Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2020

Noeldner Homestead Farm Team

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I grew up on a farm in central Wisconsin in the 1950's and 60's surrounded by birdsong and a profusion of bird species.  Today I help Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature Parks and Partner Groups co-sponsor year round weekly Bird and Nature Outings to Help Connect Communitues and Kids with Nearby Nature.

The farm and the nearby creek and 500 million year old precambrian sandstone ridge and woods still have an amazing variety of birds and great birding!  So in addition to helping several other Birdathon teams my wife Barb and I birded at the farm and nearby properties on Friday May 15 and Saturday May 16 for a total of about 12 hours to find as many species as we could to help raise money for Wisconsin Bird Conservation and Madison FUN! 

As I sat in the farmyard typing this note the bird calls in the background included Snipe, Bluebird, Flicker, Killdeer, Pheasant, Redwing, Robin, Mourning Dove, Red-bellied, Great-crested, Song Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Oriole and more.  It was a fun day!  Our final report is below. Please help Wisconsin Birds and Madison FUN by making a small donation to the Noeldner Homestead Farm Team.  Thanks! 


The 2020 Noeldner Homestead Farm Team Birdathon netted 70 bird species, all observed at the farm and neighboring properties within roughly a 24 hour period! We ended up birding some on Fri May 15 and some on Sat May 16 due to several interruptions for a total of about 12 hours birding.  

We missed some commonly seen species like Wild Turkey that had apparently gone to ground with the advent of Spring hunting season and the Great Horned Owls that normally hoot from the woods every evening but were surprisingly silent during the Birdathon.

There were plenty of other welcome sightings though, like the Kestrels nesting in the Martin House only a few dozen feet from the farmhouse, a Red-headed Woodpecker to round out a Full House of Woodpecker species, Wilson's Snipe winnowing in the cow lane wetland, a flock if Canada Geese that chased the Rock Pigeon clan off the old silo where one goose took over as flock lookout perched atop the silo roof, the resident Sandhill Cranes trumpeting a greeting to the sunrise from the North Woods Pond, the sunny songs of Common Yellowthroat and Yellow Warblers along the burbling clear waters of Cawley Creek, a Greater Yellowlegs

calling midday from the East 80 Pond, and an evening chorus of Wood Thrush echoing from the forest on the sandstone bluffs of Loyal Mound with an accompanying choir of American Toads, Wood Frogs, Spring Peepers and the trilling of a Screech Owl.

Birding is great Nature Recreation and always time well spent! This past weekend was also for a good cause, helping the Great Wisconsin Birdathon raise money for Wisconsin Bird Conservation at Please select the Noeldner Homestead Farm Team if you make a donation, thanks!


Here's the final bird species list from our Cornell Labs eBird reports for the 2020 NHF Birdathon:

Canada Goose
Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Pheasant
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Sandhill Crane
Wilson's Snipe
Greater Yellowlegs
Turkey Vulture
Bald Eagle
Broad-winged Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Eastern Screech-Owl
Barred Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Barn Swallow
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Wren
Marsh Wren
European Starling
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Eastern Bluebird
Wood Thrush
American Robin
House Sparrow
House Finch
American Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Eastern Towhee
Eastern Meadowlark
Baltimore Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Common Grackle
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Pine Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Scarlet Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Total Species: 70


Welcome to my Great Wisconsi Birdathon fundraising page! I've always loved birds, and believe they're important to us in many ways. I want to help ensure that birds who spend all or part of the year in Wisconsin have all the resources they need to survive and thrive.

To raise support and awareness for Wisconsin's birds, I've joined this walkathon-style fundraiser in which my teammates and I will try to find as many bird species as possible on a single day between April 15 and October 15. We'll visit our favorite Wisconsin natural areas, find the birds that live there, and share our love of birds with the community.

Please consider supporting me with a pledge per species or donation. No amount is too small--even small contributions add up! This year the Great Wisconsin Birdathon aims to raise $100,000 for bird conservation in Wisconsin. Your contribution supports the priority projects of the Bird Protection Fund.

  • Conservation of endangered Kirtland's Warblers, Whooping Cranes, and Piping Plovers
  • Research, education, and habitat protection in Central and South America
  • Monitoring of waterbirds
  • Community engagement and habitat protection through Bird City Wisconsin
  • The Wisconsin Breeding Bird Atlas II

The Great Wisconsin Birdathon has raised over $500,000 for Wisconsin's birds since 2012. We have done so much, but there is still so much more to do. Thank you for joining me in making a sustainable future for Wisconsin's birds!


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  • Bonnie

    about 4 weeks ago

    I'm happy to support my country Loyal team !

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