Great Wisconsin Birdathon 2019
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2019 Lower Wisconsin Scan da Avians Summary

So this year, just when we were feeling good about remembering all of our camping gear, Mike’s stove exploded into a nice big flame. No stove meant no coffee to get us going at 4:00 a.m., so the stove got fixed. In the dark. We were both impressed and relieved.


May 13 turned out to be the sweet spot when a few outgoing waterfowl and shorebirds lingered and incoming songbirds were starting to ramp up. So even though birds weren’t plentiful, we managed to find 133 species during our 24-hour blitz. This included 15 species we had not seen during our 2017 & 2018 birdathons, bringing our three-year total to 161 species. A wonderful testament to the value of the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway to migrant and breeding birds.


Notes and highlights from the day:

  • Wyalusing was thin on warblers but heavy with catbirds and brown thrashers
  • Good look at the yellow-throated warbler in the pines (endangered in WI, at northern edge of range)
  • The warbler hotspot was on County C on the south side of the river – including a Canada warbler
  • The field at the Millville Unit-Russell Hill that is normally a bobolink bonanza was corn stubble instead of grass – not a bird to be found there
  • Saw probably 6-8 red-headed woodpeckers along the way – so great to see them increasing
  • Limpa bread with geitost (pronounced yay-toast) cheese and pickled herring were oh so good for lunch, along with lefse of course
  • Bobwhite at Mazo Bottoms!
  • Flooded field near Tri-County Airport that had Wilson’s phalaropes three days earlier was surrounded by fields being planted, so no birds
  • Cattail marsh across the road, though, was a chorus of continuous soras (!)
  • Explored more nooks and crannies of the incredibly beautiful Lower Wisconsin State Riverway -- what a gem and what great foresight to preserve & enhance it forever


Species of Concern that we found in the Riverway (bolded names are species of concern at the federal level):


Endangered:  yellow-throated warbler

ThreatenedHenslow’s sparrow, Cerulean warbler

Special Concern:  Northern bobwhite, American woodcock, common nighthawk, whip-poor-will, red-headed woodpecker, least flycatcher, purple martin, ruby-crowned kinglet, golden-winged warbler, prothonotary warbler, vesper sparrow, lark sparrow, bobolink, eastern meadowlark, Brewer’s blackbird.


It takes a village to care for the birds that matter so much to our lives and our world. The Birdathon is all about rallying together on their behalf. Our sincere thanks to our team’s supporters!


Arlyne Johnson, Mike Hedemark, Dan Jergens, Jeb Barzen, and Barb Barzen


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  • Tim (about a week ago)

    Congratulations Team!

  • Katherine (about a week ago)

    Congratulations on exceeding your goal. Love, Mom

  • Olivier and Haidy (about 3 weeks ago)

    Great job! Glad to see such initiative to help protect the diversity in WI

  • Lisa (about 3 weeks ago)

    Great write up! Thanks for all you do for birds!

  • Lars and Anne (about a month ago)

    Yah Sure ... git dos glasses unfogged and find dem birds!

  • Ned (about a month ago)


  • Sue (about a month ago)

    Thanks for all your hard work on a great project!

  • Tim (about a month ago)

    Go get them birds!

  • Peter (about a month ago)

    Thanks for helping support the birds. Get some good rest before you start.??

  • Joanne (about a month ago)

    your team name is outstanding. Good luck with your goal.

  • Mary (about a month ago)

    Thanks for all you do!

  • William (about a month ago)

    Don't have a Yellow throated warbler, but do have a Western Tanager feeding here.

  • SCOTT (about a month ago)

    happy birding

  • Rebecca (about a month ago)


  • Tom (about a month ago)

    Good luck birding!

  • Doug and Sherry (about a month ago)

    Blue skies and blue birds to you!

  • Sheryl (about a month ago)

    Go team!!

  • Mike (about a month ago)

    Have fun you crazy Scand da Avians :)

  • Stephen (about a month ago)


  • Joanie (about a month ago)

    Good luck and have fun!!!

  • Steve (about a month ago)

    Go Team! And NRFW, please don't put me on your mailing list. Tanks!

  • Donald (about a month ago)

    Go, Scandies!

  • Robert (about a month ago)


  • Paddy (about a month ago)

    Wishing you a great days' birding and recording, from Ireland

  • William (about a month ago)

    Go, team go, der!

  • Dave & Pam (about a month ago)

    LOVE that we get to be on your team.....all our best!!!

  • RANDLE (about a month ago)


  • Janet (about a month ago)

    Good luck!

  • Tim & Patty (about a month ago)

    Lycka till er alla!

  • Richard (about a month ago)

    Go Team!

  • Chris (about 2 months ago)

    Skol! Ja I be raisin' a glass off akvavit fur ja

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