Monday morning birding in Western Winn. Co.

Joyce and I birded the western part of Winn. Co. on Monday morning and found a good number of birds.  At Nygren, there were Great Blue Herons, Canada Geese,Wood Ducks, Mallards, Shovelers, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Pheasant, Am. Coots, Sandhill Cranes, Tree Swallows, Song Sparrow, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Hooded Mergansers, and Killdeers.  On Oliver Road, we found more Canada Geese, Ring-billed Gulls, Eastern Phoebes, and a Field sparrow.  No shorebirds on Oliver Road.  Farther on at Winnebago Road and Route 70 in the marsh and ponds, were a nice assortment of ducks:  American Wigeon, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, Green Winged Teal, Canada Geese and Am. Coots.  At Howard’s farm the Greater White-fronted Geese were still there along with Canada Geese.  Bald Eagles are nesting in the west nest.  Also, Bald Eagles are nesting along Route 70 just east of the river on the south side of the road near the curve.  We did not find Rusty Blackbirds.  

Jack and Joyce Armstrong

March 20 Field trip report

Mary Kisamore lead a field trip to the Mississippi River counties of Carroll and Jo Daviess on Sunday, March 20.  6 birders attended.  All had a good time and saw a lot of nice birds.

In all, 66 species were seen and/or heard.  Highlights were a Loggerhead Shrike on Spring Lake/Airport Roads, 2 Great Egrets, 2 Western Meadowlarks, 4 Red-headed Woodpeckers, a Great Horned Owl on a nest, 2 species of grebes and 18 species of waterfowl.

Thanks to Mary for leading the trip and to Anne Straight for all of her excellent spotting and local knowledge of that area.