[wisb] MEW GULL, etc
- From: Daryl Tessen <bhaunts@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
- Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2011 15:50:03 -0600
Because of the strong winds I decided to bird around "my" area. Birds were reluctant to come in to the feeders this early morning so I headed for Neenah and then Menasha. Surprisingly the north end of Lake Winnebago was open, plus some of the river channels in both cities. Hundreds to thousands of gulls were around, mainly Herring of course. At Jones Island (Little Lake Butte des Morts) in Menasha (where alot of the gull action was several winters ago) there were some nice birds. Standard ducks were present, with the Cormorants on the far west shore (out of the wind!). However the gull activity was really good. Almost immediately I had an adult Iceland Gull. While scanning it with the zoom scope I discovered a smaller (than Herring) gull to its left sitting on the ice. Several points got me real excited----darker mantle; smaller, unmarked bill; dark eye, etc. It proved to be an adult MEW GULL! I was able to watch it for quite some time, despite the strong winds hitting my vehicle and the window mounted scope. Additional gulls here were 2 Glaucous, 1 Thayer's and 3 Ring-billed for a total of 6 species! Jefferson Park had hundreds of gulls, but only Herring. Nice ducks included a Gadwall, 1-2 Lesser Scaup, 1 Hooded Merganser and several Ruddy Ducks. Heckrodt NC feeders yielded standard species plus a Flicker. The Little Chute dam had several Buffleheads and hundreds more Herring Gulls. Thousand Islands in Kaukauna was strangely quiet. At the De Pere dam 5-6 White Pelicans were sleeping on the rocks while a Cormorant was actively feeding. At the mouth of the Fox River in Green Bay the Peregrine Falcon was sitting in its nest box, wisely out of the wind. One lone White Pelican and 10+ Cormorants were by the warm water outlet, plus a Great Blue Heron, a male Hooded Merganser and a Glaucous Gull. Bald Eagles were here as well at several locations in the Fox Cities. Kewaunee had standard birds plus a female Ruddy Duck and with a lot of searching (the Polar Bear club was getting ready to "perform") 1 Great Black-backed Gull. A few Long-tailed Ducks and Red-br. Mergansers flew by the harbor entrance. Point Beach SF and Two Rivers were unbelievably quiet!! And returning back to Appleton and gas before home, I was pleased to find a Cooper's Hawk in the area, plus a small mixed flock of Bohemian and Cedar Waxwings. Yesterday they were by my place but today they were about a half mile east, back at the original spot where they were found on the CBC. For this cold, windy day 47 species. Daryl Tessen Appleton, 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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