- From: Andrew Reimer <andrew.reimer21@xxxxxxxxx>
- To: Wisconsin Bird Network <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 8 Mar 2011 10:59:42 -0600
Spent some time at Riverside Park in Neenah then Jefferson Park and Heckrodt in Menasha this morning. Riverside Park was gulls, Goldeneyes, and geese. About 1000 Herring Gulls were standing around on the ice on Lake Winnebago, and quite a few moving back and forth up and down the river. Spent some time glassing over the gulls and couldn't convince myself there was any other species there. A few Common Mergansers were fishing along the ice line and a pair of Redheads swam near the parking area. Lots of activity, but not a lot of variety. Jefferson Park had both, however. Three Mute Swans were accompanying the two overwintering wild swans which had a decidedly smaller size profile, so the pair are Tundra Swans (I've gone back and forth on what those two are since last December). Also had a single Greater Scaup amidst a small raft of Lesser Scaups, again offering that unusual opportunity of seeing the contrast between two similar species. Everything else were the standard late winter waterfowl, but lots of them. A dozen Ring-billed Gulls were standing on the ice near the boat launch. At least a thousand gulls here as well. One Bald Eagle surveying everything from atop a Cottonwood at the point across the river. The trails at Heckrodt are cleared near the nature center, but a lot more treacherous the further away you go. Again, lots of activity and a very pleasant day for a hike. Came across my first Red-winged Blackbird of the year by the south parking lot, but by the time I got back to the nature center, there were two more new arrivals. Had a very low flyover of an adult Bald Eagle. Complete list for the morning below... First robin of the year showed up in my yard when I got home from work yesterday afternoon--right on schedule... Location: Menasha, Winnebago County, WI, US Observation date: 3/8/11 Notes: Observations made at Riverside Park in Neenah and Jefferson Park and Heckrodt Nature Center in Menasha. Number of species: 26 Canada Goose 100 Mute Swan 3 Tundra Swan 2 American Black Duck 10 Mallard X Redhead 40 Greater Scaup 1 Lesser Scaup 20 Common Goldeneye 1000 Common Merganser 24 Ruddy Duck 12 Bald Eagle 2 Ring-billed Gull 12 Herring Gull 2000 Mourning Dove X Red-bellied Woodpecker 2 Downy Woodpecker 2 Hairy Woodpecker 4 American Crow 15 Black-capped Chickadee X White-breasted Nuthatch 2 European Starling X Dark-eyed Junco 20 Northern Cardinal X Red-winged Blackbird 3 House Sparrow X Thanks! Andrew Reimer Darboy (Appleton), Calumet County #################### 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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