[wisb] Blue Grosbeak - Racine Co.
- From: Max Witynski <birdmax922@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, David Willard <dwillard@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 15 May 2010 17:05:29 -0500
Dave Willard and I had the pleasure of finding a BLUE GROSBEAK (probably 2nd year male, lifer for me) on public land in Racine County this morning. The area, though containing an extensive trail system, is rather hard to describe. We accessed the spot from private property, but on Google Earth it appears possible to walk in from the intersection of Ela Avenue and Buena Park Road. If anyone is very interested in seeing this bird, backchannel me and I can give you more specific directions. We walked for a few hours in fairly typical old field, cattail marsh, and woodland habitat and somehow came out with 79 species. Highlights included two SORAS, a female ORCHARD ORIOLE, excellent views of cooperative CANADA,WILSON'S, and MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, and among others a MOURNING WARBLER, WOOD THRUSH, and VEERY were heard singing. We also had nice looks at a singing CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. One unusual bird was a slightly aberrant AMERICAN REDSTART. Initially, the bird had us excited by singing the song of a Blackburnian Warbler, until we traced the source of the song and found him. When we saw what I think was the same bird on the way out, it was singing a bizarre song that started like an Ovenbird and ended like a Black-and-white Warbler. We studied it closely, and found the plumage to be a little strange, the normally solid black breast was slightly streaky, the orange sides of the breast continued all the way down the flanks, and the underparts were mostly white. We decided it was probably and 2nd year male who had not fully developed his adult plumage, but the song combinations stumped us. When we left, he was singing a "normal" redstart song. Dave has heard this species sing varied songs before, but this bird seemed stranger than usual. Yesterday I forgot to mention finding a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and hearing a night-singing VEERY in the woods across the street from my house. Good Birding! Max Witynski, Madison, Dane #################### You received this email because you are subscribed to the Wisconsin Birding Network (Wisbirdn). To UNSUBSCRIBE or SUBSCRIBE, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. To set DIGEST or VACATION modes, use the Wisbirdn web interface at: http://www.freelists.org/list/wisbirdn. Visit Wisbirdn ARCHIVES at: http://www.freelists.org/archives/wisbirdn.
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