Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Peregrine Falcons and More

My dad and I decided to drive to Oshkosh today because I learned there is a pair of Peregrine Falcons who have been nesting at my old dorm.  On our way we went through Fond du Lac and stopped by Dundee as well to see if the Ospreys were back yet.

The trip went like this:

First, we went to Lakeside Park in Fond du Lac.  There's a section of the part where there are virtually always hundreds of ducks, geese, and gulls, and I often get a new bird to list when I'm there.  Today was no exception.

Dad snapped this pic of a Common Goldeneye.

I got this gorgeous pair of Redheads.
I think these are Greater Scaups. Life Lister for me.

This looks like a burnt piece of brown paper bag or something.
It's actually a Bald Eagle, good for the year list.
 Then we drove up to Oshkosh.  We stopped at the river briefly because my dad wanted to see if it was possible to fish there sometime.  Saw a lot of Goldeneyes, which flew away as soon as we got there.
Male and female Common Goldeneyes.
Finally we went to Grünhagen Conference Center at UW-Oshkosh.  This is a ten story tower building where a pair of Peregrine Falcons have been making their home for the past couple years.  If you want to see what they're up to right now, you can click this link.  It took about fifteen minutes of patience before they finally flew to their nest box; they were hanging out on the side of the building we couldn't see.  Took a lot of pictures... they're blurry, but what can I say, a new raptor is always exciting.  Life lister for me:

We then headed to Dundee, UFO capital of the state of Wisconsin and also home to some Osprey nests.  I don't actually know when Ospreys are there because I'm not a particularly good rememberer of migration patterns, but we were there anyway so we went to the baseball diamond they usually live.  Didn't see any Ospreys, but did both see and hear a Sandhill Crane, which goes on the year list:

Sandhill Crane.