Went downtown with John Longhenry and my mom to photograph Louise and Lil Kool. They weren’t cooperating that well, but got some pictures of then on the ledge of the tower. We will most likely go Saturday when they are banding the young falcons.
Today was the Winnebago County Forest Preserve’s Birding Bonanza. There were 10 of us on the walk. We were there from 7:00 AM-9:00 AM. We saw…
Bald Eagle (1)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2)
Eastern Kingbird (3)
Eastern Meadowlark (3)
Common Yellowthroat (2)
Tree Swallow (many)
American Goldfinch (6)
Baltimore Oriole (2)
Barn Swallow (1)
Song Sparrow (2)
Flycatcher sp. (1)
Indigo Bunting (1) heard only
Red-bellied Woodpecker (1) heard only
Sandhill Crane (1)
Blue-winged Warbler (1) heard only
At Severson Dells there were Ruby, & Golden Crown Kinglets- Fox Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Song Sparrow, & Swamp Sparrow. Eastern Meadow Lark, Eastern Towhee, Eastern Bluebirds, Eastern Phoebe. In fluddles along Moody Road, L. Scaup, Common Merganser, Red-heads,Ruddy, Wood Ducks, along Meridian Rd. N Shovelers Coots, Ring Neck, Bufflehead, Blue-wing Teal, Green-Wing Teal, Gadwell. A. White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, D.C. Comerants. Shore birds seen were G. Yellowlegs, Wilson’s Snipe.
On the bird club field trip Sat. 47 species of birds were observed. 15 species of ducks, 2 species of geese, about 45 sandhill cranes, and 17 bald eagles. It was a nice sun-shiny day with many birds. Scott Hitchcock, Steve Schmaeng, Kevin Kaltenbach, Joyce and Jack Armstrong Enjoyed the early spring birding. A large group of birds were found just west of Cleveland Road, along Telegraph Road near Pecatonica, and at Westlake Village. With all of the water in the county, the birds can easily move to another area.
Severson Dells Nature Center, &WCFP have set up a great new system of bird feeders out at the center. Come out, & enjoy the winter birds in comfort!
About 2:00 P.M. today, 1-14, I had a nice mixed flock of Snow Buntings, & Lapland Long-Spurs along Kelly Rd, a quarter mile west of Weldon Rd. There were also many Horned Larks along the road sides. Yesterday 1-13 there was a lone Pine Siskin at the feeders at Severson Dells.
I had a friend call me this evening about an American Bittern in Boone County. I went out and managed to find it on Avery Rd south of Dewayne Rd. It was in the grass between the road and the corn.
A Straight,& I had a few Warblers at Severson Dells F.P. this a.m.- Golden Wing-Tennessee-Chestnut-Sided-Magnolia-Black-Throated Green-Yellow-Throated-Bay Breasted-Black-White-American Red-Start-Common Yellowthroat. Red- Breasted Nuthatch- a lot of the common birds for here this time of year. 4 Green Herons at Nygren .
Ann S. & I found two Trumpeter Swans on a pond along Telegraph Road about 1/4 mile west of Winnebago Road at 4:00 P.M. today. Seems quite early for Winnebago County. Not many shore birds to be found in the county today tho. Usual, Spotted, Solitary, Pectoral’s. No habit. Pec. Wetlands had nothing.
There have been a few species found on Pierce Lake at Rock Cut recently that are either rare in the county or for the Park. I found a Caspian tern and three American Pipits on Tuesday 3rd April and John Longhenry found a dozen American white pelicans on Sunday Sunday 8th April. Blue-winged teal, pied-billed grebes and Great Egrets have arrived in the county. The ospreys appear to have moved to the platform on the opposite side of Olson lake.