Hoy Audubon Society
 is a Chapter of National Audubon Society, Inc.
 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin

 
 

 

Red-headed Woodpecker (photo by Eric Howe)
Red-headed Woodpecker

by Eric Howe

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April - June Newsletter
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Upcoming Programs / Field Trips


Saturday, March 28 - 8:00 A.M.
FIELD TRIP: Waterfowl - Eagle Lake Area

   The Hoy Audubon Society will meet at the Hwy 11/I-94 park and ride at 8:00 A.M. to carpool out to Eagle Lake. Prior to birding at Eagle Lake, we may stop to check the 'ponds' near 58th & 56th Roads as well as the wetlands west and north of the intersection of Hwy 11 and 75. We’ll then meet at Eagle Lake Park (north side of the lake, south of Church Rd.) sometime after 9:00 A.M. Other stops afterwards might include Browns Lake, the Des Plaines River found along Hwy N in Kenosha County. Dress for the weather!


Grasshopper Sparrow by Wayne Rohde
 

 

 

 



Grasshopper Sparrow by Wayne Rohde

Thursday, April 2
PROGRAM: Can any wood-warbler fan really become interested in sparrows?
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   Are sparrows the Rodney Dangerfield of the bird world?

   The late comedian was famous for saying "I get no respect." Some people might believe the same about the 18 sparrow species found in Wisconsin, given the birds are so often referred to only as "little" and "brown."

   "Sparrows definitely need (an image) makeover," said birder and nature photographer Wayne Rohde, who wants to present the sparrow's side of things at a meeting of the Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine Counties on Thursday, April 2 at the Northside Public Library, 1500 27th Ave., Kenosha.

   His 7 p.m. talk, titled "Can any wood-warbler fan really become interested in sparrows?" is free and open to the public.

   Some sparrows can be difficult to identify, while warblers are known for their distinct coloring. The difference sometimes makes sparrows a low priority on birders' score sheets.

   Rohde, who lives near Walworth, WI, said one reason the birds need a better image is they are cousins to the house sparrow, an invasive species that is often despised by birders. Also, "many people, even birders, are not familiar with the beauty of our native sparrows, including their plumages and songs," he said.

   Rohde said his presentation aims to create interest in the brown sheep of the bird family. It will include his photographs and feature comments about the species' identification, behavior and biology.

   But the warblers aren't to be left out. Rohde said he'll also show his photos of wood warblers and of Wisconsin's Northwoods, the backdrop for many of his favorite birding and waterfall sites.

   Rohde has been birding for 49 years, photographing during the previous nine. He has served as Bird Reports Coordinator for the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, president and newsletter editor for the Ned Hollister Bird Club in Beloit, WI, and newsletter editor and field chair for Lakeland Audubon in the Lake Geneva area. He presents nature programs to various groups.

Article by John Krerowicz


PROGRAM: Attracting Bluebirds
Hawthorn Hollow Nature Center
Saturday, April 11: 10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI
Map

   Rick Fare will discuss the annual life cycle of the Eastern Bluebird and how to attract them to your yard during the breeding season. Nest boxes, the proper placement of them in good habitat, along with good predator control will be discussed. The importance and tips on becoming a successful bluebird trail monitor will also be covered. A short walk on Hawthorn Hollow’s bluebird trail will follow.

Please note that this is an activity of the Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Price: $9 (Hawthorn Hollow Members), $14 (Non-Members)
(Click to Register)


Wednesday, April 15
FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk
Cliffside Park (Racine Co.)
Meet at 7:30 P.M. (or 6:00 P.M.)

Listen to the peents and see the aerial dances of the twittering “Timberdoodle” at twilight.   

   Cliffside Park is located on the lakefront in northeast Racine County, north of 6 Mile Road and east off of Michna Road.  Click here for a map.
   Meet by 6:00 P.M. at Picnic Area #2 (near the yellow gate).  During the daylight, we’ll bird along the main trail north of the yellow gate for spring migrants and may go as far north as the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan to view waterfowl.
   Or, meet by 7:30 P.M. at Picnic Area #2 (near the yellow gate). We'll walk the trail to the north and await the display of the American Woodcock.

    The American Woodcock may begin to call around 7:45 P.M.  (depending if skies are overcast or clear) and will conclude after 8:30 P.M.  Some of the trails may be wet from recent rainfall, so it is advised to wear waterproof footwear.  A warm jacket, gloves and a flashlight are recommended.


Wednesday, April 8 & 22
FIELD TRIP: Evening Woodcock Walk
Pike River Pathway (Mt. Pleasant, Racine Co.)

Meet at 7:30 P.M. (or 6:00 P.M.)

 Listen to the peents and see the aerial dances of the twittering “Timberdoodle” at twilight.   

   This section of the Pike River Pathway Park in Mount Pleasant is located south of Old Spring Street.  From the Airline Road and Old Spring Street, go east 0.2 miles, turn right (south) onto Timmer Lane.  Continue 0.25 mi. and turn west onto Wendi Ct. Proceed to the end to the parking lot For overflow parking, park at the parking area south of Old Spring Street and then walk south along the trail 0.3 miles where there is a fork in the trail.
   Meet by 6:00 P.M. We'll walk the paved loop trail south from the parking area, approximately 1.6 miles, in search of early spring migrants.
   Or, meet by 7:30 P.M. at parking area at the end of Wendi Ct. We'll walk a portion of the pathway and await the display of the American Woodcock.

