TUNDRA SWANS are still in Wisconsin! Several reports from the Wisc. Birding Network indicate there are some 500 tundra swans on the ice and
Water at Madison’s University Bay. One of my favorite scenes is of Swans sliding on ice as they land. By contrast, I had my first report of Tundra Swans arriving at Chesapeake Bay on Nov. 19, 2019.
Sandhill Cranes are also extending their stay in various pockets in Wisconsin! As of Dec 16 sandhill cranes were reported hanging out in the harvested corn fields near the intersection of Hwy 60 and Rainbow Road just NE of Spring Green, WI in Sauk County.Thank you Donald Maum.
Fred Lesher’s journals are available online at UW La Crosse Murphy Library digital Collection. Paul and Bernadette Hayes and others have been working
to enter Fred’s extensive historical observations onto ebird.
For example, Fred found a Bewick’s Wren in the La Crosse area in April 1969
Scans of the original journals can be found at
Richland County, WI
SNOWY OWL UPDATE: I post new updates every 10-15 days during November and I post new updates every 10-15 days during November and December. The latest is up on 2019-20 Update tab at: https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Wildl
Ryan Brady Conservation Biologist, Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT
Dan Jackson, La Crosse Audubon Group
The La Crosse / La Crescent Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on Saturday, December 16th For those who haven’t participated in the past, for the La Crosse CBC, we count all of the birds that we can find on the count day within a 15 mile circle that is centered on the La Crosse County Courthouse. I divide the circle in 25-30 sections and individuals or teams are then responsible for covering a pre-assigned section on the count day (this year 12/16/17). Yes, we can use help each year to cover all the sections! Please contact Dan if you would like to be on the list for next year.
The Next BACKYARD BIRD COUNT is underway February 14-17, 2020
Here is a great opportunity to participate as a “Citizen Scientist!” If you have never participated before, and are interested, see the GBBC website to get started and create an account, which you will need to enter data.
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