[wisb] Moquah Barrens, Bayfield Co.

Hi folks,
Spent Saturday through Monday birding the Moquah Barrens (Bayfield Co, just 
northeast
of Iron River).  It?s been several years since I?ve been there, and I was 
astounded at
how many more Eastern Towhees and Brown Thrashers there are now than what I 
remember.
Of course, maybe I?m remembering incorrectly, but no matter.  There weren?t 
many places
in the barrens where I couldn?t hear at least two towhees and a thrasher.

Short list of birds (complete lists below):
Eastern Towhee
Brown Thrasher
Brewer's Blackbird
Eastern Bluebird
Upland Sandpiper (watched a pair, the male perched singing his cool song while 
the
female foraged below)
Whip-poor-will
Common Ravens (a migrating (?) kettle of 162!)
Field Sparrow (I managed to find one singing male)
Vesper Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
Wild Turkey
Clay-colored Sparrow
Hermit Thrush
Black-throated Green Warbler (FOY)
Ovenbird (FOY)

My list of raptors & one quasi-raptor:
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Bald Eagle
Cooper's Hawk
Turkey Vulture

I wasn't able to find any Sharp-tailed Grouse, but I didn't sit in the blind, 
either.
I did see a lot of sign, particularly droppings, tracks and dust bowls in the 
sandy
mounds left by small mammals.

Good birding!
Debbie
p.s. scroll down for the complete ebird reports
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Location:     Moquah Barrens
Observation date:     5/9/09
Number of species:     26

Wild Turkey     1
Bald Eagle     1
Northern Harrier     1
Upland Sandpiper     2     pair, seen flying together
Northern Flicker     X
Blue Jay     X
American Crow     X
Common Raven     X
Tree Swallow     X
Eastern Bluebird     X
Hermit Thrush     X
American Robin     X
Brown Thrasher     X
Nashville Warbler     X
Yellow-rumped Warbler     X
Palm Warbler     X
Black-and-white Warbler     1     singing
Eastern Towhee     X
Chipping Sparrow     X
Clay-colored Sparrow     X
Vesper Sparrow     X
Savannah Sparrow     1
Song Sparrow     2
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Brewer's Blackbird     X
Brown-headed Cowbird     X

Location:     Moquah Barrens
Observation date:     5/10/09
Number of species:     32

Northern Harrier     1
Cooper's Hawk     1
Red-tailed Hawk     1
American Kestrel     2
Whip-poor-will     1     singing
Northern Flicker     X
Blue Jay     X
American Crow     X
Common Raven     X     counted a presumably migrating kettle of CORAs in the 
late
afternoon of 162 birds!
Tree Swallow     X
Eastern Bluebird     X
Hermit Thrush     2     singing
American Robin     X
Gray Catbird     1     singing
Brown Thrasher     X
Nashville Warbler     X
Yellow-rumped Warbler     X
Pine Warbler     1     singing
Palm Warbler     X
Black-and-white Warbler     1     singing
Eastern Towhee     X
Chipping Sparrow     X
Clay-colored Sparrow     X
Field Sparrow     1     singing
Vesper Sparrow     X
Song Sparrow     1     singing
White-throated Sparrow     1     singing
Harris's Sparrow     1     viewed
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Brewer's Blackbird     X
Brown-headed Cowbird     X
American Goldfinch     2

Location:     Moquah Barrens
Observation date:     5/11/09
Number of species:     33

Wild Turkey     3     two displaying males; one unknown
Turkey Vulture     1
Northern Harrier     2
Sharp-shinned Hawk     2
Red-tailed Hawk     2
American Kestrel     1
Upland Sandpiper     2     pair; male singing from perch while female 
(presumably)
foraged below in the grass
Northern Flicker     X
Blue Jay     X
American Crow     X
Common Raven     X
Tree Swallow     X
Eastern Bluebird     X
Hermit Thrush     1     singing
American Robin     X
Gray Catbird     1     singing
Brown Thrasher     X
Nashville Warbler     X
Yellow-rumped Warbler     X
Black-throated Green Warbler     1     singing
Pine Warbler     1     singing
Palm Warbler     X
Ovenbird     1     singing
Eastern Towhee     X
Chipping Sparrow     X
Clay-colored Sparrow     X
Vesper Sparrow     X
Song Sparrow     1     singing
White-throated Sparrow     1     singing
Red-winged Blackbird     X
Brewer's Blackbird     X
Common Grackle     1
Brown-headed Cowbird     X




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