Sat 20 Mar 2010
I spent 3 hours wandering around various spots in northern Winnebago County today. Only managed 53 species of birds. The most birdy place was the wetland reclamation area on the Winters farm at Shrland. Lots of waterfowl there, including 35 GW Teal, 4 BW Teal, 6 American Black Ducks, N. Pintail, Am. Wigeon, Gadwall, Ring-necked Ducks, L. Scaup and Redhead. There were 2 N. Harriers over the marsh, and a pair of Sandhill Cranes was flying and calling. A male Pileated Woodpecker was calling and flying along the Pec River just downstream from the bridge. Best to park on the east side of the road. A scope is necessary.
The Moody/Blodgett Road area had 87 Sandhill Cranes, plus 24 Wood Ducks and 15 N. Shovelers. Lots of gulls (mostly Ring-billed but a few Herrings) at the east end of Moody.
Flocks of blackbirds were close to the road in many places. Most of them had at least a few Rusty Blackbirds with them. 200+ Lapland Longspurs were on Fritz Road east of Durand.
Nygren Wetland was pretty quiet at 12:30 p.m. The ice is completely off of Pierce Lake at Rock Cut SP. Not many ducks there, though-2 Buffleheads and 3 Ruddy Ducks, plus a lot of gulls.
No swans of any kind were sighted.