Sunday, December 16, 2007

on the trail of the Bohemian Waxwing.

Barb Duerksen called me today to tell me that Bob Hirschy had found a Bohemian Waxwing during the RC CBC yesterday. She then asked if I wanted to go after it. (now what kind of a question is that to ask a birder like me?) lol of course I wanted to go after a life bird. Anyway, we took off ASAP. The bird had been seen in a cemetary on Cty JJ north of Gotham in Richland County.

Upon arriving, we scoured the entire cemetary for about half an hour. Not only did we not see THE waxwing, we did not see ANY Waxwings. We did find about 30 Cardinals among some of the other winter birds there.

We then checked the bridge at Gotham and went back West up the river from there. Then took 80 N out of Muscoda to 192 where we checked the corn fields on Town Hall Rd. Then we took the back route home to 171 through Boaz.

Along the way, we found some Horned Larks

On WIS 80, we found our consolation prize of the day. A lone Northern Shrike!! My 5th for the season and the county!

Among the other birds we found were:
Rough-legged Hawks
Red-tailed Hawks
1 lone Cooper's Hawk
Horned Larks
1 Kingfisher
Mourning Doves
about a dozen Bald Eagles
Most of the usual winter species

I will be checking as often as possible for the Waxwing. but trying to locate a single bird in the WI river bottoms is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Even looking for a flock of Waxwings is difficult. Hopefully the Bohemian will turn up.
There is a bit of skill involved.....

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