazed us. There was a small fishing boat, however, which really amazed us. Lots of Canada Geese. We checked out the dam and saw one immature eagle. Also three fishing boats.

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Subject: [wisb] Devil's Lake - Golden Eagle

We took advantage of the wind and nice day yesterday and went to Devil's Lake to look for the Golden Eagle reported there (we struck out when we looked a week earlier). We drove on South Lake Rd from Cty DL to the admission station and back and didn't see anything. We looked west down the valley from the Roznos Meadow Trailhead parking lot and finally saw a Golden Eagle soaring. We watched this bird for about 30 minutes. It would fly around the bowl of the Old Sandstone Area (the old quarry), then land in a tree for 5-10 minutes. We saw the bird perch three times. When it flew below the skyline it blended in very well. If you didn't watch the bird perch, you'd never find it. After one perch, it carried off some sticks in its mouth.

The best place to see anything was from the trailhead parking lot. There is a pullout on South Lake Rd at the Old Sandstone Trailhead but you're too close to the trees and bluffs to see anything. There's a slight clearing about 0.2 mi west of the pullout but no good place to park.

Dave and Ann Moffat
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Date: 1/3/20 7:10 am
From: Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...>
Subject: [wisb] Dane County - Short-eared Owls
Having had luck with the Devil's Lake Golden Eagle, we decided to check out Short-eared Owls on Bellbrook Rd yesterday evening.

We arrived around four. There were already several cars parked along the road and scopes were out (this was near where Story Creek crosses Bellbrook Rd). At first there were two owls flying over the fields on the south side of the road. You could hear them calling to each other as they were flying. At one point, one of the owls chased off a northern harrier. Then two more owls appeared on the north side of the road. We were told that the birds started flying around 3:30.

On the way home we asked ourselves what made these fields special. Why weren't the owls flying over adjacent fields. As we were driving north on Hwy 69, I saw something flying above a field silhouetted against the sky. We pulled off Hwy 69 onto Schaller Rd and watched and finally saw three birds flying around. We never answered our question, but we did see owls much closer to our place. We'll have to check it out again.

Dave & Ann Moffat
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Date: 1/3/20 7:02 am
From: Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...>
Subject: [wisb] Devil's Lake - Golden Eagle
We took advantage of the wind and nice day yesterday and went to Devil's Lake to look for the Golden Eagle reported there (we struck out when we looked a week earlier). We drove on South Lake Rd from Cty DL to the admission station and back and didn't see anything. We looked west down the valley from the Roznos Meadow Trailhead parking lot and finally saw a Golden Eagle soaring. We watched this bird for about 30 minutes. It would fly around the bowl of the Old Sandstone Area (the old quarry), then land in a tree for 5-10 minutes. We saw the bird perch three times. When it flew below the skyline it blended in very well. If you didn't watch the bird perch, you'd never find it. After one perch, it carried off some sticks in its mouth.

The best place to see anything was from the trailhead parking lot. There is a pullout on South Lake Rd at the Old Sandstone Trailhead but you're too close to the trees and bluffs to see anything. There's a slight clearing about 0.2 mi west of the pullout but no good place to park.

Dave and Ann Moffat
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Date: 1/3/20 6:16 am
From: d pan <birdmandan813...>
Subject: [wisb] FOY 2020
Dark eyed junco hanging out in our Burr Oak
Dan Panetti
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Date: 1/2/20 2:13 pm
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, January 2, 2020
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, January 2, 2020
37 degrees
Mostly sunny
9 birders

Total Species: 12


20 Mallard
2 Red-breasted Merganser
15 Rock Pigeon
9 Herring Gull
3 Downy Woodpecker
11 Black-capped Chickadee
7 White-breasted Nuthatch
15 European Starling
2 House Sparrow
12 American Goldfinch

2 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Northern Cardinal

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Date: 1/2/20 7:50 am
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Subject: [wisb] First Bird of the Year


My 1st of 2020 was a Downy Woodpecker at our feeders. About 10 minutes later a Cooper’s Hawk buzzed the feeders and everyone scattered. Unfortunately a Hairy WP hit our window with great speed as he tried to evade the Cooper. He did not survive. The Coop did not return which in a way was also sad since there was his prey lying in the grass.

On our Jan 1 birding we got 26 species including a 1st year No. Harrier in a field feeding on something he caught before being harassed by crows. We also saw a small flock of Snow Buntings.

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Date: 1/2/20 7:01 am
From: Ken & Barb <bkw...>
Subject: [wisb] First of Year Bird
We have been blessed the last several weeks with a grey phase Eastern
Screech Owl in our backyard owl box. Usually it pokes its head out at dusk.
Yesterday morning just before dawn it was our first of the year bird,
surveying the yard, hopefully after a successful new year's eve hunt. It was
quickly followed by many male & female Northern Cardinals.


Good birding in 2020.



