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8/21/17 9:56 am <lpersico...> [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration
8/21/17 7:47 am Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration
8/21/17 6:11 am Paul Regnier <doorcountypaul...> [wisb] Door County nighthawks, swallows and dickcissels
8/20/17 7:58 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Lakeshore State Park 08 20 17
8/20/17 5:34 pm <cdermody...> [wisb] Re: Winter trip
8/20/17 9:48 am <cdermody...> [wisb] Winter trip
8/20/17 8:48 am Steve Mullen <gungagalunga23...> [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration
8/20/17 5:19 am Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> [wisb] Nighthawk and warbler migration
8/19/17 4:16 pm Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 17, 2017
8/19/17 4:07 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Lakeshore State Park
8/19/17 3:32 pm jdw1031 <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jdw1031 for DMARC) [wisb] Bobwhite quail
8/19/17 3:17 pm Jim <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jdw1031 for DMARC) [wisb] Bobwhite quail
8/18/17 12:20 pm Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Lost Eagle Optic bins on Marsh Rd.
8/18/17 9:54 am Jeff Virant <rainbow...> [wisb] Grape Jelly And Insects, Polk County
8/17/17 3:26 pm Sherryl _____ <jinxtuffyluke...> [wisb] Re: Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82
8/17/17 2:06 pm Elizabeth Palmer <deer2palmers...> [wisb] Re: Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82
8/17/17 1:23 pm Sherryl _____ <jinxtuffyluke...> [wisb] Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82
8/17/17 1:12 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Shorebird birding 8/17
8/17/17 12:56 pm Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Osprey news
8/17/17 12:47 pm Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] grape jelly again
8/16/17 8:55 pm Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Buff-breasted Sandpipers - no sightings
8/16/17 8:51 pm Thomas O'Malley <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender omalley3232 for DMARC) [wisb] Lost Binoculars on Old marsh Road Tonight !
8/16/17 3:36 pm Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Shumacher Road Shorebirds, Dane co.
8/16/17 2:34 pm Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Shumacher Road Shorebirds, Dane co.
8/16/17 12:17 pm Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Shorebirds, Lacy Rd, Madison
8/15/17 5:42 pm Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 2:36 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 1:45 pm Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 1:35 pm Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 12:35 pm Ryan Sallmann <rmsallmann...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 11:43 am Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 11:36 am Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 10:57 am Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 10:52 am Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 10:49 am Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 10:35 am Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 10:04 am Stuart Malcolm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender stuart.malcolm26 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/15/17 8:08 am Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/14/17 11:14 pm Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/14/17 12:57 pm Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
8/14/17 12:48 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Sod Farms
8/14/17 8:59 am Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Possible Ash-Throared Flycatcher-Horicon
8/13/17 7:52 pm Samuel J. Krerowicz <krerowiczs01...> [wisb] Possible Ash-Throared Flycatcher-Horicon
8/13/17 12:06 pm Greg Hottman <greghottman...> [wisb] Common Nighthawk, Village of Oregon, Dane County
8/13/17 11:45 am Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Horicon Marsh field trip
8/12/17 6:04 pm Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Ospreys around Lake Kegonsa and more
8/12/17 3:11 pm Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher...> [wisb] Blue Grosbeak, Spring Green Preserve-East
8/11/17 2:35 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Man visiting Wisconsin captures photos of red-winged blackbird landing on flying bald eagle
8/10/17 5:51 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] Learn more about the Common Nighthawk
8/10/17 10:18 am Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 10, 2017
8/10/17 6:09 am Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Swallow departure, dickcissels Washington Island
8/9/17 2:13 pm Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...> [wisb] Red Headed Woodpecker Kids: South Milwaukee
8/9/17 1:47 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Horicon Marsh 8/9/17
8/8/17 2:14 pm Drew Cashman <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drcashman11 for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
8/8/17 1:47 pm janek cieszynski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender cieszyn for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
8/8/17 11:08 am Robert Schneider <484bob...> [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
8/8/17 10:50 am Jeff Virant <rainbow...> [wisb] Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
8/8/17 10:48 am Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Reconsideration of heron sighting at Horicon NWR yesterday
8/7/17 3:42 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Re: Probable juvenile Little Blue Heron at Horicon NWR in Dodge County
8/7/17 2:19 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Probable juvenile Little Blue Heron at Horicon NWR in Dodge County
8/7/17 11:00 am tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Veteran's Park Eastern Kingbird family
8/6/17 6:31 pm Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz...> [wisb] Close Encounters with a wren today.
8/6/17 3:58 pm Peter Fissel <pfissel...> [wisb] Technical difficulties
8/6/17 2:16 pm Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150...> [wisb] flyover Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2nd hand report--Rock Co.)
8/5/17 7:41 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Green Herons - Black-crowned Night Heron at Greenfield Park MKE Co. 8/5/17, some images...
8/5/17 7:22 pm Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 3, 2017
8/5/17 7:18 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Blue Grosbeak still at Spring Green Preserve
8/5/17 3:56 pm DANIEL F DOEPPERS <dfdoeppe...> [wisb] Re: Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
8/5/17 1:55 pm Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] more Horicon Marsh
8/5/17 1:11 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Horicon NWR, Dodge County today
8/5/17 12:08 pm Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Shorebirds - South of Madison
8/4/17 12:27 pm CHARLES HAGNER <c_hagner...> [wisb] Upcoming Chimney Swift Watches?
8/4/17 6:22 am Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher...> [wisb] Re: SW Madison shorebirds
8/3/17 7:22 pm <eileenworman...> [wisb] Possible Female Red Crossbill, Richfield, Washington County
8/3/17 5:09 pm <ejwheeler...> [wisb] Mature Bald Eagle
8/3/17 4:37 pm <ejwheeler...> [wisb] Mature Bald Eagle
8/3/17 4:36 pm Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...> [wisb] Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly Wauk. Co. 8/2/17, some images...
8/3/17 2:23 pm Marty & Terry Evanson <mtevanson...> [wisb] SW Madison shorebirds
8/2/17 1:28 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Black-necked Stilts missing on Old Marsh Road in Dodge County today.
8/2/17 6:50 am Sharon Swiggum <sgswiggum...> [wisb] RFI: Great Egret Locations in Southwest Wisconsin? [Richland County]
8/1/17 1:26 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: FW: Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
8/1/17 12:04 pm Kris Perlberg <kris...> [wisb] Re: Shorebird conditions deteriorating in Dodge County
7/31/17 4:46 pm Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> [wisb] Re: Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
7/31/17 2:05 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Shorebird conditions deteriorating in Dodge County
7/31/17 12:47 pm Korducki <korducki...> [wisb] Breeding Bird Survey Information
7/30/17 9:32 am K. Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...> [wisb] Young Tree Sparrow
7/29/17 11:10 am Carol Moerke <carol.moerke...> [wisb] Egret in Menomonee Falls (Milw)
7/29/17 10:59 am Rob Ruddock <rcruddock...> [wisb] Red-tailed Hawk(s) fledgling
7/28/17 3:18 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] Common Nighthawk watches -Ozaukee County
7/28/17 10:10 am Carl Schwartz <cschwartz3...> [wisb] Birding in Costa Rica with NRF and DNR's Craig Thompson in March 2018
7/28/17 8:54 am Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 27, 2017
7/27/17 8:18 pm Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz...> [wisb] Birding at Horicon today
7/27/17 11:58 am tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: FW: Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/27/17 8:07 am Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Birds taking food?
7/27/17 7:01 am Oliver Burrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender whimbrelbirders for DMARC) [wisb] Oliver Burrus a new member to WISBIRDN
7/27/17 6:09 am Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> [wisb] Re: Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
7/26/17 9:28 pm Patrick Ready <birdsready...> [wisb] Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
7/26/17 2:16 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Hudsonian Godwits (brief sighting) and others at Horicon NWR in Dodge County
7/26/17 11:56 am Stuart Malcolm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender stuart.malcolm26 for DMARC) [wisb] Hudsonian Godwits, Fond du Lac County
7/25/17 2:20 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] Southeast WI Conservation Summit
7/25/17 1:36 pm Richter Museum <richter...> [wisb] Re: Old Man Plover
7/25/17 1:33 pm B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...> [wisb] Re: Old Man Plover
7/25/17 1:24 pm Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Hummers can taste the sugar
7/25/17 1:19 pm Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] Re: Jelly Feeder question, Polk county
7/25/17 12:34 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] Old Man Plover
7/25/17 12:19 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] new WBCI website and links to Issues Papers
7/25/17 11:36 am Carl Schwartz <cschwartz3...> [wisb] Birding in Costa Rica with Craig Thompson in March 2018
7/25/17 10:17 am Richter Museum <richter...> [wisb] FW: Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/25/17 9:41 am Jeff Virant <rainbow...> [wisb] Jelly Feeder question, Polk county
7/25/17 7:58 am tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/24/17 7:31 pm Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/24/17 3:41 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/24/17 12:12 pm Dan Jackson <DanJackson...> [wisb] RFI: Gray Jay locations near Rhinelander
7/23/17 6:32 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Lake Michigan & Horicon today
7/23/17 5:27 pm Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/23/17 3:33 pm tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC) [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/23/17 3:11 pm William Mueller <wpmueller1947...> [wisb] report roosting Chimney Swifts in August and September
7/23/17 9:48 am Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...> [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 20, 2017
7/23/17 8:48 am Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...> [wisb] 2nd round
7/23/17 7:28 am Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> [wisb] Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
7/22/17 2:41 pm Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...> [wisb] Re: Mystery birds
7/22/17 2:30 pm Diane Berry <dianexberry...> [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds, Richfield, Washington County
7/22/17 2:09 pm Tom Wood <tcwood729...> [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds, Richfield, Washington County
7/22/17 9:26 am Gmail <bhaunts...> [wisb] Horicon Marsh
7/22/17 8:04 am Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...> [wisb] Merlins still in Sheboygan : )
 
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Date: 8/21/17 9:56 am
From: <lpersico...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration

There was a large push of Nighthawks yesterday evening in St. Croix county. I had a single flock of at least 250 birds. There were other smaller flocks moving through as well. Very impressive. Also had a couple of Olive-Sided Flycatchers at Willow River State Park on Saturday.
Larry Persico
Hudson, St. Croix County

Original message sent on the Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:46:35 +0000 by Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
> Warblers have made a huge push the past couple days. Northern arrivals
> include Wilson's, Bay-breasted, and lots of Tennessees. Also good numbers
> of Nashvilles and Redstarts. Had my first Philadelphia Vireo today as
> well.
>
> Nighthawks have also been pushing at all times of day here on the Lake
> Superior shore. Reports have been widespread statewide, and while my
> personal observations have been small groups, counters near Hawk Ridge in
> Duluth tallied an impressive 12,000+ on Saturday and Sunday combined.
>
>
> Ryan Brady
> Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
> http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
>
>
>
>
> From: Steve Mullen <gungagalunga23...>
> Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2017 8:47 AM
> To: <ryanbrady10...>
> Cc: <wisbirdn...>
> Subject: Re: [wisb] Nighthawk and warbler migration
> �
>
> Hey Ryan & All,
>
>
> Yesterday a few of us floated the Fox River with tubes between Montello and
> Lake Puckaway in Marquette County.� Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6
> p.m., we also noticed a large Common Nighthawk migration. I'd say we
> counted at least 100 Nighthawks during the float, and another 50 on the
> way back north of Monty and in Waushara County near Redgranite.
>
>
> Other highlights included a family of Eastern Kingbirds that were
> flycatching a bug hatch on the water- something really cool to observe.�
> They would fly up to an overhanging tree branch and shake their feathers to
> dry off after an attempt. Never thought i'd see that.
>
>
> Only shorebirds we saw were Killdeer.� Possibly due to high water and
> human traffic.
>
>
> Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co.
>
>
>
>
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>
> On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 7:18 AM, Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
> wrote:
> Common Nighthawks have been on the move the past two days, particularly in
> the northern tier of the state. First noted in multiple counties on Friday
> evening, I had small groups moving south yesterday morning at my house in
> Bayfield County, and then more moving along the Bayfield Peninsula
> shoreline last night.
>
> Yesterday morning also featured the first significant landbird flight that
> I've noticed. Again at my house, I had 86 warblers of 12 species (including
> at least a dozen Tennessees), the aforementioned nighthawks, Bobolinks, and
> several other migrants. Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills have been around
> in small numbers over recent weeks as well.
>
> Enjoy the fall migration!
>
>
> �Ryan Brady
> �Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
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Date: 8/21/17 7:47 am
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration
Warblers have made a huge push the past couple days. Northern arrivals include Wilson's, Bay-breasted, and lots of Tennessees. Also good numbers of Nashvilles and Redstarts. Had my first Philadelphia Vireo today as well.

Nighthawks have also been pushing at all times of day here on the Lake Superior shore. Reports have been widespread statewide, and while my personal observations have been small groups, counters near Hawk Ridge in Duluth tallied an impressive 12,000+ on Saturday and Sunday combined.


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady




From: Steve Mullen <gungagalunga23...>
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2017 8:47 AM
To: <ryanbrady10...>
Cc: <wisbirdn...>
Subject: Re: [wisb] Nighthawk and warbler migration


Hey Ryan & All,


Yesterday a few of us floated the Fox River with tubes between Montello and Lake Puckaway in Marquette County. Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., we also noticed a large Common Nighthawk migration. I'd say we counted at least 100 Nighthawks during the float, and another 50 on the way back north of Monty and in Waushara County near Redgranite.


Other highlights included a family of Eastern Kingbirds that were flycatching a bug hatch on the water- something really cool to observe. They would fly up to an overhanging tree branch and shake their feathers to dry off after an attempt. Never thought i'd see that.


Only shorebirds we saw were Killdeer. Possibly due to high water and human traffic.


Steve Mullen, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co.



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On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 7:18 AM, Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> wrote:
Common Nighthawks have been on the move the past two days, particularly in the northern tier of the state. First noted in multiple counties on Friday evening, I had small groups moving south yesterday morning at my house in Bayfield County, and then more moving along the Bayfield Peninsula shoreline last night.

Yesterday morning also featured the first significant landbird flight that I've noticed. Again at my house, I had 86 warblers of 12 species (including at least a dozen Tennessees), the aforementioned nighthawks, Bobolinks, and several other migrants. Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills have been around in small numbers over recent weeks as well.

Enjoy the fall migration!


Ryan Brady
Washburn, Bayfield County, WI
http://www.pbase.com/rbrady
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Date: 8/21/17 6:11 am
From: Paul Regnier <doorcountypaul...>
Subject: [wisb] Door County nighthawks, swallows and dickcissels
Approximately 20 nighthawks flew over the house and yard last night at
sunset. They were quiet as they flew in every conceivable direction.
Also last night, a mixed flock of barn, rough-winged and tree swallows were
feeding with a large species of dragonflies over the road ways in central
Door County.

Our local dickcissels have left the field just north of our house, but not
before seeing 2 young clasping onto last year's common mullein stalks.
This field was not cultivated for the past 2 years hosted nearly 20
dickcissels over the summer. They used the mullein as perch sites. Last
week the field was mowed and the dickcissels left.

Paul

Paul Regnier
Door County Nature & Travel LLC
P. O. Box 136
Baileys Harbor, WI 54202 USA
920-493-1572
<doorcountypaul...>
doorcountytours.com


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Date: 8/20/17 7:58 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Lakeshore State Park 08 20 17
hi :)
I was at Lakeshore State Park today from 5:00pm - 7:00pm & when i arrived i saw 3 Semipalmated Plovers. 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper, & 2 Least Sandpipers. After about an hour 4 Lesser Yellowlegs announced their arrival with their wonderful chirps & joined in.


-Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee, Co.
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Date: 8/20/17 5:34 pm
From: <cdermody...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Winter trip
Saw 3 Nighthawks a few minutes ago driving home from Warnimont park

Cathy Dermody, St. Francis, Southeastern Milwaukee County>
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Date: 8/20/17 9:48 am
From: <cdermody...>
Subject: [wisb] Winter trip
I am considering a January trip to Ecuador. If anyone has had any good experiences there, please let me know? I would like an English speaking guide at least part-time. How are the bugs there? When is rainy season? Any other things you feel I should know?

Cathy Dermody, St. Francis, <cdermody...>
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Date: 8/20/17 8:48 am
From: Steve Mullen <gungagalunga23...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Nighthawk and warbler migration
Hey Ryan & All,
Yesterday a few of us floated the Fox River with tubes between Montello and
Lake Puckaway in Marquette County. Between the hours of 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.,
we also noticed a large Common Nighthawk migration. I'd say we counted at
least 100 Nighthawks during the float, and another 50 on the way back north
of Monty and in Waushara County near Redgranite.

Other highlights included a family of Eastern Kingbirds that were
flycatching a bug hatch on the water- something really cool to observe.
They would fly up to an overhanging tree branch and shake their feathers to
dry off after an attempt. Never thought i'd see that.

Only shorebirds we saw were Killdeer. Possibly due to high water and human
traffic.

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On Sun, Aug 20, 2017 at 7:18 AM, Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...> wrote:

> Common Nighthawks have been on the move the past two days, particularly in
> the northern tier of the state. First noted in multiple counties on Friday
> evening, I had small groups moving south yesterday morning at my house in
> Bayfield County, and then more moving along the Bayfield Peninsula
> shoreline last night.
>
> Yesterday morning also featured the first significant landbird flight that
> I've noticed. Again at my house, I had 86 warblers of 12 species (including
> at least a dozen Tennessees), the aforementioned nighthawks, Bobolinks, and
> several other migrants. Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills have been around in
> small numbers over recent weeks as well.
>
> Enjoy the fall migration!
>
>
> Ryan Brady
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Date: 8/20/17 5:19 am
From: Ryan Brady <ryanbrady10...>
Subject: [wisb] Nighthawk and warbler migration
Common Nighthawks have been on the move the past two days, particularly in the northern tier of the state. First noted in multiple counties on Friday evening, I had small groups moving south yesterday morning at my house in Bayfield County, and then more moving along the Bayfield Peninsula shoreline last night.

Yesterday morning also featured the first significant landbird flight that I've noticed. Again at my house, I had 86 warblers of 12 species (including at least a dozen Tennessees), the aforementioned nighthawks, Bobolinks, and several other migrants. Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills have been around in small numbers over recent weeks as well.

Enjoy the fall migration!


Ryan Brady
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Date: 8/19/17 4:16 pm
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 17, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, August 17, 2017
73 degrees
Mostly cloudy
12 birders

Total Species: 35

5 Mallard
2 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Spotted Sandpiper
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
5 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
16 Chimney Swift
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
2 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Northern Flicker
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
10 American Crow
1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
14 Barn Swallow

6 Black-capped Chickadee
2 House Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 American Robin
8 European Starlings
23 Cedar Waxwing
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Song Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting

8 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Baltimore Oriole
8 House Finch
43 American Goldfinch
5 House Sparrow

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Date: 8/19/17 4:07 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Lakeshore State Park
Hi :)
Yesterday (08 18 17) i was at Lakeshore State Park from 5:30pm to 7:30pm & i saw 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper & 2 Least Sandpiper. It took me a long time to identify them as i have not much experience with the peeps. Can be tricky. I also saw a female Belted Kingfisher.
also saw: ringbill gulls, double crested cormorants, mallards, red winged black birds, starlings, & swallows.

