[wisb] Surprise sighting, +mantis commentary

  • From: paul bruce <rdjn560birdcrazy@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: wisbirdn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2009 11:08:48 -0700 (PDT)

      Good afternoon, my birding family.    Man, did I make out like a bandit 
this a.m.  
  Stopped at the Nature Conservancy next to Osh. North HS.    27 species were 
recorded in just 30 minutes. Some of them quite awesome!  It started good to 
fair then just opened up at the end.  A mess of chipping sparrows were at the 
entrance, plus robins, then around the first bend got both kinglets, swamp 
sparrow, com. yellowthroat, catbird, waxwings, then further on the way, dowwny 
wood. and sapsucker, both nuthatches, juncos, wh-throated sparrows, then even 
further, WOW,  purple finch, hermit thrush, yel-rump warblers, goldfinches, 
phoebe, cardinals, winter wrens, and the avia de resistance,  an immature 
BLUE-HEADED VIREO !!!  This session of birding was just insanely awesome.  What 
stinks is missing my target, Fox Sparrow.
        As for the mantis stuff. When this first came to Wisbird I verified 
this as OffTopic, so it remains.  I just feel this insect sighting is just too 
big of a thing  to ignore, so therefore, sharing this incredible find with my 
Wisbird friends would be a most appreciative
 gesture.  Thanking Tom Sykes, Bettie (birdMom to my north),  I am
    Paul Bruce, Oshkosh
   Winnebago Co.

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