Hearing from various e-mail lists that Sandhill Cranes were on the move I decided to make a day of it. What a difference a day makes, weather-wise! Yesterday was foggy, damp, and warm for late November (65 degrees). Today was cool crisp and clear, with a wind chill of about 12 degrees when I first set out. I had one new combo BIGBY species, bringing that BIGBY count to 219 species, and two new MilWALKee BIGBY species for a count of 180 species in that category. The big highlights of the day: * Sandhill Crane. MilwWALKee BIGBY species #179. I'd kinda given up on seeing Sandhills this fall. They were spring and fall migration BIGBY regulars when I lived in southern Indiana. But twice today I heard their prehistoric bugling! In some respects seeing/hearing Sandhill Cranes gives me the same feeling I used to get from migrating Canada Geese when I was a kid. It was invigorating to see the high flying v-shaped skeins of geese, up so high that their raucous honking was barely audible on the ground. The geese would inspire a sense of wanderlust...coming from who knows where, heading to who knows where, making only a brief appearance in my world. But the presence of year-round resident Canada Goose flocks undermined that earlier sense of wonder. I think my earlier fascination with migrating geese has been replaced by the joy I feel when I hear the bugling calls of migrating Sandhill Cranes. Like the geese of my youth, the cranes pass over unexpectedly, spending very little time in my world. * Tundra Swan. MilWALKee species #180, and 2010 "combo" BIGBY species #219. I was standing at the far northernmost part of Milwaukee's North Point, right by the water treatment plant, when I heard their "woo-ho, woo-woo, woo-ho" calls. Got enough of a glimpse through my binoculars as they flew by to see the black bills. This is a new life bird for me...an unexpected cool treat! Hope everyone has a great holiday weekend!! Bernie Sloan Milwaukee #################### 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.