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 CBC Collective “What’s Around” List for 2003
Author: Greg (---.tds.net)
Date:   12-11-02 08:07

At each meeting of the Chequamegon Bird Club members create individual lists of birds reportedly seen by them in their area since the last meeting. Two of our most active members have been keeping this list and we are posting the results each month for general interest and comparison purposes. The lists will be indicated by the name of the month in the Subject Line and will follow this message.

 Re: CBC What’s Around – January 2003
Author: Greg (---.tds.net)
Date:   02-11-03 15:17

GEESE (Canada Goose)
DUCKS ( Mallard Duck)
HAWKS (Bald Eagle, Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel)
GROUSE (Ruffed Grouse)
QUAILS, PARTRIDGES & PHEASANTS (Ring-necked Pheasants)
TURKEY (Wild Turkey)
DOVES (Rock Dove, Mourning Dove)
OWLS (Snowy Owl
KINGFISHER (Belted Kingfisher)
WOODPECKERS ( Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker,
Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker)
LARK (Horned Lark)
CROW (American Crow)
JAYS (Blue Jay)
CHICKADEES (Black-capped Chickadee)
NUTHATCHES ( Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch)
CREEPER (Brown Creeper)
KINGLETS (Golden-crowned Kinglet)
THRUSHES (Varied Thrush)
WAXWINGS (Cedar Waxwing)
SHRIKES (Northern Shrike)
CARDINALS (Northern Cardinal)
SPARROWS (American Tree Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco)
BUNTINGS (Snow Bunting)
BLACKBIRDS (Common Grackle)
FINCHES (Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin)
WEAVER FINCH (House Sparrow)

The group went on to report sightings of birds of special interest. These
included a male varied thrush at a feeder on the corner of Highways M and C,
white-throated sparrows seen at several locations, a snowy owl sighted at
Dorchester corners for the last three weeks and usually seen at dusk, a
flock of cedar waxwings and an unusually large flock of about eighty wild
turkeys.

 Re: CBC What’s Around – February 2003
Author: Greg (---.tds.net)
Date:   03-12-03 11:17

Members used a checklist to report a total of forty-seven different species of birds seen in the area since the last meeting and an additional three species seen in the Chippewa Falls area. These included:

GEESE (Canada Goose, Snow Goose)
DUCKS ( Mallard Duck, Common Goldeneye
HAWKS (Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Cooper¹s Hawk,
Rough-legged Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, American Kestrel)

GROUSE (Ruffed Grouse)
QUAILS, PARTRIDGES & PHEASANTS (Ring-necked Pheasants)
TURKEY (Wild Turkey)
DOVES (Rock Dove, Mourning Dove)
OWLS (Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, Barred Owl,
Short-eared Owl}

WOODPECKERS (Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy
Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker)

LARK (Horned Lark)
CROW (American Crow)
JAYS (Blue Jay)
CHICKADEES (Black-capped Chickadee)
NUTHATCHES (Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch)
CREEPER (Brown Creeper)
KINGLETS (Golden-crowned Kinglet)
THRUSHES (Varied Thrush, American Robin)
WAXWINGS (Cedar Waxwing)
SHRIKES (Northern Shrike)
CARDINALS (Northern Cardinal)
SPARROWS (American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco)
LONGSPUR [Lapland Longspur}
BUNTINGS (Snow Bunting)
FINCHES (Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin)
WEAVER FINCH (House Sparrow)

The group went on to report sightings of birds of special interest. A snowy owl still is being sighted at Dorchester corners and usually seen at dusk, a goshawk plucking a grouse and airlifting it away by the feet, A Golden Eagle eating whatever it had taken, a pine siskin using a birdbath, one American robin, a short-eared owl, and snow buntings and Lapland longspurs in a near Lake Wisota, barred owls hooting and chickadees singing their spring song.

 Re: CBC What’s Around – March 2003
Author: Greg (---.tds.net)
Date:   04-08-03 07:05

Members used a checklist to report a total of forty-nine different species of birds seen in the area since the last meeting and two additional species seen in the Chippewa Falls area. These included:

GEESE (Canada Goose)
DUCKS (Mallard Duck, Bufflehead, Hooded Merganser)
HAWKS (Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel,
Rough-legged Hawk, Cooper¹s Hawk)

GROUSE (Ruffed Grouse)
QUAILS, PARTRIDGES & PHEASANTS (Ring-necked Pheasants)
TURKEY (Wild Turkey)
CRANE (Sandhill Crane)
PLOVER (Killdeer)
DOVES (Rock Dove, Mourning Dove)
OWLS (Eastern Screech Owl, Snowy Owl, Barred Owl, Short-eared Owl)
WOODPECKERS (Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker)

LARK (Horned Lark)
CROW (American Crow)
JAYS (Blue Jay, Gray Jay)
CHICKADEES (Black-capped Chickadee)
NUTHATCHES (Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch)
CREEPER (Brown Creeper)
THRUSHES (Varied Thrush, American Robin)
STARLING (European Starling
CARDINALS (Northern Cardinal)
SPARROWS (American Tree Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco)
LONGSPUR (Lapland Longspur)
BUNTINGS (Snow Bunting)
BLACKBIRDS (Red-winged Blackbird)
FINCHES (Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine Siskin, Evening
Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill)

WEAVER FINCH (House Sparrow)


Among the birds seen in the Chippewa Falls, but not the Medford area were
the Common Goldeneye, and the Common Merganser

The group went on to report sightings of birds of special interest.

