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Tuesday, June 8th
How often do you get "goosebumps" when you see or hear a bird?
Today, I had them for the first time during the Quad 30 operation.
Near the end of one of my 3-minute stops near a wonderfully
productive weland complex, I watched a Marbled Godwit sail in to land
in a wet meadow bordering a cat-tail marsh harboring a nice colony of
Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Oh, how I wish that WI still had Marbled
Godwits breeding inside its borders.
Steve Miller, one of the chief wildlife persons with the WDNR, and I
have discussed what it would take to get this species back as a
breeder in the state. At this point, we just wonder and speculate.
Is it possible? At least, it is possible to dream about it and think
about how many "goosebumps" would be created on Wisconsin's birders
when they watched this large shorebird going through its courtship or
spied one of its downy young.
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