[wisb] Milwaukee Lakefront, 8/17-18 - Peregrine, eight new BIGBY species, Mink, etc
- From: "B.G. Sloan" <bgsloan2@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: wisbirdn <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2010 13:36:42 -0700 (PDT)
I did a full walk of my BIGBY territory Tuesday and Wednesday...a total of 18 miles walked over two days. I'd been holding off on doing this before, due to the heat and humidity. Absolutely beautiful weather for a long walk along Lake Michigan! I had six new BIGBY species on Tuesday (all in Lake Park), and two today (one in Lake Park and one in Lakeshore State Park), raising my Milwaukee walking BIGBY count to 70 species (I've been doing my Milwaukee BIGBY for about three weeks). First, a few non-BIGBY highlights: * This morning I was blessed with the presence of a Peregrine Falcon. I got to watch this bird do all sorts of aerobatics for several minutes. At one point I could even see leg bands through my binocs. Not a new BIGBY bird, but it was a very special experience none the less. It was flying between the Discovery Center and the US Bank building downtown, gradually moving off to the north, halfheartedly harassing a couple of pigeon flocks. * I've had several juvenile Black-crowned Night-Heron sightings over the past couple of weeks in the general vicinity of the Veterans Park lagoon. I'm embarrased to admit that I've only recently figured out that they weren't juvenile Green Herons that were mysteriously larger than their parents. :-) Anyway, makes me wonder if there was a successful Black-crowned Night-Heron nest near the lagoon? * Watched an Eastern Kingbird checking out the latest dragonfly swarm. The bird was sitting at the top of a small tree on a big lawn. Every time a dragonfly flew nearby the kingbird would check it out with interest, but decline to go after the large tasty morsel. Either the dragonflies were too big for the kingbird, or the bird was already full from having snacked on one. * And the latest entry on my "wild animals of Milwaukee" list: a mink. This one really surprised me. I was on the sidewalk behind the art museum, sorting through the ducks and gulls. Suddenly a mink shot up out of the water and bounded up the large rocks into some cover among the rocks. Other than the water, this area doesn't shout "mink habitat" to me. Very cool sighting. And here are the new BIGBY species. The first six species were really close together. I saw them all in five minutes in the ravine south of the North Point lighthouse in Lake Park on Tuesday. The warblers (plus the cooler weather) provided a real taste of fall: * House Wren - BIGBY species #63 * Black-and-White Warbler - BIGBY #64 * Tennessee Warbler - BIGBY #65 * Nashville Warbler - BIGBY #66 * Blackburnian Warbler - BIGBY #67 * Magnolia Warbler - BIGBY #68 * Northern Flicker - BIGBY #69 (also in Lake Park, on Wednesday) * Belted Kingfisher - BIGBY #70 (fishing over the Lakeshore State Park harbor on Wednesday AM). 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.
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