Today i was at LSP from 3:30pm to 4:30pm & i saw the 3 pipers from yesterday, plus another Least Sandpiper joined in. I have been checking Bradford Beach, McKinley Beach, & Lakeshore State Park for the last couple of weeks for migrating shore birds & yesterday's sighting was the first i have seen for this season.


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Milwaukee, Co.
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Date: 8/19/17 3:32 pm
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Subject: [wisb] Bobwhite quail
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Date: 8/19/17 3:17 pm
From: Jim <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jdw1031 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Bobwhite quail
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Date: 8/18/17 12:20 pm
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Lost Eagle Optic bins on Marsh Rd.
A guy riding his bike along Old Marsh Rd on Wed lost a pair of Eagle Optic
binoculars. If anyone finds/found them let me know and he can be contacted.
He had it posted on FB.
Just trying to get the word out there.
Pat Ready
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Date: 8/18/17 9:54 am
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow...>
Subject: [wisb] Grape Jelly And Insects, Polk County
Sandy,

it is interesting to read that you report fewer insects attracted to your grape jelly. I wish that was the case here on Rainbow Pond in Polk County. Our grape jelly feeders are swarming in wasps and it was fascinating this morning to see a male Baltimore Orioles actually land on and straddle the jelly dish and peck at wasps as they tried to dive-bomb him. Although I have no reason for knowing this whatsoever, I assume that a wasp sting to an Oriole is as nasty if not more so than it is to us. Nevertheless he ultimately prevailed and seemed to be able to eat his fill.

Thanks for your note.

Jeff Virant
Deer Park, WI (Polk County)
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Date: 8/17/17 3:26 pm
From: Sherryl _____ <jinxtuffyluke...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82
To clarify this bird was not in this location at the time of the post. Sherryl Stolte Portage WI

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Subject: [wisb] Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82

At 10:25 am 8.17.17 while traveling to Mauston WI writer sighted one loan Whooping Crane foraging with 22 Sandhills in a field 10 miles East of Mauston on Hwy 82, perhaps 400 feet from the road. Taller than the Sandhills, white, yellow eyes. red patch on head, black wing tips, and green leg bands all visible. I was on my way to the Juneau County fair so asked the staff member at the booth of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge there about it. She said this probably was an unpaired juvenile which has been seen among the Sandhills in this area. Sherryl Stolte Portage WI
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Date: 8/17/17 2:06 pm
From: Elizabeth Palmer <deer2palmers...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82
Reminder: please do not post specific locations for rare/ endangered
species.
ER Palmer, Columbia Co

On Thu, Aug 17, 2017 at 3:24 PM Sherryl _____ <jinxtuffyluke...>
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> At 10:25 am 8.17.17 while traveling to Mauston WI writer sighted one loan
> Whooping Crane foraging with 22 Sandhills in a field 10 miles East of
> Mauston on Hwy 82, perhaps 400 feet from the road. Taller than the
> Sandhills, white, yellow eyes. red patch on head, black wing tips, and
> green leg bands all visible. I was on my way to the Juneau County fair so
> asked the staff member at the booth of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge
> there about it. She said this probably was an unpaired juvenile which has
> been seen among the Sandhills in this area. Sherryl Stolte Portage WI
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Date: 8/17/17 1:23 pm
From: Sherryl _____ <jinxtuffyluke...>
Subject: [wisb] Whooping Crane with 22 Sandhills 10 miles E of Mauston on Hwy 82
At 10:25 am 8.17.17 while traveling to Mauston WI writer sighted one loan Whooping Crane foraging with 22 Sandhills in a field 10 miles East of Mauston on Hwy 82, perhaps 400 feet from the road. Taller than the Sandhills, white, yellow eyes. red patch on head, black wing tips, and green leg bands all visible. I was on my way to the Juneau County fair so asked the staff member at the booth of the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge there about it. She said this probably was an unpaired juvenile which has been seen among the Sandhills in this area. Sherryl Stolte Portage WI
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Date: 8/17/17 1:12 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Shorebird birding 8/17
I decided to check several spots for shorebirds today. Horicon Marsh now has water (heavy rains overnight) at the pump house pond and along Old Marsh Rd (east end). I tallied 9 species that included single Baird's and Stilt Sandpipers, but nothing unusual. There is some Buff-br. Sandpiper habitat but not as much as on Sunday, but no birds. Also present in this pond were 2 each Gadwalls, Shovelers, Pintails and Green-winged Teals, the first I have seen here in a few months. A Caspian Tern was present when I returned almost 2 hours later. The Old Marsh Rd had 5 shorebird species, nothing different. An immature Bonaparte's Gull was on the last pond of the Auto Tour Rd.
Anderson sod farm had 70 Killdeer (same number as yesterday) but nothing else of note.

The Green Meadows sod farm (by Stevens Pt---beware construction on 10 on the east end of town) was productive. 140 Killdeer were present, half in each of the two plowed fields. The first field also had 2 Am Golden Plovers and 1 Buff-br. Sandpiper. I was excited to find these, especially the latter, but suddenly many of them headed south. Only a few Killdeer remained. The other field also had about 70 Killdeer, none of which left. 4 Wilson's Snipe were also present.

So finally a Buff-br. Sandpiper!
Daryl Tessen
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Date: 8/17/17 12:56 pm
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Osprey news
Of the 4 Osprey nests around the north half of Lake Kegonsa,
2 young each were still seen and being fed in two nests 3 days ago.
The third nest was empty a few days earlier and
the fourth did not host ospreys this season.

The young can now be seen and heard calling in the vicinity of Lake Kegonsa
State Park.


Sandy Petersen, rural Dane county


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Date: 8/17/17 12:47 pm
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] grape jelly again
I'm hereby reporting that
the neighborhood orioles, catbirds and house finches have learned
to eat the grape jelly without high fructose corn syrup and
come in to feast daily.
Interestingly, there are fewer bees, wasps, moths in this grape jelly.
Any observations on the quantity of insects this summer?
Perhaps all that rain ... has made an impact ... on the available prey for
birds ...

Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane county


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Date: 8/16/17 8:55 pm
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Buff-breasted Sandpipers - no sightings
I checked my list from last year & Peter Fissel & I drove over to the Wind
Lk sod farms on Aug 28 and we saw 13-14 Buff-breasted.
If I recall Steve Lueban had reported them there 2 days before. We ran into
Karen Johnson in the area and she located them before we came along. So
there is hope we can still see them somewhere this month. Keep your fingers
crossed.
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Date: 8/16/17 8:51 pm
From: Thomas O'Malley <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender omalley3232 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Lost Binoculars on Old marsh Road Tonight !
My friend lost a pair of binoculars while bike riding on Old Marsh Road this evening (8-16-17). He would appreciate hearing from the person who may have found them.
Ironically, my friend and I were the finders of a tripod that was left on Hwy. 49 last May during the "Ibis days" and were connected by Peter Fissel to the owner, who appreciated receiving his tripod back.
Hopefully, the person that may have picked these bins up will contact me or Peter to arrange their return to the owner.
Thank you very much.
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Date: 8/16/17 3:36 pm
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Shumacher Road Shorebirds, Dane co.
thanks for the update, Steve.

I’m gone this weekend but hopefully there will be some good birds there next week too.


On Aug 16, 2017, at 4:33 PM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> wrote:


After seeing Aaron's post, I decided to stop there after the clouds rolled in. Lots of shorebirds, but I missed the Stilt and Baird's Sanpipers and the Short-billed Dowitcher. There were 3 Wilson's and 1 Red-necked Phalaropes.
Steve Thiessen Stoughton Dane co.
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Date: 8/16/17 2:34 pm
From: Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Shumacher Road Shorebirds, Dane co.

After seeing Aaron's post, I decided to stop there after the clouds rolled in. Lots of shorebirds, but I missed the Stilt and Baird's Sanpipers and the Short-billed Dowitcher. There were 3 Wilson's and 1 Red-necked Phalaropes.
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Date: 8/16/17 12:17 pm
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Shorebirds, Lacy Rd, Madison
Water has gone down since last week but shorebird numbers were up again.
Lots of Pectoral, Killdeer, Semipalmated SPs, both Yellowlegs, Solitary and
1 E. Phoebe. John Shillingslaw was eyeing the birds before I got there. We
were trying to decide if we had a Bairds SP or not when Marty Evanson rode
up. He burst our bubble by claiming it to be another Semipalmated SP. This
is still a good spot to keep an eye on for migrants.

Pat Ready

Madison


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Date: 8/15/17 5:42 pm
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
I spent about a half hour scanning through the shorebirds at the Schumacher
Road pond in Dane County this evening, and found 12 shorebird species
including the following:
15 Killdeer
12 Stilt Sandpipers
2 Baird's Sandpipers
17 Least Sandpipers
106 Pectoral Sandpipers
9 Semipalmated Sandpipers
1 Short-billed Dowitcher
1 Wilson's Phalarope
2 Spotted Sandpipers
3 Solitary Sandpipers
7 Greater Yellowlegs
39 Lesser Yellowlegs

Probably close to the same number of shorebirds as were present the last
few days, I just put in some extra time scanning through them this evening.


Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 4:36 PM Tom Wood <tcwood729...> wrote:

> I spent a little over 4 hours on Old Marsh Road, Horicon NWR, Dodge County
> this morning and then did a quick check along STH49.
> There were shorebirds, but no Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The drawdown east
> of the pumphouse and in the ponds on the east half of Old Marsh Road has
> created some habitat that looks great for Buff-breasted, but according to
> eBird, only one has been seen and that was along STH49 the day before the
> WSO field trip. If it had remained, the field trip participants would have
> seen it.
> Shorebirds along Old Marsh Road were 2 Greater Yellowlegs, approx. 20
> Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, about 8 Semipalmated Sandpipers,
> about 20 Least Sandpipers, 4 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper,
> about 16 Killdeer, 1 juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher (seen on way in, but
> not on return), and 1 Baird's Sandpiper (seen on way out, but not when I
> walked in).
> Along STH49 there was 1 yellowlegs (sp), about a dozen Killdeer, 1
> Semipalmated Plover (limping with an apparent bad leg), and a couple of
> Least Sandpipers. If Black-necked Stilts are still at the marsh they are
> someplace I didn't look.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Ryan Sallmann
> Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:34 PM
> Cc: <wisbirdn...>
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
>
> I checked Wind Lake Sod Farm today in Racine County and just like everyone
> else I came up empty. Not even a Killdeer to speak of on the turf :( Ryan
> Sallmann Waukesha, WI
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM, Kris Perlberg <kris...>
> wrote:
>
> > If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock
> > counties, please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but
> > maybe they are just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
> >
> > I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
> >
> > kris p.
> > stoughton
> >
> > On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen
> > <stevethiessen...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> > Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year
> > birds peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod
> > farms near by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here
> > haven't been producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
> > Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
> > To: <wisbirdn...>
> > Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
> > Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
> >
> >
> > > I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
> > other
> > > standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt)
> > > early this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no
> > > Buff-breasted Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be
> > > about their peak
> > flight.
> > > Any one finds them please post.
> > > Daryl Tessen
> > > Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 2:36 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
I spent a little over 4 hours on Old Marsh Road, Horicon NWR, Dodge County this morning and then did a quick check along STH49.
There were shorebirds, but no Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The drawdown east of the pumphouse and in the ponds on the east half of Old Marsh Road has created some habitat that looks great for Buff-breasted, but according to eBird, only one has been seen and that was along STH49 the day before the WSO field trip. If it had remained, the field trip participants would have seen it.
Shorebirds along Old Marsh Road were 2 Greater Yellowlegs, approx. 20 Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, about 8 Semipalmated Sandpipers, about 20 Least Sandpipers, 4 Spotted Sandpipers, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, about 16 Killdeer, 1 juvenile Short-billed Dowitcher (seen on way in, but not on return), and 1 Baird's Sandpiper (seen on way out, but not when I walked in).
Along STH49 there was 1 yellowlegs (sp), about a dozen Killdeer, 1 Semipalmated Plover (limping with an apparent bad leg), and a couple of Least Sandpipers. If Black-necked Stilts are still at the marsh they are someplace I didn't look.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Ryan Sallmann
Sent: Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2:34 PM
Cc: <wisbirdn...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms

I checked Wind Lake Sod Farm today in Racine County and just like everyone else I came up empty. Not even a Killdeer to speak of on the turf :( Ryan Sallmann Waukesha, WI

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM, Kris Perlberg <kris...>
wrote:

> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock
> counties, please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but
> maybe they are just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>
> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>
> kris p.
> stoughton
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen
> <stevethiessen...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year
> birds peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod
> farms near by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here
> haven't been producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
> To: <wisbirdn...>
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>
>
> > I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
> other
> > standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt)
> > early this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no
> > Buff-breasted Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be
> > about their peak
> flight.
> > Any one finds them please post.
> > Daryl Tessen
> > Appleton,, WI
> >
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Date: 8/15/17 1:45 pm
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
That's great to hear! Thanks for checking, Kris.

Here's hoping.

-Kenny Younger
Madison

Kenneth Younger III
<kyounger...>
(515) 367-0001
@kenny


On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 3:34 PM, Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
> I took it upon myself to contact someone at MMSD regarding the water levels
> at the Wildlife Observation Area. I received a response almost immediately
> from Kathy Lake of MMSD:
>
> I'm glad that you're enjoying the birding areas! We are actively pumping
> water out of the ponds 24 hours per day Monday through Friday. We are using
> a portable pump which pumps at a higher capacity than the pump that is
> located in our lagoon pumping station. We have dropped the water level
> about 1.5 ft from its high water mark. We will continue pumping and
> hopefully will be creating some mudflats soon, assuming there are not
> additional large rain events.
>
> Fingers crossed that some habitat will be available in the near future!
>
> kris p.
> stoughton
>
>
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:42 PM, Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
> wrote:
>
> There are others who can answer this better than I, but I do know the
> decisions are based on more than treatment plant needs, although those can
> take precedence at times.
>
> When the ponds were retired from being settling ponds, MMSD (Madison
> Metropolitan Sewerage District) convened a large, diverse group of
> stakeholders to determine what should happen to the area. I was working for
> Madison Audubon Society at the time, and we recruited our own team to
> advocate for shorebird habitat. After several years of work, including MMSD
> addressing part of the area being a Superfund site, it was designated,
> officially, the MMSD Wildlife Observation Area. Part of the plan was to
> manage for shorebirds, especially as shorebird habitat across southern
> Wisconsin was in short supply.
>
> Of course, most people call it, “Nine Springs” (the adjacent stream is Nine
> Springs Creek), as its been known for many decades now.
>
> I no longer know who is communicating with MMSD, but I hope someone there
> continues to be interested in managing the area for shorebirds.
>
> Karen
> --
> Karen Etter Hale
> Lake Mills, WI
> <chimneyswift1...>
>
> *****
> Making time for birds
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:56 PM, Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know who or what determines if/when the Nine Springs Ponds get
> pumped? I often wondered how those decisions are made. Is there any
> consideration to wildlife and habitat or is it based simply on the treatment
> plant needs?
>
>
> Kris P.
> Stoughton
>
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> wrote:
>
> Chuck Henrikson and I checked the flooded gardens in the southwest
> corner of Seminole and Lacy Rd this morning after our Arboretum walk.
> It had Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated
> Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and at least one
> Least Sandpiper.
>
> I had birded the Schumacher road ponds a day or two ago, but didn't
> see anything crazy there, either.
>
> Nine Springs *still* has not started pumping the ponds! Major
> disappointment after they missed doing so in the Spring :(
>
> -Kenny Younger
> Madison
>
> Kenneth Younger III
> <kyounger...>
> (515) 367-0001
> @kenny
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach
> <aholschbach...> wrote:
>
> Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of
> Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with
> some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't
> have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
> Aaron Holschbach
> Waunakee
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>
> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>
> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>
> kris p.
> stoughton
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
> To: <wisbirdn...>
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>
>
> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
>
> other
>
> standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
> this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
>
> flight.
>
> Any one finds them please post.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
>
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Date: 8/15/17 1:35 pm
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
I took it upon myself to contact someone at MMSD regarding the water levels at the Wildlife Observation Area. I received a response almost immediately from Kathy Lake of MMSD:
I'm glad that you're enjoying the birding areas! We are actively pumping water out of the ponds 24 hours per day Monday through Friday. We are using a portable pump which pumps at a higher capacity than the pump that is located in our lagoon pumping station. We have dropped the water level about 1.5 ft from its high water mark. We will continue pumping and hopefully will be creating some mudflats soon, assuming there are not additional large rain events.

Fingers crossed that some habitat will be available in the near future!

kris p.
stoughton



On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:42 PM, Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...> wrote:

There are others who can answer this better than I, but I do know the decisions are based on more than treatment plant needs, although those can take precedence at times.

When the ponds were retired from being settling ponds, MMSD (Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District) convened a large, diverse group of stakeholders to determine what should happen to the area. I was working for Madison Audubon Society at the time, and we recruited our own team to advocate for shorebird habitat. After several years of work, including MMSD addressing part of the area being a Superfund site, it was designated, officially, the MMSD Wildlife Observation Area. Part of the plan was to manage for shorebirds, especially as shorebird habitat across southern Wisconsin was in short supply.

Of course, most people call it, “Nine Springs” (the adjacent stream is Nine Springs Creek), as its been known for many decades now.

I no longer know who is communicating with MMSD, but I hope someone there continues to be interested in managing the area for shorebirds.

