[wisb] Milwaukee Lakefront, 4/12/11 - B-W Teal (new BIGBY), lots of D-C Cormorants

Beautiful day to be walking along Milwaukee's lakefront. Cool crisp air, bright 
sunshine, cloudless blue sky. Definitely felt like spring!

I forgot that I'd left my binocs in the car last night. My wife is teaching a 
class at Mount Mary College on Tuesday evenings, and she needed the car to get 
to class after work. So it was birding without binocs today for me. But the air 
was so clear that I even managed to ID a new 2011 BIGBY species. :-)
 
The highlights:
 
* Blue-winged Teal. A male-female pair right behind the Milwaukee Art Museum. 
Milwaukee walking BIGBY species #107.

* Double-crested Cormorant. Approximately 100 birds in the harbor at the mouth 
of the Milwaukee River. Most cormorants I've ever seen at one time. Pretty cool!

* Horned Grebe. At least 50 birds, including a tightly grouped flock of 17 
birds in the harbor just south of Veterans Park. Biggest single flock of these 
birds I've ever seen.

* Tree Swallow. Lakeshore State Park. Hard to count, since they are swooping 
all over the place, but I'm thinking 15-20 twittering birds. Pairs are checking 
out nest boxes in the park.

* Still several hundred Scaups hanging around, with a few Goldeneyes and 
Buffleheads.

* Northern Shoveler. Five birds.

Bernie Sloan
Milwaukee 
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