(Photo of Black Tern ...) May Bird Walk - Glacial Drumlin Trai

The day was a bit chilly with some wind which kept the number of birds down slightly. We still managed to find a number of local as well as migrating species. Special treats included watching a flock of Black Terns once we reached Rock Lake. They were feeding on the ground, circling in the air and amusing us with their "toy rubber duck" squeaky calls. An Osprey fly over as well as watching one on a nest added to the treats on the walk. All in all, a very successful outing for our group of birders.

If you couldn't be with us for this walk, we hope you can join us for an upcoming one. You never know what you might miss if you aren't part of the walk group!

Below is a complete list of bird species identified. Special thanks to Karen Etter Hale for the excellent field notes.

Bird list for the May 2022 Walk: Glacial Drumlin State Trail--Lake Mills west to Zeloski Marsh, Jefferson, Wisconsin, US May 21, 2022 8:24 AM - 11:56 AM Protocol: Traveling 1.0 mile(s) Checklist Comments: temp 58; 100% cloudy; light breeze. Jefferson-Dodge Bird Walk, from Elm Point parking lot to trestle and back (2.1 miles total). 1 E. chipmunk. Trail bordered with blooming columbine the entire distance! Other notable plants: horsetail, skunk cabbage. Most trees in nearly full leaf already. 49 species (+1 other taxa) Canada Goose 31 Wood Duck 1 Flying. Blue-winged Teal 2 In northwest corner of Marsh Lake. Mallard 3 Mourning Dove 4 Chimney Swift 1 Sandhill Crane 2 Spotted Sandpiper 1 Black Tern 11 Double-crested Cormorant 2 Flying north. American White Pelican 34 Flying over, circling to catch thermals. Great Blue Heron 3 Turkey Vulture 1 Osprey 2 Two flew over, each carrying a fish. Later saw one low on the nest/nest platform. Bald Eagle 3 Red-bellied Woodpecker 3 Male exited hole in tree, female, with a few small insects, entered the hole and did not re-emerge. Alder Flycatcher 1 Willow Flycatcher 1 Great Crested Flycatcher 2 Eastern Kingbird 2 Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Warbling Vireo 3 Blue Jay 2 American Crow 3 Black-capped Chickadee 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2 Purple Martin 3 At martin house at Korth Park. Tree Swallow 15 Barn Swallow 7 swallow sp. 40 House Wren 2 European Starling 2 Gray Catbird 5 Veery 1 American Robin 7 House Sparrow 10 At old martin house at Elm Point. House Finch 1 American Goldfinch 3 Chipping Sparrow 1 Song Sparrow 2 Swamp Sparrow 1 Baltimore Oriole 2 Red-winged Blackbird 15 Brown-headed Cowbird 1 Common Grackle 6 Common Yellowthroat 6 American Redstart 1 First year male, singing. Yellow Warbler 12 Northern Cardinal 3 Rose-breasted Grosbeak 3 View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/checklist/S110902566 This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home) 49 Species seen.

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