Karen
--
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Lake Mills, WI
<chimneyswift1...> <mailto:<chimneyswift1...>

*****
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> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:56 PM, Kris Perlberg <kris...> <mailto:<kris...>> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know who or what determines if/when the Nine Springs Ponds get pumped? I often wondered how those decisions are made. Is there any consideration to wildlife and habitat or is it based simply on the treatment plant needs?
>
>
> Kris P.
> Stoughton
>
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> <mailto:<kyounger...>> wrote:
>
> Chuck Henrikson and I checked the flooded gardens in the southwest
> corner of Seminole and Lacy Rd this morning after our Arboretum walk.
> It had Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated
> Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and at least one
> Least Sandpiper.
>
> I had birded the Schumacher road ponds a day or two ago, but didn't
> see anything crazy there, either.
>
> Nine Springs *still* has not started pumping the ponds! Major
> disappointment after they missed doing so in the Spring :(
>
> -Kenny Younger
> Madison
>
> Kenneth Younger III
> <kyounger...> <mailto:<kyounger...>
> (515) 367-0001
> @kenny
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach
> <aholschbach...> wrote:
>> Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of
>> Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with
>> some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't
>> have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
>> Aaron Holschbach
>> Waunakee
>>
>> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>>
>>> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
>>> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
>>> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>>>
>>> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>>>
>>> kris p.
>>> stoughton
>>>
>>> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
>>> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
>>> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
>>> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
>>> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
>>> To: <wisbirdn...>
>>> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
>>> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>>>
>>>
>>>> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
>>> other
>>>> standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
>>>> this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
>>>> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
>>> flight.
>>>> Any one finds them please post.
>>>> Daryl Tessen
>>>> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 12:35 pm
From: Ryan Sallmann <rmsallmann...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
I checked Wind Lake Sod Farm today in Racine County and just like everyone
else I came up empty. Not even a Killdeer to speak of on the turf :(
Ryan Sallmann
Waukesha, WI

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:07 AM, Kris Perlberg <kris...>
wrote:

> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>
> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>
> kris p.
> stoughton
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
> To: <wisbirdn...>
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>
>
> > I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
> other
> > standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
> > this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
> > Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
> flight.
> > Any one finds them please post.
> > Daryl Tessen
> > Appleton,, WI
> >
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Date: 8/15/17 11:43 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
There are others who can answer this better than I, but I do know the decisions are based on more than treatment plant needs, although those can take precedence at times.
When the ponds were retired from being settling ponds, MMSD (Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District) convened a large, diverse group of stakeholders to determine what should happen to the area. I was working for Madison Audubon Society at the time, and we recruited our own team to advocate for shorebird habitat. After several years of work, including MMSD addressing part of the area being a Superfund site, it was designated, officially, the MMSD Wildlife Observation Area. Part of the plan was to manage for shorebirds, especially as shorebird habitat across southern Wisconsin was in short supply.

Of course, most people call it, “Nine Springs” (the adjacent stream is Nine Springs Creek), as its been known for many decades now.

I no longer know who is communicating with MMSD, but I hope someone there continues to be interested in managing the area for shorebirds.

Karen
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> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:56 PM, Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone know who or what determines if/when the Nine Springs Ponds get pumped? I often wondered how those decisions are made. Is there any consideration to wildlife and habitat or is it based simply on the treatment plant needs?
>
>
> Kris P.
> Stoughton
>
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> wrote:
>
> Chuck Henrikson and I checked the flooded gardens in the southwest
> corner of Seminole and Lacy Rd this morning after our Arboretum walk.
> It had Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated
> Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and at least one
> Least Sandpiper.
>
> I had birded the Schumacher road ponds a day or two ago, but didn't
> see anything crazy there, either.
>
> Nine Springs *still* has not started pumping the ponds! Major
> disappointment after they missed doing so in the Spring :(
>
> -Kenny Younger
> Madison
>
> Kenneth Younger III
> <kyounger...>
> (515) 367-0001
> @kenny
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach
> <aholschbach...> wrote:
>> Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of
>> Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with
>> some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't
>> have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
>> Aaron Holschbach
>> Waunakee
>>
>> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>>
>>> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
>>> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
>>> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>>>
>>> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>>>
>>> kris p.
>>> stoughton
>>>
>>> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
>>> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
>>> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
>>> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
>>> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
>>> ----- Original Message -----
>>> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
>>> To: <wisbirdn...>
>>> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
>>> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>>>
>>>
>>>> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
>>> other
>>>> standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
>>>> this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
>>>> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
>>> flight.
>>>> Any one finds them please post.
>>>> Daryl Tessen
>>>> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 11:36 am
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
The birds are close to the Road, with the pond being to the west of
Schumacher. Most of them I could ID with binocs, but would probably need a
scope for some on the far edge of the pond.
The road is somewhat busy at times, but the worst part is that there isn't
much of a shoulder to pull onto. I was there at 5pm yesterday, and I was
not a fan of the traffic at that time, even though it was only a car or two
per minute.

Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:49 PM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:

> Thanks Aaron. Is that a busy road? How close are the birds?
>
>
>
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...>
> wrote:
>
> Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north
> of Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday,
> with some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I
> didn't have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
>
> Aaron Holschbach
> Waunakee
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...>
> wrote:
>
>> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock
>> counties, please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe
>> they are just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>>
>> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>>
>> kris p.
>> stoughton
>>
>> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year
>> birds
>> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms
>> near
>> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
>> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
>> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
>> To: <wisbirdn...>
>> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
>> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>>
>>
>> > I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
>> other
>> > standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
>> > this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
>> > Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
>> flight.
>> > Any one finds them please post.
>> > Daryl Tessen
>> > Appleton,, WI
>> >
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Date: 8/15/17 10:57 am
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
Does anyone know who or what determines if/when the Nine Springs Ponds get pumped? I often wondered how those decisions are made. Is there any consideration to wildlife and habitat or is it based simply on the treatment plant needs?


Kris P.
Stoughton


On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:51 PM, Kenneth Younger <kyounger...> wrote:

Chuck Henrikson and I checked the flooded gardens in the southwest
corner of Seminole and Lacy Rd this morning after our Arboretum walk.
It had Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated
Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and at least one
Least Sandpiper.

I had birded the Schumacher road ponds a day or two ago, but didn't
see anything crazy there, either.

Nine Springs *still* has not started pumping the ponds! Major
disappointment after they missed doing so in the Spring :(

-Kenny Younger
Madison

Kenneth Younger III
<kyounger...>
(515) 367-0001
@kenny


On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach
<aholschbach...> wrote:
> Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of
> Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with
> some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't
> have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
> Aaron Holschbach
> Waunakee
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>
>> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
>> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
>> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>>
>> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>>
>> kris p.
>> stoughton
>>
>> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
>> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
>> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
>> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
>> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
>> To: <wisbirdn...>
>> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
>> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>>
>>
>>> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
>> other
>>> standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
>>> this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
>>> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
>> flight.
>>> Any one finds them please post.
>>> Daryl Tessen
>>> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 10:52 am
From: Kenneth Younger <kyounger...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
Chuck Henrikson and I checked the flooded gardens in the southwest
corner of Seminole and Lacy Rd this morning after our Arboretum walk.
It had Pectoral Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, Semipalmated
Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Solitary Sandpipers, and at least one
Least Sandpiper.

I had birded the Schumacher road ponds a day or two ago, but didn't
see anything crazy there, either.

Nine Springs *still* has not started pumping the ponds! Major
disappointment after they missed doing so in the Spring :(

-Kenny Younger
Madison

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On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach
<aholschbach...> wrote:
> Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of
> Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with
> some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't
> have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
> Aaron Holschbach
> Waunakee
>
> On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:
>
>> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
>> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
>> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>>
>> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>>
>> kris p.
>> stoughton
>>
>> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
>> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
>> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
>> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
>> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
>> To: <wisbirdn...>
>> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
>> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>>
>>
>> > I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
>> other
>> > standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
>> > this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
>> > Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
>> flight.
>> > Any one finds them please post.
>> > Daryl Tessen
>> > Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 10:49 am
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
Thanks Aaron. Is that a busy road? How close are the birds?



On Aug 15, 2017, at 12:34 PM, Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...> wrote:

Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.

Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> <mailto:<kris...>> wrote:
If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties, please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).

I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.

kris p.
stoughton

On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> <mailto:<stevethiessen...>> wrote:



Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
----- Original Message -----
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To: <wisbirdn...> <mailto:<wisbirdn...>>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms


> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus other
> standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
> this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak flight.
> Any one finds them please post.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 10:35 am
From: Aaron Holschbach <aholschbach...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
Lots of shorebirds the past couple days at the Schumacher Rd ponds north of
Waunakee. Good numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectorals yesterday, with
some Stilt Sandpipers, Dowitchers, Solitary, Spotted, peeps, etc. I didn't
have much time so I didn't look thru them very well.
Aaron Holschbach
Waunakee

On Tue, Aug 15, 2017 at 10:08 AM Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:

> If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties,
> please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are
> just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).
>
> I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.
>
> kris p.
> stoughton
>
> On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
> wrote:
>
>
>
> Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
> peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
> by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
> producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
> Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
> To: <wisbirdn...>
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
> Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
>
>
> > I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus
> other
> > standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
> > this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
> > Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak
> flight.
> > Any one finds them please post.
> > Daryl Tessen
> > Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 10:04 am
From: Stuart Malcolm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender stuart.malcolm26 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
Only once in the last 5 years have we not had Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Anderson Sod Farm (Winnebago County) by now - earliest ebird records for the last five years - 15/8/2012, 6/8/13, 22/8/14, 29/715, 5/8/16. I checked again this morning and no luck (like Daryl I have been checking several times a week). 
I can almost guarantee they will be there at the end of this week - in 2014 (another slow year) I was checking all month and they turned up the day after I went on vacation. I'm off on vacation on Thursday..................................
(Killdeer numbers are also well down this year).
Stuart MalcolmNeenah, Winnebago Cty.
On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, 10:08:30 AM CDT, Kris Perlberg <kris...> wrote:

If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties, please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).

I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.

kris p.
stoughton

On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> wrote:



Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
To: <wisbirdn...>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms


> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning.  Only 30 Killdeer plus other
> standard birds.  I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
> this afternoon.  60 Killdeer but that was it.  Still no Buff-breasted
> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak flight.
> Any one finds them please post.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/15/17 8:08 am
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
If anyone runs across any shorebirds, especially in dane or rock counties, please post here. I can’t find much of anything either but maybe they are just later than usual this year. (wishful thinking).

I’m especially looking for a lifer; the buff-breasted sandpiper.

kris p.
stoughton

On Aug 15, 2017, at 1:13 AM, Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...> wrote:



Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
To: <wisbirdn...>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms


> I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus other
> standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
> this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
> Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak flight.
> Any one finds them please post.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/14/17 11:14 pm
From: Steve Thiessen <stevethiessen...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms


Well, the July adults skipped us. But I always felt that the 1st year birds
peaked the last week of August. Of course, we don't have any sod farms near
by anymore. The decent looking flooded field around here haven't been
producing any numbers of any shorebirds.
Steve Thiessen ,struggling for shorebirds, in Stoughton ,Dane co.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gmail" <bhaunts...>
To: <wisbirdn...>
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2017 2:48 PM
Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms


>I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus other
>standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early
>this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted
>Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak flight.
>Any one finds them please post.
> Daryl Tessen
> Appleton,, WI
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Date: 8/14/17 12:57 pm
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Sod Farms
I checked the Hanover Sod farm southeast of Janesville yesterday. Hundreds of Killdeer, a couple Least SP and a couple Pectoral SP.

Kris Perlberg
Stoughton


On Aug 14, 2017, at 2:48 PM, Gmail <bhaunts...> wrote:

I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus other standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak flight. Any one finds them please post.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Date: 8/14/17 12:48 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Sod Farms
I checked the Anderson sod farm this morning. Only 30 Killdeer plus other standard birds. I checked the Green Meadow sod farm (Stevens Pt) early this afternoon. 60 Killdeer but that was it. Still no Buff-breasted Sandpiper anywhere---frustrating as this should be about their peak flight. Any one finds them please post.
Daryl Tessen
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Date: 8/14/17 8:59 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Possible Ash-Throared Flycatcher-Horicon
Hi Sam,
I can’t claim to be an expert on flycatchers, but I did see quite a few Ash-throated this spring in west Texas. None had any fork in the tail that I noticed, and most/all had enough of a crest to quickly id them as flycatchers. They are paler than Great Cresteds, but Sibley says, “beware faded Great Crested”, which I would assume would be the case in late summer when the plumage is worn. Would be great to have an Ash-throated here, though, so hope others confirm it and/or get a photo!

Karen
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> On Aug 13, 2017, at 9:52 PM, Samuel J. Krerowicz <krerowiczs01...> wrote:
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> I birded some lesser known spots around Horicon this afternoon, and while they were all pretty quiet, I did find what I'm reasonably certain was an ash-throated flycatcher in the fields at the end of peachy road. It was a large flycatcher, slightly smaller than a great-crested flycatcher, but larger than an eastern phoebe with light grey-brown head and back with slightly darker wings and tail. Tail had a slight rusty tinge to it with a fairly deep fork, but nowhere near as forked as a scissor-tailed flycatcher and it flicked its tail on occasion. The throat was a dirty white rather than grey. I didn't see much of the front, but it appeared pretty pale all the way down. The head was very round, much rounder than a grear-crested flycatcher, but the beak had a similar length and heft in proportion to the head, maybe slightly less chunky. I've never seen an ash-throated flycatcher before, so I can't be certain that's what it was, but it was clearly not a great-crested flycatcher.
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Date: 8/13/17 7:52 pm
From: Samuel J. Krerowicz <krerowiczs01...>
Subject: [wisb] Possible Ash-Throared Flycatcher-Horicon
I birded some lesser known spots around Horicon this afternoon, and while they were all pretty quiet, I did find what I'm reasonably certain was an ash-throated flycatcher in the fields at the end of peachy road. It was a large flycatcher, slightly smaller than a great-crested flycatcher, but larger than an eastern phoebe with light grey-brown head and back with slightly darker wings and tail. Tail had a slight rusty tinge to it with a fairly deep fork, but nowhere near as forked as a scissor-tailed flycatcher and it flicked its tail on occasion. The throat was a dirty white rather than grey. I didn't see much of the front, but it appeared pretty pale all the way down. The head was very round, much rounder than a grear-crested flycatcher, but the beak had a similar length and heft in proportion to the head, maybe slightly less chunky. I've never seen an ash-throated flycatcher before, so I can't be certain that's what it was, but it was clearly not a great-crested flycatcher.
Sam Krerowicz
Madison, WI

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Date: 8/13/17 12:06 pm
From: Greg Hottman <greghottman...>
Subject: [wisb] Common Nighthawk, Village of Oregon, Dane County
I saw my first Nighthawk of the season last night about 8:00 heading in a
southerly direction.


https://flic.kr/p/Xtryut



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Date: 8/13/17 11:45 am
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Horicon Marsh field trip
The WSO had its Horicon marsh field trip today. As expected there is limited (and decreasing) shorebird habitat, plus many spots were very quiet. We ended with 13 shorebird species (nothing unusual) with the three spots for them being pump house pond (little water in the ditch), old marsh rd (east end by photo shed) and the "ibis" pond along west 49. It was a fun time with a fun group. Tom will provide the details.
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Date: 8/12/17 6:04 pm
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Ospreys around Lake Kegonsa and more
Hello Birders!
Driving by the 2 active osprey nests almost daily
and amazed how long this process is taking.

After looking up the time factors for eggs, young and fledging on-line
I would say these are *still* the first young of the season.

The Rough-legged Hawks I studied in Sweden took this long but
that was in the Arctic region!

Today, the two active nests each still had 2 young
which were crying for food or
eating what was supplied by a nearby third party.

The third nest seems to be empty and
the fourth did not host ospreys this season.

Have been walking my area and tracking
what species are still present and/or singing/calling.
Is anyone still hearing Wood Thrush for example??

Sandy Petersen, rural Dane co


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Date: 8/12/17 3:11 pm
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher...>
Subject: [wisb] Blue Grosbeak, Spring Green Preserve-East
ust 12.  Clear view and vocal in bare tree at first part of trail before Kiosk.  
Mary Hampton
Madison 
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Date: 8/11/17 2:35 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Man visiting Wisconsin captures photos of red-winged blackbird landing on flying bald eagle
Nice photos :)

"
A Virginia man visiting family in the northern part of the state captured one of those moments with his camera recently when he noticed a red-winged blackbird catching a ride on a soaring bald eagle."

http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/man-visiting-wisconsin-captures-amazing-photos-of-red-winged-blackbird-landing-on-flying-bald-eagle

-Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.
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Date: 8/10/17 5:51 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] Learn more about the Common Nighthawk
Read about this declining species at:
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/08/learn-more-about-common-nighthawk.html

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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office 262-285-3374
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Date: 8/10/17 10:18 am
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 10, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, August10, 2017
70 degrees
Cloudy, intermittent rain, at times heavy
17 birders

Total Species: 32

3 Canada Goose
1 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Blue heron
3 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
13 Rock Pigeon
1 Mourning Dove
18 Chimney Swift
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

2 Downy Woodpecker
1 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
4 Black-capped Chickadee
1 White-breasted Nuthatch
2 House Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
6 American Robin

1 Gray Catbird
30 European Starlings
61 Cedar Waxwing
2 Chipping Sparrow
4 Song Sparrow
5 Northern Cardinal
1 Rose-breasted Grosbeak
3 Indigo Bunting
3 Red-winged Blackbird
6 House Finch

31 American Goldfinch
3 House Sparrow

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Date: 8/10/17 6:09 am
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Swallow departure, dickcissels Washington Island
Purple Martins at ferry dock August 2017:
*7/30/17* about 445 pm, large number of Purple Martins coming and going
around martin house at ferry dock.
Mostly gone when I returned about 7 pm, then the flock returned and settled
in - were they out to dinner ... flying, feeding together?
*8/2/17* - 9:45 am - 2 Purple Martins in/out of houses
5 pm - 2 young in and out of compartments, 2 adults flying about
*8/3/17* - at least 6 young coming/going; at least 1 young still in
compartments; maybe 1-2 adults;
*8/4/17* - 445 pm - at least 6 young still in compartments; 1 young stuck
in entrance head in; several adults? flying around martin house;
*8/6/17* - 9 am - no martins present; two people came walking with 2 dogs
around the martin house: 2 or more purple martins showed up, cruised over
the house, made calls; left as soon as dogs were gone.
7:30 pm - 2 purple martins in the martin house; 1 in, 1 outside
compartment; both inside when we left;
*8/7/17 *- am - no martins present.
*8/8/17* - leaving Island at noon, could hear purple martin voice(s) but
did not have a chance to check for details ....
Bank Swallows at Island main breeding site (private property):
heard 7/30/17
none seen/heard 8/1/17
seen 2 individuals flying over and around 715 am 8/2/17.
Two bank swallows flying at same site 7-8 am on 8/5/17.

Barn Swallows at Jackson Harbor:
8/3/17 - Young barns in the 2 fish boats and along shed edges have fledged.
8/7/17 - 6 Barn Swallows in and out of the fish shed (upstairs) on dock.

Dickcissels heard along grassland habitats:
8/1/17 - 2 separate individuals heard. That was it for the period 8/1 to
8/7/17 - I drove approximately the same roads daily.