Ken & Barb Wardius

Glendale, Milwaukee County



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Date: 1/2/20 7:01 am
From: Sharon Swiggum <sgswiggum...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year [Richland County]
1st at 7:04 a.m. Northern Cardinal
2nd at 7:14 a.m. Eastern Bluebird

2019 was first for bluebirds to visit my in town feeder. Happy that they
stayed for winter.

Happy Birding Year!
Sharon Swiggum

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Date: 1/2/20 5:50 am
From: Suzanne Harp <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender suzharp for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] First bird
A big Hairy deal was my first hindsight year bird.
On my suet feeder in Madison. Happy birding!
Suzanne Harp

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.
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Date: 1/2/20 5:39 am
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year


My first bird was the adorable chatty group of House Sparrows that moved into the bush in front of my home this year.

Happy New Year & good birding to all for 2020!!

- Tracy Chiconas
Mil Co
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On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, 2:45:15 PM CST, Donald Maum <dgmaum...> wrote:





First bird of 2020 was a crow. Not a bad day, though. In Green Lake County, we also saw 2 adult bald eagles, a female harrier, blue jay, and chickadees.  There was a large flock of gulls out on open water on Big Green Lake, but too far away for making an I.d. Happy New Year!

Donald Maum
Sauk City, WI
Sauk County

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> On Jan 1, 2020, at 11:48 AM, Gregory Neu <gneubirdphotographer...> wrote:
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> Happy New Year to all!
> Our first bird of the year was a beautiful male Northern Cardinal on our
> feeder system.  Shortly thereafter we had six Bluejays, male and female
> Downy Woodpeckers, and a male Red-bellied Woodpecker arrive for their early
> morning new year meal!  Much activity around the feeders between 7:30 and
> 8:30 a.m.
>
> Greg Neu
> Waukesha, Waukesha County
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>> On Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 9:50 AM Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike...>
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>>
>> Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a
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Date: 1/2/20 12:14 am
From: Gloria Shiraef <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender shiraev for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Happy New Year!

For us the very first was an immature Red-tailed Hawk, one that we see with regularity that has a band on the right leg.

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Date: 1/1/20 6:17 pm
From: bonnie rozman <bmrozman...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
We arrived in Hazelhurst Monday to find 2 feeders with a few sunflower
seeds . remaining. We had a nice group of chickadees, red and white
breasted nuthatch, yellow finch, red bellied woodpecker and a black
squirrel. Today 3 bluejays joined the platform feeders.
Bonnie Rozman, Oneida Cty
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Date: 1/1/20 4:44 pm
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Sue's first bird of the year at 5:00 a.m. was a great horned owl.
Mark and Sue
Arlington Wi

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> My first is chickadee, what could be better!
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Date: 1/1/20 4:01 pm
From: Peg Zappen <pzappen...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
My first is chickadee, what could be better!
Peg Zappen
Trempealeau County

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Date: 1/1/20 4:01 pm
From: Hans Wagner <hanswagner380...>
Subject: [wisb] Happy New Year and 1st bird
Happy new year everyone!
My first bird of the year story is not very exciting (it is hard to go
birding with a 2 year old). Technically, my first bird was a crow, but my
first bird of significance to me was seeing a Brown Creeper at my feeder.
It was my first time seeing one and it was nice to put another species down
on my life list!

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Date: 1/1/20 2:38 pm
From: Tom Sykes <sykes...>
Subject: [wisb] 1st bird species 2020
A Happy New Year to all on Wisbirdn! According to my calculations, Wisbirdn will be 19 years old in October 2020. Would be interesting to chart the most common 1st year bird over this time span but I’m afraid that data just isn’t available. Even Bob Domagalski would be challenged but it wouldn’t surprise me if he came up with something.

!st year bird here in southeast AZ was an Anna’s Hummingbird. Not at all uncommon through the year owing to their ability to go into a torpor when overnight lows are chilly. Here in Sierra Vista at 4700 feet it’s not too unusual to dip below freezing overnight in what passes for a winter season. And snow is no stranger. Reminds us of Wisconsin somewhat - except for the abundance of cacti.

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Date: 1/1/20 1:43 pm
From: Susan Hoffert <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender shoffert for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Nice! I’m happy with my blue jay considering a flock of starlings arrived immediately after!

