Category Archives: Birds

Light Pollution and Migratory Birds

A new article titled  Even Porch Lights can Disorient Migratory Birds appeared in Conservation Magazines’s online “Conservation this Week” It has been known for some time that lights in tall buildings, lighthouses etc. give migrating birds many troubles, but more evidence is gathering … Continue reading

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Bald Eagle Watching in Oshkosh, WI

Winter finally arrived to the area and with the open water giving way to ice, the ducks, geese, gulls and Bald Eagles (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) are concentrating on the few patches of available water on the rivers.  In the city of Oshkosh … Continue reading

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Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis) are a great big interesting bird that I have been in contact with since I was a boy.  When my family moved into the country when I was eight I used to love slogging through the … Continue reading

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Turkey Vultures on the Rocks

Yesterday I took a drive up to the north end of Lake Winnebago at High Cliff State Park and came across a  flock of Turkey Vultures (Cathartes aura) loaf about the breakwater along the lake. It is a cool foggy … Continue reading

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Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Gallery of the Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) probably the second most common waterfowl around here after the Mallard Duck. Calling Canada Geese Video   Note: Some birders will be irritated if you call these birds Canadian Geese, because not all … Continue reading

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Winter Returns for a Day

As is usual for the month of March, winter decided to return for a few days with a nice, pretty little snowfall that stuck to the trees.  Despite the snow the birds continued to call and sing, proclaiming their territories … Continue reading

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Cooper’s Hawk on Birdfeeder

The Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) has become a much more common site in urban areas in my lifetime.  The Cooper’s Hawk feeds almost exclusively on other birds so the House Sparrows and other common city birds are great food source.  We … Continue reading

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Green Heron (Butorides virescens)

The Green Heron (Butorides virescens) is a small heron of about 18 inches in length with a wingspan of 26 inches.  It is well camouflaged, and like all herons it often remains motionless, but when it does move it makes … Continue reading

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Northern Shrike Storing Food

All too soon it will be the that time of year when a few hardy birds from the north come down to spend the winter in the less harsh climate of the Upper Midwest.  One of those birds is the … Continue reading

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A third of US birds in Decline!

I was just reading the BBC News online and came across this article on their front page. “A third of US Birds in Decline”  Terrible news, but not really surprising.  I work with a number of bird species and they … Continue reading

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