Sandy Petersen, rural Stoughton, Dane Co and Washington Island, Door Co


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Date: 8/9/17 2:13 pm
From: Betsy Abert <betsyacorn...>
Subject: [wisb] Red Headed Woodpecker Kids: South Milwaukee
Nice to hear the chortle of two red head kids today as they nervously
approach the peanut feeder. I've only seen one adult at a time in the last
month, so it may be possible that one of them remains behind with a third
offspring, as the kids seem to historically arrive here about a week apart,
then being joined by both adults. I believe, from the flight trajectory of
the adults this summer, that they nested over near or in Grant Park or
along the Parkway. And, in the better late than never dept, the hummer
kids have arrived as well in full, fierce form. I believe only one
youngster made it. When they're not chasing off finch et al, their
curiosity about the dogs and me brings them quite close.
Betsy Abert, South Milwaukee, SE Milwaukee county

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Date: 8/9/17 1:47 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Horicon Marsh 8/9/17
I spent the morning checking the anderson sod farm and Horicon Marsh. The sod farm remains extremely quiet. Early this morning only 3 Killdeer and several Horned Lark families were present.
Starting at the pump house pond on the east end of 49 (early) showed the only water was in the ditch and it was limited. Careful scanning yielded 9 shorebird species that included 2 Black-bellied Plovers (mostly still in breeding plumage), 5 Killdeer, 1 Spotted sandpiper, 1 Solitary Sandpiper, 10 Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Black-necked Stilts, 1 Baird's, 8 Least and 2 Pectoral Sandpipers. By the time I moved on many of these had departed. Also present were 3 immature Bonaparte's Gulls along with some Ring-billeds. I walked the Old Marsh Rd (east side) to a little beyond the photo shack. Water is also very low here with only the ditch having some. Besides a few Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, there were 4 Baird's Sandpipers in close. Additions were single Greater Yellowlegs and Semip. Sandpiper.
I returned to the pump house pond where only 7 Lesser Yellowlegs were still present. They soon left so no shorebirds remained. This was true when I came by over an hour later!! I did find a Wilson's Snipe (it flew) at the "ibis" pond. Thus I ended with 12 shorebird species but one had to work for them----and obviously early morning is the best as they are moving elsewhere. Also the habitat continues to decrease so here is hoping the forecast rain for tomorrow and Friday will be ample to replenish these ponds. If not!!!!!!
Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI

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Date: 8/8/17 2:14 pm
From: Drew Cashman <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drcashman11 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
Bald Eagles would most definitely take a young Swan especially on the water.  
Drew C Waunakee, WI
From: janek cieszynski <dmarc-noreply...>
To: <484bob...>
Cc: <rainbow...>; Wisconsin Birding Network <wisbirdn...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 8, 2017 3:47 PM
Subject: [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County

We have had nesting Trumpeter Swans for years in Waushara County.
I have never been able to figure out what happens to the cygnets either. There have been years that I observed cygnets that were almost a month old and they would still disappear. Some years they ended up  with 4 some years none. This year is a record year of 7 but haven't checked on them for 2 weeks. I hope they all make it.
Nature can be hard to watch but
being able to to view them return, raise their family and the depart has been a true blessing and to me and my family. I feel very blessed.
Laurie Cieszynski
Omro, Winnebago County
with property in Wautoma, Waushara County

> On Aug 8, 2017, at 2:06 PM, Robert Schneider <484bob...> wrote:
>
> Echoing Jeffs comments... saw a beautiful pair of Trumpeter's in Price
> County Spring Creek
> flowage yesterday... could not find their nest.
> Bob Schneider
>> On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 12:50 PM, Jeff Virant <rainbow...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> Just reporting in from Rainbow Pond regarding this year’s Trumpeter
>> cygnets. Having started at 4 newborns, we are now down to just one
>> surviving cygnet, who appears very healthy and growing. While accepting the
>> “way of the world” including predation and disease, it is nevertheless hard
>> to observe. As regards predation, I am certainly aware of the fact that
>> carnivores such as wolves, coyotes and foxes can consume them while still
>> in the nest. However, I am left wondering about predation once they remain
>> afloat in the pond. I have been advised of the possibility that snapping
>> turtles can consume them, though I’ve also read articles questioning this
>> theory. I would be curious if others are aware of the things that kill
>> young swans.
>> Thanks for any comments.
>>
>> Best birding.
>>
>> Jeff Virant
>> Deer Park, WI  (Polk County)
>> <rainbow...>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 8/8/17 1:47 pm
From: janek cieszynski <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender cieszyn for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
We have had nesting Trumpeter Swans for years in Waushara County.
I have never been able to figure out what happens to the cygnets either. There have been years that I observed cygnets that were almost a month old and they would still disappear. Some years they ended up with 4 some years none. This year is a record year of 7 but haven't checked on them for 2 weeks. I hope they all make it.
Nature can be hard to watch but
being able to to view them return, raise their family and the depart has been a true blessing and to me and my family. I feel very blessed.
Laurie Cieszynski
Omro, Winnebago County
with property in Wautoma, Waushara County

> On Aug 8, 2017, at 2:06 PM, Robert Schneider <484bob...> wrote:
>
> Echoing Jeffs comments... saw a beautiful pair of Trumpeter's in Price
> County Spring Creek
> flowage yesterday... could not find their nest.
> Bob Schneider
>> On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 12:50 PM, Jeff Virant <rainbow...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi everyone,
>>
>> Just reporting in from Rainbow Pond regarding this year’s Trumpeter
>> cygnets. Having started at 4 newborns, we are now down to just one
>> surviving cygnet, who appears very healthy and growing. While accepting the
>> “way of the world” including predation and disease, it is nevertheless hard
>> to observe. As regards predation, I am certainly aware of the fact that
>> carnivores such as wolves, coyotes and foxes can consume them while still
>> in the nest. However, I am left wondering about predation once they remain
>> afloat in the pond. I have been advised of the possibility that snapping
>> turtles can consume them, though I’ve also read articles questioning this
>> theory. I would be curious if others are aware of the things that kill
>> young swans.
>> Thanks for any comments.
>>
>> Best birding.
>>
>> Jeff Virant
>> Deer Park, WI (Polk County)
>> <rainbow...>
>>
>>
>>
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Date: 8/8/17 11:08 am
From: Robert Schneider <484bob...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
Echoing Jeffs comments... saw a beautiful pair of Trumpeter's in Price
County Spring Creek
flowage yesterday... could not find their nest.
Bob Schneider
On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 12:50 PM, Jeff Virant <rainbow...> wrote:

> Hi everyone,
>
> Just reporting in from Rainbow Pond regarding this year’s Trumpeter
> cygnets. Having started at 4 newborns, we are now down to just one
> surviving cygnet, who appears very healthy and growing. While accepting the
> “way of the world” including predation and disease, it is nevertheless hard
> to observe. As regards predation, I am certainly aware of the fact that
> carnivores such as wolves, coyotes and foxes can consume them while still
> in the nest. However, I am left wondering about predation once they remain
> afloat in the pond. I have been advised of the possibility that snapping
> turtles can consume them, though I’ve also read articles questioning this
> theory. I would be curious if others are aware of the things that kill
> young swans.
> Thanks for any comments.
>
> Best birding.
>
> Jeff Virant
> Deer Park, WI (Polk County)
> <rainbow...>
>
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Date: 8/8/17 10:50 am
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow...>
Subject: [wisb] Trumpeter Swan Update/Downgrade, Polk County
Hi everyone,

Just reporting in from Rainbow Pond regarding this year’s Trumpeter cygnets. Having started at 4 newborns, we are now down to just one surviving cygnet, who appears very healthy and growing. While accepting the “way of the world” including predation and disease, it is nevertheless hard to observe. As regards predation, I am certainly aware of the fact that carnivores such as wolves, coyotes and foxes can consume them while still in the nest. However, I am left wondering about predation once they remain afloat in the pond. I have been advised of the possibility that snapping turtles can consume them, though I’ve also read articles questioning this theory. I would be curious if others are aware of the things that kill young swans.
Thanks for any comments.

Best birding.

Jeff Virant
Deer Park, WI (Polk County)
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Date: 8/8/17 10:48 am
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Reconsideration of heron sighting at Horicon NWR yesterday
The expert I mentioned yesterday in the follow-up to my "probable juvenile
Little Blue Heron.." post was kind enough to send me photos of juvenile
Cattle Egrets and a Snowy Egret he had worked with. The juvenile Cattle
Egret has a very black bill and dark lores, and even lacks the bulge of
feathers under the bill which is quite distinctive in older birds. After
looking at these photos, I am convinced that at this very early stage in
their development, that I am incapable of separating juvenile Cattle Egret,
Little Blue Heron, and Snowy Egret.
This left only the feeding behavior observation to support my supposed
Little Blue Heron identification. I am used to seeing Cattle Egrets feed
with cattle or while foraging on lawns. The postures and motions I observed
yesterday were nothing like Cattle Egret feeding I have previously observed.
So, it was time for "Birds of North America", and it turns out that Cattle
Egret is very adaptable in its feeding behavior, and the methods it uses
varies with prey and habitat. So, it is not surprising that Cattle Egret
behavior in a drying cattail marsh pond differs from one in a cow pasture!
All the behaviors I observed yesterday were covered in the detailed Birds of
North America account.
Since Cattle Egrets are regular in and/or near Horicon Marsh, I now believe
this is most likely what I saw. I am glad that I e-birded my sighting as
"heron (sp)". Hopefully, a Little Blue Heron with distinct markings will
show up for us this month, but for now I realize I should have titled my
original post as "possible juvenile Cattle Egret."
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Date: 8/7/17 3:42 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Probable juvenile Little Blue Heron at Horicon NWR in Dodge County
An expert has suggested that the bird I saw might be a juvenile Cattle
Egret. I eliminated that after looking at my National Geographic guide,
which shows juvenile Cattle Egret having a yellow bill, but Sibley shows
juvenile Cattle Egret with a black bill. The bill length seemed too long for
Cattle Egret, but I guess that is a judgment call. I also have never seen a
Cattle Egret feed in this manner, but I guess that species should be further
considered.
The person who backchanneled also questioned my statement about juvenile
Snowy Egrets having yellow legs- I got that from looking at Sibley's
illustration (he calls them bright green), but Sibley guides have had some
color issues, so I may have passed on some misinformation.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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To: <Wisbirdn...>
Subject: Probable juvenile Little Blue Heron at Horicon NWR in Dodge County

I say probable because this was a very difficult identification for me, and
I don't want people from far away to come to Horicon expecting to see a
Little Blue Heron, and find out it was actually a juvenile Snowy Egret.
First seen on Old Marsh Road at about the halfway point (perhaps 1.3 miles
from the west entrance to the road), I knew it was not a Great Egret because
of its small size. I eliminated Cattle Egret because it had a dark bill, and
the extremely rare Little Egret and Reddish Egret could be eliminated
because they have much longer bills. The bird was a bit back from the water
across a large pool and a few feet back in the cattails. I studied it for at
least a half hour, and left telling myself that I needed to do more
research.
Approximately 1.5 hours later I was driving east on STH49 and the same bird
was on the pumphouse pond south of STH49 with a few Great Egrets. At times
it came close to the road and I had nice looks through the spotting scope,
but I still couldn't come to a definite conclusion.

Here are the difficulties that I encountered:

1. The lores were gray (perfect for Little Blue Heron, but not for Snowy
Egret which should have yellow lores), but the bill seemed fairly uniformly
colored- at certain light angles dark gray, at other times black. Juvenile
Little Blue Heron should have a bicolored bill.

2. Plumage was entirely white. If some dark in the wingtips were present it
would clinch Little Blue Heron, but I saw no black when it was preening or
during flight. Apparently, lack of black in the wingtips is not a deal
breaker for juvenile Little Blue Heron.

3. Leg color seemed entirely dark. Juvenile Snowy Egret should have light
yellow legs with occasional black on the foreleg. Little Blue Heron should
have dull green legs. These seemed dark, but the sun was so bright during
the times I observed the bird (11:00 AM-11:30 AM, and from about 1:20
PM-1:50 PM) that I wonder if colors on both the bill and legs were being
washed out.

4. Feeding activity may have been the best indicator for Little Blue Heron.
It fed with neck outstretched and when on the mud, sometimes wobbled its
neck sideways. In the water it did not crouch like Snowy Egret but continued
to forage with an extended neck.
When I left, it was still in the pumphouse pond , fairly close to the
pumphouse dike, but had moved farther back. On occasion it would move into
the vegetation at the edge of the dike and could not be seen.
Hopefully this bird will stick around until Sunday, when the WSO holds its
field trip, and the experts can positively ID the bird. Until then, if
anybody sees the bird and can provide additional insight, please post!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County






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Date: 8/7/17 2:19 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Probable juvenile Little Blue Heron at Horicon NWR in Dodge County
I say probable because this was a very difficult identification for me, and
I don't want people from far away to come to Horicon expecting to see a
Little Blue Heron, and find out it was actually a juvenile Snowy Egret.
First seen on Old Marsh Road at about the halfway point (perhaps 1.3 miles
from the west entrance to the road), I knew it was not a Great Egret because
of its small size. I eliminated Cattle Egret because it had a dark bill, and
the extremely rare Little Egret and Reddish Egret could be eliminated
because they have much longer bills. The bird was a bit back from the water
across a large pool and a few feet back in the cattails. I studied it for at
least a half hour, and left telling myself that I needed to do more
research.
Approximately 1.5 hours later I was driving east on STH49 and the same bird
was on the pumphouse pond south of STH49 with a few Great Egrets. At times
it came close to the road and I had nice looks through the spotting scope,
but I still couldn't come to a definite conclusion.

Here are the difficulties that I encountered:

1. The lores were gray (perfect for Little Blue Heron, but not for Snowy
Egret which should have yellow lores), but the bill seemed fairly uniformly
colored- at certain light angles dark gray, at other times black. Juvenile
Little Blue Heron should have a bicolored bill.

2. Plumage was entirely white. If some dark in the wingtips were present it
would clinch Little Blue Heron, but I saw no black when it was preening or
during flight. Apparently, lack of black in the wingtips is not a deal
breaker for juvenile Little Blue Heron.

3. Leg color seemed entirely dark. Juvenile Snowy Egret should have light
yellow legs with occasional black on the foreleg. Little Blue Heron should
have dull green legs. These seemed dark, but the sun was so bright during
the times I observed the bird (11:00 AM-11:30 AM, and from about 1:20
PM-1:50 PM) that I wonder if colors on both the bill and legs were being
washed out.

4. Feeding activity may have been the best indicator for Little Blue Heron.
It fed with neck outstretched and when on the mud, sometimes wobbled its
neck sideways. In the water it did not crouch like Snowy Egret but continued
to forage with an extended neck.
When I left, it was still in the pumphouse pond , fairly close to the
pumphouse dike, but had moved farther back. On occasion it would move into
the vegetation at the edge of the dike and could not be seen.
Hopefully this bird will stick around until Sunday, when the WSO holds its
field trip, and the experts can positively ID the bird. Until then, if
anybody sees the bird and can provide additional insight, please post!
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County






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Date: 8/7/17 11:00 am
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Veteran's Park Eastern Kingbird family
hi :)
While i was at the Concours d’Elegance car show (with full intent of looking at cars) on Saturday Aug. 5th i spent more time photographing & watching an Eastern Kingbird family then "watching" cars. My attention was drawn to them shortly upon arriving by the sound of screaming gulls. I quickly noticed both EK parents ferociously chasing off a gull. In a tree nearby i was able to see a nest with two chicks & another on a branch. They did not seem alarmed as they continued to ask for food & their posture was relaxed. This lead me to believe that there was probably not an actual attack on the chicks before i arrived. While i marveled at the speed, determination, & effectiveness of the parents attacking skills, i couldn't help but wonder why there were 2 chicks still in the nest this late in the year? Obviously i have no way of knowing if they have yet left the nest, but they seemed pretty content side by side in the nest while their sibling was at the top of the tree. I watched for
a while & observed that the parents more then adequately had the situation under control. I then left.
On the way home i saw 2 adult Green Herons & 1 juvie on the lagoon. The first Green Herons i saw on the lagoon this year. I am inclined to think that they recently arrived & are gearing up for migration. What ever the case, i was glad to see them! I also saw 20 Double-Crested Cormorants on Lake Michigan Saturday morning. Bigger number then usual for the area.
Yesterday (Aug. 6th) i checked on the Eastern Kingbird family. I saw all 3 chicks in the tree & was delighted to see the 2 nest chicks on branches. Also there was, again, much chasing off of the gulls by the parents. Many times i saw a parent was attached to the back of a gull for a bit while the gull screamed & flew around trying to escape the bird attached to its back. For several reasons it was quite comical to watch at times & i laughed out loud. I spent probably 3 hours-ish there yesterday. There came a time when there were gulls in the grass feeding off bits left by people, paying no attention to the nest tree & they were a significant distance from the nest; but yet were relentlessly attacked by the parents. It seemed like quite an under taking to me as there were about 30-40 gulls spread out in the grass & 3 hungry chicks in the tree. To my non bird eyes it didn't seem that a specific 1 or 2 gulls were targeted; but i do not know. Again i marveled at the accomplishments & d
edication of the parents while i pondered how much energy they expended solely on gull patrol. After every one settled down i started to leave. After a few steps i turned to look at the tree again & saw a most tiny bird just landing on the grass. I went back to look, & sure enough, a tiny chick froze in the grass so i could not see it. I backed off & watched. I saw the tiny chick walk while flapping & jump up (as if this was all that was needed to take flight & get from grass to tree) over & over until it was at the tree base. As it did this it reached no more then 4 inches off the ground. It did not appear injured in any way. I decided the best thing for me to do was place the chick back in the tree as there was still many things very close by that needed to be collected (tables, tents, trash cans, etc.. ) & the vehicles used on the enclosed area (car show) had no restricted areas in which to drive within the perimeter. I don't think the tactic "i'm frozen & you can't see me" would
work very well on golf carts. I stood on a garbage can to place the bird in the tree. While i was swift & careful so as to be as little stress on the family as possible, there was a brief moment when i was setting the chick on the branch, it's eyes looked at my face & i was struck by how tiny & beautiful this little creature was. After a bit it was back to asking for food. I was hoping to see it get fed; not out of needed conformation that the chick would be alright, just to satisfy that human need to see this chick get "back to the usual". I did not see it fed, but did see a sibling make its way next to it. I then left.

I wonder if this was a late second brood? If perhaps the first ones did not survive? While the chicks had feathers & adult markings, they were less then half the size of a parents & had almost no discernible tail which barely protruded from the body, & had such tiny wings. It seems incredible to me that such tiny birds will soon be migrating to South America. As this is my first encounter with EK's i am aware that there very well may be nothing particularly unusual about the chicks size for this time of the year. It may just be me, the human, having the privileged to witness a brief time in the Eastern Kingbirds life. I think that is one of the many appeals of birds. They are seemingly infinity full of surprises since there are so many different types of birds that can vary greatly from each other.