Susan Hoffert
Gills Rock

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Date: 1/1/20 1:32 pm
From: Victoria Sokolowski <vasladyvet...>
Subject: [wisb] 1st bird of the year
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Date: 1/1/20 1:21 pm
From: Chad Bulen <chadbulen...>
Subject: [wisb] FOY RWBB. NW Waukesha Cty
Woke up to see the usual suspects (mourning dove, finches, juncos and cardinal) on my feeders as my first birds of 2020. Then my father called to inform me his First was a RedWinged BlackBird!!! I laughed and said “nice try”. Then he sent me a picture to confirm. Sure enough! A small flock had shown up on his feeders. I can’t recall ever seeing a RWBB this late (or early) in the winter season. Anyone else have them around?
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Date: 1/1/20 1:16 pm
From: Charlotte Lukes <clukes...>
Subject: [wisb] 1st bird in the new year
The first bird at the Marvel Meal feeder this morning was a male pileated
with another male in a nearby tree waiting his turn.
Charlotte Lukes

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Date: 1/1/20 12:45 pm
From: Donald Maum <dgmaum...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
First bird of 2020 was a crow. Not a bad day, though. In Green Lake County, we also saw 2 adult bald eagles, a female harrier, blue jay, and chickadees. There was a large flock of gulls out on open water on Big Green Lake, but too far away for making an I.d. Happy New Year!

Donald Maum
Sauk City, WI
Sauk County

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> On Jan 1, 2020, at 11:48 AM, Gregory Neu <gneubirdphotographer...> wrote:
>
> Happy New Year to all!
> Our first bird of the year was a beautiful male Northern Cardinal on our
> feeder system. Shortly thereafter we had six Bluejays, male and female
> Downy Woodpeckers, and a male Red-bellied Woodpecker arrive for their early
> morning new year meal! Much activity around the feeders between 7:30 and
> 8:30 a.m.
>
> Greg Neu
> Waukesha, Waukesha County
>
>> On Wed, Jan 1, 2020 at 9:50 AM Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a
>> male Belted Kingfisher. Other unusual sightings for us were a male Common
>> Merganser and an American Coot which was a property bird for us.
>> Brian Doverspike
>> Baraboo, Sauk County
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Date: 1/1/20 10:33 am
From: PAUL R VAN GINKEL <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender prvangin for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Spring Harbor, Lake Mendota, Dane Co
This morning 11-noon

1 Harlequin duck (flew off towards Lake street boat launch after a bald eagle flew over)
3 American black ducks
100+ Common goldeneyes
~25 Common mergansers
~25 Buffleheads
50+ Tundra swans
Canada Geese
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Date: 1/1/20 10:01 am
From: Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Greetings;  My first bird was a singing bluebird at a food store parking
lot in Mequon.

Hoping for a great birding year for us all.    Tom  Schmidtkunz,
Bayside, Wis.


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> Good morning,
> I had 3 Mourning Doves, keeping tight to the house sitting in the sun, when
> I let the dog out earlier. Happy New Year to everyone!!!
>
> Have a great day,
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> On Wed, Jan 1, 2020, 9:50 AM Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike...>
> wrote:
>
>> Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a
>> male Belted Kingfisher. Other unusual sightings for us were a male Common
>> Merganser and an American Coot which was a property bird for us.
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Date: 1/1/20 9:48 am
From: Gregory Neu <gneubirdphotographer...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Happy New Year to all!
Our first bird of the year was a beautiful male Northern Cardinal on our
feeder system. Shortly thereafter we had six Bluejays, male and female
Downy Woodpeckers, and a male Red-bellied Woodpecker arrive for their early
morning new year meal! Much activity around the feeders between 7:30 and
8:30 a.m.

Greg Neu
Waukesha, Waukesha County

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> Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a
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> Merganser and an American Coot which was a property bird for us.
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Date: 1/1/20 8:32 am
From: Thomas Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Dark-eyed Juncos arrived under the feeder just before sunrise. Later a White-throated Sparrow made an appearance, but as usual, remained for just a few seconds.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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> On Jan 1, 2020, at 10:21 AM, Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...> wrote:
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> Good morning,
> I had 3 Mourning Doves, keeping tight to the house sitting in the sun, when
> I let the dog out earlier. Happy New Year to everyone!!!
>
> Have a great day,
> Jeremy Meyer
> Franklin, Milwaukee
> www.jmeyerphotography.net
>
>> On Wed, Jan 1, 2020, 9:50 AM Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a
>> male Belted Kingfisher. Other unusual sightings for us were a male Common
>> Merganser and an American Coot which was a property bird for us.
>> Brian Doverspike
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Date: 1/1/20 8:21 am
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: 1st bird of the year
Good morning,
I had 3 Mourning Doves, keeping tight to the house sitting in the sun, when
I let the dog out earlier. Happy New Year to everyone!!!

