| The shallow
flats around the point are frozen. Good areas of open water still
exist off of point # 6. Mallards, American Black Ducks, Common Goldeneyes,
Common Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Canada Geese were all seen in good
numbers along the edge of the ice and out in the bay. American Tree
Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncoes were seen in the Phragmites australis
that lines the inner lagoon. A Northern Shrike was spotted
along a fencerow just outside of Green Bay on the way to the point.
| Good numbers
of Lesser Scaup and Bufflehead in the bay. A late Killdeer
and Snow Buntings were seen along the beach. A lone Northern
Pintail was seen with a large flock of Mallards and Black Ducks NE
of the point.
| Good numbers
of diving ducks are using the flats just west of the point. Most of
these are Lesser Scaup and Redheads, but Common and Red-Breasted
Mergansers, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneyes were all
seen mixed in. In addition, a male Harlequin Duck was spotted
just north of point #1. A pair of Swamp Sparrows were seen
with a mixed flock of sparrows and juncoes at point 2. Two late Great-Blue
Herons were also seen feeding at point # 8.
|A report from
a duck hunter - Black Scoters were seen off the point with good numbers
of Lesser Scaup and other diving ducks.
that the main flight of diving ducks has arrived in Green Bay.
| Fairly strong
SE winds made for poor banding, on the last banding day of the fall.
The first Snow Buntings of the year were seen on the north
beach. Bonaparte's Gulls were seen feeding south of point 8.
The final banding totals from the Fall of 2000 are 164 birds in
351 net hours. Hermit Thrushes were the most common bird that
we banded. Yellow-rumped warblers, Palm warblers, and Lincoln's sparrows
were notably absent from our list of species banded this fall. A
complete listing of banding results will be up shortly on the bird
started humid and warm with variable winds, but soon changed to north
winds as the storm front rolled in. Good numbers of birds were seen
and banded just before the storm. American Goldfinches and American
Tree Sparrows were banded for the first time this year. The first
migrant Common Loon was heard singing south of the point during
the calm before the storm. In addition, a Ruffed Grouse was heard
drumming near point # 3 just before the storm hit. An immature
Northern Harrier was hunting over the back marsh and Black-Bellied
Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Killdeer were seen on the walk
out, making for a plover smorgasborg.
birds and seven species were banded in five hours today. Fox Sparrows,
Hermit Thrushes, Black-capped Chickadees and White-Throated Sparrows
made up the bulk of the migrants. The first American Tree Sparrows
of the year were spotted at numerous locations along the point. Rusty
Blackbirds and Red-winged Blackbirds were singing on the sunny
side of the lagoon. A White-Crowned Sparrow was spotted at
point #4 in the Bidens. Waterfowl migration is behind schedule,
as very few Lesser Scaup have shown up yet. It's late October and
we have yet to band a Yellow-Rumped Warbler!!
|A number of
new migrants were seen today out on the point. Three Common Mergansers
and two Common Ravens were seen flying over the point. The first Orange-Crowned
Warbler, Fox Sparrow, and Swamp Sparrows of the fall were banded
today. In addition, White-Crowned Sparrows, Purple Finches, and
Rusty Blackbirds were seen with Pine Siskins, Juncoes and hundreds
of sparrows feeding on the Bidens in the lagoon. As of
today, we have yet to band a Yellow-Rumped Warbler this Fall
out on the point. Point count numbers for this, as well as many other
passerines, are down from a year ago.
| The periodic
rain showers made birding and banding very slow today. The first Dark-Eyed
Junco of the fall was banded today. In total, 10 birds were banded,
including Hermit Thrushes, both Kinglets, White-Throated Sparrows
and the Junco. A few late Tree Swallows were hawking insects over
| The Point
was sunny and cold with North winds of 10-15 mph. Good numbers of
diving ducks have moved into the bay, including > 1000 Ruddy Ducks,
>2000 Lesser Scaup, and a small number of Redheads. The Bidens
in the lagoon is ripe with seed and is attracting hundreds of sparrows,
blackbirds, and a flock of 30-40 Pine Siskins. In addition, the Bidens
and Polygynum are attracting hundreds of Mallards, Wigeon,
Gadwalls and Teal. One lone, cold Semipalmated Plover and a flock
of Forster's Terns were seen out from point # 6. Eastern Bluebirds
were seen migrating overhead for the first time this Fall from point
# 6 and #2.
41 birds and 13 spp. was the best banding day of the year. Six species
of warblers were banded, including the first Northern Parula and
Bay-Breasted Warblers of the Fall. Ducks were very active all
day, due to the opening of duck hunting in Wisconsin. Over a thousand
Mallards were using the point and lagoon. Mixed in were
American Wigeon and both species of Teal.
|Strong NE winds
made banding diffucult today, and resulted in only 5 birds in 4 hours.
Banding highlights included our first Northern Waterthrush, Hermit
Thrush and Ruby-Crowned Kinglet of the fall. In addition, a male
Cooperís Hawk narrowly avoided a net as he was searching for his
late morning snack. Numerous flocks of Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Ducks
were seen out in the bay. A small flock of Sanderlings, Semipalmated
Plovers, and Dunlins were feeding at the tip of the point. Approximately
300 Mallards were feeding in the lagoon with a handful of Northern
Pintails, American Black Ducks, American Wigeon, and Green-Winged
Teal. The first Golden-Crowned Kinglets and Hermit Thrushes
of the year were seen, signifying that October is just around the
clear and cool with steady NW winds. Banding was not as successful,
with only seven birds caught in five hours. Good concentrations of
waterfowl were seen on the point and in the Bay, including the first
Ring-Necked Ducks of the year. Also on the point were Ruddy
Turnstones and Sanderlings. A large flock (83) of Bonaparteís
Gulls was seen out in the Bay. Good numbers of Ruby-Crowned
Kinglets and Winter Wrens signals the onset of the late
fall migrants. Golden-Crowned Kinglets canít be far down the road.
clear and cold with a steady wind from the NW. Good numbers of Mallards,
Black Ducks, Gadwall and Wigeon were loafing off of point # 6.
Mixed in were two Black-Bellied Plovers and a Semipalmated
Plover. The first flock of Lesser Scaup was seen out in
Green Bay. Blackpoll, Magnolia, Nashville, and Tennessee Warblers
made up the bulk of the migrating passerines. In addition, White-Throated
Sparrows, Winter Wrens, Red-Breasted Nuthatches and Brown Creepers
were also spotted. Thursday was the most successful banding day of
the fall, with 11 species and 21 birds in four hours.
rains contributed to an abundance of mosquitoes on the Point this
morning. Good numbers of ducks were loafing between point 9 and
6, including Gadwalls, American Wigeon, Green-Winged Teal, and
a lone female Lesser Scaup. Warbler diversity was low, Tennessee
and Blackpolls were abundant. A large flock (170) of Ruddy
Ducks was located off point 8. Numerous flocks of American
Robins suggests that winter might be right around the corner.
After cool, clear night (40's) warblers were locally
abundant in the canopy of the forest and in dogwoods near the
Wequiock Creek bridge. Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white
Warber, Bay-Breasted Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Yellow-rumped
Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler were observed. Banding
success was poor, perhaps because most birds were in the canopy.
The lagoon is densely vegetated with Bidens, Polyganum, and
other aquatic plants; only the far west end holds open water.
|Very cold, windy morning with high storm
surge into lagoon. Philadelphia Vireo, American Redstart, and Blackpoll,
Bay-breasted, Tennessee, Cape May, Yellow-rumped, and Black-and-white
Warblers were observed. Season's first Yellow-rumped Warbler
and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Two Cooper's Hawks were hunting
in the lagoon. Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, and (possibly) Merlin
also were recorded. Black-bellied Plover was observed at tip
|Birding was slow today. A few Warbling
Vireos greeted my arrival with song, but no real substantial passerine
movement followed. Very few ducks and geese were found on the point,
this could correlate with the start of the early goose season. A few
Sanderlings, Least, Bairds, Spotted and Ruddy Turnstones were
present along the beaches. Song sparrows are flocking in beach scrub
along south shore.
|Very warm with a strong SW wind. Small
groups of warblers were seen high in the trees all day. Banding was
slow; 2 Chickadees, a Wood-Pewee, and an Ovenbird. Mallards
and Canada Geese are starting to congregate (300-400) on the point.
American Wigeon, Green-Winged Teal, Blue-Winged Teal, Black Ducks,
and a Drake Redhead were also mixed in. Throughout the day, large
numbers of monarchs were migrating and staging on the point.
|Strong winds made locating passerines
diffucult. The first Sanderlings of the year were seen on the
point running along the beach. Good numbers of ducks were congragating
from point 9-6, including a few Wigeon and Gadwall. The only
passerine movement was at 11:00 along the south beach, with Common
Yellowthroats and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers making up most of the
|Good passerine movements today, possibly
due to fog cover. Unfortunately, the fog and foliage made ID difficult.
Good numbers of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers were also
using the point, and a flock of Dowitchers was seen overhead.
The Horned Grebe was still present at Point #4. Numerous green
frogs were found in the lagoon and at point number 8. In addition,
a Gray-Tree Frog was also heard calling.
|Very warm, humid, and hazy. The water
is very low in the lagoon. About 100 peeps using north shore, along
with a Lesser Yellowlegs and Pectoral Sandpiper. Bonaparte's
Gulls were seen with a small flock of Common Terns out in the
Bay of point #6. Numerous gull skeletons were found on the beach,
suggesting Great-Horned Owl predation.
|Cloudy and cool skies with a South wind
of 5-10 mph. Very little bird activity. Noticeably absent were the
Red-Winged Blackbirds and Eastern Kingbirds. A large midge
hatch concentrated hundreds of tree swallows and purple martins on
the point. One mixed flock of Semipalmated and Least Sandpipers
was using the beach at point 9. Dozens of song sparrows were using
the weedy areas along the south beach.