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.
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Date: 8/6/17 6:31 pm
From: Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz...>
Subject: [wisb] Close Encounters with a wren today.
Hello friends: was at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center today, on a quiet
afternoon. As I was leaving, and getting near my car,

I heard a lot of wren activity, near the parking lot. There were 3
wrens in the immediate area, very vocal. One saw me and began

hopping along a fence post towards me. This happened several times. I
got several shots in the 2 foot to 3 foot range. I have never

seen this sort of behavior with birds, and wrens in particular, who seem
to prefer their privacy. What a treat ! They seemed

to be totally unconcerned with being so close to me.


The first three pics of this folder contain these wren highlights.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjsimage/albums/72157675544863243


Regards, Tom Schmidtkunz Bayside, Wis.

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Date: 8/6/17 3:58 pm
From: Peter Fissel <pfissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Technical difficulties
I obviously hit "Send" before I had finished looking over my Spring Green Blue Grosbeak post yesterday, since I hadn't added my full name/location (and no, I did not fly from one tree to another - which would be a very handy skill to have...) 
I've also been unable to post from my other email account since I sent that message.  I love technology (especially Outlook.  Sigh...)
Peter FisselMadison, Dane Co.
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Date: 8/6/17 2:16 pm
From: Alyssa DeRubeis <tiger150...>
Subject: [wisb] flyover Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (2nd hand report--Rock Co.)

I am reporting this on behalf of Erik Bruhnke. He observed this bird today:




SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER seen flying over Janesville today at 11:00am.

I was having brunch in the backyard of my brother's new home in Janesville, when a lone Scissor-tailed Flycatcher flew overhead. Fluttery "flycatcher wingbeats" clicked perfectly with the deeply-forked tail of disproportionately long outer tail feathers. The location of this sighting is adjacent to the Janesville Youth Sports Complex on the far east side of Janesville. I've been trying to relocate the bird for a few minutes with no success. Bird was last seen flying east. No photos, unfortunately.







Good birding!







Alyssa DeRubeis




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Date: 8/5/17 7:41 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Green Herons - Black-crowned Night Heron at Greenfield Park MKE Co. 8/5/17, some images...
Hi all,
A stop this morning at Greenfield Park in Milwaukee County proved worth
while. Juvenile Green Herons and a Black-crowned Night Heron gave nice
views and put on some shows. The Green Herons fished for food, but came up
with very little size wise if anything as they are still learning the
ropes. The juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron just hung out at a few
locations there, preening was the highlight. Also present, the pair of
Belted Kingfishers which are seen often flying back and forth around the
pond. Plenty of juvenile Wood Ducks are at most ponds. A beautiful morning
out with low 70’s, sun and a nice breeze from the west.

A link to a few images from today of the Black-crowned Night Heron and
Green Herons at the link below if you care to view them:



*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/juvenile-black-crowned-night-heron-juvenile-green-herons-greenfield-park-milwaukee-county-wisconsin-august-5-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/juvenile-black-crowned-night-heron-juvenile-green-herons-greenfield-park-milwaukee-county-wisconsin-august-5-2017/>*
Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.

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Date: 8/5/17 7:22 pm
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, August 3, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, August 3, 2017
69 degrees
Cloudy
18 birders

Total Species: 34

20 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue heron
4 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
2 Herring Gull
1 Caspian Tern
2 Rock Pigeon
1 Mourning Dove
13 Chimney Swift
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

3 Downy Woodpecker
2 Hairy Woodpecker
1 Eastern Wood-Pewee
3 Warbling vireo
2 Red-eyed Vireo
2 Blue Jay
2 American Crow
8 Barn Swallow
3 Black-capped Chickadee
2 White-breasted Nuthatch

2 House Wren
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
13 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
11 Cedar Waxwing
1 Common Yellowthroat
8 Song Sparrow
6 Northern Cardinal
2 Indigo Bunting
9 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Common Grackle
4 House Finch
18 American Goldfinch
5 House Sparrow

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Date: 8/5/17 7:18 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Blue Grosbeak still at Spring Green Preserve
Lester Doyle and I heard and saw the male Blue Grosbeak late this afternoon at the east unit of Spring Green Preserve. We were headed back to the car from the kiosk when I heard an unfamiliar song. I located the singer at the top of a small oak tree west of the trail. Shortly after, it flushed, and I realized it was entirely blue. I flew to a nearby tree and continued to sing, then relocated to the large dead tree west of the trail. The sun angle wasn't great, but I could just make out the rusty patches on the wing. It took off to the south before Lester could get a photo, unfortunately.

It made up for not seeing a Lark Sparrow, which was what I had been hoping for there...


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Date: 8/5/17 3:56 pm
From: DANIEL F DOEPPERS <dfdoeppe...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017

Wow, what a welcome pair of reports. A lot of monitoring work. Huge congratulations!

Dan


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 31, 2017, at 6:46 PM, Mark Martin <marksuemartin...> wrote:
>
> Hi
> There are 15 pairs of ospreys in Columbia County. The ospreys are nesting
> in north central and northwest Columbia County. Not all nesting sites are
> in the atlas data base at this time. At the Baraboo River Waterfowl
> Production Area there were three pairs building nests this spring on about
> 160 acres. Two were on platforms on powerline poles and one was on a tower
> erected by Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of the other nesting sites are
> on cell towers or power line poles. There is a nesting pair again this
> year on a light pole at the Pardeeville high school football field. There
> are two nests that are only five power poles apart in an area that does not
> have water with fish nearby. Two nests are in Portage and another two at
> the edge of town. There were no ospreys nesting in Columbia County in the
> first atlas.
> Mark and Sue Foote-Martin
> Columbia County Atlas Coordinators
> Goose Pond Sanctuary
> Arlington
>
> On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:27 PM, Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
> wrote:
>
>> My Osprey report for Dane Co as best I can observe from land & water. My
>> observation were done over the last week.
>> 1) Stoughton 1 = 3 fledglings
>> 2) Stoughton 2 = 2 fledglings
>> 3) Stoughton 3 = 2 fledglings
>> 4) Lk Kegonsa E. = 2 fledglings
>> 5) Lk Kegonsa sub-station = 3 fledglings
>> 6) Lk Kegonsa N. tower = 0 (This pair may have moved to the sub-station
>> location. I'm not sure.
>> 7) Lk Waubesa S. tower - Too far to see for sure. ?
>> 8) South Town cell tower = 2 fledglings
>> 9) Central Madison cell tower = 2 fledglings
>>
>> So at least 16 new osprey should join the local waterways before migrating
>> south in late Sept.
>> The late Sergej Postupalsky would be very pleased!! (WI Osprey research
>> biologist)
>>
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Date: 8/5/17 1:55 pm
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] more Horicon Marsh
I had birded the pump house pond (49) before running into Tom on the Old Marsh Rd. When I returned to that pond later I added 1 Baird's and 1 Stilt Sandpiper plus 1 SB Dowitcher so I ended with 15 shorebirds total for the marsh. However they are moving around and definitely the early morning seems the best. There is limited water in this pond. More rain is needed to maintain it.
I checked the Anderson sod farm on the way home. Not one shorebird! I had checked ti the previous 2 days and did have 30 and 5 Killdeer but not Buff-br. Sandpiper------yet, hopefully!
Daryl Tessen
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Date: 8/5/17 1:11 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Horicon NWR, Dodge County today
I started on the Point Rd. (east) entrance to Old Marsh Road and soon had my
best bird of the day, a Barred Owl perched on a large limb out in the open.
It must have flown shortly after I continued down the road, because Daryl
Tessen soon caught up with me and he hadn't seen it. If Daryl missed it, it
had to have left!
I had an enjoyable time birding with Daryl down the road to just before the
pumping station. Shorebirds were still scarce, and I'm sure the Peregrine
Falcon that flew over didn't help matters at all. Daryl gets an earlier
start than I do, and he said he had seen more shorebirds on the STH49
pumphouse pond.
We saw a few Semipalmated Plovers, Least Sandpipers, a Pectoral Sandpiper,
Killdeer, Lesser Yellowlegs, and Daryl quickly picked out a Wilson's Snipe
flying over us. Daryl headed back, but I continued on for another half mile.
Other interesting birds were a pair of Trumpeter Swans, Northern Harrier,
and a Gallinule family. A young Virginia Rail came out in the open for a
minute; it was pretty far along in acquiring adult plumage, so it must have
been from an early hatch.
A birder from Illinois had seen an American Bittern out in the open- I
missed both bitterns today and saw no terns and only one Yellow-headed
Blackbird. Black-crowned Night-Herons continue to fly back and forth near
the bend in the road.
After a stop for lunch, I made a check of the "ibis pond" west of the
historical marker and saw a couple of Black-necked Stilts and a few young
Yellow-headed Blackbirds. There were a few Black Terns there, but many fewer
than I was used to seeing at that spot.
By the time I checked the STH49 pumphouse pond, the sun was at the wrong
angle and there were only a few distant shorebirds which I didn't try to
identify.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County




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Date: 8/5/17 12:08 pm
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Shorebirds - South of Madison
I rode my bike down to Lacy Rd & Seminole Hwy to check for shorebirds
reported there. Flooded fields on both sides of the bike trail & south of
Lacy yielded Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs, Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Solitary
Sandpiper, Killdeer, Least SP, Pectoral SP & I believe I saw 1 Bairds SP
before a loud truck flushed them. Picked up a few BIGBY birds!!
Pat Ready
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Date: 8/4/17 12:27 pm
From: CHARLES HAGNER <c_hagner...>
Subject: [wisb] Upcoming Chimney Swift Watches?
I’d appreciate your help compiling a list of Chimney Swift watches in Wisconsin. If you are planning on holding a watch in the weeks to come, would you please send me the location, dates, and contact information? I’d sure appreciate it.
—Chuck


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Date: 8/4/17 6:22 am
From: Mary Hampton <willowflycatcher...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: SW Madison shorebirds
Present, continuing Friday morning, August 4.  Solitary, Least, Semi-Palm, Pectoral, Spotted and Killdeer.  Except, no Yellowlegs.  Also, dozens, probably 100s of Swallows.  Too cold, windy and wet to ID, but I picked out a few, including Cliff Swallow.  Thanks Marty!  Nice location to follow-up.
Mary Hampton
Madison
On Thursday, August 3, 2017 4:23 PM, Marty & Terry Evanson <mtevanson...> wrote:


This afternoon there were 8 common shorebird species located just SW of the
corner at Seminole and Lacy Road in Fitchburg. They were foraging in the
flooded gardens  on both sides of the bike trail. Short term parking  to the
site is available at the utility station driveways fronting Lacy road.
Solitary Sandpipers were the most numerous shorebirds at this site!


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Date: 8/3/17 7:22 pm
From: <eileenworman...>
Subject: [wisb] Possible Female Red Crossbill, Richfield, Washington County
I photographed a bird that I thought looked 'different' a couple
mornings ago, after seeing it through my bins and wondering what it
was. I didn't get great pix of it, as it was quite far from me, but a
couple that should help ID it properly.
I sent the pix to Peter Fissel first, because I didn't want to get
overly excited about it in case I was way off. But after Peter and a
couple others he sent the pix to have seen it, they're fairly
confident that it is a Red Crossbill.
We're thinking it's a female, and she doesn't look to be in great
shape as you will see by my images.
This bird was perched in a tree on our property, on the other side of
the creek that runs through our backyard. It's certainly the first
time I've ever seen a Crossbill (yes, I've got a much shorter life
list than many) and I'm pretty excited about it.
Here are the links to two photos on my Flickr page:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/36316089356/in/photostream/
and:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35552106933/in/photostream/
Any input is welcome! This would bring our yard list to 87 species in
just over four months.
Eileen Worman
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Date: 8/3/17 5:09 pm
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Subject: [wisb] Mature Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle spotted flying low over my house this morning at 8:35 a.m. Location was the West Racine area off Wasington ave. The wind seemed to be giving him a hard time as he was zig zagging over the trees.

Elizabeth J. Wheeler
Hoy Audubon
Racine/Kenosha Counties
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Date: 8/3/17 4:37 pm
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Subject: [wisb] Mature Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle spotted flying low over my house this morning at 8:35 a.m. Location was the West Racine area off Wasington ave. The wind seemed to be giving him a hard time as he was zig zagging over the trees.

Elizabeth J. Wheeler
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Date: 8/3/17 4:36 pm
From: Jim Edlhuber <jimedlhuber...>
Subject: [wisb] Ruby-throated Hummingbird on Royal Catchfly Wauk. Co. 8/2/17, some images...
Hi all,
The wildflowers are blooming away these days in the yard and every once in
awhile a Ruby-throated Hummingbird puts on a show. They have not been seen
often, but I did get a couple of shots yesterday of one on Royal Catchfly.
Images were taken on August 2, 2017.

A few images of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird on the Royal Catchfly at the
link below if you care to view them:


*http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-royal-catchfly-waukesha-county-august-2-2017/
<http://www.windowtowildlife.com/ruby-throated-hummingbird-royal-catchfly-waukesha-county-august-2-2017/>*
Thanks and good birding,

Jim Edlhuber
Town of Genesee Waukesha Co.


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Date: 8/3/17 2:23 pm
From: Marty & Terry Evanson <mtevanson...>
Subject: [wisb] SW Madison shorebirds
This afternoon there were 8 common shorebird species located just SW of the
corner at Seminole and Lacy Road in Fitchburg. They were foraging in the
flooded gardens on both sides of the bike trail. Short term parking to the
site is available at the utility station driveways fronting Lacy road.
Solitary Sandpipers were the most numerous shorebirds at this site!


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Madison



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Date: 8/2/17 1:28 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Black-necked Stilts missing on Old Marsh Road in Dodge County today.
It has only been 2 days since I posted that eastern Old Marsh Road has been
a good place to see Black-necked Stilts, but today I saw none. Another
birder who had just completed birding the entire east part of the road
before the sharp bend also reported he hadn't seen any either.
Shorebird variety and numbers were way down. Only Semipalmated Plovers (I
counted 25) were well represented, and by noon they had left.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County


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Date: 8/2/17 6:50 am
From: Sharon Swiggum <sgswiggum...>
Subject: [wisb] RFI: Great Egret Locations in Southwest Wisconsin? [Richland County]
Where are the Great Egrets this summer? Are there locations within 55 miles of Richland Center, WI where egrets are present?
Thank you!

Sharon Swiggum
Richland Center – Richland County

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Date: 8/1/17 1:26 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: FW: Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons


I looked yesterday & was unable to spot any BCNH nests. Unfortunately the foliage is too dense at this time. I will try again in the Fall when the leaves have significantly thinned out.



thank you!

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



On Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:19 PM, Richter Museum <richter...> wrote:





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To: '<dmarc-noreply...>' <dmarc-noreply...>

Subject: RE: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons


Hi, Black-crowned Night Herons can be pretty flexible for nesting. They seem to prefer shrub-Carr habitat (willows, speckled alder, etc) often on an isolated island or in flooded areas. I've found them nesting on islands in mid and upper Green Bay, even in balsam, white cedar and spruce.


We lost most of that habitat on the islands in lower Green Bay and the herons have persisted by ground nesting in/under the larger rock and stones used to shore of some islands and the causeway out to Cat Island. We first noted this in late 1980's. We've also had them ground nest on the CDF (Renard Island) in and around a small stand of cottonwood and willow. I've also seen birds nest out in old, large cattail stands on the floating mat. If you had birds nesting in trees the nests would be very visible after leaf fall. They are well constructed and usually reused. Usually about two feet across made of sticks. The ground nesters don't use as much material.


Tom Erdman, Green Bay




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To: <hopmoon...>; Wisbirdn <wisbirdn...>

Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons




hmm, that is very interesting & surprising. The seemingly unassuming thickets were quite precarious lol. I was walking on wet mud that i had to keep an eye on most of the time to make sure it didn't turn into lagoon under my next step. Also branches & such were low, so i needed to pay attention to that as well as i moved so as not to loose an eye. Most of the Black Crowned Night Herons saw/heard me coming before i saw them & they skedaddled. I did not see any nests, but it would be difficult, but not impossible, to see them from that view. I think more so it is that is not what i was looking for. I feel very confident that the BCNHs migrate to the lagoon for breeding. I think i will go again to specifically look for nests. I also think that with a good pair of binoculars (which i do not have) that nests could be spotted from the west side, and i think from a bit back (closer to the lake) on the east side after seeing how far out to the edge of the trees some of the BCNHs were. Yes. I

will definitely go back to look. I am unsure when; but when i do i will report my findings here. If i see nest/s i will have photos & that should be all the documented proof one would need :)


Tracy Chiconas

Milwaukee, Co.



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Tracy, did you happen to find any evidence of nests when you were in the thickets on the east side of the lagoon? I understand that to date there has been no accepted documentation of Black-crowned Night-herons nesting on the lagoon, although the sheer numbers of birds with juveniles seems to be some kind of indication.


Jym Mooney, Milwaukee



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Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons


Thank you! I have seen the Great Blue this year; but not today. Also i have not seen any Belted King Fishers there yet this year. With that said, today was still pretty amazing. I usually only observe the herons from west side of lagoon so as not to disturb them; although i have ventured into east side trees a few times in the past. Today i went through the east side for a much longer stretch then i have before & i counted over 30!! I am only sure about

20 though; after 20 i wasn't sure if i was counting ones that flew back & i had already counted. I have watched this lagoon for many years, so to learn that so many Black Crown Herons were there is pretty exciting to me!

Also when i first arrived at the lagoon today i briefly talked with a lady there that i think may be part of wisb. If she is i would like to apologize for not introducing myself. I looked for you later, but think you may have left by then. While i was walking on the east side of the lagoon i was hoping she was still there as many herons flew out & she would have had a great view of them.

Also during the Air & Water show on 07 15 17 i saw a family of 3 Great Blue Herons circling over the water at Bradford Beach while the Blue Angles were preforming. I am uncertain where they came from, but wondered at the time if they were the GBHs from the lagoon.


Tracy Chiconas

Milwaukee Co.




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Date: 8/1/17 12:04 pm
From: Kris Perlberg <kris...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Shorebird conditions deteriorating in Dodge County
Sorry I missed the Baird’s! Glad you found that Tom. I guess I should have made the hike! And yes, the Stilts will always be a nice bird to observe from a fairly close range. They’re pretty amazing.

After I left Marsh Road, I found the pond south of 49 quite empty around midday. Probably not the best time to look for anything there due to the glare. I had good, close looks a female Yellow-headed Blackbird feeding a juvenile.


