The weather was threatening but rain held off for our August walk at Harnischfeger Park. We did have to battle mosquitoes but had lots of bug spray handy. Our small group found a number of fun to see birds (full list below) and even added three species to the park's eBird list! These were Lesser Yellowlegs, Sedge Wren and Vesper Sparrow.
If you couldn't make this trip and haven't been to the park, it's worth making time to check out the park and its trails. Even when there's an event taking place in the park, the trails tend to be free of crowds and good places to bird.
Special thanks to Karen Etter Hale for the excellent report, below.
Bird list for the August 2022 Walk:
Harnischfeger Park, Dodge, Wisconsin, US
Aug 20, 2022 8:27 AM - 11:08 AM
Checklist Comments: 65; 100% cloudy; near calm. Jefferson-Dodge Birding Walk.
Walk trails to north of parking area through woods, prairie, part of historical area and back,
then boardwalk to Rock River (very low, with mud edges) and back (2.56 miles total).
1 gray squirrel, 1 deer, 4 E. chipmunks, and LOTS of mosquitoes. No one else on trails.
31 species (+1 other taxa)
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
Mourning Dove 11
Sandhill Crane 3
Solitary Sandpiper 1 Along muddy edges of the Rock River.
Lesser Yellowlegs 2 Flying up and down the Rock River, setting down briefly, then off again.
shorebird sp. 1 Flyover, possible snipe.
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 3
Eastern Wood-Pewee 4
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Warbling Vireo 2
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 5
Black-capped Chickadee 7
Barn Swallow 30
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
House Wren 3
Sedge Wren 1 Singing.
Gray Catbird 6
American Robin 8
Cedar Waxwing 13
House Sparrow 3
American Goldfinch 17
Vesper Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 6 Several singing, one carrying food.
Northern Cardinal 5
View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S117296739
This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)