Have a great day,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
www.jmeyerphotography.net

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> Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a
> male Belted Kingfisher. Other unusual sightings for us were a male Common
> Merganser and an American Coot which was a property bird for us.
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Date: 1/1/20 7:50 am
From: Brian Doverspike <briandoverspike...>
Subject: [wisb] 1st bird of the year
Our 1st bird of the year at our house near Baraboo in Sauk County was a male Belted Kingfisher. Other unusual sightings for us were a male Common Merganser and an American Coot which was a property bird for us.
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Date: 1/1/20 7:12 am
From: Robert Mead <carolbob7...>
Subject: [wisb] Foy Flicker
Happy New Year:
My first bird of the year was a male Northern Flicker roosting in the birch
tree outside my bedroom.
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Date: 12/31/19 6:43 pm
From: Seegert, Greg <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender gseegert for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Better late than never
All
As the end of the year approached, I looked at my ABA list and decided to try to fill a few gaps. This started several days ago when I stopped at Bong WMA to try for SE owls at dusk. No owls. Strike 1 on SE owls. A couple of days later I went along L Michigan to try for G Black Backed Gull. I started at Sheboygan and it was terrible. Next stop was Manitowoc and it was even worse. Continuing N the next stop was Two Rivers. Here there was a group of about 50 gulls in the river. Among them was one G Black Backed (FOY) . On the way back, I stopped at Killsnake WMA to look for SE owls. I stayed til it was too dark to see but no owls....Strike 2. I had heard SE owls were being seen along Bellbrook RD in Brooklyn WMA so I went there on the 28th. Again no owls....Strike 3. Today I drove around the E side of Horicon Marsh. Just before entering Dike Rd, I found a rough-legged hawk....FOY. Driving various backroads I came upon several flocks of snow buntings. On CTH A about 3
mi W of US 151 I found a flock of mostly horned larks but in with them was one Lapland longspur....another FOY. Later, I found a large flock of Longspurs on CTH G in Dodge Co. only about 4 mi from where I live. Then I went back to Bellbrook Rd. At about 1640 today at least 2 SE owls came out. Finally!!! It took me only 364 days to find this sp. this year. Better late than never.

I ended the year with 506 ABA spp including 2 life birds....red-flanked bluetail (CA) and Antillean palm swift (FL).

Greg Seegert
Beaver Dam

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Date: 12/31/19 3:03 pm
From: Kelly Rueckheim <rueckel27...>
Subject: [wisb] Madison Harlequin Duck Still Present on 12/30

________________________________

The Harlequin Duck previously reported from Spring Harbor Beach on Lake Mendota was still present as of 3:30 PM Monday (12/30). It took some patience to find it as it was in a mixed group of ducks, geese and swans and it was diving frequently. I was not able to find it initially while at the beach. I went down the road a bit and was able to spot it from the Capitol Avenue Street End Park. It was much closer to Spring Harbor Beach and when I went back there I was able to get a good look.

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Date: 12/31/19 2:27 pm
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Swans by Willows
There were around 250 swans on University Bay near the outlet of Willows Creek, Mon. Seen at 4pm. There was some ice, and it started to snow. There were also around 30 geese and some ducks.
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Date: 12/31/19 5:48 am
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Wisconsin birding, the year in review 2019. Includes vagrants, special visitors, etc, some images...
Hi all,
I have put together a collection of some of the Wisconsin birding moments
from the year 2019. The collection includes vagrants, special visitors, or
just the beautiful birds that nest here or migrate through the state of
Wisconsin. All images were taken in 2019. It was a very exciting year with
the birds and also birding with some old birding friends and meeting some
new ones, too. Thanks to everyone who helped make this happen.

When putting this post together, once again, it amazes me what birds were
seen this year here in Wisconsin!

Link to the Wisconsin birding Year in Review 2019 images below if you care
to view them:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/wisconsin-birding-the-year-in-review-2019-includes-vagrants-special-visitors-or-just-the-beautiful-birds-that-either-nest-here-or-migrate-through-the-state-of-wisconsin/
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Thank you, good birding in 2020 and Happy New Year!

Jim Edlhuber

Town of Genesee Waukesha Co

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Date: 12/30/19 4:35 pm
From: Deborah Turski <dlturski...>
Subject: [wisb] ebird link for Ovenbird, Madison
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62778973
(sorry- omitted earlier! Thanks, Nansi!)


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Date: 12/30/19 11:32 am
From: Deborah Turski <dlturski...>
Subject: [wisb] Ovenbird in Madison
Hello
This bird has been popping in and out of bushes around feeders, west side
Madison since Dec 27. Photos on ebird. Our strange weather must be tricking
these guys who should be on their Caribbean "vacation". And now it's
getting COLD.
Deb Turski
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Date: 12/28/19 8:54 pm
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] Dunn County - Varied Thrush - images
Good evening,
Yesterday, Lorri and I drove up to UW-Stout in hope of seeing the thrush.
We arrived about 7:15am and it appeared shortly after, along with the
robins. Beautiful male and a life bird for both of us! Pictures sure don't
do the bird any justice, as seeing it in person is spectacular!