On Jul 31, 2017, at 4:05 PM, Tom Wood <tcwood729...> wrote:

I visited Horicon National Wildlife Refuge last Friday, and both yesterday
and today, and I am seeing a big decrease in the amount of available
shorebird habitat, mostly due to lack of water in the areas we usually bird.
Yesterday I drove through the area north of Beaver Dam (Jersey Rd., Breezy
Point, etc.) and all the fields are dry with the exception of the CTH A to
151 south on-ramp pond which seemed to have only egrets and teal. There may
be too much vegetation there for shorebirds.
On Friday, Old Marsh Road was pretty good, but you needed to walk west from
the Point Road entrance about a mile, nearly to the pumping station, to find
numbers of shorebirds. Along the walk out, Kris P. and I enjoyed
Black-necked Stilts, and the Point Road entrance seems to be the best access
for seeing them along the road. Later in the day, an Illinois birder couple
had entered from auto tour entrance, and wanted to see some stilts, so I
suggested that they keep going east (they were on bikes), and they were
quite happy since the birds were in the ditch close to the road. When I got
to the pond near the pumping station, I saw Wilson's Phalaropes, 20 flyby
dowitchers (sp), both yellowlegs, lots of Semipalmated Plovers, a few Stilt
Sandpipers, numerous Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, a few Pectoral
Sandpipers, and a (FOY) Baird's Sandpiper.

Yesterday, I just birded from the south side of STH49 from the car, and the
best variety was in the pond west of the historical marker (where the ibises
were this spring). Numbers were few, and it required spending a long time
there, because most of the birds were obscured by the cattails. Black-necked
Stilts are still there and I was able to pick out 3 Short-billed Dowitchers
among the more common species. A Wilson's Snipe was briefly close to the
road on the shrinking pumphouse pond.

Today, I walked Old Marsh Road from the west (autotour entrance), and
noticed the pond east of the pumping station, where I was Friday, is also
drying. There were still a large flock of peeps (including the single
Baird's Sandpiper), but the Stilt Sandpipers were absent. A single
Short-billed Dowitcher popped in for a couple of minutes, and three Wilson's
Phalaropes were still hanging on. The highlight, though was a Black-bellied
Plover, in a transition plumage, and not a bird I expected to see. Nearly
all the shorebirds need to be seen with a spotting scope, and since it is a
fairly long walk for some of us, birders should decide whether it is worth
it to carry the scope for a mile or more.

It was worth it for me, because after checking this pond, I was able to
scope east along the ditch and found one adult and two juvenile Black-necked
Stilts in the ditch near the road, and I was glad for the scope, because I
had already walked about 2 miles, and the scope saved me from having to go
even farther!

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County







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Date: 7/31/17 4:46 pm
From: Mark Martin <marksuemartin...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
Hi
There are 15 pairs of ospreys in Columbia County. The ospreys are nesting
in north central and northwest Columbia County. Not all nesting sites are
in the atlas data base at this time. At the Baraboo River Waterfowl
Production Area there were three pairs building nests this spring on about
160 acres. Two were on platforms on powerline poles and one was on a tower
erected by Fish and Wildlife Service. Most of the other nesting sites are
on cell towers or power line poles. There is a nesting pair again this
year on a light pole at the Pardeeville high school football field. There
are two nests that are only five power poles apart in an area that does not
have water with fish nearby. Two nests are in Portage and another two at
the edge of town. There were no ospreys nesting in Columbia County in the
first atlas.
Mark and Sue Foote-Martin
Columbia County Atlas Coordinators
Goose Pond Sanctuary
Arlington

On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 11:27 PM, Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
wrote:

> My Osprey report for Dane Co as best I can observe from land & water. My
> observation were done over the last week.
> 1) Stoughton 1 = 3 fledglings
> 2) Stoughton 2 = 2 fledglings
> 3) Stoughton 3 = 2 fledglings
> 4) Lk Kegonsa E. = 2 fledglings
> 5) Lk Kegonsa sub-station = 3 fledglings
> 6) Lk Kegonsa N. tower = 0 (This pair may have moved to the sub-station
> location. I'm not sure.
> 7) Lk Waubesa S. tower - Too far to see for sure. ?
> 8) South Town cell tower = 2 fledglings
> 9) Central Madison cell tower = 2 fledglings
>
> So at least 16 new osprey should join the local waterways before migrating
> south in late Sept.
> The late Sergej Postupalsky would be very pleased!! (WI Osprey research
> biologist)
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Date: 7/31/17 2:05 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Shorebird conditions deteriorating in Dodge County
I visited Horicon National Wildlife Refuge last Friday, and both yesterday
and today, and I am seeing a big decrease in the amount of available
shorebird habitat, mostly due to lack of water in the areas we usually bird.
Yesterday I drove through the area north of Beaver Dam (Jersey Rd., Breezy
Point, etc.) and all the fields are dry with the exception of the CTH A to
151 south on-ramp pond which seemed to have only egrets and teal. There may
be too much vegetation there for shorebirds.
On Friday, Old Marsh Road was pretty good, but you needed to walk west from
the Point Road entrance about a mile, nearly to the pumping station, to find
numbers of shorebirds. Along the walk out, Kris P. and I enjoyed
Black-necked Stilts, and the Point Road entrance seems to be the best access
for seeing them along the road. Later in the day, an Illinois birder couple
had entered from auto tour entrance, and wanted to see some stilts, so I
suggested that they keep going east (they were on bikes), and they were
quite happy since the birds were in the ditch close to the road. When I got
to the pond near the pumping station, I saw Wilson's Phalaropes, 20 flyby
dowitchers (sp), both yellowlegs, lots of Semipalmated Plovers, a few Stilt
Sandpipers, numerous Least and Semipalmated Sandpipers, a few Pectoral
Sandpipers, and a (FOY) Baird's Sandpiper.

Yesterday, I just birded from the south side of STH49 from the car, and the
best variety was in the pond west of the historical marker (where the ibises
were this spring). Numbers were few, and it required spending a long time
there, because most of the birds were obscured by the cattails. Black-necked
Stilts are still there and I was able to pick out 3 Short-billed Dowitchers
among the more common species. A Wilson's Snipe was briefly close to the
road on the shrinking pumphouse pond.

Today, I walked Old Marsh Road from the west (autotour entrance), and
noticed the pond east of the pumping station, where I was Friday, is also
drying. There were still a large flock of peeps (including the single
Baird's Sandpiper), but the Stilt Sandpipers were absent. A single
Short-billed Dowitcher popped in for a couple of minutes, and three Wilson's
Phalaropes were still hanging on. The highlight, though was a Black-bellied
Plover, in a transition plumage, and not a bird I expected to see. Nearly
all the shorebirds need to be seen with a spotting scope, and since it is a
fairly long walk for some of us, birders should decide whether it is worth
it to carry the scope for a mile or more.

It was worth it for me, because after checking this pond, I was able to
scope east along the ditch and found one adult and two juvenile Black-necked
Stilts in the ditch near the road, and I was glad for the scope, because I
had already walked about 2 miles, and the scope saved me from having to go
even farther!

Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County







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Date: 7/31/17 12:47 pm
From: Korducki <korducki...>
Subject: [wisb] Breeding Bird Survey Information
Please make sure to submit the results from this Summer's Breeding Bird Survey routes if you haven't already done so. Online data submission is preferred but if that is not possible please mail it in as soon as you can.

I do have a few open routes now for next season due to the retirement of a few observers. These open routes are as follows

Buena Vista
Wiscsonsin Rapids
Clintonville
River Falls

Please let me know if you would like to take on any of these routes next year.

Thank you for all your time and efforts.

Mark Korducki, New Berlin
WI BBS Coordinator
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Date: 7/30/17 9:32 am
From: K. Hilary Ford <khilaryf32...>
Subject: [wisb] Young Tree Sparrow
Several days ago we were on the porch enjoying the evening watching the
bird fountain in mid-yard. A tree Swallow was drinking and bathing and a
youngster was trying to fly up to join her, but it was too far under the
main dish of the fountain and could not get out from underneath! I filled
a dish to put under the fountain for it , but of course it and its parent
took off when I got near!
Hilary Ford

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Date: 7/29/17 11:10 am
From: Carol Moerke <carol.moerke...>
Subject: [wisb] Egret in Menomonee Falls (Milw)
Had an egret at pond behind Forward Dental
on Custer Ave a block east of Town Hall Rd at 7 pm yesterday

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Date: 7/29/17 10:59 am
From: Rob Ruddock <rcruddock...>
Subject: [wisb] Red-tailed Hawk(s) fledgling
At around 11am yesterday (Friday) we enjoyed watching a juvenile Red-tailed
Hawk jump of the top of one of the Port Washington power plant's stacks,
following his/her parent for what may have been his/her first attempt at
it. The little guy screamed and called and even tried to land on the adult
bird while airborne. But, after a short while they caught the wind and
soared south and out of sight; perhaps toward the fields for some hunting
practice.
This was a fantastic show. It was the first time we've seen one actually
fledge like that. Unforgettable.

We viewed this spectacle from the beach access on the south side of the
Port Washington power plant. The birds are quite visible. We weren't even
birding at the time, but we were able to see all of this with the naked eye.

Happy birding,

Rob Ruddock
Ozaukee County


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Date: 7/28/17 3:18 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] Common Nighthawk watches -Ozaukee County
Learn about opportunities to watch nighthawk migration at this link:
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/07/nighthawk-watches-to-start-in-about-26.html
Nighthawk watches begin in late August.


William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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office 262-285-3374
cell 414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Date: 7/28/17 10:10 am
From: Carl Schwartz <cschwartz3...>
Subject: [wisb] Birding in Costa Rica with NRF and DNR's Craig Thompson in March 2018

A reminder that the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is traveling
to Costa Rica for
a Bird Conservation Boot Camp next March.

The week-long educational course led by DNR conservation biologist Craig
Thompson will be held at the University of Georgia-Athens Field
Station in the San Luis Valley at the foot of the Tiliran
Mountains.. Learn to census and band birds, explore local habitats, and
more
for only $1,195! Check out this trip (and other NRF travel destinations)
at http://www.wisconservation.org/how-we-work/international-field-trips/

The registration deadline for this trip is Sept. 1. It will focus on
migratory bird ecology and conservation, with special emphasis on
Wisconsin's
migratory birds in Costa Rica. More than half of Wisconsin's 235+ species
of
breeding birds spend the winter in Latin America. All are entirely
dependent
on the availability of tropical habitats for survival. Many of our most
beloved species are declining as habitats on both ends of their hemispheric
ranges are lost or degraded.

Course topics include basic identification and taxonomy, migration
fundamentals, breeding and wintering habitat ecology, factors influencing
bird populations and conservation strategies.

Mornings will be spent in the field exploring local habitats for migratory
and resident birds. Afternoons will include a mix of lectures and fun,
interactive activities designed to enhance the participants' understanding
of bird ecology and conservation. Participants will learn how to census and
band birds. Night hikes, a shade coffee plantation tour (including
tasting!)
and exploration of the world-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve are
included. All bird lovers are welcome. No expertise needed!

Carl Schwartz
Fox Point
Milwaukee County


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Date: 7/28/17 8:54 am
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 27, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, July 27, 2017
75 degrees
Foggy initially, becoming clear; very humid
19 birders

Total Species: 32

4 Canada Goose
4 Mallard
1 Great Blue heron
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
1 Herring Gull
14 Rock Pigeon
2 Mourning Dove
5 Chimney Swift
1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

3 Downy Woodpecker
1 Peregrine Falcon
2 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Blue Jay
1 American Crow
12 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
12 Barn Swallow
2 Black-capped Chickadee
1 House Wren
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

38 American Robin
2 Gray Catbird
9 European Starling
40 Cedar Waxwing
7 Song Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
3 Indigo Bunting
9 Red-winged Blackbird
1 Common Grackle
4 House Finch

27 American Goldfinch
15 House Sparrow

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Date: 7/27/17 8:18 pm
From: Tom Schmidtkunz <tschmidtkunz...>
Subject: [wisb] Birding at Horicon today
Hello friends: Was able to spend 6 or 7 hours up at Horicon today (July
27), on a nearly perfect day.

Saw Blue heron, Green heron, Black-crowned night heron, many Egrets,
Stilt, Spotted sandpiper,

a Moorhen, with young (first ever), Sandhill cranes, Marsh hawk, and I
believe a yellow warbler.


The most current 7 pictures in this folder were all taken today.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjsimage/albums/72157675544863243


Regards, Tom Schmidtkunz, Bayside Wisconsin. Visiting the northern
part of Horicon Marsh.

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Date: 7/27/17 11:58 am
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: FW: Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
thank you for the interest!
Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.


On Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:19 PM, Richter Museum <richter...> wrote:





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To: '<dmarc-noreply...>' <dmarc-noreply...>

Subject: RE: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons


Hi, Black-crowned Night Herons can be pretty flexible for nesting. They seem to prefer shrub-Carr habitat (willows, speckled alder, etc) often on an isolated island or in flooded areas. I've found them nesting on islands in mid and upper Green Bay, even in balsam, white cedar and spruce.


We lost most of that habitat on the islands in lower Green Bay and the herons have persisted by ground nesting in/under the larger rock and stones used to shore of some islands and the causeway out to Cat Island. We first noted this in late 1980's. We've also had them ground nest on the CDF (Renard Island) in and around a small stand of cottonwood and willow. I've also seen birds nest out in old, large cattail stands on the floating mat. If you had birds nesting in trees the nests would be very visible after leaf fall. They are well constructed and usually reused. Usually about two feet across made of sticks. The ground nesters don't use as much material.


Tom Erdman, Green Bay




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To: <hopmoon...>; Wisbirdn <wisbirdn...>

Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons




hmm, that is very interesting & surprising. The seemingly unassuming thickets were quite precarious lol. I was walking on wet mud that i had to keep an eye on most of the time to make sure it didn't turn into lagoon under my next step. Also branches & such were low, so i needed to pay attention to that as well as i moved so as not to loose an eye. Most of the Black Crowned Night Herons saw/heard me coming before i saw them & they skedaddled. I did not see any nests, but it would be difficult, but not impossible, to see them from that view. I think more so it is that is not what i was looking for. I feel very confident that the BCNHs migrate to the lagoon for breeding. I think i will go again to specifically look for nests. I also think that with a good pair of binoculars (which i do not have) that nests could be spotted from the west side, and i think from a bit back (closer to the lake) on the east side after seeing how far out to the edge of the trees some of the BCNHs were. Yes. I

will definitely go back to look. I am unsure when; but when i do i will report my findings here. If i see nest/s i will have photos & that should be all the documented proof one would need :)


Tracy Chiconas

Milwaukee, Co.



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Tracy, did you happen to find any evidence of nests when you were in the thickets on the east side of the lagoon? I understand that to date there has been no accepted documentation of Black-crowned Night-herons nesting on the lagoon, although the sheer numbers of birds with juveniles seems to be some kind of indication.


Jym Mooney, Milwaukee



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To: <hopmoon...> ; Wisbirdn

Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons


Thank you! I have seen the Great Blue this year; but not today. Also i have not seen any Belted King Fishers there yet this year. With that said, today was still pretty amazing. I usually only observe the herons from west side of lagoon so as not to disturb them; although i have ventured into east side trees a few times in the past. Today i went through the east side for a much longer stretch then i have before & i counted over 30!! I am only sure about

20 though; after 20 i wasn't sure if i was counting ones that flew back & i had already counted. I have watched this lagoon for many years, so to learn that so many Black Crown Herons were there is pretty exciting to me!

Also when i first arrived at the lagoon today i briefly talked with a lady there that i think may be part of wisb. If she is i would like to apologize for not introducing myself. I looked for you later, but think you may have left by then. While i was walking on the east side of the lagoon i was hoping she was still there as many herons flew out & she would have had a great view of them.

Also during the Air & Water show on 07 15 17 i saw a family of 3 Great Blue Herons circling over the water at Bradford Beach while the Blue Angles were preforming. I am uncertain where they came from, but wondered at the time if they were the GBHs from the lagoon.


Tracy Chiconas

Milwaukee Co.




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Date: 7/27/17 8:07 am
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Birds taking food?
It's funny they say most birds don't have a strong sense of smell so
therefore must not taste foods. However we sell suet in all kinds of
flavors!!! Bugs & berries, Fruit Cakes, Peanutbutter & Jelly!! If birds
can't taste why have suet flavors?! Lol!
Obviously hummers & oriole's can taste sweet or not.
Audubon once tried to prove Vultures can't smell by covering a dead mule
with brush for a week. The vultures didn't find it therefore he concluded
they feed by sight!!!! He never considered the brush prevented them
access!!!
Pat Ready
Madison


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Date: 7/27/17 7:01 am
From: Oliver Burrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender whimbrelbirders for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Oliver Burrus a new member to WISBIRDN
Hi everyone.
I am Oliver Burrus, a homeschooled fourteen-year-old birder, most of the time I live in northern Illinois, but in the summer we go up to our cabin near Castle Rock Lake in Juneau county. I go to Necedah NWR fairly frequently and the land around our cabin is great for grassland birds and hawks (Vesper & Clay-colored Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpecker, Osprey, Bald Eagle, etc...), so that is where you will see most of my posts from. I have been birding for a little over two years, and I have seen many great birds in Wisconsin (Purple Gallinule, Juneau, 2016; King Eider, Millwaukee, 2016; Kirtland's Warbler, Juneau, 2016; Golden Eagle, Juneau, 2016; etc...). I have seen some great hypothetical birds also like a Pomarine Jaeger (I am certain this is what it was although I did not document it well, so it never got accepted) and a possible Black-billed Magpie off of I90 in Columbia county. 
FYI, a few days ago when we were coming back from our cabin I spotted ~25 godwit sp. in a fluddle off of I90, just south of Madison.
Oliver Burrus - Carpentersville, IL (primary)/New Lisbon, WI (cabin) Founder of Whimbrel Birders Club


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Date: 7/27/17 6:09 am
From: Karen Etter Hale <chimneyswift1...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
Whoohoo! Such good news, Pat! Adding in all the others in surrounding counties makes for a lot of ospreys.
We’ll have to start building more platforms - or figure out a way to get the power companies, like ATC, to do “accommodation architecture”, i.e. incorporate low-cost platforms whenever they build or reconstruct towers!