    The American Woodcock may begin call around 7:45 P.M.  (depending if skies are overcast or clear) and will conclude around 8:30 P.M.  A warm jacket, gloves and a flashlight are recommended.


FIELD TRIP:  Morning Bird Walks at
River Bend Nature Center (Racine)
Fridays - April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22 - 8:00 A.M.
3600 N Green Bay Rd, Racine, WI
Map

   Rick Fare will lead the bird walk. Birdwatchers at all levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome.  Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up for the spring mornings.


FIELD TRIP:  Evening Warbler Walks at Colonial Park (Racine)
Wednesday evenings - 5:30 P.M.
April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27

   Colonial Park is one of the best places in the area to see migratory birds like warblers, Indigo Buntings, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, and Scarlet Tanagers. Our Wednesday evening hikes are a great way to experience the progression of spring migrants that will pass through here on their way from their southern wintering grounds to their northern breeding grounds as well as those birds that summer here. Birdwatchers at all levels, from beginner to advanced, are welcome.

   Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up! Spring evenings can cool at Colonial Park, so wear a warm jacket and gloves. If it's raining lightly, we'll still go on a hike. If it's a downpour, we won’t.

   Colonial Park is located along the Root River at the end of West High Street. We’ll meet in the parking lot at 5:30 P.M.  Map.


Bird Walk: Hawthorn Hollow, Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum
Thursdays - April 30, May 7, 14, 21: 5:30 - 7:30 P.M.
880 Green Bay Rd, Kenosha, WI
Map

   Rick Fare will lead the bird walk. The month of May is an exciting time to see birds. It is a period of maximum migration. Warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, orioles, hummingbirds, and tanagers to name a few will be arriving in our area. Hawthorn Hollow, with its prairie, woods, and Pike River is a great place to see these colorful wonders. Bring your binoculars and your bird book, wear your hiking boots, and bundle up for the spring evenings. Meet outside the nature center. 

Please note that this is an activity of the Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum.
(Click to Register)
No Fee: Complimentary!


Thursday, April 30
PROGRAM: How to Become an Eco-Municipality using the Natural Step Program
Golden Rondelle Theatre (Racine)
Speaker: Karl van Lith
Sponsored by SC Johnson and Greening Greater Racine


 Thursday, May 7
PROGRAM
: Oregon Adventures
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
7:00 P.M.
Click here for a map

   Professor Joy Wolf, Ph.D., from the University of Wisconsin Parkside Geography Department will discuss her recent sabbatical in the beautiful state of Oregon, where she studied the science and art of birds and birding. She’ll share other Oregon experiences too! We’ll also hold the annual Hoy Board elections.


 

Picnic with the Peregrines!
Thursday, June 11 and
Tuesday, June 16
12:00 - 1:00 PM.

Peregrine Falcon - by Ted Keyel
 

Peregrine Falcon - by Ted Keyel

Back by popular demand. Bring lunch and enjoy watching the young, newly-fledged Peregrine Falcons and their parents. The Racine County Courthouse, at 730 Wisconsin Avenue, hosts the most visible Peregrine Falcons in the state! Hoy will have spotting scopes set up near the picnic table on the southwest lawn. Binoculars - bring ‘em if you’ve got ‘em!

These falcons are formidable hunters that prey on other birds (and bats) in mid-flight. Peregrines hunt from above and, after sighting their prey, drop into a steep, swift dive that can top 200 miles an hour.

Peregrine falcons are among the world's most common birds of prey and live on all continents except Antarctica. They prefer wide-open spaces, and thrive near coasts where shorebirds are common, but they can be found everywhere from tundra to deserts.

Peregrine Falcons have nested successfully on the Racine Courthouse and Pleasant Prairie Power Plant for many years. You may view the Peregrine families in person or keep tabs on their progress at falconcam.goracine.org or http://we-energies.com/environmental/protect_wildlife.htm. The eggs normally hatch about May 5th.


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Project FeederWatch
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Counting for the 2014-15 FeederWatch season begins on November 8 and runs through April 3. Online data entry will be open soon for participants to log in and update count site information.



Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine Counties
Curious of where to go look for birds? Check out these suggestions.

hoyaudubon.org/kenoshabirding
hoyaudubon.org/racinebirding


WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR ORNITHOLOGY

   The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend. 
For a listing of Field Trips, click here.

   Bring a bag lunch or cooler. For the WSO field trips, severe weather conditions may cancel the trip. In the event of cancellation, every attempt to notify participants via the WSO Hotline (call 262.784.4032 for recording) and WisBirdNet (recent postings at http://www.birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/WISC.html )


Hoy Audubon Society Chapter Membership
July 2014 to June 2015

Annual renewals for Hoy Audubon Society “Chapter Supporter” memberships are due on July 1 of each calendar year.

Please make check payable to "Hoy Audubon Society" and send to:
Hoy Audubon Society

P. O. Box 044626
Racine, WI 53404

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Wisconsin Bird Checklist 

   The club has a limited number of the new version of the checklist and of the checklist with migration charts. The migration charts show, on a week by week basis, what the likelihood is of seeing a particular species. These will be available free of charge to members at the monthly meetings.  
    

Hoy Audubon Society
 a Chapter of National Audubon Society
 covering eastern Kenosha and Racine Counties, Wisconsin

 
     

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Last updated - 03/26/2015