We then drove to Buena Vista, hoping to see the male Snowy Owl. We did not
find any Snowy Owls. On the way over, we had several Red-tailed Hawks, Bald
Eagles, crows and ravens. In Buena Vista, we also had several Rough-legged
Hawks, Northern Harriers and American Kestrels. We saw 38 Greater
Prairie-Chickens flush, from pretty far back off Lake Rd. and fly a short
distance east. Those were life birds for me! There are some images from the
day, at the link below, if you are interested.

http://www.jmeyerphotography.net/road-trip-12-27-19/


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Date: 12/28/19 11:37 am
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] White-winged Scoter ~ Petroleum Pier MKE Co 12/28/19, some images...
Hi all,
Birding along the lakefront in Milwaukee this morning one of the highlights
was a female White-winged Scoter neat the Petroleum Pier. It dove while I
was there coming up with mussels to eat. A drab duck but always nice to see
something different this time of year. Another species to note, there were
two Great Black-backed Gulls on ice in the Kinnickinnic River at Jones
Island. A gloomy day with some light drizzle, mild temps of 40 degrees, and
a light breeze while birding the lakefront this morning.

A couple images of the White-winged Scoter at the link below if you care to
view them:

*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/white-winged-scoter-at-the-petroleum-pier-on-milwaukees-lakefront-on-december-28-2019/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/white-winged-scoter-at-the-petroleum-pier-on-milwaukees-lakefront-on-december-28-2019/>*

Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Date: 12/28/19 11:15 am
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, December 26, 2019
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 26, 2019
45 degrees
Partly cloudy
6 birders

Total Species: 15


12 Canada Goose
15 Mallard
25 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
3 Herring Gull
3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
7 American Crow
12 Black-capped Chickadee
5 White-breasted Nuthatch

5 House Sparrow
2 House Finch
19 American Goldfinch
5 Dark-eyed Junco
2 Northern Cardinal

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Date: 12/27/19 4:53 pm
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Short-eared Owls - Brooklynn Wildlife
Late this aft I went down to Bellbrook Rd south of Oregon in Dane Co to
check for Short-eared Owls. Just after 4 pm I saw one fly over the field
north of Bellbrook. In the next 1/2 hour I observed at least 4 SEOWs flying
around but none came close to the road although they did fly to the south
side but far away when they did. There were about 5-6 other cars in the
area.
Pat Ready
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Date: 12/27/19 9:07 am
From: Gina Szablewski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ginaszablewski for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] scarlet tanager
Hello!

I am new to the WISBIRDN list but definitely not new to birding. I generally bird in southeastern Wisconsin but occasionally in other parts of the state. This is my fourth year participating in Feederwatch, and I rarely report on ebird. I am on the board of Friends of Estabrook Park in Milwaukee County and do most of my birding in the spring there; it is right across the street. I teach geology at UWMilwaukee.

There has been a female scarlet tanager hanging out in my yard for the past 2 weeks. She is doing well. I have put out oranges for her, and she is eating seeds, suet, and peanuts too. If you are interested in seeing her, she is located on the corner of Woodruff and Congress in Shorewood. I have many photos of her, and she has been verified by a handful of other seasoned birders.

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Date: 12/27/19 7:36 am
From: walter kugler jr <walterkbeesjr...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Chickadee Mythbusters Needed
Joe. "The Black-capped Chickadee" by Susan M. Smith is a good reference
book about the chickadee. Just briefly reading/scanning now, I didn't
actually see anything about growing 1000 "extra feathers" but did read that
EVERY feather is replaced during the late summer (July-August) that lasts
"two to three months.
On Fri, Dec 27, 2019 at 8:23 AM Joe Riederer <wisbird.riederer...>
wrote:

> I am working on a document to use in my middle school science class about
> how wildlife survives in winter. The initial plan is to feature a range of
> critters my students are familiar with that use a variety of survival
> strategies. (migration, hibernation, freezing solid into a frogcicle,
> etc.).
> I am coming across conflicting information about the chickadee.
> Occasionally, I find websites that mention that the chickadee will grow
> 1000 extra feathers for insulation. Most often this is added as a throwaway
> sentence without any references. More extensive websites like those from
> Cornell don't mention the additional feathers. They do describe chickadees
> as only molting once in late summer/early fall.
>
> I want to avoid giving my students inaccurate information that they will
> carry with them for the rest of their lives. Can someone help me out? Do
> chickadees grow a 1000 extra feathers to prepare for winter, or is this a
> myth like Bigfoot and those imaginary black and white striped horses?
>
> Thanks for any help you can provide!
> Joe Riederer
> Town of Grant, Portage County
> @Joe_Riederer on Instagram
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Date: 12/27/19 6:23 am
From: Joe Riederer <wisbird.riederer...>
Subject: [wisb] Chickadee Mythbusters Needed
I am working on a document to use in my middle school science class about
how wildlife survives in winter. The initial plan is to feature a range of
critters my students are familiar with that use a variety of survival
strategies. (migration, hibernation, freezing solid into a frogcicle,
etc.).
I am coming across conflicting information about the chickadee.
Occasionally, I find websites that mention that the chickadee will grow
1000 extra feathers for insulation. Most often this is added as a throwaway
sentence without any references. More extensive websites like those from
Cornell don't mention the additional feathers. They do describe chickadees
as only molting once in late summer/early fall.

