The 7th was cool and windy. The 8th was quite warm and windy.
Today, the 8th, we saw two blue-gray gnatcatchers and a yellow-bellied sapsucker. Those were many flickers in the field and several cormorants flying overhead. In the harbor were Red-breasted Mergansers, American Coots, Lesser Scaups, Horned Grebes, in addition to the typical gulls, Canada Geese, and mallards. There were swallows overhead – at the harbor, I don’t know what kind – nearer the lake were possibly Tree Swallows.
April 7th photos
April 8th photos. My wife was on camera duty today.
Almost warm day on April 1st; cool to cold and overcast on April 2nd.
The highlight was on April 1st, when we saw the European Goldfinch. It is not native to North America and there is speculation that several years ago a bunch were released in south-east Wisconsin. I have the two photos of the Goldfinch on ebird for April 1, as well as a recording of its song.
There were many flickers around, tons of R-W blackbirds – one which attacked a woman (she was unharmed), reports and possible sighting of a Western Meadowlark, many Eastern Phoebes and White-breasted Nuthatches, as well as several Golden-crowned Kinglets and a Ruby-crowned as well. At the shoreline next to the dog beach on April 1, we saw three Killdeer. Also fun, a chickadee landed on my wife’s hat and tried to sample some decorative beads.
Much like the day before. We also saw our first and second female Red-winged Blackbird. Really happy to get some good photos of the Brown Creeper.
Got to the hedge and heard reports of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. I did get to spot both varieties before I had to retire from back pain. There were many Eastern Towhees, Brown Thrashers, Northern Flickers, and Hermit Thrushes. A very good day – I recorded 27 species at the hedge.
Others helped me identify the Ruby-crowned Kinglets which were not showing off their colors. The White-throated Sparrows are a nice bird, with the bright yellow between the eye and beak. Fox Sparrows were still around though I only managed to see two. The Cooper’s Hawk made an appearance and did not stick around long enough for me to get any good photos.
Brown Thrasher (many, 10+ perhaps)
Northern Flicker (2+)
Eastern Towhee (1 male + 3+ females – another birder said “Rufous-sided” concensus was Eastern)
Cardinals (fending off Grackles)
House Sparrows, Starlings, R-w Blackbirds (m + f)
Large quantities of:
Robins (noticeably more around)
Not able to positively id:
Wren (House? Winter?)
Y-b Sapsucker or Downy Woodpecker
Warbler (green/yellow eye ring not all the way around, high up – Nashville or Mourning or Connecticut Warbler?)
Glimpse of very small warbler