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Warbler Wednesday 3 Report—May 24, 2017

WW3 Report (Warbler Wednesday 3—May 24, 2017) Thirty-six degree temps couldn’t keep two dozen Friends of Sax-Zim Bog birders from our third Warbler Wednesday of the season. In fact, we had so many folks that we split the group into the “Sparky Group” (who birded the southern half of the Bog) and the “Clinton Posse” (birding the northern half). The birds didn’t mind the cool temps and we racked up nearly 100 species in six hours (98 species). Clinton’s Posse edged out the Sparky Group by a few species (68 to 74) but everyone had a good time. Highlights included 18 SPECIES OF WARBLERS with great looks at many, including some that obliged us with scope looks! Crowd favorites included the Black-throated Green Warbler, Blackburnian, Golden-winged,  and Connecticut (heard only),

A late lingering young Snow Goose was found hanging out with its much larger cousins, a flock of Canada Geese; A mated pair of Sandhill Cranes watched closely over a very young colt (baby crane) who could barely be seen in the tall grass; Clinton’s group had a Great Gray Owl hunting on Admiral Road.

The last Warbler Wednesday of the season is on May 31. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to naturalist@saxzim.org. Meet at Welcome Center at 6am. See you there!

A beautiful misty sunrise awaited us in the Bog at 5:40am.

The two groups amassed 18 WARBLER SPECIES including this Black-throated Green Warbler along Pine Road.

This Sandhill Crane pair had a very small colt (baby crane) in the grass along CR7.

Eastern Kingbird along Arkola Road.

Barn on Arkola Road

Member Mark Johnson checking on an Eastern Bluebird.

The group discussing the morning’s sightings…Composite total was 98 species!