I want to avoid giving my students inaccurate information that they will
carry with them for the rest of their lives. Can someone help me out? Do
chickadees grow a 1000 extra feathers to prepare for winter, or is this a
myth like Bigfoot and those imaginary black and white striped horses?

Thanks for any help you can provide!
Joe Riederer
Town of Grant, Portage County
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Date: 12/26/19 6:14 pm
From: Mitchell Nussbaum <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender acornwithteeth for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: University Bay
- Genie OgdenMadison
On Thursday, December 26, 2019, 6:13:39 PM CST, Judy Middleton <judymiddleton...> wrote:

Hi all,

There was lots of activity at University Bay in Madison today.
It was a surprise to see about 500 tundra swans on the ice and
Water. 200 geese coming and going.100 coots and another 100
Mergansers and mallards and 1 immature Eagle. Most are
Estimates except for the Eagle.
Judy Middleton, Madison
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Date: 12/26/19 4:13 pm
From: Judy Middleton <judymiddleton...>
Subject: [wisb] University Bay
Hi all,

There was lots of activity at University Bay in Madison today.
It was a surprise to see about 500 tundra swans on the ice and
Water. 200 geese coming and going.100 coots and another 100
Mergansers and mallards and 1 immature Eagle. Most are
Estimates except for the Eagle.
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Date: 12/26/19 9:05 am
From: Kay Kavanagh <kkav2299...>
Subject: [wisb] Florence and Armstrong Creek CBC 2019
The Florence 18th CBC was held on Tuesday, December 17. A total of 26
species and 955 individuals was tallied. This is the lowest number of both
categories ever. An almost total lack of winter finches with only 2 Purple
Finch and 34 American Goldfinch recorded. Highlights included 1
Rough-legged Hawk, 3 Red-headed Woodpecker, 1 Northern Shrike, 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet, 2 American Tree Sparrow, and 4 Northern Cardinal.
All time low numbers were tallied of Downy 18, Hairy 17 Woodpecker,
American Crow 23, Black-capped Chickadee 186, White-breasted Nuthatch 18,
and European Starling 29.
The 16th annual Armstrong Creek CBC was held on wednesday, December 18. A
total of 26 species and 856 individuals was recorded. Highlights included
8 Red-bellied Woodpecker, 3 Canada Jay, 3 Brown Creeper, 6 Golden-crowned
Kinglet, 2 Northern Cardinal, only 1 Purple Finch, and 22 Evening
Grosbeak. We recorded a 2nd all-time high number of Dark-eyed Junco 16.
All-time low numbers were tallied of Mourning 35, and American Crow 10.
The only raptor recorded was Bald Eagle. We hope for bigger numbers next
year.

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Date: 12/26/19 8:36 am
From: Jeremy Meyer <jmeyer4044...>
Subject: [wisb] Dunn County - Varied Thrush
Good morning,
I don't think this has been reported on here, but there as been one seen
the last few days. It's on the UW Stout campus near parking lot 20 and 21.
It's a really beautiful male. From reading the comments, it sounds like
it's been hanging in the berry trees with some robins. If anyone on here
goes to see it, could you please report yes or no. I finally have time off
work, through the end of the year and can travel the state, looking for
some nice sightings. I'll include the ebird species map with sightings and
notes in case someone hasn't seen it yet. Thank you.

https://bit.ly/2spIxZY


Happy Holidays,
Jeremy Meyer
Franklin, Milwaukee
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Date: 12/25/19 2:01 pm
From: Karen Etter Hale <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender chimneyswift1 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Waterloo CBC (Monday, Dec. 16, 2019) - Summary
Summary report:
The 20th Waterloo CBC, held Monday, Dec. 16, was, in a word: average. We had a record number of 26 field counters (13 parties), who tallied 51 species, and it was a beautiful day to be out, but we found only a few birds of special note. Field counts plus an additional 8 feeder counts, came to a total of 9,082 birds (6,162 last year, 13,493 in 2017).

Except for a small open spot on the west side, Rock Lake in Lake Mills was completely frozen. Lake Ripley in Cambridge, however, was partly open and held 15 Tundra Swans, 5 Canvasback, 26 goldeneye, and 2 Common Mergansers in addition to many Canada Geese and Mallards. Temperatures were in the 20s with no wind and less than 0.5" of snow. This was similar to the past two years (30s to mid-40s last year, 30s in 2017, neither year with any snow).

