A quick walk at Rock Cut SP

I took a quick hike down the paved recreation path below the dam at Pierce Lake this morning. I walked down to the first bridge and back. I was pleased to find 11 species of warblers, including spectacular male Bay-breasted, Blackburnian, Blackpoll and Canada, plus 7 different Chestnut-sided, 5 of which were males, and 3 Blue-winged Warblers. Also along the trail was a singing Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, a Philadelphia Vireo, and a number of singing and tootling Wood Thrushes, Towhees.

Spring Bird Count-Winnibago Co.

Joyce and I counted at Rock Cut State Park on Sat. 5-10. 20 Species of warblers were found. Best were Hooded, Yellow-throated, Golden-winged, Blue-winged, Cape-May, and Cerulean. Summer tanager, Broad-winged hawk, and Henslow sparrow highlighted the count. Many of the warblers were the early migrants and not the late ones. It was one of the best counting days in many years. Hope you found many birds.
The Sand Bluff Bird Observatory reported Least flycatcher, Veery, Blue-winged Warbler, Prothonotary , Orange-crowned, Clay-colored Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Orchard Oriole as highlights.
John Longhenry reported finding 5 Mississippi Kites near his home,
Aaron Boone had only a short time to count, but found some good birds at Nygren. He reported Ring-necked duck, Great Egret, Solitary Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and a Short-billed Dowitcher. Also, he found Blackburninan warbler, 1 Bobolink, and 2 Sandhill Cranes.

Jack Armstrong


One of the highlights for yesterday’s SBC was a single dark morph Broadwing seen quite high and headed northwest, about 2:00 p.m., over the Pecatonica F. P. in Winnebago County.

We saw a wonderful Woodcock family (hen & four half-grown chicks) crossing the road in Pecatonica F. P.

We totalled a surprisingly high count of 28 Red-headed Woodpeckers for just our portion of Winnebago County. The county total will probably be higher.

The best variety of warblers in our area were at Pecatonica F. P. – 17 species.

Dan saw two Black Terns at the wetland restoration area south of Westlake Village .

Barbara & Daniel Williams

Bobolinks, Black Tern

This morning, May 9, Barbara, Alan Branhagen and I checked Moody Road to see if we could spot the Bobolinks reported by Mary Kisamore at the Bird Club meeting. We found them in 2 places. The best spot is the green pasture west of Dennis Stein’s house in the area of the Black Angus cattle. There were up to 6 there. Further east, in the field with the mowed big bluestem grass, there were 1-2 others.

A single Black Tern was flying over Ferguson Forest Preserve at Shirland around 10:00 a.m. A Prothonotary Warbler and a couple of Northern Waterthrushes were calling from the river bottom forest there. There were several species of shorebirds: Semipalmated Plover, Pectoral Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a small flock of unidentified peeps which were probably Leasts.

They’re back

After a couple short journeys out, numerous birds were spotted. So, the time is right for the Spring Bird Count. Saturday looks like good weather and good birding. In a short couple hours, Kevin, Joyce and I found 10 species of warblers, four thrushes, 5 sparrows, a great-crested flycatcher and others. 52 species. Get with your assigned groups and good birding. If you decide to help with the count call Jack Armstrong- 815-289-6413. Let’s have a great count.

Attu talk

A talk about the history of birding on Attu Island, Alaska will be given by Larry Balch, who used to organize tours there.  It will be Thursday night, 8 May, at the NCIOS meeting at Severson Dells. A business meeting starts at 7:00, and the talk will start 30 to 45 minutes later. Those interested are invited to attend.