Upcoming Programs / Field Trips
November 1 - 7:00 P.M.
Cactus Wren & American Roadrunner,
plus dozens of other birds you're likely to find in the American Southwest
Kenosha Public Library - Northside Branch
1500 27th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140
A Kenosha amateur birder and photographer will
present a multi-media show that includes photos and videos he took during two
visits to Arizona, Texas and New Mexico.
The presentation, by John Krerowicz, will be at
the Hoy Audubon Society of Kenosha and Racine Counties' next monthly meeting, 7
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018 at the Kenosha Northside Library, 2700 15th Ave. The
gathering is free and open to the public.
The 45-minute show is called "Cactus Wren & American Roadrunner, plus dozens of
other birds you're likely to find in the American Southwest."
Krerowicz, who is Hoy's publicity chair, said he chose those two species for the
title of the presentation because he believed they best represented that part of
the United States. "Just like cacti, you'd find the wren and roadrunner almost
everywhere in that region," he said about his spring 2016 and spring 2017 trips
there. "To me, the wren's call is lonesome, like so many songs I heard growing
up about the cowboys in Texas. And the roadrunner is unrestricted, roaming the
countryside like you heard about cattle and buffalo doing."
Krerowicz, a former Kenosha News reporter, also will relate some of the stories
about his birding efforts during those trips. For example, his first encounter
with a roadrunner was not where you'd expect. "I was in a car with friends
driving along a street in Lake Havasu, AZ, to their home when a roadrunner
dashed right in front of us," he said. "I was amazed, but my companions must
have been used to wildlife in the city, because they were quite laid back about
Other species included in the presentation are flycatchers, woodpeckers,
thrashers, towhees, warblers, orioles and hummingbirds.
FIELD TRIP: Shoop Park/Wind Point - Lake Michigan Birding
Saturday, November 3, 10, 24 - 9:00 A.M.
Hoy Audubon will hold fall bird
walks at Wind Point. We'll meet at the parking lot at Shoop Park
and walk northward along the lakeshore trail to the Wind Point Lighthouse. To get back to the parking lot, we’ll either retrace our steps or
walk along the edge of Shoop golf course.
Along the lake we’ll be looking for migrating ducks (the males in breeding
plumage will be looking good!), scoters, grebes, and other waterfowl. We might see a few
shorebirds at the lakefront as well as some late fall migrants like
Yellow-rumped Warblers and kinglets in the wooded areas.
In November it's usually cold and windy at the lakeshore, so dress for the
weather (a warm jacket, a hat, and gloves) and wear sturdy walking shoes (0.6
miles one-way, and the trail may be overgrown in sections).
Bring your bird book, binoculars, and a spotting scope if you have one (don't
worry if you don't!).
Shoop Park is located between the 3 and 4 Mile Roads, Racine Co.
Click here for a map:
Birds observed during the month of November (historical eBird sightings)
FIELD TRIP: Friday, November
Richard Bong State Recreation Area State Park (Kenosha Co.)
We will drive to various locations
near and within the park to listen for owls. Please meet promptly by 7:00pm at
the DNR parking lot that is located on the north side of BB (7th Street), approximately 0.7
mile west of Hwy 75. A Wisconsin State Parks vehicle admission sticker will be
required if parking within the park.
FIELD TRIP: Kenosha
Saturday, November 17 and December
1 at 9:00 A.M.
Join Hoy Audubon bird watch along the Kenosha Lakefront. We'll meet
at the Southport Park parking area (just north of the Kenosha Sand Dunes).
7825 First Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53143
in the Christmas Bird Count!
Burlington CBC - Date TBA
Racine CBC - Saturday, December 15, 2018
Kenosha CBC -
Friday, December 21, 2018
The Christmas Bird
Count (CBC), in its 119th year nationwide, has become a valuable method to
monitor the winter range and numbers of bird populations throughout the decades.
More information at
Join us in the field on foot and by vehicle, for part of
or the whole day, as we count all birds we find in various habitats in the
designated count areas within
Racine and Kenosha counties. New field observers will be paired with more
experienced birders where possible. If you are at home watching your yard
and feeders, you can participate too if you live within one of the designated
count areas. View the count areas here to confirm if you are located within
a count circle:
There are three count dates in
Burlington CBC -
To sign up, contact Nick Mimier at nickmimier AT yahoo
View the Burlington CBC area at
Racine CBC - December 15:
To sign up, contact Eric Howe at
report your feeder results, please include your name, address, estimated time of
watching your yard to:
View the Racine CBC area at
Kenosha CBC - December 21:
To sign up, contact Valerie
firstname.lastname@example.org or 262.857.8008.
View the Kenosha CBC area at
Email your results to the count coordinator along with the
estimated time that you actually spent observing your feeder/yard.
In addition to the specific count dates listed above, you may also
report incidental observations of birds during the 'count week' for the
respective count areas. This provides an opportunity for bird watchers to
still report birds (typically uncommon species) that are found within the count
area even though they may not have been observed on the designated count day. If
you observe a species that you believe might be missed on the count day, please
email your observation (along with the date and location) to the respective
count coordinator listed above. For species reported during the count
week, but not on the count day, there is no need to provide numbers.
The count week for Racine is December 12-18; Burlington is December TBA;
Kenosha is December 18-24.
Register Your Participation
Contact the specific count coordinator listed above.
Rare Bird Observations
If you believe that you are observing a rare bird,
write down several key descriptive details about the bird and contrast those
field marks with other similar/more expected species for this time of year. TRY
AND GET A PHOTO.
A rare bird could be
a species observed outside of its normal expected dates.
A rare bird could be a species that is not normally encountered in
the state. Check the WSO Review List:
In order for a rare bird observation to be accepted, you may be
required to submit a rare bird documentation form.
If you have any questions, contact the count compiler.
Counting for the FeederWatch season runs
November through April. Visit
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Birding Locations in Kenosha and Racine
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WISCONSIN SOCIETY FOR
The Wisconsin Society for
Ornithology (WSO) sponsored field trips are open for anyone to attend.
For a listing of Field Trips,
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
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July 2017 to June 2018
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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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