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Who’s That Fat Bird?

Apr 18

cutefatsparrow

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.

Brown Creeper

Apr 15

In school today I saw a bird crawling up the side of a tree.
I thought to myself who could that be? Why that cute, little
bird was none other than a Brown Creeper! I am so happy to add
this bird to my Great Year List.

Thank you. Have a nice day!

My Perching Birds List

Apr 15

I so excited that I saw a the Cedar Waxwing. I officially added him to my Great Year LIST today. I wanted to list all the perching birds I have seen so far.

1) American Robin
2) Blue Jay
3) Common Grackle
4) Eastern Wood-Pewee
5) Black-Capped Chickadee
6) House Sparrow
7) American Tree Sparrow
8) Song Sparrow
9) Chipping Sparrow
10) House Finch
11) Purple Finch
12) Dark Eyed Junco
13) Brown Thrasher
14) Red-winged Blackbird

and 15) A CEDAR WAXWING!

Birds of Prey List

Apr 08

turkey vulture

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
  • Osprey
  • 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.

A Great Year Bird Watching

Apr 07

forestperiscope

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
our forest.

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.

Four Scarlet Tanagers visit

May 23

Four Scarlet TanagersFour Scarlet Tanagers! We saw the four, cute birds this weekend when my friends were planting trees and grasses by the open field. Kirby, Isabel and I saw the four Scarlet Tanagers land one at a time in the trees around us. I had my binoculars so we could see the cute birds in the tree very close up. So quickly the cute, orange birds visited us and so quickly they disappeared like flashes of fire into the forest.

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Turkey Vulture surprise

May 10

turkey vultureYesterday, when my dad was driving me to school, and Morrie was going up a hill I thought I saw this huge, black shadow moving across the ground. When I looked in the air I saw this big, black bird, its’ wings were as wide as the car in front of us!

In school, my teacher taught us that this bird circling in the air was a turkey vulture. We learned that the turkey vulture can soar in the sky for hours, has very good eyesight and sense of smell to look for food. Maybe the vulture was flying above us because she smelled the peanut butter and jelly sandwich in my lunch box.

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