[wisb] Crawford Co Nightjar Route, Grant Co Wayalusing and Protonotaries
- From: Jesse Ellis <calocitta8@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sun, 30 May 2010 18:49:29 -0500
Hey all- Just wanted to chime in with some week's birding, and about that Prothonotary at Wayalusing... Thursday night (5/27) I ran my nightjar survey in western Crawford county, same as last year. What a difference the weather makes! Last year was cooler and a little windy, and I had only a few owls and whips - Thursday, with a full moon, clear sky, and nearly still conditions I did a bit better, with 8 whippoorwills along the route, many Barred Owls, a Screech Owl and a Great Horned. Also had a Henslow's Sparrow singing at about 11:45, as well as a fly-over Dickcissel and Black-billed Cuckoo. Also had a Song Sparrow belt out a full song once. We then camped at Wayalusing, and had many of the highlights others have reported - there are multiple Henslow's Sparrows singing near the observatory. We missed Yellow-throated Warbler, unfortunately... another highlight was seeing Rough-winged Swallows fighting over a couple chunks of Coyote scat at the observatory. It actually appeared they were eating it - it had a bit of green matter, and hairs, but it never really looked like they were carrying hair away. Rather I'm fairly sure I saw them eat a few chunks. Up to six birds were squabbling over it at one point. Also noticed a burying beetling starting to move a chunk across the lot. Finally, we had the same experience as Peter Fissel's and Chris West's group with the Prothonotaries at the boat launch. These birds are a kick. Apparently they don't worry too much about people - I nearly had one land on my shoulder, and the some individual landed about 6 feet in front of us in the middle of the parking lot. As Chris West said, they seem to have figured out that the cars have lots of bugs, and are using them accordingly. Very cool. I recommend this spot for great looks and photography. Jesse Ellis Madison -- Jesse Ellis Madison, Dane Co, WI #################### 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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