As in the past couple of years, most counters claimed the day was slow, yet collectively we had some good finds besides the waterfowl mentioned above. These included 4 shrikes, TWO Carolina Wrens, 1 Winter Wren, 3 Eastern Bluebirds, 3 Yellow-rumped Warblers, a single White-crowned Sparrow, and 1 grackle.

A big thank you to every one of the field and feeder counters!

Canada Goose – 2,121

Tundra Swan - 15

Mallard - 309

Canvasback - 5

Com. Goldeneye - 26

Com. Merganser - 2

Ring-necked Pheasant - 16

Wild Turkey - 156

Bald Eagle - 5

N. Harrier – 1

Cooper's Hawk - 5

Red-tailed Hawk - 62

Sandhill Crane - cw (count week species)

Rock Pigeon - 630

Mourning Dove - 212

E. Screech Owl - 1

Great Horned Owl – 4

Barred Owl – 1

Belted Kingfisher – 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 52

Downy Woodpecker - 102

Hairy Woodpecker – 33

Northern Flicker - 9

Pileated Woodpecker - 1

Amer. Kestrel – 8

Northern Shrike - 4 (found 12 out of 20 years; 4 in 2007; 8 in 2008)

Blue Jay - 173

American Crow - 322

Horned Lark - 2

Black-capped Chickadee - 298

Tufted Titmouse - 16 (lowest number in 5 year)

Red-breasted Nuthatch - 3

White-breasted Nuthatch - 106

Brown Creeper - 4

Carolina Wren - 2 (a single wren found 4 other years)

Winter Wren - 1 (only the 3rd year found)

Amer. Robin - 1

Eastern Bluebirds - 3

European Starling - 2,179

Cedar Waxwing - 27

Yellow-rumped Warbler - 3 (3 found in 2017)

Amer. Tree Sparrow - 325

Song Sparrow - 1 (found all 20 years; only one other year was just 1 found)

White-crowned Sparrow - 1

Dark-eyed Junco - 383

Northern Cardinal - 191

Red-winged Blackbird – 27

Com. Grackle - 1 (a single bird found 4 other years)

Brown-headed Cowbird - 5

House Finch - 132

American Goldfinch - 132

House Sparrow - 852


Karen
Waterloo CBC compiler
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Lake Mills, WI
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Date: 12/23/19 7:10 pm
From: Jeanna Owens <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender o.jeanna for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: RFI..short eared owl
d west of Hwy 76.)They are also being reported regularly in Buena Vista Grasslands, which is west of us in Portage county, and Killsnake Wildlife Area east of us on the other side of Lake Winnebago in Calumet county.
Jeanna OwensNeenah, Winnebago county
On Monday, December 23, 2019, 6:40:31 PM CST, Seegert, Greg <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

All
Are short eared owls being reported anywhere?

On my way back from N IL last Friday, I stopped at Bong Rec Area.  The staff weren't aware of any sightings and I didn't see any.

Greg Seegert
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Date: 12/23/19 4:40 pm
From: Seegert, Greg <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender gseegert for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] RFI..short eared owl
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Are short eared owls being reported anywhere?

On my way back from N IL last Friday, I stopped at Bong Rec Area. The staff weren't aware of any sightings and I didn't see any.

Greg Seegert
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Date: 12/23/19 1:56 pm
From: Hyndla Kensdottir <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender hyndla53704 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Northern Shrike - Dane County
ere was nothing moving when it surveyed the area.After perching at the top of a tree and flicking its tail up and down for about a minute, it flew on.  It sounds like the action at Dave's was much more entertaining.
Pam SkaarMadison, Dane County, WI
On Monday, December 23, 2019, 10:40:17 AM CST, Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...> wrote:

I had just dialed the Audubon Society when I spotted a Northern Shrike on our feeder. Choosing the shrike, I hung up and got some pictures. The shrike chased the European Starlings but unfortunately, didn't catch any. Occasionally it would chase a Downy Woodpecker or Blue Jay. The chickadees and juncos made themselves scarce.

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Date: 12/23/19 8:40 am
From: Shopper Moffat <davids.moffat...>
Subject: [wisb] Northern Shrike - Dane County
I had just dialed the Audubon Society when I spotted a Northern Shrike on our feeder. Choosing the shrike, I hung up and got some pictures. The shrike chased the European Starlings but unfortunately, didn't catch any. Occasionally it would chase a Downy Woodpecker or Blue Jay. The chickadees and juncos made themselves scarce.