Karen
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> On Jul 26, 2017, at 11:27 PM, Patrick Ready <birdsready...> <mailto:<birdsready...>> wrote:
>
> My Osprey report for Dane Co as best I can observe from land & water. My observation were done over the last week.
> 1) Stoughton 1 = 3 fledglings
> 2) Stoughton 2 = 2 fledglings
> 3) Stoughton 3 = 2 fledglings
> 4) Lk Kegonsa E. = 2 fledglings
> 5) Lk Kegonsa sub-station = 3 fledglings
> 6) Lk Kegonsa N. tower = 0 (This pair may have moved to the sub-station location. I'm not sure.
> 7) Lk Waubesa S. tower - Too far to see for sure. ?
> 8) South Town cell tower = 2 fledglings
> 9) Central Madison cell tower = 2 fledglings
>
> So at least 16 new osprey should join the local waterways before migrating south in late Sept.
> The late Sergej Postupalsky would be very pleased!! (WI Osprey research biologist)
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Date: 7/26/17 9:28 pm
From: Patrick Ready <birdsready...>
Subject: [wisb] Osprey report for Dane Co. 2017
My Osprey report for Dane Co as best I can observe from land & water. My observation were done over the last week.
1) Stoughton 1 = 3 fledglings
2) Stoughton 2 = 2 fledglings
3) Stoughton 3 = 2 fledglings
4) Lk Kegonsa E. = 2 fledglings
5) Lk Kegonsa sub-station = 3 fledglings
6) Lk Kegonsa N. tower = 0 (This pair may have moved to the sub-station location. I'm not sure.
7) Lk Waubesa S. tower - Too far to see for sure. ?
8) South Town cell tower = 2 fledglings
9) Central Madison cell tower = 2 fledglings

So at least 16 new osprey should join the local waterways before migrating south in late Sept.
The late Sergej Postupalsky would be very pleased!! (WI Osprey research biologist)

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Date: 7/26/17 2:16 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Hudsonian Godwits (brief sighting) and others at Horicon NWR in Dodge County
This morning the shorebirds were numerous but quite distant from the south
side of STH49 east of the pumphouse. Among the regularly seen shorebirds
were two larger sleeping birds that I passed over a couple of times,
thinking they were teal. Fortunately, they decided to preen, and although I
never saw the underparts, the long, thin bicolored bill, white supercilium,
and black tail with a white base made it obvious that these were Hudsonian
Godwits. When all the shorebirds took flight and then returned, the godwits
were not with them. As of 2:30 P.M. they had not returned.
I saw 13 species of shorebirds (probably 14 if both species of dowitcher
were out there), with the best for me being the elegant Black-necked Stilts,
Wilson's Phalaropes, and Stilt Sandpipers.
Another interesting sighting was of American Bittern. I spotted one on the
shoreline of the southeast edge of the pond. I went back to shorebirds for a
while and then decided to check the bittern once again. I quickly saw "it"
but this was an obvious juvenile, and since I thought the bird I had first
spotted was an adult, I wondered how I could have so badly misidentified the
age of this bird; it was sporting an obvious yellow "Mohawk haircut" on its
crown. Not used to seeing more than one bittern at any one place, I thought
I was totally losing it! Fortunately, Stuart Malcom arrived later, and he
rescued my confused mind by pointing out an adult feeding the youngster on
the far shore. I got on them just before they headed back into the cattails.
Thank you, Stuart. I'm really glad he found Hudsonian Godwits in Fond du Lac
County later, because the birds at Horicon had left before he arrived.
A family of 9 Trumpeter Swans was resting on the side of a pond well west of
the historical marker, and another family of 7 was in the pond east of the
historical marker north of STH49 (Fond du Lac County).
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

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Date: 7/26/17 11:56 am
From: Stuart Malcolm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender stuart.malcolm26 for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Hudsonian Godwits, Fond du Lac County
Hi All,

There are 5 Hudsonian Godwits in a flooded field opposite Rosendale Dairies on M in northern Fond du Lac county, about 4 miles south of Pickett.
There is also another good shorebird pond about 3 miles north on Mahlke Rd just in Winnebago Cty.

Good Birding.

Stuart Malcolm

Neenah, Winnebago Cty
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Date: 7/25/17 2:20 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] Southeast WI Conservation Summit
The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory will be hosting a 2-day
conference, The Southeastern Wisconsin Conservation Summit, at Forest Beach
Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County on November 3rd and 4th, 2017.
This conference is designed to foster regional collaboration by providing
an introduction to the people who are conducting excellent ecological work
here in southeastern Wisconsin. The two-day summit will focus on past,
current, and future research and monitoring, conservation advocacy, and
ecological restoration that is being done by area faculty, undergraduate
and graduate students, nonprofit organization staff, land trusts, nature
center staff, county government staff, consultants, and other interested
parties whose work is conducted in southeastern Wisconsin. Presentations on
all taxa and conservation issues are encouraged.



If you are interested in presenting an oral presentation or poster,
abstracts should be submitted by Aug. 1st.



In addition to sharing information about all of the great work happening in
southeastern Wisconsin, this conference will be held at a special place,
the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve. To learn more about Forest Beach, a
property of the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, please visit their website
<https://owlt.org/visit-our-preserves/forest-beach-migratory-preserve>.


For more information, or to submit an abstract, please e-mail
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Date: 7/25/17 1:36 pm
From: Richter Museum <richter...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Old Man Plover
Correct!! :)

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Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 3:33 PM
To: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Cc: wisbirdn <wisbirdn...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Old Man Plover

Interesting. The article starts out by saying:
"Each spring, on the northwestern shores of Lake Michigan, a three-toed Piping Plover can be found incubating his eggs. The hobbled bird is a creature of habit: Every year he returns to his birthplace in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore to make another clutch of babies with his mate."

I may be wrong, but isn't Sleeping Bear on the northEASTERN shore of the lake, not too far from Traverse City, MI?

Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean

On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM, William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
wrote:

> In case you have not seen it, here's a great story about a very
> successful Piping Plover:
> http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/meet-old-man-plover-the-pride-
> of-the-great-lakes/
> William Mueller
> Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory WGLBBO online:
> wglbbo.org <wpmueller1947...> office 262-285-3374
> cell 414-698-9108
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Date: 7/25/17 1:33 pm
From: B.G. Sloan <bgsloan3...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Old Man Plover
Interesting. The article starts out by saying:
"Each spring, on the northwestern shores of Lake Michigan, a three-toed
Piping Plover can be found incubating his eggs. The hobbled bird is a
creature of habit: Every year he returns to his birthplace in Sleeping Bear
Dunes National Lakeshore to make another clutch of babies with his mate."

I may be wrong, but isn't Sleeping Bear on the northEASTERN shore of the
lake, not too far from Traverse City, MI?

Bernie Sloan
Former Milwaukeean

On Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 3:33 PM, William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
wrote:

> In case you have not seen it, here's a great story about a very successful
> Piping Plover:
> http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/meet-old-man-plover-the-pride-
> of-the-great-lakes/
> William Mueller
> Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
> WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
> <wpmueller1947...>
> office 262-285-3374
> cell 414-698-9108
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Date: 7/25/17 1:24 pm
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Hummers can taste the sugar
Not long ago I was changing the hummer feeder
and by mistake, I put plain water in it and hung it back out.
The first hummer to come by zoomed up to the feeder.
took a brief draft and
recoiled (in shock?);
it went for the sugar again,
recoiled and flew away.

I realized my mistake,
refilled with sugar water and
not much later another hummer or
maybe the same one,
came by, took a sip and
settled in for several long drafts of the sugar.

Sandy Petersen, rural Dane county


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Date: 7/25/17 1:19 pm
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Jelly Feeder question, Polk county
Grape jelly eaters have been a great source of entertainment in my backyard.
I switched to natural grape jelly (without high fructose corn syrup) this
year and
seemed to detect a slightly dampened response to these purple goods ...
but they keep coming for them ... including
Baltimore Orioles young and adult, Catbirds, and House Finches all
generations ...
and they'll take a good sip of sugar water to wash it all down.

I do think they can taste it. They seem less enthusiastic when the jelly
is watered down.
And they practically stop feeding when wasps drown in it.

Sandy Petersen, rural Dane ...



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> Hi all,
>
> We have been blessed this year with many Baltimore Orioles at our jelly
> feeders and it does appear that the parents are now bringing their young. I
> have a brief question about the experience others have had with types of
> jelly or nectar. For a while, we used the somewhat more expensive “all
> natural” grape jelly and have also used our own homemade grape jelly. More
> recently, we have not been able to find the “all-natural” grape jelly and
> are out of our homemade supply and are therefore using the most economical
> grape jelly sold in stores. We are wondering if others have had any
> particular experience with different forms of jelly and whether or not they
> make any difference, as long as they are not sugar- free of course.
> We have also located an Oriole nectar which we may try though in truth, it
> may simply be purple colored sugar water which is probably what the Orioles
> will be after anyway.
> Thanks for your thoughts.
>
> Jeff Virant
> Deer Park, WI (Polk County)
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Date: 7/25/17 12:34 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] Old Man Plover
In case you have not seen it, here's a great story about a very successful
Piping Plover:
http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/meet-old-man-plover-the-pride-of-the-great-lakes/
William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
<wpmueller1947...>
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Date: 7/25/17 12:19 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] new WBCI website and links to Issues Papers
In case you have not looked at these in a while, please go to:
http://www.wisconsinbirds.org/issues-papers/
to learn more about specific conservation issues.
Topics include:


- Effects of Pesticides on Birds


- Climate Change and Birds


- Effects of Deer Herbivory on Birds


- Wind Power and Birds: WBCI Policy and Guidelines


- Window Collisions and Birds


- Ethical Standards in Birding: Protecting Endangered, Threatened, and
Rare Species


- Effects of Free-ranging Cats on Birds in Wisconsin


- Lead Poisoning of Wisconsin’s Birds



William Mueller
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Date: 7/25/17 11:36 am
From: Carl Schwartz <cschwartz3...>
Subject: [wisb] Birding in Costa Rica with Craig Thompson in March 2018
The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is traveling to Costa Rica for
a Bird Conservation Boot Camp next March.

The week-long educational course led by DNR conservation biologist Craig
Thompson will be held at the beautiful University of Georgia at Athens field
station nestled in the San Luis Valley at the foot of the Tiliran
Mountains.. Learn to census and band birds, explore local habitats, and more
for only $1,195! Check out this trip (and other NRF travel destinations)
at http://www.wisconservation.org/how-we-work/international-field-trips/

The registration deadline for this trip is Sept. 1. It will focus on
migratory bird ecology and conservation, with special emphasis on Wisconsin's
migratory birds in Costa Rica. More than half of Wisconsin's 235+ species of
breeding birds spend the winter in Latin America. All are entirely dependent
on the availability of tropical habitats for survival. Many of our most
beloved species are declining as habitats on both ends of their hemispheric
ranges are lost or degraded.

Course topics include basic identification and taxonomy, migration
fundamentals, breeding and wintering habitat ecology, factors influencing
bird populations and conservation strategies.

Mornings will be spent in the field exploring local habitats for migratory
and resident birds. Afternoons will include a mix of lectures and fun,
interactive activities designed to enhance the participants' understanding
of bird ecology and conservation. Participants will learn how to census and
band birds. Night hikes, a shade coffee plantation tour (including tasting!)
and exploration of the world-renowned Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve are
included. All bird lovers are welcome. No expertise needed!

Michelle Milford
Dane County
Outreach Coordinator
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
www.wisconservation.org
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Date: 7/25/17 10:17 am
From: Richter Museum <richter...>
Subject: [wisb] FW: Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

-----Original Message-----
From: Richter Museum
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:43 AM
To: '<dmarc-noreply...>' <dmarc-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

Hi, Black-crowned Night Herons can be pretty flexible for nesting. They seem to prefer shrub-Carr habitat (willows, speckled alder, etc) often on an isolated island or in flooded areas. I've found them nesting on islands in mid and upper Green Bay, even in balsam, white cedar and spruce.

We lost most of that habitat on the islands in lower Green Bay and the herons have persisted by ground nesting in/under the larger rock and stones used to shore of some islands and the causeway out to Cat Island. We first noted this in late 1980's. We've also had them ground nest on the CDF (Renard Island) in and around a small stand of cottonwood and willow. I've also seen birds nest out in old, large cattail stands on the floating mat. If you had birds nesting in trees the nests would be very visible after leaf fall. They are well constructed and usually reused. Usually about two feet across made of sticks. The ground nesters don't use as much material.

Tom Erdman, Green Bay



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From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>] On Behalf Of tracy chiconas
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 9:52 AM
To: <hopmoon...>; Wisbirdn <wisbirdn...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons



hmm, that is very interesting & surprising. The seemingly unassuming thickets were quite precarious lol. I was walking on wet mud that i had to keep an eye on most of the time to make sure it didn't turn into lagoon under my next step. Also branches & such were low, so i needed to pay attention to that as well as i moved so as not to loose an eye. Most of the Black Crowned Night Herons saw/heard me coming before i saw them & they skedaddled. I did not see any nests, but it would be difficult, but not impossible, to see them from that view. I think more so it is that is not what i was looking for. I feel very confident that the BCNHs migrate to the lagoon for breeding. I think i will go again to specifically look for nests. I also think that with a good pair of binoculars (which i do not have) that nests could be spotted from the west side, and i think from a bit back (closer to the lake) on the east side after seeing how far out to the edge of the trees some of the BCNHs were. Yes. I
will definitely go back to look. I am unsure when; but when i do i will report my findings here. If i see nest/s i will have photos & that should be all the documented proof one would need :)

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee, Co.


On Monday, July 24, 2017 9:31 PM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> wrote:



Tracy, did you happen to find any evidence of nests when you were in the thickets on the east side of the lagoon? I understand that to date there has been no accepted documentation of Black-crowned Night-herons nesting on the lagoon, although the sheer numbers of birds with juveniles seems to be some kind of indication.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee


-----Original Message-----
From: tracy chiconas (Redacted sender "tchiconas" for DMARC)
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 5:36 PM
To: <hopmoon...> ; Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

Thank you! I have seen the Great Blue this year; but not today. Also i have not seen any Belted King Fishers there yet this year. With that said, today was still pretty amazing. I usually only observe the herons from west side of lagoon so as not to disturb them; although i have ventured into east side trees a few times in the past. Today i went through the east side for a much longer stretch then i have before & i counted over 30!! I am only sure about
20 though; after 20 i wasn't sure if i was counting ones that flew back & i had already counted. I have watched this lagoon for many years, so to learn that so many Black Crown Herons were there is pretty exciting to me!
Also when i first arrived at the lagoon today i briefly talked with a lady there that i think may be part of wisb. If she is i would like to apologize for not introducing myself. I looked for you later, but think you may have left by then. While i was walking on the east side of the lagoon i was hoping she was still there as many herons flew out & she would have had a great view of them.
Also during the Air & Water show on 07 15 17 i saw a family of 3 Great Blue Herons circling over the water at Bradford Beach while the Blue Angles were preforming. I am uncertain where they came from, but wondered at the time if they were the GBHs from the lagoon.

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



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Date: 7/25/17 9:41 am
From: Jeff Virant <rainbow...>
Subject: [wisb] Jelly Feeder question, Polk county
Hi all,

We have been blessed this year with many Baltimore Orioles at our jelly feeders and it does appear that the parents are now bringing their young. I have a brief question about the experience others have had with types of jelly or nectar. For a while, we used the somewhat more expensive “all natural” grape jelly and have also used our own homemade grape jelly. More recently, we have not been able to find the “all-natural” grape jelly and are out of our homemade supply and are therefore using the most economical grape jelly sold in stores. We are wondering if others have had any particular experience with different forms of jelly and whether or not they make any difference, as long as they are not sugar- free of course.
We have also located an Oriole nectar which we may try though in truth, it may simply be purple colored sugar water which is probably what the Orioles will be after anyway.
Thanks for your thoughts.

Jeff Virant
Deer Park, WI (Polk County)
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Date: 7/25/17 7:58 am
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons


hmm, that is very interesting & surprising. The seemingly unassuming thickets were quite precarious lol. I was walking on wet mud that i had to keep an eye on most of the time to make sure it didn't turn into lagoon under my next step. Also branches & such were low, so i needed to pay attention to that as well as i moved so as not to loose an eye. Most of the Black Crowned Night Herons saw/heard me coming before i saw them & they skedaddled. I did not see any nests, but it would be difficult, but not impossible, to see them from that view. I think more so it is that is not what i was looking for. I feel very confident that the BCNHs migrate to the lagoon for breeding. I think i will go again to specifically look for nests. I also think that with a good pair of binoculars (which i do not have) that nests could be spotted from the west side, and i think from a bit back (closer to the lake) on the east side after seeing how far out to the edge of the trees some of the BCNHs were. Yes. I
will definitely go back to look. I am unsure when; but when i do i will report my findings here. If i see nest/s i will have photos & that should be all the documented proof one would need :)

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee, Co.


On Monday, July 24, 2017 9:31 PM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> wrote:



Tracy, did you happen to find any evidence of nests when you were in the
thickets on the east side of the lagoon? I understand that to date there
has been no accepted documentation of Black-crowned Night-herons nesting on
the lagoon, although the sheer numbers of birds with juveniles seems to be
some kind of indication.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee


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From: tracy chiconas (Redacted sender "tchiconas" for DMARC)
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 5:36 PM
To: <hopmoon...> ; Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

Thank you! I have seen the Great Blue this year; but not today. Also i have
not seen any Belted King Fishers there yet this year. With that said, today
was still pretty amazing. I usually only observe the herons from west side
of lagoon so as not to disturb them; although i have ventured into east side
trees a few times in the past. Today i went through the east side for a much
longer stretch then i have before & i counted over 30!! I am only sure about
20 though; after 20 i wasn't sure if i was counting ones that flew back & i
had already counted. I have watched this lagoon for many years, so to learn
that so many Black Crown Herons were there is pretty exciting to me!
Also when i first arrived at the lagoon today i briefly talked with a lady
there that i think may be part of wisb. If she is i would like to apologize
for not introducing myself. I looked for you later, but think you may have
left by then. While i was walking on the east side of the lagoon i was
hoping she was still there as many herons flew out & she would have had a
great view of them.
Also during the Air & Water show on 07 15 17 i saw a family of 3 Great
Blue Herons circling over the water at Bradford Beach while the Blue Angles
were preforming. I am uncertain where they came from, but wondered at the
time if they were the GBHs from the lagoon.

