Thursday, July 31, 2014

my bird of the week - Winter Wren

Ph - Wikim. Commons - Ron Knight
In the forest on some of the Apostle Islands, this bird expresses the spirit of the place with its song:  http://www.xeno-canto.org/175234

Here's a great description of the Winter Wren's habitat, from the Bent life histories series: "To see it, or rather to hear its tinkling, rippling song, to best advantage, we must visit its summer haunts in the cool, shady northern forests, where the sunshine hardly penetrates, where rotting stumps and fallen tree trunks are thickly covered with soft mosses, where dampness pervades the atmosphere near babbling woodland brooks, and where a luxuriant growth of ferns springs from the accumulation of rich leaf mold to nearly hide the forest floor".

And it IS a spectacular song.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

"to provide birds the best fighting chance of surviving threats, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected"

Worth reading, from the Boreal Songbird Initiative:

"To provide birds the best fighting chance of surviving the dual threats of habitat loss and climate change, at least half of the boreal forest should be protected from industrial development."

http://www.borealbirds.org/announcements/boreal-birds-need-half-maintaining-north-americas-bird-nursery-and-why-it-matters

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WGLBBO Waterbird Watch results for spring of 2014

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory conducted another season of its Waterbird Watch this spring (2014).

Some results: Waterbird Watch Technician Jonathan Stein was present at the watch location at Harrington Beach State Park in Ozaukee County, on 55 dates. He started on March 7, and ended on May 23.

103,592 individuals of 168 species were counted. The top 13 species with their totals are listed below:

Red-breasted Merganser: 26,173
Greater Scaup: 16,286
Long-tailed Duck: 11,306
Bonaparte's Gull: 9,768
Double-crested Cormorant: 8,220
Herring Gull: 7,698
Common Goldeneye: 1,729
Redhead: 1,688
Ring-billed Gull: 1,625
Tree Swallow: 1,586
Mallard: 1,335
Canada Goose: 1,239
Red-winged Blackbird: 1,163

The Waterbird Watch will start again on September 1st.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Long Walk for Birds 2014 - participants and species

The Long Walk for Birds, part of the 2014 Great Wisconsin Birdathon, an event aimed at raising donations and pledges for the Bird Protection Fund, of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, involved the efforts of a long list of people this year. Thanks to all of our participants and contributors! Special thanks go out  to Joel Trick, Tim Vargo, and Tom Prestby, all of whom acted as "county coordinators" in their respective counties.

The 83 participants, who walked distances from one to almost 40 miles, are listed below. Species seen are also listed below. The route followed the Lake Michigan shoreline from the IL/WI border in Kenosha County, north to Two Rivers, then northwest to Green Bay, and then north again to Marinette.

Fundraising continues through the month of June. Please go to this link to contribute via a pledge or donation:  http://www.wibirdathon.org/nrfw/teampage.asp?fundid=1873












 Thanks to Anne Reis and Jason Tilidetzke who created and constantly updated the online map. They added a critical piece to visualizing the success of the combined effort!



Thanks again to all of these people for helping to raise awareness about bird conservation, and raise funds to help pay for a list of conservation and monitoring programs in Wisconsin!  News about the  2015 Long Walk will be posted here this fall.



Aleta Chossek
Barb Seaberg
Barbara Dembski Schwartz
Bernie Booth
Betsy Kocourek
Bill Holton,
Bob Domagalski
Bonnie O'Ieske
Carl Schwartz 
Carol Thomas
Carolyn Vargo
Charise Hoze,
Chuck Sontag
Cindy Lupin
Corrine Palmer
Darlene Waterstreet
Darrin Madison,
Dee Freeman
Dennis Casper,
Dennis Panicucci
Don VanDuyse
Donald Harris,
Donovin Harris,
Emma Knickelbine
Eric Howe
Ginny Helland
Grant  Witynski,
Greg Evans
Heidi Roesselet
Henry Vargo,
Jacquie Branchford
Jan Martinson
Jean Strelka
Jeanne Agneesens,
Jeanne Prochnow
Jennifer Callaghan
Jennifer Ambrose,
Jennifer Rothstein
Jenny Wenzel
Jim Helland
Jim Knickelbine
Jim Toft
Joan Sommer
Joanie Langenfeld
Joanna Worley
Joel Trick,
John Woodcock
Julie Woodcock
Karen Johnson
Katy Beaver
Kathy Gallick
Kennedy Young,
Larry Hopwood,  
Liam Darby,
Marilyn Bontly
Mark Korducki
Marty Evanson,
Mary Korkor
Max Witynski,
Maya Mays,
Mike Pintok
Nancy Nabak,
Norma Zehner
Patti Trick,
Rachel Soika,
Rebecca Sher
Robin Squier,
Rosie Bugs
Seth Cutright
Sue Grota
Sue Holcomb
Sumner Matteson,
Suzy Holstein,
Terry Evanson,
Tim Vargo,
Tom Kocourek
Tom Prestby,
Vicki Piaskowski,
Victor Vargo
William Mueller
Yoyi Steele
Zhara Said

In all, 192 species were found. A few more checklists may still be submitted and increase this total:


Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Black Duck
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
White-winged Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Ring-necked Pheasant
Ruffed Grouse
Wild Turkey
Red-throated Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
American Bittern
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Virginia Rail
Sora
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover 
Piping Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs
Whimbrel
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Dunlin
Wilson's Snipe
Bonaparte's Gull
Laughing Gull
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Caspian Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Yellow-throated Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-capped Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Sedge Wren
Winter Wren
Marsh Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Veery
Gray-cheeked Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Blue-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Northern Parula Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Pine Warbler
Palm Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Ovenbird
Northern Waterthrush
Connecticut Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Canada Warbler
Eastern Towhee
American Tree Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Bobolink
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow