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Every Bird is Cute

Feb 23

I have seen so many kinds of Wisconsin birds this winter.
I started my bird watching project January 1st a day after my best friend Raita did in Tuvalu.  She is in a different time zone them I am.

I would really like to see one of the cutest birds this winter, the Snowy Owl. I know we will see lots and lots of tourists from out-of-state walking around Kickapoo Valley with their thick winter coats and binoculars if the Snowy Owl comes here again.

Two years ago when I was by the Great River Road I saw cute group of American White Pelicans floating by in the Mississippi River.
Kirby said birds are slobs but I think he is just being difficult with me because he likes me.  That’s what my friend Raita thinks.

I think Kirby has his merits but birds are cute and
very organized not slobs.

45 Wisconsin Birds

May 25

 

It is a Great Year.

I am not sure if I have seen 45 birds yet.  Seeing one bird is enough
happiness for a whole day.

Please Don’t Fly Away

Apr 29

fat_Cutebirds

As you know diary I have tried, and tried to identify Sparrows.
But I am finding it very difficult find them since they are
so small. I can spot them clustered in a bush all chatting like it’s a brown bird convention. But who are they? Is the sparrow I am seeing an American tree sparrow, or Chipping sparrow, or Field sparrow, or Clay-colored sparrow I can’t tell. Every time I try to sneak up on them one by one they pop off the tiny branches and fly away.

I know need better binoculars so I can spy on the small, brown birds without scaring them away.

My total for this year’s GREAT YEAR is not going up as
quickly since all brown birds look the same when flying away! I guess I could just add ONE to my total since I at least know they are sparrows.

They are cute so I forgive them.

Another Great Year List

Apr 19

Today’s list features the bird category called: Doves, Woodpeckers, etc.
So many cute Wisconsin birds. Good Luck finding them:

1) Morning Dove
2) Rock Pigeon
3) Belted Kingfisher
4) Black-billed Cuckoo
5) Red-headed Woodpecker
6) Red-bellied Woodpecker
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Downy Woodpecker
9) Norther Flicker
10) Northern Bobwhite
11) Greater Prairie Chicken
12) Ruffed Grouse
13) Wild Turkey
14) Ring-necked Pheasant

Thank you. Please Enjoy!

Coot Imposter

Apr 19

Coots, Coots, Coots are every where this time of year. I like to watch them when they’re in town. Did you ever notice that
Coots swim in large groups? Sometimes you can see over 100
Coots all together floating around a lake or big river.

Their colors are always black and grey. They are very stylish looking, duck-type birds.

But Today, I spotted an imposter! Did he think no one would notice him? There floating inside the Coot flotilla was a black, white duck with a brownish-purplish head. Who does he think he is? A Coot?

It was the Lesser Scaup pretending to be a Coot.
I can of course add him to my Great Year List!

Who’s That Fat Bird?

Apr 18

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I am always on the look-out for birds that I can add to my Great Year List. Today, I spotted a bird but have no idea what it is.
I always have my Wisconsin, Bird Guide with me but couldn’t find him or her anywhere in the book.

The guy or girl I saw was a cute, fat bird peeking his/her head out of a birdhouse by the Kickapoo Valley Library’s garden. I have no
idea who he or she is. I think the cute, fat bird is some type of sparrow. However, the fat bird was all brown and no other spots or marks.

It could be a mini-golden eagle? No.
That is silly. There is such thing as
a mini-gold eagle.

If you have any ideas please let me know.
Thanks.

A Great Year Fishing

Apr 18

On Saturday, My Dad is going with his friends fly fishing in
the Wolf River. He said that the Walleye are running.
Running means that the fish are passing through the river
in large groups now.

I like fly fishing. I like the boots. I like wearing the
fly fishing boots in the stream near us, because they
are waterproof and so big. I like to look at all the
creatures that live in stream near us when I wear
the boots.

Stinky Sunfish

Apr 17
Myles the Cairn Terrier

Myles carrying a stinky fish

As I mentioned to you yesterday, I am starting a Great Year LIST for
WISCONSIN FISH. I know I said I am including any Wisconsin fish I
eat in the list. Yuck! I did not think about seeing one of the fish
on my list carried away by Myles. He found a dead,
ORANGE SPOTTED SUNFISH by the side of the Kickapoo River and was
carrying it around in his mouth!

I chased after Myles and told him to drop the fish, but that made him only run faster. Finally, I yelled “Yummies! Yummies!,” and he stopped
in his tracks and turned around. YUMMIES are the word we taught him for
snacks, or treats.

Myles walked up to me with the fish in his mouth and then sat politely
in front of me waiting for me to give him a snack! Then I said “Drop It!”
and he carefully let the fish fall out of his mouth onto the rocks.
I picked up the rotten fish by the tail and threw it into the river.