Sunday, January 13, 2008

Sauk city birding today and 5 more year birds!

Mom and I went birding this afternoon over by Sauk City. First we checked the dam, then a couple places along the river and then we headed up county C to Natural Bridge SP. I added 5 species to my year list.

The complete bird list is as follows (* indicates new for the year):
Canada Goose
Mallard (about a thousand of them)
Green-winged Teal*
Wood Duck*
3 Greylags
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Red-tailed Hawk
Rough-legged Hawk*
Am Goldfinch
N Shrike*
Horned Lark*
Am Kestrel
E Bluebird
Bald Eagle (about a dozen and a half)
House Sparrow
Rock Dove

I'm now up to 38 for the year and counting.


Natalie said...

Hi, My name is Natalie. I live in Northern Wisconsin and I have never been into birds until this morning I looked up and saw a read headed woodpecker. I basically only see pidgeons here, so it was shocking to see a woodpecker. It was beautiful. I was just wondering if it is strange for a woodpecker to be in Northern WI in the winter. I thought they migrated if they lived this high up. If you know it would be greatly appreciated. I'll check back.

Parus said...

Hello Natalie,

Hmm, interesting question. Are you sure it was a Red-headed Woodpecker? or was it just a woodpecker with a red head?

Red-bellied Woodpeckers also have red on their heads and would be far more likely this time of year than a Red-headed Woodpecker. However, it is not unheard of to find a Red-headed Woodpecker this time of year.

Let me know if you're sure it was a Red-headed Woodpecker. if it was, then I'll check with some of my birding friends and get back to you on just how common they are.

Happy Birding! --Chris

Natalie said...

I'm not sure actually. So, it could have been the other type. Either way I'm in love with it. Also, I laughed my butt off when I noticed (after I posted my comment of course) that I had spelled red like head. Let me just say it was late at night...Anyways thanks for the feed back. I'll keeping checking out your blog.I always suppport other teenage wisconsinites!