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Date: 12/22/19 12:56 pm
From: Jennifer Ambrose <jenthreat...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Townsend's Solitaire at Boerner Gardens Milwaukee County
Rita Wiskowski and I were informed by a nice family at the coast guard
impoundment that the bird had moved west of the two huge rusty colored
coniferous trees in the bramble south of the parking lot down the road a
bit and to the west. You'll see a narrow paved path and fencing and the
bird was in the treed area just off of the clearing that is south of the
paved path. We had it for about 10 or so minutes and then it flew off to
the northeast. This was about 30 minutes ago.
Jennifer Ambrose
Milwaukee

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> As of this morning about 11-11:30 am the Townsend's Solitaire was still at
> Boerner Botanical Gardens according to another birder who had just texted
> me that she was seeing it. She didn't say exactly where she saw it today,
> but I saw it yesterday morning in the clearing behind the treeline along
> the driveway, just south of the "Frozen" light display. (south of the
> buildings). 5 of us had looked for 2 hours in the morning, but I went back
> at about 12:45 pm and 3 of us found it. Heard it call once about 10 minutes
> before we found it; got some nice looks, then it flew toward the driveway.
> Many thanks to Jim White who said he saw it on December 7 and reported it
> to Wehr Nature Center. He did not get a photo, and staff and others tried
> in vain to find it that week. It was then confirmed on the 15th by many of
> our CBC birders.
>
> Carol Howard
> Wehr Nature Center
> Milwaukee County
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Date: 12/22/19 12:02 pm
From: Carol HOWARD <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender carol.howard for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Townsend's Solitaire at Boerner Gardens Milwaukee County
As of this morning about 11-11:30 am the Townsend's Solitaire was still at Boerner Botanical Gardens according to another birder who had just texted me that she was seeing it. She didn't say exactly where she saw it today, but I saw it yesterday morning in the clearing behind the treeline along the driveway, just south of the "Frozen" light display. (south of the buildings). 5 of us had looked for 2 hours in the morning, but I went back at about 12:45 pm and 3 of us found it. Heard it call once about 10 minutes before we found it; got some nice looks, then it flew toward the driveway.
Many thanks to Jim White who said he saw it on December 7 and reported it to Wehr Nature Center. He did not get a photo, and staff and others tried in vain to find it that week. It was then confirmed on the 15th by many of our CBC birders.

Carol Howard
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Date: 12/21/19 7:06 pm
From: Lindsey McMahon <lindseymcmahon7...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: WI CBC
More specifically, what is the date and contact info for the Green Bay CBC? Or any CBC’s within an hour of Green Bay coming up this week? I finally tried going on a real computer to look at the Audubon CBC circles (the map won’t open on my phone), but still, that information for Green Bay is not listed within its circle. It appears that many circles do not list dates or compiler contact info, and I’m beginning to wonder how anyone finds this information, so that they can participate?

Thank you again for your help,

Lindsey McMahon
Brown Co, WI/Bullitt Co, KY

> On Dec 14, 2019, at 5:38 PM, Lindsey McMahon <lindseymcmahon7...> wrote:
>
> Is there a handy list of WI CBC Locations/Dates/Contact Info of the person running it anywhere online that my search overlooked? I have tried the Audubon page, which directs me to a map of circles that never opens. In Kentucky we have a list on our KOS page. I’m hoping maybe there’s something similar in WI. I would like to join in on one when I’m home for the holidays. :)
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> Thank you for your help. Good birding!
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Date: 12/19/19 8:39 am
From: LIELA KUCHAR <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jodykuch for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] CBC and other cit sci
My spouse and I did owl and night jar counts for 4 years.  Protocol was tight, but appreciated.  GPS points, weather conditions, (wind, sky, precip,etc) all recorded as was mileage.  We did our counts alone, at night, and so there was myself (Ears with a timer), and spouse (steering wheel with GPS unit).
We felt, other than the actual locations for counting, that the protocol was solid. 
We also did CBC for our area.  Last year, after struggling with surgery recovery, we decided to go ahead as a couple of past participants had died and getting out was a positive thing.  
The problem is there is zero protocol. Protocol should be tight, the same as the DNR, WBCI, Bird & Bat Observ, etc).  Provide counters with a check sheet which includes what info is wanted (#of counters, weather stats, viewing mode, etc).  Last year, one of our counts was not even included in the totals for the circle they were done in.  We knew that because we had 4 specie of woodpecker, including Pileated, which  was not included in our circle count.  We asked our coordinator, but received no response. Since we don't know why our numbers were not included, we can only conclude that our report was not vital. We've decided NOT to do CBC this year because we felt that our participation was not valued.
When one searches for info on the circles, Audubon, whose name appears as the banner, does not give mapping or protocol help.  In the past we got help using WSO website for protocols and some maps.  Other needed maps were provided by one of the counters as our coordinator provides incomplete maps.
To do good science, you need good protocol.  I suggest that we ask all participants to apply scientific protocol to all of the CBC; and we make certain that all coordinators are trained to use protocol and technology.  
Jody Kuchar, WSO Member

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Date: 12/19/19 7:06 am
From: Brady, Ryan S - DNR <Ryan.Brady...>
Subject: [wisb] Statewide Snowy Owl update
I post new updates every 10-15 days during November and December. The latest is up on the 2019-20 Update tab at:

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


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Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

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