I have more birds I wanted to LIST for you. This list is from the group
known as the WATERBIRDS:
1) Double-crested Cormorant
2) American White Pelican
4) Great Egret
6) Short-billed Dowitcher
8) Wilson’s Snipe
9) Upland Sandpiper
10) Great Blue Heron
If you do not live near the water you might have a hard time spotting
these beautiful birds. The beaches of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan might be good places to spot some of the WATERBIRDS. The Mississippi River is another great place to see WATERBIRDS. There is a National Wildlife Refuge located near Wisconsn’s bluffs along
the Mississippi River.
Today I saw in the river by our house, a black and white duck. I thought maybe it was a lost bird from the North Pole. But when I moved in closer to look I saw that the duck had a big, black and white head! I knew right away it was a BUFFLEHEAD my newest addition to my Great Year project.
I know Kirby did not see the Bufflehead! He lives in the forest on the top of the bluffs. There is no lake, river or stream any where near his house.
I know I am must be ahead of Kirby now with the Great Year total.
The sun is out again, and I am hearing more birds singing when I come
home from school. Myles met me by the mailbox as usual to escort
me back to our house. Today coming up our long gravel path, Myles
ran ahead of me towards the big Oak in our front yard. The Oak Tree is where the Red Squirrel lives. When I got to the tree I heard Myles growling, and saw he was face to face with the Red squirrel.
I am right the squirrel is a giant, he is almost the same size as Myles.
A couple seconds later Myles and the squirrel were nose to nose. “Oh no,” I thought what is going to happen. Then I heard a weird sound come from Myles, and it wasn’t a bark. The squirrel turned and ran up the tree.
I looked at Myles and he was sniffing the tree. I think sound I heard from Myles was a burp!
We heard their calls yesterday, and looked up into the sky and saw
the long winged, giants flying over. The Sandhill Cranes are back!
Today my friends and I sat on the bench by the marsh near my house
and watched the sandhill cranes perform.
We sat quiet on the bench and waited for them to appear.
It is funny to watch the cranes disappear behind the reeds, and then see
their heads rise over the top. The cranes heads lowered again behind the
reeds only to appear above the reeds two minutes later, each looking in a different direction.
We never know where the cranes will appear next. Sandhill Crane Theater is fun to watch everyday! Try it soon. Thank you!
It is Monday, and again I am up very early before getting ready for school. It is 6AM again. Since I am up I wrote a list to help birdwatchers with their Great Year in Wisconsin.
What is a Great Year? A Great Year is counting all the kinds of birds you have seen in one year. Every birdwatcher starts their Great Year on January 1st.
Here is the list of BIRDS OF PREY in WISCONSIN:
(not in alphabetical order)
- Turkey Vulture
- Bald Eagle
- Barred Owl
- Great Horned Owl
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Northern Harrier
- Cooper’s Hawk
- Eastern Screech Owl
- Broad-winged Hawk
- American Kestrel
- Sharped Shinned Kestrel
The list is in order of my favorite Birds of Prey
to ones that are harder to see on my farm.
Kirby said he’s already seen an American Kestrel, but
I talked to the local ornithologist in Kickapoo Valley
and she said she hasn’t seen one this year.
I don’t know about that Kirby, or his robot.
6AM this morning was sunny so I called for my Forest Periscope. Today, I counted all the Red-tailed Hawks, Cooper’s Hawks, and Osprey I saw flying along the top of the rocky blufs above our farm. I love bird watching. This year, like last year I am doing a Great Year for Wisconsin birds. I hope to spot all of Wisconsin’s native birds passing through
Last year, I did not see a Great Crested Flycatcher, an Eastern Screech Owl, an American Kestrel, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting, and some other birds.
Kirby said he saw at least 25 species of birds so far in Wisconsin. I don’t think that is true at all. We both started on January 1st at the same time.
I think he lying again like he did last year.
I know everyone has seen a snow man before. I have made several hundred snow men this Winter with my friends when we were off from school two days in a row. This newest, best idea is simple if you can climb trees or have a ladder and have adult supervision.
My idea is snow animals, that only live in trees. How do you make snow animals? You can either use the snow that is on the branch of a tree. Or you carry snow in your pockets to the branch where you want your snow animal to live.
I have made as of today, a WOODCHUCK snow animal; a RABBIT snow animal, a ERMINE snow animal; a RAT snow animal; and a DEER snow animal. I forgot I put a MOLE snow animal in the tree by the STREAM near our house.
Please enjoy the snow if you still can. I HAD TO GET PERMISSION FROM MY DAD TO put my snow animal in a tree. He helped me get in the tree safely.
Thank you. Have a nice day!
I don’t want to forget to tell you that I am growing snow peas, lettuce, and tomatoes in my hoop houses! I am also building a terrarium that people can put on their bikes.
But the most important thing to report is Spring is here, and the Red wing Blackbirds have returned too!
Today I went up the hill behind our house and looked at Asimina my favorite tree in the whole world. She is so beautiful every season. I imagined it was Summer and I was visiting her,
with Myles, and my forest friends. I imagined she had Paw Paw fruit in her branches and that we would be bringing the harvest to our house.
When you have a healthy, backyard garden animals will live and play in it. And a healthy backyard garden helps animals and the planet.
My dad said a Vaudeville show is very fun to watch because you might get to see jugglers, clowns, music, poetry, and people acting in a play. I told my dad that there are no people in this vaudeville show only muskrats.