[wisb] Re: Milwaukee Lakefront, 12/16 - Eastern Meadowlark, Long-tailed Duck

The German birder I talked to the other day also mentioned the Common Goldeneye 
X Hooded Merganser hybrid.
 
Bernie Sloan
--- On Thu, 12/16/10, Todd Wilson <maxpaul@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


From: Todd Wilson <maxpaul@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [wisb] Re: Milwaukee Lakefront, 12/16 - Eastern Meadowlark, 
Long-tailed Duck
To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 7:37 PM


In addition to the birds that Bernie reports for Lakeshore State Park, 
today there was also a male Common Goldeneye X Hooded Merganser hybrid 
in with the goldeneyes. One individual of this type spent the entire 
winter at the park last year, and I think its quite possible this is the 
same bird. Lets see if it sticks around again.

Todd Wilson
Milwaukee


On 12/16/2010 4:48 PM, B.G. Sloan wrote:
> I birded my CBC route intensely today, in preparation for Saturday's actual 
> Christmas Bird Count. Veterans Park lagoon frozen solid. Milwaukee harbor 
> iced over. (See: http://bit.ly/i2rpVP). Lakeshore State Park lagoon and the 
> Discovery World harbor were pretty much frozen solid, with small open patches 
> at the entrance to the harbor, and beneath the bridge leading to the park.
>
> Some highlights:
>
> * There was a mass exodus of ducks and other waterfowl when Milwaukee's 
> harbor iced over on Tuesday night. But I discovered today that they didn't go 
> very far. There was a large raft of ducks at the mouth of the harbor closest 
> to the McKinley Marina entrance. I'm estimating 6,000 ducks, and I probably 
> didn't see others because my view was blocked by the breakwalls. In 
> descending order of numbers: Scaup, Goldeneye, Bufflehead, Ruddys, Coots, 
> etc. Vast majority were Scaup. Maybe 5-10% Goldeneyes.
>
> * Absolutely NO Mallards behind the art museum (all iced up). This was a 
> first-of-year experience for me. :-)
>
> * Long-tailed Duck. One female. In the open water under the bridge leading to 
> Lakeshore State Park. I first saw this bird Tuesday, but missed it yesterday. 
> Another birder told me she saw it yesterday. I saw it again this morning.
>
> * Eastern Meadowlark. Lakeshore State Park. I've been gunning for this bird 
> ever since two other birders told me about seeing it over the past couple of 
> days. Seemed *really* late for this species. I tend to think of meadowlarks 
> as an insectivorous species. But, in checking BNA Online's range map, 
> southeastern Wisconsin looks to be pretty close to the northern dividing line 
> for year-round distribution. BNA's "Food Habits" section notes: "Main winter 
> diet consists of noxious weed seeds and waste grains (mainly corn), 
> supplemented to some degree with wild fruits." There's all kinds of seeds in 
> the Lakeshore State Park prairie.
>
> * About 200 ducks in open water at the entrance of the Discovery World 
> harbor. Mostly Scaup, Goldeneyes, and Mallards, plus a few Coots.
>
> * Redhead. Same area as above. Seems kinda late.
>
> * Red-breasted Merganser. Same area as above.
>
> * Eastern Bluebird. Several. In some small trees at the north entrance to 
> Lakeshore State Park. First bluebirds I've ever seen in that park, I think.
>
> * A flock of 45 raucous American Crows in Veterans Park. I believe that's the 
> most crows I've seen since I moved to Milwaukee.
>
> * Lots of American Tree Sparrows on the east side of the Veterans Park lagoon.
>
> * 10-15 Dark-eyed Juncos in the flock of tree sparrows.
>
> Bernie Sloan
> Milwaukee
>
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