[wisb] Oneida County sightings

  • From: tom prestby <jjprestby@xxxxxxx>
  • To: Wisbird <wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:07:29 -0500

All the snow has melted and most lakes now have at least some open water. 
Rivers are completely open and flowages are almost completely open. While doing 
boreal surveys the last couple mornings, there has been a great Tundra Swan 
movement with over 250 birds seen flying overhead SE to NW both days. A real 
treat yesterday was a flyover flock of 22 White-fronted Geese in western Oneida 
County near the Willow Flowage. The woods are alive with the songs of 
Golden-crowned Kinglets and Creepers and a few Winter Wrens, Phoebes, Fox 
Sparrows, and Flickers have arrived. 
The Rhinelander Flowage is all open but the ducks have been slow to find it (or 
they just have too many options for where to go). A pair of Wigeon and Pintail 
and a single Coot have been the only interesting finds. Rainbow Flowage is more 
than half open and there are a lot of mergansers using it--it bears watching, 
especially for divers. 
Finally, I watched 55 Bohemian Waxwings feeding in the berry trees at the 
entrance to the Nicolet College in Rhinelander today with about 20 Cedar 
Waxwings. It was truly bizarre to watch Bohemians while in a t-shirt, shorts, 
and sandals!!
Tom Prestby
balmy Eagle River                                         
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