Pat Ready, Peter Gorman, Jim Otto and I went down to the Scheunemann's residence east of Milton this morning, where the very gracious hosts welcomed us inside to see the Rufous Hummingbird. They had just seen it ten minutes before we got there, and it showed up nearly immediately after we got inside. What a gorgeous bird! Pat took lots of photos, and we had a very nice visit with Emily and Larry. More birders were arriving as we were leaving, and the phone was ringing steadily with inquiries. I think they'll have lots of company today. We also saw a DE Junco and WC Sparrow in their yard. We stopped briefly at Paradise Springs and Scuppernong Prairie, but things were pretty quiet - only bird of note was a Great Blue Heron at the Springs. There was a big group of mountain bikers in the Emma Carlin Trail lot, so we went further south to the Nordic Trail. We hiked the "orange" loop and were somewhat surprised how few birds were around. We hit a few pockets of White-throats, and had a Yellow-rump and a couple of female Purple Finches near the kettle lake. There was a little flock of both Kinglets and a Brown Creeper on the way back to the parking lot. There were snow showers nearly the whole time on the trail - aahhh! Peter Fissel Madison, WI (where the skies are blue...for now...) #################### 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.