These included: First robin seen in the Abbottsford area, and a flock of
almost thirty robins near Medford, sandhill cranes calling, a varied thrush,
grouse mating, ring-necked pheasants fighting, mallards returning to melting
farm ponds, and a cardinal fighting its reflection in a window. Pictures of
a recently banded snowy owl and of a screech owl peering from its hole were
shared. Also reported was a lilac bush with fifteen or more cocoons of the
Promethea or Spice Bush Moth hanging from it.

 Re: CBC What’s Around – April 2003
Author: Greg (---.tds.net)
Date:   05-08-03 12:55

The list of birds seen prior to the April meeting was posted on the bulletin board. Members used a checklist to report a total of one hundred twelve different species of birds seen in the area since the last meeting compared with only forty-nine last month. These included:

LOON (Common Loon)
GREBES (Pied-billed Grebe)
CORMORANT (Double-crested Cormorant)*
HERONS (Great Blue Heron)
SWANS (Trumpeter Swan, Tundra Swan)
GEESE (Canada Goose, White-fronted Goose, Snow Goose)
DUCKS ( Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal, Mallard Duck,
Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Gadwall, American Wigeon, Canvasback,
Redhead, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Common Goldeneye, Bufflehead,
Hooded Merganser, Common Merganser. Red-breasted Merganser *)
VULTURES (Turkey Vulture)
HAWKS (Bald Eagle, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk,
Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, Rough-legged Hawk, Cooper¹s Hawk)
GROUSE (Ruffed Grouse)
QUAILS, PARTRIDGES & PHEASANTS (Ring-necked Pheasants, Greater Prairie
Chicken)
TURKEY (Wild Turkey)
RAILS (Sora)
COOT (American Coot)
CRANE (Sandhill Crane)
PLOVERS (Killdeer)
SANDPIPERS (American Woodcock, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs,
Wilson¹s Snipe)
GULLS (Bonaparte¹s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Herring Gull)
DOVES (Rock Dove, Mourning Dove)
OWLS (Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl, Long-eared Owl,
Short-eared Owl)
NIGHTHAWK (Common Nighthawk)
KINGFISHER (Belted Kingfisher)
WOODPECKERS (Red-bellied Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy
Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Pileated Woodpecker)
FLYCATCHER (Eastern Phoebe)
LARK (Horned Lark)
SWALLOW (Purple Martin, Tree Swallow, Barn Swallow)
JAYS (Blue Jay)
CROW (American Crow)
RAVEN (Common Raven)
CHICKADEES (Black-capped Chickadee)
NUTHATCHES (Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-breasted Nuthatch)
CREEPER (Brown Creeper)
WRENS (Winter Wren)
KINGLETS (Golden-crowned Kinglet, Ruby-crowned Kinglet)
THRUSHES (Eastern Bluebird, Hermit Thrush, American Robin)
WAXWINGS (Cedar Waxwing)
SHRIKES (Northern Shrike)
STARLING (European Starling
WARBKERS (Yellow-rumped Warbler)
CARDINALS (Northern Cardinal)
SPARROWS (American Tree Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Field
Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, Song Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow,
White-crowned Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco)
LONGSPUR (Lapland Longspur)
BUNTINGS (Snow Bunting)
BLACKBIRDS (Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Western Meadowlark,
Rusty Blackbird, Brewer¹s Blackbird, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird)
FINCHES (Pine Grosbeak, Purple Finch, House Finch, American Goldfinch, Pine
Siskin)
WEAVER FINCH (House Sparrow)

Birds seen in the Chippewa Falls, but not the Medford area are marked with
an *.

The group went on to report sightings of birds of special interest seen
locally and on travels. These included: Seeing the crane migration in
Nebraska, observing a pelican in the south who skipped across water for at
least thirty feet and caught a fish is very muddy water, the effect of the
weather on birds during the last month, seeing about one hundred juncos in a
two day period when there had been none before, two juncos with very unusual
markings, the response of about fifty birds at a feeder when a sharp-shinned
hawk appeared, two loons on the mill pond, and the plight and rescue of
migrating loons who had landed on parking lots and very small ponds that did
not provide the necessary thirty foot take-off distance and needed to be
retrieved and moved to larger bodies of water. Prairie chickens were
reported to be booming near Owen with about five displaying near a road. One
bird was reported to be an apparent hybrid between a prairie chicken and
sharp-tailed grouse.

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