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



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Date: 7/24/17 7:31 pm
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
Tracy, did you happen to find any evidence of nests when you were in the
thickets on the east side of the lagoon? I understand that to date there
has been no accepted documentation of Black-crowned Night-herons nesting on
the lagoon, although the sheer numbers of birds with juveniles seems to be
some kind of indication.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

-----Original Message-----
From: tracy chiconas (Redacted sender "tchiconas" for DMARC)
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 5:36 PM
To: <hopmoon...> ; Wisbirdn
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

Thank you! I have seen the Great Blue this year; but not today. Also i have
not seen any Belted King Fishers there yet this year. With that said, today
was still pretty amazing. I usually only observe the herons from west side
of lagoon so as not to disturb them; although i have ventured into east side
trees a few times in the past. Today i went through the east side for a much
longer stretch then i have before & i counted over 30!! I am only sure about
20 though; after 20 i wasn't sure if i was counting ones that flew back & i
had already counted. I have watched this lagoon for many years, so to learn
that so many Black Crown Herons were there is pretty exciting to me!
Also when i first arrived at the lagoon today i briefly talked with a lady
there that i think may be part of wisb. If she is i would like to apologize
for not introducing myself. I looked for you later, but think you may have
left by then. While i was walking on the east side of the lagoon i was
hoping she was still there as many herons flew out & she would have had a
great view of them.
Also during the Air & Water show on 07 15 17 i saw a family of 3 Great
Blue Herons circling over the water at Bradford Beach while the Blue Angles
were preforming. I am uncertain where they came from, but wondered at the
time if they were the GBHs from the lagoon.

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



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Date: 7/24/17 3:41 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
Thank you! I have seen the Great Blue this year; but not today. Also i have not seen any Belted King Fishers there yet this year. With that said, today was still pretty amazing. I usually only observe the herons from west side of lagoon so as not to disturb them; although i have ventured into east side trees a few times in the past. Today i went through the east side for a much longer stretch then i have before & i counted over 30!! I am only sure about 20 though; after 20 i wasn't sure if i was counting ones that flew back & i had already counted. I have watched this lagoon for many years, so to learn that so many Black Crown Herons were there is pretty exciting to me!
Also when i first arrived at the lagoon today i briefly talked with a lady there that i think may be part of wisb. If she is i would like to apologize for not introducing myself. I looked for you later, but think you may have left by then. While i was walking on the east side of the lagoon i was hoping she was still there as many herons flew out & she would have had a great view of them.
Also during the Air & Water show on 07 15 17 i saw a family of 3 Great Blue Herons circling over the water at Bradford Beach while the Blue Angles were preforming. I am uncertain where they came from, but wondered at the time if they were the GBHs from the lagoon.

Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



On Sunday, July 23, 2017 7:27 PM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> wrote:



There was a Great Blue Heron present this morning with the Night-herons, but
no Green Herons.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee


-----Original Message-----
From: tracy chiconas (Redacted sender "tchiconas" for DMARC)
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 5:27 PM
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

That's great! The most i have seen there are 2 pair of adults. Going to look
tomorrow. Thanks!
(also i have not seen Green Herons there this year yet).


Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



On Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:28 AM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins
<hopmoon...> wrote:



This morning I checked Juneau Lagoon in Milwaukee's Veteran's Park for
Night-herons. I counted at least 20 individuals, including five juveniles
and two immatures. All were Black-crowned Night-herons.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 7/24/17 12:12 pm
From: Dan Jackson <DanJackson...>
Subject: [wisb] RFI: Gray Jay locations near Rhinelander
A friend will be traveling to the Rhinelander area in August and would love to see a Gray Jay. Are there any reliable locations for them during the summer in that area?
Thanks,

Dan Jackson
Chaseburg, Vernon County, Wisconsin (Near La Crosse)
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Date: 7/23/17 6:32 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Lake Michigan & Horicon today
Pat Ready, Jim Schwarz and I went over to the big lake today, since those guys needed lots of year birds. Unfortunately, we didn't have all that much luck (other than dodging rain showers.) We stopped at Horicon on the way up and had mostly common shorebirds in the pumphouse impoundment. We saw both Dowitchers (LB was my only year bird today,) Stilt Sandpiper, both Yellowlegs, Least SP, and a bunch of BN Stilts, which are getting to be a trash bird there. (We were reminiscing about how you used to have to stand on your car hood, or bring a stepladder, to see them beyond the cattails on Dike Rd.)

Manitowoc was really dead, with just Herring and Ring-billed Gulls, plus a few Caspian Terns and common shorebirds in the impoundment. We headed down to Sheboygan and had slightly better luck, with some Bonaparte's and both Black-backed Gulls at North Point. No shorebirds, alas.


We got lunch and decided to head back to Horicon Marsh. A similar mix of shorebirds was in the pumphouse pond, with a bunch of Semipalmated SPs being the only new ones. We couldn't turn any of the Great Egrets into anything else. A cantankerous Trumpeter Swan decided to run off the Canada Geese that were minding their own business near the road, which was rather entertaining (for us, not for the geese.) The Auto Loop was fairly dead, with the only birds of note being, surprise, more Black-necked Stilts across the road from the red rock.


Pat mentioned that the best mud flat along the Old Marsh Rd. is much closer to the east end than the west (i.e., just past the photography blind,) so unless you want a very long hike, it might be better to go in from Point Rd. than the Auto Loop.


Peter Fissel

Madison WI


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Date: 7/23/17 5:27 pm
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
There was a Great Blue Heron present this morning with the Night-herons, but
no Green Herons.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

-----Original Message-----
From: tracy chiconas (Redacted sender "tchiconas" for DMARC)
Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 5:27 PM
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons

That's great! The most i have seen there are 2 pair of adults. Going to look
tomorrow. Thanks!
(also i have not seen Green Herons there this year yet).


Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



On Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:28 AM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins
<hopmoon...> wrote:



This morning I checked Juneau Lagoon in Milwaukee's Veteran's Park for
Night-herons. I counted at least 20 individuals, including five juveniles
and two immatures. All were Black-crowned Night-herons.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 7/23/17 3:33 pm
From: tracy chiconas <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tchiconas for DMARC)
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
That's great! The most i have seen there are 2 pair of adults. Going to look tomorrow. Thanks!
(also i have not seen Green Herons there this year yet).


Tracy Chiconas
Milwaukee Co.



On Sunday, July 23, 2017 9:28 AM, Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...> wrote:



This morning I checked Juneau Lagoon in Milwaukee's Veteran's Park for Night-herons. I counted at least 20 individuals, including five juveniles and two immatures. All were Black-crowned Night-herons.

Jym Mooney, Milwaukee

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Date: 7/23/17 3:11 pm
From: William Mueller <wpmueller1947...>
Subject: [wisb] report roosting Chimney Swifts in August and September
Please report Chimney Swift roosts, with numbers, dates, and locations
during August and September. Here's how to do it:
http://futureofbirds.blogspot.com/2017/07/chimney-swift-roosts-august-and.html

William Mueller
Director, Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory
WGLBBO online: wglbbo.org
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office 262-285-3374
cell 414-698-9108
blog: futureofbirds.blogspot.com
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Date: 7/23/17 9:48 am
From: Dennis Casper <denncasp.wisbirder...>
Subject: [wisb] Urban Ecology Center Bird Walk, July 20, 2017
Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park
1500 East Park Place, Milwaukee, WI 53211
414-964-8505, www.UrbanEcologyCenter.org
BIRD WALK
Thursdays, 8:00 am—10:00 am year round.
Free and Open to the Public, All Ages Welcome

Thursday, July 20, 2017
72 degrees
Clear/hazy
12 birders

Total Species: 38

11 Mallard
2 Great Blue heron
1 Cooper’s Hawk
1 Ring-billed Gull
9 Rock Pigeon
3 Mourning Dove
9 Chimney Swift
3 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
5 Downy Woodpecker

2 Hairy Woodpecker
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Warbling Vireo
4 Red-eyed Vireo
3 American Crow
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
5 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
3 Black-capped Chickadee

2 White-breasted Nuthatch
5 House Wren
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
10 American Robin
3 Gray Catbird
1 European Starling
5 Cedar Waxwing
1 Chipping Sparrow
5 Song Sparrow
7 Northern Cardinal

9 Indigo Bunting
15 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Common Grackle
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
1 Baltimore Oriole
11 House Finch
13 American Goldfinch
22 House Sparrow

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Date: 7/23/17 8:48 am
From: Sandy Petersen <buboarcto2...>
Subject: [wisb] 2nd round
Hi all!
Ospreys are nesting again
in my area
with 2 young each in 2 nests.

Other species are singing as we near August and
young birds are on the roads!

Sandy Petersen, rural Dane County


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Date: 7/23/17 7:28 am
From: Jym Mooney & Carol Lee Hopkins <hopmoon...>
Subject: [wisb] Milwaukee Black-crowned Night-herons
This morning I checked Juneau Lagoon in Milwaukee's Veteran's Park for Night-herons. I counted at least 20 individuals, including five juveniles and two immatures. All were Black-crowned Night-herons.
Jym Mooney, Milwaukee
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Date: 7/22/17 2:41 pm
From: Peter Fissel <peter.fissel...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery birds
Diane -

Most likely gulls (Ring-billed) coming from the landfill on the southeast side and heading back over to the lake to loaf. I live a mile or two northeast of Nine Springs and see them going over my neighborhood all the time, often very high up.

Peter Fissel
Madison, WI
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From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> <wisbirdn-bounce...> on behalf of Diane Berry <dianexberry...>
Sent: Saturday, July 22, 2017 4:30 PM
To: <wisbirdn...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds, Richfield, Washington County

Mystery over Madison today--wondering if anyone else observed this or has
any idea what we saw. My husband and I were at Nine Springs in Madison a
little after noon today and saw what looked like hundreds of raptors moving
from east to west at a distance north of us (probably over the isthmus or
the lakes). They were not visible to the naked eye and were tiny dark birds
(but they must have been good sized to see at that distance) in the
binoculars but appeared to be soaring in a long, loose stream and then
started to move in an upward swirl as they caught a thermal. We drove
towards downtown Madison hoping to get a closer look, but were not able to
see them at all.
It looked like a migrating mass, but it seems way too early. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Diane Berry
Madison, Dane County

On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 4:09 PM, Tom Wood <tcwood729...> wrote:

> Good research by Doug. At first, all I could hear was the frogs, but after
> Doug posted the link to xeno-canto, I turned up both the volume on my
> computer and on my hearing aids, and there it is; as Doug mentioned, the
> Virginia Rail call from Eileen's recording matches the xeno-canto
> recording!
>
> Great backyard bird, Eileen, and thanks for the post, Doug.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Kieser, Doug (MIN-CML)
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:17 PM
> To: <eileenworman...>; '<wisbirdn...>'
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds,
> Richfield, Washington County
>
> The raspy bird calling in the background is a Virginia Rail, but not a call
> I have heard often.
> It matches the third call-type on the Stokes CDs.
> If you go to the Virginia Rail page on xeno-canto.org
> http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Rallus-limicola
> Then scroll down the page to the two recordings from Alberta by Richard E.
> Webster they match this call.
>
> Doug Kieser
> Minneapolis
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of <eileenworman...>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 1:42 PM
> To: '<wisbirdn...>'
> Subject: [wisb] Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds,
> Richfield, Washington County
>
> I have recorded this raspy sounding bird (I'm assuming it's a bird!)
> calling
> from the cattails in our backyard at night, in hopes that someone can help
> me with the ID. It's faint, but if you listen closely you should hear its
> five beat sound, then a six beat one, which is more commonly heard, and
> then
> another five beats. It does call during the day, too. It showed up about a
> week or so ago and I have never seen it.
> We do have Marsh Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats,
> occasional Sedge Wrens and Swamp Sparrows out there, but I don't think
> that's what this is.
> Here's my Flickr link:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/36029487865/
> And I am thrilled that after many trials and tribulations we have a pair of
> Eastern Bluebirds in one of our nest boxes feeding their young right now.
> It
> took a few tries, and a few different boxes in the yard, but they finally
> settled in the backyard. I am crossing my fingers and toes that these four
> youngsters will fledge successfully in the next week.
> Here are links to a couple pix on Flickr, plus you can see other pix of the
> adults in my photo stream, too:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35706401611/in/dateposted/
> and
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35157974823/in/dateposted/
>
> Today I reached 84 species in the yard when I had a couple Black-billed
> Cuckoos show up, which was a thrill except that I couldn't get any pix of
> them. Not a bad yard total for less than four months of living here in
> Richfield.
> Eileen Worman
> Richfield, Washington County
>
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Date: 7/22/17 2:30 pm
From: Diane Berry <dianexberry...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds, Richfield, Washington County
Mystery over Madison today--wondering if anyone else observed this or has
any idea what we saw. My husband and I were at Nine Springs in Madison a
little after noon today and saw what looked like hundreds of raptors moving
from east to west at a distance north of us (probably over the isthmus or
the lakes). They were not visible to the naked eye and were tiny dark birds
(but they must have been good sized to see at that distance) in the
binoculars but appeared to be soaring in a long, loose stream and then
started to move in an upward swirl as they caught a thermal. We drove
towards downtown Madison hoping to get a closer look, but were not able to
see them at all.
It looked like a migrating mass, but it seems way too early. Any ideas?

Thanks,

Diane Berry
Madison, Dane County

On Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 4:09 PM, Tom Wood <tcwood729...> wrote:

> Good research by Doug. At first, all I could hear was the frogs, but after
> Doug posted the link to xeno-canto, I turned up both the volume on my
> computer and on my hearing aids, and there it is; as Doug mentioned, the
> Virginia Rail call from Eileen's recording matches the xeno-canto
> recording!
>
> Great backyard bird, Eileen, and thanks for the post, Doug.
> Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Kieser, Doug (MIN-CML)
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:17 PM
> To: <eileenworman...>; '<wisbirdn...>'
> Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds,
> Richfield, Washington County
>
> The raspy bird calling in the background is a Virginia Rail, but not a call
> I have heard often.
> It matches the third call-type on the Stokes CDs.
> If you go to the Virginia Rail page on xeno-canto.org
> http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Rallus-limicola
> Then scroll down the page to the two recordings from Alberta by Richard E.
> Webster they match this call.
>
> Doug Kieser
> Minneapolis
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of <eileenworman...>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 1:42 PM
> To: '<wisbirdn...>'
> Subject: [wisb] Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds,
> Richfield, Washington County
>
> I have recorded this raspy sounding bird (I'm assuming it's a bird!)
> calling
> from the cattails in our backyard at night, in hopes that someone can help
> me with the ID. It's faint, but if you listen closely you should hear its
> five beat sound, then a six beat one, which is more commonly heard, and
> then
> another five beats. It does call during the day, too. It showed up about a
> week or so ago and I have never seen it.
> We do have Marsh Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats,
> occasional Sedge Wrens and Swamp Sparrows out there, but I don't think
> that's what this is.
> Here's my Flickr link:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/36029487865/
> And I am thrilled that after many trials and tribulations we have a pair of
> Eastern Bluebirds in one of our nest boxes feeding their young right now.
> It
> took a few tries, and a few different boxes in the yard, but they finally
> settled in the backyard. I am crossing my fingers and toes that these four
> youngsters will fledge successfully in the next week.
> Here are links to a couple pix on Flickr, plus you can see other pix of the
> adults in my photo stream, too:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35706401611/in/dateposted/
> and
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35157974823/in/dateposted/
>
> Today I reached 84 species in the yard when I had a couple Black-billed
> Cuckoos show up, which was a thrill except that I couldn't get any pix of
> them. Not a bad yard total for less than four months of living here in
> Richfield.
> Eileen Worman
> Richfield, Washington County
>
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Date: 7/22/17 2:09 pm
From: Tom Wood <tcwood729...>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds, Richfield, Washington County
Good research by Doug. At first, all I could hear was the frogs, but after
Doug posted the link to xeno-canto, I turned up both the volume on my
computer and on my hearing aids, and there it is; as Doug mentioned, the
Virginia Rail call from Eileen's recording matches the xeno-canto recording!

Great backyard bird, Eileen, and thanks for the post, Doug.
Thomas Wood, Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Kieser, Doug (MIN-CML)
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 3:17 PM
To: <eileenworman...>; '<wisbirdn...>'
Subject: [wisb] Re: Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds,
Richfield, Washington County

The raspy bird calling in the background is a Virginia Rail, but not a call
I have heard often.
It matches the third call-type on the Stokes CDs.
If you go to the Virginia Rail page on xeno-canto.org
http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Rallus-limicola
Then scroll down the page to the two recordings from Alberta by Richard E.
Webster they match this call.

Doug Kieser
Minneapolis

-----Original Message-----
From: <wisbirdn-bounce...> [mailto:<wisbirdn-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of <eileenworman...>
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 1:42 PM
To: '<wisbirdn...>'
Subject: [wisb] Mystery bird calling in cattails & nesting Bluebirds,
Richfield, Washington County

I have recorded this raspy sounding bird (I'm assuming it's a bird!) calling
from the cattails in our backyard at night, in hopes that someone can help
me with the ID. It's faint, but if you listen closely you should hear its
five beat sound, then a six beat one, which is more commonly heard, and then
another five beats. It does call during the day, too. It showed up about a
week or so ago and I have never seen it.
We do have Marsh Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats,
occasional Sedge Wrens and Swamp Sparrows out there, but I don't think
that's what this is.
Here's my Flickr link:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/36029487865/
And I am thrilled that after many trials and tribulations we have a pair of
Eastern Bluebirds in one of our nest boxes feeding their young right now. It
took a few tries, and a few different boxes in the yard, but they finally
settled in the backyard. I am crossing my fingers and toes that these four
youngsters will fledge successfully in the next week.
Here are links to a couple pix on Flickr, plus you can see other pix of the
adults in my photo stream, too:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35706401611/in/dateposted/
and
https://www.flickr.com/photos/beanheadwisconsin/35157974823/in/dateposted/

Today I reached 84 species in the yard when I had a couple Black-billed
Cuckoos show up, which was a thrill except that I couldn't get any pix of
them. Not a bad yard total for less than four months of living here in
Richfield.
Eileen Worman
Richfield, Washington County


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Date: 7/22/17 9:26 am
From: Gmail <bhaunts...>
Subject: [wisb] Horicon Marsh
I did an early run to Horicon Marsh this morning, not realizing that was drizzling in various places. Thankfully the marsh was ok, although it was dark with the low clouds. the only place I found shorebirds was the pump house pond--12 species (nothing out of the ordinary). Included 10 Black-necked Stilts, Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, both yellowlegs, Baird's, Least, Pectoral and Semipalmated Sandpipers, and both dowitchers. Birds are moving in and out so it changes somewhat from hour to hour.
The Trumpeter Swan family was again north of the historic sign. A Least Bittern flew across 49.

And Mark, no stork or spoonbill-----yet?

Daryl Tessen
Appleton,, WI


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Date: 7/22/17 8:04 am
From: Dave&Margaret Brasser <2shebbirders...>
Subject: [wisb] Merlins still in Sheboygan : )
Right at this very moment the female Merlin is preening on the top of our
backyard spruce tree. She and the male came zipping right over our house
and "kekking" loudly before she landed. He continues "kekking" through the
neighborhood. : )
--margaret brasser
sheboygan
sheboygan county


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