[wisb] Milwaukee today/Milwaukee County

  • From: "Tom Wood" <tcwood729@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <Wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 18:13:40 -0500

Today I birded from Veteran's Park  north to Shorewood Nature Preserve.
In Veteran's Park I had a very satisfying look (about 5 minutes in the open)
of a Le Conte's Sparrow just east of the lagoon. This may be the same bird

Carl Schwartz reported, but the bird I saw was west of the paved path which
runs by the lagoon. It was perched in a shrub  at the edge of a grassy area

between the path and the lagoon. I missed Jym's Harris's Sparrow, but while
I was birding there I thought that with all the White-crowned Sparrows
around, there ought to be a Harris's Sparrrow in here!

I met Jym at Lake Park and he told me about the Mockingbird. I guess this
was about 11:00 A.M. I searched the south end of the golf course and
couldn't find

it, but kept returning after birding other areas in the park. Finally, I
decided to walk the perimeter of the golf course and found it near the pay
station at the

NE corner of the golf course. When I left at about 3:00 P.M. it was feeding
on a practice green? that had a half-staff yellow flag. Carl found it 45
minutes later

back where Jym found it, so my advice would be to walk the perimeter of the
golf course since it moves around.

Between Lake Park and Shorewood Nature Preserve I saw 17 species of
warblers, none rare. I was a little surprised to find Canada, Wilson's, and

Warblers , because I usually see them later in the month.

A big thanks to Jym Mooney for alerting me to the Mockingbird, a bird I
don't always find each year.


Thomas Wood,Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County.



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