You may have noticed that several of your favorite birds are not at your feeders. Orioles, Grosbeaks, Wrens, and Hummingbirds have flown south to their winter habitats. I noticed that the male Hummingbirds left about a week before the females, and I think they stayed long enough for their young to be ready to take what is a surprisingly long flight to Central America.

We are seeing White Pelicans as they migrate, and soon we expect Tundra Swans near the Beef Slough area near Alma. We are especially grateful to local birdwatchers like Ron and Judy, and Larry Bennett who write to tell us each month about birds they see. Trumpeter Swans are in our locale, some of whom stay through the winter. Ron tells me he also saw egrets so thick, trees along some back waters were pure white. They also reported Sandhill Cranes, Canadian Geese, and many varieties of ducks.

Larry gave a wonderful nature talk recently where he discussed new migration patterns with some birds. The banding his group does tell us strange things. One example he gave was a migration change with the Loon. We all think they fly south, but they were found moving west to Montana. Temperature, air current, food supply, and cover all play a role in a bird's flight pattern.

Canda Geese & Mallard at Riecks Lake


Mallards at Riecks Lake

The National Geographic TV channel series Great Migrations captures part of the migration on the Upper Mississippi River flyway in Episodes 1 and 4 and they are set to music in Episode 7. Fabulous footage of American White Pelicans, Peregrine Falcons, Tundra Swans, Mallards and the Bald Eagle. National Geographic TV




Lower temperatures and ice on Rieck's Lake made for some great antics as the geese stuggled to walk on the ice!


Canadian Geese & Mallard - Riecks Lake

Canadian Geese - Riecks Lake  Canadian Geese - Riecks Lak


Canadian Geese - Tell Lake
Canadian Swans & Canadian Geese - Tell Lake
 Tundra Swans - Big Lake - Mississippi River   
Canadian Geese in Flight - Tell Lake


 The drive along the Buffalo River on Wisconsin Highway 37 is a great drive for viewing red-tailed hawks. While not migratory they are a great sight when you are looking for migratory birds and waterfowl. The hawks are hunting throughout the river bottoms and delta and can be seen in the trees on both sides of the road. If you see a hawk, be careful and pull off the road to view them safely. On this day over a dozen hawks were viewed and a few sat in the trees for pictures.


Red-Tailed Hawk - WI Hwy 37 - Alma, Wi Red-Tailed Hawk - Close Up Tundra Swans - Tell Lake Tundra Swans - Tell Lake




Tundra Swans (juvenile) - Tell Lake

Tundra Swans (Adult & Juvenile) - Buffalo River, Alma, WI

Tundra Swans (Adult) - Buffalo River

Tundra Swans -

Tell Lake




Great American White Pelicans with Canadian
Geese - Rieck's Lake Alma, Wisconsin


Great American White Pelicans - Weaver Bottoms Upper Mississippi River Across From Buffalo City, WI




Sand Hill Cranes - Weaver Bottoms Upper Mississippi River Across From Buffalo City, WI




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