Here are preliminary results for the Sauk City count, held today (Sunday 26th), with some feeder reports not yet received and the official number-crunching to come: 58 species on count day, with at least 3 "count week" birds (those being Killdeer, Wilson's snipe, and Carolina wren). This is down a bit from most years. Note, these are NOT the final tallies. UP: Bald eagles! Lots of great, close-range looks! DOWN: Wild turkeys; Eastern bluebirds; and waterfowl diversity in general. Species seen: Canada goose American black duck Mallard Redhead Common goldeneye Hooded and Common mergansers Ring-necked pheasant Wild turkey Great blue heron Bald eagle Sharp-shinned, Cooper's, red-tailed, and rough-legged hawks American kestrel Ring-billed, Herring, and Thayer's gulls Rock dove Mourning dove Eastern screech, great horned, and barred owls Belted kingfisher Red-headed, red-bellied, downy, hairy, and pileated woodpeckers Yellow-bellied sapsucker Northern flicker Northern shrike Blue jay American crow Horned lark Black-capped chickadee Tufted titmouse Red- and white-breasted nuthatches Golden-crowned kinglet Eastern bluebird American robin European starling Cedar waxwing American tree, swamp, house, and white-throated sparrows Dark-eyed junco Lapland longspur Snow bunting Northern cardinal Red-winged blackbird (I think there was only one of these) Purple and house finches Pine siskin American goldfinch My group counts Area 7, which goes along the river and includes Ferry Bluff (closed to the public Nov. 15-April 1 due to nesting eagles; we have permission to go up on count day). It has been my great privilege to witness early, pastel-colored daylight over Ferry Bluff once each winter for over 10 years now. It's a breathtakingly beautiful sight and well worth the 5 AM alarm time back in Madison! Ground fog had frozen as hoarfrost on the lower-growing branches, stems, and seedheads along many of the country roads. As the sun moved up it set these crystals to sparkling. Just gorgeous. Happy birding, Kathy Miner, Madison, Dane County - - - - - - - - - - "In nature's infinite book of secrecy A little I can read." -- William Shakespeare #################### 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.